Jonathan Gonçalves da Silva graduated in Chemical Engineering at the University Simón Bolívar in Venezuela in 2006; after an internship in Y&V Engineering and Construction, he joined their Process Department as Project Engineer. He was involved in several engineering, procurement, and construction projects including refinery, sulfuric acid, liquid extraction, oil dehydration, polyethylene production plants, among others. In 2011 he came to the Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto and obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2015 entitled Hybrid Separations and Adsorption/Reaction Processes: The Case of Isomerization/Separation of Xylenes. From that point forward he has been a postdoctoral researcher carrying on his work on aromatics.

Supervisors: Alírio Rodrigues


Chemical Reaction Engineering
Adsorbent and Catalyst Development
Adsorption/Reaction Processes
Simulation Moving Bed Technology
Process Modelling and Simulation


J.C. Gonçalves, A.E. Rodrigues. Simulated moving bed reactor for p-xylene production: Dual-bed column. Chemical Engineering and Processing, 104, 75-83, 2016 J.C. Gonçalves, A.E. Rodrigues. Simulated Moving Bed Reactor for p-Xylene Production: Optimal Particle Size. Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 93, 2205-2213, 2015 J.C. Gonçalves, A.E. Rodrigues. Xylene isomerization in liquid phase using large-pore zeolites. Chemical Engineering & Technology, 39, 225-232, 2015 J.C. Gonçalves, A.E. Rodrigues. Revamping an Existing Aromatics Complex with Simulated Moving-Bed Reactor for p-Xylene Production. Chemical Engineering & Technology, 38, 2340-2344, 2015 J.C. Gonçalves, A.E. Rodrigues. Simulated moving bed reactor for p-xylene production: Adsorbent and catalyst homogeneous mixture. Chemical Engineering Journal, 258, 194-202, 2014 J.C. Gonçalves, A.E. Rodrigues. Thermodynamic equilibrium of xylene isomerization in the liquid phase. Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, 58, 1425-1428, 2013 J.C. Gonçalves, A.E. Rodrigues. Industrial xylene/ethylbenzene isomerization unit using a radial-flow reactor and euo-type zeolite. Chemical Engineering & Technology, 36, 1658-1664, 2013
Jonathan Gonçalves
Postdoctoral Researcher