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Licínio Ferreira

licínio ferreira

Licínio Manuel Gando Azevedo Ferreira

Assistant professor

Aggregation in Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 2019

PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Porto, 1994

Diploma in Chemical Engineering, University of A. Neto (Angola), 1983

E-mail address

Teaching activities

Separation Processes - membranes and adsorptive processes

Surface Chemical Physics 

Effluents and Industrial Wastes 

Gaseous Effluents and Control of Air Quality 

Chemical Engineering Laboratories

Research group
Environment, Reaction, Separation and Thermodynamics (GERST)
Research interests

Recovery of valuable metals from wastewaters using ion-exchange and functionalized low-cost adsorbents

Membranes processes for recovery of value-added substances from effluents

Membrane processes in biorefinery applications - Valorization of black liquor

Water desalination using hybrid IX and NF process

Carbon dioxide sequestration and production of chemicals

Funded research projects

Co-Coordination of project AdsorbOil, "Characterization of new and used lubricant oils aiming to maximize the regeneration potential", funded by Sogilub, 2014-2015.

Coordination of project AdsorbOil, "Assessment of natural adsorbents (clays) for the treatment of waste lubrificant oil", funded by EnvirOil, 2013-2014.

Coordination of project POCI/EQU/58149/2004, "Combined membrane and ion-exchange processes for recovery and re-use of metals", funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), 2005-2008.

Co-coordinationf of project "Fotovoltaic Systems: From the material extraction to the energy production", funded by program Icentro – Medida 7.3, 2008-2009. 

Co-coordination of project PRAXIS XXI /3/3.2/PAPEL/2322/95, “From Eucalyptus globulus to paper: Assessment of the effects of the reduction of water consumption in bleached kraft pulp production”, funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), 1997-2000. 

Key publications

Carolina T. Pinheiro, Margarida J. Quina and Licínio M. Gando-Ferreira, A new methodology of solvent selection for regeneration of waste lubricant oil using greenness criteria, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 6 (5), 6820-6828 (2018). DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b00646.

Aline L. Arim, Kévin Neves, Margarida J. Quina and Licínio M. Gando-Ferreira, Experimental and mathematical modeling of Cr(III) sorption in fixed-bed column using modified pine bark, Journal of Cleaner Production, 183, 272-281 (2018).

Michael S. De Almeida, Rui C. Martins, Rosa M. Quinta-Ferreira and Licínio M. Gando-Ferreira,  Optimization of operating conditions for the valorization of olive mill wastewater using membrane processes, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 25, 21968-21981 (2018).

M. D. Victor-Ortega, Rui C. Martins Licínio M. Gando-Ferreira and Rosa M. Quinta-Ferreira, Recovery of phenolic compounds from wastewaters through micellar enhanced ultrafiltration, Colloid and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 531, 18-24 (2017). DOI:

M.R. Soares, S.C. Marto, M.J. Quina, Licínio Gando-Ferreira, Rosa M. Quinta-Ferreira, Evaluation of eggshell-rich compost as biosorbent for removal of Pb(II) from aqueous solutions, Water, Air & Soil Pollution, 227: 150 (2016). DOI: DOI 10.1007/s11270-016-2843-x.

Romão, I.S., Slotte, M., Gando-Ferreira, L.M., Zevenhoven, R.,  CO2 sequestration with magnesium silicates-exergetic performance assessment, Chemical Engineering Research and Design, 92, 12, 3072-3082 (2014). DOI: 10.1016/j.cherd.2014.05.016.

Moreira, M. and Ferreira, L., Separation of phenylalanine and tyrosine by ion-exchange using a strong-base anionic resin. II Cyclic adsorption/desorption studies, J. Biochem. Eng., 67, 241-250 (2012), doi: 10.1016/j.bej.2012.06.010.

Romão, I., Nduagu, E., Fagerlund, J., L. M. Gando-Ferreira and Zevenhoven, R., CO2 fixation using magnesium silicate minerals. Part 2: Integration with iron-and steelmaking, Energy, 41 (1), 203-211 (2011).

Fernandes, S. and Gando-Ferreira, L., Kinetic modeling analysis for the removal of Cr(III) by Diphonix resin, Chem. Eng. J., 172 (2-3), 623-633 (2011). doi:10.1016/j.cej.2011.06.020.

Gando-Ferreira, L.M., Romão, I.S. and Quina, M. J., Equilibrium and kinetic studies on removal of Cu2+ and Cr3+ from aqueous solutions using a chelating resin, Chem.  Eng. J., 172 (1), 277-286 (2011). Doi:10.1016/j.cej.2011.05.105.

Theses supervision

Carolina Tavares Pinheiro, “Characterization of lubricant oils and regeneration studies by green solvent extraction”, PhD Thesis, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 2018.

Inês Sofia Romão, "Mineralization of carbon dioxide using magnesium silicates", co-supervision with Prof. Ron Zevenhoven (Åbo Akademi University, Finland), PhD Thesis, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 2015.

Dany Geraldo Kramer Cavalcanti, "Desenvolvimento de nanocompósito (hidroxipatite/Poliuretano) pela gelação de poli (álcool vinílico) para remoção de metais pesados", Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Centro de Tecnologia, Brasil, Sandwich PhD (co-supervision), 2013.

Lorena Romina Falco, "Recovery of metals from spent alkalline and Zn-C batteries", Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina, Sandwich PhD, 2013.

Maria João A. Moreira, “Separation of amino acid by ion-exchange: effect of pH and ionic strength”, PhD Thesis, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 2010.

Other information

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-0739-1238

Research ID: A-7085-2012

Google Scholar profile

Coordenador do curso de ensino à distância da Universidade de Coimbra - Poluição atmosférica e controlo de efluentes gasosos (PCEG).