LEPABE whishes you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Posted on December 20th, 2018
Sara Ramos and Filipe Rocha were awarded "Best Poster Presentation" at EMEC19
Posted on December 14th, 2018
LEPABE PhD student Sara Ramos, supervised by Prof. Lúcia Santos and Dr. Vera Homem, and AGRONAUT project researcher Filipe Rocha, supervised by Dr. Vera Homem, were awarded Best Poster presentation with their works “Extraction Methodologies for UV-filters and Synthetic Musk Compounds from Soils and Tomatoes” and “Assessing the Levels of Siloxanes and Musks in Sewage Sludges for a Sustainable and Safe Use in Soils”, respectively. The prizes were awarded at the 19th European Meeting on Environmental Chemistry (EMEC19), held from 3rd to 6th of December 2018 in Royat, near Clermont-Ferrand, France.
Christmas time at LEPABE
Posted on December 10th, 2018
It is Christmas time at LEPABE. Get in the Christmas mood and share with us your lab Christmas decorations.
BEL group - E007
PSE group - E219
Environmental group - E201
Environmental group - E-146
4 reviews by LEPABE authors with more than 500 citations
Posted on November 29th, 2018
The following are scientific review papers authored by LEPABE researchers that have received more than 500 citations:
- Mata, T. et al. (2010) “Microalgae for biodiesel production and other applications: A review”, 2524 citations.
- Dias, J. M. et al. (2007) “Waste materials for activated carbon preparation and its use in aqueous-phase treatment: A review”, 515 citations.
- Simões, M. et al. (2010) “A review of current and emergent biofilm control strategies”, 505 citations.
- Homem, V. et al. (2011) “Degradation and removal methods of antibiotics from aqueous matrices - A review”, 502 citations.
Congratulations to all the authors!
Prof. Sebastião Feyo was awarded the "Gold Medal of the Order of Engineers"
Posted on November 27th, 2018
Prof. Sebastião Feyo de Azevedo, member of LEPABE and former Rector of the University of Porto, was honoured with the Gold Medal of the Order of Engineers (OE), "in recognition for the high merit demonstrated in the exercise of his profession throughout his diversified career as an Engineer, Professor and as senior OE official.
The event took place on November 24th, during the commemorations of the National Engineer's Day 2018.
More info here (pt).
Science & Technology Week 2018
November, 19-23, 2018
A new edition of the Science & Technology Week 2018 is taking place at the Department of Chemical Engineering with the participation of LEPABE. Till the end of this week, and on the motto: "Technological advances in emerging areas of chemical, environmental and biotechnology engineering" we welcome high school and university students into our research laboratories. More information here.
LEPABE Junior Researcher present at WHO workshop
Posted on November 6th, 2018
Sofia Sousa, LEPABE Junior Researcher, participated as specialist in the panel session “The Urban Health Initiative – UHI: Assessing the health and economic impacts of sectorial action against air pollution”, organized by the World Health Organization.
This took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on October 29th, as part of the WHO’s First Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health.
LEPABE Assistant Researcher was highlighted by U.Porto Inovação
Posted on November 5th, 2018
LEPABE assistant researcher António Ferreira was highlighted by U.Porto Inovação due to his work on Mesoscale Oscillatory Flow Reactors (Meso-OFR).
Developed at LEPABE/FEUP and CEB/U. Minho, Meso-OFR is a novel technology for process intensification. The technology has been applied in continuous crystallization of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API’s) in collaboration with pharmaceutical industry.
Read the article and know more about the Meso-OFR technology .
PhD Thesis by Joel Silva on high purity hydrogen production
October 31th, 2018
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Joel Silva for his PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, entitled “High purity H₂ production in a membrane reactor combined with CO₂ sorption through glycerol steam reforming'' supervised by Prof. Luís Miguel Madeira and Dr. Miguel Soria, defended on October 31th 2018 FEUP.
LEPABE was present in TWINNING Coordinators Day
Posted on October 31th, 2018
Nuno Guimarães and Rita Santos, LEPABE Researchers, participated in the TWINNING Coordinators Day that took place in Brussels, Belgium, on October 17th and was organized by the European Commission.
The meeting involved all coordinators of approved TWINNING projects, namely project DELNAM – “Strengthening the research area of delivery of nucleic acid mimics (NAMS) into bacteria to fight the antibiotic crisis”, led by Prof. Nuno Azevedo.
António Vilanova was awarded "Best Poster Presentation" at CHEMPOR 2018
Posted on October 12th, 2018
LEPABE's PhD student António Vilanova, supervised by Prof. Adélio Mendes, was awarded "Best Poster" with the work "Multi-electrode window for large-area solar hydrogen production" at the 13th International Chemical and Biological Engineering Conference (CHEMPOR 2018), which was held at the Centro Cultural e de Congressos de Aveiro, from 2nd to 4th October 2018.
LEPABE was present at BESTPRAC COST action
Posted on October 10th, 2018
José Avelino Silva, LEPABE manager for science and technology, participated in the BESTPRAC Training School (4-6 June) and Workshop (24-25 September) in Belgrade, Serbia.
BESTPRAC is a COST network that gathers people working at universities and research-driven institutions who are carrying out different tasks to support research projects. This COST action aimed to develop best practices and share knowledge related to EU-funded research projects, namely Horizon 2020 and beyond.
Watch a video interview here.
LEPABE's PhD student tested a new PEC prototype at the German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Posted on October 8th, 2018
António Vilanova, LEPABE's PhD student supervised by Prof. Adélio Mendes, was at DRL (Cologne - Germany) in the end of August to test a new photoeletrochemical cell prototype developed at LEPABE.
They used the solar concentrator "SoCRatus", developed by the Institute of Solar Research, to test a module of 4 photoeletrochemical cells for clean production of hydrogen directly from solar energy, gathering important results for the commercial viability of this technology.
LEPABE meeting 2018
Posted on October 3rd, 2018
LEPABE acknowledges the massive participation of its members on the LEPABE meeting 2018, last 19th September.
Together we are building "New horizons for sustainable development"!
LEPABE assistant researcher was featured in the 27th edition of "Perspetivas"
October 1st, 2018
LEPABE assistant researcher Luísa Andrade,was featured in the 27th edition of "Perspetivas", a supplement of "Público", a national newspaper.
Her team, led by Prof. Adélio Mendes, works on the development of PSCs - perovskite solar cells, focusing on their stability under environment conditions and on replacing the commonly used noble metals (like gold) with less expensive carbon materials.
To know more about this project, follow this link (page 21).
LEPABE was granted 9 Ph.D scholarships in FCT 2018 call
Posted on September 26th, 2018
LEPABE congratulates the 9 project researchers that were granted individual scholarships to obtain the Ph.D degree in the national FCT call (2018):
- Alexandra Soares - Ana Catarina Faria
- Diana Oliveira - Isabel Oliveira
- Maria João Romeu - Ricardo Oliveira
- Rúben Madureira - Salomé Macedo
- Sara Pardilhó
6 LEPABE researchers were granted CEEC individual contracts
Posted on September 18th, 2018
LEPABE congratulates the 6 researchers that were granted individual fellowships in the FCT Scientific Employment Stimulus Program.
PhD Thesis by Ana Antunes on development of new resins for paper impregnation and agglomerated cork binding
Semptember 13th, 2018
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Ana Antunes for her PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Refining, Petrochemical and Chemical Engineering, entitled “Introducing new functionalities in resins for paper impregnation and cork binding” supervised by Prof. Fernão Magalhães and Prof. Ana Barros (UA), defended on September 13th 2018 at FEUP.
Prof. Sebastião Feyo distinguished by the President of the Portuguese Republic
Posted on August 3rd, 2018
The President of the Portuguese Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, distinguished Prof. Sebastião Feyo de Azevedo, member of LEPABE, with the Grand Cross of the Order of the Public Instruction, as recognition for the high services provided by the Professor for the cause of education and teaching and, in particular, for the relevant and demanding functions of the University of Porto Rectorate, which he performed with high merit.
More info here. Photo: Presidência da República
10 PhD researchers hired by LEPABE
Posted on July 24th, 2018
LEPABE announces hiring of 10 PhD researchers under FCT's program for promotion of employment in scientific fields (DL57).
Keep your seeds bug-free!
Posted on July 10th, 2018
During storage, cereals and beans can be destroyed by insects or contaminated by fungi. A team led by LEPABE's Senior Researcher Prof. Margarida Bastos has identified a mixture of natural compounds (essential oils) that can keep the stored goods bug-free for months, without need for synthetic pesticides. The team also developed a simple device for controlled release of the compound during the grain storage period.
To know more about this project, watch the video!
LEPABE team highlighted by ASPIC
Posted on July 6th, 2018
A team led by Prof. Maria do Carmo Pereira, member of LEPABE, was highlighted by ASPIC - Portuguese Association for Cancer Research. The study about the development of a nanovehicle for treatment of glioblastoma multiforme was published in "International Journal of Pharmaceutics" and intends to increase the therapeutic efficacy of temozolomide in the treatment of this malignant brain tumour.
Learn more about this study here.
Visblue spin-off in RTP3 TECH3 program
Posted on July 3rd, 2018
Visblue is a spin-off of University of Porto and University of Aarhus (Denmark), created by Prof. Adélio Mendes (LEPABE/FEUP), Anders Bentien (UAarhus), Søren Bødker (DK) and Morten Madsen (DK). Visblue batteries are compact and allow more storage of solar energy with minimal environmental impact.
This technology was featured in RTP3 program TECH3. Watch the video to learn more about this company and this technology (in Portuguese)
Nuno Ratola participates in atmospheric monitoring expedition to Andes Mountains
Posted on July 2nd, 2018
LEPABE's Research Fellow Nuno Ratola was a visiting researcher at CETAM - Centro de Tecnologías Ambientales of the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa Maria (Valparaíso, Chile), under Project REDES. He participated in a scientific expedition to the NUNATAK monitoring platform in the Andes Mountains in the scope of his research on atmospheric pollution.
To learn more about this project, watch the video on instagram.
Engenharia magazine interviews Vera Homem
Posted on July 2nd, 2018
Vera Homem, Research Fellow at LEPABE, was recently highlighted in the latest edition of “Engenharia” magazine, talking about her research on the emerging environmental pollution caused by personal care products and about the safe (re)use of sludge from wastewater treatment plants.
Read the article here (in Portuguese).
Amnis Pura, a new spin-off with LEPABE's signature
Posted on June 22nd, 2018
Amnis Pura, Lda is a LEPABE/FEUP spin-off created in March, 2018 by Dr. Paulo Ribeirinha, Frederico Relvas and Prof. Adélio Mendes, all members of LEPABE. The first steps towards creating this company began in 2016, taking advantage of the know-how acquired in the context of EU-funded project "PEMbeyond".
The company designs and produces tailored solutions for hydrogen production and purification for chemical and energy industries. The company is also involved in the areas of low temperature fuel cell systems.
Exceptional approval rate for LEPABE's projects in FCT 2017 call
Posted on June 21st, 2018
The last FCT call for scientific projects had an excellent outcome for LEPABE's researchers. LEPABE was granted 21 projects as project leader and 11 as partner institution, resulting in € 5 million funding for the next 3 years. The 64 % approval rate achieved in this call highlights the excellence of LEPABE's work.
The direction of LEPABE wishes to acknowledge the efforts made by its researchers in this highly competitive call.
DELNAM project highlighted in "Mentes que brilham"
Posted on June 19th, 2018
Television program "Mentes que brilham" in Porto Canal found out about the research work led by Prof. Nuno Azevedo at LEPABE, about the bacterial resistance to antibiotics. This project aims to develop a novel therapeutic approach to solve bacterial resistance to antibiotics through the delivery of antibacterial nucleic acid mimics into bacterial biofilms and cells within the human body.
To learn more about this project, watch the video (in Portuguese).
LEPABE MEETING 2018: September 19th
Save the date!
Posted on June 2nd, 2018
LEPABE was featured in the 24th edition of "Perspetivas"
Posted on June 2nd, 2018
LEPABE was featured in the 24th edition of "Perspetivas", a supplement of "Público", a national newspaper. The May 2018 edition report the 3 main research laboratories (CEFT, LSRE-LCM and LEPABE) based on Chemical Engineering Department - Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, revealing surprising research indices.
To know more about us, follow this link (pages 26 to 28).
PhD Thesis by Ana Henriques on the development of resins for laminates
May 21st, 2018
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Ana Henriques for her PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, entitled “Development of new resins and characterization techniques for laminates” supervised by Prof. Fernão Magalhães and Prof. Luísa Carvalho, defended on May 21st 2018 FEUP.
PhD Thesis by Paulo Ribeirinha on methanol steam reforming for fuel cells
May 3rd, 2018
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Paulo Ribeirnha for his PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, entitled “Low temperature methanol steam reforming for HT-PEMFC” supervised by Prof. Adélio Mendes, defended on May 3rd 2018 FEUP.
E-learning course on Wastes and Production of Liquid and Gaseous Biofuels
Posted on April 23th, 2018
Within the scope of Redes IX project "Programa de Promoción de la Universidad Argentina", between LEPABE - FEUP and UTN - Facultad Regional Córdoba - CITeQ, a three module e-learning course was held on April 11th on the topic of Wastes and Production of Liquid and Gaseous Biofuels, taught by LEPABE researcher Prof. Joana Maia Dias. The course was directed at PhD students and teachers of the Argentine institution and raised a lot of interest from the participants.
LEPABE Research Fellow wins a European Project in Twinning call
Posted on April 12th, 2018
LEPABE congratulates Research Fellow Dr. Nuno Azevedo for winning a European project under Twinning call with a total investment of 960 000 EUR. The project "DELNAM - STRENGTHENING THE RESEARCH AREA OF DELIVERY OF NUCLEIC ACID MIMICS (NAMS) INTO BACTERIA TO FIGHT THE ANTIBIOTIC CRISIS", aims to develop a novel therapeutic approach to solve bacterial resistance to antibiotics through the delivery of antibacterial NAMs into bacterial biofilms and cells within the human body. This project was attributed in a highly competitive call and it is very important for LEPABE accomplishments and development.
PhD Thesis by Sandra Rodrigues on carbon molecular sieve membranes
April 6th, 2018
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Sandra Rodrigues for her PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, entitled “Non-aging disruptive carbon molecular sieve membranes: preparation and characterization'' supervised by Prof. Adélio Mendes, defended on April 6th 2018 FEUP.
HotPur project highlighted in Antena 1 radio
Posted on March 29th, 2018
Radio program "90 Segundos de Ciência" in Antena 1 found out about the research work led by Prof. Fernão Magalhães at LEPABE, in the context of a joint project involving other academic and industrial partners (IPV, Lorcol and Vicaima). HotPur project focuses on the development of reactive polyurethane hot-melt adhesives for wood substrates.
To learn more about this project, listen to the podcast (in Portuguese).
Retirement Ceremony - Prof. Luís Melo
April 11th, 2018
The Dean of FEUP, Prof. João Falcão e Cunha and the Director of the Department of Chemical Engineering and LEPABE, Prof. Arminda Alves, invite you to the Retirement Ceremony of the Prof. Luís Melo, which will take place at FEUP Auditorium, at 5:15 pm, on April 11th, 2018.
After the ceremony, a celebration dinner will occur at INEGI Restaurant, at 8:30 pm, for which a registration is requested through the email address firstname.lastname@example.org until the 28th of March (Dinner price: 20 €).
More information can be found here.
Best poster presentation awarded to LEPABE researcher
Posted on March 26th, 2018
LEPABE Researcher Nuno Ratola and Pedro Jiménez-Guerrero (Murcia University) are co-authors in the work entitled "Modelling of Benzo(a)pyrene in SE Spain to determine levels, human health factors and climate change effects", that was awarded best poster presentation.
The work was presented at the 11th International Conference on Air Quality: Science and Application, which was held on March, 12-16th, in Barcelona, Spain.
Former LEPABE director retired on March 8th
Posted on March 9th, 2018
Professor Luís Melo, director of LEPABE from 2001 to 2013, will give his last lecture on April 11th. We congratulate him for his anniversary on March 8th and thank for his contributions to LEPABE's advancements and to research in Portugal.
COST portASAP meeting in Porto
Posted on March 8th, 2018
The first COST "portASAP - European network for the promotion of portable, affordable and simple analytical platforms" general meeting is taking place on March, 8-9th at the Axis Hotel, Porto with more than 70 participants from 30 different countries. This COST action is lead by LEPABE's Researcher Guillaume Erny and aims to promote the use of open source hardware as analytical tools and disseminate its use among general public.
2nd Annual Meeting of Science Interface Professionals
Posted on March 6th, 2018
The Science and Technology Manager José Avelino Silva represented LEPABE at the 2nd Annual Meeting of Science Interface Professionals in Lisbon.
This year's motto was "Adding value to Knowledge" and professionals from a diversity of public and private R&D Institutions discussed their role as facilitators working at the interface of science and alternative ways to fundraising.
PhD Thesis by Carlos Miguel on the capture and valorisation of CO2
March 2nd, 2018
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Carlos Miguel for his PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, entitled “CO2 capture and valorisation to chemicals: methane production” supervised by Prof. Luís Miguel Madeira, defended on March 2nd 2018 FEUP.
PhD Thesis by Joana Lima on new approaches to suppress microRNAs involved in gastric cancer
March 2nd, 2018
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Joana Lima for her PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, entitled “The use of antisense nucleic acid mimics for suppressing microRNAs involved in Gastric Cancer” supervised by Dr. Nuno F. Azevedo, defended on March 2nd 2018 FEUP.
Collaborative Research: creation of technology-based value
Posted on February 27th, 2018
LEPABE participated in the session "Collaborative Research: creation of technology-based value" organized by FEUP - Portugal2020 office. This session allowed the dissemination of our R&D capabilities and interests among several companies and industry partners that participated in this event.
FCT Scientific Employment Stimulus Program
Posted on February 21th, 2018
The direction of LEPABE wishes to recognize and acknowledge the effort of the 30 PhD researchers from LEPABE that applied for individual support within the Scientific Employment call.
LEPABE wishes all the best outcome.
VeganCare: a Portuguese brand with LEPABE support
Posted on February 18th, 2018
The VeganCare motto is taking care of our body with animal and environmental friendly products.
This company is now looking for new investors to launch in the market 27 new products for health and body care, that were tested with the collaboration of LEPABE facility's under the supervision of Senior Researcher Lúcia Santos.
More information can be found here.
Best poster presentation awarded to LEPABE team
Posted on February 18th, 2018
Domingos Barbosa, Teresa Castelo-Grande and Paulo Augusto are co-authors in the work entitled "Decontamination of Wastewater and Leachates by Magnetic Particles", that was awarded best poster presentation at the 2nd IEEE Conference on Advances in Magnetics (AIM2018), which was held in February, 4-7th, at La Thuile, Italy.
Workshop "Towards Solar Energy Storage"
February 2nd, 2018 - Chemistry Department, UC
The Project SunSorage is sponsoring a workshop under the theme "Towards Solar Energy Storage". This will be an informal meeting with a series of small oral presentations followed by discussion.
LEPABE team awarded 1st prize in the Business Ignition Programme
Posted on January 16th, 2018
A team led by LEPABE Research Fellow Luísa Andrade was awarded the 1st prize in the 2nd edition of the Business Ignition Program 2017, promoted by U. Porto Inovação, with the project Portuguese Solar Tiles. This program intends to facilitate the transition of ideas developed in academia into successful business models. Project Portuguese Solar Tiles involves technology developed by LEPABE Senior Researcher Adélio Mendes, which intends to exploit the potential of integrating photovoltaic energy systems into buildings in urban settings to take advantage of the facades and windows.
More information can be found here: BIP, DN and UPinovação.
PhD Thesis by Pedro Magalhães on photo-inactivation of microorganisms
January 12th, 2018
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Pedro Magalhães for his PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, entitled “Development and study of photocatalysts for photo-inactivation of microorganisms'' supervised by Prof. Adélio Mendes, defended on January 12th 2018 FEUP.
Maria do Carmo and Joana Loureiro awarded Mantero Belard 2017 Award
Posted on January 9th, 2018
LEPABE Researchers Maria do Carmo Pereira and Joana Loureiro were part of a team awarded with the prize "Mantero Belard 2017" for their work on the development of new therapeutic strategies for Alzheimer diseases. This prize is awarded annually by Santa Casa Neurociências.
More information here.
Work of Joana Dias selected as Key Scientific Article
Posted on January 5th, 2018
The work of LEPABE Researcher Joana Dias on enzymatic esterification of acid oil from soapstocks obtained in vegetable oil refining has been highlighted as a Key Scientific Article on the site Renewable Energy Global Innovations.
A link can be found here.