Irene Domínguez Fernández graduated in Chemical Sciences at University of Vigo (Spain) in 2005. In 2006 She started to collaborate in the area of Chemical Engineering of the University of Vigo, under the direction of Professor Ángeles Domínguez Santiago. This year her research focused on the use of ionic liquids as separation agents in azeotropic ethanol / water. In 2008, she was selected by the Ministry of Science and Innovation (Spain) for a pre-doctoral grant, asociated to the research project "Application of ionic liquids in the separation of aromatic compounds present in petroleum refining fractions" under the supervision of Professor A. Santiago. During these years, she also collaborated with Professor José Palomar of the University Autonoma of Madrid for the prediction of the phase equilibrium through the COSMO-RS program. In 2012 she obtained her Ph.D. degree at the University of Vigo with the Thesis Extraordinary Prize. In 2014 she joined, as Post-doctoral researcher, LSRE-LCM under the guidance of Professor Eugénia Macedo where she extended her research experience in modeling with PC-SAFT equation of state for mixtures containing ionic liquids. In 2015 she was selected by the Xunta de Galicia (Spain) for a post-doctoral grant to work in LSRE-LCM under the guidance of Professor Eugénia Macedo on the field: study new choline and amino acids- based ionic liquids (CAAILs) or Deep Eutectic Solvents -based aqueous two-phase systems (ATPS) for separation of biomass-derived building blocks and other biomolecules.

Supervisors: Eugénia Macedo


Separation Processes and Applied Thermodynamics
Thermodynamics of solutions containing biomolecules
Novel Solvents: Supercritical fluids, Ionic liquids, Deep eutectic solvents
Modeling: Molecular Simulation, equations of state, excess Gibbs energy models


B. Gonzalez, E.A. Macedo, O. Gonzalez, R. Fidalgo, I. Dominguez. Physical Properties of the Pure Deep Eutectic Solvent, [ChCl]:[Lev] (1:2) DES, and Its Binary Mixtures with Alcohols. Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, 61, 4191 – 4202, 2016 I. Domínguez, B. Gonzalez, B. Orge, C. Held, M. Voges, E.A. Macedo. Activity coefficients at infinite dilution for different alcohols and ketones in [EMpy][ESO4]: Experimental data and modeling with PC-SAFT. Fluid Phase Equilibria, 424, 32-40, 2015 I. Domínguez, E.J. González, Á. Domínguez. Liquid extraction of aromatic/cyclic aliphatic hydrocarbon mixtures using ionic liquids as solvent: Literature review and new experimental LLE data. Fuel Processing Technology, 125, 207-216, 2014 I. Domínguez, E.J. González, J. Palomar, A. Domínguez. Phase behavior of ternary mixtures {aliphatic hydrocarbon + aromatic hydrocarbon + ionic liquid}: Experimental LLE data and their modeling by COSMO-RS. Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics, 77, 222-229, 2014 I. Domínguez, N. Calvar, E. Gómez, A. Domínguez. Liquid-liquid extraction of aromatic compounds from cycloalkanes using 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium methylsulfate ionic liquid. Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, 58, 189-196, 2013 B. González , N. Calvar, E. Gómez, I. Domínguez, Á. Domínguez. Synthesis and Physical Properties of 1-Ethylpyridinium Ethylsulfate and its Binary Mixtures with Ethanol and 1-Propanol at Several Temperatures. Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data, 54, 1353-1358, 2009


LA 20 - Incentivo/EQB/LA0020/2014. Reference: Incentivo/EQB/LA0020/2014. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Programa de Financiamento Plurianual de Unidades de I&D. Starting Date: 2014/01/01. Duration: 24 months.
Irene Domínguez