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José Carlos Pires

Fotografia de José Carlos Magalhães Pires
Name: José Carlos Magalhães Pires
Acronym: JCMP1
Status: Active
Institutional E-mail: jcpires@fe.up.pt
Telephone: 22 508 2262
Rooms: E221


Category: Investigador Auxiliar
Career: Pessoal Investigador das Universidades
Professional Group: Investigação Científica
Department: Department of Chemical Engineering

Personal Presentation

JCM Pires graduated in Chemical Engineering by the Faculty of Engineering of Porto University (FEUP) in 2004 with a final classification of 16. He worked in two chemical companies (SunChemical and Tagol) and then started his PhD in Environmental Engineering in 2006 at FEUP. From 2010 to 2016, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the area of environmental applications of microalgal cultures, focusing on the integration of processes to reduce operational costs and environmental impact. He has also participated in a research project to define methodologies to assess the sustainability of chemical processes. More recently, was Invited Assistant Professor (partial time) at FEUP and had a teaching contribution in the Faculty of Engineering of Agostinho Neto University (FEUAN) at Luanda, Angola. His teaching activity comprises several multidisciplinary topics, such as Project Engineering, Chemical Fundamentals, Air Pollution among others.

JCM Pires received a merit scholarship from the University of Porto for his highest grade in Chemical Engineering in 2003 and the best student prize from Fundação Engenheiro António de Almeida in 2005. To support his research activity, he was awarded by FCT fellowships (PhD SFRH/BD/23302/2005 and Postdoc SFRH/BPD/66721/2009 and SFRH/BPD/112849/2015). One of his research papers was ranked in ScienceDirect Top25 Hottest Articles of the journal Chem. Eng. Res. Des. in 2011 (4th), 2012 (1st), 2013 (1st) and 2014 (2nd) and was considered as the Top Cited Paper for 2011 and 2012. Due to the scientific outputs of 2017, he received the Scientific Recognition Award at 2019 FEUP’s day.

JCM Pires is an integrated member of LEPABE-FEUP in the research line of Process Systems Engineering. Considering the acquired knowledge during his PhD, he also develops works within the field of Environmental Sciences, mainly in air and water pollution. Concerning research projects, he is principal investigator of two research projects: (i) he won the FCT Investigator Grant in 2015 (IF/01341/2015) with the project title "Design configurations of photobioreactors for cultivation of microalgae: bioprocess modelling and sustainability assessment"; and (ii) in 2018, he started the research project PIV4Algae in which the integration of microalgal cultures in different industrial processes will be studied.

JCM Pires published 55 papers (22 as first author, 2 as single author; 26 as corresponding author; 14 as senior/last author; 27 papers were published independently from his PhD supervisor) in international peer reviewed journals (mainly in Environmental Science; 80% of the papers were published within 50% of the highest impact factor-Q1 and Q2- in their area of knowledge) with an accumulated 5-year impact factor of 220 and with 1660 citations (Google Scholar h-index=22; SCOPUS h-index=19). The number of citations per year presents a growing trend according to figures in the next page. JCM Pires published 3 books (2 of them edited ones) and 17 book chapters (3 as single author) and his research work was discussed in 39 international meetings and 2 national meetings (he gave 6 oral and 11 poster presentations). Since completion of PhD degree, JCM Pires was reviewer of 238 papers for international journals, including Chemical Reviews (impact factor - IF 53) and Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (IF 9). This work was recognized by several international journals. He is an editorial board member of American Journal of Environmental Protection and European Journal of Sustainability.

JCM Pires completed the supervision of 1 PhD student, 7 master students and 2 research fellows. With the increased number of taught course units (promoting the contact with master students) and research funding (almost all research fellows were contracted with own recent projects), his research team will increase. Now, it is composed by 1 postdoctoral researcher, 1 PhD student, 1 research fellow and 2 master students (that may increase to 8 due to the proposed master thesis for FEUAN). Concerning established international collaborations, he worked in the Institute of Chemical Technology (Prague) during 5 months. He also contacted and established collaborations with researchers in Portugal (LSRE/LCM, CEFT, CIIMAR and REQUIMTE) and abroad (Univ. of Cambridge - UK, Univ. of Rio de Janeiro, Univ. of Mato Grosso do Sul - Brazil, Univ. Sevilla, JRC – Spain, among others), resulting in 18 papers and 10 presentations in international conferences.

Areas of interest

  1. Natural sciences > Environmental science
  2. Technological sciences > Engineering > Process engineering
  3. Technological sciences > Engineering > Project engineering
  4. Technological sciences > Engineering > Simulation engineering


Category: Membro Integrado
Research and Development Centre: Laboratório de Engenharia de Processos, Ambiente, Biotecnologia e Energia
University of Porto: University of Porto
Faculty: Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto
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