LEPABE is a research unit of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. It has been evaluated as “Excellent” in consecutive external evaluations appointed by FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia). It counts with approximately 180 researchers, among which about 90 have doctoral degrees.
The strategic vision of LEPABE consists in using chemical and biological engineering knowledge to develop new processes and products, and improve quality of life in a sustainable and environmentally safe manner. The guiding principle “From Science to Innovation” condenses the mission of this Research Unit.
LEPABE’s research is based on multidisciplinary expertise, involving such diverse topics as analytical chemistry, photochemistry, microbiology or polymer science. This allows for a unique articulation of scientific skills from different areas, not only to achieve progress in scientific knowledge, but also to effectively deliver innovative technologies to society. This is evidenced by the significant number of patents and projects with industrial partners.
The challenges tackled by LEPABE are mostly related to the environment-energy-health triangle. In fact, LEPABE's activities try to respond to the society’s need for new products and energy-sustainable processes, combining eco-efficiency and health concerns with economically sound design and operation.
LEPABE is also strongly committed with advanced training of young researchers, both in academic and industrial contexts.