Elena Gómez Costas graduated in Chemical Sciences at the University of Vigo (Spain) in 2001. She started her research career in 2004 when she joined the Advanced Separation Processes Group in the area of Chemical Engineering of the University of Vigo, as a Ph.D. student and she enjoyed of a pre-doctoral stay at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. In 2008 she obtained her Ph.D. degree at the University of Vigo obtaining the Thesis Extraordinary Prize. After the Ph.D. degree, she was selected by FCT for a post-doctoral grant, under the supervision of Professor, Maria Eugénia Rebello de Almeida Macedo (LSRE) from January 2009 to October 2010 with a new line of research focused on the study of separation of aromatics from alkanes with ILs. After this, she continued to develop her research career at the University of Vigo (Ángeles Alvariño Program, Xunta de Galicia, Spain) and she expanded her research experience in the separation of mixtures with ILs through liquid-liquid equilibrium. During these years she maintained a close contact with the group of Professor Eugénia Macedo, and she carried out stays at LSRE from October 2010 to January 2011 and from October 2011 to December 2011. Currently, she is a post-doctoral researcher at LSRE-LCM under the guidance of Professor Eugénia Macedo on the field: study new choline and amino acids- based ionic liquids (CAAILs) or Deep Eutectic Solvents -based aqueous two-phase systems (ATPS) for separation of biomass-derived building blocks and other biomolecules.

Supervisors: Eugénia Macedo

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Novel solvents: synthesis and characterization of the pure ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents
Determination of the thermophysical properties of ionic liquids by differential scanning calorimeter
Separation process and applied thermodynamics
Modeling: Molecular simulation, equations of state, excess Gibbs energy models

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

P. Fernandez, N. Calvar, A. Domínguez, E. Gómez. Determination and correlation of liquid liquid equilibrium of ternary and quaternary systems with octane, decane, benzene and BMpyr DCA at T=298.15K and atmospheric pressure. Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, 94, 197–203, 2016 E. Gómez, I. Domínguez, N. Calvar, J. Palomar, A. Domínguez. Experimental data, correlation and prediction of the extraction of benzene from cyclic hydrocarbons using EpyESO4 ionic liquid. Fluid Phase Equilibria, 361, 83- 92, 2014 E. Gómez, N. Calvar, A. Domínguez, E.A. Macedo. Thermal analysis and heat capacities of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium ionic liquids with NTf2 -, TFO-, and DCA- anions. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 52, 2103-2110, 2013 E. Gomez, N. Calvar, E.A. Macedo, A. Dominguez. Effect of the temperature on the physical properties of pure 1-propyl 3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide and characterization of its binary mixtures with alcohols. Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, 45, 9-15, 2012 E. Gómez, N. Calvar, A. Domínguez, E.A. Macedo. Measurement and modeling of osmotic coefficients of binary mixtures (alcohol + 1,3-dimethylpyridinium methylsulfate) at T = 323.15 K. Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, 43, 908-913, 2011 E. Gómez, B. González, N. Calvar, E. Tojo, A. Domínguez. Physical properties of pure 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium ethylsulfate and its binary mixtures with ethanol and water at several temperatures. Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, 51, 2096-2102, 2006 E. Gómez, B. González, A. Domínguez, E. Tojo, J. Tojo. Dynamic viscosities of a series of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic liquids and their binary mixtures with water at several temperatures. Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, 51, 696 - 701, 2006

SELECTED PROJECTS

AIProcMat@N2020 - Advanced Industrial Processes and Materials for a Sustainable North Region of Portugal2020. Reference: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000006. Funded by: CCDR-N - Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte, P2020|Norte2020 - Projetos Integrados ICDT. Starting Date: 2016/06/01. Duration: 36 months.
Elena Gómez
Postdoctoral Researcher
elenacostas@fe.up.pt