Sara Pardilhó has a MSc Degree in Environmental Engineering since 2016 (Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto - FEUP) and a PhD in Environmental Engineering since 2023 (FEUP; FCT PhD scholarship awarded in 2018). Her PhD aimed the evaluation of an integrated marine macroalgae waste recovery solution to obtain value-added products, renewable energy (biogas and bioethanol), and organic soil amendments. During the PhD, Sara Pardilhó established several collaborations with other Portuguese researchers (LSRE-LCM, REQUIMTE/LAQV; MARE; ARNET; CERNAS). She is also an Occupational Health and Safety Technician (CAP VI certification, 2017). Since 2017 she is a research fellow at Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy (LEPABE), at the Environmental Sciences and Technologies group, being also researcher at the new Associate Laboratory in Chemical Engineering (ALiCE-FEUP). Since 2019 she is an Invited Assistant Professor (14.3 %) at the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department (FEUP-DEMM). She is the author of 18 publications (13 as first author), including chapters in books, articles in international peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings and technical reports. She was editor of a book of abstracts of a congress. Her work was discussed in 4 international meetings (3 oral and 1 poster communication). Sara Pardilhó was also reviewer for international journals (e.g., Aquaculture; Elsevier, IF 5.135). Currently she is supervisor of 1 BSc and 1 MSc students in the field of waste management and renewable energy production. She has participated in financed projects on waste management, for public and private companies, from which the following examples are highlighted: "Study on the definition of minimum rates of incorporation of recycled materials in packaging", financed by APA and DGAE; "Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Single Use versus Reusable Packaging", financed by APED. Her main scientific interests include the obtention of value-added products and renewable energy production from alternative and sustainable feedstocks, waste management and circular economy.

Supervisors: Vítor Vilar


Obtention of value-added products from alternative and sustainable feedstocks
Waste valorization for bioenergy production
Waste management
Circular economy


Pardilhó S., Boaventura R., Almeida M., Dias J.M.. Marine macroalgae waste: A potential feedstock for biogas production. Journal of Environmental Management, 304, 114309, 2022 Pardilhó S., Pires J.C., Boaventura R., Almeida M., Maia Dias J.. Biogas production from residual marine macroalgae biomass: Kinetic modelling approach. Bioresource Technology, 359, 127473, 2022 Pardilhó S., Boaventura R., Almeida M., Maia Dias J.. Anaerobic co-digestion of marine macroalgae waste and fruit waste: Effect of mixture ratio on biogas production. Journal of Environmental Management, 322, 116142, 2022


PhotoBioValue - Light effect on photobioreactor design for microalgae cultivation. Reference: PTDC/BTA-BTA/2902/2021. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I&DT - Projectos de I&DT em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2022/01/01. Duration: 36 months.