20 years of Science and Innovation

Joana Maia Dias

Senior Researcher

Academic position: Assistant Professor (FEUP)

Background: PhD in Environmental Engineering – Faculty of Engineering of Porto, Portugal

Major research topics

  • Biofuels Production (Biodiesel, Bioethanol and Biogas) from sustainable raw materials
  • Waste Management and Recovery
  • Waste Treatment Technologies

Selected Publications

Costa, E., Almeida, M.F., Alvim-Ferraz, C., Dias, J.M., 2019. The cycle of biodiesel production from Crambe abyssinica in Portugal. Industrial Crops and Products 129, 51-58.

Cruz, M., Pinho, S.C., Mota, R., Almeida, M.F., Dias, J.M., 2018. Enzymatic esterification of acid oil from soapstocks obtained in vegetable oil refining: Effect of enzyme concentration. Renewable Energy 124, 165-171.

Virgínio e Silva, J.O., Almeida, M.F., da Conceição Alvim-Ferraz, M., Dias, J.M., 2018. Integrated production of biodiesel and bioethanol from sweet potato. Renewable Energy 124, 114-120.

Ventura, E., Futuro, A., Pinho, S.C., Almeida, M.F., Dias, J.M., 2018. Physical and thermal processing of Waste Printed Circuit Boards aiming for the recovery of gold and copper. Journal of Environmental Management 223, 297-305.

G.O. Ferrero, M. F. Almeida, M.C.M. Alvim-Ferraz, J.M. Dias. 2015. Glycerol-enriched heterogeneous catalyst for biodiesel production from soybean oil and waste frying oil. Energy Conversion and Management, 89, 665-671.


Selected Projects

Development of urban cleanliness indicators for Porto Municipality. Reference FEUP/EMAP/2018-73842. 2018-2020

Biodiesel production from vegetable oils using heterogeneous catalysts. Redes Internacionales 9. Programa de Promoción de la Universidad Argentina. Code 46 - ## - 0076. 2016

Action plan for waste management at Porto Municipality. Reference FEUP/CMP/2015-69146. 2015/2016.

Waste Management Planning at Porto Municipality. Reference FEUP/CMP/2014/03. 2014/2015.

Remediation Technologies for the Cleanup of Soils Contaminated with Biofuels (ISIS). PTDC/AAG-TEC/4403/2012. 2012-2015.

Valorisation of By-products and Wastewaters from Fish Canning Industry (FishValue). QREN/AdI 13634. 2011-2013.


Email: jmdiasfe.up.pt

Phone: +351 22 508 1422

Room: F316

Laboratory: F203

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