Alírio Rodrigues graduated in Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the U. Porto (FEUP) in 1968. After a training period in Angola at the brewery company CUCA and oil refinery FINA he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering of U. of Luanda as Teaching Assistant. In 1970 he started post-graduate studies at the Centre de Cinétique Physique et Chimique (CNRS) and ENSIC; in 1973 he obtained his Dr-Ing. degree at the U. de Nancy I, France in the area of Ion Exchange. He went back to the U. Luanda end of 1973 and return to Portugal end of 1975 joining for a short period the U. of Évora and later in 1976 the Department of Chemical Engineering of FEUP. He created a research group which became the Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering (LSRE). He was Director of LSRE until 2012. Under his leadership LSRE created the pole at IPB and obtained the status of Associate Laboratory in partnership with LCM. He was visiting professor at UTC, France, U. Virginia, USA, U. Oviedo, Spain and UFC, Brazil. Since 2013 he is Emeritus Professor of U. Porto. He supervised more than 60 PhD students during his career and published more than 600 papers in peer-reviewed journals.


Cyclic adsorption/reaction processes
- PSA and SMB for olefins/paraffins separation
- SMB for chiral separations, sugar separations, xylenes separations
Process intensification
- SMBR and PermSMBR for acetals, esterifications for Ethyl lactate and butyl acrylate, xylenes isomerization
- PSA and ESA for CO2 capture, cryogenic adsorption, SERP for H2 production
- Parametric pumping, Expanded bed adsorption for protein separation
Lignin valorization: vanillin and syringaldehyde from lignin
Perfume Engineering and Microencapsulation


L. Francis, C. Leroy, A. Fernandez, A.M.A.P. Ribeiro, J.C.G.F. Santos, A.E. Rodrigues, J.-S. Chang, U-H. Lee, Y.K. Hwang, J.-P. Bonne, Cyclical method of producing high-purity nitrogen and optionally a high purity hydrocarbon from a feedstock containing nitrogen and a hydrocarbon. PCT/FR2012/051623, July 2012. US Patent 9844750, February 2015, granted December 2017. EU Patent 2869908, February 2015, granted September 2018.
S. Rifflart, A.M.A.P. Ribeiro, J.C.G.F. Santos, A.E.Rodrigues, Low Energy Cyclic PSA Process. PCT/EP2012/05859, May 2012. US Patent 14118442, November 2013. EU Patent 2709746, December 2013.
V.M.T.M. Silva, C.S.M. Pereira, A.E. Rodrigues, Simulated Moving Bed Membrane Reactor, New Hybrid Separation Process and Uses Thereof. PCT/IB2010/051510, April 2010. US Patent 20120108841 A1, January 2012. EU Patent 2418009, October 2011, granted August 2015. Portuguese Patent 104496, April 2009, granted March 2009.
C.A. Grande, S. Cavenati, A.E. Rodrigues, Separation Column and Pressure Swing Adsorption Process for Gas Purification. PCT/IB2007/055138, December 2007. Portuguese Patent 103615, December 2006.
A. Rodrigues, C. Grande, N. Lamia, L. Wolff, P. Leflaive, D. Leinekugel-Le-Cocq, Method of Separating Propylene in Mixture with Propane by Adsorption in Simulated Moving Bed. PCT/FR2007/001170, July 2007. US Patent 12374911, November 2009.
A.E. Rodrigues, V.M.T.M. Silva, Industrial Process for Acetals Production in a Simulated Moving Bed Reactor. PCT/IB2005/051597, May 2005. US Patent 7488851 B2, granted February 2009. EU Patent 1748974, February 2009, granted February 2009. Portuguese Patent 103123, May 2004.


M.C. Coimbra, A.E. Rodrigues, J.D. Rodrigues, R.J.M. Robalo, R.M.P. Almeida. Moving Finite Element Method: Fundamentals and Applications in Chemical Engineering. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016 Y.J. Wu, P. Li, J.G. Yu, A.F. Cunha, A.E. Rodrigues. Progress on Sorption-Enhanced Reaction Process for Hydrogen Production: A Review. Reviews in Chemical Engineering, 32, 271-304, 2016 V.F.D. Martins, A.M. Ribeiro, J.C. Santos, J.M. Loureiro, K. Gleichmann, A.Ferreira, A.E.Rodrigues. Development of gas-phase SMB technology for light olefin/paraffin separations. AIChE Jounal, 62, 2490-2500, 2016 A. Rodrigues, C. Pereira, M. Minceva, L.S. Pais, A.M. Ribeiro, A. Ribeiro, M. Silva, N. Graça, J.C. Santos. Simulated Moving Bed Technology: Principles, Design and Process Applications. Butterworth-Heinemann, Elsevier, 2015 M.S.P. Silva, A.E. Rodrigues, J.P.B. Mota. Modeling and simulation of an industrial-scale Parex process. AIChE Journal, 61, 1345-1363, 2015 R.P.V. Faria, A.E. Rodrigues. Instrumental aspects of Simulated Moving Bed chromatography. Journal of Chromatography A, 1421, 82-102, 2015 C.A.E. Costa, P.C.R. Pinto, A.E. Rodrigues. Radar Tool for Lignin Classification on the Perspective of Its Valorization. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 54, 7580-7590, 2015 D.S.M. Constantino, C.S.M. Pereira, R.P.V. Faria, J.M. Loureiro, A.E. Rodrigues. Simulated moving bed reactor for butyl acrylate synthesis: From pilot to industrial scale. Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification, 97, 153-168, 2015 M.A. Teixeira, O. Rodriguez, P. Gomes, V. Mata, A. Rodrigues. Perfume Engineering: Design, Performance & Classification. Butterworth-Heineman, 2013 Z. Liu, L. Wang, X. Kong, P. Li, J. Yu, A.E. Rodrigues. On Site CO2 Capture from Flue Gas by an Adsorption Process in a Coal-Fired Power Plant. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 51, 7355-7363, 2012 V.M.T.M. Silva, C.S.M. Pereira, A.E. Rodrigues. PermSMBR - A new hybrid technology: Application on green solvent and biofuel production. AIChE Journal, 57, 1840-1851, 2011 A.E. Rodrigues (Ed). Tecnologia limpia para el aproechamiento de olefinas ligeras. 2004 A.E. Rodrigues, M.D. LeVan, D. Tondeur (Eds). Adsorption: Science and Technology. Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1989 A.E. Rodrigues (Ed). Ion Exchange: Science and Technology. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1989 A.E. Rodrigues, J.M. Calo, N.H. Sweed (Eds). Multiphase Chemical Reactors. Volume II - Design Methods. Sijthoff & Noordhoff, 1981 A.E. Rodrigues, J.M. Calo, N.H. Sweed (Eds). Multiphase Chemical Reactors Vol I - Fundamentals. Sijthoff & Noordhoff, 1981 A. Rodrigues, D. Tondeur (Eds). Percolation Processes: Theory and Applications. Sijthoff & Noordhoff, 1980


Production of Vanillin from Tobacco Biomass Lignin. Reference: FEUP/RJR/2014/01. Funded by: R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, USA. Starting Date: 2014/07/01. Duration: 4 months. Role: Coordinator New adsorption-based cyclic reaction-separation processes. Reference: EXCL/QEQ-PRS/0308/2012. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, EXCL - Linhas de Investigação de Excelência. Starting Date: 2012/12/31. Duration: 36 months. Role: Coordinator EUROBIOREF - EUROpean multilevel integrated BIOREFinery design for sustainable biomass processing. Reference: FP7 241718. Funded by: European Comission, FP7 Project. Starting Date: 2010/02/28. Duration: 48 months. Role: Coordinator MACADEMIA - MOFs as catalysts and adsorbents: Discovery and engineering of materials for industrial applications. Reference: FP7 228862. Funded by: European Comission, FP7 Project. Starting Date: 2009/06/30. Duration: 48 months. Role: Coordinator
Alírio Rodrigues
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