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Water Circle - Young students bring closer research developed at Higher Education Institutions and the Society by discussing scientific topics in the community forum InvestigAmbiental

April 30 and May 2, 2019

On April 30th of 2019, a group of 26 young students from Escola Secundária Dr Joaquim Gomes Ferreira Alves (ESDJGFA) visited the Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM, welcomed by the Director Madalena Dias. The students were guided by Rita Ruivo Marques and Joaquim Faria and assisted by Carla Orge, Marta Barbosa and Nuno Moreira, members of the LSRE-LCM.

This activity is carried out in the framework of the research project Water Circle, developed every year in schools by Rita Ruivo Marques with a group of 180 students from 7th to 9th grades. Under the supervision of Isabel Menezes, from the Centre for Research and Intervention in Education (CIIE), and Joaquim Faria, the Water Circle project is a joint collaboration between CIIE from the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences (FPCEUP) and LSRE-LCM - Department of Chemical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering (FEUP) of the University of Porto.

The Water Circle project, implemented for the first time in 2016, consists of an educational programme for knowledge transfer between universities and schools, based on scientific work developed at higher education institutions in the particular domain of water management and remediation. The project’s main purpose is to promote students citizenship and participation informed by scientific knowledge. Moreover, the researchers’ contribution to a specific topic can be increased through the mediation of an educational project that brings closer science and society.

During the visit, the students can see how research is being developed in the scope of water remediation and are allowed to discuss with researchers, which is a key part of their preparation for the last activity of the school year - the Forum InvestigAmbiental. At this forum, experts from different technical and social domains are invited to discuss with students about their concerns and proposals developed to address the problems identified during their work in this project. One of the guest speakers on the last edition was Ana Rita Ribeiro from LSRE-LCM as researcher on wastewater monitoring and remediation.

On May 2nd, at the forum InvestigAmbiental2019, some commitments were established. One of the most significant was to have the students’ letter, in which they ask for clarification and action about particular emerging pollutants that are being detected in drinking water, delivered by António Nóvoa as Permanent Delegate of Portugal to UNESCO to the Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

The students’ visit and the forum InvestigAmbiental2019 were supported by LSRE-LCM.

Photography: Visit to the Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM - Bruno Machado; Fórum InvestigAmbiental2019 - Students from the Multimedia Professional Course at ESDJGFA

Other articles: https://noticias.up.pt/investigadora-da-u-porto-promove-gestao-eficiente-da-agua-junto-dos-jovens/

Mónia Martins distinguished by the European Federation of Chemical Engineering

April 29, 2019

Mónia Martins won the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) Excellence Award for the Best Doctoral Thesis in the area of Thermodynamics and Transport Properties. The work entitled Studies for the Development of New Separation Processes with Terpenes and Their Environmental Distribution gave new insights on separation processes for this class of compounds of enormous relevance in cosmetic, pharmaceutical or food industries.

The award-winning work, guided by Prof. João Coutinho from CICECO at UA, and Prof. Simão Pedro Pinho from LSRE-LCM/CIMO at IPB, is related to the extraction of terpenes from natural sources and their subsequent separation and purification as well as to their fate in the environment. The evaluation committee highlighted the originality of the studied topic and methodology followed, innovation, industrial relevance, and scientific impact of the work.

Dr. Mónia Martins is currently Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Associate Laboratories LSRE-LCM and CICECO - Institute of Materials of Aveiro where she has been developing new solvents with applications on metal extraction or for the separation and purification of bioactive compounds.

The 2019 Excellence Award will be presented next June at the 26th Thermodynamics Conference, in Huelva, where Dr. Mónia Martins will deliver an invited talk.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

PUBLICATIONS

P.D. Vaidya, Y-J. Wu, A.E. Rodrigues. Kinetics of Ethanol Steam Reforming for Hydrogen Production. In Ethanol - Science and Engineering, Ch. 13, pp. 341-354, A. Basile, A. Iulianelli, F. Dalena, T.N. Veziroğlu (Eds), Elsevier, 2019
N. Rey-Raap, M. Enterria, J.I. Martins, M.F.R. Pereira, J.L. Figueiredo. Influence of multiwalled carbon nanotubes as additives in biomass-derived carbons for supercapacitor applications. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 11, 6066-6077, 2019
J. Matos, R.P.V. Faria, I.B.R. Nogueira, J.M. Loureiro, A.M. Ribeiro. Optimization strategies for chiral separation by true moving bed chromatography using Particles Swarm Optimization (PSO) and new Parallel PSO variant. Computers and Chemical Engineering, 123, 344-356, 2019
M.J. Regufe, A.F.P. Ferreira, J.M. Loureiro, A. Rodrigues, A.M. Ribeiro. Electrical conductive 3D-printed monolith adsorbent for CO2 capture. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 278, 403-413, 2019
B.A. Marinho, R.O. Cristóvão, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar. As(III) and Cr(VI) oxyanion removal from water by advanced oxidation/reduction processes - a review. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 26, 2203-2227, 2019
C. Filote, I. Volf, S.C.R. Santos, C.M.S. Botelho. Bioadsorptive removal of Pb(II) from aqueous solution by the biorefinery waste of Fucus spiralis. Science of the Total Environment, 648, 1201-1209, 2019
M.A. Sultan, S.L. Pardilho, M. Brito, C.P. Fonte, M.M. Dias, J.C.B. Lopes, R.J. Santos. 3D Mixing Dynamics in T-Jet Mixers. Chemical Engineering & Technology, 42, 119-128, 2019
J.C.G. Sousa, A.R. Ribeiro, M.O. Barbosa, C. Ribeiro, M.E. Tiritan, M.F.R. Pereira, A.M.T. Silva. Monitoring of the 17 EU Watch List contaminants of emerging concern in the Ave and the Sousa Rivers. Science of the Total Environment, 649, 1083-1095, 2019
J.B. Costa, M.J. Lima, M.J. Sampaio, M.C. Neves, J.L. Faria, S. Morales-Torres, A.P.M. Tavares, C.G. Silva. Enhanced biocatalytic sustainability of laccase by immobilization on functionalized carbon nanotubes/polysulfone membranes. Chemical Engineering Journal, 355, 974-985, 2019

APPROVED PROJECTS

Valor Natural - Valorização de Recursos Naturais através da Extração de Ingredientes de Elevado Valor Acrescentado para Aplicações na Indústria Alimentar. Reference: NORTE-01-0247-FEDER-024479. Funded by: ANI – Agência Nacional de Investigação, P2020|COMPETE - Programas Mobilizadores. Starting Date: 2018/09/01. Duration: 36 months.
LED-NETmix - LED-NETmix: um fotoreator inovador para a intensificação de processos em síntese química. Reference: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-031398. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, P2020|COMPETE - Projetos em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2018/07/26. Duration: 36 months.
InSpeCt - Identifying and interrupting micropollutants of EU concern by using Smart Carbon materials. Reference: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-031049. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, P2020|COMPETE - Projetos em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2018/07/01. Duration: 36 months.
SiMoBedMethaSep - Leito móvel simulado em fase gasosa para separação de metano e azoto. Reference: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-029384. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, P2020|COMPETE - Projetos em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2018/06/04. Duration: 36 months.

THESIS DEFENSES

Maria José Bastos Pires de Lima
Selective photocatalytic conversions integrated on a continuous-flow microfluidic process
Raquel Oliveira Rodrigues
Magnetic carbon nanostructures and study of their transport in microfluidic devices for hyperthermia
Pedro Sousa Ferreira Gomes
Proteins Separation by Expanded Bed Chromatography Technology
Maria Margarida Linhares de Andrade Rocha e Silva
Nitrogen-Doped Graphene as Metal Free Carbon-Nanocatalysts
Rui Sérgio da Silva Ribeiro
Synthesis of Hybrid Magnetic Carbon Nanocomposites for Catalytic Wet Peroxide Oxidation
Idelfonso Bessa dos Reis Nogueira
Optimization and Control of TMB, SMB and SMBR units