Room 627, Edifício Departamental - FCT NOVA
Luísa Neves



An adventure through the preparation of innovative membranes for CO2 separation


Chair: João Crespo



The design of innovative membranes or the modification of existing materials is commonly applied for the fine-tuning of membrane properties for specific applications. Within these various applications, amongst the most studied nowadays are gas separations processes, especially those where carbon dioxide (CO2) is present, since the emissions of this gas are considered to be among the main contributors to the global climate change.

This presentation aims to give an overview of the design of new membranes using ionic liquids (e.g. supported ionic liquid membranes, mixed matrix membranes, poly(ionic-liquid) membranes) for selective gas separations. The main challenges on their preparation, drawbacks and characterization techniques will be approached. What is more, gas transport properties, their uniqueness, novelty and possible paths for the future will be addressed.


Short Bio

Luísa Neves completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2010 by Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL), Portugal. During 2010-2015, she was a post-doctoral researcher at FCT-UNL and an invited researcher to coordinate the Process Engineering Group at Centro de Biotecnologia Agrícola e Agro-Alimentar do Alentejo (from 2011 to 2015). From April 2015 to present, she has been an assistant researcher and Invited Assistant Professor at FCT-UNL, where she is involved in different signatures of the Integrated Master of Chemical Engineering and the European Erasmus Mundus Master in Membrane Engineering. Moreover, she has been elected by the European Membrane Society (EMS) Members to integrate EMS Council, and from 2015 to 2017 as vice-president and treasurer.

Throughout her scientific career, Luísa Neves received several significant awards, such as the L’Oréal Portugal Medal of Honor for Women in Science (2014), the European Membrane Society award for the best published journal paper on Membrane Science and Engineering in 2010, 2 awards for best oral communications in international conferences and the first prize on entrepreneurship business idea contest of CINC Cascais (2016) given to the spin-off company InovBreath, Lda (created in 2016) where she was co-founder and is currently the CEO.

Luísa Neves completed the supervision of 21 MSc thesis, 1 Post-doctoral researcher and 2 research fellowships, and is at present supervising 6 PhD students. Since 2006, she published 33 papers in international peer reviewed journals, and 2 national and 2 international patents have been submitted. She was the Principal investigator of 3 FCT funded projects and of a QREN funded project.