Elisabete Silva Geraldes
Environmental Friendly Antifouling Technology to Optimise the Energy Efficiency of Ships
The development of new potential products and innovative technologies in the cutting-edge of researching is one of the major goals of our group.
We aim to provide background and acquire collaborative work in order to contribute for the achievement of not only environmental friendly but also sustainable solutions for the human community's needs. The development of new products that can help on biofouling prevention. Biofouling known as the attachment and growth of micro and/or macroorganisms on solid surfaces constitutes a significant issue for several industrial systems (e.g. surgical equipment, medical implants, any submersed surfaces), mainly in maritime systems, such as ships, aquaculture structures, or even in water treatment systems (cooling systems, heat exchangers, etc.). These biofouling highly affect the life-cycle and sustainability of waterborne systems. Conventional technologies to render surfaces sterile to this biological attack are mainly based on the incorporation of leachable toxic agents, but their intrinsic properties may also be harmful to non-target organisms, thus leading to rigid environmental restrictions. Hence, innovative approaches are sought to overcome these limitations. Our Research group aims to contribute to this biofouling by developing new preventive solutions, following the synthesis and functionalization of natural or synthetic organic and inorganic compounds able to provide bioactive properties.
Research Interests and Related Projects
Antimicrobial Fluid Filtration on Biocidal Coated Ceramic surfaces SFRH_BPD_88135_2012, FCT Sponsor
New Composite Structures based on hydraulic binders (Cement with polymeric materials). Post-Doctoral Researcher (2010-2012)
Valorização técnica e tecnológica de rolhas de cortiça pela incorporação de polímeros de origem natural e subprodutos de cortiça (QREN Project (2010-2013, nº 013186 - Co-promoção)
2013 to date - Post-Doctoral Researcher at Instituto Superior Técnico / Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal)
2010-2012 - Post-Doctoral Researcher at Instituto Superior Técnico / Universidade de Coimbra, and collaboration with Secil-Otão at Setúbal, Portugal.
2009 - PhD in Chemical Enginnering, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal)
2005 - Scholarship Researcher (Chemical Engineering), Instituto Superior Técnico / Instituto nacional de Engenharia, Tecnologia e Inovação
2004-2005 - Trainee at Portucel-Soporcel in Product development department
2002-2003 - Scholarship Researcher (Chemical Engineering) at Instituto Superior Técnico (Portugal) and Pierre et Marrie Curie University (Paris-Jussieu, France)
2002 - 5 year's Degree in Chemical Engineering (Industrial processes field), Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal)
Selected Publications: for a complete list, see my ResearcherID
E. R. Silva, O. Ferreira, J.C.M. Bordado, Ho-Chun Fang, S. Downie, S. M. Olsen. Marine coatings: a systematic study on structure-property relationship of potential covalently immobilized biocides. Accepted as full scientific article in Transport Research Arena, 2014
E. R. Silva, J. F. J. Coelho, J. C. Bordado, Strength improvement of mortar composites reinforced with newly hybrid-blended fibres: Influence of fibres geometry and morphology, Construction and Building Materials 40 (2013) 473-480.
E. R. Silva, J. F. J. Coelho, J. C. Bordado, "Hybrid Polyethylene/polypropylene blended fiber-reinforced cement composite", Journal of Composite Materials (2012), printed on-line: doi:10.1177/0021998312462619.
F. Ribeiro, J. M. Silva, E. Silva, M. F. Vaz, F. A. C. Oliveira, "Combustion of toluene on Pt zeolite coated cordierite foam", Catalysis Today, Vol. 176 (2011) 93-96.
E. R. Silva, J. M. Silva, F. A. C. Oliveira, M. F. Vaz, F. Ribeiro, Cordierite Foam Substrates Washcoated With Zeolite-based Catalysts for VOC Combustion, Materials Science Fórum, Vols. 636-637 (2010) 104-110;
E. R. Silva, J. M. Silva, M. F. Vaz, F. A.C. Oliveira, F. Ribeiro, "Cationic polymer surface treatment for zeolite washcoating deposited over cordierite foam", Materials Letters, Vol. 63 (2009) 572-574.
F. J. Maldonado-Hódar, S. M.Torres, F. Ribeiro, E. R. Silva, A. F. Pérez-Cadenas, F. Carrasco-Marín, F. C. Oliveira, "Development of carbon coatings for cordierite foams: an alternative to cordierite honeycombs", Langmuir, Vol. 24 (2008) 3267-3273.
J.C. Bordado, E.R. Silva, R.G. Santos, M.M. Mateus. A. C. A. L. C. Mesquita, M. R. M. Costa. Colas Naturais de Base Aquosa, de Dois Componentes, obtidas a partir de derivados da Cortiça, Patent nº PT107143, submitted, September 2013.
E. R. Silva, J. M. Silva, F. A.C. Oliveira, F. R. Ribeiro, M. F. Vaz, M. Filipa Ribeiro, "Method for application of a based zeolite coating on ceramic foams", Patent nºPT104022, September of 2009.
E. R. Silva, N. Correia, J. M. Silva, F. A.C. Oliveira, F. R. Ribeiro, J. C. Bordado, M. F. Vaz, M. Filipa Ribeiro, " Cordierite Ceramic foams production by In-Situ polymerization", Patent nºPT103532, August of 2007.