NEWS

Professor Alírio Rodrigues was one of the new fellows of The International Adsorption Society

March 26, 2020

Emeritus Professor Alírio E. Rodrigues was appointed as Fellow of The International Adsorption Society (IAS), by the IAS Board in accordance with the recommendations of a review committee.

Professor Alírio E. Rodrigues, together with Shamsuzzaman Farooq, Randall Q. Snurr and Orhan Talu, were appointed due to "the tremendous and significant contributions during their careers for the field of adsorption and for our international community". 

Besides the public announcement in “Adsorption” journal and receiving of a formal certificate, new fellows of IAS will be honoured at the Conference on the Fundamentals of Adsorption (FOA meeting) in Denver, 2022. 

More info at:
https://www.int-ads-soc.org/fellows/




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/

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

PUBLICATIONS

K.M. Eblagon, A.Malaika, K. Ptaszynska, M.F.R. Pereira, J.L. Figueiredo. Impact of thermal treatment of Nb2O5 on its performance in glucose dehydration to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural in water. Nanomaterials, 10, 1685-1709, 2020
R.R. Marques, C. Malafaia, J.L. Faria, I. Menezes. Using online tools in participatory research with adolescents to promote civic engagement and environmental mobilization: the WaterCircle (WC) project. Environmental Education Research, 26, 1043-1059, 2020
C.A. Vega-Aguilar, M.F. Barreiro, A.E. Rodrigues. Catalytic wet peroxide oxidation of vanillic acid as a lignin model compound towards the renewable production of dicarboxylic acids. Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 159, 115-125, 2020
R.V. Kumar, M.O. Barbosa, A.R Ribeiro, S. Morales-Torres, M.F.R. Pereira, A.M.T. Silva. Advanced oxidation technologies combined with direct contact membrane distillation for treatment of secondary municipal wastewater. Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 140, 111-123, 2020
D.S.M. Constantino, R.P.V. Faria, A.M. Ribeiro, A. E. Rodrigues. Pervaporation and Sorption Enhanced Reactive Cyclic Processes: The Butyl Acrylate Case Study. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 59, 2817-2827, 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
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

NanoCatRed - Novel metallic NANOparticles on NANOstructured supports for oxyanion CATalytic REDuction in water. Reference: NORTE-01-0247-FEDER-045925. Funded by: ANI – Agência Nacional de Investigação, P2020|COMPETE - Projetos em Copromoção. Starting Date: 2020/06/01. Duration: 36 months.
LIMEX - Innovative Membrane Extraction of Lithium for Spent Lithium-Ion Battery Recycling. Reference: ERA-MIN/0004/2018. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, ERA-NET - European Research Area networks. Starting Date: 2019/09/01. Duration: 36 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: ANI – Agência Nacional de Investigação, P2020|COMPETE - Programas Mobilizadores. 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