NEWS

Invention by Prof. Alírio Rodrigues and Prof. Ana Mafalda Ribeiro reaches the first patent grant in South Korea

March 16, 2020

An invention created by Emeritus Professor Alírio Rodrigues and Professor Ana Mafalda Ribeiro from LA LSRE-LCM in partnership with Total Petrochemicals France and Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology (KRICT) is the first patent “made in U.Porto” to reach a patent grant in South Korea.

The created invention focuses on “Pressure swing adsorption” method which involves a solid material as an adsorbent for separation processes in petrochemical industry. This adsorbent created by KRICT has an advantage since has different affinities with different compounds used in the process. In Petrochemical industry, streams usually contain a mixture of nitrogen and monomers such as propylene. Different affinities of nitrogen and propylene with the adsorbent enables the separation of the compounds.

This ecological solution which has lower energy consumption owed by this adsorbent, is an attractive technology for the Petrochemical industry.

The patent of this innovation, which involves 10 researchers from 3 institutions, Associate Laboratory  LSRE-LCM/FEUP, KRICT and TOTAL, was granted in Europe, United States and South Korea.

More info:
https://noticias.up.pt/inovacao-made-in-u-porto-quer-revolucionar-a-industria-petroquimica/

Ceremony of Professor Fernando Pereira as Full Professor

March 12, 2020

The swearing-in ceremony of Professor Fernando Pereira as Full Professor took place on March 12, 2020, in the presence of FEUP Director, Professor João Falcão e Cunha, and other colleagues from FEUP's direction and from the Chemical Engineering Department.

LSRE-LCM wishes Professor Fernando Pereira a long and successful tenure.


RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

PUBLICATIONS

R.G. Morais, N. Rey-Raap, R.S. Costa, C. Pereira, A. Guedes, J.L. Figueiredo, M.F.R. Pereira. Hydrothermal Carbon/Carbon Nanotube Composites as Electrocatalysts for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction. Journal of Composites Science, 4, 20-34, 2020
C.A.L. Graça, R.B. Lima, M.F.R. Pereira, A.M.T. Silva, A. Ferreira. Intensification of the ozone-water mass transfer in an oscillatory flow reactor with innovative design of periodic constrictions: Optimization and application in ozonation water treatment. Chemical Engineering Journal, 389, 124412, 2020
L.O. Paulista, R.A.R. Boaventura, V.J.P. Vilar, A.L.N. Pinheiro, R.J.E. Martins. Enhancing methane yield from crude glycerol anaerobic digestion by coupling with ultrasound or A. niger/E. coli biodegradation. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 27, 1461–1474, 2020
E.D. Gomes, A.E. Rodrigues. Recovery of vanillin from kraft lignin depolymerization with water as desorption eluent. Separation and Purification Technology, 239, 116551, 2020
A. Sharkawy, FM. Casimiro, M.F. Barreiro, A.E. Rodrigues. Enhancing trans-resveratrol topical delivery and photostability through entrapment in chitosan/gum Arabic Pickering emulsions. International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, 147, 150-159, 2020
I.B.R. Nogueiraa, V.Viena, A.E. Rodrigues, J.M. Loureiro,A.M. Ribeiro. Dynamics of a True Moving Bed Reactor: Synthesis of nPropyl Propionate and an alternative optimization method. Chemical Engineering & Processing: Process Intensification, 148, 107821, 2020
M.P. Silva, A.M. Ribeiro, C.G. Silva, G. Narin, I.B.R. Nogueira, U-H. Lee, J.L. Faria, J.M. Loureiro, J-S. Chang, A.E. Rodrigues, A.F.P. Ferreira. Water vapor harvesting by a (P)TSA process with MIL-125(Ti)_NH2 as adsorbent. Separation and Purification Technology, 237, 116336, 2020
A.M.A. Pintor, B.R.C. Vieira, R.A.R. Boaventura, C.M.S. Botelho. Removal of antimony from water by iron-coated cork granulates. Separation and Purification Technology, 233, 116020, 2020
M.S.C.A. Brito, M.M.Dias, R.J.Santos, J.C.B.Lopes, C.P.Fonte. Fully resolved modelling and simulation of micromixing in confined impinging jets. Chemical Engineering Science, 211, 115299, 2020

APPROVED PROJECTS

LIMEX - Innovative Membrane Extraction of Lithium for Spent Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling. Reference: ERA-MIN/0004/2018. Funded by: , . Starting Date: 2019/09/01. Duration: 36 months.
NOR_WATER - Poluentes emergentes nas águas da Galiza-Norte de Portugal: novas ferramentas para gestão de risco. Reference: 0725_NOR_WATER_1_P. Funded by: Autoridade de Gestão do Programa Operacional de Cooperação Transfronteiriça Espanha-Portugal, . Starting Date: 2019/04/01. Duration: 33 months.
Valor Natural - Natural Resources through the Extraction of High Added Value Ingredients for Applications in the Food Industry. Reference: NORTE-01-0247-FEDER-024479. Funded by: , . Starting Date: 2018/09/01. Duration: 36 months.

THESIS DEFENSES

Elson Dinis Gomes
Development of a continuous process for the production of vanillin and syringaldehyde from kraft black liquor
Francesco Biancullo
Lab to Pilot-Scale Photocatalytic Treatment of Antibiotics, Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria and Antibiotic Resistance Genes
Dânia Sofia Martins Constantino
Process Intensification for Butyl Acrylate Synthesis based on Sorption-Enhanced Reaction and Pervaporation-based Hybrid Processes
Vanessa Filomena Duarte Martins
Light Olefin/Paraffin Separation By Cyclic Adsorption Processes
Marta Filipa Ferreira Pedrosa
Graphene-Based Catalytic Membranes for Water Treatment
Shi Qian
New Processes and Adsorbents for p-Xylene production
Batuira Martins da Costa Filho
Intensification of Heterogeneous Photocatalytic Processes using the NETmix mili-photoreactor for VOCs Oxidation at Gas Phase
Maria João Barbosa Regufe
CO₂ Capture from Flue Gases by Electric Swing Adsorption