José Melo Órfão graduated in Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) in 1976. In 1977, he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering of FEUP as Teaching Assistant. In the early 1980s, he started doing research on catalysis at the Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials, and in 1987 he obtained his doctorate in Chemical Engineering at FEUP, with the thesis Deposition and gasification of catalytic carbon on metallic surfaces. Presently, José Melo Órfão is Associate Professor at FEUP and Senior Researcher at LSRE-LCM. He was awarded by FEUP with the “Prémio de Excelência Pedagógica” corresponding to the academic years from 2008/2009 to 2012/2013.


Carbon materials in Catalysis and Adsorption
Environmental Catalysis
Valorization of Lignocellulosic Biomass


L.S. Ribeiro, J.J.M. Órfão, M.F.R. Pereira. Enhanced direct production of sorbitol by cellulose ball-milling. Green Chemistry, 17, 2973-2980, 2015 E.G. Rodrigues, S.A.C. Carabineiro, J.J. Delgado, X. Chen, M.F.R. Pereira, J.J.M. Órfão. Gold supported on carbon nanotubes for the selective oxidation of glycerol. Journal of Catalysis, 285, 83-91, 2012 E.G. Rodrigues, M.F.R. Pereira, X. Chen, J.J. Delgado, J.J.M. Órfão. Influence of activated carbon surface chemistry on the activity of Au/AC catalysts in glycerol oxidation. Journal of Catalysis, 281, 119-127, 2011 V.P. Santos, M.F.R. Pereira, J.J.M. Órfão, J.L. Figueiredo. The role of lattice oxygen on the activity of manganese oxides towards the oxidation of volatile organic compounds. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 99, 353-363, 2010 V.P. Santos, M.F.R. Pereira, P.C.C. Faria, J.J.M. Órfão. Decolourisation of dye solutions by oxidation with H2O2 in the presence of modified activated carbons. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 162, 736-742, 2009 P.C.C. Faria, J.J.M. Órfão, M.F.R. Pereira. Activated carbon catalytic ozonation of oxamic and oxalic acids. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 79, 237-243, 2008 J.J.M. Órfão. Review and evaluation of the approximations to the temperature integral. AIChE Journal, 53, 2905-2915, 2007 P.C.C. Faria, J.J.M. Órfão, M.F.R. Pereira. Adsorption of anionic and cationic dyes on activated carbons with different surface chemistries. Water Research, 38, 2043-2052, 2004 J.J.M. Órfão, F.J.A. Antunes, J.L. Figueiredo. Pyrolysis kinetics of lignocellulosic materials - three independent reactions model. Fuel, 78, 349-358, 1999 J.L. Figueiredo, M.F.R. Pereira, M.M.A. Freitas, J.J.M. Órfão. Modification of the surface chemistry of activated carbons. Carbon, 37, 1379-1389, 1999


Cork-a-Tex Yarn - Yarn with high incorporation of cork. Reference: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-17714. Funded by: ANI – Agência Nacional de Investigação, P2020|COMPETE - Projetos em Copromoção. Starting Date: 2016/10/01. Duration: 19 months. FREECATS - Doped Carbon Nanostructures as Metal-free Catalysts. Reference: FP7 280658. Funded by: European Comission, 7.º Programa-Quadro de IDT. Starting Date: 2012/03/31. Duration: 36 months. GASCLEAN - Development of a prototype for gaseous depollution of VOCs by adsorption/catalytic oxidation. Reference: SI IDT - 21616/2011. Funded by: Agência de Inovação, S.A., SI IDT - Sistema de Incentivos de I&DT - Projectos de I&DT em Co-Promoção. Starting Date: 2011/07/01. Duration: 30 months. MONACAT - Monolithic reactors structured at the nano and micro levels for catalytic water purification. Reference: 226347. Funded by: European Comission, 7.º Programa-Quadro de IDT. Starting Date: 2009/05/01. Duration: 36 months.
José Órfão
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