Ângela Abreu



  • 2013 - 2014: Invited Assistant Professor, Universidade do Minho


  • 2011: PhD Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Universidade do Minho
  • 2004: Mestrado Tecnologias Ambientais, Universidade do Minho
  • 1999: Licenciatura Engenharia Ambiental e dos Recursos Naturais, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro

Honors and Awards

  • 2013: Award of “Best Oral Presentation” in the International Workshop organized by NASA and ESA on Environment and Alternative Energy. The meeting took place in the headquarters of the European Space Agency, in Frascati, Italy from the 22nd to 26th of October.


  • Environmental Technology Laboratory ( Integrated Master in Biological Engineering )
  • Environment, Quality, and Safety ( Master Program in Environmental Management )
  • 2011 - 2015: Improvement of biohydrogen dark fermentation through the use of bionanocoatings for immobilizing highly efficient hydrogen-producing bacteria
  • 2007 - 2011: Optimization of dark fermentation processes for biohydrogen production from sugars
  • 2005 - 2007: Hyperthermophilic continuous bio-hydrogen production from organic wastes
  • 2003 - 2005: Imanfish – Integration of image analysis, FISH techniques and physiological activity to monitor anaerobic digestion processes

Past Students

Recent Publications

Garden and food waste co-fermentation for biohydrogen and biomethane production in a two-step hyperthermophilic-mesophilic process
  • Bioresource Technology, 278, 180-186, 2019
Hydrogen production by Clostridium cellulolyticum a cellulolytic and hydrogen-producing bacteria using sugarcane bagasse
  • Waste and Biomass Valorization, 10(4), 827-837, 2019
Boosting dark fermentation with co-cultures of extreme thermophiles for biohythane production from garden waste
  • Bioresource Technology, 219, 132-138, 2016
Biohythane production from marine macroalgae Sargassum sp. coupling dark fermentation and anaerobic digestion
  • Bioresource Technology, 190, 251-256, 2015
On the independence of hydrogen production from methanogenic suppressor in olive mill wastewater
  • International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 39(12), 6402-6406, 2014
Biohydrogen production from arabinose and glucose using extreme thermophilic anaerobic mixed cultures
  • Biotechnology for Biofuels, 5(6), 1-12, 2012
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
Inoculum type response to different pHs on bio-hydrogen production from L-arabinose a component of hemicellulosic biopolymers
  • International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 34(4), 1744-1751, 2009
Advanced monitoring of high-rate anaerobic reactors through quantitative image analysis of granular sludge and multivariate statistical analysis
  • Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 102(2), 445-456, 2009
Effect of methanogenic inhibitors, inocula type, and temperature on biohydrogen production from food components
  • Environmental Engineering and Management Journal, 7(5), 531-536, 2008
Effect of arabinose concentration on dark fermentation hydrogen production using different mixed cultures
  • International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 33(17), 4527-4532, 2008
Quantitative image analysis as a diagnostic tool for monitoring structural changes of anaerobic granular sludge during detergent shock loads
  • Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 98(1), 60-68, 2007
Quantitative image analysis as a diagnostic tool for identifying structural changes during a revival process of anaerobic granular sludge
  • Water Research, 41(7), 1473-1480, 2007
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