With origins dating back to the eighteenth century, the University of Porto (UPORTO) is currently one of the most prestigious Higher Education Institutions in Europe. It has close to 32000 students, 2400 teachers and researchers along with 1600 administrative staff within its 15 schools and 60 scientific research units, spread across 3 university campuses located in the city of Porto. At 112CO2 project UPORTO will be represented by, the Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy (LEPABE) from Faculty of Engineering (FEUP) in partnership with the Institute of Sociology from Faculty of Arts and Humanities (FLUP).
FEUP is the largest faculty of UPORTO, with more than 8000 students, 71 courses and close to 700 teachers and researchers across 9 departments of engineering. It is located in the Asprela Campus, the main university campus in the city of Porto. In the FP7, FEUP was partner and/or coordinator in a total of 48 projects, including as host institution of two ERC Grants. Under the new EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, FEUP is already a partner in 6 projects funded and as coordinator in two other funded projects.
At UPORTO-FEUP, the main research activities of the 112CO2 project will be hosted by LEPABE located at the Chemical Engineering Department of FEUP. The FEUP’s Chemical Engineering area is in the top-20 European position since 2010 in several well-recognized international rankings, and the first at national level by far. LEPABE belongs to the national research centers network and it has been evaluated as Excellent by an international panel. The 112CO2 project will be developed under the responsibility of Prof. Adélio Mendes who leads the Energy, Processes and Products research group. LEPABE develops research on fuel cells (PEMFC and DMFC), photocatalysis, photovoltaic solar cells (dye sensitized solar cells and perovskite solar cells), photoelectrochemical cells for solar water splitting and charging of redox flow batteries, redox flow batteries and methanol steam reforming. LEPABE is an engineering laboratory with strong expertise in mathematical modelling and optimization of chemical engineering systems, namely chemical and electrochemical processes. Presently, the Energy, Processes and Products group at LEPABE has 6 academics, 12 senior researchers, 5 postdocs and around 40 PhD students.
FLUP, with over 3000 students, offers 13 undergraduate courses, 28 master’s courses and 8 doctoral courses. Some of these courses are taught jointly with other Faculties of UPORTO and/or other universities. FLUP’s teaching staff has a vast scientific output and significant international experience in their research and teaching areas. Both teaching staff and postgraduate students are involved in national and international research projects as part of the activities of the 8 R&D Units credited and financed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology hosted at FLUP. Under Horizon 2020, FLUP is project partner in 4 funded projects.
At UPORTO-FLUP, the Institute of Sociology was founded in 1989 with the aim of promoting research in this specific area of knowledge, assembling also the heritage of other social sciences; it is open to the region and the country as a catalyst for debate and scientific innovation. In 2002, it joined the network of scientific units of the Foundation for Science and Technology of the Ministry of Education and Science, and has experienced several PhD fellows and > 40 collaborator researchers. The area of development and public policies is one of the most cross-cutting aspects that have been worked on, as well as the creation of an increasingly active involvement with the community. The Institute of Sociology is organized into two Research Groups, dedicated to studying the issues of Social Recompositions, Culture and Territory and Work, Family and Social Policies.
More info: http://www.lepabe.fe.up.pt/.
The 112CO2 Project
Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
Departamento de Engenharia Química
Rua do Dr. Roberto Frias, s/n
Funded by the Horizon 2020
Framework Programme of
the European Union
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 952219. The information and views set out in this report are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Union. Neither the European Union institutions and bodies nor any person acting on their behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information contained herein.