Nídia Lourenço

Senior Researcher


ResearcherID: K-6601-2012

ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5506-4421

ResearchGate: Nidia_Lourenco

Lab. 505 – Chemistry Department

Ph: +351 212 948 571, Ext. 10944

Email: nidia.lourenco@fct.unl.pt

LinkedIn: nidialourenco


(2003) PhD in Biotechnology - Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon
(1997) MEng (Degree) in Chemical Engineering with Specialization in Biotechnology (5 years) - Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon

Research interests

  • Environmental biotechnology
  • Biological wastewater treatment with mixed microbial cultures
  • Aerobic granular sludge
  • Production of biopolymers (polyhydroxyalkanoates) from industrial wastes
  • Spectroscopy (UV-Vis, NIR, Raman) and chemometrics for real-time bioreactor monitoring, supervision and diagnosis

Relevant publications


  • ND Lourenço, AMT Mata, HM Pinheiro, Determinação do potencial de biodescoloração de corantes azo e da sua adsorção à biomassa, Patente de Invenção Nacional nº PT 106673 B. Issue publication: Boletim da Propriedade Industrial nº 11/2015 (13-01-2015). Priority date: 29-11-2012.

Book chapters:

  • ND Lourenço, CF Almeida, JA Lopes, HM Pinheiro, Real time monitoring of a sequencing batch reactor with in-situ NIR spectroscopy, in: Environmental Science and Technology - 2012, Vol. 1, George Sorial and Jihua Hong (Eds.) (ISBN:9780976885351), American Science Press, Houston, 92-98 (2012)
  • AMT Mata, ND Lourenço, HM Pinheiro, Start-up of an aerobic granular sludge non tubular reactor, in: Environmental Science and Technology - 2012, Vol. 1, George Sorial and Jihua Hong (Eds.) (ISBN:9780976885351), American Science Press, Houston, 260-264 (2012)
  • HM Pinheiro, ND Lourenço, Reactores de Tratamento Aeróbico, in: Reactores Biológicos, J.A. Teixeira and M.M.R. Fonseca (coord.), LIDEL - Edições Técnicas Lda, Chapter 13, pp. 343-372 (2007)

Peer review papers:

1.     C Rangel, G Carvalho, A Oehmen, N Frison, ND Lourenço*, MAM Reis, Polyhydroxyalkanoates production from ethanol- and lactate-rich fermentate of confectionary industry effluents, International Journal of Biological Macromolecules 229, 713-723 (2023)


2.     J Oliveira, PL Almeida, RG Sobral, ND Lourenço, SP Gaudêncio, Marine-derived actinomycetes: biodegradation of plastics and formation of PHA bioplastics – a circular bioeconomy approach, Marine Drugs 20, 760 (2022)


3.     AM Rodrigues, RDG Franca, M Dionísio, C Sevrin, C Grandfils, MAM Reis, ND Lourenço*, Polyhydroxyalkanoates from a mixed microbial culture: extraction optimization and polymer characterization, Polymers 14, 2155 (2022)


4.     BV Sousa, F Silva, MAM Reis, ND Lourenço*, Monitoring pilot-scale polyhydroxyalkanoate production from fruit pulp waste using near-infrared spectroscopy, Biochemical Engineering Journal 176, 108210 (2021)

doi: 10.1016/j.bej.2021.108210

5.     RDG Franca, VCF Carvalho, JC Fradinho, MAM Reis, ND Lourenço*, Raman spectrometry as a tool for an online control of a phototrophic biological nutrient removal process, Applied Sciences 11, 6600 (2021)

doi: 10.3390/app11146600

6.     K Ispolnov, LMI Aires, ND Lourenço, JS Vieira, A combined vermifiltration-hydroponic system for swine wastewater treatment, Applied Sciences 11, 5064 (2021)

doi: 10.3390/app11115064

7.     J Oliveira, A Blechior, VD Silva, A Rotter, Z Petrovski, PL Almeida, ND Lourenço, SP Gaudêncio, Marine environmental plastic pollution: mitigation by microorganism degradation and recycling valorization, Frontiers in Marine Science 7, 567126 (2020)

doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.567126

8.     RDG Franca, HM Pinheiro, ND Lourenço*, Recent developments in textile wastewater biotreatment: dye metabolite fate, aerobic granular sludge systems and engineered nanoparticles, Reviews in Environmental Science and Biotechnology 19, 149-190 (2020

doi: 10.1007/s11157-020-09526-0

9.     RDG Franca, A Vieira, G Carvalho, A Oehmen, HM Pinheiro, MT Barreto Crespo, ND Lourenço*, Oerskovia paurometabola can efficiently decolorize azo dye Acid Red 14 and remove its recalcitrant metabolite, Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 191, 110007 (2020)

doi: 10.1016/j.ecoenv.2019.110007

10.  RDG Franca, MC Oliveira, HM Pinheiro, ND Lourenço*, Biodegradation Products of a Sulfonated Azo Dye in Aerobic Granular Sludge Sequencing Batch Reactors Treating Simulated Textile Wastewater, ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 7(17), 14697-14706 (2019)

doi: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.9b02635