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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).


Google Scholar Citations



Research Gate

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 (0)
Concluded (3)
Master (Co-supervisor): Ana Rita Brás Lopes (not a CESAM member)

Master (Co-supervisor): Gabriel Filipe de Sousa Pimpão (not a CESAM member)

Internship (Co-supervisor): Els van der Spek (not a CESAM member)


In progress (2)
DRuMBEAT - Dirt-based microorganisms towards soil bioremediation of multiple contaminants See more

LIFE NoWaste - Management Of Biomass Ash And Organic Waste In The Recovery Of Degraded Soils: A Pilot Project Set In Portugal See more

Concluded (3)
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 (13)
Other Papers (0)
Books (0)
Book Chapter (2)
Thesis (2)
Communications (17)
Other Publications (0)

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