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Email: fausto.freire(at)dem.uc.pt | Phone.: + 351 239 790 739 | CV DeGóis | Scopus ID

 

Fausto Freire is an assistant Professor (with tenure) at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, with research and teaching focusing on the emerging field of Industrial Ecology. He holds a PhD and a MSc (Energy) degrees in Mechanical Engineering, from IST, Lisbon, and a Mech. Eng. Degree (specialization: Thermodynamics and Fluids) from the University of Coimbra. Faculty at the MIT-Portugal program. Member of the coordination committee of the Energy for Sustainability initiative; the Ecoinvent Editorial Board; the executive committee of the Ibero American Life-Cycle network. Prof. Freire's research and teaching focuses on the development and application of life-cycle models to enhance the sustainability of products and systems (energy, industrial, agricultural, buildings...). He has developed a novel approach integrating LCA and economic optimization models.  He is a senior member and expert in energy of "Ordem do Engenheiros", where he coordinates the Mechanical Engineering Center Region college. Prof. Freire is co-author of more than 200 publications (book chapters, ISI articles and conference papers, Scopus H index=11).

 

Research areas: Industrial Ecology; Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Management; Ecodesign; Uncertainty in LCA; Energy and Environmental Management; Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment; Applications to various systems (energy, industrial, agricultural, buildings...).

 

Senior Researchers

 

Carla Caldeira, Post-doctoral Researcher

Email: carla.caldeira(at)dem.uc.pt | Phone.: + 351 239 790 708 | CV DeGóis | LinkedIn | ORCID

Carla Caldeira holds a PhD in Sustainable Energy Systems (MIT-Portugal Program, University of Coimbra, 2017), an MSc on Environmental Science and Technology (University of Lisbon, 2009) and a Degree in Technological Chemistry (University of Lisbon 2001). She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at ADAI-LAETA working on the development of Life-Cycle Sustainability Assessment of bioenergy systems. In the past she worked as a researcher in Heterogeneous Catalysis at Instituto Superior Técnico / University Pierre et Marie Curie (2001-2002), Senior Technical Specialist - Chemical Analyst at INCM (2002-2012) and researcher at SIM - CCIAM, Climate Change Impact, Adaptation & Mitigation at Faculty of Sciences University of Lisbon (2010-2012).

 

Research areas: Life Cycle Assessment, Water footprint, Uncertainty, Multi Objective Optimization, Blending Models, Bioenergy Systems, Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment

 

 

Carla Rodrigues, Post-doctoral Researcher

Email: carla.rodrigues(at)dem.uc.pt | Phone.: + 351 239 790 708 | CV DeGóis | ORCID | Scopus ID | LinkedIn

Carla Rodrigues holds a PhD in Sustainable Energy Systems (MIT-Portugal Program, University of Coimbra, 2016), a Master in Energy for Sustainability with focus in Energy in Buildings and Urban Environment (University of Coimbra, 2013), and a first degree in Architecture by the University of Coimbra (2008). She is currently postdoctoral researcher in several R&D projects at ADAI/LAETA and the University of Coimbra. She was also a visiting researcher at MIT for a year. Her research interests include life-cycle environmental and cost assessment of buildings (materials, components, and whole buildings - new and retrofitted), streamlined life-cycle assessment approaches, statistically-based methods, operational energy modelling (thermal dynamic simulation), multi-criteria decision analysis, and environmental certification schemes of buildings.

 

Research areas: sustainable construction and retrofit, life-cycle assessment of buildings and building components, sustainability assessment and certification systems of buildings, life-cycle costing, streamlined environmental and cost LCA approaches.

 

 

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Email: carlos.ferreira(at)dem.uc.pt | Phone.: + 351 239 790 708 | CV DeGóis | LinkedIn | ORCID

 

Carlos Ferreira holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (University of Coimbra, 2017) and a MSc in Environmental Engineering (University of Coimbra, 2010). He is currently a post-doctoral researcher on the project ReNATURE (valorisation of biomass residues), and participates in different STO-NATO programs as a Technical Team member. His research interests include recycling systems; multifunctional systems; environmental improvement of military activities, management of shooting ranges; and REACH regulation.

 

Research areas: Life-Cycle Assessment of military activities; Industrial Ecology; Demilitarisation technologies; Valorisation of residues; Biomass valorisation; USEtox toxicological impact; REACH regulation.

 

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Email: erica(at)dem.uc.pt | Phone.: + 351 239 790 708 | CV DeGóis | ORCID | Scopus ID

 

Érica Castanheira holds a PhD in Sustainable Energy Systems (MIT-Portugal Program, University of Coimbra), a MSc in Energy and Environmental Management (University of Aveiro) and an Environmental Engineering Degree (Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra-IPC, School of Agriculture). She is a researcher in various R&D projects at ADAI/LAETA and the University of Coimbra. Her research focuses on the sustainability assessment of bio-based products (e.g. food, bioenergy), adopting metrics that relate environmental and social life-cycle impacts with economic added value along the products supply chain. In the past, she was invited researcher at the Brazilian Reference Center on Biomass-CENBIO/IEE/USP (2011, 2014); researcher and Assistant Professor at IPC (2004-2009); visiting Professor at the Agostinho Neto University, Namibe, Angola (2008); visiting researcher at the Federal University of Mato Grosso, Cuiabá, Brazil (2007) and visiting student (ERASMUS) at the Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences, University of Kassel, Germany (2001).

 

Research areas: Industrial ecology; life-cycle assessment; land-use change; biogeochemical cycles; environmental management; sustainability; agricultural products.

 

 

Joana Bastos, Post-doctoral Researcher

Email: joana.bastos(at)dem.uc.pt | CV DeGóis | ORCID | Scopus ID | ResearchGate | LinkedIn

 

Joana Bastos holds a PhD in Sustainable Energy Systems (MIT-Portugal Program, University of Coimbra, 2017) and a degree in Architecture (University of Lisbon, 2008). She was a visiting researcher at the School of Public Health – Environmental Health Sciences, at the University of Michigan in 2016/17. Currently she is a Postdoctoral researcher of the “UrbanWINS: Urban metabolism accounts for building waste management innovative networks and strategies” project. Her research focuses on urban sustainability and on the environmental and health impacts associated with urban areas, in particular.

 

Research areas: Sustainable Urban Development, Sustainable construction and refurbishment, Life cycle assessment of buildings, building components and transportation systems, Environmental and health impacts associated with urban areas, Urban metabolism.

 

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Email: jmalca(at)dem.uc.pt | Phone.: + 351 239 790 300, ext: 3411 | CV DeGóis | ORCID | Scopus ID | MyResearcher ID | Google Scholar

 

João Malça holds a PhD (Mechanical Engineering), MSc (Heat Transfer) and Mechanical Engineering Degree (Thermodynamics and Fluids) from the University of Coimbra. Malça has over ten years of teaching experience in the College of Engineering of the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra (DEM, PIC), covering a wide variety of subjects: Renewable Energy Systems; Energy and Environment; Heat Transfer Fundamentals and Applications; Industrial Refrigeration and Air Conditioning; Thermodynamics; Thermal Machines; Mechanics; Computer Aided Design; and Introduction to Programming. He is a senior member of the Portuguese Association of Industrial Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers. Malça’s research interests include energy, environmental and technical assessments of renewable energy systems, in particular HVAC systems and transport fuels production and use. Malça has also participated in projects addressing relevant technologies for developing countries (e.g. pumping water systems). In the past, Malça has been Head of the HVAC group at DEM, PIC (2004-2005), visiting researcher at the Institute National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Paris (2002); and member of the Executive Board of DEM, PIC (1999-2002).

 

Research areas: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems; HVAC & Refrigeration Systems; Life Cycle Assessment.

 

 

Koldo Saez de Bikuña, Post-doctoral Researcher

Email: koldobikuna(at)gmail.com | Phone: + 351 239 790 708 | LinkedIn

 

Koldo holds a PhD in Environmental Engineering (2017) and a MSc in Sustainable Energy (2011), both obtained at the Technical University of Denmark. He also holds a BSc in Aeronautical engineering (2008, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) and half-degree in Philosophy (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia). He is an active board member of the Danish NGO Innoaid (www.innoaid.org), loves music, he is a little obsessed with the dichotomy Nature-Economy and he is definitely addicted to outdoor sports (mainly rock climbing). In his free time he practices yoga, talks about himself in third person and tries to be happy.

 

Research areas: Environmental and Social LCA, Absolute sustainability, Uncertainty in LCA, Land Use and Land Use Change impacts, Ecosystem services.

 

 

Rita GarciaRita Garcia, Post-doctoral Researcher

Email: rita.garcia(at)dem.uc.pt | Phone.: + 351 239 790 708 | CV DeGóis | LinkedIn | ORCID | Scopus ID | ResearchGate

 

Rita Garcia holds a PhD in Sustainable Energy Systems (MIT-Portugal Program, University of Coimbra, 2016) and a MSc in Environmental Engineering (University of Coimbra, 2010). She was a visiting student at the Materials Systems Laboratory – MIT in 2014. She is a postdoctoral researcher in several R&D projects at ADAI/LAETA and the University of Coimbra. Currently, she has as Postdoctoral Fellowship by FCT under the project “Sustainability Assessment of Forest Biomass Cascade Chains”. She is a Member of the Committee for Scientific Research and Outreach (CICLE) of the Energy for Sustainability Initiative at the University of Coimbra. Her research interests include life cycle modeling and assessment of energy and biomass-based systems, consequential modeling, dynamic fleet modeling, and life-cycle sustainability assessment.

 

Research areas: Life cycle (sustainability) assessment of energy, biomass-based and electric vehicle systems; consequential modeling; fleet modeling. Industrial Ecology; Urban Metabolism; environmental management; environmental product declarations, product carbon footprint.

 

 

Researchers

 

Carla Cordeiro, MSc student in Environmental Engineering (University of Coimbra)

Phone: + 351 239 790 708 | LinkedIn

 

Currently, she is developing her MSc thesis at CIE under the topic: LCA of milk produced in Azores.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chongyang Du, PhD candidate in Sustainable Energy Systems (University of Coimbra, MIT Portugal Program)

Email: yangyangeco(at)gmail.com | Phone.: + 351 939 994 588 | LinkedIn

 

Chongyang Du earned her Bachelor degree on Environmental Science from Renmin University of China (Beijing, China), and her Master degree on Environmental Management with the focus on Energy and the Environment from Duke University (Durham, USA). Currently she is a PhD candidate in the University of Coimbra under the MIT Portugal Program. Her PhD thesis subject is Integrating Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis in Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment. Chongyang is broadly interested in sustainable development, life cycle modeling, multi-criteria decision analysis, and biofuel.

 

Research areas: Life cycle sustainability assessment, multi-criteria decisions analysis, biofuel.

 

 

 

Fabiana Bassani, PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering (University of Coimbra)

Email: fabiana.bassani(at)ifpa.edu.br | CV

 

Fabiana Bassani has a Degree in Environmental Technology by the Federal University of Technology of Paraná (2007) and a MSc in Urban Engineering by the University of Maringá (2010). She is a Professor in Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Pará (Brazil) and currently she is a PhD candidate in Environmental Engineering at the University of Coimbra.

 

Research areas: Industrial ecology; Ecodesign; Life Cycle Assessment

 

 

 

 

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Email: helena.monteiro(at)dem.uc.pt | Phone.: + 351 239 790 708 | CV DeGóis

 

Helena Monteiro holds a MSc in Energy for Sustainability by the University of Coimbra and an Architecture degree by the University of Porto. She is currently a PhD candidate on Sustainable Energy Systems Course from the MIT Portugal Program; she is a researcher in CIE (UC) and has spent a half year as a visiting student at the Building Technology Laboratory in MIT under Prof John Fernandez co-supervision, where she was a member of Sustainability@MIT group and ASHRAE Boston Student chapter member.

 

Research areas: Sustainable construction, Bioclimatic architecture, Life cycle assessment of buildings and building components, Thermal simulation of buildings, Life Cycle Cost and study of maintenance activities in buildings

 

 

 

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Email: pedro.marques(at)dem.uc.pt | Phone.: + 351 239 790 708

 

He holds a MSc in Environmental Engineering, University of Coimbra (2010). Currently, he is a researcher at CIE working in the “BioHeavy - Extended “well-to-wheels” assessment of biodiesel for heavy transport vehicles” project (PTDC/SEN-TRA/117251/2010).

 

 

Research areas: Life cycle assessment, vehicles.

 

 

 

 

shivaShiva Saadatian, PhD candidate in Sustainable Energy Systems (University of Coimbra, MIT Portugal Program)

Email: shiva.saadatian(at)gmail.com | LinkedIn | ORCID

 

Graduated in Industrial Engineering by AZAD University of Tehran (2009). She holds a MSc in Energy for Sustainability (University of Coimbra, 2014). Currently she is a PhD candidate in the University of Coimbra under the MIT Portugal Program.

 

Research areas: Sustainable construction and refurbishment, Life Cycle Assessment of building components, building sustainability assessment, Life-cycle analysis of fenestrations.

 

 

 

Vanessa Tavares, PhD candidate in Sustainable Energy Systems (University of Coimbra, MIT Portugal Program)

Email: vanessamtavares(at)gmail.com | Phone.: + 351 914 726 892 | ORCID

 

Vanessa Tavares holds an Architecture degree by University of Porto (2006) and a Master in Engineering in Energy for Sustainability by University of Coimbra (2015). She was a visiting student at the Materials Systems Laboratory – MIT in 2018. She is a Ph.D student in ADAI/LAETA and the University of Coimbra. Currently, she has as doctoral Fellowship by FCT under the program “MIT Portugal: Sustainable Energy Systems”.

 

Research areas: Sustainable construction and refurbishment, life cycle assessment of buildings and building components, energy and waste management in buildings, off site construction (prefab architecture), sustainability certification of buildings, circular economy.

 

 

 

 

Yvonne Alexandra Vogt Gwerder, MSc Candidate, Energy for Sustainability, University of Coimbra

Email: yavogt(at)gmail.com | Phone: +351 939 060 177 | LinkedIn

 

Yvonne graduated from Columbia University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Development with a Concentration in Latin American Studies. She worked for 2.5 years as a supplier engagement executive at EcoVadis, a global sustainability ratings company. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s degree in Energy for Sustainability at the University of Coimbra.  

 

Research areas: Life Cycle Assessment, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems, Distributed Generation, Rural Electrification.

 

Visitors

 

 

Alexandre Nunes Cardoso, Researcher at Embrapa, Brazil

Email: alexandre.cardoso(at)embrapa.br | CV

 

Alexandre Cardoso is a researcher at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation – Embrapa. He holds a PhD degree in Soil Science from Cornell University (2000). He has worked in Soil Management issues, regarding carbon cycle and GHG emissions. More recently, he has been working in alternative crop systems for bioenergy production, and sustainability issues. He has acted as the coordinator for an institutional innovation project, and as supervisor for international cooperation at Embrapa. He participated at the Steering Committee of the Brazilian Program for LCA, among other technical and institutional advisory committees.

 

Research areas: Soil management, carbon cycle, GHG emissions, bioenergy, LCA.

 

 

 

Giovanni Francini, MSc student

Email: francinigiovanni(a)gmail.com

 

Giovanni Francini has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering by the University of Florence (Italy). Currently, he is developing his MSc thesis at CIE under the topic: LCA and LCC about the production and recovery of energy from waste.

 

 

Research areas: Industrial Ecology, Life Cycle Assessment, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems.

 

 

 

Katerina Troullaki, MSc student at Technical University of Crete, Greece

Email: atroullaki(at)isc.tuc.gr | LinkedIn

 

Katerina Troullaki holds a Master's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (National Technical University of Athens, 2013). She has worked as a Telecom Test Engineer in the mobile broadband for Nokia Networks R&D. Currently she is carrying out a MSc on Environmental management, Sustainable Energy and Climate change (Technical University of Crete), while also being a board member and researcher in the Wind Empowerment network. She is visiting the CIE to learn the LCA methodology and develop her MSc thesis on Sustainability assessment for small wind turbines.

 

Research areas: Energy sustainability and accessibility, rural electrification, small wind, renewables, open design, LCA.

 

 

 

Roland Clift, Emeritus Professor of Environmental Technology, University of Surrey, UK

Email: r.clift(at)surrey.ac.uk | CV

 

Emeritus Professor of Environmental Technology and founding Director of the Centre for Environmental Strategy at the University of Surrey; previously Head of the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Surrey; Visiting Professor in Environmental System Analysis at Chalmers University, Göteborg, Sweden; Adjunct Professor in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; past President and Executive Director of the International Society for Industrial Ecology; past member of the UK Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, Ecolabelling Board and Science Advisory Council of the Department of the Environment, food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).  Prof. Clift’s research is concerned with system approaches to environmental management and industrial ecology, including life cycle assessment and energy systems. He visited the University of Coimbra as invited Professor of the Energy for Sustainability Initiative in April 2014, and March and November 2015, and collaborated in several research projects with CIE-UC.

 

Research areas: Environmental System Analysis, including Life Cycle Assessment, Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Energy Systems; Bioenergy; Sustainable Supply Chains; Engineering Ethics.

 

 

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: SAB3Stuart Batterman, Professor at University of Michigan, USA

Email: stuartb(at)umich.edu | CV

 

Stuart Batterman is Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan (UM) School of Public Health.  He also holds, or has held appointments in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UM, the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, South Africa.  He has a B.S. in Environmental Sciences from Rutgers University, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has been engaged in occupational and environmental research, teaching and service for over 25 years, including serving as associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, and the Journal of Environment and Public Health.  He is currently the Director of the UM Center for Occupational Health and Safety Engineering. He was Fulbright Visiting Professor to the University of Coimbra (May-August 2012).

 

Research areas: Air quality and air pollution control engineering, environmental impact and risk analysis, exposure assessment, emerging contaminants, hazardous waste management, and environmental epidemiology.

 

 

Former Researchers and Visitors