Frederico Ferreira


Invited Assistant Professor





Research Assistant, Institute of Materials and

Surface Science and Engineering, IST, 2008-2009.
Post-Doc Researcher, Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2006-2008.

Master in Business and Administration, Faculdade de Economia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa/Faculdade de Ciências Económicas e Empresariais, Universidade Católica Portuguesa, 2008;
PhD in Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology, Imperial College London, 2004;
Graduation in Química Aplicada (Major in Chemistry, Minor in Biotechnology), Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT), Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 1999.

Research Activities


My current and future research interests are the study and design of new reactors and processes for stem cells bioengineering, drug delivery and bio separations.  At the moment, I am particularly involved on engineering the expansion and differentiation of hematopoietic cells towards the production of blood platelets and production and production of jet biofuel.


I find the projects built on the interface between different scientific fields particularly rewarding; since they usually lead to significant knowledge advances and scientific/technological impacts. Therefore, my research often requires the learning of different techniques and methods used in chemical, biological and tissue engineering, organic chemistry, (bio) catalysis, and material science. My past research was focused on applying membrane technology and developing hybrid processes for difficult separations. The followed research strategy was a combination of theoretical mathematical analyses with experimental validation; resulting in practical, sustainable and economically interesting technological applications. Applying such approaches on developing new technologies on the field of regenerative medicine and bio applications is particularly inspiring for me.

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