I am graduated in Biological Engineering by UMinho and a PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering (UMinho, 2011). My PhD research focused on the characterization of sediment bacterial communities, as well as the study of the involved processes through the use of mathematical models. I am author/co-author of 12 ISI publications with an accumulated impact factor of 35 and with over 177 citations and an h index of 5 (source: scopus 2015), as well as 3 book chapters and several presentations in national/international conferences.
The main research interests are within the Environmental Biotechnology through the development of new strategies for improving the conversion of waste organic matter to methane through the study of the mechanisms of interspecies electron transfer in methanogenic consortia. Other research activities include the assessment of biogeochemical processes in sediments towards the application of bioelectrochemistry systems for ecosystems valorisation, as well as eutrophication mitigation, development of new nutrients (N and P) recovery technologies, the application of integrated water resources management principals and the development of water quality mathematical models.
In 2012 participated in the team responsible for the Portuguese national environmental award PNIA and the Bronze European Environmental Press Award with the SAPHIR - Solution for Algae-Phosphorus Interaction Rupture technology.
Carbon nanotubes accelerate methane production in pure cultures of methanogens and in a syntrophic coculture