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Department of Chemical Engineering

Acronym: DEQ Department of Chemical Engineering - Abre numa nova janela
Head: Fernando Pereira

The Department of Chemical Engineering is one of the nine Departments of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, that governs the human, material and financial resources, necessary for the activities of teaching, research and development in the area of chemical engineering and related topics.

Within the Department 33 Ph.D. members of the teaching staff, supported by 18 administrative and technical staff, develop their activities of teaching, research, management and services to the community. The Department of Chemical Engineering is located in Building E of the Faculty of Engineering Campus. It occupies a net area of 6000 m2, including laboratories for teaching and research.

Regarding first and second cycles, the Department of Chemical Engineering has primary responsibility for the teaching the undergraduate and master’s in Chemical Engineering, is co-responsible for the undergraduate and master’s in Bioengineering and participates actively in the undergraduate and master’s in Environmental Engineering.

At the third cycle level, the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering is under direction of the DEQ teaching staff. Some members of this staff are also currently involved in other postgraduate courses like the Doctoral Program in Environmental Engineering and the Doctoral Program in Refining, Petrochemical and Chemical Engineering

Research and Development
The R&D activity covers a wide-spectrum of areas, directly related, or with great affinity, to chemical engineering, under the perspective of both applied and fundamental research. In terms of organization, the national research system is based on laboratories that formally constitute Research & Development Units that depend on a Host Institution and on the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Four Research & Development Units work under scientific co-ordination of department's staff and have the Faculty of Engineering as host institution. The majority of the department's Faculty develops scientific activity within these Units, while the remaining work either in R&D Units external to the Faculty of Engineering or autonomously.

The following three research laboratories are coordinated by members of the staff:

  • LA LSRE-LCM -Associate Laboratory -Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering (LSRE) and Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials (LCM) 
  • LEPABE -Laboratory of Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy
  • CEFT -Transport Phenomena Research Center

These three research laboratories joined in consortium to form ALiCE, the largest Portuguese Associated Laboratory in Chemical Engineering and with a very relevant intervention in the areas of Biological Engineering and Environmental Engineering.

Most of the department's members develops scientific activity within these units, while the rest develops his activity either in R&D units external to Faculty. Within these structures several students are working for their Ph.D., in post-doctoral researcher’s activities or in the first period of their research training.

Services to the community
The Chemical Engineering Department has an important asset, both in laboratory equipment and pilot-plant with an high level of sophistication, as well as in computer tools and documentation for community services.
There is also a significant activity connected to the industry, particularly in laboratory analysis services, engineering design or consulting.

Entities interested in more information may contact directly the specific R & D Labs above or contact the Director of the DEQ through the email address deqdir@fe.up.pt 

E-mail: mjmota@fe.up.pt
Telephone: 22 508 1884
Address: Rua Dr Roberto Frias s/n (Secretariado da Direção - D. Maria José Mota)
Zip code: 4200-465
Location: Porto - Portugal
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