Isabel Alexandra de Almeida Canento Esteves Esperança

Assistant Professor
Secção de Engenharia Química e Bioquímica
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Research Interests

The domain of specialization is Experimental, Simulation and Modulation in Chemical Engineering for studying Adsorption Processes for gas separation and storage (natural gas and its odorants, n-C1-C4, CO2, N2, He). The research is mainly focused on experimental, modelling and simulation of gas separation processes by pressure swing adsorption, simulated moving-bed and membrane technologies. The experimental research is supported by adsorption kinetics and equilibrium methods, and spectroscopy techniques applied in a wide range of (P, T) operating conditions. New materials and alternative fluids are also included in the research interests. 

Main Publications

[1] Cruz FJAL, Esteves IAAC, Agnihotri S, Mota JPB, Adsorption Equilibria of Light Organics on Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Heterogeneous Bundles: Thermodynamical Aspects, J. Phys. Chem. C, 115(6), 2622-2629 (2011).

[2] Cruz FJAL, Esteves IAAC, Mota JPB, Adsorption of light alkanes and alkenes onto single-walled carbon nanotube bundles: Langmuirian analysis and molecular simulations, Coll. Surf. A, 357(1-3), 43-52 (2010).

[3] Esteves IAAC, Cruz FJAL, Muller EA, Agnihotri S, Mota JPB, Determination of the surface area and porosity of carbon nanotube bundles from a Langmuirian analysis of sub- and supercritical adsorption data, CARBON, 47(4), 948-956 (2009).

[4] Esteves IAAC, Lopes MSS, Nunes PMC, Mota JPB, Adsorption of natural gas and biogas components on activated carbon, Sep. Purif. Technol., 62(2), 281-296 (2008).

[5] Esteves IAAC, Mota JPB, Gas separation by a novel hybrid Membrane/Pressure swing adsorption process, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 46(17), 5723-5733 (2007).

[6] Mota JPB, Esteves IAAC, Eusébio MFJ, Synchronous and asynchronous SMB processes for gas separation ,AICHE J., 53(5), 1192-1203 (2007).

[7] Mota JPB, Esteves IAAC, Portugal CAM, Esperanca JMSS, Saatdjian E, Natural convection heat transfer in horizontal eccentric elliptic annuli containing saturated porous media , Int. J. Heat Mass Transfer, 43(24), 4367-4379 (2000).