Joana Alves

Junior Researcher


  • Since  2019: Junior Researcher, Universidade do Minho


  • 2013: PhD Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Universidade do Minho

Honors and Awards

  • 2007: Best poster on the 11th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion, Brisbane, Australia
  • Since 2019: Development and improvement of bioconversion processes of gaseous substrates (syngas) to obtain products of high economic value and industrial interest.
  • 2013 - 2019: Microbial physiology applied to Environmental Biotechnology
  • 2009 - 2013: Microbiolology of thermophilic anaerobic syngas conversion


Research Students

Recent Publications

Enrichment of syngas-converting communities from a multi-orifice baffled bioreactor
  • Microbial Biotechnology, 11(4), 639-646, 2018
Enhancement of methane production from 1-hexadecene by additional electron donors
  • Microbial Biotechnology, 11(4), 657-666, 2018
Comparative analysis of carbon monoxide tolerance among Thermoanaerobacter species
  • Frontiers in Microbiology, 7(1330), 1-9, 2016
Hydrogenotrophic activity under increased H2/CO2 pressure: Effect on methane production and microbial community
  • Journal of Biotechnology, 208(Suppl.), S57, 2015
  • Visser, M.; Parshina, S.N.; Alves, J.I.; Sousa, D.Z.; Pereira, I.A.; Muyzer, G.; Kuever, J.; Lebedinsky, A.V.; Koehorst, J.J.; Worm, P.; Plugge, C.M.; Schaap, P.J.; Goodwin, L.A.; Lapidus, A.; Kyrpides, N.C.; Detter, J.C.; Woyke, T.; Chain, P.; Davenport, K.W.; Spring, S.; Rohde, M.; Kleuk, H.P.; Stams, A.J.M.
Genome analyses of the carboxydotrophic sulfate-reducers Desulfotomaculum nigrificans and Desulfotomaculum carboxydivorans and reclassification of Desulfotomaculum caboxydivorans as a later synonym of Desulfotomaculum nigrificans
  • Standards in Genomic Sciences, 9(3), 655-675, 2014
Moorella stamsii sp. nov., a new anaerobic thermophilic hydrogenogenic carboxydotroph isolated from digester sludge
  • International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 63(11), 4072-4076, 2013
Enrichment of anaerobic syngas-converting bacteria from thermophilic bioreactor sludge
  • FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 86(3), 590-597, 2013
Strategies to suppress hydrogen-consuming microorganisms affect macro and micro scale structure and microbiology of granular sludge
  • Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 108(8), 1766-1775, 2011
Engineered heat treated methanogenic granules: a promising biotechnological approach for extreme thermophilic biohydrogen production
  • Bioresource Technology, 101(24), 9577-9586, 2010
Engineered heat treated methanogenic granules (EHTG): a promising biotechnological approach for high rate extreme thermophilic (70 degrees C) biohydrogen production in expanded granular sludge bed (EGSB) reactors
  • New Biotechnology, 25(S1), S250-S251, 2009
Continuous high rate anaerobic treatment of oleic acid based wastewater is possible after a step feeding start-up
  • Environmental Science & Technology, 43(8), 2931-2936, 2009
Effect of sulfate on methanogenic communities that degrade unsaturated and saturated long chain fatty acids (LCFA)
  • Environmental Microbiology, 11(1), 68-80, 2009
Anaerobic microbial LCFA degradation in bioreactors
  • Water Science and Technology, 57(3), 439-444, 2008
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