LEPABE whishes you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a happy 2022!
Posted on December 23rd, 2021
PhD Thesis by Mariana Carneiro on microalgae biomass
December 16th, 2021
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Mariana Carneiro for her PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, entitled “Assessment and improvement of microalgae biomass productivity in different photobioreactors” supervised by Prof. F. Xavier Malcata, defended on December 16th, 2021 FEUP.
Prémio Mantero Belard 2021
Posted on December 22nd, 2021
LEPABE Researchers, Prof. Maria do Carmo Pereira and Dr. Joana Loureiro, are part of the team that was awarded the "Prémio Mantero Belard 2021", in this year edition of "Prémios Santa Casa Neurociências", attributed by Santa Casa da Misericórdia. This award intends to promote scientific or clinical research of neurodegenerative diseases associated with aging, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
This award will support the on-going research done by this consortium, led by Dr. Maria José Diógenes (iMM/Lisbon), under the topic "TAT-TrkB, a novel neuroprotective compound to fight Alzheimer's disease". The new compound showed in preliminary tests the ability to restore the physiological activity of the neurotrophic factor BDNF (endogenous neuroprotective), which is normally diminished in patients with Alzheimer.
More information about this award here.
Crystals Special Issue on “Advance in Application of Perovskite Materials in Optoelectronic Devices”
Posted on December 6th, 2021
Seyedali Emami, researcher at LEPABE, is one of the guest editors of the special issue on “Advance in Application of Perovskite Materials in Optoelectronic Devices” to be published in the scientific journal Crystals (MDPI). This special issue features articles on technical and phenomenological studies on long-term stability, reproducibility, up-scaling and industrialization of perovskite solar cells. The submission deadline is September 30th, 2022.
More information on this special issue can be found here.
2D Materials for Biomedical Applications Workshop
January 27-28th, 2022 - Virtual workshop
The UT Austin Portugal Program, the long-standing Science and Technology Partnership between the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), is very pleased to announce its workshop 2D Materials for Biomedical Applications, that will take place on January 27-28th, as virtual workshop.
Coordinated by Dr. Artur Pinto (LEPABE/FEUP) and Prof. Jean Anne Incorvia (University of Texas at Austin, USA), the workshop brings on board a handful of leading experts across several disciplines from Nanotechnologies to Biomedicine, who will be taking you through the large library of 2D materials available today as well as its application in health and medicine.
The registration in the event is free of charge. For more information regarding the programme and registration, please visit the conference website.
PhD Thesis by Sara Pereira on delivery of nucleic acid mimics into bacteria
November 26th, 2021
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Sara Pereira for her PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, entitled “Delivery of nucleic acid mimics into bacteria as a novel method to treat infections” supervised by Prof. Nuno F. Azevedo, defended on November 26th, 2021 FEUP.
European Researchers Night 2021
Posted on November 24th, 2021
LEPABE researchers were present at the European Researchers Night, which was held last September, at Castelo da Foz – Forte São João Baptista - Porto.
The researchers presented the project BluEnergy, that aims to develop vanadium flux batteries for energy storage from renewable sources. Visitors were able to see how low cost, high longevity redox drain stacks are being developed and the respective process and technology.
LEPABE acknowledge everyone who visited us and thanks the effort and dedication of the researchers involved in the preparation of the activities.
VISIT TO D. GIOVANNI OPERA, by W.A. MOZART
November 17th, 2021
LEPABE is one of the research units that sponsors the 3rd edition of the Researchers’ Concert, this year under the theme: “VISITAÇÃO À ÓPERA D. GIOVANNI DE W. A. MOZART”.
This concert will take place on November 17th, 2021, at FEUP’s auditorium (21:30 h) and is performed by the orchestra of the Academia and City Opera (OAC). Access to the Auditorium is free, tickets can be collected before the performance at FEUP’s desk office.
The OAC orchestra will be directed by conductor José Ferreira Lobo, and will have six opera singers to interpret various arias of D. Giovanni. This concert will have the special participation of Prof. Júlio Machado Vaz.
This year, a small group of musicians will perform a 15 min pre-concert on DEQ entrance (floor -1), on November 15th, at 12:00 h. Don’t miss it!
Know more about this event here.
LEPABE member is a Highly Cited Researcher 2021
Posted on November 22nd, 2021
Prof. Manuel Simões, senior researcher of LEPABE, was distinguished as Highly Cited Researcher 2021 by Clarivate - Web of Science.
This is a recognition of the true pioneers in their fields over the last decade, demonstrated by the production of multiple highly-cited papers that rank in the top 1 % by citations for field and year in the Web of Science.
Prof. Manuel Simões received this same distinction last year. However, the 2021 ranking has two more researchers of the Chemical Engineering Department at FEUP and another one from ICBAS, totalizing 4 scientists acknowledged from the University of Porto, in a total of 16 researchers at national level.
Know more here.
PhD Thesis by Patrícia Cruz on crystallization of active pharmaceutical ingredients
November 12th, 2021
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Patrícia Cruz for her PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, entitled "Control of the continuous crystallization of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in an oscillatory flow crystallizer” supervised by Dr. António A. Ferreira, defended on November 12th, 2021 FEUP.
PhD Thesis by Frederico Relvas on separation of special gases
November 5th, 2021
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Frederico Relvas for his PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, entitled “Separation of special gases by Pressure Swing Adsorption” supervised by Prof. Adélio Mendes, defended on November 5th 2021 FEUP.
PhD Thesis by Jontana Allkja on standardized in vitro methods for biofilms
October 21st, 2021
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Jontana Allkja for her PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, entitled “Development of minimum information guidelines and standardized in vitro methods for biofilm experiments” supervised by Prof. Nuno Azevedo, defended on October 21st, 2021 FEUP.
LEPABE present at ICEER 2021
Posted on October 19th, 2021
LEPABE Researcher, Dr. António Areosa Martins, participated in the 8th International Conference on Energy and Environment Research - ICEER 2021. This virtual event took place in September 13-17th, 2021.
Dr. António Areosa Martins was awarded the "Best Paper Award - Environment" for the paper “Life Cycle Assessment of bioethanol from corn stover from soil phytoremediation”.
AmnisPura in 3rd place of CleanTech Camp
Posted on October 8th, 2021
Amnis Pura, a spin-off from LEPABE, participated in the CleanTech Camp with its PSA hydrogen purification technology developed at LEPABE, which is 15% more efficient than other market solutions.
CleanTech Camp is a start-up program organized by EIT InnoEnergy aimed at sustainable solutions. Attendees incorporate various masterclasses and workshops aimed at business creation.
From the 15 start-ups selected for the 6th edition of the program, 6 were selected to present their project at the final event, which took place in Barcelona on September 16th, 2021, where Amnis Pura won the 3rd place.
The full event can be watched here. Amnis Pura presentation starts at 01:05:10.
PhD Thesis by Sara Faria on Marine biofilms formed by coccoid cyanobacteria
October 15th, 2021
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Sara Faria for her PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, entitled “Marine biofilm formed by coccoid cyanobacteria: Development and Control” supervised by Prof. Filipe Mergulhão, defended on October 15th, 2021 FEUP.
Carlos Costa interviewed by Ciência com Impacto
Posted on September 24th, 2021
Professor Carlos Costa, Senior researcher from LEPABE, was interviewed by the "Ciência com Impacto" podcast.
Here, he talks about the role of innovation in chemistry which, in his opinion, will be a fundamental piece in the development of new technologies for mitigation of climate change, more sustainable processes, and to support the circular economy. Innovation is creating knowledge, technologies and products that can be used for the well-being of Humanity.
Listen to the full interview here.
LEPABE was granted new Ph.D scholarships and projects in FCT 2021 call
Posted on September 30th, 2021
LEPABE congratulates the 19 project researchers that were granted individual PhD scholarships in the national FCT call (2021):
- Ana Rita Marques
-Ana Sofia Alves
- Diogo Castro
- Filipa Silva
- Hiten Chojer
- Joana Principe
- João Santos
- Marta Pereira
- Pedro Cerqueira
- Sónia Miranda
LEPABE also congratulates the teams involved in the 6 projects that were granted to LEPABE in the FCT call 2021:
- ASAPFuels (Paula Dias)
- EDC(Mind)2 (Klára Slezáková)
- InPSC (Luísa Andrade)
- NanoSAURUS (Joana Loureiro)
- PhotoBioValue (José C. Pires)
- RECY-SMARTE (Margarida Bastos)
- Ana Rita Pereira
- Celina Fernandes
- Eva Salgado
- Francisca Cunha
- Joana Bôto
- Joana Oliveira
- Marisa Gomes
- Miguel Leitão
- Sara Soares
ERA-NET Project PRESAGE
Posted on September 13th, 2021
LEPABE congratulates the team of the Biotechnology group, led by Prof. Luís Melo for the approval of the ERA-NET (European Research Area Networks) project PRESAGE - Potential of wastewater treatment for preventing the spread of antibiotic resistance, organic micropollutants, pathogens and viruses.
New approaches are needed to reduce the emission of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), including micropollutants and pathogens. Different sources contribute strongly to such emissions, which has driven the focus of PRESAGE project on innovative decentralized wastewater treatment (WWT), based on anaerobic and aerobic compact systems. The project has a strong focus on better understanding the relation between the operational parameters of reactors, the microbiological evolution in the system and the development of antimicrobial resistance.
LEPABE team is composed by Luís Melo, Manuel Simões and Ana Pereira from the Biofilm Engineering Lab (BEL), and Carlos Pereira from the Faculty of Sciences-UP, Chemistry Dep. The leading institution is Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, and the other partners of the project are Dresden University of Technology, Laboratoire Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Environnement, Technical University Of Denmark and Universidade de São Paulo.
Dr. Inês Gomes was awarded a "Prince Sultan Water travel grant"
Posted on September 21st, 2021
Dr. Inês Gomes, Junior Researcher at LEPABE, was awarded a "Prince Sultan Water Specialist Event Participation Grant" during her participation in the 17th International Conference on Environmental Science & Technology, with the topic: “Are emerging contaminants affecting drinking water microbial biofilms?”.
The conference was held as hybrid event (both virtual and in person at Athens – Greece), from 1st to 4th September, 2021. These grants are awarded to promising early career scientists whose research is focused upon innovative research in water-related topics.
International H2 Summer School
Posted on September 7th, 2021
The first international H2 Summer School organized by Professor Adélio Mendes and EMPOWER project will take place from 20th to 24th of September 2021.
This summer school is aimed at science and engineering students and professionals interested in learning more about the hydrogen economy. It includes in depth lectures on hydrogen production, storage and transportation, fuel reforming and fuel cell application. Guest speakers from innovation leaders, such as VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Catator AB (Sweden) and Blue World Technologies (Denmark) will join us and provide lectures on their field of expertise.
Registration is free but necessary to participate in the summer school (maximum of 100 participants). To register, send an email with your name and affiliation.
PhD Thesis by Cláudio Rocha on olive mill wastewater valorization for hydrogen production
September 6th, 2021
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Cláudio Rocha for his PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, entitled “Olive mill wastewater valorization through steam reforming reaction using a hybrid sorption-enhanced membrane reactor for high-purity hydrogen production” supervised by Prof. Luís Miguel Madeira, defended on September 6th, 2021 FEUP.
Mariana Carneiro was awarded "Best Oral Presentation"
Posted on August 19th, 2021
Mariana Carneiro, PhD student at LEPABE participated in the 7th Conference of the International Society of Applied Phycology 2021, which was held on-line, from May 15th to August 13th, 2021.
Her presentation, under the topic: “Growth and PSII performance of Nannochloropsis oceanica grown in three different pilot-scale cultivation systems outdoors” was awarded the best student oral presentation in the category of “Junior Applied Phycologyst”.
e-Conference on Innovation in Microbial Control
Posted on August 30th, 2021
The first e-Conference on Innovation in Microbial Control will take place online from 7th to 8th October 2021, and is organized by Prof. Manuel Simões and other researchers of the Biotechnology group of LEPABE from the Faculty of Engineering and by researchers of CIQUP from the Faculty of Sciences - University of Porto.
This event aims to establish a network to discuss and share on innovative strategies for microbial control as well as debating the main challenges found in the field. Reputable keynote speakers will join us and share their knowledge and experience (e.g. pioneering initiator of biofilm research Hans-Curt Flemming).
The registration in the event is free of charge. For more information regarding the programme, registration, abstract submission, please visit the conference website.
LEPABE present at Controlled Release Society Virtual Annual Meeting 2021
Posted on August 10th, 2021
LEPABE Researcher, Dr. Rita Sobral Santos, participated in the Controlled Release Society Virtual Annual Meeting 2021. This virtual event took place in July 25-29th, 2021.
Dr. Rita Santos was awarded the CRS Nanomedicine and Nanoscale Delivery Focus Group Trainee Award 2021 for the work “Delivery of nucleic acid mimics into bacteria as novel theranostics of infections”.
Luís Melo interviewed by Ciência com Impacto
Posted on August 16th, 2021
Professor Luís Melo, Senior researcher from LEPABE was interviewed by the Ciência com Impacto podcast.
Here, he talks about Biofilms. His career was dedicated to understanding how bacteria work within their communities and his goal is to find new ways to fight them when necessary, either in the health sector or in industrial settings.
Listen to the full interview here.
NEVADA present at HiTech 2021
Posted on August 6th, 2021
The NEVADA device: Nano-drug dEVice for Alzheimers DiseAse, was one of the eight finalist ideas of the HiTech 2021 course, one of the most prestigious in the field of entrepreneurship in Portugal.
The team of Prof. Maria do Carmo Pereira composed by the researchers Dr. Joana Loureiro, Dr. Maria João Ramalho and the PhD students Stephanie Andrade, Meghna Dabur and Débora Nunes, from LEPABE, presented an implantable, biocompatible and biodegradable device for the treatment of brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease. The closing session took place on July 14th and is fully available here.
The event was highlighted by the Expresso newspaper. You can read the full article here.
LEPABE work highlighted by 90 seconds of science podcast
Posted on August 4th, 2021
Professor Margarida Bastos, senior researcher at LEPABE, participated in 90 seconds of science program, broadcasted by Antena 1, which gives voice to Portuguese researchers and their projects.
In this episode, Margarida Bastos talks about the development of a product based on essential oils to protect stored cereals such as corn, without resorting to the use of plant protection products, such as fungicides or insecticides.
You can listen to the full podcast here.
"Baterias 2030" Public project presentation
July 30th, 2021 - livestream
"Baterias 2030" aims to decarbonise cities by developing new technologies to generate, store and distribute energy. This project comprises 23 national partners and has a global funding of 8.3 million euros. LEPABE is represented by Professor Adélio Mendes, responsible for developing perovskite solar cells for decentralised energy production and for the new generation of energy storage technologies - Redox-Flow batteries and hydrogen batteries that includes a PEM electrolyser, a PSA and a fuel cell. Read more about this project here.
The public presentation of the project will be here on livestream at 10:00 on July 30th, 2021.
PhD Thesis by Ioana Carlan on vitamins microencapsulation
July 27th, 2021
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Ioana Carlan for her PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, entitled “Development of the microencapsulation of soluble vitamins with different biopolymers by a spray drying process, for medical, pharmaceutical and food applications” supervised by Prof. Fernando Rocha and co-supervised by Dr. Berta Estevinho, defended on July 27th 2021 FEUP.
1st Drug Delivery in Microbial Cells (DDMiC) Conference
September 30th - October 2nd, 2021 - Fundação Dr. António Cupertino de Miranda, Porto
The 1st Drug Delivery in Microbial Cells (DDMiC) Conference will take place from the 30th of September to the 2nd of October 2021 in Porto, Portugal.
Organized by Prof. Nuno Azevedo, Dr. Rita Sobral Santos and other researchers from Biotechnology group of LEPABE, this conference is mainly supported by the H2020 project DelNAM.
DDMiC intends to become the 1st international conference in the field, supporting the growth of the community working on drug delivery in microbial cells. Top leaders both from academia and industry are already confirmed as invited speakers!
For more information regarding the programme, registration (open until 31st August), abstract submission (open until 20th July), and travel/accommodation, please visit the conference website here.
Prof. Conceição Alvim Ferraz interviewed by Porto Canal
Posted on July 5th, 2021
Retired Professor Conceição Alvim Ferraz, Senior Researcher at LEPABE, was interviewed for the TV show Conversas com História, broadcast on Porto Canal last Sunday, July 4th.
In this episode, Joel Cleto revisited the life trajectory of Professor Maria da Conceição Alvim Ferraz, in a personal testimony enriched by facts and curiosities about the history of the places.
The interview is now available online here.
Energies Topical Collection on “Review Papers in Energy and Environment”
Posted on June 25th, 2021
Dr. José Carlos Pires, researcher from LEPABE, is one of the guest editors of the Topical Collection “Review Papers in Energy and Environment”, to be published in the journal Energies. This Topical Collection will feature the state-of-the-art reviews related to all aspects of green energy and the environment, such as biofuel and bioenergy, energy storage and networks, catalysis for sustainable processes, and materials for energy and the environment. Submissions is now open.
More information on this special issue can be found here.
IMDIS: A teaching tool for air pollution dispersion modeling by Romualdo Salcedo
Posted on June 18th, 2021
Professor Romualdo Salcedo, from the Process Systems Engineering group of LEPABE, is author of the book IMDIS: A teaching tool for air pollution dispersion modeling, published by De Gruyter.
This book intends to serve as a reference to follow-up on a better comprehension of air pollution modeling with the aid of hands-on user-friendly software, highlighting the main advantages of using Gaussian dispersion as the main drive to teach this subject. Throughout the book, author Romualdo Salcedo guides readers with an interactive multisource dispersion estimation tool, helping them understand how air dispersion models work.
Access to the book and software here.
EUGLOH Summer School in Nutrition and Food Sciences
June, 29 -- July 2, 2021 - Virtual event
LEPABE Researcher Belmira Neto, Professor of the Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Department at FEUP, is one of the lecturers at the "EUGLOH Summer School in Nutrition and Food Sciences - The role of the academy to promote health" with the topic: From environmental food print to sustainable procurement in public spaces. This free of charge summer school, is organized by the University of Porto and will be held online from June 29th to July 2nd.
Participants will be able to advance their knowledge and understanding of Food & Nutrition through a scientific approach, comprehend and integrate different scientific disciplines (from production to consumption) relevant to the health of populations, and the needs of society, consumers and industry towards healthy environments.
Know more about this summer school here.
Training School - DIY Arduino-based platform for monitoring Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
July, 1-2 & September 20, 2021 - Virtual event
The COST Action PortASAP, led by Dr. Guillaume Erny, research fellow at LEPABE, is organizing a virtual Training School - DIY Arduino-based platform for monitoring Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), which will be held as online event, on July 1-2 & September 20.
The monitoring of environmental parameters using open-source low-cost portable instrumentation is a key tool to expand the currently-available information. Hence, this training school aims to drive researchers with different backgrounds in the process of building and operate an Arduino-based platform for monitoring Indoor Air Quality.
Know more about the training school here.
Work with LEPABE fingerprint was highlighted by Canarias7 newspaper
Posted on May 25th, 2021
A team of researchers led by Dr. Nuno Ratola, from LEPABE and Dr. Verónica Pino, from Universidad La Laguna, have seen their work highlighted by the newspaper Canarias7. Their project evaluated the presence of compounds derived from cosmetics and hygiene products in the waters of the Canary Islands and was recently published on the scientific journal Talanta - “Headspace solid-phase microextraction based on the metal-organic framework CIM-80(Al) coating to determine volatile methylsiloxanes and musk fragrances in water samples using gas chromatography and mass spectrometry”
Know more about this work here (in Spanish).
PINT OF SCIENCE PORTO 2021
Posted on May 17th, 2021
The event PINT OF SCIENCE PORTO 2021 is happening in Porto, from 17th to 19th of May. This year’s edition organizing team counts with some LEPABE researchers, namely Cláudio Rocha, Emanuel Sampaio and Ana Catarina Faria.
LEPABE’s Junior Researcher, Joana Loureiro, was invited to speak at Espiga, on May, 18th, about "With Alzheimer's? Forget it!". On the same day, the PhD student, Maria João Romeu will speak at Selina, about “Biofilms: can bacteria teach us how to live in community?”
If you are interested in this event please register here.
150th anniversary of the birth of Alfredo da Silva
Posted on May 14th, 2021
The Amélia de Mello Foundation, promotes, this year, a series of events to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Alfredo da Silva, the largest Portuguese industrialist of the 20th century.
On May 12th, 2021, the conference "Chemistry for life" was held in Aveiro. The event was organized by the Department of Chemistry of University of Aveiro, the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto and APQuímica, and had the participation of the Director of FEUP, Professor João Falcão e Cunha, who highlighted the recent creation of ALiCE, as a large Associate Laboratory in the Chemical Engineering field.
Professor Adélio Mendes, senior member of LEPABE, was also invited to present an energy-related topic entitled: "Energy Technologies: a magical bubbling world"
You can watch the complete recording of the event here.
1st International Solar Power Technologies Conference - SPTech
July, 5-8th, 2021 - Virtual Conference
Several LEPABE's researchers are part of the scientific and organizing committee of the SPTech Conference – Solar Power Technologies, which will be held as online event, from 5th to 8th of July 2021.
Hosted by University of Porto, this free online conference is a premier interdisciplinary stage to discuss the current evolution of solar power technologies in topics such as Solar Fuels and Storage Technologies, Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells, Perovskite Solar Cells and Solar Energy Policy.
Abstracts submission is open till June 1st. Know more here.
Foods special issue on “Application of Innovative Spray Drying Technology on Food Engineering”
Posted on April 16th, 2021
Dr. Berta Estevinho, researcher at LEPABE, is guest editor of the special issue “Application of Innovative Spray Drying Technology on Food Engineering” to be published in the scientific journal Foods. This special issue highlights novel applications of the spray drying process in the food industry, new encapsulation formulations and matrices, physicochemical characteristics of the encapsulation systems, and their food applications. The submission deadline is November 30th, 2021.
More information on this special issue can be found here.
PhD Thesis by Filipa Paulo on the valorization of olive oil pomace
April 15th, 2021
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. Filipa Paulo for her PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, entitled “Potential valorization of olive oil pomace: extraction, encapsulation, particles characterization, in vitro release and oxidative stability studies” supervised by Prof. Lúcia Santos, defended on April 15th 2021 FEUP.
1st Symposium on Oligonucleotide Technologies and Therapeutics@Portugal
July, 8-9th, 2021 - Virtual Conference
LEPABE researchers, Prof. Nuno Azevedo, Dr. Rita Sobral Santos and Dr. Nuno Guimarães are part of the organizing committee of the 1st Symposium on Oligonucleotide Technologies and Therapeutics@Portugal – OTP2021 that will happen on 8-9 July 2021, as online event.
OTP aims to bring together scientists from academia and industry interested in nucleic-acids-based technologies and therapeutics, and create a network in the field. Hosted by I3S, OTP is jointly organized by the European Project DelNAM (FEUP), INSA and University of Porto, Portugal.
Submission of abstracts for a poster presentation is open until 10th May 2021.
Registration details and the program can be found here.
4 CCDR-N projects granted with the participation of LEPABE
Posted on April 12th, 2021
LEPABE was granted 4 projects in the call “SISTEMA DE APOIO À INVESTIGAÇÃO CIENTÍFICA E TECNOLÓGICA - PROJETOS ESTRUTURADOS DE I&D&I” from CCDR-N. The projects are:
- 2SMART - engineered Smart materials for Smart citizens, led by LEPABE, with participation of CEFT, LSRE-LCM and i2ADS;
- Healthy Waters - Identification, Elimination, Social Awareness and Education of Water Chemical and Biological Micropollutants with Health and Environmental Implications, led by LSRE-LCM, with participation of LEPABE, CEFT and CIIE;
- HyGreen&LowEmissions ‐ Tackling Climate Change Impacts: the role of Green Hydrogen production, storage and use, led by CEFT, with participation of LEPABE, LSRE-LCM and CEF.UP;
- S4Hort_Soil&Food - Sustainable practices for Soil health & horticultural products improvement in the Entre‐o‐Douro e Minho Region, led by GreenUP, with participation of LEPABE, LSRE-LCM and CIQUP.
With these projects, LEPABE ensures a financial input of 880 000 EUR, for the next 2 years.
LEPABE researcher interviewed by Graphene Newsletter
Posted on April 8th, 2021
Artur Pinto, Junior Researcher at LEPABE, was interviewed by Graphene Newsletter, a web-based publication that focuses on graphene-related news, conferences, and interviews with researchers. This interview was part of its "Trends with Graphene Young Researchers" series.
The full text can be found here.
2nd DelNAM Summer School "FISHing Bacteria"
May, 4-6, 2021 - DEQ, FEUP
The 2nd DelNAM Summer School "FISHing Bacteria" will take place on the 4th-6th of May 2021 and is organized by the H2020 project DelNAM.
This summer school will include theoretical sessions and hands-on practical sessions on the FISH technique and its applications. The theoretical sessions will take place ONLINE on the first day of the event (May 4th). The practical sessions will happen IN PERSON, at the Department of Chemical Engineering from FEUP (May 5th and 6th), and will include the design of oligonucleotides to target bacteria, standard FISH on planktonic and mixed biofilms, as well as variants including the application of liposomes, microfluidics and spectral image analysis.
The registration is free of charge. Know more here.
4th Doctoral Congress in Engineering – DCE21
June, 28-29, 2021 - Virtual Conference
Several LEPABE's researchers are part of the scientific and organizing committee of the 4th Doctoral Congress in Engineering – DCE21 which will be held on the 28th to 29th of June, 2021 as online event.
Organized by FEUP, DCE21 is an excellent opportunity for doctoral engineering students, to discuss their on-going research with peers, professors and industry/companies and also for potential industry partners to contact a broad audience of engineers which will soon be looking to move on to the industry.
The DCE21 is divided in 14 engineering symposia, with special emphasis on the Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Environmental Engineering symposia.
Abstracts submission is open till April, 2nd. Know more here.
8th ICEER 2021
September, 13-17, 2021 - Virtual Conference
LEPABE's researchers, Prof. Nídia Caetano and Dr. António Areosa Martins are part of the organizing committee of the 8th International Conference on Energy and Environment Research - ICEER 2021, which will be held as on-line event.
Developing the World in 2021 with Clean and Safe Energy is the main topic of this annual event that discusses current issues related to Energy and the Environment. This event aims to explore emerging technologies and concepts in a collaborative way, bringing together engineers, researchers and professionals from different areas.
LEPABE researchers feature in Stanford ranking
Posted on March 11th, 2021
Five researchers from LEPABE are included in the list of the most cited scientists in the world released by Stanford University. The list contains all scientist who are among the top 100,000 across all fields or the top 2% of scientists of their main subfield discipline, according to their composite citation index when self-citations are not included.
The LEPABE members included in the list for career-long citation impact up until the end of 2019 are: F. Xavier Malcata, Manuel Simões, Luís M. Madeira, Adélio Mendes and José Carlos Pires. The list for citation impact during the single calendar year 2019 includes the five mentioned names and also the name of Lúcia Santos.
Congrats to all the researchers for their work as top level scientists.
Check the lists here.
“Women in Science” book
Posted on March 15th, 2021
The third edition of the book “Women in Science” was launched on March 8th, 2021, on the occasion of International Women's Day. Published by Ciência Viva, this edition of the book brings together 101 portraits of women researchers from different generations and areas of knowledge, thus paying tribute to Portuguese women scientists, who represent about 45% of the country's total researchers.
The third edition counted with the participation of LEPABE Researcher, Dr. Ana Luísa Gonçalves, who highlighted her work with microalgae for the capture of CO2 and the removal of pollutants from wastewater.
Access the electronic version of the book here.
Associate Laboratory status for ALICE approved
Posted on March 1st, 2021
ALICE, Associate Laboratory for Innovation in Chemical Engineering, has been approved for Associate Laboratory Status. The ALICE consortium, is composed by CEFT, LEPABE and LSRE-LCM, three R&D Units based at the Department of Chemical Engineering at FEUP.
The Associate Laboratory status is attributed to institutions or consortia of scientific institutions that make institutional commitments to carry out the country's scientific and technological policy objectives, in a very competitive call. The status also grants complementary budget.
Congratulations to all ALICE members for achieving this remarkable result! Know more here.
Webinar: Women’s Experience in Engineering
Posted on March 8th, 2021
To mark the International Women's Day, iPoint, in partnership with AEFEUP, promotes a moment of sharing and debate among women with successful careers and who, at the same time, have the family logistics to manage and guide.
The “Women’s Experience in Engineering” Webinar, features the testimonies of two senior researchers from LEPABE, Prof. Arminda Alves and Prof. Maria do Carmo Pereira.
The Webinar takes place today, at 14:30, live on Youtube FEUPTV.
SEA+TECH: a new spin-off company from LEPABE
Posted on February 18th, 2021
SEAMORETECH, Lda, is the most recent spin-off from FEUP/LEPABE. The company was founded by Sofia Delgado and Eva Sousa, and was created in the beginning of 2021 as outcome of the research work developed by the team of Prof. Adélio Mendes, from the group of Processes, Products and Energy at LEPABE.
As water scarcity is the main challenge of this century, SEA+TECH mission is to develop energy efficient projects for producing fresh water from seawater or waste water using solar energy conversion technologies to supply residential, commercial and industrial applications.
Visit us: www.seamoretech.com
PhD Thesis by António Vilanova on photoelectrochemical devices
February 22nd, 2021
LEPABE would like to congratulate Dr. António Vilanova for his PhD thesis of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, entitled “Photoelectrochemical devices for solar hydrogen production” supervised by Prof. Adélio Mendes, defended on February 22nd 2021 FEUP.
Antibiotics special issue on “Nature Inspired Antibiotic Adjuvants to Face the Problem of Multidrug Resistance and Biofilm Infections”
Posted on February 15th, 2021
Dr. Anabela Borges and Prof. Manuel Simões, researchers from the Biotechnology group of LEPABE, are Guest Editors of the Special Issue “Nature Inspired Antibiotic Adjuvants to Face the Problem of Multidrug Resistance and Biofilm Infections”, to be published in the scientific journal Antibiotics. This Special Issue focuses on the discovery and development of new natural-based antibiotic adjuvants to provide sustainable and innovative aproaches for the treatment of infectious diseases. The submission deadline is October 31st, 2021.
More information on this special issue can be found here.
LEPABE Researchers participated in Global Women Breakfast 2021 iniciative
Posted on February 11th, 2021
LEPABE Researchers accepted IUPAC's invitation to participate in the Global Women Breakfast, that happened online on February 9th. This event was organized worldwide, with the participation of multiple countries. In Portugal, different institutions accepted the invitation of Sociedade Portuguesa da Química and joined the event online.
At FEUP, the Department of Chemical Engineering, together with research units CEFT, LEPABE and LSRE-LCM, organized a small session where positive testimonies were recorded, focusing on pandemic stories and on how we work to overcome these days.
Watch the video: https://youtu.be/oj-Kz6-4h9w
1st SYMPOSIUM ON ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE
Posted on February 9th, 2021
LEPABE researchers from the Supramolecular Assemblies group are organizing the 1st SYMPOSIUM ON ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: an update on pathology and therapeutics that will take place on the 16-17th February 2021, as online event.
The 1st SYMPOSIUM ON ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE is a thriving opportunity for the exchange of research advances on Alzheimer's Disease, where researchers can discuss recent innovations and new techniques on AD mechanisms, diagnosis and therapy, shining a spotlight on innovative research. This is a unique opportunity to watch to thoughtful talks and trigger revealing discussions by internationally renowned speakers.
The registration on this event is free. Please, find out more in our website.
CROPEO was one of the finalists of Prémio Inovação CA 2020
Posted on February 8th, 2021
Project CROPEO was one of the 3 finalists in the “Food, Nutrition and Health” category of the 7th edition of the “Entrepreneurship and Innovation” award sponsored by Crédito Agrícola.
Following the investigation carried out in the project Microprotect, that ended in 2015, arises the CROPEO project, led by Prof. Margarida Bastos, Senior Researcher at LEPABE. This project continued the development of a device that contains essential oils with insecticidal and fungicidal activity, being a sustainable solution for the protection and storage of cereals for long periods of time. This device is already patented in the United States.
Production of ventilators from Sysadvance starts this week
Posted on February 5th, 2021
Sysadvance, a spin-off company from FEUP/LEPABE, is producing new ventilators in collaboration with the Portuguese Medical Association to reinforce the intensive care units (ICUs) in Portuguese hospitals.
The ventilator SYSVENT OM1 is the first ventilator certified in Portugal and its production starts this week. The company will produce 35 units to the Portuguese health system (SNS) to help the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. Countries such as Czech Republic and Brazil also manifested their interest in acquiring the Portuguese model.
Know more about this here.
Foods special issue on “Flavors, Essential Oils and Natural Antioxidants Encapsulation for Food Applications”
Posted on February 3rd, 2021
Dr. Berta Estevinho, researcher at LEPABE, is one of the guest editors of the special issue “Flavors, Essential Oils and Natural Antioxidants Encapsulation for Food Applications” to be published in the scientific journal Foods. This special issue highlights the current strategies to improve encapsulation of specific active and natural compounds such as flavors, essential oils, and natural antioxidants. The submission deadline is November 30th, 2021.
More information on this special issue can be found here.
Antibiotics special issue on “New Insights on Biofilm Antimicrobial Strategies, 2nd Volume”
Posted on February 1st, 2021
Dr. Andreia S. Azevedo, researcher at LEPABE, is one of the guest editors of the special issue “New Insights on Biofilm Antimicrobial Strategies, 2nd Volume” to be published in the scientific journal Antibiotics. This special issue highlights the development of different strategies for the prevention and control of biofilms. The submission deadline is September 30th, 2021.
More information on this special issue can be found here.
Work by LEPABE team was distinguished with CNOIV 2020
Posted on January 21st, 2021
The article “Towards sustainable wine: Comparison of two Portuguese wines” was distinguished with the prize CNOIV 2020 in the category of Economy and Law, instituted by the National Commission of the International Organization of Vine and Wine (CNOIV), operating at the Institute of Vine and Wine, I.P.
This paper, published in 2018 by the Journal of Cleaner Production resulted from the work developed by a team from LEPABE, led by Prof. Nídia Caetano, in collaboration with Sogrape Vinhos company. In this paper a comparative sustainability assessment of two Portuguese wines is performed. The evaluation follows a life cycle perspective and is based on seven sustainability indicators, selected taking into account the main issues pertinent to the wine industry.
Micromachines special issue on “Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip Applications”
Posted on January 7th, 2021
Dr. Laura Cerqueira, researcher from LEPABE, is one of the guest editors of the Special Issue “Microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip Applications”, to be published in the journal Micromachines. This Special Issue focuses on the development of novel designs for miniaturization, microfluidic devices and biosensors. The submission deadline is May 31st, 2021.
More information on this special issue can be found here.