Isabel Alexandra de Almeida Canento Esteves


  • FCT NOVA, Campus da Caparica, Dept. Chemistry, Office 503, Lab. 513

    2829-516 Caparica


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Adsorption Science and Technology Materials Engineering and Formulation for Adsorption

  • 603 Citations
  • 14 h-Index

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I have worked in gas separation applications (natural gas, biogas, flue gas treatment, etc.) for my entire career. I graduated in Chemical Engineering from FCT NOVA in Dec. 1999 and completed my PhD in Chemical Engineering (Unitary Operations and Transport Phenomena) from FCT NOVA in July 2005. In 2004, I concluded the intensive Post-Graduation in Enterprise Management from INDEG(Business School)/ISCTE Executive Education in Lisbon, now the Executive Master in Enterprise Management.

From Aug. 2005 to June 2009, I was a Postdoc Fellow at FCT NOVA. Then, I was awarded a contract as Assistant Researcher in REQUIMTE/FCT NOVA (Ciencia 2008 Program, FCT/MEC) from 2009 to 2014. During this contract, I was absent on 2 maternity leaves (2010; 2014). These maternities had a profound impact on my productivity between 2012-2014. Family, ambition and dreams grew up together!

In 2015, I was awarded with an FCT Investigator (IF 2014) 5-year contract. Since 2015, I am Assistant Researcher of FCT NOVA, integrated member of the Research Unit LAQV-REQUIMTE, Invited Assistant Professor/Collaborator and work in the host group Adsorption Technology & Process Engineering, in the research line of (Bio)Chemical Process Engineering. I work on sustainable adsorption separation processes for a low-carbon economy, I actively strive to pursue Excellency and work independence, by seeking my own research funding, developing teaching/training activities, and supervising students.


I published 61 papers in peer-reviewed journals - 35 articles and 6 conference abstracts in Scopus (18 in the last 5 years), 14 meetings articles with copyright, 1 in SPQ bulletin, 1 in Advances and Engineering magazine and 4 invited book chapters. The major area of publication is Chemical Engineering.

In Scopus, my h-index is 13 and I have attracted about 573 citations (i10-index = 20; 789 citations on Google Scholar). On WOS (search for AUTHOR: esteves iaac* OR AUTHOR ID: 0000-0002-2242-6016), the average citation per item is 15.6 with 9% of self-citations. About 60% of the published papers are quartile Q1 Chemical Engineering journals; the rest is multidisciplinary. I have 105 meeting communications (60% oral), 78 of them after PhD (36 as lead author). I received 3 best poster awards from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the European Membrane Society (EMS) and the Int. Adsorption Society (IAS). Since 2009, I peer-review papers for 21 recognized international journals (JCR), juried 6 theses, supervise students and the experimental work in my host lab (which brings together experimental adsorption, molecular simulation, and modelling and optimization of adsorption processes). I have been PI of 5 projects and a team member of other 6 (> 780k€). I also hold collaborations with industry and research centres. Full biography disclosed at:

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2242-6016

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Research interests

Chemical Engineering

Sustainable Low-Carbon Adsorption Separation Processes

List of present research interests: 
1) Materials Science for Gas Adsorption: Development, Formulation and Characterization
2) Isotherm modeling, molecular modeling and simulation, multi-scale process modeling
3) Cyclic adsorption processes: Simulated Moving Bed and Pressure Swing Adsorption
4) Membranes for gas separation
5) Bio-fuels separation and purification processes
6) Waste valorization for biogas upgrading to biomethane
7) Biorefinery concept
8) Ionic liquids for process applications
9) Project management

Education/Academic qualification

Chemical Engineering, Doctorate, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT)

1 Dec 199915 Jul 2005


  • QD Chemistry
  • Materials Engineering
  • Materials Characterization
  • TP Chemical technology
  • Gas Adsorption Sicence & Technology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Materials Engineering & Formulation
  • Process Development

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