Raquel O. Cristóvão graduated in Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP) in 2006 and got her PhD degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering with a thesis entitled Degradation of dye-containing textile effluents by enzymatic catalysis also at FEUP in 2010. From there she worked as Post-doctoral researcher at LSRE-LCM, FEUP, in biocatalytic reactions for toxic organic compounds degradation with free and immobilized enzymes in ionic liquids. She also made international collaborations with UFRJ, Brazil and University of Vigo, Spain, under some projects. During 2011 she started a new research line from where a new solution for in situ fish canning industrial wastewater treatment in order to recycle water for industrial process was developed. From 2014 to nowadays, after finishing the previous project, she decided to explore advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) using natural solar radiation for wastewaters treatment with toxic/refractory compounds.

Supervisors: José Miguel Loureiro, Rui Boaventura, Vitor Vilar


Enzyme immobilization
Environmental friendly technologies for pollution control:
- Biological degradation
- Advanced oxidation processes
- Wastewater reuse and valorization


B.A. Marinho, R. Djellabi, R.O. Cristóvão, J.M. Loureiro, R.A.R. Boaventura, M.M. Dias, J.C.B. Lopes, V.J.P. Vilar. Intensification of heterogeneous TiO2 photocatalysis using an innovative micro-meso-structured-reactor for Cr(VI) reduction under simulated solar light. Chemical Engineering Journal, 318, 76-88, 2017 B.A. Marinho, R.O. Cristóvão, R. Djellabi, J.M. Loureiro, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. Photocatalytic reduction of Cr(VI) over TiO2-coated cellulose acetate monolithic structures using solar light. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 203, 18-30, 2017 B.A. Marinho, R.O. Cristóvão, J.M. Loureiro, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. Solar Photocatalytic Reduction of Cr(VI) over Fe(III) in the Presence of Organic Sacrificial Agents. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 192, 208-219, 2016 R.O. Cristóvão, V.M.S. Pinto, R.J.E. Martins, J.M. Loureiro, R.A.R. Boaventura. Assessing the influence of oil and grease and salt content on fish canning wastewater biodegradation through respirometric tests. Journal of Cleaner Production, 127, 343- 51, 2016 R.O. Cristóvão, C.M. Botelho, R.J.E. Martins, J.M. Loureiro, R.A.R. Boaventura. Fish canning industry wastewater treatment for water reuse - A case Study. Journal of Cleaner Production, 87, 603-612, 2015 R.O. Cristóvão, A.P.M. Tavares, A.I. Brígida, J.M. Loureiro, R.A.R. Boaventura, E.A. Macedo, M.A.Z. Coelho. Immobilization of commercial laccase onto green coconut fiber by adsorption and its application for reactive textile dyes degradation. Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic, 72, 6-12, 2011 R.O. Cristóvão, A.P.M. Tavares, L.A. Ferreira, J.M. Loureiro, R.A.R. Boaventura, E.A. Macedo. Modeling the discoloration of a mixture of reactive textile dyes by commercial laccase. Bioresource Technology, 100, 1094-1099, 2009 R.O. Cristóvão, A.P.M. Tavares, A.S. Ribeiro, J.M. Loureiro, R.A.R. Boaventura, E.A. Macedo. Kinetic modelling and simulation of laccase catalyzed degradation of reactive textile dyes. Bioresource Tecnology, 99, 4768-4774, 2008


ALGAEVALUE - Adding value to marine macro-algae through its use in separation and recovery of toxic metal ions from water. Reference: PTDC/AAG-TEC/2685/2012. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, FCT Project. Starting Date: 2013/04/30. Duration: 24 months. ValorPeixe - Valorization of byproducts and wastewaters from fish canning industry. Reference: SI IDT - 13634/2010. Funded by: Agência de Inovação, S.A., SI IDT - Sistema de Incentivos de I&DT - Projectos de I&DT em Co-Promoção. Starting Date: 2011/01/01. Duration: 30 months. Ionic Liquids as Solvents for Enzymatic Catalysis. Reference: E-27/09. Funded by: CRUP - Conselho de Reitores das Universidades Portuguesas, Acções Integradas Luso-Espanholas. Starting Date: 2009/01/01. Duration: 24 months.
Raquel Cristóvão
Postdoctoral Researcher