Maria Filomena Barreiro graduated in Chemical Engineering in 1990 at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). In 2000, and also at FEUP, she obtained the PhD in Chemical Engineering. She joined the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (IPB) in 1995 where she is currently Coordinator Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biological Technology (DTQB). Since 2000 she is member of the research staff of the LSRE-LCM. Her main research interests are synthesis and characterization of polymeric materials with special emphasis to materials from renewable resources, polyurethane chemistry and microencapsulation applied to different industrial fields. During her career, she coordinated several research projects, mainly projects with industry, and supervised various post-graduation students. She has been member of scientific committees, organizing committees and participated in national/international evaluation boards.


Biobased products
Natural functional ingredients and applications
Nano- and Microencapsulation
Polyurethane chemistry
Hybrid and composite materials


I.C.F.R. Ferreira, L. Barros, S. Heleno, M.A.P. Lage, M.F. Barreiro, Obtenção de um aditivo natural à base de catequina a partir de frutos de Arbutus unedo L.. Portuguese Patent 109361, November 2017.
I.C.F.R. Ferreira, S. Heleno, L. Barros, M.F. Barreiro, M.A.P. Lage, Novo produto lácteo funcionalizado com micosteróis como agentes hipocolesterémicos. Portuguese Patent 109089, June 2017.
I.C.F.R. Ferreira, L. Barros, S. Heleno, M.A.P. Lage, M.F. Barreiro, C.M.L.F. Roriz, Gomphrena globosa L.: uma fonte alternativa e promissora para a obtenção de corantes naturais. Portuguese Patent 109174, August 2017.


A. Santamaria-Echart, I.P. Fernandes, A. Saralegi, A., M.R.N. Costa, M.F. Barreiro, M.A. Corcuera, A. Eceiza. Synthesis of waterborne polyurethane-urea dispersions with chain extension step in homogeneous and heterogeneous media. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 476, 184-192, 2016 G. Ruphuy, A. Saralegi, J.C. Lopes, M.M. Dias, M.F. Barreiro. Spray drying as a viable process to produce nano-hydroxyapatite/chitosan (n-HAp/CS) hybrid microparticles mimicking bone composition. Advanced Powder Technology, 27, 575–583, 2016 S.A. Heleno, M.A. Prieto, L. Barros, L., A.E. Rodrigues, M.F. Barreiro, I.C.F.R. Ferreira. Optimization of microwave assisted extraction of ergosterol from Agaricus bisporus L. by-products using response surface methodology. Food and Bioproducts Processing 100 (Part A), 100, 25-35, 2016 A. Ribeiro, G. Ruphuy, J.C. Lopes, M.M. Dias, L. Barros, F. Barreiro, I.C.F.R. Ferreira. Spray-drying microencapsulation of synergistic antioxidant mushroom extracts and their use as functional food ingredients. Food Chemistry, 188, 612-618, 2015 M.I. Dias, I.C.F.R. Ferreira, M.F. Barreiro. Microencapsulation of bioactives for food applications. Food and Function, 6, 1035-1052, 2015 I.M. Martins, M.F. Barreiro, M. Coelho, A.E. Rodrigues. Microencapsulation of essential oils with biodegradable polymeric carriers for cosmetic applications. Chemical Engineering Journal, 245, 191-200, 2014 A. Martins, L. Barros, A.M. Carvalho, C. Santos-Buelga, I.P. Fernandes, F. Barreiro, I.C.F.R. Ferreira. Phenolic extracts of Rubus ulmifolius Schott flowers: Characterization, microencapsulation and incorporation into yogurts as nutraceutical sources. Food and Function, 5, 1091-1100, 2014 I.P. Fernandes, J.S. Amaral, V. Pinto, M.J. Ferreira, M.F. Barreiro. Development of chitosan-based antimicrobial leather coatings. Carbohydrate Polymers, 98, 1229-1235, 2013 J.S. Amaral, M. Sepulveda, C.A. Cateto, I.P. Fernandes, A.E. Rodrigues, M.N. Belgacem, M.F. Barreiro. Fungal degradation of lignin-based rigid polyurethane foams. Polymer Degradation and Stability, 97, 2069-2076, 2012 M. Matos, M.F. Barreiro, A. Gandini. Olive stone as a renewable source of biopolyols. Industrial Crops and Products, 32, 7-12, 2010 C.A. Cateto, M.F. Barreiro, A.E. Rodrigues, M.N. Belgacem. Optimization study of lignin oxypropylation in view of the preparation of polyurethane rigid foams. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 48, 2538-2589, 2009 S.N. Rodrigues, I.M. Martins, I.P. Fernandes, P.B. Gomes, V.G. Mata, M.F. Barreiro, A.E. Rodrigues. Scentfashion®: Microencapsulated perfumes for textile application. Chemical Engineering Journal, 149, 463-472, 2009


BIOBLOCKS - Concepção de produtos de base biológica como percursores para a bioindústria de síntese química e de biomateriais a partir de fontes lenhocelulósicas. Reference: SI IDT - 33969/2012 F2. Funded by: QREN/AdI, QREN Project. Starting Date: 2013/07/01. Duration: 24 months. NEWALK - Materials, Components and Technologies for Shoes of the Future. Reference: QREN-ADI-13850. Funded by: QREN/AdI, QREN Project. Starting Date: 2011/09/30. Duration: 39 months. Role: Coordinator
Filomena Barreiro
Professor Coordenador