Pedro J. Carvalho

Assistant Professor

Scientific information


Pedro J. Carvalho is an assistant professor at the Chemistry Department of University of Aveiro, Portugal and researcher at the CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, one of the leading European Laboratories in Materials Science. He graduated in Chemical Engineering at University of Aveiro, ending up developing a special interest on thermodynamic characterization of compounds, process optimization and sub-products valorisation; interests that endure since his PhD in Chemical Engineering, in 2011, to date. Pedro’s interests were further nurtured by establishing important collaborations and research lines that he incorporated on the research group he makes part of – PATh. The Research Team, PATH, operates in the fields of biorefinery, green chemistry, eco-solvents development, and sustainable process design. The team comprises now 7 senior researchers, 5 junior researcher, 1 Post-Doctoral Fellow, 29 PhD students and 8 MSc students, plus a variable number of project grant holders and foreign visitors. The PATH group publishes about 50 articles/year that attract close to 3000 citations.

Pedro coordinates and participates in several national and European research projects and has ongoing collaborations with Saudi Arabia, India, Brazil, UK, Spain and Germany. Pedro research has been focused on the petrochemical and biorefinery, in particular on the study of novel solvents for gas capture – separation and sequestration, from natural gas, post-combustion and syngas streams – the extraction and purification of impurities from petrochemical streams, the extraction of valuable compounds from biomass and wastes. For these applications he has been interested in developing/optimizing innovative technologies, like membrane technology, in conjunction with neoteric solvents, like ionic liquids (IL), deep eutectic solvents (DES) and other novel greener solvents. In all cases he strives at developing a fundamental understanding of their physico-chemical characterization and the mechanisms of action, aiming at designing novel solvents and processes that are more biocompatible, and biodegradable, less toxic, and produced, if possible, from renewable sources.

Present Research Group

Member of the group PATh - Process and Product Applied Thermodynamics ( ). PATh is part of group 4 (biorefineries, biobased materials and recycling) of CICECO.

Ongoing Supervisions



Fluorination effects on the thermodynamic, thermophysical and surface properties of ionic liquids

Vieira, NSM; Luis, A; Reis, PM; Carvalho, PJ; Lopes-da-Silva, JA; Esperanca, JMSS; Araujo, JMM; Rebelo, LPN; Freire, MG; Pereiro, AB

Influence of Nanosegregation on the Surface Tension of Fluorinated Ionic Liquids

Luis, A; Shimizu, K; Araujo, JMM; Carvalho, PJ; Lopes-da-Silva, JA; Lopes, JNC; Rebelo, LPN; Coutinho, JAP; Freire, MG; Pereiro, AB
2016, LANGMUIR, 32, 24, 6130-6139.

Surface tensions of ionic liquids: Non-regular trend along the number of cyano groups

Almeida, HFD; Carvalho, PJ; Kurnia, KA; Lopes-da-Silva, JA; Coutinho, JAP; Freire, MG
2016, FLUID PHASE EQUILIBRIA, 409, 458-465.

Volumetric and acoustical properties of aqueous mixtures of N-methyl-2-hydroxyethylammonium butyrate and N-methyl-2-hydroxyethylammonium pentanoate at T = (298.15 to 333.15) K

Li, Y; Figueiredo, EJP; Santos, MJ; Santos, JB; Talavera-Prieto, NMC; Carvalho, PJ; Ferreira, AGM; Mattedi, S

Thermophysical Properties of Glycols and Glymes

Carvalho, PJ; Fonseca, CHG; Moita, MLCJ; Santos, AFS; Coutinho, JAP

Thermophysical Properties of Two Ammonium-Based Protic Ionic Liquids

Bhattacharjee, A; Coutinho, JAP; Freire, MG; Carvalho, PJ
2015, JOURNAL OF SOLUTION CHEMISTRY, 44, 03-Apr, 703-717.

Carbon dioxide solubility in aqueous solutions of NaCl: Measurements and modeling with electrolyte equations of state

Carvalho, PJ; Pereira, LMC; Goncalves, NPF; Queimada, AJ; Coutinho, JAP
2015, FLUID PHASE EQUILIBRIA, 388, 100-106.

Volumetric and acoustical properties of aqueous mixtures of N-methyl-2-hydroxyethylammonium propionate at T = (298.15 to 333.15) K

Li, Y; Figueiredo, EJP; Santos, MJSF; Santos, JB; Talavera-Prieto, NMC; Carvalho, PJ; Ferreira, AGM; Mattedi, S

Thermophysical properties of phosphonium-based ionic liquids

Bhattacharjee, A; Lopes-da-Silva, JA; Freire, MG; Coutinho, JAP; Carvalho, PJ
2015, FLUID PHASE EQUILIBRIA, 400, 103-113.

Vapor-Liquid Equilibria of Imidazolium Ionic Liquids with Cyano Containing Anions with Water and Ethanol

Khan, I; Batista, MLS; Carvalho, PJ; Santos, LMNBF; Gomes, JRB; Coutinhot, JAP
2015, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 119, 32, 10287-10303.

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