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Hydraulics and Environment Department Hydraulics and Environment Department

Rui Carvalho Viegas

Rui Carvalho Viegas
Phone: 218 443 841

Professional Situation

Assistant Researcher

Academic and Scientific Degrees

  • 2004    PhD, Chemical Engineering, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1987-1992    University degree (5 years), Chemical Engineering, New University of Lisbon, Portugal

Functions and Relevant Public Offices

  • Oct/2016-Present    Assistant Researcher, LNEC
  • May/2013-Oct/2016    Post-Doctoral Research Associate FCT, LNEC
  • Oct/2013-Oct/2016    Post-Doctoral Research Associate FCT/LNEC, LNEC
  • Abr/2010-Set/2013    Post-Doctoral Research Associate LNEC, National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC)
  • Jul/2009-Abr/2010    Research Assistant, IST/ University of Lisbon

Areas of Research / Interest

  • Water quality and treatment.
  • Advanced water treatment technologies (membranes, adsorption, hybrid processes).
  • Development, modelling and optimization of water treatment processes.
  • Control of emerging contaminants, pharmaceutical compounds, personal care products, cyanotoxins, natural organic matter and disinfection by-products.
  • Design and implementation of conventional and advanced water treatment processes, at lab and pilot scales.
  • Water quality and safety in the supply and distribution systems, including the evolution/ degradation of water quality throughout the network.

Research and Professional Activity

Participation as responsible Researcher in Research projects:
  • 2012-2014    ChloriDec - Technology for the real-time monitoring of chlorine decay rates in drinking water systems (PTDC/ECM/116747/2010).
Participation as Researcher in Research projects:
  • 2016-2019    RESCCUE- RESilience to cope with Climate Change in Urban arEas - a multisectorial approach focusing on water (H2020-DRS-2015-700174)
  • 2016-2019    LIFE Impetus: Improving current barriers for controlling pharmaceutical compounds in urban wastewater treatment plants (LIFE14 ENV/PT/000739).
  • 2014-2016    LIFE HyMemb; Tailoring hybrid membrane processes for sustainable drinking water production (LIFE12 ENV/PT/001154).
  • 2013-2016    aWARE; Innovative hybrid MBR-(PAC-NF) systems to promote water reuse (LIFE11 ENV/ES/606).
  • 2011-2015    TRUST: TRansitions to the Urban Water Services of Tomorrow (FP7-ENV-2010-265122).
  • 2009-2010    ONLY WATER: Autonomous and standardised container-based water treatment unit for production of potable water (FP7-SME-2008-1-232158).

Scientific Orientation

  • Joana Costa, Modelling a wastewater treatment plant into a water, energy and nutrients factory, 2017-2021. PhD in Civil Engineering - Instituto Superior Técnico / University of Lisbon.
  • Débora Duarte, Removal of diclofenac from wastewater by a hybrid adsorption / nanofiltration process, 2017-2019. Master in Quality and Environmental Engineering - Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Lisboa / Polytechnic Institute of Lisbon.
  • Maria Júlio, Carbon key-properties for microcystin adsorption in drinking water treatment: Structure or surface chemistry?, 2011. Dissertation (Master in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering) - New University of Lisbon.
  • Ana Rita Almendra , The effect of water inorganic matrix in ibuprofen adsorption onto activated carbon for water and wastewater treatment, 2011. Dissertação (Master in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering) - New University of Lisbon.

Relevant Publications

  • Viegas R.M.C., Mesquita E., Campinas M., Rosa M.J. (2020) Pilot studies and cost analysis of hybrid powdered activated carbon / ceramic microfiltration for controlling pharmaceutical compounds and organic matter in water reclamation. Water 12(1). doi:10.3390/w12010033
  • Monteiro L., Viegas R.M.C., Covas D.I.C., Menaia J. (2016) Assessment of current models ability to describe chlorine decay and appraisal of water spectroscopic data as model inputs. Journal of Environmental Engineering 143(1). DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001149.
  • Viegas R.M.C., Mesquita E., Campinas M., Inocêncio P., Teixeira A.P., Martins J., Rosa M.J. (2015) Water reclamation with hybrid coagulation–ceramic microfiltration: first part of a long-term pilot study in Portugal. Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination 5(4): 550-556. DOI: 10.2166/wrd.2015.122.
  • Viegas R.M.C., Campinas M., Costa, H., Rosa, M.J. (2014) How do the HSDM and Boyd’s model compare for estimating intraparticle diffusion coefficients in adsorption processes. Adsorption 20(5-6): 737-746. DOI: 10.1007/s10450-014-9617-9.
  • Campinas M., Viegas R.M.C., Rosa M.J. (2013) Modelling and understanding the competitive adsorption of microcystins and tannic acid. Water Research 47(15): 5690-56. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2013.06.048.

Other scientific and technical Activities

Authored +100 items of technical production.

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