New University of Lisbon (NOVAID)

NOVAIDFounded in 1977, Faculdade de Ciência e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT/UNL) is one of the most prestigious Portuguese public schools of science and engineering today, with a total enrolment of ca. 8000 students (Degree, MSc and PhD). FCT/UNL is a recent established faculty that has achieved extraordinary national relevance for Higher Education on several new programmes, most of them pioneers nationwide. Between 2010 and 2013, FCT/UNL published more than 2525 papers indexed in ISI Web of Science, in top journals and conferences with high impact, where has earned recognition by its peers. The Associação para a Inovação e Desenvolvimento at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT) ( is a private non-profit association, recently reclassified in March 2014 which replaces the Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FFCT/UNL). is as an initiative of the FCT/UNL to promote and facilitate scientific research, technology and development services to society, and to organize qualified human resources training and consulting expertise and knowledge dissemination and technology transfer. acts as the legal front institution of multiple research units, from different scientific fields, carrying out research work and managing financial and administratively R&D&I projects. Currently, manages several projects and implements a professional management of around 14 research units (recognised by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia - FCT supports the scientific community in Portugal through a range of funding schemes), in the several science and technology fields. Aligned with aforementioned tasks, has been developing many of these R&D&I activities at European and National level since it was created. At European level has the experience of managing circa 17 EU FP7 projects (around 2.85 M€). At National Level participates in many projects from different sources of funding in Portugal. The participant research unit that belongs to the consortium is the Biochemical Engineering (BIOENG) group, playing a leading role in research and technological development. BIOENG is hosted in the Department of Chemistry of the FCT-UNL, which is part of the REQUIMTE network, the largest Portuguese Chemistry and Technology Network. REQUIMTE is a partnership exploiting the basic principles of Green Chemistry, Clean Technologies and Processes with aim to contribute to the practice of Sustainable Chemistry.

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Key persons involved

Prof. Maria Reis, Full Professor.  Maria Reis is a full Professor at FCT-UNL. Her main research interests have been in the area of Environmental/Industrial BioEngineering, with special focus on anaerobic digestion, the development of sustainable bioprocesses for the removal of pollutants (namely nitrogen and phosphorus) from water and wastewater streams and for the valorization of industrial wastes for the production of biopolymers. Within these research areas, she has published more than 220 papers in scientific journals with peer review, with an h index of 38 and over 5500 citations, and is co-author of 10 National/International Patents. She is an editor of Water Research and an IWA Fellow.

Prof. Adrian Oehmen, Assistant Professor. Adrian Oehmen is an Assistant Professor at FCT-UNL. His main focus is on the optimisation of wastewater treatment processes, such as biological nutrient removal, anaerobic digestion, biopolymer production, and the assessment of greenhouse gas production and micropollutant removal, being also actively involved in mathematical modelling. He has published over 75 papers in scientific journals, with an h index of 27 and total citations >3000, and been involved with over 30 national and international projects. He is an editor of Water Science and Technology, and Management Committee Member of the IWA Specialist Group: Microbial Ecology and Water Engineering.

Dr. Gilda Carvalho, Senior Researcher. Gilda Carvalho is a Senior Researcher at FCT-UNL. Her area of expertise is the characterisation of microbial ecology and performance of mixed cultures for wastewater treatment and valorisation. Her research has covered topics including nutrient and xenobiotics removal from wastewater, anaerobic digestion and biopolymer production from industrial waste/sub-products, using an integrated approach to link microbiology and engineering for process optimisation. She has published over 55 peer reviewed papers, with an h index of 17 and over 1500 citations, and has participated in over 30 national and international research projects.

Dr. Barbara Almeida, Researcher. Dr. Barbara Almeida is a Research Manager at the BIOENG Group, FCT-NOVA. She holds a PhD in Microbiology from NOVA University of Lisbon (2013) and a degree in Microbiology from Catholic University of Portugal (2007). She has over 5 years management experience of EC-funded projects delivering excellent project management and proposal writing services.

Fernando Silva, PhD student. Fernando Silva is currently a PhD student in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. His research activity has been mainly dedicated to PHA production using mixed microbial cultures from wastes. He will be involved in Task 2.2 PHA production.

Mariana Matos, PhD student. Mariana Matos is currently a PhD student in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at NOVA University of Lisbon. Her research has been mainly focused on agro-food wastes valorisation through acidogenic fermentation and PHA production at pilot scale using mixed microbial cultures. She is involved in Task 2.1 large-scale process optimisation for PHA production.