Forging sustainability

Maria Isabel Capela

Maria Isabel Capela

Associate Professor




Research interests

Anaerobic and aerobic processes for the treatment of organic wastes.
Development of biological processes for the production of green energy (biomethane, biohydrogen, biohythane, ethanol) and other value-added products (biopolymers, short and medium chain volatile fatty acids, etc.) from organic effluents and residues.
Electromethanogenesis.
Microbial fuel cells applied to biological treatment systems.
Biohydrogen production from feed stock materials.
Chemical oxidation of recalcitrant compounds using nano materials.
Production of biofuels.
Green technologies (constructed wetlands).
Biodegradation of complex industrial effluents as pulp & paper mill wastewaters, olive oil mill wastewater.
Nanoparticles for degradation of complex compounds (namely recalcitrant AOX), and nitrogen compounds.
Nutrients (N and P) removal and recovery from wastewaters and solid wastes.

Academic degrees

1st Degree (5 years) in Chemical Engineering (1978), University of Porto, Oporto, Portugal
PhD in Public Health Engineering (1987), University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Scientific activities

Isabel Capela is Associate Professor at the Department of Environment and Planning of the University of Aveiro. She holds a PhD in Public Health Engineering by the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, and a BSc (5yr) in Chemical Engineering by the University of Oporto, Portugal.
She has been working in the field of environment for more than 40 years and is presently the Director of the Institute of Environment and Development-IDAD, the interface unit of the University of Aveiro for cooperation with the Society.
Her work deals mainly with issues regarding the use of biological processes for wastewater and solid waste treatment towards the development of green technologies under circular economy.
Her research leads to the publication of more than 50 international peer-reviewed papers, 4 chapters of books and more that 70 papers in proceedings.
In scientific supervision, it accounts with 9 PhD concluded (6 as supervisor and 3 as co-supervisor), more than 40 MSc concluded as supervisor and 4 on-going PhD as supervisor.
She has also experience in research projects coordination (7 national projects) and participation on another 6 projects either as coordinator of UA team or of specific projects. She had also participated as reviewer for research projects application or participation on scientific committees of conferences.
She has been also worked with industries, such as pulp and paper and food industries, regarding their wastewater treatment plants, having at this moment two on-going projects under H2020 for the removal of very toxic compounds to the environment (AOX).

Others

Since 2018, is Director of IDAD - Institute for Environment and Planning, the interface unit (SME) of University of Aveiro for services to society. IDAD give integrated support to companies’ environmental needs, coordinating multisectorial projects involving specialists from air quality, water resources, fauna and flora, landscape, sociology or public health.

Publications

Projects

ProjectÔ See more

Study of Degraded Areas Recovery with Nanostructured Particles See more

InPaCTus - Innovative Products and Technologies from Eucalyptus See more

PROTEUS - Products and technologies for the Eucalyptus globulus sector See more

ECOBIOTEC - Ecobiotechnology based on the use of mixed microbial consortium producing PHA from waste carbon sources See more

ECOTECH SUDOE - International Network in Life Cycle Analysis and Ecodesign for Eco-innovation See more

POLIBIO: Biopolymers production as a new concept on wastewater treatment See more

INTERCHANGE: Optimization and Control of Intermittent UASB Reactors and Microbial Population Dynamics See more

Scientific Supervision

PhD (Main Supervisor): Mohammadreza Khalaj (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Seyedeh Azadeh Borazjani (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Adriana Filipa de Oliveira Sousa (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Cecilia Maria Nogueira da Costa Santos (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Gabriel Filipe de Sousa Pimpão (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Otília Rodrigues Pereira (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Vânia Sofia Ribeiro Borges (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Helder Alexandre Neto Marques (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Iryna Lanko (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Micaela Alexandra da Rocha Soares (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Norberto Carlos Oliveira Cruz Monteiro (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Sérgio Nuno Cerqueira Anjo (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Carla Sofia Caetano Mendes (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): João Vasco Pais Oliveira e Silva (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Ana Alice Lopes de Sousa Rodrigues (ex-CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Cândida Rocha (ex-CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Flávio Castro Silva (CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Joana Matilde Veríssimo Pessoa (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Ana Luísa de Almeida Ferreira (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Tomás Iria Cristino (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Ana Cláudia de Sousa Pedrosa (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Celine de Oliveira Marques Lopes (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Daniela Sofia Amaro Lopes (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Joana Caldeira Botelho (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Daniel Henriques da Silva Cruz (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): João Costa Correia (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Pedro Longueiro Heleno (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Sandra Cristina Rodrigues Amaral (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Ana Rita Carvalho Marinho (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Rafael Alexandre Neto da Silva (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Flávia Carina Freitas Magalhães (not a CESAM member)

Master (Main Supervisor): Rita Fernandes dos Santos (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Jéssica Sofia Laranjeira de Palma (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Camilo Alberto Salamanca López (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Asri Indyani (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Pablo Alvarez Zaldiver (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Renata Sofia Teixeira da Costa (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Antonius Armanious (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Cláudia Cordeiro Isidoro (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Cláudia Gomes Ferreira Prata de Oliveira (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Katherine Kinstedt (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Krisada Techamanoon (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Flávio Castro Silva (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Helena Nadais (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): José Figueiredo (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Luis Manuel Guerreiro Alves Arroja (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Mafalda Mendes Nunes Vaz (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Mohammadreza Kamali (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Tânia Gameiro (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Mohammadreza Kamali (CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Maria dos Anjos de Jesus Barros Monteiro Lopes (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Main Supervisor): Tânia Gameiro (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Joana de Carvalho Baptista (not a CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Ana Cláudia Dias (CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): António Pedro Conde Pinto Flor (ex-CESAM member)

PhD (Co-supervisor): Sónia Isabel de Castro Lopes (not a CESAM member)

Post-doc (Main Supervisor): Mohammadreza Kamali (CESAM member)

Main research interests

Aerobic and anaerobic processes for domestic and industrial wastewaters. Anaerobic treatment od organic solid waste. Biological processes for soil decontamination. Lyfe cicle assessment methodologies.

Domain of specialization

Biological processes for wastewater and solid waste treatment.

Projects

1. NATIONAL - COORDINATIOR


2011-2013: "ECOBIOTEC - Ecobiotechnology based on the use of mixed microbial consortium producing PHA from waste carbon sources" (coordinator) PTDC/AAC-AMB/111316/2009


2010-2012: "POLIBIO - Biopolymers production as a new concept on wastewater treatment" (coordinator) PTDC/AAC-AMB/101050/2008 


2004-2008: "Optimization of the operation of Anaerobic SBR reactors for the treatment of complex fat containing wastewaters - ANASEBAR" (coordinator) POCTI/CTA/46725/2002.


2004-2005: "ANA02 - Optimização do funcionamento do digestor anaeróbio", SIME, nº 40/00905.


2003-2004: "Valorização Anaeróbia de resíduos de natureza orgânica - VALORCENTRO", PRAI-CENTRO 2002/2003.


2002-2005: "Sewage sludge anaerobic co-digestion with solid waste organic fraction", POCTI/CTA/39181/2001.


1998-2000: "Intermittent operation of anaerobic digesters fot the treatment of long chain fatty acids - ANINTERACID", PRAXIS/C/CTE/11077/1998.


1989-1990: "Avaliação do impacto dos efluentes líquidos das indústrias de celulose nos rios Caima e Vouga", Companhia de celulose do Caima, Centro fabril de Cacia, DSRHM, JAPA, DRARN e GRIA.


1988 - 1991: "Digestão anaeróbia de lamas primárias de uma fábrica de pasta para papel", Protocolo n.º 2/90, DGQA.


1997-1998: "Modelização da inibição em digestores anaeróbios", PRAXIS XXI/BTI/14342/97.


2. NATIONAL - COORDINATION OF UA TEAM 


1998-2000: "Dynamics Studies in anaerobic digestion process towards the development of a knowledge based intelligent surpervision - ANEXPERT", PRAXIS/C/CTE/11128/1998.


1998-2000 - Subproject "Digestão anaeróbia de lamas secundárias de uma fábrica de pasta e papel", project ECOCEL, PEDIP.


3. NATIONAL - TEAM MEMBER


2018-2022: "InPaCTus - Produtos e Tecnologias Inovadores a partir do Eucalipto". Projecto em consórcio I&D, liderado pela The Navigator Company, Projeto n.º21874.


2017-2021: "SGH - SMART GREEN HOMES", Projecto em co-promoção I&D Empresas, liderado pela Bosh, Projeto POCI-01-0247-FEDER-007678.


2016-2019: "PROTEUS - Produtos e tecnologias para o sector do Eucalyptus globulus” Projecto em co-promoção I&D Empresas, liderado pela The Navigator Company, Projeto POCI-01-0247-FEDER-017729.


2013-2014: Strategic Project - LA 17 - 2013-2014, PEst-C/MAR/LA0017/2013.


2008-2011:"Optimization and control of intermittent UASB reactors and microbial population dynamics - INTERCHANGE", PTDC/AMB/65025/2006.


2004-2006: "Desenvolvimento do conceito de leito no tratamento de efuentes vínicos", program AGRO, 8.1, nº 693.


2003-2004: "Gestão dos recursos florestais na perspectiva do protocolo de Quioto - CARBOCENTRO", PRAI-CENTRO 2002/2003. 1996-2000: "LCA - Life Cycle Assessment", 3/3.2/PAPEL/2323/95.


 

Academic Degrees

1987: PhD in Public Health Engineering, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


1978: Licenciature in Chemical Engineering, University of Oporto, Portugal

Scientific and/or professional activities

 


2014-…: Director of Integrated Msc course in Environmental Engineering, Environmental and Planning Department, University of Aveiro, Portugal


2013-2014: Vice director of Msc course in Environmental Engineering, Environmental and Planning Department, University of Aveiro, Portugal


2013-2014: Vice director of graduation course in Environmental Engineering, Environmental and Planning Department, University of Aveiro, Portugal


2003-2008: Coordinator of the MSc course in Environmental Management, Materials and Waste Valorization, University of Aveiro, Portugal


2000-2001: Coordinator of Scientific Commission of Environmental and Planning Department, University of Aveiro, Portugal


1999-...: Associate Professor, University of Aveiro, Portugal


1989-1992: Head of Environmental and Planning Department, University of Aveiro, Portugal


1987-1999: Assistant Professor, University of Aveiro, Portugal


1980-1987: Lecturer, University of Aveiro, Portugal


1978-1980: Assistant Lecturer, University of Aveiro, Portugal


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