NEWS

Francisca Moreira wins Early Career Researcher Award

December 14, 2022

Francisca Moreira, researcher at LSRE-LCM, won the Early Career Researcher (ERC) prize, awarded at the 5th Iberoamerican Conference on Advanced Oxidation Technologies (CIPOA), held in Cusco, Peru, on November 7-11, 2022.

This prize aims to distinguish ERCs with outstanding scientific research in the fields of CIPOA. CIPOA is designed for fundamentals and application of Advanced Oxidation Technologies in the environmental, energy and climate sectors, towards a sustainable and carbon-neutral circular economy.

Congratulations Francisca!

Ariana Pintor and Mariko Carneiro win Innovation Prize

December 2, 2022

In October, LSRE-LCM researchers Ariana Pintor and Mariko Carneiro participated in the program BluAct, promoted by the Matosinhos City Council and UPTEC, aiming at business ideas for a blue economy and environment, born from knowledge, research and innovation.

Ariana and Mariko submitted a project entitled FilterCork, related to Mariko's PhD work (supervised by Cidália Botelho and Ariana Pintor), that consists of a practical application of a functionalised adsorbent based on cork granulates for the treatment of drinking water contaminated with arsenic.

The BluAct program included mentoring sessions with specialists in the Blue Economy sector and UPTEC. Based on their feedback, Mariko and Ariana were able to present a successful pitch of their business idea to commercialise the adsorbent product in the final session on 27 October at Matosinhos City Council, along with the other three finalists (Fykia Biotech, ISS – Inclita Seaweed Solutions Lda and Windcredible).

After evaluation by a jury composed of UPTEC, INDAQUA, Matosinhos City Council, and investor companies, FilterCork was selected as the program’s winner and granted the BluEco prize of 5 000€ by INDAQUA. Besides the monetary award, FilterCork was also given an incubation period of over 12 months and an accelerator program at UPTEC to develop the business idea. They will also integrate the network of Fórum Oceano, a Blue Economy hub, if/when the idea develops into a company.

This prize  highlights the viability and the importance of bringing the knowledge developed a LSRE-LCM to the business sector to boost innovation in the economy.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

PUBLICATIONS

J.L. Figueiredo. A Relevância da Indústria Química e o seu Contributo para a Sociedade. Princípia Editora, Lda., Cascais, 2022

APPROVED PROJECTS

CM4Methane - Unravelling the role of conductive materials in the acceleration of methane production from waste in anaerobic digestion processes. Reference: PTDC/BTA-BTA/2249/2021. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, . Starting Date: 2022/01/01. Duration: 36 months.
LigTech - Cutting-Edge PhotoElectroCatalytic Technology for Lignin Recovery. Reference: EXPL/EQU-EQU/0216/2021. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, PeX - Projetos de investigação de caráter exploratório. Starting Date: 2022/01/01. Duration: 18 months.
SERPIC - Sustainable Electrochemical Reduction of contaminants of emerging concern and Pathogens in WWTP effluent for Irrigation of Crops. Reference: Aquatic/0002/2020. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, ERA-NET - European Research Area networks. Starting Date: 2021/09/01. Duration: 36 months.
ClimActiC - Citizenship for Climate: Building Bridges between Citizenship and Science for Climate Adaptation. Reference: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000071. Funded by: Agência para o Desenvolvimento e Coesão, I.P., PORTUGAL2020 - PORTUGAL2020. Starting Date: 2021/07/01. Duration: 24 months.
Healthy Waters - Identification, Elimination, Social Awareness and Education of Water Chemical and Biological Micropollutants with Health and Environmental Implications. Reference: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000069. Funded by: CCDR-N - Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte, P2020|Norte2020 - Projetos Integrados ICDT. Starting Date: 2021/04/01. Duration: 24 months.
BiCat4Energy - Carbon-based noble metal-free bifunctional electrocatalyst for renewable energy production: Improving the Unitized Regenerative Fuel Cell. Reference: PTDC/EQU-EQU/1707/2020. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, . Starting Date: 2021/03/01. Duration: 36 months.
ENANTIOTOX - Enantioselective ecotoxicity and bioaccumulation of psychoactive substances. Reference: PTDC/CTA-AMB/6686/2020. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, . Starting Date: 2021/03/01. Duration: 36 months.
Cat4GtL - Continous Catalytic reactor for the Gas-to-Liquid process using NETmix technology. Reference: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-069953. Funded by: ANI – Agência Nacional de Investigação, . Starting Date: 2020/09/01. Duration: 36 months.
BIOma - BIOeconomy integrated solutions for Mobilization of the Agrofood chain. Reference: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-046112. Funded by: ANI – Agência Nacional de Investigação, . Starting Date: 2020/07/01. Duration: 36 months.

THESIS DEFENSES

Adriano Henrique
Upgrading of Total Isomerisation Processes with Metal-Organic Frameworks
Zhipeng Yu
Advanced Materials for Electrochemical Energy Conversion: From Self-Supported Catalytic Electrodes to Atomically Dispersed Catalysts
Joana de Matos Silva
Mixing and Controlled Combustion in NETmix
Ana Margarida Gorito Gonçalves
Micropollutants in aquaculture: constructed wetlands and advanced oxidation technologies as prospective treatments
Liliana Patrícia Lima Gonçalves
Bimetallic Catalysts supported on Carbon Materials with tailored surface properties