The symposium on “Chemical and Biological Engineering” will be held in the scope of the 3rd Doctoral Congress Engineering (DCE19) which will be hosted at FEUP, Porto, Portugal on the 27th and 28th of June 2019.

This Symposium is organized by PhD students of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PDEQB) at FEUP, with the support of the Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM and the R&D Units LEPABE and CEFT.

Topics for submission

PhD students, MSc students and other young researchers who already completed or who are considering undertaking PhD research, are welcome to present their research in this Symposium based on the following topics of interest:

  • Biological Engineering and Biotechnology
  • Reaction and Separation Processes
  • Energy and Environment
  • Product Engineering
  • Catalysis and Carbon Materials
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biorefinery and Sustainability
  • Innovative Materials and Applications
  • Modeling, Synthesis and Integration of Chemical Processes



Please check the ‘Instructions for authors’ page.

–> deadline for submission has been extended to 15/04




Invited speakers

  • João Restivo

João is a FEUP PhD graduate, having developed his thesis work with Prof. Fernando Pereira and Prof. José Órfão in the LSRE-LCM group. His work while at FEUP focused on the development of structured catalysts for water purification, where his interests transitioned from the study of the application to the study and design of the materials. This led to João joining the University College London’s Institute for Materials Discovery after defending his thesis in December 2014. Here, he found a small team in a newly founded research group focused mostly on functional materials, with a strong tradition in solar cell design. João worked mostly on the expansion of the group’s interests into other areas such as icing protection, biomaterials, conductive and dielectric composites, among others. This included a large component of building collaborations with other groups and institutions, to secure the IMD’s position as a leading research centre, both in the UK and globally. João finally joined Johnson Matthey’s Clear Air Technology Centre in Summer 2016 to work in the Catalyst Characterisation group. After a successful 2.5 years with JM where he took leadership of the group and their contribution to the Centre’s catalyst development and manufacturing activities, João has returned to LSRE-LCM to further pursue his academic interests.


  • Paula C. Oç Rodrigues Pinto

Paula C. O. Rodrigues Pinto was Associated Researcher at Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering – Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials (LSRE-LCM) from 2009 until 2016 working on lignin conversion to bio-based products and valorization of bark polyphenols as project leader of industry-driven projects in biorefinery topic. Previously, she worked as Post-Doctoral Researcher in value-added chemicals from lignocellulosic materials at University of Aveiro and RAIZ (Forest and Paper Research Institute) after completing Ph.D in 2005 in the topic of kraft pulping, bleaching and wood components. Since 2016 she is Technological R&D Coordinator at RAIZ, part of The Navigator Company, working on research areas pulp, paper, tissue and biorefinery.



  • Nuno Azevedo

Nuno Filipe Azevedo graduated in Biological Engineering in 2001 at the University of Minho (UMinho), Portugal and then finished a sandwich PhD on Chemical and Microbial Technology in 2005 at the UMinho and the University of Southampton, UK (USou). He is currently an Assistant Professor of the Chemical Engineering Department at FEUP, as well as a senior researcher at the Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy (LEPABE). During his research career he has authored or co-authored more than 90 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, submitted 7 patents and co-edited a book. He has been invited to more than 20 oral presentations in national and international conferences and is regularly part of the scientific advisory committee of several international conferences. Nuno Azevedo main research interests are to explore the potential of nucleic acid mimics for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of infectious agents, as well as multispecies biofilms. He is currently leading the EU-funded project DelNAM, a 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. He was also a co-founder of the biotech company Biomode SA, that was granted 1.5M€ in investment funds.


  • Rita Ruivo Marques

Rita Ruivo Marques graduated in 2003 in Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra. She started doing research in 2006 and integrated the research team of the European projects REMOVALS (2006-2008) and CLEAN WATER (2008-2009), developing work on environmental catalysis, namely for the oxidative degradation of organic pollutants in aqueous phase. In 2010, she was granted with a doctoral fellowship from FCT and, in 2014, she presented her PhD thesis on photocatalytic water treatment at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher with a FCT grant in Education Sciences, working on the dissemination of scientific knowledge as a prevention strategy in the domain of water preservation, using participatory methodologies. She is part of the research team of the LSRE-LCM unit at FEUP and of the Center for Research and Intervention in Education (CIIE) at the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Porto (FPCEUP).


  • Pedro C. Mena

Pedro Carteado Mena was born in Porto and grew up in the nearby seaside city of Vila do Conde. At high school he was awarded twice as best student and later he joined Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto. He graduated in Chemical Engineering in 2000, being among the 10% best students. Then, he started his PhD thesis, at Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, being also abroad in Prague – Czech Republic (Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals), Nancy – France (Laboratoire des Sciences du Génie Chimique) and Grenoble – France (Laboratoire des Ecoulements Geophysiques et Industriels). In 2005 he finished his thesis intitled “Hydrodynamics and Mass Transfer in Multiphase Reactors”. He started his career in industry at a Portuguese multinational wood-based panels group Sonae Industria, working as R&D manager in different group´s companies, particularly in Portugal and Germany. After 8 years of experience in wood based and surfaces sector, he moved to The Netherlands, joining a Dutch company of building facades Trespa International B.V., being Development Engineer and R&D project leader at Trespa (The Netherlands) and its sister company Arpa Industriale s.p.a. (Italy), where he also worked in operations. More recently, in 2017 he returned to Portugal and joined the Board of Directors of Monteiro Ribas Industrias, which current core business is packaging, having also other business units such as coated fabrics and rubber products.


Presentation (oral communication/poster)

At least one of the authors is required to attend the symposium to present the abstract.

The duration of oral presentations is 15 minutes including 5 minutes for possible discussions and questions.



All accepted and revised abstracts, with at least one author registered in the Congress with a paid fee, will be mentioned in the event’s program/Booklet that will be given to congress participants on the 1st day.

|| Book of Abstracts – download here  ||



Authors of accepted and revised abstracts, presented at the Congress, will be eligible for:

  1. Best oral communication
  2. Best poster

Please check the ‘Awards’ page.

Registration (Payment)

Registration is mandatory for all participants.

At least one author of each accepted and revised abstract must be registered in the event, with a paid fee, for the abstracts’ reference to appear in the Booklet, in the Book of Abstracts and in the Proceedings.

FEUP students who belong to the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PDEQB) must contact Prof. Alexandra Pinto – PDEQB ( before proceed with registration.

Symposium Committee

Symposium Chair

  • Alexandra Pinto

Symposium Organizing Committee

  • Alexandra Pinto
  • PhD candidate Albertina Rios
  • PhD candidate Catarina Moreira
  • PhD candidate Diogo Silva
  • PhD candidate Fábio Bernardo
  • PhD candidate Filipa Paulo
  • PhD candidate Rafael Morais

Symposium Scientific Committee

  • Alexandra Pinto | FEUP
  • Arminda Alves | FEUP
  • Carmen Rangel | LNEG
  • Cidália Botelho | FEUP
  • Joaquim Faria | FEUP
  • João Campos | FEUP
  • Fernando Pereira | FEUP
  • Filipe Mergulhão | FEUP
  • Filomena Barreiro | IPB
  • Francisco Malcata | FEUP
  • José Teixeira | UMinho
  • Madalena Alves | UMinho
  • Madalena Dias | FEUP
  • Manuel Alves | FEUP
  • Miguel Madeira | FEUP
  • PhD candidate Albertina Rios
  • PhD candidate Catarina Moreira
  • PhD candidate Diogo Silva
  • PhD candidate Fábio Bernardo
  • PhD candidate Filipa Paulo
  • PhD candidate Rafael Morais