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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

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

Sep 1987Feb 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 1994 2019

Activated carbon
activated carbon
Coloring Agents

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

2 Citations (Scopus)
activated carbon

Pyrolysis of waste materials

Bernardo, M., Matos, I., Ventura, M. G., Risso, R., Vital, J., Lapa, N. & Fonseca, I. M., Jan 2019, Waste-to-Energy (WtE). Jacob-Lopes, E., Zepka, L. Q. & Queiroz, M. I. (eds.). New York, USA: Nova Science Publishers, p. 281-308 (Renewable Energy: Research, Development and Policies).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


INOV.AÇÃO - Valorpneu 2018 Award

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

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

honors and awards

Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Editorial 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