NEWS

ALiCE kick-off meeting

January 21, 2022

The kick-off meeting of ALiCE, the recently created Associate Laboratory in Chemical Engineering, took place on January 21st, at FEUP Main Auditorium. During the event, ALiCE members and invitees got to know ALiCE main objectives and mission and its organisation in research thematic lines.

The ALiCE consortium, is composed by LEPABE, LSRE-LCM and CEFT, three R&D Units based at the Department of Chemical Engineering at FEUP. The Associate Laboratory status is attributed, through highly competitive calls, to institutions or consortia of scientific institutions that make institutional commitments to carry out the country's scientific and technological policy objectives.

Prof. Pedro Rodrigues (Vice-Rector of U.Porto), Prof. João Falcão e Cunha (Director of FEUP) and Prof. Nuno Rodrigues (Vice-Director of IPLeiria) were present at the meeting and addressed ALiCE members with kind and motivational words. ALiCE is thankful for all the support from U.Porto and FEUP in achieving this goal.

ALiCE team is proud of the accomplishments made so far and wishes all the success for ALiCE members in the future!

90 segundos de ciência: Maria José Sampaio

January 11, 2022

Maria José Sampaio, Researcher at FEUP and member of ALiCE and LSRE-LCM was this week's guest of 90 segundos de ciência (Antena 1).

Here, Maria José talks about the production of oxygen using a device developed at LSRE-LCM based on sustainable resources and technologies under the scope of the MicroPhotOGen project.  

The podcast can be found here. More information at U.Porto and Sapo news.

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

PUBLICATIONS

M. S. C. A. Brito, R. J. Santos, M. M. Dias, J. C. B. Lopes, C. P. Fonte. Striation Thickness Distribution in Split-and-Recombine Mixers in the Stokes Regime. Chemical Engineering and Processing - Process Intensification. Chemical Engineering and Processing - Process Intensification, 170, 108714, 2022
A.R.L. Ribeiro, M.N. Nadagouda, D.D. Dionysiou. Photocatalytic degradation of pharmaceuticals and other contaminants of emerging concern in water and wastewater. Current Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry, 31, 100507, 2021
A.S. Carvalho, S.C. Rezende, C. Caleja, E. Pereira, L. Barros, I. Fernandes, Y.A. Manrique, O.H. Gonçalves, I.C.F.R. Ferreira, M.F. Barreiro. β-Carotene colouring systems based on solid lipid particles produced by hot melt dispersion. Food Control, 129, 108262, 2021
M. Karimi, A.E. Rodrigues, J.A.C. Silva. Designing a simple volumetric apparatus for measuring gas adsorption equilibria and kinetics of sorption. Application and validation for CO2, CH4 and N2 adsorption in binder-free beads of 4A zeolite. Chemical Engineering Journal, 425, 130538, 2021
N.F.F. Moreira, S. Ribeirinho-Soares, A.T. Viana, C.A.L. Graça, A.R.L. Ribeiro, N. Castelhano, C. Egas, M.F.R. Pereira, A.M.T. Silva, O.C. Nunes. Rethinking water treatment targets: Bacteria regrowth under unprovable conditions. Water Research, 201, 117374, 2021
P. Velho, P.F. Requejo, E. Gómez, E.A. Macedo. Thermodynamic study of ATPS involving ethyl lactate and different inorganic salts. Separation and Purification Technology, 275, 119155, 2021
M.N. Miranda, M.J.Sampaio, P.B. Tavares, A.M.T. Silva, M.F.R. Pereira. Aging assessment of microplastics (LDPE, PET and uPVC) under urban environment stressors. Science of The Total Environment, 796, 148914, 2021
T.B. Schreiner, G. Colucci, A. Santamaria-Echart, I.P. Fernandes, M.M. Dias, S.P. Pinho, M.F. Barreiro. Evaluation of saponin-rich extracts as natural alternative emulsifiers: a comparative study with pure Quillaja Bark saponin. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 623, 126748, 2021
I.F.B. Segundo, A.I. Gomes, B.M. Souza-Chaves, M. Park, A.B. dos Santos, R.A.R. Boaventura, F.C. Moreira, T.F.C.V. Silva, V.J.P. Vilar. Incorporation of ozone-driven processes in a treatment line for a leachate from a hazardous industrial waste landfill: impact on the bio-refractory character and dissolved organic matter distribution. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 9, 105554, 2021
V.V. Santana, M.A.F. Martins, J.M. Loureira, A.M. Ribeiro, A.E. Rodrigues, I.B.R. Nogueira. Optimal fragrances formulation using a deep learning neural network architecture: A novel systematic approach. Computers & Chemical Engineering, 150, 107344, 2021
A. Ribeiro, Y.A. Manrique, F. Barreiro, J.C.B. Lopes, M.M. Dias. Continuous Production of Hydroxyapatite Pickering Emulsions using a Mesostructured Reactor. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 91, 126365, 2021

APPROVED PROJECTS

2SMART - 2SMART - engineered Smart materials for Smart citizens. Reference: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000054. 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.
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.
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

Asma Mohamad Abdallah Sharkawy
Novel chitosan-based Pickering emulsions as green encapsulation systems and delivery vehicles of bioactive agents
Carlos Vega Aguilar
Production of C4 Dicarboxylic Acids from Lignin Oxidation
Andreia Sofia Silva Ribeiro
Nanohydroxyapatite Pickering emulsions: from product development to functional ingredients in food applications
Hugo Alexandre Mendes Bacelo
Tannin resins from maritime pine bark as adsorbents for water treatment and recovery of substances
Paulo Miguel Oliveira Cardoso do Carmo
Separation and Recovery of Monomers in Industrial Streams by Adsorption
Ana Catarina Godinho Moreira
Continuous production of microparticles for textile applications using NETmix, a mesostructured reactor
Jéssica Antunes Xavier
Granulação e estabilidade de lodo granular aeróbio desenvolvido em reatores em bateladas sequenciais operados em diferentes condições operacionais
Inalmar Dantas Barbosa Segundo
Multistage treatment system for leachates from industrial hazardous and non-hazardous waste landfills
Marta Sofia Oliveira Barbosa
Multi-layer carbon cartridges for determination of EU multi-class organic micropollutants
Márcia Patrícia Cardoso da Silva
Water Harvesting by Adsorption Based Processes on MOFs
Margarida Sarmento Cunha Abrunhosa de Brito
Mixing Mechanisms in 2D Reactors