Nuno Graça graduated in Chemical Engineering in 2006, at the Bragança Polytechnic Institute (IPB), completed a PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2012, at the Faculty of Engineering -University of Porto. His doctoral research addressed the application of simulated moving bed reactor for the synthesis of the acetal 1,1-dibutoxyethane. From there he worked as Post-doctoral researcher at LSRE-LCM, FEUP, in simulated moving technology bed applied to ternary separations and reactive systems. Most recently he began researching work in treatment of contaminated water by electrocoagulation.

Supervisors: Alírio Rodrigues, Ana Mafalda Ribeiro

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Process Intensification
Multifunctional Reactors
Adsorption processes
Simulated moving bed Reactors

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

M. Rahaman, N.S. Graca, C.S.M. Pereira, A.E. Rodrigues. Thermodynamic and kinetic studies for synthesis of the acetal (1,1-diethoxybutane) catalyzed by Amberlyst 47 ion-exchange resin. Chemical Engineering Journal, 264, 258-267, 2015 N.S. Graça, L.S. Pais, A.E. Rodrigues. Separation of Ternary Mixtures by Pseudo-Simulated Moving-Bed Chromatography: Separation Region Analysis. Chemical Engineering & Technology, 38, 2316-2326, 2015 N.S. Graça, A.E. Delgado, D.S.M. Constantino, C.S.M. Pereira, A.E. Rodrigues. Synthesis of a Renewable Oxygenated Diesel Additive in an Adsorptive Reactor. Energy Technology, 2, 839-850, 2014 N.S. Graça, L.S. Pais, V.M.T.M. Silva, A.E. Rodrigues. Thermal effects on the synthesis of acetals in a simulated moving bed adsorptive reactor. Chemical Engineering Journal, 207–208, 504-513, 2012 N.S. Graça, L.S. Pais, V.M.T.M. Silva, A.E. Rodrigues. Thermal Effects on the Synthesis of 1,1-Dibutoxyethane in a Fixed-Bed Adsorptive Reactor. Chemical Engineering & Technology, 35, 1989-1997, 2012 N.S. Graça, L.S. Pais, V.M.T.M. Silva, A.E. Rodrigues. Dynamic study of the synthesis of 1,1-dibutoxyethane in a fixed-bed adsorptive reactor. Separation Science and Technology, 46, 631-640, 2011 N.S. Graça, L.S. Pais, V.M.T.M. Silva, A.E. Rodrigues. Analysis of the synthesis of 1,1-dibutoxyethane in a simulated moving-bed adsorptive reactor. Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification, 50, 1214-1225, 2011 N.S. Graça, L.S. Pais, V.M.T.M. Silva, A.E. Rodrigues. Oxygenated biofuels from butanol for diesel blends: Synthesis of the acetal 1,1-dibutoxyethane catalyzed by amberlyst-15 ion-exchange resin. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 49, 6763-6771, 2010 A.E. Ribeiro, N.S. Graça, L.S. Pais, A.E. Rodrigues. Optimization of the mobile phase composition for preparative chiral separation of flurbiprofen enantiomers. Separation and Purification Technology, 68, 9-23, 2009 A.E. Ribeiro, N.S. Graça, L.S. Pais, A.E. Rodrigues. Preparative separation of ketoprofen enantiomers: Choice of mobile phase composition and measurement of competitive adsorption isotherms. Separation and Purification Technology, 61, 375-383, 2008

SELECTED PROJECTS

HyWATER - Treatment of contaminated drinking water using an hybrid low cost process. Reference: lnn-INDIGO/0003/2014. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia Starting Date: 2015/10/01. Duration: 36 months. RL1_P2 - Multifunctional Reactors/Process Intensification. Reference: NORTE-07-0124-FEDER-000007. Funded by: ON2, ON2 Programa Integrado. Starting Date: 2013/01/01. Duration: 30 months. Multicomponent Chiral Separations by Simulated Moving Bed Based-Processes. Reference: PTDC/EQU-EQU/119025/2010. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I&DT - Projectos de I&DT em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2012/03/01. Duration: 36 months.
Nuno Graça
Postdoctoral Researcher
nunopsg@fe.up.pt