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Luisa Durães

Luisa Durães

Luisa Maria Rocha Durães

Associate 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 and Materials (CeM)
Research interests

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

Fabrication of advanced nanomaterials by soft solution approaches

Materials for thermal insulation

Adsorbents for environmental remediation

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

Funded research projects

Project CENTRO-01-0145-FEDER-029533 AeroXTreme – High-performance silica aerogel nanocomposites for insulation under extreme temperature Space environments

Project PT2020 No 017815 AerogelDustFree – Aerogel for applications in Space, ISO8 without particle shedding

Project QREN No 34078 CleanOlGel – Functionalization of silica-based aerogels for treatment of wastewater with phenolic compounds

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.)

Key publications

Lamy-Mendes, A., Silva, R.F., Durães, L., “Advances on carbon nanostructure-silica aerogel composites: a review”, Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 6, 2018, p. 1340-1369. DOI:  10.1039/c7ta08959g

Vareda, J.P., Maximiano, P., Cunha, L.P., Ferreira, A.F., Simões, P.N., Durães, L., “Effect of Different Types of Surfactants on the Microstructure of Methyltrimethoxysilane-Derived Silica Aerogels: A Combined Experimental and Computational Approach”, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 512, 2018, p. 64-76. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2017.10.035

Campos-Gonçalves, I., Costa, B.F.O., Santos, R.F., Durães, L., “Superparamagnetic Core-Shell Nanocomplexes Doped with Yb3+:Er3+/Ho3+ rare-earths for Upconversion Fluorescence”, Materials and Design, 130, 2017, p. 263–274. DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2017.05.064

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. DOI: 10.1016/j.cis.2016.08.009

Maleki, H., Durães, L., Costa, B. F., Santos, R. F., Portugal, A., “Design of Multifunctional Magnetic Hybrid Silica Aerogels with Improved Properties”, Microporous & Mesoporous Materials, 232, 2016, p. 227-237. DOI: 10.1016/j.micromeso.2016.06.025

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. DOI: 10.1016/j.colsurfa.2015.01.074

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. DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2014.02.051

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. DOI: 10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2013.10.017

Durães, L., Matias, T., Segadães, A. M., Campos, J., Portugal, A., “MgAl2O4 Spinel Synthesis by Combustion and Detonation Reactions – a Thermochemical Evaluation”, Journal of the European Ceramic Society, 32(12), 2012, p.3161-3170.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jeurceramsoc.2012.04.031 

Durães, L., Campos, J., Portugal, A., “Radial Combustion Propagation in Iron(III) Oxide/Aluminum Thermite Mixtures”, Propellants, Explosives, Pyrotechnics, 31 (1), 2006, p.42-49.  DOI: 10.1002/prep.200600006

Theses supervision

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

Adriana Cavaco, Influence of the properties of prosthetic interfaces on the gait and perception of pain and comfort of transtibial amputees, PhD in Biomedical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 2010-2017 (co-supervisors: Profs. Amílcar Ramalho & Sandra Pais).

Rafael Torres, Modification of polymeric surfaces for biological fluids repellency, MSc Thesis in Chem. Eng., Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 2017. (co-supervisor: Prof. António Portugal).

Isabel Gonçalves, Multifunctional nanocomplexes with a Fe3O4 superparamagnetic core and rare earth-doped upconversion fluorescent shell, MSc Thesis in Chem. Eng., Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 2016. (co-supervisor: Prof. Benilde Costa).

João Vareda, Incorporation of smart polymers in silica based aerogels, MSc Thesis in Chem. Eng., Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 2015. (co-supervisor: Dr. Ana Fonseca).

Other information

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-3336-2449

Research ID: B-5176-2012

Scopus ID

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

Expert of the Technical Committee of Standardization CT194-Nanotechnologies, of Instituto Português da Qualidade; responds to ISO/TC229 e CEN/TC352.