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Departamento de Engenharia Química da FCTUC

Maria da Graça Rasteiro

Name
Position
Qualifications
Maria Graça Rasteiro

Maria da Graça Bontempo Vaz Rasteiro

Associate Professor

Aggregation in Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 2012

PhD in Chemical Engineering, Universidade de Coimbra, 1988

Diploma in Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 1975

E-mail address
mgr@eq.uc.pt
Teaching activities

Separation Processes

Physical Chemistry of Surfaces

Disperse Systems Technologies

Research group
Particles, Polymers and Biomaterials Technology (PPB)

Research interests

Particle technology including particle characterization (micro and nanoparticles)

Multiphase processes including modelling of solid/liquid flows (particles and fibers)

Rheology of suspensions including fiber suspensions

Tomographic techniques for multiphase flow visualization

Aggregation/flocculation of particles (experimental and modelling - population balance models)

Funded research projects

ECOFLOC Optimize - FP7 ITN/EID 604825, "Combining an eco-friendly approach and a product performance approach to develop novel flocculation strategies”

COST Action FP1306 – “Valorisation of lignocellulosic biomass side streams for sustainable production of chemicals, materials & fuels using low environmental impact technologies” - member of the managing committee

COST Action FP 1005, “Fibre Suspension Flow Modelling – a Key for Innovation and Competitiveness in the Pulp & Paper Industry”, 2011-2014: member of the managing committee and coordinator of Working Group "Predicting pulp behaviour with the use of single-phase continuum rheology"

FCT- PTDC/AAC-AMB/120697/2010 – REALISE – “Derivation of Risk Limits for the Protection of Soil Ecosystem from Emerging Compounds"

“Using CFD to Model Fibre Suspensions Flows - FIBERFLOW”, 2010-2013 (cooperation with Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain and Technical University of Czestochowa, Poland) - PTDC/EQU-EQU/112388/2009

Key publications

Galindo, T. P. S., R. Pereira, A. C. Freitas, T. A. P. Santos-Rocha, M. G. Rasteiro, F. Antunes, A. M. V.M. Soares, F. Gonçalves, A. C. Duarte, D. Rodrigues, I. Lopes, "Toxicity of organic and inorganic nanoparticles to four species of white-rot fungi", Science of the Total Env., 48, 460, 290-297, 2013

I. Pinheiro, P. Ferreira, F. A. P. Garcia, M. S. Reis, A. C. Pereira, C. Wandrey, H. Ahmadloo, J. L. Amaral, D. Hunkeler, M. G. Rasteiro, “An Experimental Design Methodology to Evaluate the Importance of Different Parameters on Flocculation by Polyelectrolytes”, Powder Tech., 238, 2-13, 2013

M. G. Rasteiro, R. Silva, F. A. P. Garcia, P. Faia, “Electrical Tomography: a Review of Configurations and Applications to Particulate Processes”, KONA Powder & Particle J., 29, 67-80 (2011). (by invitation)

Maria da Graça Rasteiro, Fernando. A. P. Garcia, Paulo J. Ferreira, Elisabete Antunes, Christine Wandrey, David Hunkeler, “Flocculation by cationic polyelectrolytes: relating efficiency with polymer characteristics”, J. Applied Polymer Science, 116, 3603-3612 (2010). 

Carla A.F. Ventura, Fernando A.P. Garcia, Paulo J. Ferreira, M. Graça Rasteiro, "Modelling the Turbulent Flow of Pulp Suspensions", I&ECR, doi.org/10.1021/ie101500h (2011)
E. Antunes, F. A. P. Garcia, P. Ferreira, A. Blanco, C. Negro, M.G. Rasteiro, “Modelling PCC flocculation by bridging mechanism using population balances: effect of polymer characteristics on flocculation”, Chemical Eng. Sc., 65, 3798-3807 (2010).

M.G. Rasteiro, L. Ferreira, J. Teixeira, F.P. Bernardo, M.G. Carvalho, A. Ferreira, R.Q. Ferreira, F.A.P. Garcia, C.M.S.G. Baptista, N. Oliveira, M. Quina, L. Santos, P.A. Saraiva, A. Mendes, F. Magalhães, A.S. Almeida, J. Granjo, M. Ascenso, R. M. Bastos, R. Borges, “LABVIRTUAL - a Virtual Platform to Teach Chemical Processes”, IChemE Transactions D - Education for Chemical Engineers, 4, e9–e19 (2009)

Elisabete Antunes, Fernando A. P. Garcia, Paulo Ferreira, Angeles Blanco, Carlos Negro, M. Graça Rasteiro, “Use of New Branched Cationic Polyacrylamides to Improve Retention and Drainage in Papermaking”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 47, 9370–9375 (2008)

M. G. Rasteiro, Fernando A. P. Garcia, Paulo Ferreira, Angeles Blanco, Carlos Negro, Elisabete Antunes, "The use of LDS as a tool to evaluate flocculation mechanisms", Chemical Eng. & Proc., 47, 8, 1329-1338 (2008)

M.G. Rasteiro, Tiago Gassman, R. Santos, E. Antunes, “Crystalline phase characterization of glass-ceramic glazes”, Ceramics International, 33, 345-354 (2007). (Top 25 hottest articles January/March 2007)

Theses supervision

“Aplicação de Ferramentas de CFD à Modelização do Escoamento de Suspensões de Fibras”,  University of Coimbra and co-operation with Czestochowa University (Poland), on-going 

Deividson Silveira, "Análise e modelização do escoamento de misturas óleo/água em condutas", University of Coimbra (scholarship "Ciência sem Fronteiras", Brazil), on-going

Ineide Pinheiro "Uma Abordagem Mecanística à Floculação por Polielectrólitos: O Caso de Estudo do Fabrico de Papel", Universersity of Coimbra, on-going

Elisabete S. Antunes, "Flocculation Studies in Papermaking", PhD in Chemical Engineering by Universidade de Coimbra, October 2009 (co-supervision with Universidad Complutense Madrid) - European PhD

João Manuel Milheiro Caldas Paiva Monteiro, "Estudo da Fragmentação de Gotas no Âmbito dos Sistemas de Injecção de Combustível para Motores de Turbinas de Gás de Reduzida Emissão de Poluentes", PhD thesis at Universidade da Beira Interior - UBI, December 2005 (co-supervision)

Other information

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6084-4553

Member of the Regional Board of Directors of Ordem dos Engenheiros, Portugal

Founding member of SPEE - Sociedade Portuguesa de Educação em Engenharia and coordinator, previously coordinator of Group 2 - "Using Information Technologies in Engineering Education" and vice-President of the Direction Board

“ERCOFTAC: European Research Community on Flow Turbulence and Combustion”, working group “SIG 43- Special Interest Group on Fibre Suspension Flows”, member of the “Steering Committee”