PDEPQ - Aims and Research Topics

PDEQB is focused in Innovative Chemical and Biochemical Processes and Products and envisages the training of students as highly qualified professionals or researchers open to 'out-of-the-box' concepts in chemical and biological processing technology by incorporating knowledge from other areas into new solutions. The PhD graduates are expected to be well positioned to formulate novel approaches and to propose technological solutions for new problems.

PDEQB is structured focusing on innovative subjects and approaches being developed in the research units involved with the programme, which have recognized excellence in chemical and biological processes and products research.

Supported by the scientific matrix that is common to these research units - analysis of chemical and biological processes - applied to the development of innovative processes and products with high economic and/or societal potential, the programme is expected to output solid and advanced trained professionals, capable of contributing to the sustainable National socio-economical and industrial development.

PDEQB will be structured into four engineering subjects:

(a) nano-structured and functionalized materials;

(b) process intensification (and cyclic separation and reaction processes);

(c) advanced fluids engineering and microfluidics; and,

(d) biochemical engineering in health and environmental systems.

These subjects, as well as the synergies resulting from their complementarity, are currently the focus of research, development and innovation of LSRE/LCM, LEPAE and CEFT, in the areas of materials, energy, environment and health, with the respective supporting processes. Therefore, the programme emphasizes on the current relevant nexus between process intensification, biotechnology, and sustainable processing technologies and products.

Current topics of research are:

(1) MATERIALS - Nano-structured and functionalized materials for catalysis, photo-induced processes and composites; Membranes for gas separations and water desalination; New technologies for mass production of nano-materials; Perfume engineering and Micro-encapsulation;

(2) PROCESSES - Cyclic separation and reaction processes; Process intensification; Multifunctional reactors; Micro-reactors;

(3) ENERGY - Dye-sensitized solar cells; Fuel cells (chemical and microbial); Biorefineries/biofuels; Solar fuels; Hydrogen production and storage; energy efficiency;

(4) ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH - Sequestration of greenhouse gases; Advanced oxidation processes for water and wastewater treatment, addressing emergent and industrial pollutants; Air pollution abatement and control including NOx, VOCs and particulate matter; Controlled release of bioactive substances; Functionalized nanoparticles for health applications; Microfluidics and rheology in biological systems; Biofilms in environmental and health applications and Microalgae for pharmaceutical products.