Maria Lousada Ferreira

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In 1995 Maria Lousada-Ferreira  graduated as Environmental Engineer at Faculdade de Ciencias e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, after a 5 years engineering study program which she started in 1990.

Until 1998 she worked in the agricultural and farming sector in the North-East of Portugal, researching on wastewater treatments for cheese factories, followed by a two years’ experience in a state natural park evaluating environmental impacts of small-scale farming locations and coordinating educational projects.

In 2000 she started as teaching assistant and researcher at Universidade da Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal. The research field focused on biodegradation kinetics of domestic wastewater with low residual concentrations by respirometry.

In 2006 she started her PhD at the Delft University of Technology in the Membrane Bioreactor –MBR- field supervised by prof. Jaap van der Graaf and working specifically for the European Project EUROMBRA ( Maria obtained the Doctor degree in 2011, with the PhD thesis entitled “Filterability and Sludge Concentration in Membrane Bioreactors”.

From 2011 to 2014, she worked as a researcher/process engineer for the Dutch Water Company Evides, more specifically  “Evides Industriewater”. She was involved in the optimization of  the full-scale MBR Terneuzen,  which produces de-mineralized water for the chemical industry, and in the recovery of nutrients from wastewater, through the project “Sustainable airport cities: recovery of phosphorus at Schiphol”.

In 2015 she started as post-doc researcher at the Sanitary Engineering Section of the TU Delft, working with prof. Jules van Lier and Prof. Henri Spanjers on the project “Biomethane production from urban organic matter”. The projects focusses on Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor (AnMBR) technology.

Maria Lousada-Ferreira main research interests are the following: wastewater treatment, membrane technologies, membrane fouling, activated sludge quality, filterability, water reclamation, nutrient recovery and sustainability. 

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