Cátia A. L. Graça did the Integrated Master in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the New University of Lisbon (FCT-UNL) in 2011. As a result of her excellent academic performance, Cátia received the Best Student Prize in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the end of her master studies. After that, in 2012 Cátia undertook a research fellowship at Instituto Superior Técnico dedicated to the photochemical and photophysical characterization of fluorescent probes. Meanwhile, in 2013 she completed a honors degree in Occupational Health and Safety. In 2014 she received a BE Mundus full PhD. scholarship, a mobility funding from the European Commission that gave her the opportunity to undertake the full PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, until May 2017. During that time, she applied her backgound knowledge in photochemistry to the development of light-driven processes for water cleaning. After completing her PhD, she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher within an academic cooperation program between three important Brazilian universities (UFRN, UFPE, and USP), which included besides a research activities, the supervision of undergraduate students internships, as well as master theses and short-term courses ministration.

In December 2018, she join at LSRE-LCM, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, as Postdoctoral Researcher  under the project DEPCAT (December 2018 – March 2020), supervised by Assistant Professor Adrián M.T. Silva.

Supervisors: Adrián Silva

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Environmental technologies
Advanced Oxidation processes
Advanced Oxidation processes
Toxicity assays
Photochemistry

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

C.A.L. Graça, M.G. Maniero, L.M. Andrade, J.R. Guimarães, A.C.S.C. Teixeira. Evaluation of amicarbazone toxicity removal through degradation processes based on hydroxyl and sulfate radicals. Journal of environmental science and health, Part A, 54, 1126-1143, 2019 L.P. Souza, C.A.L. Graça, M.E.S. Taqueda, A.C.S.C. Teixeira, O. Chiavone-Filho. Insights into the reactivity of zero-valent-copper-containing materials as reducing agents of 2,4,6-trichlorophenol in a recirculating packed-column system: Degradation mechanism and toxicity evaluation. Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 127, 348-358, 2019 C.A.L. Graça, L.T.N. Fugita, A.C. Velosa, A.C.S.C. Teixeira. Amicarbazone degradation promoted by ZVI-activated persulfate: study of relevant variables for practical application. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 6, 5474-5483, 2018 C.A.L. Graça, A.C. Velosa, A.C.S.C. Teixeira. Role of Fe(III)-carboxylates in AMZ photodegradation: A response surface study based on a Doehlert experimental design. Chemosphere, 184, 981-991, 2017 D.S. Conceição, C.A.L. Graça, D.P. Ferreira, A.M. Ferraria, I.M. Fonseca, A.M.B. Rego, A.C.S.C. Teixeira, L.F.V. Ferreira. Photochemical insights of TiO2 decorated mesoporous SBA-15 materials and their influence on the photodegradation of organic contaminants. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 253, 203-214, 2017 D.S. Conceição, D.P. Ferreira, C.A.L. Graça, M.F. Júlio, L.M. Ilharco, A.C. Velosa, P.F. Santos, L.F.V. Ferreira. Photochemical and photocatalytic evaluation of 1D titanate/TiO2 based nanomaterials. Applied Surface Science, 392, 418-429, 2017 C.A.L. Graça, A.C. Velosa, A.C.S.C. Teixeira. Amicarbazone degradation by UVA-activated persulfate in the presence of hydrogen peroxide or Fe2+. Catalysis Today, 280, 80-85, 2017 A.F. Trindade, R.F.M. Frade, E.M.S. Maçôas, C. Graça, C.A.B. Rodrigues, J.M.G. Martinho, C.A.M. Afonso. “Click and go”: simple and fast folic acid conjugation. Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, 12, 3181-3190, 2014 C.A.B. Rodrigues, C. Graça, E. Maçôas, A. Fedorov, C.A.M. Afonso, J.M.G. Martinho. Excited-State Proton Transfer of Fluorescein Anion as an Ionic Liquid Component. Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 117, 14108-14114, 2013

SELECTED PROJECTS

DEPCAT - Demonstração de novo Equipamento envolvendo Processos CATalíticos integrados para tratamento de poluentes orgânicos e desinfecção de águas. Reference: NORTE-01-0247-FEDER-033330. Funded by: ANI – Agência Nacional de Investigação, P2020|COMPETE - Projetos em Copromoção. Starting Date: 2018/10/01. Duration: 18 months.
Cátia Graça
Postdoctoral Researcher
catiaalgraca@fe.up.pt