NUNO Carlos LAPA dos Santos Nunes

Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Section
(+351) 212948300

NUNO LAPA is an 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. This research network is the largest Portuguese network in Chemistry & Chemical Engineering funded by the Portuguese Ministry of Science and Technology.

Dr. Lapa develops is research activities within the “Materials for Adsorption and Catalysis Group” (MAC), being responsible for the Lab. on Chemical and Biological Assays.

He got his PhD in Environmental Engineering from FCT NOVA in the field of eco-compatibility 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 VALOMAT which was conducted in collaboration with several European Companies (Soletanche-Bachy; Inertec; SOLVAY; Sobry-Shanks) and funded by the European Commission (EC) under FP6.

Dr. LAPA is responsible for different courses and modules in the Master Programme of Bioenergy and Sustainable Technologies, Master Programme in Engineering of Renewable Energies, Doctoral Programme in Bioenergy, and Doctoral Programme in Sustainable Chemistry.

Between 2014 and 2021, he was an Associate Editor of the scientific journal Waste Management (Elsevier) (2021 IF: 8.816; 2020 CiteScore: 13.5). In January 2022, he moved to the Editorial Board of this scientific journal.

He is an External Expert of the Research Executive Agency (European Commission), European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (European Commission), and the Portuguese Agency for Innovation (ANI).

Dr. Lapa is certified by the Portuguese Open University in Distance and Digital Teaching, namely in "Network Digital Teaching" and using "e-Activities in Course Design".

Research Interests

1. New strategies for the valorisation of organic and inorganic wastes as secondary raw materials towards a circular economy:

(i) Production of biochars and nanocarbon materials from organic biowastes.

(ii) Use of biochars and nanocarbon materials in wastewater treatment systems, recovery of metals, and industrial gas flow treatment systems.

2. Environmental risk assessment of new materials derived from wastes through chemical and ecotoxicity methods.

3. Optimization of biological processes for the valorisation of organic wastes:
(i) Enhancement of biogas and biomethane production through anaerobic digestion.
(ii) Optimization of biohydrogen production through dark fermentation.

4. Sustainability assessment of new products and processes (Life Cycle Assessment, Carbon Footprint, Water Footprint, and Ecological Footprint).

Main Publications

Pires, R., Costa, M., Silva, J., Pedras, B., Concórdio-Reis, P., Lapa, N., & Ventura, M. (2022). Se-enrichment of Chlorella vulgaris grown under different trophic states for food supplementation. Algal Research, 68. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.algal.2022.102876

Dias, D., Bernardo, M., Pinto, F., Fonseca, I., & Lapa, N. (2022). Cr(III) dynamic removal in a fixed-bed column by using a co-gasification char. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, 19(9), 8145-8158. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s13762-021-03690-8

Martins, I., Surra, E., Ventura, M., & Lapa, N. (2022). BioH2 from dark fermentation of OFMSW: Effect of the hydraulic retention time and organic loading rate. Applied Sciences, 12(9). doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/app12094240

Ferreira, R. C., Dias, D., Fonseca, I., Bernardo, M., Willimann Pimenta, J. L. C., Lapa, N., & de Barros, M. A. S. D. (2022). Multi-component adsorption study by using bone char: Modelling and removal mechanisms. Environmental Technology, 43(6), 789-804. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/09593330.2020.1805026

Surra, E., Esteves, I. A. A. C., & Lapa, N. (2021). Life cycle analysis of a biorefinery for activated carbon and biomethane production. Biomass and Bioenergy, 149. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2021.106080