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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:

  • 2021-2024 EMPOWER+ - Engineered and reusable nanoporous carbons for advanced water treatment (PTDC/EQU-EQU/6024/2020).
  • 2020-2024 B-watersmart - Accelerating Water Smartness in Coastal Europe (H2020-SC5-2019-2-869171).
  • 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).

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

+150 publications (h-index 14, +720 citations - web of science platform)
  • Campinas M, Viegas R.M.C., Almeida C.M.M, Martins A., Silva C., Mesquita E., Coelho M.R., Silva S., Cardoso V.V., Benoliel M.J., Rosa M.J. (2022) Powdered activated carbon full-scale addition to the activated sludge reactor of a municipal wastewater treatment plant: Pharmaceutical compounds control and overall impact on the process. Journal of Water Process Engineering 49, 102975 doi.org/10.1016/j.jwpe.2022.102975
  • Mestre A.S., Viegas R.M.C., Mesquita E., Rosa M.J., Carvalho A.P. (2022) Engineered pine nut shell derived activated carbons for improved removal of recalcitrant pharmaceuticals in urban wastewater treatment. Journal of Hazardous Materials 437, 129319 doi.org/10.1016/j.jhazmat.2022.129319
  • Viegas R.M.C., Mestre A.S., Mesquita E., Machuqueiro M., Andrade M., Carvalho A.P., Rosa M.J. (2022) Key factors for activated carbon adsorption of pharmaceutical compounds from wastewaters: a multivariate modelling approach. Water 14(2), 166. doi.org/10.3390/w14020166
  • Costa J., Mesquita E., Ferreira F., Rosa M.J., Viegas R.M.C. (2021) Identification and Modelling of Chlorine Decay Mechanisms in Reclaimed Water Containing Ammonia. Sustainability 13(24), 13548. doi.org/10.3390/su132413548
  • Campinas M., Viegas R.M.C., Coelho R., Lucas H., Rosa M.J. (2021) Adsorption/Coagulation/Ceramic Microfiltration for Treating Challenging Waters for Drinking Water Production. Membranes 11 (2) 91 doi.org/10.3390/membranes11020091.
  • Viegas R.M.C., Campinas M., Coelho R., Lucas H., Rosa M. J. (2021). Hybrid Process of Adsorption/Coagulation/Ceramic MF for Removing Pesticides in Drinking Water Treatment—Inline vs. Contact Tank PAC Dosing. Membranes 11(2). doi.org/10.3390/membranes11020072
  • Campinas M., Silva C., Viegas R.M.C., Coelho R., Lucas H., Rosa M.J. (2021) To what extent may pharmaceuticals and pesticides be removed by PAC conventional addition to low-turbidity surface waters and what are the potential bottlenecks?. Journal of Water Process Engineering (40) 101833 doi.org/10.1016/j.jwpe.2020.101833.
  • Campinas M., Viegas R.M.C., Silva C., Lucas H., Rosa M.J. (2021) Operational performance and cost analysis of PAC/ceramic MF for drinking water production: Exploring treatment capacity as a new indicator for performance assessment and optimization. Separation and Purification Technology 255 1174443 doi.org/10.1016/j.seppur.2020.117443.
  • Viegas R.M.C., Mestre A.S., Mesquita E., Campinas M., Andrade M., Carvalho A.P., Rosa M.J. (2020) Assessing the applicability of a new carob waste-derived powdered activated carbon to control pharmaceutical compounds in wastewater treatment. Science of the Total Environment 743. 140791.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.140791
  • 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.org/10.3390/w12010033

Other scientific and technical Activities

Authored +150 items of technical production. Member of the Technical Committee for Standardization in the field of urban water systems, subcommittee 3, CT 90/SC 3 - Water Reuse National expert on the standardisation committee ISO/TC 282 Water Reuse

Other Information

  • Member of the LIFE Impetus project, finalist of the "LIFE Environment 2021 Awards” and winner of the prize "PT GLOBAL WATER AWARDS 2019” in the R+D+I category.
  • Co-winner of the "WEX global 2019 award” on Innovation in Technology, under the LIFE Impetus project.
  • Member of the project LIFE Hymemb, co-winner of the "Best LIFE-Environment projects 2016-2017”
  • Member of the Portuguese Engineers Order (professional card nr. 31800).
  • Member of the Portuguese Association for Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (APESB) (LNEC member).
  • Member of the International Water Association (IWA) (LNEC member).
  • Member of the European Membrane Society (EMS).
  • Member of the IWA Specialist Group on Membrane Technology.
  • Member of the Portuguese Association for Experimental Stress Analysis (APAET).

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