Nidia Dana Lourenco

Nidia Dana Lourenco
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa | NOVA · Center for Biotechnology and Fine Chemicals (CQFB/REQUIMTE)

PhD Biotechnology

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Given the current plastic disposal global crisis, biodegradable polymers may have an important role in leading the way towards a more sustainable plastic industry. Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) are biobased and biodegradable aliphatic polyesters synthesized by bacteria and stored as intracellular granules. In this study, PHA was produced at pilot sca...
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Real-time bioprocess monitoring is crucial for efficient operation and effective bioprocess control. Aiming to develop an online monitoring strategy for facilitating optimization, fault detection and decision-making during wastewater treatment in a photo-biological nutrient removal (photo-BNR) process, this study investigated the application of Ram...
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Intensive swine farming causes strong local environmental impacts by generating effluents rich in solids, organic matter, nitrogen, phosphorus, and pathogenic bacteria. Insufficient treatment of hog farm effluents has been reported for common technologies, and vermifiltration is considered a promising treatment alternative that, however, requires a...
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Plastics are very useful materials and present numerous advantages in the daily lifeof individuals and society. However, plastics are accumulating in the environmentand due to their low biodegradability rate, this problem will persist for centuries.Until recently, oceans were treated as places to dispose of litter, thus the persistentsubstances are...
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Textile wastewater (TWW) represents a major source of pollution worldwide, carrying high organic loads, recalcitrant azo dyes and engineered nanoparticles (ENP), namely silver nanoparticles (AgNP). The development of cost-efficient, environmentally-friendly TWW treatment solutions is critical. Despite the successful biodecolorization of azo dyes un...
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The biodegradation of dyes remains one of the biggest challenges of textile wastewater. Azo dyes are one of the most commonly employed dye classes, and biological treatment processes tend to generate recalcitrant aromatic amines, which are more toxic than the parent dye molecule. This study aimed to isolate bacterial strains with the capacity to de...
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This study focused on the biodegradation of an azo dye (Acid Red 14, AR14) in two anaerobic-aerobic sequencing batch reactors (SBRs) treating a synthetic textile wastewater, operated with aerobic granular sludge under different hydrodynamic regimens. The aim was to investigate the fate of the anaerobic AR14 breakdown products (aromatic amines) duri...
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RESUMO Este trabalho teve por objetivo produzir lodo granular aeróbio num reator em batelada sequencial não tubular, uma geometria diferente da usualmente utilizada nesses sistemas. Este reator foi inoculado com lodo ativado proveniente de uma estação de tratamento de esgoto municipal. O reator foi operado com ciclos de seis horas, com cinco horas...
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Aerobic granular sludge technology has been extensively studied over the past 20 years and is regarded as the upcoming new standard for biological treatment of domestic and industrial wastewaters. Aerobic granules (AG) are dense, compact, self-immobilized microbial aggregates that allow better sludge-water separation and thereby higher biomass conc...
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Treatment of the highly polluting and variable textile industry wastewater using aerobic granular sludge (AGS) sequencing batch reactors (SBRs) has been recently suggested. Aiming to develop this technology application, two feeding strategies were compared regarding the capacity of anaerobic-aerobic SBRs to deal with disturbances in the composition...
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The use of engineered nanoparticles in the textile industry has been rapidly increasing but their fate during biological wastewater treatment is largely unknown. The goal of the current study was to characterize the interaction of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), used in the textile industry, with a biological wastewater treatment system based on aero...
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Advanced oxidation processes (AOP), namely ozonation and UV irradiation, were tested to evaluate the possibility of complete mineralization of the metabolites resulting from biodecolorization of the azo dye Acid Red 14. These were present in the effluent collected from an aerobic granular sludge bioreactor operated on a 6-h cycle, including a 5-h r...
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Online monitoring programs based on spectroscopy have a high application potential for the detection of hazardous wastewater discharges in sewer systems. Wastewater hydraulics poses a challenge for in situ spectroscopy, especially when the system includes storm water connections leading to rapid changes in water depth, velocity, and in the water qu...
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This study analyzed the effect of an azo dye (Acid Red 14) on the performance of an aerobic granular sludge (AGS) sequencing batch reactor (SBR) system operated with 6-h anaerobic-aerobic cycles for the treatment of a synthetic textile wastewater. In this sense, two SBRs inoculated with AGS from a domestic wastewater treatment plant were run in par...
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Textile wastewaters are rated among the most polluting in all industrial sectors, including high organic loads and dyes that are generally resistant to aerobic biotreatment. Alternative, staged anaerobic/aerobic regimes have been tested, with clear success in the biodecolorization of the widely used azo dyes. The novel aerobic granular sludge (AGS)...
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Aerobic granular sludge was successfully developed on a simulated textile effluent with an added azo dye, on a non-tubular sequential batch reactor (SBR), with better granulation results than in a dye-free control SBR fed with the same base medium. The overall performance of the treatment was very good, with high color and chemical oxygen demand (C...
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Ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy is a promising tool for fast and simple evaluation of wastewater quality, as it delivers spectra that may be correlated to various aggregate wastewater quality parameters, such as Total Suspended Solids (TSS) and Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD). Its application in drainage systems has scarcely been reported an...
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Biotechnological processes are crucial to the development of any economy striving to ensure a relevant position in future markets. The cultivation of microorganisms in bioreactors is one of the most important unit operations of biotechnological processes, and real-time monitoring of bioreactors is essential for effective bioprocess control. In this...
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The bioconversion of xenobiotics often involves oxidation-reduction reactions and one representative example is the reductive decolorization of azo dyes. The bioreduction of an azo dye as model xenobiotic by a mixed microbial culture (activated sludge) was thus chosen as a model system in the present study. The aim was to investigate the effect of...
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The present work assesses the possibility of using spectrophotometry in the near-mid-ultraviolet and visible wavelength ranges (282-790 nm) for the direct monitoring of treatment performance in municipal wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). Principal component analysis (PCA) was used to analyze spectral data from samples collected along three WWTP...
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Azo dyes represent a problematic contaminant class in textile effluents because they are normally resistant to aerobic biodegradation and are consequently difficult to eliminate by conventional wastewater treatment systems. Since the mineralization of azo dyes is not likely to occur under the anaerobic conditions generally required for their reduct...
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The development of the activated sludge technology has led to several investigations on the importance of protozoa and other consumers in the sewage treatment processes. The Sludge Biotic Index (SBI) was accepted as an objective index to estimate the biological quality of sludge in the aeration tanks of activated sludge plants based on the microsco...
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In the present work ultraviolet (UV)-visible spectra of water samples collected at the outlet of a fuel park wastewater treatment plant, including biological treatment, were acquired and used for the development of partial least squares (PLS) calibration models for the fast and simple estimation of total organic carbon (TOC). Three different PLS mo...
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In the context of the high application potentials for on-line and in-line measurements in wastewater quality monitoring, UV-Vis spectrophotometry has received recent attention. In the present work the development of Partial Least Squares (PLS) calibration models for the fast determination of parameters legally required at the discharge of a fuel pa...
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In the context of the high application potentials for on-line measurements in wastewater quality monitoring, UV spectroscopy has received recent attention. In the present work UV spectrophotometric analyses were coupled to principal component analysis (PCA) and cluster analysis (CA) to characterize samples taken from a fuel park wastewater treatmen...
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The decolorization kinetics of Remazol Brilliant Violet 5R (RBV-5R) and Remazol Black B (RB-B) (mono- and diazo reactive dyes, respectively) was investigated in the first 9 h (anaerobic phase) of a 24-h cycle anaerobic/aerobic sequencing batch reactor (SBR). Two distinct, successive decolorization periods were observed for both dyes, apparently due...
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A great number of the reported examples of azo dye biodegradation comprise two main steps, the reductive cleavage of the azo bond under anaerobic conditions and the subsequent aerobic mineralization of the produced aromatic amines. Based on this possible metabolism a Sequencing Batch Reactor was chosen to study biologicalcolor removal from simulate...
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Immobilisation of both enzymes and whole-cell systems is of major importance in the improvement of the stability, activity and reusability of these biocatalysts. This review describes the use of the naturally occurring polysaccharide carrageenan as a support for the immobilisation of biocatalysts. Carrageenan is a food-grade and biocompatible suppo...
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The combination of anaerobic and aerobic periods in the operation cycle of a Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) was chosen to study biological color removal from simulated textile effluents containing reactive, sulfonated, monoazo and diazo dyes, respectively, Remazol Brilliant Violet 5R and Remazol Black B. 90% color removal was obtained for the viole...
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The operational stability of peroxidases was considerably enhanced by generating hydrogen peroxide in situ from glucose and oxygen. For example, the total turnover number of microperoxidase-11 in the oxidation of thioanisole was increased sevenfold compared with that obtained with continuous addition of H(2)O(2). Coimmobilization of peroxidases wit...
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Two sequencing batch reactors (SBRs) with sequenced anaerobic/aerobic phases were used to study biological colour removal from a simulated cotton textile effluent containing an azo reactive dye. One of the reactors was daily fed with Remazol Brilliant Violet 5R dye and the other was used as control. When operating with a sludge retention time (SRT)...
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This paper aims to review the problem of colour in textile effluents, the different classes of dyes available and their contribution to the problem. Through new regulations, pressure is being placed on water companies all over the world to reduce the amount of colour in sewage effluent. Dyes exhibit low toxicity to mammals and aquatic organisms and...

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INGREEN is an EU-funded project that will develop functional innovative ingredients from paper and agro-food side-streams through biotechnological processes for food, feed, pharma/nutraceuticals, cosmetics and bio-degradable packaging.