Ana M. Ferreira

Chemical Engineering, PhD

Through the last years, I became fascinated with the development of sustainable and integrated processes to extract and purify biocompounds. I have been looking for natural added-value products with therapeutic properties. I like challenges, innovation and transformation, leading me to work/study outside from Portugal, at international universities. My aim is to use science to improve the people quality of life through the development of more cost-effective extraction and purification platforms, without forgetting the environment.

Keywords: Chemical engineering, Biotechnology, Solid-liquid extraction, Biomass, Bioactive compounds, Purification, Aqueous biphasic systems, Integrated processes.

“Anytime, anywhere, your ideas and dreams can be true, only work hard, believe it and have fun!”

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Extraction of compounds from biomass

Aqueous biphasic systems (ABS) used in extraction processes

Development of reversible ABS

Integrated process-reaction and separation

Upcoming Conferences, Talks and Visits

  1. XII Encontro Nacional de Estudantes de Bioquímica , Organization of a workshop about aqueous biphasic systems, University of Aveiro, 13 April 2019
  2. International Symposium on Green Chemistry (ISCG), La Rochelle (France), 13-17 May 2019


February 2014 - July 2018

    • PhD in Chemical Engineering, with specialization in Bioengineering , Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, Portugal
    • PhD thesis: “Ionic liquids aqueous solutions as sustainable solvents in separation processes”

September 2008 - December 2013

    • Integrated MSc in Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro, Portugal
    • Master thesis: “Separation of dyes with reversible aqueous biphasic system”
    • BSc project: “Extraction of Caffeine from Guaraná seed”