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Flávio Castro Silva

Flávio Castro Silva

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

  • Department: Chemistry / Environment and Planning
  • Research Group: Environ. Processes & Pollutants
  • ISI Web of KnowledgeSM search factor : Author Identifiers=(A-6505-2008)
  • Title: No_Waste - Management of biomass ash and organic waste in the recovery of degraded soils: a pilot project set in Portugal Supervisor: Sónia Morais Rodrigues Category: BO Grant type: BPD Funding entity: EC Grant reference: BPD/CESAM/007/LIFE14 ENV/PT/000369 Start date: 2017-05-01 End date: 2018-04-30

Personal details

  • Licenciate (5-year) Environmental Engineering (University of Aveiro).

  • MSc Environmental Engineering, water/water management and treatment (University of Aveiro).

  • PhD environmental sciences and engineering, environmental biotechnology and biorefinery (University of Aveiro).

  • MSc research fellow, UA/CESAM (2006-2009).

  • PhD research fellow FCT-UA/CESAM (2009-2014).

  • Assistant lecturer DAO-UA (2010).

  • Post-doctoral research fellow EU-UA/CESAM (2014-present).


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Research interests

  • Biorefinery from pollution sources (biogas, biohydrogen, polyhydroxyalkanoates, building blocks)

  • Pathways for resource recovery and ecosystem resilience

  • Water- and soil-based ecosystem services

  • Soil restoration

  • Carbon dynamics

  • Biochar production and application in soils

  • Bioprocess modelling


Peer reviewing

  • Water Environment Research

  • Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology

  • Plant and Soil

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

  • ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering

  • Electronic Journal of Biology

  • CLEAN - Soil, Air, Water

Organisation of scientific meetings

-Member of the organising committee of the Aveiro workshop of the project LIFE No_Waste"Sustainable Agriculture and the Re-Thinking of Fertilisers’ Regulations in a Context of Circular Economy" (Aveiro 27-02-2018)
-Member of the organising committee of the Aveiro workshop (01-12-2015 to 03-12-2015) titled "Hydrological and sediment connectivity following wildfires in Humid Mediterranean" of the COST Action ES1306: CONNECTEUR - Connecting European Connectivity Research

-Member of the organising committee of the Aveiro meeting (14-09-2015 to 18-09-2015) of the EU-FP7 project RECARE (grant agreement no: 603498) Work Package 6: “Testing and demonstration of prevention, remediation and restoration measures”

-Member of the organising committee of the Aveiro meeting (03-06-2014 to 04-06-2014) titled "Biochar in soils: on the path to the required level of scientific understanding"of the COST Action TD1107: Biochar as option for sustainable resource management


Silva FC, Nadais H, Arroja L, Serafim LS, Capela I. Process for converting organic wastes into value-added materials [patent granted 2018-03-14, no. 108093 - BOPI no. 55/2018 de 19-03-2018]


  • UATEC Empreende+ 2011 award in the category of Young Innovative Entrepreneurship with the project "EcoBioSys"

  • Grant award for the 3rd European Biochar Summer School, venue in Seville, March 2015 (European Biochar Research Network)

Teaching experience

Laboratories of: biological treatment; atmospheric pollution; graduation project; master thesis


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Member of the COST action NEREUS ES 1403: "New and Emerging Challenges and Opportunities in Wastewater Reuse" (WG 4)

Collaborator of the COST action TD 1107: “Biochar as option for sustainable resource management“

Member of the BINP (Biochar Investigation Network of Portugal)

Collaborator of the project RECARE

Collaborator of the ESP team (Earth Surface Processes)

Member of the project No_Waste

Member of the OHM Estarreja (as also coordinator of the DRuMBEAT project)



Prof. Luísa S. Serafim

Prof. Isabel Capela

Dr. Paulo C. Lemos

Dr. Jan Jacob Keizer

Dr. Nelson Abrantes

Dr. Frank Verheijen

Prof. Luís Tarelho

Dr. Sónia M. Rodrigues


Scientific Supervision

In progress


In progress
  • NoWaste - Management Of Biomass Ash And Organic Waste In The Recovery Of Degraded Soils: A Pilot Project Set In Portugal See more
  • DRuMBEAT - Dirt-based microorganisms towards soil bioremediation of multiple contaminants See more
  • EXPLOCHAR: Exploring mechanisms of reducing drought and disease stress in eucalypt seedlings by applying biochar to soils See more
  • ECOBIOTEC - Ecobiotechnology based on the use of mixed microbial consortium producing PHA from waste carbon sources See more
  • POLIBIO: Biopolymers production as a new concept on wastewater treatment See more


WoS Papers (12)
Capela I, Rodrigues A, Silva F, Nadais H, Arroja L (2008) Impact of industrial sludge and cattle manure on anaerobic digestion of OFMSW under mesophilic conditions. In: Biomass & Bioenergy. 32, 3, 245-251.
Silva F., Nadais H., Prates A., Arroja L., Capela I. (2009) Modelling of anaerobic treatment of evaporator condensate (EC) from a sulphite pulp mill using the IWA anaerobic digestion model No. 1 (ADM1). In: Chemical Engineering Journal. 148, 319-326.
Silva F., Nadais H., Prates A., Arroja L., Capela I. (2009) Molasses as an external carbon source for anaerobic treatment of sulphite evaporator condensate. In: Bioresource Technology. 100, 6, 1943-1950.
Capela I., Bilé M.J., Silva F., Nadais H., Prates A., Arroja L. (2009) Hydrodynamic behaviour of a full-scale anaerobic contact reactor using residence time distribution technique. In: Journal Of Chemical Technology And Biotechnology. 84, 716-724.
Silva F., Pirra A., Sousa J., Arroja L., Capela I. (2011) Biodegradation kinetics of winery wastewater from Port wine production. In: Chemical And Biochemical Engineering Quarterly. 25, 4, 493-499.
Silva F.C., Serafim L.S., Nadais H., Arroja L., Capela I. (2013) Acidogenic fermentation towards valorisation of organic waste streams into volatile fatty acids. In: Chemical And Biochemical Engineering Quarterly. 27, 4, 467-476.
Gameiro T., Sousa F., Silva F.C., Couras C., Lopes M., Louros V., Nadais H., Capela I. (2015) Olive Oil Mill Wastewater to Volatile Fatty Acids: Statistical Study of the Acidogenic Process. In: Water Air And Soil Pollution. 226, 4,
Silva F.C., Borrego C., Keizer J.J., Amorim J.H., Verheijen F.G.A. (2015) Effects of moisture content on wind erosion thresholds of biochar. In: Atmospheric Environment. 123, 121-128.
Silva F.C., Martins M.A.S., Bilro L., Nogueira R.N., Capela I., Keizer J.J. (2015) Optical Fiber Technology for Monitoring and Preventing Biomass Washout from Bioreactors: a Case Study with a Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR). In: Water Air And Soil Pollution. 226, 6,
Vergine P., Sousa F., Lopes M., Silva F., Gameiro T., Nadais H., Capela I. (2015) Synthetic soft drink wastewater suitability for the production of volatile fatty acids. In: Process Biochemistry. 50, 8, 1308-1312.
Tammeorg P., Bastos A.C., Jeffery S., Rees F., Kern J., Graber E.R., Ventura M., Kibblewhite M., Amaro A., Budai A., Cordovil C.M.D.S., Domene X., Gardi C., Gasco G., Horak J., Kammann C., Kondrlova E., Laird D., Loureiro S., Martins M.A.S., Panzacchi P., Prasad M., Prodana M., Puga A.P., Ruysschaert G., Sas-Paszt L., Silva F.C., Teixeira W.G., Tonon G., Delle Vedove G., Zavalloni C., Glaser B., Verheijen F.G.A. (2017) BIOCHARS IN SOILS: TOWARDS THE REQUIRED LEVEL OF SCIENTIFIC UNDERSTANDING. In: Journal Of Environmental Engineering And Landscape Management. 25, 2, 192-207.
Malvar M.C., Silva F.C., Prats S.A., Vieira D.C.S., Coelho C.O.A., Keizer J.J. (2017) Short-term effects of post-fire salvage logging on runoff and soil erosion. In: Forest Ecology And Management. 400, 555-567.
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Books (0)
Book Chapter (2)
Arroja L., Capela I., Nadais H., Serafim L., Silva F. (2012) Industrial Waste. In: Rijeck. INTECH. 978-953-51-0253-3.
Couras C, Belo S, Grilo A M, Sousa S A, Ramos C G, Silva F C, Capela I, Arroja L, Leitão J H, Nadais H (in press) Compendium of Energy Science and Technology, Vol 9. (10 Vols), . In: J. N. Govil (ed), . (EDS.), Houston, USA,. Studium Press LLC, .
Thesis (2)
Silva F.G.C.S. (2007) Modelização dinâmica do processo de digestão anaeróbia utilizando o modelo ADM1. In: MSc Thesis.
Silva F.G.C.S. (2013) Biovalorização de soro de queijo por processos anaeróbios/aeróbios. In: PhD Thesis.
Communications (17)
Silva F., Bilé M., Rodrigues A., Nadais H., Arroja L., Capela I. (2007) Avaliação do Comportamento de um Digestor Anaeróbio para o Tratamento do Condensado Gerado numa Fábrica de Pasta de Papel. In:
Silva F., Nadais H., Arroja L., Capela I. (2011) AOX and COD removal from a kraft pulp bleaching effluent by anaerobic digestion. In:
Silva F., Sousa, J., Arroja L., Serafim, L., Capela, I. (2011) Cheese whey valorisation into PHA using microbial mixed culture reactor engineering. In:
Silva F., Barbosa, M., Nadais, H., Prates, A., Arroja, L., Capela, I. (2009) Sugarcane mplasses as a low-cost statregy to improve stability of anaerobic treatment of a pulp mill. In:
Silva FC, Sousa F, Gameiro T, Serafim LS, Arroja L, Capela I (2013) Do soro de queijo ao bioplástico: uma revolução eco-biotecnológica. In: 357-362.
Silva FC, Sousa F, Gameiro T, Serafim LS, Arroja L, Capela I (2013) Fermentação acidogénica de soro de queijo: uma abordagem estatística com a metodologia das superfícies de resposta. In: 351-356.
Sousa F, Correia J, Cruz D, Silva FC, Gameiro T., Serafim LS, Capela I (2013) Bioplastic production from cheese whey wastewater. In: 76
Silva FC, Serafim LS, Arroja L., Capela I. (2013) Anaerobic acidification of cheese whey: a response surface approach to shift fermentation products. In:
Silva FC, Serafim LS, Arroja L., Capela I. (2013) How can the eco-biotecnology convert cheese whey into PHA?. In:
Sousa F, Cruz D, Costa J, Silva FC, Gameiro T, Serafim LS, Capela I (2013) Produção de ácidos orgânicos voláteirs por fermentação de soro de queijo. In: 931-932.
Lopes M, Gameiro T, Francisco D, Sousa F, Silva FC, Arroja L, Capela I (2013) Tratamento de resíduos sólidos orgânicos por acidificação biológica para a produção de AOV. In: 933-934.
Gameiro T, Sousa F, SILVA FC, Nadais H, Capela I (2013) Acidogénese como primeiro passo para a valorização de efluentes de lagares de azeite. In: 935-936.
Verheijen F., Silva F., Amaro A., Pinto G., Mesquita R., Jesus C., Alves A., Keizer J. (2015) Trade-offs between soil hydrology and plant disease effects after biochar amendment in sandy soil. In:
Malvar MC, Silva F, Prats S, Martins M, Vieira D, Silva T, Puga J, Faria S, Campos I, Coelho COA, Keizer J (2016) Efectos de la tala post-incendio en la respuesta hidrológica y de erosión del suelo medidos a dos escalas espaciales. In:
Malvar MC, Silva F, Prats S, Vieira D, Puga J, Campos I, Martins M, Coelho COA, Keizer J (2016) Short-term effects of post-fire logging on runoff and soil erosion at two spatial scales. In: 978-989-98673-6-9.
Verheijen F., Pinto G., Silva F., González-Pelayo O., Keizer J., Fabres S., Quintela A., Teixeira C., Rocha F., Sarabando L. (2017) IS APPLYING BIOCHAR TO SOILS OF FOREST PLANTATIONS (ALREADY) A MANAGEMENT OPTION?. In:
Keizer, J.J., Lopes, R., Silva, F., Gonzaléz-Pelayo, O., Caetano, A. Campos, I., Fernandes, C., Oliveira, B., Ribeiro, C., Prats, S., Puga, J., Serpa, D., Viera, D., Valente, S. (2017) Can ploughing reduce post-fire soil (fertility) losses as effectively as mulching?. In: 39
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