Helena Passos

Helena Passos
University of Aveiro | UA · CICECO - Centre for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials

PhD in Chemical Engineering

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Introduction
H. Passos is a researcher at CICECO, University of Aveiro, working in the development of novel and sustainable processes for the recovery and recycling of critical metals from waste streams.
Additional affiliations
July 2017 - present
University of Aveiro
Position
  • PhD Student
September 2016 - December 2016
Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Position
  • Researcher
March 2013 - May 2013
Technische Universität Dortmund
Position
  • Researcher
Education
February 2012 - June 2017
University of Aveiro
Field of study
  • Chemical Engineering
September 2007 - July 2012
University of Aveiro
Field of study
  • Chemical Engineering

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Publications (48)
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Marine-derived food wastes mainly include seafood, fish and feed production resources. From crustaceans, traded annually, 6 to 8 million tonnes of valuable shrimp, lobster and/or crab shells are produced worldwide. In this systemic work, the researchers with complementary technical expertise, covering the fields of chemical engineering design, chem...
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Marine-derived food wastes mainly include seafood, fish and feed production resources. From crustaceans, traded annually, 6 to 8 million tonnes of valuable shrimp, lobster and/or crab shells are produced worldwide. In this systemic work, the researchers with complementary technical expertise, covering the fields of chemical engineering design, chem...
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Bio-based ionic liquids (ILs) are being increasingly sought after, as they are more sustainable and eco-friendly. Purines are the most widely distributed, naturally occurring N-heterocycles, but their low water-solubility limits their application. In this work, four purines (theobromine, theophylline, xanthine, and uric acid) were combined with the...
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An acidic aqueous biphasic system (AcABS) presenting a desired and reversible phase transition with HNO 3 concentration and temperature is presented herein as an integrated platform for metal separation. The simple, economical, and fully incinerable (C,H,O,N) AcABS composed of tetrabutylammonium nitrate ([N 4444 ][NO 3 ]) + HNO 3 + H 2 O is charact...
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Zwitterionic compounds (ZIs) have been attracting much attention due to their properties. Unlike ionic liquids - constituted by separated ions - the ZI structures with their cations and anions covalently bonded exhibit added complexity and diversity, suggesting that their ecotoxicological behavior should probably not be extrapolated from those of i...
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By using amino acids as anions, ten chiral ionic liquids (CILs) composed of tetrabutylammonium or cholinium as cations were synthesized by neutralization reactions and further characterized by assessing their optical rotation, thermophysical properties (melting and decomposition temperatures, density, viscosity and refractive index) and ecotoxicity...
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In this work, the aqueous phase diagram for the mixture of the hydrophilic tributyltetradecyl phosphonium ([P44414]Cl) ionic liquid with acetic acid (CH3COOH) is determined, and the temperature dependency of the biphasic region established. Molecular dynamic simulations of the [P44414]Cl + CH3COOH + H2O system indicate that the occurrence of a clos...
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The use of hydrophilic zwitterionic compounds (ZI) to act as phase forming components of aqueous biphasic systems (ABS) has been attracting increased interest. Although previous works studied the phase behavior of ZI, there is still a lack of knowledge on the partition behavior of compounds in ZI-based ABS. This work reports a study on the influenc...
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The continued electrification of society and the related growing demand for rechargeable batteries requires in turn the elaboration of efficient and sustainable recycling strategies for their recovery and valorization. An important separation relevant to Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) and Lithium-Ion battery recycling is the inter-transition elements...
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Aqueous two-phase systems (ATPS) have been proposed as platforms for the purification of biomolecules, and the application of adjuvants to tune the properties of ATPS phases and their ability to extract and separate biological products investigated. This work addresses, for the first time, the use of acetonitrile (ACN) as adjuvant in ATPS composed...
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The temperature responsive solubility of ionic liquids with ‘bulky’ polar regions, such as tributyltetradecyl phosphonium chloride [P44414]Cl, in acidic aqueous solutions, is elucidated through a combined experimental and computational approach. The temperature effect in the acidic aqueous biphasic system HCl/[P44414]Cl/H2O was characterised in the...
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An acidic aqueous biphasic system (AcABS), in which the inorganic salt component of a traditional aqueous biphasic system (ABS) is replaced by the inorganic acid inherently present in typical hydrometallurgical leachate solution, is shown to selectively separate cobalt from nickel, a separation relevant to the recycling of nickel metal hydride (NiM...
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A sustainable and flexible approach for the extraction and separation of rhenium and molybdate species based on a polymeric aqueous two-phase system (ATPS) is proposed in which the high metal content in concentrated copper effluents is directly used as the driver of phase demixing. The partition coefficient and selectivity of Re, Mo, and Cu are stu...
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Deep eutectic solvents (DES) are an emerging type of green solvents that have been used in aqueous two-phase systems (ATPS). However, its application in ATPS can present some limitations, due to the non-stoichiometric partition between the two aqueous phases of the hydrogen-bond acceptor (HBA) and the hydrogen-bond donor (HBD) that compose the DES....
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Waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) is the fastest growing type of waste globally and is an important challenge due to its heterogeneity, intrinsic toxicity and potential environmental impact. However, WEEE also represents an important secondary source of critical and valuable elements and must be viewed as a resource within the contex...
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Ionic-liquid-based aqueous biphasic systems (IL-based ABS) have demonstrated exceptional performance in bioseparation processes. However, IL-based ABS are of limited interest for metal extraction as most metals are not stable in their neutral or alkaline pH conditions. In the quest for better extraction systems for metals, the development of IL-bas...
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Aqueous biphasic systems (ABS) composed of ionic liquids (ILs) and conventional salts have been largely investigated and successfully used in separation processes, for which the determination of the corresponding ternary phase diagrams is a previous requirement. However, due the large number of ILs that can be prepared and their high structural ver...
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Ionic liquid-based acidic aqueous biphasic systems (AcABS) represent a promising alternative to solvent extraction process for the recovery of critical metals in which the substitution of the inorganic salt by an acid allows for the ‘one pot’ approach to the leaching and separation of metals. However, a more fundamental understanding of AcABS forma...
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In the past decade it has been demonstrated the remarkable potential of ionic-liquid-based aqueous biphasic systems (IL-based ABS) to extract and purify a large range of valued-added biocompounds. However, the transposal of lab-experiments to an industrial scale has been precluded by a poor understanding of the molecular-level mechanisms ruling the...
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Thermoreversible aqueous biphasic systems (ABS) composed of ammonium-based zwitterions (ZIs) and polymers are here disclosed to act as integrated bioreaction-separation processes. The biocatalytic reaction involving laccase occurs in homogeneous media, after which small changes in temperature induce the formation of two phases and the complete sepa...
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Novel aqueous multiphase systems (MuPS) formed by quaternary mixtures composed of cholinium-based ionic liquids (ILs), polymers, inorganic salts and water are here reported. The influence of several ILs was studied, demonstrating that a triple salting-out is a required phenomenon to prepare MuPS. The respective phase diagrams and "tie-surfaces" wer...
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Novel aqueous multiphase systems (MuPS) formed by quaternary mixtures composed of cholinium-based ionic liquids (ILs), polymers, inorganic salts and water are here reported. The influence of several ILs was studied, demonstrating that a triple salting-out is a required phenomenon to prepare MuPS. The respective phase diagrams and "tie-surfaces" wer...
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The use of deep eutectic solvents (DES) as phase forming components of aqueous biphasic systems (ABS) has been proposed, however, it was shown that when dissolved in aqueous solutions, the DES complexes are destroyed and a nonstoichiometric partition of the hydrogen-bond acceptor (HBA) and the hydrogen-bond donor (HBD) between the phases of the ABS...
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The ability of water-soluble ammonium-based zwitterions (ZIs) to form aqueous biphasic systems (ABS) in presence of salts aqueous solutions is here disclosed. These systems are thermoreversible at temperatures close to room temperature and further allow the design of their thermal behavior, from an upper critical solution temperature (UCST) to a lo...
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Human activities are responsible for the release of innumerous substances into the aquatic environment. Some of these substances can be used as pollution tracers to identify contamination sources and to prioritize monitoring and remediation actions. Thus, their identification and quantification is of high priority. However, due to their presence in...
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Although highly relevant to a priori select adequate solvents for a given application, the determination of the hydrogen-bond acidity or proton donor ability of aqueous solutions of ionic liquids is a difficult task due to the poor solubility of the commonly used probes in aqueous media. In this work, we demonstrate the applicability of the pyridin...
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Due to their unique properties, in recent years, ionic liquids (ILs) have been largely investigated in the field of analytical chemistry. Particularly during the last sixteen years, they have been successfully applied in the chromatographic and electrophoretic analysis of value-added compounds extracted from biomass. Considering the growing interes...
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Among different classes of ionic liquids (ILs), those with cyano-based anions have been of special interest due to their low viscosity and enhanced solvation ability for a large variety of compounds. Experimental results from this work reveal that the solubility of glucose in some of these ionic liquids may be higher than in water - a well-known so...
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Deep eutectic solvents (DES) have emerged in the past few years as a new class of solvents with promising applications in several fields. In the present work, the application of DES (formed by binary mixtures of cholinium chloride and carboxylic acids or urea) as phase-forming components of aqueous biphasic systems (ABS) is investigated. The mechan...
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The ability to induce reversible phase transitions between homogeneous solutions and biphasic liquid-liquid systems, at pre-defined and suitable operating temperatures, is of crucial relevance in the design of separation processes. Ionic-liquid-based aqueous biphasic systems (IL-based ABS) have demonstrated superior performance as alternative extra...
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Aiming at the development of self-buffering and benign extraction/separation processes, this work reports a novel class of aqueous biphasic systems (ABS) composed of ionic liquids (ILs) and organic biological buffers (Good's buffers, GBs). A large array of ILs and GBs was investigated, revealing than only the more hydrophobic and fluorinated ILs ar...
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Ionic-liquid-based aqueous biphasic systems (IL-based ABS) have been largely investigated as promising extraction and purification routes. In this context, the determination of their phase diagrams and the physical properties of the coexisting phases are of high relevance when envisaging their large-scale applications. Low viscosities improve mass...
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Ethinylestradiol (EE2) is a synthetic hormone that has been recognized as one of the most prominent endocrine disruptors found in the aqueous environment. Nevertheless, the low content of EE2 in wastewater makes its identification/quantification unfeasible – a major drawback for the evaluation of its persistence and environmental impact. In this co...
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In the past few years, the number of studies regarding the application of ionic liquids (ILs) as alternative solvents to extract value-added compounds from biomass has been growing. Based on an extended compilation and analysis of the data hitherto reported, the main objective of this review is to provide an overview on the use of ILs and their mix...
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The industrial application of ionic liquids (ILs) requires the knowledge of their physical properties and phase behavior. This work addresses the experimental determination of the vapor-liquid equilibria (VLE) of binary systems composed of water + imidazolium-based ILs. The ILs under consideration are 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium trifluoromethanesul...
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Ionic liquids (ILs) with improved hydrogen-bonding acceptor abilities, such as acetate-based compounds, have shown great potential for CO2 capture and biomass dissolution. In this context, the knowledge of the thermophysical properties of acetate-based fluids is essential for the design and scale-up of related processes. However, at this stage, ace...
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Bisphenol A is a human endocrine disruptor. Its normally low levels in biological fluids make it difficult to detect via conventional techniques. This work demonstrates the complete extraction of bisphenol A, and its possible concentration up to 100-fold in a single-step procedure, using ionic-liquid-based aqueous biphasic systems. Bisphenol A (BPA...
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Albeit ionic-liquid-based aqueous biphasic systems (ABS) have been largely explored as liquid–liquid extractive approaches for a large array of (bio)molecules, the application of biodegradable and nontoxic salts as phase constituents of these systems has been seldom investigated. In this work 15 ionic liquids were evaluated toward their ability to...

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Metals are primary yet finite commodities, necessary for the continued growth of modern society, and are at the forefront of the green economy transition. However, the mining rates of most metals are at a historical maximum, while their recovery from waste, where these metals are newly concentrated and can therefore be considered as urban ores, remains low. The imbalance between supply and demand, compounded by the unequal geographical concentration of exploitable deposits, results in an unsustainable situation. For this Special Issue in Metals, we welcome innovative contributions in the area of metal recycling and recovery using any metallurgical processing route. Articles addressing either the theoretical or practical understanding of metal processing are encouraged, as well as a critical comparison of process options and literature reviews. We would also appreciate receiving articles dealing with the wider context of metal recovery and criticality, such as global flows of critical metals or the environmental impacts of recycling using life cycle assessment methodology.