After completing the MSc in Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) in September 2008, Rui Faria started his professional activity working as a Process Engineer in Fluidinova, Engenharia de Fluídos, SA. and integrating the team responsible for the start-up and optimization of an industrial plant for the production hydroxyapatite nanoparticles for medical devices. In 2010 he returned to FEUP to proceed with his studies, obtaining his Ph.D. degree in 2014 with the preparation of the thesis entitled "Glycerol valorisation as biofuel: Glycerol acetals production by Simulated Moving Bed Reactor". The research undertaken during his Doctoral Program was conducted at the LSRE-LCM under the supervision of Prof. Alírio Rodrigues and Dr. Carla Pereira. Since then he has been working as a post-doctoral researcher at the LSRE-LCM participating in several research projects, initiating a few scientific collaborations and being responsible for the supervision and training of young researchers.

Supervisors: Alírio Rodrigues, Ana Mafalda Ribeiro

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Chemical reaction Engineering
Chromatographic separation processes
Adsorption based reactive-separation processes
Simulated Moving Bed Technology
Process modelling and simulation

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

R.P.V. Faria, A.E. Rodrigues. Instrumental aspects of Simulated Moving Bed chromatography. Journal of Chromatography A, 1421, 82-102, 2015 D.S.M. Constantino, C.S.M. Pereira, R.P.V. Faria, J.M. Loureiro, A.E. Rodrigues. Simulated moving bed reactor for butyl acrylate synthesis: From pilot to industrial scale. Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification, 97, 153-168, 2015 D.S.M. Constantino, C.S.M. Pereira, R.P.V. Faria, A.F.P. Ferreira, J.M. Loureiro, A.E. Rodrigues. Synthesis of butyl acrylate in a fixed-bed adsorptive reactor over Amberlyst 15. AIChE Journal, 61, 1263-1274, 2015 R.P.V. Faria, C.S.M. Pereira, V.M.T.M. Silva, J.M. Loureiro, A.E. Rodrigues. Sorption enhanced reactive process for the synthesis of glycerol ethyl acetal. Chemical Engineering Journal, 258, 229-239, 2014 R.P.V. Faria, C.S.M. Pereira, V.M.T.M. Silva, J.M. Loureiro, A.E. Rodrigues. Glycerol valorization as biofuel: Thermodynamic and kinetic study of the acetalization of glycerol with acetaldehyde. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 52, 1538-1547, 2013 R.P.V. Faria, C.S.M. Pereira, V.M.T.M. Silva, J.M. Loureiro, A.E. Rodrigues. Glycerol valorisation as biofuels: Selection of a suitable solvent for an innovative process for the synthesis of GEA. Chemical Engineering Journal, 233, 159-167, 2013

SELECTED PROJECTS

SolkSCritSMBR - Sustainable production of green fuel additives assisted by supercritical carbon dioxide. Reference: PTDC/QEQ-ERQ/2698/2014|16866. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, P2020|COMPETE - Projetos em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2016/07/01. Duration: 36 months. New adsorption-based cyclic reaction-separation processes. Reference: EXCL/QEQ-PRS/0308/2012. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, EXCL - Linhas de Investigação de Excelência. Starting Date: 2012/12/31. Duration: 36 months. EUROBIOREF - EUROpean multilevel integrated BIOREFinery design for sustainable biomass processing. Reference: FP7 241718. Funded by: European Comission, FP7 Project. Starting Date: 2010/02/28. Duration: 48 months.
Rui Faria
Postdoctoral Researcher
ruifaria@fe.up.pt