João Manuel Costa Araújo Pereira Coutinho
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  department: Chemistry  
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Short CV

João A. P. Coutinho is Full Professor at the Chemistry Department of University of Aveiro, Portugal where he is vice-director of CICECO. He leads a multidisciplinary research team that focuses on the development of green solvents and novel separation processes for biorefinery and circular economy. Currently he strives to apply biobased solvents, DES and ionic liquids to these processes and attempts to better understand their physical-chemical behavior. He supervised over 50 MSc, 25 PhD thesis and 20 Post Doctoral Fellows, authored over 550-refereed papers (h-factor 75, > 20000 citations) and 7 patents.

Scientific Interests
His research interests range from the exploration and fossil fuel transport, to the production and formulation of biofuels, the characterization of non-conventional solvents (fluorinated chemicals and ionic liquids) for the development of new products and chemical processes, the characterization of biodegradable polymers and biotechnology. On this last domain he was one of the responsible people for the creation of the BSc and MSc in Biotechnology at the University of Aveiro. He is currently adressing most of its research time to the characterization and development of new applications ofr ionic liquids.
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Teaching Activity
Selected Publications
The group publications can be found at The most relevant from 2010-11 are:

Electrospun nanosized cellulose fibers using ionic liquids at room temperature
Mara G. Freire, Ana Rita R. Teles, Rute A. S. Ferreira, Luís D. Carlos, José A. Lopes-da-Silva and João A. P. Coutinho
Green Chemistry (2011) 10.1039/C1GC15930E
The polarity effect upon the methane solubility in ionic liquids: a contribution for the design of ionic liquids for enhanced CO2/CH4 and H2S/CH4 selectivities
Pedro J. Carvalho and João A. P. Coutinho
Energy & Environmental Science (2011) 10.1039/c1ee01599k
High-Accuracy Vapor Pressure Data of the Extended [CnC1im][NTf2] Ionic Liquid Series: Trend Changes and Structural Shifts
Marisa A. A. Rocha, Carlos F. R. A. C. Lima, Lígia R. Gomes, Bernd Schröder, João A. P. Coutinho, Isabel M. Marrucho, José M. S. S. Esperança, Luís P. N. Rebelo, Karina Shimizu, José N. Canongia Lopes and Luís M. N. B. F. Santos
The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 115 (2011) 10919-10926 10.1021/jp2049316
Surface Tension of Ionic Liquids and Ionic Liquid Solutions
Mohammad Tariq, Mara G. Freire, Benilde Saramago, João A. P. Coutinho, José N. Canongia Lopes and Luís Paulo N. Rebelo
Chemical Society Reviews (2011) 10.1039/c1cs15146k
Aqueous Biphasic Systems Composed of a Water-stable Ionic Liquid + Carbohydrates and their Applications
Mara G. Freire, Cláudia L. S. Louros, Luís Paulo N. Rebelo and João A. P. Coutinho
Green Chemistry 13 (2011) 1536-1545 10.1039/C1GC15110J
Separation of Ethanol-Water Mixtures by Liquid-Liquid Extraction using Phosphonium-based Ionic Liquids
Catarina M.S.S. Neves, José F.O. Granjo, Mara G. Freire, Al Robertson, Nuno M. C. Oliveira and João A. P. Coutinho
Green Chemistry 13 (2011) 1517-1526 10.1039/C1GC15079K
Solubility of CO2 in 1-Butyl-3-methyl-imidazolium-trifluoro Acetate Ionic Liquid Studied by Raman Spectroscopy and DFT Investigations
M. Isabel Cabaco, M. Besnard, Y. Danten and J. A. P. Coutinho
The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 115 (2011) 3538-3550 10.1021/jp111453a
Modeling Phase Equilibria Relevant to Biodiesel Production: A Comparison of gE Models, Cubic EoS, EoS-gE and Association EoS
Mariana B. Oliveira, Vítor Ribeiro, António Jos Queimada and João A. P. Coutinho
Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 50 (2011) 2348-2359 10.1021/ie1013585
Supported ionic liquid silica nanoparticles (SILnPs) as an efficient and recyclable heterogeneous catalyst for the dehydration of fructose to 5-hydroxymethylfurfural
Kalpesh B. Sidhpuria, Ana L. Daniel-da-Silva, Tito Trindade and João A. P. Coutinho
Green Chemistry 13 (2011) 340-349 10.1039/c0gc00690d
Non-ideality of Solutions of NH3, SO2, and H2S in Ionic Liquids and the Prediction of their Solubilities using the Flory-Huggins Model
Pedro J. Carvalho and João A. P. Coutinho
Energy & Fuels 24 (2010) 6662-6666 10.1021/ef100988z
High-performance Extraction of Alkaloids using Aqueous Two-phase Systems with Ionic Liquids
Mara G. Freire, Catarina M. S. S. Neves, Isabel M. Marrucho, José N. Canongia Lopes, Luís Paulo N. Rebelo and João A. P. Coutinho
Green Chemistry 12 (2010) 1715-1718 10.1039/c0gc00179a
Measurement and Modeling of Biodiesel Cold-Flow Properties
João A. P. Coutinho, M. Goncalves, M. J. Pratas, M. L. S. Batista, V. F. S. Fernandes, J. Pauly and J. L. Daridon
Energy & Fuels 24 (2010) 2667-2674 10.1021/ef901427g
On the Nonideality of CO2 Solutions in Ionic Liquids and Other Low Volatile Solvents
Pedro J. Carvalho and João A. P. Coutinho
Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 1 (2010) 774-780 10.1021/jz100009c
1H NMR and Molecular Dynamics Evidence for an Unexpected Interaction on the Origin of Salting-In/Salting-Out Phenomena
Mara G. Freire, Catarina M. S. S. Neves, Artur M. S. Silva, Luís M. N. B. F. Santos, Isabel M. Marrucho, Luís P. N. Rebelo, Jindal K. Shah, Edward J. Maginn and João A. P. Coutinho
Journal of Physical Chemistry B 114 (2010) 2004-2014 10.1021/jp9095634
Hydrolysis of Tetrafluoroborate and Hexafluorophosphate Counter Ions in Imidazolium-Based Ionic Liquids
Mara G. Freire, Catarina M. S. S. Neves, Isabel M. Marrucho, João A. P. Coutinho and Ana M. Fernandes
Journal of Physical Chemistry A 114 (2010) 3744-3749 10.1021/jp903292n
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