Bruno Esteves completed the Integrated Master in Environmental Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) in 2014. In 2016, he joined the Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy (LEPABE) as Research Fellow in the Structural Project “LEPABE-2-ECO-INNOVATION”.

In 2017, he was awarded a Ph.D. Fellowship funded by FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, with a cotutelle Ph.D. thesis entitled “Innovative approach for olive mill wastewater reclamation: integrated heterogeneous Fenton oxidation using olive mill solid residues and membrane filtration processes”, under the supervision of Professor Luis M. Madeira (FEUP, Portugal) and co-supervision of Francisco J. Maldonado-Hódar (UGR, Spain). He graduated in 2022 with a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Porto and the title of “Doctor por la Universidad de Granada” by the University of Granada, the latter with the highest academic distinction (Cum Laude) awarded by unanimity. Since June 2022, he has been working as a postdoctoral researcher at the LSRE-LCM, on the Project “Healthy Waters - Identification, Elimination, Social Awareness and Education of Water Chemical and Biological Micropollutants with Health and Environmental Implications”.

His research is currently focused on the synthesis of heterogeneous catalysts, prepared from solid organic by-products, for the Fenton-like oxidation of olive mill wastewater (as well as other streams, such as winery wastewaters) and water recovery through membrane distillation processes, in a circular-economy model approach.

Bruno Esteves has published 8 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals as first author, 1 book chapter, and has also several oral and poster communications in international and national conferences and symposia.

Supervisors: Adrián Silva


Wastewater treatment
Fenton and Fenton-based technologies
Membrane distillation
Heterogeneous catalysis and carbon materials synthesis for environmental applications


B.M. Esteves, S. Morales-Torres, F.J. Maldonado-Hódar, A.M.T. Silva, L.M. Madeira. Integration of catalytic wet peroxidation and membrane distillation processes for olive mill wastewater treatment and water recovery. Chemical Engineering Journal, 448, 137586, 2022 B.M. Esteves, S. Morales-Torres, F.J. Maldonado-Hódar, L.M. Madeira. Integration of olive stones in the production of Fe/AC-catalysts for the CWPO treatment of synthetic and real olive mill wastewater. Chemical Engineering Journal, 411, 128451, 2021 B.M. Esteves, C.S.D. Rodrigues, F.J Maldonado-Hódar, L.M. Madeira, L.M.. Treatment of High-Strength Olive Mill Wastewater by Combined Fenton-like Oxidation and Coagulation/Flocculation.. Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 7, 103252, 2019 B.M. Esteves, C.S.D. Rodrigues, R.A.R. Boaventura, F.J. Maldonado-Hódar, L.M. Madeira. Coupling of acrylic dyeing wastewater treatment by heterogeneous Fenton oxidation in a continuous stirred tank reactor with biological degradation in a sequential batch reactor. Journal of Environmental Management, 166, 193-203, 2016


Healthy Waters - Identification, Elimination, Social Awareness and Education of Water Chemical and Biological Micropollutants with Health and Environmental Implications. Reference: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000069. Funded by: CCDR-N - Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte, P2020|Norte2020 - Projetos Integrados ICDT. Starting Date: 2021/04/01. Duration: 24 months.
Bruno Esteves
PostDoctoral Researcher