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PhD Student Isabel Barbosa Wins Poster Award ECCE-ECAB 2023

September 27, 2023

Isabel Sofia Barbosa received the Best Poster Award “Transformation of the Chemical Industry” at the 14th European Congress of Chemical Engineering and 7th European Congress of Applied Biotechnology, which took place on 17th – 21st September 2023, in Berlin, Germany. The European Congress of Chemical Engineering is the major event of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE). At ECCE 14 & ECAB 7, scientists from industry, universities, and research institutions from Europe and beyond met to discuss the latest research and industrial applications in all fields of chemistry, process engineering, biotechnology, and related fields.

In this edition, among more than 400 poster presentations, the poster presented by Isabel Barbosa, PhD student at LSRE-LCM, entitled "Photo-assisted production of green ammonia-based fuels", was awarded the prize “Transformation of the Chemical Industry” sponsored by BASF and presented by Dr. Hermann Feise, which is the responsible for Scouting and Academic Networks at BASF and former president of EFCE.

This poster presents the initial results of the SuN2Fuel project, which aims at the photocatalytic production of ammonia as a rising alternative to industrial processes, based on clean technologies and renewable resources, toward a carbon-free economy. The SuN2Fuel project also combines fundamental research on catalysts with the design of suitable reactors and respective techno-economic evaluation of the process to produce ammonia to be used in Fuel Cells. The SuN2Fuel is funded by FCT (2022.04682.PTDC) and is being developed at R&D units LSRE-LCM and CEFT from the Associate Laboratory ALiCE.

Scholarships for 9 PhD projects supervised by LSRE-LCM researchers granted by FCT

September 15, 2023

LSRE-LCM congratulates the 9 researchers who were granted PhD scholarships in the 2023 National FCT call:

Amala Joy - Supervisors: Cláudia Silva, Joaquim Faria, Maria José Sampaio

Ana Rita Querido - Supervisors: Salomé Soares, Fernando Pereira

Beatriz Cambão da Silva - Supervisors: Alexandre Ferreira, Ana Mafalda Ribeiro, Idelfonso Nogueira (NTNU), Diogo Rodrigues

Carolina Duarte - Supervisors: Ricardo Santos, Vítor Vilar

Elham Delvar - Supervisors: Ricardo Santos, Cláudia Silva

Francisca Cardoso - Supervisors: Filipe Mergulhão (LEPABE), Salomé Soares

João Lopes (IPLeiria) - Co-supervisors: Adrián Silva

José Barbosa - Supervisors: Salomé Soares, Ana Mafalda Ribeiro

Sofia Brandão - Supervisors: Ricardo Santos, Stephane Negny (LGC - INP Toulouse)

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

ERA-ARE - A new ERA for Environmental Risk Assessment: Chirality as a tool towards environmentally safe pharmaceuticals. Reference: ERC - 101039270. Funded by: European Comission, Horizon Europe | ERC | STARTING GRANTS. Starting Date: 2023/12/31. Duration: 60 months.
F-CAT - A catalytic tool for the defluorination of PFAS in drinking water into degradable organics. Reference: 2022.03874.PTDC. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, . Starting Date: 2023/03/01. Duration: 18 months.
STAR - STereoselective environmental processes in Antibiotics: role for Resistance. Reference: 2022.02842.PTDC. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, . Starting Date: 2023/03/01. Duration: 36 months.
DRopH2O - Drinking water quality: early warning and removal of microcontaminants by innovative carbon-based materials. Reference: 2022.08738.PTDC. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, . Starting Date: 2023/03/01. Duration: 36 months.
SuN2Fuel - Photo-assisted production of green ammonia-based fuels. Reference: 2022.04682.PTDC. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, . Starting Date: 2023/03/01. Duration: 36 months.
CO2-to-CH4 - Cutting-edge solar-to-heat technology to foster photo-thermocatalytic CO2 methanation towards a climate-neutral economy. Reference: 2022.01176.PTDC. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, . Starting Date: 2023/03/01. Duration: 18 months.
H2O-3DCapture - Water harvesting – sustainable solution based on a gas-adsorption process using innovative 3D-printed hybrid materials. Reference: 2022.01973.PTDC. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, . Starting Date: 2023/03/01. Duration: 18 months.

THESIS DEFENSES

Vinicius Viena Santana
Cyber-physical oriented chemical process for green and sustainable production
André Tiago Torres Pinto
Optimised 2D Carbon Materials Activated by Artificial Light and Electrical Current for Catalytic Water and Wastewater Treatment
Larissa Oliveira Paulista
Solar-Driven Thermo-Photocatalytic CO2 Valorisation into Value-Added Fuels
Isabel Sousa Fernandes
Multiphase Flow in NETmix: mixing studies and applications
Rute Agostinha Gomes Seabra
Separation of light hydrocarbons by Simulated Moving Bed
Rafael Gomes Morais
Noble-metal free carbon-based materials for energy conversion