Maria Francisca Moreira concluded the Master in Environmental Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) in 2011. In the same year, she joined the LSRE-LCM as Ph.D. student in Environmental Engineering, obtaining the degree in March 2016. Her Ph.D. was focused in the application of electrochemical advanced oxidation processes to the treatment of various synthetic and real wastewaters, and it was developed in collaboration with the Laboratori d’Electroquímica de Materials i del Medi Ambient of the University of Barcelona. Currently, she is working as a post-doctoral researcher at the LSRE-LCM, with focus on the development of new treatment strategies for complex matrices and intensification of chemical and electrochemical advanced oxidation processes.

Supervisors: Vitor Vilar

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Application of AOPs and EAOPs to the degradation of wastewaters
Process integration for the remediation of complex wastewaters
Development of reactors for mass and photons transfer enhancement

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

F.C. Moreira, R.A.R. Boaventura, E. Brillas, V.J.P. Vilar. Electrochemical advanced oxidation processes: A review on their application to synthetic and real wastewaters. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 202, 217-261, 2017 S.F.L. Pereira, A.L. Gonçalves, F.C. Moreira, T.F.C.V. Silva, V.J.P. Vilar, J.C.M. Pires. Nitrogen removal from landfill leachate by microalgae. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 17, 1926, 1-14, 2016 F.C. Moreira, J. Soler, A. Fonseca, I. Saraiva, R.A.R. Boaventura, E. Brillas, V.J.P.. Electrochemical advanced oxidation processes for sanitary landfill leachate remediation: Evaluation of operational variables. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 182, 161-171, 2016 F.C. Moreira, J. Soler, M.F. Alpendurada, R.A.R. Boaventura, E. Brillas, V.J.P Vilar. Tertiary treatment of a municipal wastewater toward pharmaceuticals removal by chemical and electrochemical advanced oxidation processes. Water Research, 105, 251-263, 2016 N.F.P. Silva, A.L. Gonçalves, F.C. Moreira, T.F.C.V. Silva, F.G. Martins, M.C.M. Alvim-Ferraz, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar, J.C.M. Pires. Towards sustainable microalgal biomass production by phycoremediation of a synthetic wastewater: A kinetic study. Algal Research, 11, 350-358, 2015 F.C. Moreira, J. Soler, A. Fonseca, I. Saraiva, R.A.R. Boaventura, E. Brillas, V.J.P. Vilar. Incorporation of electrochemical advanced oxidation processes in a multistage treatment system for sanitary landfill leachate. Water Research, 81, 375-387, 2015 F.C. Moreira, R.A.R. Boaventura, E. Brillas, V.J.P. Vilar. Remediation of a winery wastewater combining aerobic biological oxidation and electrochemical advanced oxidation processes. Water Research, 75, 95-108, 2015 F.C. Moreira, R.A.R. Boaventura, E. Brillas, V.J.P. Vilar. Degradation of trimethoprim antibiotic by UVA photoelectro-Fenton process mediated by Fe(III)-carboxylate complexes. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 162, 34-44, 2015 F.C. Moreira, S. Garcia-Segura, R.A.R. Boaventura, E. Brillas, V.J.P. Vilar. Degradation of the antibiotic trimethoprim by electrochemical advanced oxidation processes using a carbon-PTFE air-diffusion cathode and a boron-doped diamond or platinum anode. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 160-161, 492-505, 2014 I.N. Dias, B.S. Souza, J.H.O.S. Pereira, F.C. Moreira, M. Dezotti, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. Enhancement of the photo-Fenton reaction at near neutral pH through the use of ferrioxalate complexes: A case study on trimethoprim and sulfamethoxazole antibiotics removal from aqueous solutions. Chemical Engineering Journal, 247, 302-313, 2014 B.S. Souza, F.C. Moreira, M.W.C. Dezotti, V.J.P. Vilar, R.A.R. Boaventura. Application of biological oxidation and solar driven advanced oxidation processes to remediation of winery wastewater. Catalysis Today, 209, 201-208, 2013 F.C. Moreira, S. Garcia-Segura, V.J.P. Vilar, R.A.R. Boaventura, E. Brillas. Decolorization and mineralization of Sunset Yellow FCF azo dye by anodic oxidation, electro-Fenton, UVA photoelectro-Fenton and solar photoelectro-Fenton processes. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 142-143, 877-890, 2013 V.J.P. Vilar, F.C. Moreira, A.C.C. Ferreira, M.A. Sousa, C. Goncalves, M.F. Alpendurada, R.A.R. Boaventura. Biodegradability enhancement of a pesticide-containing bio-treated wastewater using a solar photo-Fenton treatment step followed by a biological oxidation process. Water Research, 46, 4599-4613, 2012 F.C. Moreira, V.J.P. Vilar, A.C.C. Ferreira, F.R.A. dos Santos, M. Dezotti, M.A. Sousa, C. Gonçalves, R.A.R. Boaventura, M.F. Alpendurada. Treatment of a pesticide-containing wastewater using combined biological and solar-driven AOPs at pilot scale. Chemical Engineering Journal, 209, 429-441, 2012

SELECTED PROJECTS

AdvancedLFT - Technology for the Treatment of Leachates from Landfill Leachates through Integration of Biological Oxidation and Photo-Chemical Oxidation Processes, combining Natural and Artificial Radiation. Reference: SI IDT - 33960/2012 F2. Funded by: ANI – Agência Nacional de Investigação, Projectos de I&DT em Co-Promoção. Starting Date: 2013/06/30. Duration: 24 months.
Francisca Moreira
Postdoctoral Researcher
francisca.moreira@fe.up.pt