Maria Teresa Moreira

Maria Teresa Moreira
University of Santiago de Compostela | USC · Department of Chemical Engineering

Full Professor in Chemical Engineering

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Introduction
Maria Teresa Moreira currently works at the Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Santiago de Compostela. Maria does research in Chemical Engineering, Ecological Engineering and Environmental Engineering. Executive Editor of JCLEPRO
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January 1998 - present
University of Santiago de Compostela
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Publications (503)
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Bioethanol production technologies from lignocellulosic biomass are not yet optimized and do not compete economically with first-generation bioethanol production. Strategies have been investigated to produce more active, stable and temperature-tolerant enzymes to be used for biomass hydrolysis such as the hyperthermophilic β-glucosidase produced by...
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Climate change and water scarcity are clearly related environmental problems, making them global environmental issues. Accordingly, the water cycle management deserves a revision in its approach, integrating the concept of circular economy within an efficient and sustainable management of water resources and the design of wastewater facilities. In...
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The current energy and environmental crisis, linked to increasing industrialisation, has progressively driven the adoption of solutions focused on circular life cycle thinking, such as waste management with resource recovery and decarbonization of technologies. In this context, this study was built to quantify the environmental performance of a two...
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The role of the bioeconomy based on the use of renewable resources and also on the valorization of bio-based waste could contribute to a higher degree of sustainability. In this sense, biobased processes and products should exhibit values for indicators that demonstrate and outperform their competing counterparts. To this end, it is essential to ap...
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The valorization of agro-industrial waste streams and residues for the production of antioxidant compounds is a good strategy for circular economy approaches. However, to demonstrate its suitability and operational feasibility, it is necessary to develop environmental assessments to ensure the effectiveness of the production strategy. In this sense...
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Moving toward a bioeconomy system is fundamental to climate change mitigation, nevertheless, the biotechnological routes should guarantee an environmental sustainability. Isobutene, a precursor in several industrial applications, is one of those chemicals that the environmental effects of its bio-based production have been scarcely explored. This s...
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Crop rotation represents a potentially sustainable strategy to address environmental problems of intensive agricultural practices, such as soil degradation, biodiversity reduction, and greenhouse gas emissions. This manuscript assesses the environmental and economic implications of introducing lupin cultivation into winter wheat-based rotation syst...
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The adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development must address the balance between sustainable growth and tackling climate change. In this context, forests can help to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, unfortunately, equivalent solutions in the ocean are often overlooked. Moreover, the complexity in determining the real impact of fis...
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The new consumption patterns based on the “use and throw away” trend has led to an increase in the production of petroleum-based plastics for their application as food packaging films, leading to significant environmental impacts. In the search for alternatives to conventional plastics, polylactic acid (PLA) stands out due to its renewable origin,...
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In north-western Spain, the cultivation of wheat landraces represents the pillar of quality Galician bread; today, a minimum of 25% Galician flour is required to produce bread under the auspices of the Protected Geographical Indication “Pan Galego”. The main objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of the rotation of two wheat landraces—‘...
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Bio-based adhesives offer a sustainable alternative to formaldehyde-based adhesives, which is the most common product applied in wood-based panel manufacturing. Despite the undeniable interest in lignin as a bulk chemical for the synthesis of bio-based adhesives, the main problem is its low reactivity. Therefore, it is crucial to study techniques t...
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Crop diversification, as a sustainable land management practice, is a potential strategy to face soil degradation, climate change and food security, being the incorporation of legumes in cereal rotation systems, a strategy that improves soil nutrient levels. In a context of sustainable agriculture, this manuscript aims to evaluate the effect of lup...
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Neste pequeno informe vaise propor unha metodoloxía coas etapas para unha visualización de datos para facilitar a súa análise. A ferramenta de MS Excel (ou outras follas de cálculo) levan incluídas funcionalidade para a representación de datos; por exemplo, nas últimas versións a maior parte das actualizacións foron xustamente no apartado de visual...
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Versión en castellano del Manual Simplificado para la utilización de Flourish en la mejora de la visualización de datos. Incluye diversos ejemplos prácticos de gráficos: relacional, radial, mapas, burbujas, etc.
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The immediate need to build resilient food systems with lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and protection of water resources is a global challenge. To address this, the EAT-Lancet Commission described the global reference diet with principles of nutritional quality and environmental sustainability. With this in mind, the carbon and water footprin...
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Interest in the development of biorefineries and biotechnological processes based on renewable resources has multiplied in recent years. This driving force is the result of the availability of lignocellulosic biomass and the range of applications that arise from its use and valorization. The approach of second-generation sugars from lignocellulosic...
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The introduction of the nitrogen footprint in the wastewater treatment sector aims to incorporate an indicator of special relevance designed for facilities that go beyond the removal of organic matter and nutrients but seek resource recovery as a fundamental premise. This communication presents an in-depth analysis of the N flows of a recently oper...
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In a context of increasing water scarcity, it is essential to ensure an integrated watershed management, savings in the consumption of water as a finite resource and improve the performance of wastewater treatment plants to guarantee the quality of treated effluents. Therefore, advanced technologies for tertiary wastewater treatment have been widel...
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Banana wastes can be valorised in bioethanol due to its high content in cellulose (more than 30% of total on a dry basis) and hemicelluloses (25% of total). Large amount of these wastes is generated during the banana cultivation and harvesting stage. This study proposes the use of, beside conventional acid sulphuric, different organic acids (tartar...
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Fisheries and aquaculture are becoming a focus of societal concern driven by globalization and increasing environmental degradation, mainly caused by climate change and marine litter. In response to this problem, the European Atlantic Area NEPTUNUS project aims to support and inform about the sustainability of the seafood sector, boosting the trans...
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A balanced and nutritious diet is the cornerstone of good health. The nutritional pyramid advises eating 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day as a basic principle of a healthy diet, as they provide essential nutrients such as vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber and antioxidants. Consuming them in adequate quantities improves the immune syst...
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Society is facing different challenges such as resource scarcity, climate change, and food security. Thus, proposing methodologies to assess the sustainability of promoted circular systems is essential to balance economic benefits and the preservation of nature. The eco-efficiency concept seeks to achieve sustainable management and production, crea...
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Enzymes offer interesting features as biological catalysts for industry: high specificity, activity under mild conditions, accessibility, and environmental friendliness. Being able to produce enzymes in large quantities and having them available in a stable and reusable form reduces the production costs of any enzyme-based process. Agricultural res...
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Fungal pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass for bioethanol production is an environmental-friendly alternative to steam explosion. However, this biological pretreatment has been tested on a small scale, where most of the typical problems of solid-state fermentations (SSF), such as limited aeration or temperature control, are not observed. The ma...
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The development of biotechnological processes through which high added value products can be obtained, using non-valuable industrial streams, has become a primary objective in the scope of sustainability and circular economy strategies. It is in this context where this research report is framed, in which a biorefinery approach has been developed us...
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This study performs the environmental assessment of itaconic acid (IA) production from wheat straw. The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology is used to determine the environmental hotspots, considering impact categories such as Global Warming (GW), Fossil Resource Scarcity (FRS), Water Consumption (WC), among others. A sensitivity analysis was p...
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The main driving forces on the development of eco-friendly wood adhesives are based on environmental sustainability, costs savings, recyclability, reusability and health benefits, in comparison with synthetic resins. Lignin, tannin, proteins and carbohydrates are the main renewable raw materials being studied. Taking as a premise the technical perf...
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The development of natural-based adhesives is a key aspect in reducing the consumption of fossil resources, in adapting to legislation on the use of formaldehyde and in ensuring the sustainability of the wood panel industry. This study focuses on five alternatives for tannin-based adhesives (tannin-paraformaldehyde, tannin-glyoxal, tannin-hexamine,...
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Challenges associated with the sustainability of the water cycle pose new opportunities for resource recovery and greater environmental protection. While centralized wastewater treatment plants must evolve in their design and operation to adapt to a scenario of increasing demand for water, resources and energy, the decentralized approach emerges as...
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Peru has become one of the world's main agricultural hubs for a wide range of fruits and vegetables. Two of these products, avocado and green asparagus, have raised attention in recent years in the international scene from an environmental perspective due to the high amounts of water they require, as well as the long air and marine freighting dista...
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In recent years, the application of magnetic nanoparticles as alternative catalysts to conventional Fenton processes has been investigated for the removal of emerging pollutants in wastewater. While this type of catalyst reduces the release of iron hydroxides with the treated effluent, it also presents certain disadvantages, such as slower reaction...
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The sustainable production of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) or poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) from corn glucose syrup, corn stover and sugar beet pulp (SBP) have been assessed via process design, preliminary techno-economic evaluation, life cycle assessment and life cycle costing (LCC). Cost-competitive PLA and PBS production can be achieved in a SBP-bas...
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Diet and nutrition are essential factors in promoting good health throughout life. Their role as determinants of chronic non-communicable diseases is widely recognized. Additionally, the demand for food involves relevant environmental burdens that have to be taken into account on the way to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. As an importa...
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The partnership for sustainable and healthy food is a challenge shared by governments, food industry, environmental science, and the health service. At the European level, the application of policies based on the Mediterranean-style eating pattern is recommended. In this regard, attention is being paid to the New Nordic Diet (NND), which shares man...
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Food industry is one of the sectors with the highest production volume, with disposable plastic films being the most widespread packaging method. The production of these packaging materials is characterized by a linear process, based on an abusive consumption of non-renewable fossil resources and with significant environmental problems. This manage...
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Rutin is a flavonol glycoside that is found in greater proportion in asparagus stalks. Considering the possibility of valorization of solid waste from the food industry, this research aims to evaluate and compare the environmental profile of the different schemes of rutin asparagus extraction. Specifically, Soxhlet, pressurized liquid and supercrit...
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Succinic acid (SA) is a top biobased chemical with numerous opportunities in the field of circular economy for climate neutrality. The objective of this work is to environmentally analyze the bio-production of SA from residual sugar-based streams from the pulp and paper industry (SSL). In this study we have complemented attributional life cycle ass...
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The environment is a very complex and fragile system in which multiple factors of different nature play an important role. Pollution, together with resource consumption, is one of the main causes of the environmental problems currently affecting the planet. In the search for alternative production processes, the use of renewable resources seeks a w...
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El propósito de este informe consiste en calcular los diferentes tipos de impactos medioambientales asociados a la pesca profesional desarrollada en los Espacios Naturales Protegidos (ENP) del Parque Natural Cabo de Gata-Níjar (Almería, Andalucía) y la Reserva Marina de Interés Pesquero de Os Miñarzos (Lira, Galicia). Esto, con el fin último de:...
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Globally, human society faces the challenge of providing food to a growing population, at the same time that the effects of climate change and resource depletion must be addressed. Aquaculture allows to ensure a safe supply of different marine species and is a major technological and biological undertaking. Taking into account that in Sonora (Mexic...
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In recent years, there has been a great movement towards the generation of knowledge related to the biorefinery concept. First-generation biorefineries bear the stigma of using arable land and edible crops for fuel instead of as sources of food and feed. However, second-generation biorefineries have not reached the level of full technical feasibili...
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The restrictions imposed on the use of formaldehyde in wood panel adhesives have been the driving force behind the development of formaldehyde-free resins for the manufacture of wood products. Considering as a boundary condition the idea that the use of fossil-based raw materials should be replaced by biological options, there is growing interest i...
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The sustainable and continued production of enough food to feed the entire world´s population is one of the main concerns in the food industry. Spain, and in particular Galicia, which is an eminently fishing region characterised by the consumption of large quantities of fish, both fresh and processed, must face the challenge of shifting its seafood...
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Chemical and heat treatments are traditionally used to preserve the quality of food products. An alternative is based on the use of antimicrobials such as nisin to ensure food safety. Traditionally, nisin is produced by microbial fermentation in the exponential growth phase of Lactococcus lactis, which is a recognized starter culture in dairy produ...
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Wood-based panels play an important role in the furniture and decoration industries worldwide. However, the adhesives used in the manufacture of those panels are a subject of concern. Therefore, the aim of this study is twofold: (i) to critically analyze the available reports on the formulation of bio-based adhesives for the manufacture of wood pan...
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El sistema de producción lineal (extracción, fabricación, uso y eliminación) ha alcanzado sus límites. El actual enfoque predominante en la extracción y el agotamiento de las materias primas y los residuos generados a lo largo de la cadena de suministro del producto causa un enorme impacto medioambiental y socioeconómico. Como contrapunto, el térmi...
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Great scallop (Pecten maximus) is a bivalve species belonging to the Pectinidae family that is deeply linked to the well‐known network of pilgrimages in Spain (The Way of Saint James), becoming a gourmet product of the Galician cuisine. The goal of this study was to fill the gaps that currently exist in a specific inventory dedicated to the capture...
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Butyric acid is a valuable chemical that can be produced from oil or renewable feedstocks. However, due to technological advantages, it is currently synthesised at an industrial level by chemical synthesis. In view of the environmental concerns, attempts to produce butyric acid from renewable raw materials via microbial fermentation have been carri...
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Urban population has exponentially growth in the last decades and as consequence, cities concentrate part of global environmental burdens among other impacts. Therefore, the use of indicators to evaluate the cities in order to achieve their better and more sustainable future was receiving special attention in the last years. Accordingly, the consid...
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Intensive agricultural farming systems have negative impacts on the ecosystem. Therefore, the use of crop rotation emerges as an opportunity to improve the environmental sustainability of agricultural systems. In the region of Galicia in north-western Spain, potato and wheat are important commodities and essential foods in the diet. Hence, it is in...
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It is no secret that the world is facing the challenge of transitioning to healthy diets, which link human and planetary health and the economy. Among the wide variety of diets, Palaeolithic diet has become so popular in social media. The main goal of this study is to evaluate the environmental and health sustainability of the Paleo diet, incorpora...
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Today, the presence of recalcitrant pollutants in wastewater, such as pharmaceuticals or other organic compounds, is one of the main obstacles to the widespread implementation of water reuse. In this context, the development of innovative processes for their removal becomes necessary to guarantee effluent quality. This work presents the potentialit...
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Purpose: The purpose of this document is to carry out a critical review of the existing literature by specifically addressing the following: (i) the integration of life cycle assessment and life cycle cost assessment from the perspective of research topics, category and scope of study, authors, institutions, countries, and journals working on or pu...
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Menus served at public services can be considered as a good opportunity for consumers to demand a service that ensures healthy and environmentally friendly food. It is especially in the sector of nurseries and schools, where these demands make the most sense since they call for the protection of particularly vulnerable population: children. The pur...
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Climate change poses a remarkable challenge to global food security, for which wheat is one of the main staple agricultural commodities. The cultivation of different varieties of winter wheat in Galicia (commercial and native) under rotation systems with potato, maize and oilseed rape was evaluated from an environmental point of view. The general a...
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Life cycle assessment (LCA) has been widely applied in many different sectors, but the marine products and seafood segment have received relatively little attention in the past. In recent decades, global fish production experienced sustained growth and peaked at about 179 million tonnes in 2018. Consequently, increased interest in the environmental...
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Handling editorCecilia Maria Villas Bôas de Almeida Keywords: Oxidative enzyme production Life cycle assessment Biorefinery Early stage LCA UPO HMFO a b s t r a c t The use and integration of enzymatic processes for the biotransformation of biomass within the bio-refinery framework creates the need to confirm whether these novel production systems...
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En las diferentes actividades antropogénicas, el sistema alimentario es uno de los sectores con mayor nivel de emisiones asociadas al cambio climático. Por lo tanto, existe una necesidad urgente de adoptar patrones alimenticios sostenibles con el fin de garantizar una nutrición adecuadas con un bajo impacto ambiental. El objetivo principal de este...
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The transition from a fossil to bio-based economy has promoted the valuation of renewable raw materials in biorefineries. Waste and by-products from industrial processing and agricultural activities are potential renewable feedstocks. This study investigates the environmental and economic profile of maize stover and sugar beet pulp as potential cel...
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Citrus waste (CW) consists mainly of peels and pressed pulp (seeds and segment membranes), which represent approximately 50% of the fruit weight. In the framework of bioeconomy, this type of waste could serve as a valuable raw material for the manufacture of biofuels and other commodities. Specifically, CW comprises high levels of pectin, cellulose...
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Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) have been developed as multifunctional systems that aim to eliminate pollutants present in wastewater, manage the sludge produced and improve energy efficiency. Specifically, sludge management accounts for the largest share in operational costs. Considering the relevant role of sludge treatment within the overall...
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Fishing activities produce discards that need to be reduced. Apart from the production of fishmeal and fish oil, other alternatives to manage this discard fraction are possible. High-added value bio-compounds (such as gelatin, collagen or fish protein hydrolysates, among others) can be extracted from the previously discarded fish biomass and its by...
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Cities are important consumers of resources and producers of waste derived from the lifestyle and daily needs of their citizens, which is why they are considered the main actors responsible for the environmental impacts related to anthropogenic activities. The quantification of these impacts is fundamental for the definition of sustainable cities....