Mário Rui P. F. N. Costa graduated in Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) in 1978 and joined the Department of Chemical Engineering of FEUP as Teaching Assistant. In 1979 he started his post-graduate studies in École Nationale Supérieure des Indsustries Chimiques (ENSIC), one of the seven engineering schools ('grande école') belonging to Institut Polytechnique de Lorraine (INPL), Nancy, France. Working under the supervison of late Prof. Jacques Villermaux, he obtained in 1983 the degree of Docteur-ès-Sciences Physiques, specialty Chemical Engineering, later recognized as equivalent to Ph.D. at University of Porto. Since then he works in FEUP where he pursues his teaching first as Assistant and later (since 1990) Associate Professor and research career in LSRE-LCM.

Polymerization reactions and reactors

Physical properties and molecular engineering of macromolecules and networks

Mixing, phase change and chemical reactions in nanoparticle formation

J.C.B. Lopes, R.J.N. Santos, A.F.T.M. Teixeira, M.R.P.F.N. Costa, Production Process of Plastic Parts by Reaction Injection Moulding and Related Head Device. PCT/IB2005/000886, April 2005. US Patent 7708918 B2, granted May 2010. EU Patent 1732747, December 2006, granted December 2006. Portuguese Patent 103101, April 2004.

D. Oliveira, C.P. Gomes, R.C.S Dias, M.R.P.F.N. Costa. Molecular imprinting of 5-fluorouracil in particles with surface RAFT grafted functional brushes. Reactive and Functional Polymers, 107, 35–45, 2016
C. Almeida, H. Costa, P. Kadhirvel, A.M. Queiroz, R.C.S. Dias, M.R.P.F.N. Costa. Electrochemical activity of sulfur networks synthesized through RAFT polymerization. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 133, 43993(1-11), 2016
S. Lazzari, S. Hamzehlou, Y. Reyes, J.R. Leiza, M.R.P.F.N. Costa, R.C.S. Dias, G. Storti. Bulk crosslinking copolymerization: Comparison of different modeling approaches. Macromolecular Reaction Engineering, 8, 678–695, 2014
L.G. Aguiar, M.A.D. Gonçalves, V.D. Pinto, R.C.S. Dias, M.R.P.F.N. Costa, R. Giudici. Mathematical Modeling of NMRP of Styrene-Divinylbenzene over the Pre- and Post-Gelation Periods Including Cyclization. Macromolecular Reaction Engineering, 8, 295-313, 2014
M.R.P.F.N. Costa. Step-Growth and Ring-Opening Polymerization. In Reference Module in Chemistry, Molecular Sciences and Chemical Engineering, Elsevier, 2013
M.R.P.F.N. Costa, R.C.S. Dias. Prediction of Mean-Square Radius of Gyration of Tree-Like Polymers by a General Kinetic Approach. Polymer, 48, 1785-1801, 2007
L.M.H. Carvalho, M.R.P.F.N. Costa, C.A.V. Costa. A Very Simple Empirical Kinetic model of the Acid-Catalyzed Cure of Urea-Formaldehyde Resins. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 102, 5977-5987, 2006
R.C.S. Dias, M.R.P.F.N. Costa. A general kinetic method to predict sequence length distributions for non-linear irreversible multicomponent polymerizations. Polymer, 47, 6895-6913, 2006
M.R.P.F.N. Costa, R. Bachmann. Polycondensation. In Handbook of Polymer Reaction Engineering, Vol. 1, Ch. 3, pp. 57–152, Thierry Meyer, Jos Keurentjes (Eds.), Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, 2005
M.R.P.F.N. Costa, R.C.S. Dias. An Improved General Kinetic Analysis of Non-Linear Irreversible Polymerizations. Chemical Engineering Science, 60, 423-446, 2005
R.C.S. Dias, M.R.P.F.N. Costa. A New Look at the Kinetic Modeling of Free Radical Polymerizations with Terminal Branching and Transfer to Polymer. Macromolecules, 36, 8853-8863, 2003
M.F.F. Barreiro, R.C.S. Dias, M.R.P.F.N. Costa. Experimental Determination of Sequence Length Distribution of Hard Segments in Polyester-Polyurethanes. Macromolecules, 27, 7650-7653, 1994
M.R.P.F.N. Costa, R.C.S. Dias. A General Kinetic Analysis of Non-Linear Irreversible Copolymerizations. Chemical Engineering Science, 49, 491-516, 1994
M.R.P.F.N. Costa, J. Villermaux. Mathematical and Experimental Foundations of Linear Polycondensation Modeling. 3. Experimental Study of Catalyzed Polyesterification of Adipic Acid and Triethyleneglycol : Equilibrium and Kinetics. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 28, 711-719, 1989
M.R.P.F.N. Costa, J. Villermaux. Mathematical and Experimental Foundations of Linear Polycondensation Modeling. 2. Computational Aspects of the Evaluation of Chain Length Distributions and Average Degrees of Polymerization for Linear Reversible Polycondensation. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 28, 702-710, 1989
M.R.P.F.N. Costa, J. Villermaux. Mathematical and Experimental Foundations of Linear Polycondensation Modeling. 1. Modeling and Simulation of Linear, Irreversible Polycondensation. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 27, 421-429, 1988
M.R.P.F.N. Costa, D. Schweich, H.-X. Wei, J. Villermaux. Band Spreading Modeling and Correction in Size Exclusion Chromatography. Part II: New Methods for Band Spreading Correction. Chemical Engineering Communications, 49, 369-379, 1987
M.R.P.F.N. Costa, D. Schweich, H.-X. Wei, J. Villermaux. Band Spreading Modeling and Correction in Size Exclusion Chromatography. Part I: Linear Chromatography Theory and the Prediction of the Shape of Single component Chromatograms. Chemical Engineering Communications, 49, 331-368, 1987

NANOPOLY - Hybrid Models for Tailoring Nano-Architectures of polymers.
Reference: PITN-GA-2009-238700. Funded by: European Comission,
FP7 Project.
Starting Date: 2009/09/30. Duration: 48 months. Role: Coordinator