Mónica Carvalheira

Senior Researcher



CIÊNCIA ID: 2414-2374-C255 

ResearcherID: M-5663-2014

ORCID iD: 0002-3862-2636

ResearchGate: Monica_Carvalheira

Lab 610 - Chemistry Department

Ph: +351 212 948 300, ext. 10917

Email: mic16141@fct.unl.pt

LinkedIn: monica-carvalheira-26714b19


(2014) PhD in Sustainable Chemistry - Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

(2008) Master in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering - Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

(2007) Degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering – Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa


Research interests:

  • Biological wastewater treatment
  • Biological nutrient removal
  • Metabolic modeling
  • Anaerobic Digestion
  • Biogas production from PHA degradation
  • Biogas upgrading


Relevant publications:

Rosa E. A. Nascimento, Mónica Carvalheira, João G. Crespo, Luísa A. Neves. “Extraction and Characterization of Cellulose Obtained from Banana Plant Pseudostem”, Clean Technologies 5(3) (2023), 1028-1043. DOI:10.3390/cleantechnol5030052


Bruno C. Marreiros, Mónica Carvalheira, Cláudia Henriques, Daniela Pequito, Yen Nguyen, Runar G. Solstad, J. Johannes Eksteen, Maria A.M. Reis. “Biovalorization of salmon peptone into polyhydroxyalkanoates by mixed microbial cultures under conditions of high ammonia”, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 11 (2023) 110100. DOI: 10.1016/j.jece.2023.110100


Kayo Santana Barros, Mónica Carvalheira, Bruno Costa Marreiros, Maria Ascensão M. Reis, João Goulão Crespo, Valentín Pérez-Herranz, Svetlozar Velizarov. “Donnan Dialysis for Recovering Ammonium from Fermentation Solutions Rich in Volatile Fatty Acids”, Membranes, 13 (2023), 347. DOI: 10.3390/membranes13030347


Mónica Carvalheira, Catarina L. Amorim, Ana Catarina Oliveira, Eliana C. Guarda, Eunice Costa, Margarida Ribau Teixeira, Paula M. L. Castro, Anouk F. Duque and Maria A. M. Reis. “Valorization of Brewery Waste through Polyhydroxyalkanoates Production Supported by a Metabolic Specialized Microbiome”, Life, 12 (2022), 1347. DOI: 10.3390/life12091347


Mónica Carvalheira, Loic Hilliou, Catarina SS Oliveira, Eliana C. Guarda and Maria A.M. Reis. Polyhydroxyalkanoates from industrial cheese whey: production and characterization of polymers with different hydroxyvalerate contents. Current Research in Biotechnology, 4 (2022), 211-220. DOI: 10.1016/j.crbiot.2022.03.004


Mateus, S., Carvalheira, M., Cassidy, J., Freitas, E., Oehmen, A., Reis, MAM. (2020). Two-stage anaerobic digestion system treating different seasonal fruit pulp wastes: impact on biogas and hydrogen production and total energy recovery potential. Biomass and Bioenergy, 141. DOI: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2020.105694


Carvalheira, M., Cassidy, J., Ribeiro, J. M., Oliveira, B. A., Freitas, E. B., Roca, C., … Reis, M. A. M. (2018). Performance of a two-stage anaerobic digestion system treating fruit pulp waste: The impact of substrate shift and operational conditions. Waste Management, 78, 434–445. DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2018.06.013


Ribera-Guardia, A., Marques, R., Arangio, C., Carvalheira, M., Oehmen, A., & Pijuan, M. (2016). Distinctive denitrifying capabilities lead to differences in N2O production by denitrifying polyphosphate accumulating organisms and denitrifying glycogen accumulating organisms. Bioresource Technology, 219, 106–113. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2016.07.092


Carvalheira, M., Oehmen, A., Carvalho, G., Eusébio, M., & Reis, M. A. M. (2014). The impact of aeration on the competition between polyphosphate accumulating organisms and glycogen accumulating organisms. Water Research, 66, 296–307. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2014.08.033

Carvalheira, M., Oehmen, A., Carvalho, G., & Reis, M. A. M. (2014). Survival strategies of polyphosphate accumulating organisms and glycogen accumulating organisms under conditions of low organic loading. Bioresource Technology, 172, 290–296. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2014.09.059


Carvalheira, M., Oehmen, A., Carvalho, G., & Reis, M. A. M. (2014). The effect of substrate competition on the metabolism of polyphosphate accumulating organisms (PAOs). Water Research, 64, 149–159. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2014.07.004


Mesquita, D. P., Amaral, A. L., Leal, C., Carvalheira, M., Cunha, J. R., Oehmen, A., … Ferreira, E. C. (2014). Monitoring intracellular polyphosphate accumulation in enhanced biological phosphorus removal systems by quantitative image analysis. Water Science and Technology, 69(11), 2315–2323. DOI: 10.2166/wst.2014.146


Lanham, A. B., Carvalheira, M., Rodrigues, A. M., Cardoso, V. V., Benoliel, M. J., Maria, T. B., … Reis, M. A. M. (2011). Ethylenediamine-N,N’-diglutaric acid (EDDG) as a promising biodegradable chelator: Quantification, complexation and biodegradation. Journal of Environmental Science and Health - Part A Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering, 46(6), 553–559. DOI: 10.1080/10934529.2011.562805


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 byproduct. Carbohydrate Polymers, 79(4), 981–988. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2009.10.026


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(3), 297–305. DOI: 10.1016/j.procbio.2009.09.020


Freitas, F., Alves, V. D., Carvalheira, M., Costa, N., Oliveira, R., & Reis, M. A. M. (2009). Emulsifying behaviour and rheological properties of the extracellular polysaccharide produced by Pseudomonas oleovorans grown on glycerol byproduct. Carbohydrate Polymers, 78(3), 549–556. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbpol.2009.05.016