Maria Paula Seabra
  Auxiliary Researcher  
  phone: +351 234 370 041/+351 234 370 611  
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  department: Materials and Ceramic Engineering  
  office: 9.1.19  
  group: 4 - biorefineries, biobased materials and recycling
  line: 3 - sustainability and health
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Short CV

Graduated in Ceramics and Glass Engineering (1988) in Aveiro University (UA). In 1992 got a M.Sc. in Materials and Science Engineering from the same University. From 1992 to 1997 worked, as executive, in the Vitricer/Fritta company (supplier of enamels, serigraphic inks, etc, for ceramic companies) and then (1997-2000) was responsible for the R&D Department of Revigrés (wall and floor tiles ceramic factory). In 2000 started her Ph.D. at UA on dielectric materials for microwave applications and after that took a Post-Doctoral position working in the development and characterization of rehabilitation mortars. Since 2008 is researcher at CICECO.

Scientific Interests

Development and industrial implementation of new materials, namely, inorganic pigments, products with new surface functionalities and porous ceramics.

Photocatalysis - Deposition and study of photocatalytic (aqueous and gaseous decontamination, self-cleaning and antibacterial) layers based on TiO2.
Recycling - Development of inorganic pigments and clinker from industrial wastes, promoting, in some cases, the inertization of hazardous materials.
Mortars – Formulation and testing of aerial lime based mortars having new functionalities.
Traditional ceramic materials – Development and optimization of porous ceramic wall and floor tiles.

Selected Publications

[1] Compositional and chromatic properties of strontium hexaferrite as pigment for ceramic bodies and alternative synthesis from wiredrawing sludge,W Hajjaji, RC Pullar, C Zanelli, MP Seabra, M Dondi, JA Labrincha, Dyes Pigm., 96 [3] 659-664, 2013.

[2] Titanium dioxide modified with transition metals and rare earth elements: Phase composition, optical properties, and photocatalytic activity, DM Tobaldi, A Sever Škapin, RC Pullar, MP Seabra, JA Labrincha, Ceram. Int., 39 [3] 2619-2629, 2013.

[3] Sol-gel synthesis, characterisation and photocatalytic activity of pure, W-, Ag- and W/Ag co-doped TiO2 nanopowders, DM Tobaldi, RC Pullar, AF Gualtieri, MP Seabra, JA Labrincha, Chem. Eng. J., 214 [1] 364-375, 2013.

[4] Photodegradation of Orange II solutions by TiO2 active layers jet sprayed on aluminium sheets, MP Seabra, E Rego, A Ribeiro, JA Labrincha, Chem. Eng. J., 171 [1] 175-180, 2011.

[5] Ceramic tiles for photodegradation of Orange II solutions, MP Seabra, RR Pires, JA Labrincha, Chem. Eng. J. 171 [2] 692-702, 2011.

[6] Evaluation of metal-ions containing sludges in the preparation of black inorganic pigments, W Hajjaji, MP Seabra, JA Labrincha, J. Hazard. Mater., 185, 619-625, 2011.

[7] Raman Spectroscopy of CaTiO3-based Perovskite Solid Solutions, H Zheng, IM Reaney, GDCC Gyorgyfalva, R Ubic, J Yarwood, MP Seabra, VM Ferreira, J. Mat. Res., 19 [2] 488-495, 2004.

[8] Structure and Microwave Dielectric Properties of La(Mg0.5Ti0.5)O3–CaTiO3 System, MP Seabra , M Avdeev, VM Ferreira, RC Pullar, N Alford, J. Eur. Ceram. Soc, 23 [14] 2403-2408, 2003.

[9] Synthesis of La(Mg0.5Ti0.5)O3 Ceramics for Microwave Applications, MP Seabra, VM Ferreira, Mat. Res. Bull., 37 [2] 255-259, 2002.

[10] Dielectric Properties of the (1-x)La(Mg0.5Ti0.5)O3 – xSrTiO3 Ceramics, MP Seabra, AN Salak, VM Ferreira, LG Vieira, JL Ribeiro, J. Eur. Ceram. Soc., 24 [10-11] 2955-3002, 2004.

MP Seabra, LC Grave, JA Labrincha, “Processo de obtenção de grés porcelânico com acção anti-microbiana”, PN 105240, 06/08/2010.

Teaching Activity

Invited professor of Materials and Ceramic Engineering Department, University of Aveiro, 3º year of DESIGN of the following subjects:
• Materials and Technologies I (practical classes) - 2004/05 and 2011/12.
• Materials and Technologies II (theoretical and practical classes) - 2003/07 and 2009/10.

M.Sc. Thesis
“Estudo da adaptação de lamas geradas no processo de produção de pasta de papel pelo processo Kraft para reciclagem em produtos cerâmicos” L Buruberri; M.Sc. in Materials Engineering (UA), in collaboration with RAIZ (Instituto de Investigação da Floresta e Papel)/PORTUCEL SOPORCEL group, in progress.

“Lacagem de camadas TiO2 com ação fotocatalítica”, A Cação; M.Sc. in Materials Engineering (UA), in progress.

“Preparação e estudo da actividade fotocatalítica de titânia pura e dopada”, ARS Pereira: M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering (UTAD), 2013.

“Actividade fotocatalítica de camadas de TiO2 otimizadas”, JPG Tarelho: M.Sc. in Materials Engineering (UA), 2011.

“Optimização industrial de revestimentos cerâmicos com propriedades fotocatalíticas”, RR Pires: M.Sc. in Materials Engineering (UA), in collaboration with REVIGRÉS, 2010.

“Porcelanato extrudido com acção antimicrobiana, antimancha e resistente quimicamente”, LCS Grave: M.Sc. in Ceramics and Glass Engineering (UA), in collaboration with KERATEC - Aleluia Cerâmicas S.A. group, 2010.

“Fundição Injectada sob Pressão”, PMA Silva: M.Sc. in Materials Engineering (UA), held at TUPAI – Fábrica de Acessórios Industriais S.A., 2009.

Present Research Group

João Labrincha (Professor), Robert Pullar (Researcher), Leire Buriberri (PhD student), Manfredi Saeli and David Tobaldi (Pos-docs), Marinélia Capela, Ana Caetano, Mariana Silva, Mirtha Lourenço, Jorge Carneiro and João Carvalheiras (Fellows).

main present collaborators

Portugueses Aveiro - João Labrincha, Robert Pullar, Maria Helena Fernandes, Paula Vilarinho, Elisabete Costa, Walid Hajjaji; Viana do Castelo – Manuel Ribeiro; Vila Real - José Alcides Peres; Porto - Clara Piccirillo.

Michelle Dondi and Chiara Zanelli (CNR-ISTEC, Italy)
Dachamir Hotza (UFSC, Brasil)
Geoffrey Allen, Martin Ansell, Richard Ball and Pete Walker (University of Bath, UK)
Graham Ormondroyd (Bangor University, UK)

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