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Departamento de Engenharia Química da FCTUC

Luisa Durães

Luisa Durães

Luisa Maria Rocha Durães

Assistant professor

PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 2008

MSc in Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 1999

Diploma in Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 1993 

E-mail address
Teaching activities


Introduction to Materials and Characterization

Instrumentation and Analytical Techniques

Modeling, Simulation and Optimization

Chemical Engineering Laboratories

Research group
Computation, Statistics and Materials (CEM)
Research interests

Synthesis of xerogels/aerogels and nanoparticles of inorganic and hybrid oxides by sol-gel technology

Soft-solution approaches to fabricate nanomaterials

Combustion and detonation of energetic systems: pyrotechnics, explosives, propellants

Physical and chemical characterization of inorganic solid materials

Funded research projects
Projecto QREN 34078 CleanOlGel – Funcionalização de Aerogéis à Base de Sílica para Tratamento de Resíduos com Compostos Fenólicos.
European Project FP7-SPA.2011.2.2-02 – Space critical technologies (Call FP7-SPACE-2011-1): AerSUS - Aerogel European Supplying Unit for Space Applications (Grant agreement #284494).
European Project FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN: MANANO - Manufacturing and Applications of Nanostructured Materials (Grant agreement #264710.)
Projecto I&D da FCT: PTDC/EQU-EPR/099998/2008 GelSpace – Aerogéis à Base de Sílica para Isolamento de Dispositivos Espaciais.
Key publications

Vareda, J.P., Valente, A.J.M., Durães, L., Heavy Metals in Iberian Soils: Removal by Current Adsorbents/Amendments and Prospective for Aerogels, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 237C 2016 p. 28-42.

Maleki, H., Durães, L., García-González, C. A., del Gaudio, P., Portugal, A., Mahmoudi, M., “Synthesis and Biomedical Applications of Aerogels: Possibilities and Challenges”, Advances in Colloid and Interface Science, 236, 2016, p. 1-27.

Gaspar, A. S., Wagner, F. E., Amaral, V. S., Lima, S. A. C., Khomchenko, V. A., Santos, J. G., Costa, B. F. O., Durães, L., “Development of a Biocompatible Magnetic Nanofluid by Incorporating SPIONs in Amazonian Oils”, Spectrochimica Acta Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy, 172, 2016, p. 135–146.

Matias, T., Marques, J., Quina, M., Gando-Ferreira, L., Valente, A. J., Portugal, A., Durães, L., “Silica-Based Aerogels as Adsorbents for Phenol-Derivative Compounds”, Colloids and Surfaces A, 480, 2015, p. 260–269.

Pedrosa, J., Costa, B.F.O., Portugal, A., Durães, L., “Controlled Phase Formation of Nanocrystalline Iron Oxides/Hydroxides in Solution - an Insight on the Phase Transformation Mechanisms”, Materials Chemistry and Physics, 163, 2015, p. 88-98.

Cavaco, A., Ramalho, A., Pais, S., Durães, L., “Mechanical and Structural Characterization of Tibial Prosthetic Interfaces before and after Aging under Simulated Service Conditions”, Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, 43, 2015, p. 78-90.

Maleki, H., Durães, L., Portugal, A., “An Overview on Silica Aerogels Synthesis and Different Mechanical Reinforcing Strategies”, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 385, 2014, p. 55-74.

Ghafari, E., Costa, H., Júlio, E., Portugal, A., Durães, L., “The Effect of Nano Silica Addition on Flowability, Strength and Transport Properties of UHPC”, Materials and Design, 59, 2014, p. 1-9.

Durães, L., Ochoa, M., Rocha, N., Patrício, R., Duarte, N., Redondo, V., Portugal, A., “Effect of the Drying Conditions on the Microstruture of Silica Based Xerogels/Aerogels”, Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, 12(8), 2012, p.6828-6834.

Durães, L., Costa, B. F. O., Santos, R., Correia, A., Campos, J., Portugal, A., “Fe2O3/Aluminum Thermite Reaction Intermediate and Final Products Characterization”, Materials Science and Engineering A, 465 (1-2), 2007, p.199-210.

Theses supervision

Alyne Lamy-Mendes, Incorporation of Carbon Nanostructures in Silica Aerogels, PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 2015- (on-going) (co-supervisor: Prof. Rui Silva, CICECO).

João P. Vareda, Functionalization of Silica Based Aerogels for Heavy Metals Recovery and Environmental Cleaning, PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 2015- (on-going)

Adriana Cavaco, The importance of correct choice of prosthetic interfaces in transtibial amputee –influence on the perception of comfort, pain, adherence and gait, PhD in Biomedical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 2010-2016 (co-supervisor: Profs. Sandra Pais & Amílcar Ramalho).

Hajar Maleki, Mechanically Reinforced and Lightweight Polymer-Silica Aerogels for Thermal Insulation, PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 2011- 2014 (co-supervision with Prof. António Portugal).

Isabel Gonçalves, Multifunctional Nanocomplexes with a Fe3O4 Superparamagnetic Core and Rare Earth-Doped Upconversion Fluorescent Shell, MSc Thesis in Chemical Engineering, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 2016. (cosupervision: Prof. Benilde Costa).

Other information

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-3336-2449

Research ID: B-5176-2012

ESA contract AO/1-6872/11/NL/CP: AAM – Adaptation of Aerogel Materials for Thermal Insulation