Maria da Ascensão Carvalho Fernandes Miranda Reis

Full Professor
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Section
(+351) 212948357

Research Interests

Main research interests have been in the area of Environmental/Industrial BioEngineering, with special focus on the development of sustainable bioprocesses for the removal of pollutants from water and wastewater streams and for the exploitation of industrial wastes for the production of biopolymers and bulk chemicals. Within this research area, published more than 100 papers in peer review journals. She is the co-author of 9 Book Chapters and presented about 200 presentations in International conferences. Is co-author of 4 National patents and 5 International Patents.

Main Publications

Within this research area, published more than 100 papers in peer review journals. She is the co-author of 9 Book Chapters and presented about 200 presentations in International conferences. Is co-author of 4 National patents and 5 International Patents.

Publications in the last 5 years
-LEMOS, P.C., L.S. SERAFIM, , M.A.M. REIS. Tailored synthesis of polyhydroxyalkanotes from different short-chain fatty acids by mixed cultures submitted to aerobic dynamic feeding. Journal of Biotechnology, 122, 226-238, 2006.
- MATOS, C., VELIZAROV, S., CRESPO, J.G., REIS, M.A.M. Simultaneous removal of perchlorate and nitrate from drinking water in an ion exchange membrane bioreactor. Water Research, 40, 231-240, 2006.
-CORREIA, P., R. A. BOAVENTURA, M. A. M. REIS, O. C. NUNES. Effect of operating parameters on molinate biodegradation. Water Research, 40, 331-340, 2006.
- SERAFIM, L.S., P.C. LEMOS, S. ROSSETTI, C. LEVANTESI, V. TANDOI, M.A.M. REIS. Microbial community Analysis with a high PHA storage capacity. Water Science
- MATOS, C., VELIZAROV, S., REIS, M.A.M, CRESPO, J.G. Optimization of the removal of toxic mono-valent anions from water supplies in the ion exchange membrane bioreactor, Desalination, 199 (1-3), 322-324,2006.
- OEHMEN, A, VIEGAS, R., VELIZAROV, S., REIS, MAM, CRESPO, JG. Removal of heavy metals from drinking water supplies through the ion exchange membrane bioreactor, Desalination, 199 (1-3), 405-407, 2006.
- DIAS, J. M, P.C. LEMOS. L, SERAFIM L.S.; C.OLIVEIRA, M.EIROA, M.G.E. ALBUQUERQUE, A.M.RAMOS, R. OLIVEIRA, M.A.M. REIS. Recent Advances in Polyhydroxyalkanoates Production by mixed cultures: from the substrate to the final product. Macromolecular Bioscience, 6 (11), 885-906, 2006.
- WOLF G, J.S. ALMEIDA, J.G. CRESPO, ,M.A.M. REIS. An improved method for two-dimensional fluorescence monitoring of complex bioreactors. Journal of Biotechnology 128 (4),. 801-812, 2007.
- OEHMEN, A., LEMOS, P. C., CARVALHO, G. A., YUAN, Z.B , KELLER, J.B , BLACKALL, L.L.B , REIS, M.A.M. Advances in enhanced biological phosphorus removal: From micro to macro scale. Water Research 41 (11), 2271-2300, 2007.
- LEMOS P. C., Y. DAI, Z. YUAN, J. KELLER, H. SANTOS, M. A. M. REIS Elucidation of metabolic pathways in glycogen-accumulating organisms with in vivo 13C nuclear magnetic resonance. Env. Microbiol., 9 (11), 2694-2706, 2007.
- ALBUQUERQUE, M. G.E., M. EIROA, C. TORRES, B. R. NUNES, M. A. M. REIS. Strategies for the Development of a Side Stream Process for Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) Production from Sugar Cane Molasses”, Journal of Biotechnology, 130 (4), 411-421, 2007.
- CARVALHO, G.A., P.C. LEMOS, OEHMEN, A, M.A.M.REIS. Denitrifying phosphorus removal: linking the process performance with the microbial community structure, Water Research 41(19): 4383-4396, 2007.
- VELIZAROV, S.; A. BARREIROS; C. T. MATOS; M. A. REIS; J. G. CRESPO. The Pressure-driven Membrane Bioreactor vs. the Ion Exchange Membrane Bioreactor for the Removal of Toxic Anions from Drinking Water Supplies: Advantages and Limitations. Filtration, Vol. 7, 54-58, 2007.
- DIAS J.M.L., OEHMEN A, SERAFIM L.S., LEMOS P.C., REIS M.A.M, OLIVEIRA R. Development and implementation of a nonparametric metabolic model in the process optimization of PHA production by mixed microbial cultures. Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, 24, 995-1000, 2007.
- VELIZAROV, S., MATOS, C., OEHMEN, A., SERRA, S., REIS, A.M., CRESPO, J.G. Removal of inorganic charged micropollutants from drinking water supplies by hybrid ion exchange membrane processes. Desalination , 223, 85-90, 2008.
- LEMOS P. C., C. LEVANTESI, L. S. SERAFIM, S. ROSSETTI, M. A. M. REIS, V. TANDOI. Microbial characterization of polyhydroxyalkanotates storing populations selected under different operating conditions using a cell-sorting RT_PCR approach. Appl. Microb. Biotech., 78(2), 351-360, 2008.
- SERAFIM L. S., P. C. LEMOS, C. TORRES, M. A. M. REIS, A. M. RAMOS. The influence of process parameters on the characteristics of PHA produced by mixed cultures. Macromolecular Bioscience, 87(2), 145-160, 2008.
- MATOS C. T., R. FORTUNATO, S. VELIZAROV, M. A.M. REIS, J. G. CRESPO Removal of mono-valent oxyanions from water in an ion exchange membrane bioreactor: Influence of membrane permselectivity. Water Research, 42, 1785 – 1795, 2008.
- DIAS JML, OEHMEN A, SERAFIM LS, LEMOS PC, REIS MAM, OLIVEIRA R. Metabolic modelling of polyhydroxyalkanoate copolymers production by mixed microbial cultures. BMC Systems Biology, 2, 59, 2008.
- MATOS C. T., S. VELIZAROV, M. A.M. REIS, J. G. CRESPO. Removal of bromate from drinking water using the ion exchange membrane bioreactor concept; Environmental Science & Technology, 42, 7702–7708, 2008.
- LANHAM A. B., M. A. M REIS AND P. C. LEMOS. Kinetic and metabolic aspects of Defluviicoccus vanus related organisms as competitors in EBPR systems. Water Science and Technolgy, 58, 8, 2008.
- LUISA S. SERAFIM, PAULO C. LEMOS, MARIA G.E. ALBUQUERQUE, MARIA A. M. REIS "Strategies for PHA production by mixed cultures and renewable waste materials" Appl. Microb. Biotech., 81(4), 615-628, 2008.
- CHAMKH F., C. SPRÖER, P. C. LEMOS, S. BESSON, A. EL ASLI, R. BENNISSE, M. LABAT , M. REIS, A.-I. QATIBI "Desulfovibrio marrakechensis sp. nov., A new sulphate reducing bacterium isolated from an aeration basin treating olive oil mill wastewaters by a natural evaporation process. Int. J. Syst. Evol Microbiol , 59, 936–942, 2009.
- OEHMEN A, FRADINHO J, SERRA S, CARVALHO G, CAPELO JL, VELIZAROV S, CRESPO JG, REIS MAM. Mercury removal in mixed microbial cultures enriched with different carbon sources. J. Hazardous Materials 165 (1-3): 1040-1048, 2009.
- DIAS J, PARDELHA F, EUSÉBIO M, REIS MAM, OLIVEIRA R. On-line monitoring of PHB production by mixed microbial cultures using respirometry, titrimetry and chemometric modelling. Process Biochemistry, 44 (4), 419-429, 2009.
- MATOS C. T., R. FORTUNATO, S. VELIZAROV, J. G. CRESPO, M. A.M. REIS Nitrate Removal in a Closed Marine System Using the Ion Exchange Membrane Bioreactor Concept. J. Hazardous Materials, 166 (1), 428-434, 2009.
- FREITAS F. CARVALHO, G..A., OEHMEN, A, M.A.M.REIS. Robustness of sludge enriched with short SBR cycles for biological nutrient removal. Bioresource Technology. 100 ( 6), 1969-1976, 2009.
- FREITAS F., ALVES V.D., PAIS J., COSTA N., OLIVEIRA C., MAFRA L., HILLIOU L., OLIVEIRA R., REIS M.A.M.. Characterization of an extracellular polysaccharide produced by a Pseudomonas strain grown on glycerol. Bioresource Technology, 100 (2), 958-865, 2009.
- IVANOVA, G., SERAFIM L.S., LEMOS, P. L., RAMOS, A. M., REIS, M. AM., CABRITA, E. J., Influence of feeding strategies of mixed microbial cultures on the chemical composition and microstructure of copolyesters P(3HB-co-3HV) analyzed by NMR and statistical analysis. Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry, 47 (6), pp. 497-504, 2009.
- PISCO A. R., BENGTSSON S., M. A.M. REIS, P. C. LEMOS. Production of polyhydroxyalkanoates from fermented sugar cane molasses by a mixed culture enriched in glycogen accumulating organisms. Applied Env. Microbiol., 75 (14), 4676-4686, 2009.
- HILLIOU L., F. FREITAS, R. OLIVEIRA, M. A. M. REIS, C. GRANDFILS, V. D. ALVES. Solution properties of an exopolysaccharide from a Pseudomonas strain obtained using glycerol as single carbon source. Carbohydrates Polymers, 78 (3), 526-532 2009.
- FREITAS F., V. D. ALVES, M. CARVALHEIRA, N. COSTA, R. OLIVEIRA, M. A. M. REIS. Emulsifying behaviour and rheological properties of the extracellular polysaccharide produced by Pseudomonas oleovorans grown on glycerol byproduct, Carbohydrates Polymers, 78 (3), 549-556, 2009.
- DIAS JML, PARDELHA F, EUSÉBIO M, REIS MAM, OLIVEIRA R.. On-Line adaptive metabolic flux analysis: application to PHB production by mixed microbial cultures. Biotechnology Progress. 25(2): 390-398, 2009.
- FIORESE, M.L., FREITAS, F., PAIS, J., RAMOS, M.A.M., ARAGÃO, G.M.F, M.A.M., REIS (2009). Recovery of P(3HB) produced by Ralstonia eutropha by solvent extraction with propylene carbonate. Engineering in Life Sciences, 9, 454-461.
- FREITAS F., ALVES V.D., PAIS J., CARVALHEIRA M., COSTA N., OLIVEIRA R., REIS M.A.M. (2010) Production of a new exopolysaccharide (EPS) by Pseudomonas oleovorans NRRL B-14682 grown on glycerol. Process Biochemistry, 45, 297-305.
- ALVES V.D., FREITAS F., COSTA N., CARVALHEIRA M., OLIVEIRA R., GONÇALVES M.P., REIS M.A.M. (2010) Effect of temperature on the dynamic and steady-shear rheology of a new microbial extracellular polysaccharide produced from glycerol by-product. Carbohydrate Polymers, 79, 981-988.
- ALVES V.D., FREITAS F., TORRES C.A.V., CRUZ M., MARQUES R., GRANDFILS C., GONÇALVES M.P., OLIVEIRA R., REIS M.A.M. (2010) Rheological and morphological characterization of the culture broth during exopolysaccharide production by Enterobacter sp. Carbohydrate Polymers, 81, 758-764.
-OEHMEN A., CARVALHO G., FREITAS F., REIS M.A.M (2010). Assessing the abundance and activity of denitrifying polyphosphate accumulating organisms through molecular and chemical techniques. Water Science and Technology 61(8) 2061-2068.
- BENGTSSON S., ANA R. PISCO, MARIA A.M. REIS , PAULO C. LEMOS (2010). Production of polyhydroxyalkanoates from fermented sugar cane molasses by a mixed culture enriched in glycogen accumulating organisms. Journal of Biotechnology 145(3): 253-263.
- ALBUQUERQUE M.G.E., C.A.V. TORRES, M.A.M. REIS (2010) .Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) production by a mixed microbial culture using sugar molasses: Effect of the influent substrate concentration on culture selection. Water Research, 44 (11), 3419-3433.
- ALBUQUERQUE M.G.E, S. CONCAS, S. BENGTSSON, M.A.M. REIS (2010). Mixed culture polyhydroxyalkanoates production from sugar molasses: The use 3 of a 2-stage CSTR system for culture selection. Bioresource Technology 101 (18), pp. 7112-7122
-BENGTSSON S., ANA R. PISCO, PETER JOHANSSON, PAULO C. LEMOS, MARIA A.M. REIS. (2010) Molecular weight and thermal properties of polyhydroxyalkanoates produced from fermented sugar molasses by open mixed cultures J. Biotechnol. 147 (3-4), pp. 172-179.
-OEHMEN A, LOPEZ-VAQUEZ CM, CARVALHO G, REIS MAM, VAN LOOSDRECHT MCM. (2010) Modelling the population dynamics and metabolic diversity of organisms relevant in anaerobic/anoxic/aerobic enhanced biological phosphorus removal processes. Water Research, 44(15), 4473-4486.
-OEHMEN A, CARVALHO G LOPEZ-VAQUEZ CM, VAN LOOSDRECHT MCM, REIS MAM (2010) Incorporating microbial ecology into the metabolic modelling of polyphosphate accumulating organisms and glycogen accumulating organisms. Water Research, 44 (17), pp. 4992-5004
-CARVALHO G, MARQUES R, LOPES AR, FARIA C, NORONHA JP, OEHMEN A, NUNES OC, REIS MAM. (2010). Biological treatment of propanil and 3,4-dichloroaniline from contaminated waters: kinetic and microbiological characterisation. Water Research 44 (17), pp. 4980-4991
- FREITAS F., ALVES V.D., TORRES C.A.V., CRUZ M., SOUSA I., MELO M.J., RAMOS A.M., REIS M.A.M. (2010) Fucose-containing exopolysaccharide produced by the newly isolated Enterobacter strain A47 DSM 23139. Carbohydrate Polymers, 83 ,159–165.
- ALBUQUERQUE M.G.E, V MARTINO, E. POULET, L. AVEROUS,. M.A.M. REIS (2011). Mixed culture Polyhydroxyalkanoate production from Volatile Fatty Acids-rich streams: Effect of Substrate Composition and Feeding Regime on PHA Productivity, Composition and Properties, J. Biotechnology. 151, 1, 66-76
- ANA. R. RICARDO, S. VELIZAROV, J. G. CRESPO, M.A.M. REIS (2010) Optimization of the Ion Exchange Membrane Bioreactor for Removal of inionic Micropollutants from Drinking Water Supplies. Water Science and Technology (in press)
100. GALINHA, C., CARVALHO, G., PORTUGAL, C.A.M., GUGLIELMI, G., OLIVEIRA, R., CRESPO, J.G. AND REIS, M.A.M. Real-time monitoring of membrane bioreactors with 2D-fluorescence data and statistically-based models. Water Science and Technology-Water Supply (in press)


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