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  • FCT-UNL-DCTB, Ed. Departamental Piso 3, Gab 362 2829-516 Caparica Portugal


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  • 1129 Citations
  • 20 h-Index
1994 …2020

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Research interests

NUNO LAPA is Assistant Professor at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT) of Universidade Nova de Lisboa (UNL) since 2004. Since January 2014 he is an Integrated Researcher of the Associated Laboratory for Green Chemistry - Clean Technologies and Processes (LAQV) of REQUIMTE research network, which is the largest Portuguese Chemistry & Chemical Engineering network funded by the Portuguese Ministry of Science and Technology. He develops is research activities within the “Materials for Adsorption and Catalysis Group” (MAC) of LAQV-REQUIMTE.

NUNO LAPA got his PhD in Environmental Engineering from UNL-FCT in the field of ecocompatibility
studies of new materials for civil engineering works, based on the reuse of bottom ashes from Municipal
Solid Waste incineration plants. His PhD was developed in the framework of the European project named
VALOMAT which was funded by the European Commission (EC) under FP6.

Currently, NUNO LAPA works at the Department of Sciences and Technology of Biomass (DCTB), being responsible for different courses in the Masters of Bioenergy, Engineering of Renewable Energies, and Food Technology and Safety, and in the Doctoral Program in Bioenergy.

Areas of Scientific Interest
(i) Valorisation of wastes through combustion, gasification and pyrolysis
(ii) Valorisation of wastes for the development of new materials (biochars, activated carbon and new materials for civil engineering)
(iii) Biogas and bio-hydrogen production through biological fermentation from organic wastes
(iv) Life Cycle Assessment of new products

Education/Academic qualification

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

Feb 199819 May 2004

Award Date: 19 May 2004

Environment Engineering, Bachelor, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT)

Sep 1987Feb 1993

Award Date: 26 Feb 1993


  • TP Chemical technology
  • Biochars
  • Activated carbons
  • Renewable energy
  • Biogas
  • biohydrogen
  • TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
  • wastewater treatment
  • waste valorization

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Research Output at NOVA

  • Porous carbons derived from hydrothermally treated biogas digestate

    Bernardo, M., Correa, C. R., Ringelspacher, Y., Becker, G. C., Lapa, N., Fonseca, I., Esteves, I. A. A. C. & Kruse, A., 15 Mar 2020, In : Waste Management. 105, p. 170-179 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • Evaluation of the adsorption potential of biochars prepared from forest and agri-food wastes for the removal of fluoxetine

    Fernandes, M. J., Moreira, M. M., Paíga, P., Dias, D., Bernardo, M., Carvalho, M., Lapa, N., Fonseca, I., Morais, S., Figueiredo, S. & Delerue-Matos, C., 1 Nov 2019, In : Bioresource Technology. 292, 121973.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 8 Citations (Scopus)


    INOV.AÇÃO - Valorpneu 2018 Award

    Lapa, Nuno (Recipient), Bernardo, Maria Manuel Serrano (Recipient), Matos, Inês Alexandra Morgado do Nascimento (Recipient) & Fonseca, Isabel Maria de Figueiredo Ligeiro da (Recipient), 21 Jun 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    • 2 Editorial activity

    Applied Sciences (Switzerland) (Journal)

    M. Martinho (Guest editor), & Nuno Lapa (Guest editor)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    Waste Management (Journal)

    Nuno Lapa (Editorial board member)

    2015 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    Press / Media

    A qualidade de vida em Portugal

    Nuno Lapa


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Valorização de lamas de ETAR’s como fertilizantes dos solos

    Nuno Lapa


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research