LEPABE whishes you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Posted on December 21st, 2019
Science & Technology Week 2019
Posted on December 13th, 2019
The Science & Technology Week 2019 took place at the Department of Chemical Engineering, from November 25 to 29th, with the motto: "Technological advances in emerging areas of chemical, environmental and biotechnology engineering". With the participation of LEPABE and the other research units, high school and university students visited our research laboratories to know more about what we do. Thank you for your visit!
Music and Physics: A tour to Maurice Ravel Artwork
Posted on December 2nd, 2019
LEPABE, together with other research units from FEUP, supports the Opera Concert “Música e Física Numa Visitação à obra de Maurice Ravel”. This concert will take place on December 5th, 2019, at FEUP’s auditorium and is performed by the orchestra of the Academia and City Opera (OAC).
The OAC orchestra will be directed by conductor Jiří Petrdlík, and will have Adriano Jordão (piano), Ana Maria Pinto (soprano) and Rómulo Assis (violin) as solo artists. Dedicated to the work of composer Maurice Ravel, the concert will be narrated and commented by Prof. João Seixas (Instituto Superior Técnico), who will establish the link between the work of Maurice Ravel and Physics.
Know more about this event here.
BioRemid 2019 conference was a success
Posted on November 15th, 2019
The 2nd International Meeting on New Strategies in Bioremediation Processes took place in Porto, on October, 24-25, 2019.
This conference was organized by researchers from LEPABE, LSRE-LCM and CERENA, and counted with 150 researchers and industrial professionals from four continents (Europe, America, Asia and Africa), which shared their work on the field, on a total of more than 135 contributions between oral and poster presentations.
We are thankful to the organizing committee, specially to the members of LEPABE: Prof. Olga C. Nunes, Prof. Nuno Azevedo, Prof. Joana Dias and Dr. José C. Pires and to LEPABE researchers and students involved in the supporting team.
Hurricane HR system featured in Bioénergie international magazine
Posted on November 11th, 2019
Members of LEPABE, Prof. Romualdo Salcedo and Júlio Paiva, worked in a new solution to replace the ancient system of cyclones for the company Vert Déshy, France.
This new optimized system Hurricane HR, from Advanced Cyclone Systems (ACS), a spin-off of LEPABE, allowed the company to reduce their emissions from 190 mg/Nm3 to less than 20 mg/Nm3 (below the emission limit of 60 mg/Nm3). This new solution was reported in the number 62 of the Bioénergie international magazine.
Know more about this technology here (in French).
LEPABE was present at the Water Festival AQUAPORTO 2019
Posted on October 30th, 2019
The 6th edition of the Water Festival Aquaporto entitled ‘Planeta Água’ took place at the City Park of Porto, on 11-13th October, under the organization of the municipal company Águas do Porto.
LEPABE research unit in collaboration with the Chemical Engineering Department (DEQ) of FEUP was present with some experimental setups designed to support the communication about water treatment processes and monitoring of water pollution. A group of researchers from different research units conducted brief scientific demonstrations and helped with the participants’ questions concerning water-related issues.
More information about Aquaporto 2019
CVMAR+i project has a newsletter
Posted on October 25th, 2019
The CVMAR+i project focuses on the industrial innovation through specific collaborations between companies and research centers in the field of marine biotechnology valorization.
The research team led by Prof. Luís Melo from LEPABE is one of the many partners of this project. Financially supported by INTERREG V-A Spain – Portugal (POCTEP), this project has now a newsletter where is possible to find recent news about the project and its development.
Access and subscribe here.
PhD Thesis by Inês Gomes on biofilm behaviour of drinking water bacteria
October 22th, 2019
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Inês Gomes for her PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, entitled “Understanding the effects of copper surfaces and emerging contaminants on planktonic and biofilm behaviour of drinking water bacteria” supervised by Prof. Manuel Simões defended on October 22th 2019 at FEUP.
LEPABE present at Caminho da Inovação 2019
Posted on October 4th, 2019
Vera Homem, LEPABE Assistant Researcher and project coordinator of AGRONAUT and Idalina Bragança (Junior Researcher), were invited to participate as exhibitors at Caminho da Inovação 2019 - Expo & Networking, that took place at Fábrica da Água de Alcântara, Lisboa, on September 26th, and was organized by Águas do Tejo Atlântico.
LEPABE present at COST Action INDAIRPOLLNET
Posted on October 1st, 2019
LEPABE Researchers, Sofia Sousa and Pedro Branco, participated in the 2nd Meeting of COST Action INDAIRPOLLNET "Improving indoor air quality". This meeting took place in September 25-27th, in Porto, Portugal.
Pedro Branco was awarded best oral presentation at INDAIRPOLLNET Early Career Investigators Workshop, that occurred in the first day of the meeting, with the work "Indoor Air Quality in Nursery and Primary Schools: Impacts on Childhood Asthma".
Project Lightwood at London Design Fair
Posted on September 30th, 2019
Project Lightwood, involving LEPABE senior researchers Luísa Carvalho, Jorge Martins, Cristina Coelho and Fernão Magalhães, was present at the London Design Fair within the stand of Associative Design and AIMMP (Associação das Indústrias de Madeira e Mobiliário de Portugal).
The products exposed, developed in the scope of the project in cooperation with a design team, are based on a recently patented new technology. The composite materials combine particles of wood or thistle with a polyurethane foam, in order to produce a light but mechanically resistant materials. These properties have drawn the attention of several representatives of European furniture industries.
Patrícia Alves was awarded "Best Bio Adhesion Poster Presentation"
Posted on September 24th, 2019
Patrícia Alves, PhD student in LEPABE's Biotechnology group, participate on the 14th International Triennial Conference on the Science and Technology of Adhesion and Adhesives (Adhesion'19). The conference took place in September 3-5th, 2019, at Bristol Science Centre, Bristol, United Kingdom.
Patrícia was awarded Best Bio Adhesion Poster Presentation with the work “Effect of shear stress on the reduction of bacterial adhesion to antifouling polymers”.
Maria João Romeu was awarded "Best Poster Communication"
Posted on September 23th, 2019
Maria João Romeu and Marisa Gomes, research fellows at LEPABE participated in the Training School "Urethal stents: from modelling to commercialisation", which was held on the Swiss Institute for Translational and Entrepreneurial Medicine (SITEM), University of Bern (Switzerland), from 10 to 11th of september, 2019.
Maria João Romeu was awarded Best Poster Communication in the category of "Solutions against biofilm and encrustation".
LEPABE Researchers present at Eurobiofilms 2019
Posted on September 19th, 2019
Anabela Borges, Luciana Gomes and Jontana Allkja, LEPABE researchers from the Biotechnology group participated on the International Conference Eurobiofilms, which was held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 3 to 6th of september 2019.
Luciana Gomes won an ESMID participant grant and Jontana Allkja was awarded best ECR (Early Career Researcher) offered presentation prize.
PhD Thesis by Isabel Mesquita on the development of Perovskite Solar Cells
September 9th, 2019
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Isabel Mesquita for her PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, entitled “Preparation, Characterisation and Stability Evaluation of Perovskite Solar Cells” supervised by Luísa Andrade, defended on September 9th 2019 at FEUP.
LEPABE welcomes new students of FEUP
Posted on September 18th, 2019
LEPABE is part of the laboratories that will receive the new students of FEUP.
Under the motto "Research that counts", the Department of Chemical Engineering receives today the new students of the Master's course in Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Environmental Engineering.
PhD Thesis by Pedro Branco on the impact of indoor air pollution
September 3rd, 2019
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Pedro Branco for his PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Environmental Engineering, entitled “Impact of Indoor Air Pollution on Childhood Asthma” supervised by Sofia Sousa, defended on September 3rd 2019 at FEUP.
LEPABE was granted 15 Ph.D scholarships in FCT 2019 call
Posted on September 17th, 2019
LEPABE congratulates the 15 project researchers that were granted individual scholarships to obtain the Ph.D degree in the national FCT call (2019):
- Ana Barros
- Beatriz Magalhães
- Eva Sousa
- Jéssica Sousa
- Rosário Rocha
- Susana Fernandes
- Teresa Gouveia
- Vítor Pereira
- Ana Cristina Teixeira
- Cátia Peixoto
- Filipe Moisés
- Jorge Martins
- Sofia Delgado
- Telmo Lopes
- Tiago Araújo
Workshop on Energy Storage Solutions
August 9th, 2019
“Energy Storage Solutions” Workshop will be held at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto on the 12th of September 2019. This Workshop counts with several renowned speakers in their respective fields and will focus on different solar energy harvesting and storage solutions, from an academic to an industrial point of view. At the end of the presentations, a laboratory visit will take place.
Registration is free but limited to 70 participants. To register, please follow the link and fill in the form by August 31st.
Congratulations to all LEPABE researchers that participated in DCE19
Posted on August 5th, 2019
LEPABE Senior Researchers, Adélio Mendes, Joana Dias, Nuno Azevedo and Sebastião Feyo, were invited speakers at the 3rd Doctoral Congress in Engineering (DCE), that took place in June 27-28th, 2019, at FEUP, Porto.
The PhD student of LEPABE, Luís Moreira was awarded Best Oral Communication with his talk on “Liposome-encapsulated Nucleic Acid Mimics (LipoNAMs): a potential novel diagnostic and therapeutic tool”.
About 30 PhD students from LEPABE presented their work at DCE19 either as oral or poster communication.
A special acknowledgement to André Sancho, Fábio Bernardo, Filipa Paulo and Kashif Mushtaq, PhD students from LEPABE, for their effort and work as part as the organization committee.
Know more about DCE2019 here.
PhD Thesis by Ana Reis on sulfamethoxazole biodegradation for wastewater treatment
July 26th, 2019
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Ana Reis for her PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Environmental Engineering, entitled “Sulfamethoxazole Biodegradation, an Uncommon Property with Potential Application for Wastewater Treatment” supervised by Prof. Olga Nunes, defended on July 26th 2019 FEUP.
LEPABE present at SCELSE 2019 - Singapore
Posted on July 26th, 2019
Patrícia Alves, PhD student of the BEL (Biofilm Engineering Lab) group from LEPABE - FEUP, has just returned from a three week summer course on microbial biofilms held at the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE). The summer course explored biofilms on a multidisciplinary scale and involved lecturers and competitively selected participants from over 22 different countries, with Patrícia being the only one selected from Portugal
Know more about this course here.
PhD Thesis by Diogo Afonso on Decomposition Reactions in Aromatic Nitration
July 25th, 2019
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Diogo Afonso for his PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Refining, Petrochemical and Chemical Engineering, entitled “Decomposition Reactions in Aromatic Nitration” supervised by Prof. Luís M. Madeira, defended on July 25th 2019 FEUP.
LEPABE present at NanoMed Europe 2019
Posted on July 17th, 2019
LEPABE researchers from Supramolecular Assemblies group participated in NanoMed Europe 2019, one of the major conferences in Nanomedicine in Europe. This conference was held in INL, Braga, from 17 to 19th of June, and was organized by INL and ETPN - European Technology Platform on Nanomedicine, an international network of which LEPABE is a member.
Know more here.
Fish Group website
Posted on July 12th, 2019
The Fish Group, that belongs to BEL - Biofilms Engineering Lab, part of the Biotechnology group of LEPABE has a new website where you can find relevant information about their research areas, projects and some news.
Know more here: https://www.fish-feup.pt
Pedro Pacheco was awarded "Best Poster Communication"
Posted on July 10th, 2019
Pedro Pacheco, research fellow at LEPABE, was awarded "Best Poster Communication" on the International Conference Hyceltec 2019 - VII Symposium on Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and Advanced Batteries, with the work "In-situ measurement of vanadium crossover for all-vanadium redox flow battery ". This conference took place in Barcelona from 1 to 3rd of July 2019.
VG CoLAB application granted by FCT
Posted on July 8th, 2019
The Collaborative Laboratory “Vasco da Gama CoLAB - Energy Storage”, proposed by EFACEC Energy and led by LEPABE Senior Researcher Adélio Mendes, was approved by FCT. This is an important step for the research performed at LEPABE on cutting edge technology for energy storage.
Isabel Oliveira was awarded "Excellent Shotgun Communication"
Posted on July 4th, 2019
LEPABE's PhD student Isabel Oliveira, supervised by Prof. Manuel Simões, was awarded "Excellent Shotgun Communication" with the work "The effects of ibuprofen on Staphylococcus aureus biofilm control" at the 3rd International Caparica Conference in Antibiotic Resistance, which was held in Capuchos, Caparica, from 10 to 13th of June 2019.
PhD Thesis by Pedro Pereira on heat integration of Galp's Sines Refinery units
July 2nd, 2019
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Pedro Pereira for his PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Refining, Petrochemical and Chemical Engineering, entitled “Galp’s Sines Refinery Processing Units Pinch-based Heat Integration” supervised by Prof. Henrique Matos (IST-UL) and Prof. Fernando G. Martins, defended on July 2nd 2019 at IST-UL.
Joana Dias was nominated as Director of MIEA
Posted on July 2nd, 2019
Prof. Joana Dias, Senior Researcher at LEPABE and member of the Environmental Sciences and Technologies group, was nominated as Director of MIEA - Integrated Master in Environmental Engineering, on June 25th.
Congratulations for this achievement!
Paints and Coatings Technology Course
Posted on July 2nd, 2019
LEPABE’s Senior Researcher Fernão Magalhães is coordinating a course on Paints and Coatings Technology, which will take place on September 9 – 17th. This course has the collaboration and support of BASF, together with four Portuguese paint companies and the Portuguese Paints Association (APT).
More information can be found here (in Portuguese).
Knocking on (lighter) wood
Posted on July 1st, 2019
Wood composite panels have changed the way we furnish our homes. Albeit the advantages they have, a team of LEPABE researchers developed a new process which solves some of the current limitations of these panels. With a lighter, eco-friendly and equally strong product, there's a new wave of change about to hit the wood industry. Technology developed at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto and the Polytechnic Institute of Viseu.
To learn more about this project, watch the video!
LEPABE Research Unit evaluated as EXCELLENT
Posted on June 28th, 2019
LEPABE Research Unit was evaluated with a grade of EXCELLENT by FCT - the Portuguese Agency for Science, Research and Technology. This international evaluation process is part of the pluriannual funding program. With more than 200 researchers, and a total of 56 ongoing projects, LEPABE received the highest rating in all evaluation criteria, and obtained very positive comments from the international panel.
Congrats to all LEPABE members for, once again, achieving this remarkable result!
PhD Thesis by Vanessa Araújo on energy optimization of Matosinhos Refinery
June 26th, 2019
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Vanessa Araújo for her PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Refining, Petrochemical and Chemical Engineering, entitled “Energy Optimization of Matosinhos Refinery's Aromatics Plant” supervised by Prof. Fernando G. Martins and Prof. Fernando Bernardo (UC), defended on June 26th 2019 at FEUP.
Biofilm Engineering Lab (BEL) Meeting
Posted on June 25th, 2019
The Biofilm Engineering Lab (BEL), part of the Biotechnology group of LEPABE, organized a meeting that took place at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) on the 11th and 12th of June. Mathew Fields, director of the Center for Biofilm Engineering at Montana, USA, and Darla Goeres, Associate Research Professor from the same institution were invited to participate in the meeting both as speakers and as the jury of the lectures given by the Junior researchers, PhD students, research fellows and master student working at BEL.
PhD Thesis by Carolina Gonçalves on amino resins for the production of wood-based panels
May 30th, 2019
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Carolina Gonçalves for her PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Refining, Petrochemical and Chemical Engineering, entitled “Preparation of amino resins and their impact on the production of wood-based panels” supervised by Prof. Luísa H. Carvalho, defended on May 30th 2019 FEUP.
Cooking a healthier diet
Posted on May 27th, 2019
The amount of salt we add to our meals greatly impacts our overall health. Its excessive consumption may lead to severe medical problems and should, therefore, be monitored.
This device allows for a quick and efficient check of salt levels whilst still being cooked, actively contributing to healthier meals! It was developed by a multidisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Porto, namely the Senior Researcher of LEPABE, Arminda Alves.
To learn more about this project, watch the video!
PINT OF SCIENCE 2019
Posted on May 20th, 2019
The event PINT OF SCIENCE 2019 is happening in Porto, from 20th to 22nd of May. This year’s edition organizing team counts with some LEPABE researchers, namely Cláudio Rocha, Salomé Macedo, Joel Silva, Ana Catarina Faria and Rúben Sousa.
Senior Researcher Joana Dias was invited to speak at Cervejaria Nortada, on may, 22nd, about "How residues can be valuable resources?". If you are interested in this event or others please buy here your ticket (2.5 EUR).
Know more about this event here.
LEPABE Junior Researcher present at Alzheimer´s and Parkinson´s Diseases Conference
Posted on May 3rd, 2019
Joana Loureiro, LEPABE Junior Researcher, presented her work on "Liposomes based nanocarriers to transport drugs in AD/PD treatment", at the 14th international conference on Alzheimer´s and Parkinson´s Diseases, which was held in Lisbon, Portugal, on March 26-31, 2019.
This international conference counted with more than 3800 participants, including many pharmaceutical companies.
Know more about this conference here.
LEPABE Senior Researcher involved on the creation of the Portuguese Mentoring Network
Posted on April 30th, 2019
Margarida Bastos, Senior Researcher of LEPABE, is part of a team that created the Portuguese Mentoring Network|Peer Tutoring in Higher Education (Rede Portuguesa de Mentoria|Tutoria Interpares no Ensino Superior). This network mission is strengthening ties of cooperation, dialogue and sharing of experiences that can influence participatory and supportive processes of integration and living in Higher Education.
Learn more about this network here: UPorto, Mentoria|Tutoria
LEPABE Senior Researcher participated in Milan International Furniture Fair
Posted on April 14th, 2019
A team of LEPABE members, led by Senior Researcher Luísa Carvalho, presented innovative lignocellulosic composites at this year’s edition of Milan International Furniture Fair (Salone Internazionale del Mobile Milano). The products, developed in the context of project Lightwood in collaboration with a team of designers, are based on a recently patented technology. They combine thistle wood particles with polyurethane foam to obtain a light-weight but mechanically resistant material, which caught the attention of several representatives from the European furniture industry.
October, 24-25, 2019 - Almeida Garrett's Library - Crystal Palace Gardens, Porto
LEPABE's researchers, together with the LA LSRE-LCM and CERENA, are organizing the 2nd International Meeting on New Strategies in Bioremediation Processes that will take place on October, 24-25, 2019 and will be held in Almeida Garrett's Library - Crystal Palace Gardens, Porto (Portugal). The objective of this meeting is to bring together scientists and industry professionals in a friendly environment, in order to share the latest developments and innovations to face environmental problems.
LEPABE Senior Researcher present at the AMICI workshop
Posted on March 18th, 2019
Nuno Azevedo, Senior Researcher of LEPABE and project coordinator of DelNAM, was an invited speaker at the Anti-Microbial Coating Innovations to prevent infectious diseases (AMICI) workshop, that took place in Riga, Latvia, on March 7th. Nuno Azevedo’s talk was focused on “Obstacles and opportunities on the development of antimicrobial coatings”.
Learn more about this event here.
LEPABE Researchers participated in Global Women Breakfast
Posted on February 15th, 2018
LEPABE Researchers accepted IUPAC's invitation to participate in Global Women Breakfast, that happened on February 12th on FEUP. This event took place at different universities in Portugal and worldwide. Watch the video.
This initiative emerged as part of the celebration of IUPAC's 100th anniversary and the International Year of the Periodic Table, that is celebrating 150 years of existence. More information here.
LEPABE Senior Researcher participated in workshop about EU funds for Advanced Training
Posted on February 13th, 2019
LEPABE Senior Researcher Fernando G. Martins was invited to be present at the round table debate about the contribution of European funds (FEEI) to Advanced Training, which was focused on financial support by the European Social Fund (FSE) for PhD and Post-doctoral fellowships and Doctoral programs, within the scope of QREN and Portugal 2020.
More information here.
PhD Thesis by Maria João Ramalho on drug delivery in glioblastoma multiforme therapy
February 8th, 2019
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Maria João Ramalho for her PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, entitled “Bioengineered nanocarriers for targeted drug delivery in glioblastoma multiforme therapy” supervised by Prof. Maria do Carmo Pereira, defended on February 8th 2019 FEUP.