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Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology



Objectives:


- To develop applications of nanotechnology leading to potential benefits of high social and industrial impacts;

- To develop materials with new functionalities and improved performance for obtaining more competitive products that minimize environmental impact and resource consumption;

- To change current forms of industrial production toward manufacturing and knowledge-intensive processes, resulting in inter-sectoral, innovative, sustainable products, processes and services;

- To develop competitive, sustainable and innovative industrial processes  and products, and to drive innovation to various European sectors such as agriculture, food, chemicals and health;

- To develop technologies and methodologies that promote the concept and implementation of the Factories of the Future;

- To contribute to the affirmation of robotics, particularly in the context of production processes.



Projects:

Biotechnology

- AdTechP2: advanced separation technologies for protein purification.

- Portuguese Wild Mushrooms  chemical characterization and functional study of antiproliferative and pro-apoptotic properties in cancer cell lines.

- Chiral separations in multicomponent simulated moving bed processes.

- Pieris brassicae as synthesis laboratory of new compounds with biological potential from Brassica oleracea var . costata , Brassica oleracea var . acephala and Brassica rapa var . rapa.

- OMValor: Biotechnology valorisation of wastewater from olive oil mills.

- Endemic Portuguese aromatic flora: chemical diversity versus molecular diversity and biological activity.

Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials

- Degradation of organic pollutants by catalytic oxidation with hydrogen peroxide of carbon materials.

- OLIVPOL: Polyurethane foams and thermoplastic composites based on oxypropylated olive stones.

- Development of water-based adhesives free of NMP and compatible with food products.

- ADVANCEDSHOE: Integration of advanced materials solutions and product development in high performance footwear.

- SHOEMAT: Footwear advanced materials.

- NEWALK: Materials, components and technologies for footwear of the future.

- Molecular engineering, synthesis and testing of water compatible, smart polymers.

- RL2_P3: polymer reaction engineering.

- Kinetic modeling of the molecular architecture of polymer networks formed in the radical cross-linking copolymerization of acrylic/trivinyl monomers.

- Hybrid models for tailoring nano-architectures of polymers.

- Evaluation of the behaviour of an intumescent materials for the passive protection of structural elements subjected to fire.

- MOFs for the separation of hexane isomers.

Advanced Manufacturing

- GRACE: InteGration of pRocess and quAlity Control using multi-agEnt technology.

- CONET: Cooperating Objects Network of Excellence.

- Mechanisms and tools for orchestration and choreography on service oriented architectures.

- Project development and prototyping of an electrically articulated hospital bed.

- ARUM: adaptive production management.



Researcher Profiles:

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Topics


Target Sectors/Organisations

Intelligent and adaptive complex cyber-physical systems: the application of distributed artificial intelligence systems, such as multi-agent systems allows to introduce some important and demanding features in large-scale complex engineering problems, such as flexibility, robustness, reconfigurability, adaptation and responsiveness. These approaches shift the control paradigm from typical centralized approaches, which are no longer enough to address the requirements imposed by emergent and global environments, to an alternative way to design such systems based on the decentralization and self-organization of individual intelligent and self-adaptive entities. +INFO.


Manufacturing;
Smart grids;
Logistics;
Automation;
Robotics. 

Electrochemical sensors for food analysis and health applications: development of new portable potentiometric and voltammetric multi-sensor devices for cost-effective, fast and in-situ applications.  Qualitative (PCA and LDA), semi-quantitative and quantitative (MLRM and PLS) analysis: honey classification according to its colour and pollen profile, dentification of goat milk adulterations with bovine milk, juice level evaluation in non-alcoholic beverages, semi-quantitative and quantitative analysis of soft drinks, gliadins semi-quantitative detection in foodstuffs, quantification of 2,4,6-trichloroanisole at ppt level in aqueous industrial cork solutions, development of aptasensors for detection of protein biomarkers for tumor activity assessment. +INFO.


Food industry and retailers: authentication and/or adulteration evaluations;
Health sector: early detection of tumor activity. 

Performance assessments, data mining, data analysis and statistic methods and demand planning. +INFO.

 Health;
Retail;
Energy;
Mobility;
Manufacturing.


Polymer reaction engineering: experimental and theoretical studies with linear/non-linear polymerizations: free radical polymerizations involving transfer to polymer, terminal double bonds/multifunctional monomers, ionic polymerizations of multifunctional monomers, coordination polymerizations with crosslinking and terminal branching. Synthesis, characterization, testing of polymer networks and gels. Controlled radical polymerization (NMRP, ATRP, RAFT): batch, semi-batch and continuous reactors (micro-reactors), characterization of the products using Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC) with refractive index (RI) and Multi-Angle Laser Light Scattering (MALLS) detectors. Fourier Transform Infra-Red (FTIR) Spectrophotometry with Attenuated Total Reflection (ATR): FTIR-ATR. Assessment of hydrogels/molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs)/interpenetrating polymer networks (IPN) for controlled drug release and biomolecules immobilization. +INFO.


Chemical industries;
Pharmaceutical Industries;
Environmental Industries. 

Fire Safety and Structural Engineering. Fire testing. Materials characterization. Experimental mechanics. Computational mechanics. Applied mechanics. +INFO.


Building products and construction materials. 

Bioclimatic solutions on traditional architecture. Buildings energetic performance. Rehabilitation and maintenance for bioconstructive diversity. Analisis of the Bioclimatic constructive solutions on tradicional buildings and its future integration on contemporary construction techniques. +INFO.


Construction companies 

Structural Engineering: solid mechanics, computational mechanics and structures, use of different numerical and analytical models, and advanced computational simulation. Safety engineering. +INFO.


Mechanical Engineering;
Structural Engineering;
Civil Engineering. 

Nanostructured materials and heterogeneous catalysis. Development and characterization of catalysts for application in environmental catalysis and energy production (biofuels). Development of new liquid-phase treatment technologies based in advanced oxidation processes. +INFO.

 

Development of sustainable materials from renewable sources and/or with functional properties: polymer synthesis and characterization, materials and chemicals from biomass, microencapsulation, functional coatings, biodegradable products. +INFO.


 Food;
Cosmetics;
Textiles;
Adhesives.


Plants, traditional knowledge, agroecosystems and new trends in rural development. Flora diversity, traditional plant use, management and conservation. Interdisciplinary study of plants and human cultures, including past and present relationships between people and environment. Management and conservation of plant genetic resources. Medicinal plants, wild edibles, local food and medicine, nutraceuticals and mediterranean food. Safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage, valorization of underutilized and underexploited plants and crops and impacts in rural development. +INFO.


Authorities and institutions for biodiversity management and conservation;
Educational and promotional initiatives on sustainable agriculture and rural development;
Institutions and networks linking cultural heritage and new approaches for rural development. 


Chemistry of natural products: extraction, identification, fractionation and isolation of chemical compounds in natural matrices (focused on food matrices). Chromatographic and spectrometric techniques: GC-FID, GC-MS, HPLC-DAD, HPLC-RI, HPLC-FL, LC-MS, NMR. Nutraceuticals and functional foods: development of nutraceuticals and innovative food formulations with functional properties. Evaluation of antioxidant properties by chemical and biochemical assays with animal cells. Evaluation of antitumor properties though screening in human tumor cell lines, cell cycle and apoptosis analysis; Hepatotoxicity assays. Incorporation of natural extracts/fractions/compounds (free or protected) in food formulations. Technology of natural products: emergent technologies for conservation of food matrices (guaranteeing food quality, safety and security). Gamma and electron beam irradiation of food products. Application of natural preserving ingredients. +INFO.


Agro-Food Industry;
Pharmaceutical Industry;
Cosmetics Industry. 

Development of new products, namely fermented, development of probiotics, natural products for food preservation, determination of the nutritional and bioactive properties (antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antitumoral and action mechanisms) of natural and synthesized products, development of electrochemical sensors to assess the physicochemical properties of food, evaluation of food safety and quality. +INFO.


Food and Pharmaceutical Industries;
Catering companies;
Companies of food transaction. 

Functional biodiversity and soil food-webs in sustainable agroecosystems:  development of sustainable management of agroecosystems based on the conservation and enhancement of functional biodiversity (developing and validating ecological and biodiversity indicators (using arthropods and trait based approaches) to assess changes in quality and sustainability resulting from agricultural practices in agroecosystems; developing strategies and habitat manipulation programmes to enhance functional biodiversity in agroecosystems). +INFO.


Agriculture;
Farmers associations;
Policy makers. 

Separation of high added value products by liquid chromatography: use of adsorption separation processes (HPLC and preparative chromatography) and multicolumn techniques (SMB - simulated moving bed chromatography and related multicolumn hybrid systems) for the separation of amino acids, proteins, sugars and pharmaceutical chiral drugs. Design, operation and optimization of chromatographic processes for binary and multicomponent separations. +INFO.


 Pharmaceutical, fine-chemistry and biotechnological industries.

Landscape reclamation using landscape management. +INFO.

 

Electrochemical sensors for food analysis and health applications: development of new portable potentiometric and voltammetric multi-sensor devices for cost-effective, fast and in-situ applications. Qualitative (PCA and LDA), semi-quantitative and quantitative (MLRM and PLS) analysis: honey classification according to its colour and pollen profile, dentification of goat milk adulterations with bovine milk, juice level evaluation in non-alcoholic beverages, semi-quantitative and quantitative analysis of soft drinks, gliadins semi-quantitative detection in foodstuffs, quantification of 2,4,6-trichloroanisole at ppt level in aqueous industrial cork solutions, development of aptasensors for detection of protein biomarkers for tumor activity assessment. +INFO.


Food industry and retailers: authentication and/or adulteration evaluations;
Health sector: early detection of tumor activity. 

Biotechnological application of fungi as biocontrol agents: fungi application as biological control agents against plant pathogens and insect pests, and as plant growth promoter and disease suppressor, for sustainable agriculture (isolation, molecular identification and in the screening of native entomopathogenic and endophytic fungi to be used as BCAs against pests and diseases, respectively; application of BCAs into integrated pest management and sustainable agriculture systems; mechanisms of biological control of plant pathogens by endophytic fungi and of pests by entomopathogenic fungi; effect of ectomycorrhizal fungi on plant growth and plant health). +INFO.


Agro-chemical sector (biopesticides);
Agricultural companies;
Farmer associations;
the Government;
Consumers. 

Genetic diversity and conservation of genetic resources: next generation sequencing technologies on honey bees to address a multitude of evolutionary questions with an application on breeding, management and conservation of honey bee genetic resources. +INFO.


 Beekeeping companies and associations.

Food mycology and mycotoxicology: fungal isolation and identification from various matrices, mostly food, by polyphasic approach (morphological, molecular, spectral, physiological; mycotoxin detection from food matrices, by TLC, HPLC and ELISA. +INFO.


Food industry;
Food biotechnology industries. 

Food safety and quality in the production of traditional products: microbiological characterization; evaluation of microbiological conditions of food operators, utensils, equipments and surfaces;  evaluation of the biotechnological potential of isolated yeasts during fermentation of table olives. +INFO.


 Food industry.

 

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