Dr Rui S. Ribeiro is currently a Junior Researcher at Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM, within the framework of the Project InSpeCt – Identifying and interrupting micropollutants of EU concern by using Smart Carbon materials.

Rui S. Ribeiro completed the Integrated Master in Biological Engineering, branch of Environmental Technologies, in 2009, at University of Minho, Portugal. In 2011, he joined the Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM as Research Fellow in a national project dealing with the application of metal-free carbon materials in environmental catalytic applications. In 2014, he was awarded an Individual Ph.D. Studentship funded by FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, with a Ph.D. thesis entitled “Synthesis of hybrid magnetic carbon nanocomposites for catalytic wet peroxide oxidation”. Both the Research Project and the Ph.D. studies were performed under the supervision of Professors Joaquim L. Faria, Helder T. Gomes and Adrián M.T. Silva. 

Dr Ribeiro completed his Ph.D. studies in the field of Chemical and Biological Engineering on July 2018, with the highest academic distinction (Cum Laude) awarded by University of Porto, Portugal. Later on, The International Ph.D. School on Advanced Oxidation Processes has conferred upon Dr Ribeiro the prize for the best Ph.D. thesis of 2018 in the field of advanced oxidation processes. 

His main outputs include the participation in a relevant number of national and international conferences (>20), and the co-authorship of 18 research papers in international peer reviewed ISI indexed journals – 12 out of which as first author. Among these, 5 were published in Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, #1 TOP journal in the category of: Engineering, Environmental – Science (ISI Journal Citation Reports, 2018); 1 was published in Water Research, #2 TOP journal in the same category; and 2 were published in Chemical Engineering Journal, #3 TOP journal in the same category.

Dr Ribeiro has been gaining scientific expertise in the preparation, modification and characterization of nano- and macro-structured carbon-based materials for environmental applications. In early July 2018, he delivered his first invited keynote lecture at “Carbon 2018 – The World Conference on Carbon”, entitled “From nano- to macro-scale: hybrid magnetic carbon nanocomposites as a tool for catalytic wet peroxide oxidation”. His second invited keynote lecture was delivered at the “3rd European Summer School on Environmental Applications of Advanced Oxidation Processes”, and made available through the link.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Development of nano- and macro-structured carbon-based materials
Cost-effective technologies for water/wastewater treatment, purification and reuse
Advanced oxidation processes (AOPs)
Analytic tools for micropollutant detection and quantification
Metal-free carbon-based catalytic membranes

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

R.S. Ribeiro, J. Gallo, M. Bañobre-López, A.M.T. Silva, J.L. Faria, H.T. Gomes. Enhanced performance of cobalt ferrite encapsulated in graphitic shell by means of AC magnetically activated catalytic wet peroxide oxidation of 4-nitrophenol. Chemical Engineering Journal, 376, 120012, 2019 R.S. Ribeiro, R.O. Rodrigues, A.M.T. Silva, P.B. Tavares, A.M.C. Carvalho, J.L. Figueiredo, J.L. Faria, H.T. Gomes. Hybrid magnetic graphitic nanocomposites towards catalytic wet peroxide oxidation of the liquid effluent from a mechanical biological treatment plant for municipal solid waste. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 219, 645-657, 2017 R.S. Ribeiro, A.M.T. Silva, J.L. Figueiredo, J.L. Faria, H.T. Gomes. Catalytic wet peroxide oxidation: a route towards the application of hybrid magnetic carbon nanocomposites for the degradation of organic pollutants. A review. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 187, 428-460, 2016 R.S. Ribeiro, Z. Frontistis, D. Mantzavinos, D. Venieri, M. Antonopoulou, I.K. Konstantinou, A.M.T. Silva, J.L. Faria, H.T. Gomes. Magnetic carbon xerogels for the catalytic wet peroxide oxidation of sulfamethoxazole in environmentally relevant water matrices. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 199, 170-186, 2016 R.S. Ribeiro, A.M.T. Silva, L.M. Pastrana-Martínez, J.L. Figueiredo, J.L. Faria, H.T. Gomes. Graphene-based materials for the catalytic wet peroxide oxidation of highly concentrated 4-nitrophenol solutions. Catalysis Today, 249, 204-212, 2015

SELECTED PROJECTS

InSpeCt - Identifying and interrupting micropollutants of EU concern by using Smart Carbon materials. Reference: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-031049. Funded by: , . Starting Date: 2018/07/01. Duration: 36 months. AIProcMat@N2020 - Advanced Industrial Processes and Materials for a Sustainable North Region of Portugal2020. Reference: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000006. Funded by: , . Starting Date: 2016/06/01. Duration: 36 months. Degradation of organic pollutants by catalytic oxidation with hydrogen peroxide on carbon materials. Reference: PTDC/AAC-AMB/110088/2009. Funded by: , . Starting Date: 2011/01/01. Duration: 42 months.
Rui S. Ribeiro
Investigador Doutorado
rsribeiro@fe.up.pt