Isabel Alexandra de Almeida Canento Esteves Esperança


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

    2829-516 Caparica


Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Adsorption Science and Technology, Materials Engineering and Formulation for Adsorption

  • Source: Scopus
  • Calculated based on no. of publications stored in Pure and citations from Scopus

Research activity per year

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Personal information

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 2020, I am Assistant Professor at FCT NOVA, integrated member of the Research Unit LAQV-REQUIMTE, and work in Adsorption Technology & Process Engineering at the research line of (Bio)Chemical Process Engineering. I work on sustainable adsorption separation processes for a low-carbon economy, lately more on adsorbents development and densification for those purposes, and actively strive to pursue Excellency investing in training activities and career development.


I published 62 papers in peer-reviewed journals - 40 articles and 6 conference abstracts in Scopus (20 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 15 and I have attracted about 666 citations (i10-index = 23; 922 citations on Google Scholar). On WOS (search for AUTHOR: esteves iaac* OR AUTHOR ID: 0000-0002-2242-6016), the average citation per item is 16.6 with less than 9% of self-citations. About 60% of the published papers are quartile Q1 Chemical Engineering journals; the rest is multidisciplinary. I have 108 meeting communications (50% oral), 81 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 referee papers for well-recognized international journals according to the JCR, juried theses, supervise students and fellowships, plus experimental work as principal researcher in my host lab - Adsorption Technology & Process Engineering Laboratory - which brings together experimental adsorption, molecular simulation, and modelling and optimization of adsorption processes. My lab is within the Research Group Bio(chemical) Process Engineering of LAQV-REQUIMTE. 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

Professional Public Webpage

(updated @ 02/2021)


Research interests

Chemical Engineering

Sustainable Low-Carbon Adsorption Separation Processes

Adsorbent Materials Development and Formulation

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 (Pressure Swing Adsorption)
4) Membranes for gas separation
5) Biofuels
6) Waste valorization: biogas to biomethane
7) Biorefinery concept
8) Ionic liquids for process applications
9) Additive MAnufacturing
10) Project management

Education/Academic qualification

Chemical Engineering, Doctorate, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

1 Dec 199915 Jul 2005

Award Date: 15 Jul 2005


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


Dive into the research topics where Isabel Alexandra de Almeida Canento Esteves Esperança is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles


Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or