Eliana Sousa da Silva wins a Best Poster Award at CarboCat-VIII

June 26-29, 2018

Eliana Sousa da Silva was prized with a Best Poster Award, attributed by the International Scientific Committee of the 8th International Symposium on Carbon for Catalysis, CarboCat–VIII, held in Porto – Portugal from 26 to 29 June.

The award comprises a certificate and a monetary prize, kindly sponsored by Catalysts (MDPI).

The work presented at this conference, entitled "Tuning the properties of g-C3N4 for enhanced photocatalytic production of H2 from water" is a result of a joint collaboration with researchers from several institutions, namely Professor Manuel Prieto (CQFM-IN and IBB, Instituto Superior Técnico Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal), Professor Ana Coutinho (CQFM-IN and IBB, Instituto Superior Técnico, and Faculty of Sciences, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal), Doctor Claudia H. Sawnson (Institut für Chemie, Otto-von-Guericke Universität Magdeburg, Germany), Doctor Cláudia G. Silva (LSRE-LCM) and Professor Joaquim L. Faria (LSRE-LCM).

Eliana Sousa da Silva is currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher at LSRE-LCM, working under the guidance of Professor Joaquim L. Faria in the field of photocatalytic water splitting to produce solar fuels, namely hydrogen.

LA LSRE-LCM congratulates Eliana for the award received at CarboCat-VIII!

CarboCat - VIII, International Symposium on Carbon for Catalysis

June 26 - 29, 2018, Porto, Portugal

The 8th International Symposium on Carbon for Catalysis, CarboCat – VIII, took place in Porto from June 26 to 29. The event was organized by the Catalysis and Carbon Materials group of the Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM, under the auspices of the Carbon Group of the Portuguese Chemical Society (C@SPQ).

Following the previous CarboCat meetings held in Lausanne (2004), Saint-Petersburg (2006), Berlin (2008), Dalian (2010), Brixen (2012), Trondheim (2014) and Strasbourg (2016), CarboCat-VIII was devoted to new developments and fundamental advances on carbon materials (conventional and nanostructured carbons) for catalytic applications.

The Scientific Program included 3 Plenary Lectures by renowned scientists, namely Professors Graham Hutchings (Cardiff University, UK), Krijn P. de Jong (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) and Robert Schlögl (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society and Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Germany), 4 Key-Note Lectures (Siglinda Perathoner, Italy; Magdalena Titirici, UK; Magnus Rønning, Norway; and Nathalie Job, Belgium), 33 oral communications and 85 posters communications, of which 12 were also selected for Short Oral presentation. The venue of CarboCat VIII was the Almeida Garrett Municipal Library, located in the magnificent gardens of “Palácio de Cristal”, and kindly made available by the Town Hall, where the 130 delegates from 18 different countries were adequately received.

The Social Program included a welcome reception, a boat trip in the Douro, a visit to the Port Wine Cellars, and the Congress Dinner, which also featured a taste of “Fado”, the traditional Portuguese song, performed by our own post-doctoral researcher Rita Ruivo.

It was most rewarding to learn that the participants returned home with Porto in their hearts!

More information about this year edition of CarboCat – VIII at:



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


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.


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