Team

Coordinator

Fausto Freire
Associate Professor

Fausto Freire is Associate Professor at UC, with research and teaching on life-cycle based approaches, and Circular Economy systems to enhance the sustainability of products and systems. Member and co-founder of the coordination committee of the Energy for Sustainability initiative at UC. Faculty at the MIT-Portugal program and MIT visiting Scholar (2010-2012, several months). Fulbright Scholar at the University of Michigan in 2008. Member of the International Society for Industrial Ecology (treasurer and council member in 2012-2013). Prof. Freire has studied and coordinated several large projects on products, industrial and energy systems, and supervised 15 PhD thesis. Evaluator for H2020 projects, Fulbright Foundation, European Science Foundation, A3ES. Senior member and expert in Energy of the Portuguese Engineers Association. Member of the Editorial Board of Sustainability, MDPI. Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Cleaner Environmental Systems (2020- ), Elsevier. He has +3000 citations in Scopus, with an h-index=27.

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Senior researchers

Carla Rodrigues
Senior researcher

Carla Rodrigues holds a Ph.D. in Sustainable Energy Systems (MIT-Portugal Program, University of Coimbra, 2017), a Master in Energy for Sustainability with a focus in Energy in Buildings and Urban Environment (University of Coimbra, 2013), and a first degree in Architecture (University of Coimbra, 2008). She was also a visiting researcher at MIT for a year. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher in several R&D projects at ADAI/LAETA and at University of Coimbra (UC) and an Invited Assistant Professor at UC. She is a Member of the Committee for Pedagogical and Academic Affairs (CAPA) of the Energy for Sustainability Initiative at the UC.

Research fields: life-cycle environmental and cost assessment of buildings and other products and systems, extended life-cycle assessment approaches, statistically-based methods, uncertainty analysis, operational energy modeling, multi-criteria decision analysis, and environmental certification of buildings.

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Carlos Ferreira
Senior researcher

Carlos Ferreira holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (University of Coimbra, 2017) and a MSc in Environmental Engineering (University of Coimbra, 2010). He is currently a post-doctoral researcher on the project ReNATURE (valorisation of biomass residues), and participates in different STO-NATO programs as a Technical Team member.

Research areas: Life-Cycle Assessment of military activities; Industrial Ecology; Demilitarisation technologies; Valorisation of residues; Biomass valorisation; USEtox toxicological impact; REACH regulation.

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Fabiana Bassani
Postdoctoral researcher

Fabiana Bassani holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering (University of Coimbra, 2023), a Masters in Urban Engineering (State University of Maringá, 2010), and a degree in Environmental Technology (Federal Technological University of Paraná, 2007). She is a researcher at ADAI/LAETA and Associate Professor at the Federal Institute of Education Science and Technology of Pará.

Research area: ecological design (eco-design); environmental life cycle assessment; packaging

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João Malça
Senior Researcher

João Malça holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Life cycle modeling of biofuel systems under uncertainty, 2011), a MSc in Heat Transfer (2000) and a Mechanical Engineering degree (Thermodynamics and Fluids, 1997) from the University of Coimbra (UC). More recently, Malça has completed a master´s degree in Building Rehabilitation (UC, 2018). He has been involved in several R&D projects at ADAI/LAETA and the University of Coimbra. In the past, he was a visiting researcher at the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA, Paris, 2002). Malça has over twenty-five years of teaching experience in the Dept of Mechanical Engineering of the Polytechnic of Coimbra (DEM, PIC), in master's and bachelor's degree programs in the areas of energy, environment, and air conditioning and refrigeration. He regularly accumulates his teaching and research activities with academic management positions at DEM, PIC (Executive Director, Scientific Committee Chair, Course Coordinator, among others).

Research interests: Sustainability assessment of (bio)energy systems, life cycle assessment, industrial ecology, ecodesign, hygrothermal performance of buildings.

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Rita Garcia
Senior researcher

Rita Garcia holds a Ph.D. in Sustainable Energy Systems (MIT-Portugal Program, University of Coimbra, 2016) and an MSc in Environmental Engineering (University of Coimbra, 2010). She was a visiting research student at MIT in 2014. She is a Ph.D. researcher in several R&D projects at ADAI/LAETA and the University of Coimbra (UC). Currently, she has a Junior Researcher contract with ADAI/LAETA, funded by FCT, and is an Invited Assistant Professor at UC. She is a Member of the Committee for Scientific Research and Outreach (CICLE) of the Energy for Sustainability Initiative at the UC.

Research areas: life cycle modeling and assessment of energy and biomass-based systems, consequential modeling, dynamic fleet modeling, and life-cycle sustainability assessment.

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Researchers

Carlos Arias
Ph.D. student

Carlos Arias is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sustainable Energy Systems at the University of Coimbra and a research fellow at the Center for industrial ecology/ADAI-LAETA. He is currently working on two research projects associated with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Eco-Design of plastic products in the automotive and pharmaceutical packaging industries. He holds a master's degree in Energy for Sustainability from the University de Coimbra and a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Industrial University of Santander (Bucaramanga, Colombia).

Research fields environmental life cycle assessment of plastic products in the pharmaceutical and automotive sector, and use of agroindustry waste through thermochemical conversion and production of biocomposites materials.

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Érika Barrak
Ph.D. Student

Érika Barrak has a Master's Degree in Energy Engineering (Federal University of Itajubá, Brazil) with a focus on electricity generation through urban solid waste incineration plants and through biogas generated in landfills, and a degree in Mechanical Engineering (Federal University from Itajubá, Brazil). She is currently a Ph.D. student in Sustainable Energy Systems at the Center for Industrial Ecology and a researcher in a SET-LCA project. Research area: Life cycle assessment of products that incorporate waste, circular economy, multi-criteria analysis.

Research field: Life cycle assessment of products that incorporate waste, circular economy, multi-criteria analysis.

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Jade Müller Carneiro
Ph.D. student

Jade Müller Carneiro is a Ph.D. Candidate in Sustainable Energy Systems at the University of Coimbra and a research fellow at the Center for industrial ecology/ADAI-LAETA, where she works in Ex-ante Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of novel bio-based polymers. She holds a master's degree in Energy for Sustainability from the Universidade de Coimbra and a bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering from the Universidade Federal do Ceará (Fortaleza, Brazil). Previous experiences include traineeship at the Nestlé Research Centre (Lausanne, Switzerland) in eco-design of food products and packaging, and internship at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) in LCA of cropping systems.

Research field: Prospective LCA; Eco-design/LCA of Packaging, Bio-based products, Food systems; Combination of LCA and Multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA).

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Joana Bexiga
Researcher

Joana Bexiga is an environmental engineering master's degree student and holds a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering (Universidade de Coimbra, 2023). She is currently working on her master's thesis on the life cycle assessment of nutrient recycling technologies within the WalNUT European project at the Center for Industrial Ecology.

Research areas: Life cycle assessment, wastewater, biofertilizers.

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Mariana Gonçalves
Ph.D. student

Mariana Gonçalves holds an Integrated Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering (University of Coimbra, 2019). She is currently a Ph.D. student in Sustainable Energy Systems at the University of Coimbra and a collaborator in several projects at the Center for Industrial Ecology, ADAI-LAETA.

Research area: Material flow analysis; Life cycle assessment; Circular economy; biomass; Waste Management; plastics

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Md Rubel
Ph.D. student

Md Rubel is a Ph.D. candidate in Sustainable Energy Systems at UC. His current research involves collaborating with WalNUT UC teams on "Life cycle assessment and techno-economic analysis of nutrient recovery from wastewater". Md Rubel earned his Master's degree with an Erasmus scholarship in the Functional Advanced Materials and Engineering (FAME+) program from the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany. The first year of this master's program was at the Grenoble Institute of Technology, France. He also has a Master's degree in physical inorganic chemistry from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and a Bachelor's degree in chemistry from Cumilla University, Bangladesh.

Research area: Nanochemistry, Polymer composites, Functional materials, Life cycle modeling and assessment, circular economy, Energy planning and Techno-economic analysis of wastewater treatment for nutrient recovery.

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Pedro Assef
Researcher

Pedro Assef has a degree in Mechanical Engineering (University of Coimbra, 2022). He is currently finishing his master's degree in mechanical engineering with a focus on Energy and Environment at the University of Coimbra and is a collaborator at the Center for Industrial Ecology on a research project.

Research area: Life Cycle Assessment of advanced joining technologies for environment friendly surface transport vehicles
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Visitors

Roland Clift
Emeritus Professor of University of Surrey

Roland Clift is an Emeritus Professor of Environmental Technology and founding Director of the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey; previously Head of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Surrey; Visiting Professor in Environmental System Analysis at Chalmers University, Göteborg, Sweden; Adjunct Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; past President and Executive Director of the International Society for Industrial Ecology; past member of the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, Ecolabelling Board and Science Advisory Council of the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Prof. Clift’s research is concerned with system approaches to environmental management and industrial ecology, including life cycle assessment and energy systems. He visited the University of Coimbra as invited Professor of the Energy for Sustainability Initiative in April 2014, and March and November 2015, and collaborated in several research projects with CIE-UC.

Research field: Environmental System Analysis, including Life Cycle Assessment, Industrial Ecology, and Sustainable Energy Systems; Bioenergy; Sustainable Supply Chains; Engineering Ethics.

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Stuart Batterman
Professor at University of Michigan

Stuart Batterman is a Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan (UM) School of Public Health. He also holds or has held appointments in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UM, the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, South Africa. He has a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University and an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been engaged in occupational and environmental research, teaching, and service for over 25 years, including serving as an associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, and the Journal of Environment and Public Health. He is currently the Director of the UM Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering. He was a Fulbright Visiting Professor to the University of Coimbra (May-August 2012).

Research field: Air quality and air pollution control engineering, environmental impact and risk analysis, exposure assessment, emerging contaminants, hazardous waste management, and environmental epidemiology.

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Camila Silveira

Aluna de doutoramento na Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)

Camila Silveira has a master's degree in Production Engineering in the area of ​​Production Management from Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). She is a doctoral student in the area of ​​Management and Optimization in Environmental Management and Sustainability at UNESP in Guaratinguetá. She is currently working on a project of LCA methodology to identify the environmental impacts of vessel recycling. Camila is visiting the CIE as part of her PhD during the months of February, March and April.

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Former researchers

Amir Safaei

Amir Safaei was a researcher at CIE from 2010 to 2015. After he was a Project Manager of Internationalisation at EcoInvent and now is a Manager, in Climate Taxonomy in World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Carla Caldeira

Carla Caldeira was a researcher at the CIE from 2013 to 2019 and now works at the Joint Research Center - European Commission in Sustainability Assessment of Food Waste Prevention and Valorization strategies.

Chongyang Du

Chongyang Du was a researcher at CIE from 2012 to 2018. After she was an ESG Analyst at BNP Paribas Corporate and Institutional Banking being now a Senior Equity Analyst at Net Purpose.

Érica Castanheira

Érica Castanheira was a researcher at CIE from 2011 to 2018, was a councilor for the environment in the municipality of Arganil, and is currently Vice-President at the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra.

Helena Monteiro

Helena Monteiro was a reseracher at CIE from 2010 to 2017. She is now a Project Manager at Low Carbon and Resource Efficiency Unit, R&D-i, of ISQ.

Joana Bastos

Joana Bastos was a researcher at CIE from 2013 to 2019. She is currently an senior researcher at EURAC Research and has a Marie Skłodowska-Curie fellowship.

João Jesus

João Jesus was a researcher at CIE from 2019 to 2020 and is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Cork Technological Center (CTCOR).

João Malça

João Malça was a researcher at the CIE from 2006 to 2016 and is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra.

Pedro Marques

Pedro Marques was a researcher at CIE from 2010 to 2021.

Sérgio Tadeu

Sérgio Tadeu was a researcher at CIE from 2019 to 2022 and he is currently a researcher at Low Carbon and Resource Efficiency Unit, R&D-i, of ISQ.

Rafaela Gonçalves

Rafaela Gonçalves was a researcher at CIE in 2022-2023 in the scope of the S4Plast project. Currently she is a researcher at INEGI - Institute of Science and Innovation in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Porto, Portugal.

Shiva Saadatian

Shiva Saadatian was a researcher at CIE from 2013 to 2021 and now is the Scientific Manager for the Strategic Research Area of Climate, Energy, and Mobility at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research.

Vanessa Tavares

Vanessa Tavares was a researcher at CIE from 2013 to 2022 and currently works at BUILT CoLAB, a Collaborative Laboratory for the Future Built Environment.

Yvonne Vogt Gwerder

Yvonne Vogt Gwerder was a researcher at CIE from 2018 till 2019 and now is a Sustainable Finance Advisory at HPL-LLC consulting.

Ana André

MSc in Mechanical Engineering (University of Coimbra, 2009) with a thesis entitled "Avaliação de ciclo de vida de biodiesel com base na soja: considerando os efeitos directos de alterações na utilização dos solos", developed at CIE-UC.

António Coelho

Master in Environmental Engineering (University of Coimbra, 2012) with a thesis entitled: “Life-cycle assessment of rapeseed biodiesel, with uncertainty analysis”, developed at CIE-UC.

Amzy Vallenas

Amzy Vallenas was a CIE researcher from 2020 to 2021.

Bruno Ribeiro

Bruno Ribeiro developed the first version of the CIE-UC website.

Carla Cordeiro

Carla Cordeiro was a CIE researcher.

Carolina Passeira

Carolina Passeira was a researcher at INESC-Coimbra working in the project “Capturing Uncertainty in Biofuels for Transportation. Resolving Environmental Performance and Enabling Improved Use” (MIT/SET/0014/2009) in collaboration with the CIE-UC.

Diana Rosa

MSc in Environmental Engineering (University of Coimbra, 2014) with a thesis entitled “Avaliação de ciclo de vida do tomate e da castanha em Portugal”, developed at CIE-UC. She was a researcher at CIE working in the “BioHeavy - Extended “well-to-wheels” assessment of biodiesel for heavy transport vehicles” project (PTDC/SEN-TRA/117251/2010).

Filipa Figueiredo

MSc in Environmental Engineering (University of Coimbra, 2011), with a thesis entitled "Biodiesel de girassol ou microalgas em Portugal: Uma avaliação comparativa de ciclo de vida.". She was a researcher at CIE-UC working in the “EcoDeep– Eco-efficiency and Eco-management in Agro-industry” (FCOMP – 05-0128- FEDER-018643) and “Sustainable mobility: Perspectives for the future of biofuel production” (PTDC/EMS-ENE/1839/2012) projects.

Gonçalo Felgueiras

MSc in Environmental Engineering (University of Coimbra, 2016), with a thesis entitled “Avaliação de Ciclo de Vida de Sistemas Alternativos para Transporte Urbano e Suburbano em Coimbra”, developed at CIE-UC.

Isabel Lopes

Isabel Lopes was a researcher at CIE-UC, working in renewable energy systems and project management, from June 2010 to March 2011.

Jaime Santos

MSc in Mechanical Engineering (University of Coimbra, 2009), with a thesis entitled "Energy and Environmental Life-Cycle Assessment of Palm Oil in Colombia", developed at CIE-UC.

João Nunes

MSc in Mechanical Engineering (University of Coimbra, 2008), with a thesis entitled: “Avaliação Integrada da Produção de electricidade com base em Biomassa Lenho Celulósica em Portugal: Emissões de GEE, Análise Tecnológica e Energética de Ciclo de Vida”, developed at CIE-UC.

João Queirós

MSc in Environmental Engineering (University of Coimbra, 2012), with a thesis entitled “Avaliação e Certificação da Sustentabilidade de Biodiesel: Óleos Alimentares Usados versus Óleo de Soja”, developed at CIE-UC. He was a researcher at CIE, working in the EMSURE - Energy and Mobility for SUstainable REgions project (CENTRO-07-0224-FEDER-002004).

João Santos

João Santos was a researcher at CIE-UC working in the EMSURE - Energy and Mobility for SUstainable REgions project (CENTRO-07-0224-FEDER-002004).

Koldo Saez de Bikuña

Koldo was a post-doctoral researcher at CIE-UC working on the R&D project SABIOS (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-016765).

Maria Inês Santos

MSc in Environmental Engineering (University of Coimbra, 2010) with a thesis entitled: "Life Cycle Assessment of a sanitary ware - Case Study: Roca S.A", developed at CIE-UC.

Rita Domingues

Rita Domingues was a researcher at INESC-Coimbra in the "Economic and Environmental Sustainability of Electric Vehicle Systems" project (MIT/MCA/0066/2009) collaborating with the CIE-UC.

Raja Chowdhury

Raja Chowdhury was a post-doctoral researcher at CIE-UC working on the R&D project “EMSURE”.

Vlad Coroama

Vlad Coroama was a post-doctoral researcher at CIE-UC working on the R&D project “Capturing Uncertainty in Biofuels for Transportation. Resolving Environmental Performance and Enabling Improved Use”

Former visitors

Alexandre Nunes Cardoso

Alexandre Cardoso visited the CIE-UC in 2017-2018 to develop research under several research projects.

Athanasios Balafoutis

Thanos Balafoutis visited the CIE-UC in 2010 to develop research within his Ph.D. thesis in the field of Straight Vegetable Oil use as fuel in Compression Ignition Engines.

Diogo Silva

Diogo Silva visited the CIE-UC (Jan-Feb 2012) to develop research within his Ph.D. thesis in the field of LCA of wood-based panels.

Francesco Spina

Francesco Spina visited the CIE-UC (Sep-Dec 2013) to develop research within his PhD thesis in the field of Risk Analysis and LCA.

Giovanni Francini

Giovani Francini visited the CIE-UC (Sep-Dec 2017) to develop his MSc thesis under the topic: LCA and LCC about the production and recovery of energy from waste.

Katerina Troullaki

Katerina Troullaki visited the CIE-UC to learn the LCA methodology and develop her MSc thesis on Sustainability assessment for small wind turbines (Out-Dec 2017) and to do an Erasmus internship (2019).

Murillo Barros

Murillo Barros visited CIE in April 2023 in the scope of his PhD thesis at UFPR (Brazil) to work on circularity indicators.

Luiz Kulay

Luiz Kulay visited the CIE-UC in 2014-2016 to develop research under several research projects.

Renata Grisoli

Renata Grisoli visited the CIE in the context of the BIOACV project (June-July 2012).

Ronaldo Costa

Ronaldo Costa did a Ph.D. Sandwich Internship (PDSE-CAPES-MCT) at CIE-UC from September 2013 to August 2014.