Ana Mafalda Ribeiro graduated in Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) in 1999. She completed her Ph.D. Thesis, entitled "Impregnated activated carbon filters. Their application in the removal of toxic gases and vapours by simultaneous adsorption and reaction", at LSRE in April 2006, under the supervision of Professor José Miguel Loureiro. From 2006 to 2012, she was a Post-Doctoral Researcher in three European projects and in one project financed by industry (TOTAL). From July 2012 to January 2019, she was an Associate Researcher at LSRE-LCM at FEUP. She was hired as an Invited Assistant Professor at FEUP from February 2019 to July 2019. Since September 2019 she is an Assistant Professor at FEUP. She has been involved in teaching in the Integrated Master in Chemical Engineering and in the Integrated Master in Environmental Engineering at FEUP, in the areas of programming, separation processes and reaction engineering. She is co-author of 1 book on Simulated Moving Bed Technology, of more than 75 publications in international peer reviewed ISI indexed journals, and 7 book chapters. She is also co-inventor of 1 granted patent and 1 patent application. She was principal researcher in 4 national and international projects and team member another 20 projects.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Cyclic adsorption/reaction processes
- PSA and SMB for olefins/paraffins separation
- PSA and ESA for CO2 capture
- PSA for H2 purification
- PSA for natural/bio gas purification

PATENTS

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.

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

D. Qu, Y. Yang, Z. Qian, P. Li, J. Yu, A.M. Ribeiro, A.E. Rodrigues. Enrichment of low-grade methane gas from nitrogen mixture by VPSA with CO2 displacement process: Modeling and experiment. Chemical Engineering Journal, 380, 122509, 2020 V.F.D. Martins, A.M. Ribeiro, P. Kortunov, A.F.P. Ferreira, A.E. Rodrigues. High purity ethane/ethylene separation by gas phase Simulated Moving Bed using ZIF-8 adsorbent. AICHE Journal, 65, e16619, 2019 I.B.R. Nogueira, M.A.F. Martins, R. Requião, A.R. Oliveira, V. Viena, H. Koivisto, A.E. Rodrigues, J.M. Loureiro, A.M. Ribeiro. Optimization of a True Moving Bed unit and determination of its feasible operating region using a novel Sliding Particle Swarm Optimization. Computers & Industrial Engineering, 135, 368-381, 2019 N.S. Graça, A.M. Ribeiro, A.E. Rodrigues. Removal of Fluoride from Water by a Continuous Electrocoagulation Process. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 58, 5314−5321, 2019 M.J. Regufe, A.F.P. Ferreira, J.M. Loureiro, A. Rodrigues, A.M. Ribeiro. Electrical conductive 3D-printed monolith adsorbent for CO2 capture. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, 278, 403-413, 2019 I.B.R. Nogueira, R.P.V. Faria, R. Requião, H. Koivisto, M.A.F. Martins, A.E. Rodrigues, J.M. Loureiro, A.M. Ribeiro. Chromatographic studies of n-Propyl Propionate: adsorption equilibrium, modelling and uncertainties determination. Computers & Chemical Engineering, 119, 371-382, 2018 I.B.R. Nogueira, A.M. Ribeiro, R. Requião, K.V. Pontes, H. Koivisto, A.E. Rodrigues, J.M. Loureiro. A quasi-virtual online analyser based on an artificial neural networks and offline measurements to predict purities of raffinate/extract in simulated moving bed processes. Applied Soft Computing Journal, 67, 29-47, 2018

SELECTED PROJECTS

CONSERVAL - Valorización de subproductos y aguas residuales de la industria conservera en el espacio POCTEP. Reference: 0679_CONSERVAL_1_E. Funded by: , . Starting Date: 2019/04/01. Duration: 33 months. SiMoBedMethaSep - Leito móvel simulado em fase gasosa para separação de metano e azoto. Reference: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-029384. Funded by: , . Starting Date: 2018/06/04. Duration: 36 months. HyWATER - Treatment of contaminated drinking water using an hybrid low cost process. Reference: lnn-INDIGO/0003/2014. Funded by: . Starting Date: 2015/10/01. Duration: 41 months. New cyclic adsorption-reaction processes. Reference: EXCL/QEQ-PRS/0308/2012|FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-027458. Funded by: , . Starting Date: 2013/01/01. Duration: 36 months.
Ana Mafalda Ribeiro
Professor Auxiliar
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