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Ana Catarina Braz is graduated in Chemical Engineering (IST/UL, 2014) and holds a European Doctorate in Refining, Petrochemical and Chemical Engineering (IST/UL, 2019). Is Researcher in Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico focussing on process modelling and optimisation, using mathematical models to better understand the systems studied and find the optimal conditions that reduce the production costs, while simultaneously increasing the productivity and the quality of products. She published 2 articles in journals. Has 3 sections of books and 1 book collaboration. Supervised 1 MSc dissertation. Was awarded the Runner-up in the PSE 2019 Model-Based Innovation prize, attributed by Process Systems Enterprise Ltd, for one of the published articles. She is currently an Invited Assistant Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico and continues doing research in the fields of Process Integration and Pyrolysis.
Identification

Personal identification

Full name
Ana Catarina Gouveia Braz

Citation names

  • Catarina G. Braz

Author identifiers

Ciência ID
C111-A562-E6BB
ORCID iD
0000-0001-7859-2294

Knowledge fields

  • Engineering and Technology - Chemical Engineering - Chemical Process Engineering

Languages

Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
English Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Spanish; Castilian Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1)
German Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1) Beginner (A1)
Education
Degree Classification
2019
Concluded
Engenharia da Refinação, Petroquímica e Química (Doutoramento)
Major in Sem especialidade
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
"Profitability Increase of a Formaldehyde Production Plant" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2014
Concluded
Engenharia Química (Mestrado)
Major in Sem especialização
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
"Model parameterization of the m-xylene oxidation reaction using experimental data and gPROMS" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
Affiliation

Science

Category
Host institution
Employer
2019/11 - Current Researcher (Research) Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Universidade de Lisboa Centro de Recursos Naturais e Ambiente, Portugal
2018/03 - 2018/12 Visiting Researcher (Research) Universität Paderborn Fakultät für Maschinenbau, Germany
2013/09 - 2014/03 Research Trainee (Research) CEPSA Centro de Investigacion, Spain

Teaching in Higher Education

Category
Host institution
Employer
2021/09 - Current Invited Assistant Professor (University Teacher) Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Instituto Superior Tecnico - Departamento de Engenharia Química, Portugal
2017/02 - 2017/12 Invited Assistant (University Teacher) Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Projects

Contract

Designation Funders
2019 - 2021/07 Medidas de Eficiência Energética para Setores da Indústria (MEESI)
1018P.05679.1.01
Integration into Research Grant Fellow
Universidade de Lisboa Centro de Recursos Naturais e Ambiente, Portugal
Fundo de Apoio à Investigação
Concluded
2015 - 2019/03/31 Aumento da Rentabilidadeda Fábrica de Formaldeído
PD/BDE/113539/2015
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Concluded
Outputs

Publications

Book
  1. Matos, Henrique A.; Fernandes, Maria; Nunes, Clemente; Bernardo, João Correia; Cabrita, Isabel; Martins, Paulo; Cardoso, Cristina; Partidário, Paulo; Gomes, Paula. Medidas Transversais: Eficiência Energética para a Indústria. Portugal. 2016.
    Assistant staff
Book chapter
  1. Braz, Ana; Rocha, Jorge F.; Alvim, Ricardo; Matos, Henrique A.. "Profitability Increase of a Formaldehyde Plant". 307-312. Elsevier, 2020.
    10.1016/b978-0-12-823377-1.50052-5
  2. Braz, Ana; Matos, Henrique A.; Mendes, Adélio; Rocha, Jorge F.; Alvim, Ricardo. "Model of a Formaldehyde Absorption System Based on Industrial Data". 2018.
    10.1016/b978-0-444-64235-6.50007-3
  3. Braz, Ana; Matos, Henrique A.; Mendes, Adélio; Rocha, Jorge F.; Alvim, Ricardo. "Model of an Industrial Reactor for Formaldehyde Production with Catalyst Deactivation". 2017.
    10.1016/b978-0-444-63965-3.50022-2
Conference paper
  1. Carvalho, M.C.S.; Catarina G. Braz; Marques J.; Matos, Henrique A.; Granjo, J.F.O.. Corresponding author: Matos, Henrique A.. "Long-Distance Hydrogen Delivery Using a Dibenzyltoluene-Based Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier System". Paper presented in 24th Conference on Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction - PRES'21, Brno, 2021.
    Accepted
Conference poster
  1. Manuel L. Pinto; Catarina G. Braz; Granjo, J.F.O.; Matos, Henrique A.. Corresponding author: Matos, Henrique A.. "Dynamic Simulation of a Biodiesel Washing Column". Paper presented in Advanced Process Modelling Forum 2021, April 13-15 2021, London, UK, 2021.
  2. Najarnezhadmashhadi, Ali; Catarina G. Braz; Russo, V.; Eränen, K.; Matos, Henrique A.; Salmi, Tapio. Corresponding author: Salmi, Tapio. "Advanced modelling of a trickle bed reactor with solid foam packing: Arabinose hydrogenation". Paper presented in Advanced Process Modelling Forum 2021, April 13-15 2021, London, UK, 2021.
  3. Catarina G. Braz; Rocha, Jorge F.; Alvim, Ricardo; Matos, Henrique A.. "Profitability Increase of a Formaldehyde Plant". Paper presented in 30th European Symposium on Computer-Aided Process Engineering. Milano, Italy, 2020.
  4. Catarina G. Braz; Mendes, Adélio; Rocha, Jorge F.; Alvim, Ricardo; Matos, Henrique A.. "Modeling and Simulation of an Industrial Formaldehyde Absorption System". Paper presented in Cape Forum 2018, Bucharest, Romania, 2018.
  5. Catarina G. Braz; Matos, Henrique A.; Mendes, Adélio; Rocha, Jorge F.; Alvim, Ricardo. "Model of a Formaldehyde Absorption System". Paper presented in ChemPor 2018 – 13th International Chemical and Biological Engineering Conference, Aveiro, Portugal, 2018.
  6. Catarina G. Braz; Matos, Henrique A.; Mendes, Adélio; Rocha, Jorge F.; Alvim, Ricardo. "Model of a Formaldehyde Absorption System Based on Industrial Data". Paper presented in 28th European Symposium on Computer-Aided Process Engineering. Graz, Austria, 2018.
  7. Catarina G. Braz; Matos, Henrique A.; Mendes, Adélio; Rocha, Jorge F.; Alvim, Ricardo. "Model of an Industrial Reactor for Formaldehyde Production with Catalyst Deactivation". Paper presented in 27th European Symposium on Computer-Aided Process Engineering. Barcelona, Spain, 2017.
  8. Catarina G. Braz; Matos, Henrique A.. "Model of a Laboratorial Tubular Reactor by the Determination of the Distribution of Residence Times". Paper presented in Advanced Process Modelling Forum 2016, 20-21 April 2016, London, UK, 2016.
  9. Catarina G. Braz; Rocha, Jorge F.; Alvim, Ricardo; Mendes, Adélio; Matos, Henrique A.. "Preliminary Model of a Packed Bed Oxidation Reactor". Paper presented in Advanced Process Modelling Forum 2016, 20-21 April 2016, London, UK, 2016.
Journal article
  1. Najarnezhadmashhadi, Ali; Braz, Catarina G.; Russo, Vincenzo; Eränen, Kari; Matos, Henrique A.; Salmi, Tapio. "Modeling of three-phase continuously operating open-cell foam catalyst packings: Sugar hydrogenation to sugar alcohols". AIChE Journal (2022): http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aic.17732.
    10.1002/aic.17732
  2. Braz, Ana; Lutters, Nicole; Rocha, Jorge F.; Alvim, ricardo; Kenig, Eugeny Y.; Matos, Henrique A.. "Modeling and Simulation of an Industrial Formaldehyde Absorption System". Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 59 13 (2020): 5996-6006. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.9b07013.
    10.1021/acs.iecr.9b07013
  3. Braz, Ana; Mendes, Adélio; Rocha, Jorge F.; Alvim, Ricardo; Matos, Henrique A.. "Model of an industrial multitubular reactor for methanol to formaldehyde oxidation in the presence of catalyst deactivation". Chemical Engineering Science (2019): http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ces.2018.09.033.
    10.1016/j.ces.2018.09.033
Activities

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2021/10 Long-Distance Hydrogen Delivery Using a Dibenzyltoluene-Based Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier System 24th Conference on Process Integration for Energy Saving and Pollution Reduction - PRES'21
(Brno, Czech Republic)
2021/09 Dynamic modeling of an isothermal trickle bed reactor with solid foam packing: Sugar hydrogenation as a case study 13th European Congress of Chemical Engineering and 6th European Congress of Applied Biotechnology
2020/10 The use of CAPE-OPEN property package in process simulation and parameter estimation in gPROMS CAPE-OPEN 2020 Annual Meeting
2015 Distributed Model of an industrial tubular reactor for methanol partial oxidation 12th Brainstorming on Optimization, Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Supervision

Thesis Title
Role
Degree Subject (Type)
Institution / Organization
2022/03 - Current Hydrotreatment and fractionation of waste plastic pyrolysis oils
Co-supervisor
Engenharia Química (Master)
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
2022/03 - Current Life Cycle Assessment of bio-oil produced by liquefaction of lignocellulosic biomass
Co-supervisor
Engenharia Química
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
2022/03 - Current Integrated biorefining of bio-waste: Avocado case study
Supervisor
Engenharia Química (Master)
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
2021/02 - 2021/11 Dynamic simulation of biodiesel washing column
Co-supervisor
Engenharia Química (Master)
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal

Jury of academic degree

Topic
Role
Candidate name (Type of degree)
Institution / Organization
2021/11 Dynamic Simulation of Biodiesel Washing Column
Supervisor
Manuel Peraboa Leite Ramalho Pinho (Master)
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
2021/10 Economia Circular no Packaging de Bens de Consumo
(Thesis) Main arguer
Duarte Mascarenhas Mimoso Tavares Ribeiro (Master)
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
2021/10 Application of Lean Methodologies in Supporting Areas
(Thesis) Main arguer
Joana Santos Moreira (Master)
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
2021/01 Study of acetylene hydrogenation catalyst deactivation at REPSOL Polímeros
(Thesis) Main arguer
Pedro Filipe dos Santos Carvalho (Master)
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
2020/09 Modelling & optimization of batch distillation operations
(Thesis) Main arguer
Ruben Galvão Baltazar (Master)
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
2019/11 Detailed Modelling of Catalytic Partial Oxidation Processes
(Thesis) Main arguer
Maria Isabel Luiz Gomes Pereira Coutinho (Master)
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal

Course / Discipline taught

Academic session Degree Subject (Type) Institution / Organization
2021/12 - 2022/02 Processos de Separação Engenharia Química (Licenciatura) Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
2021/03 - 2021/06 Laboratórios de Engenharia Química I Engenharia Química (Mestrado integrado) Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
2017/12 - 2017/12 Otimização de Processos Engenharia Química (Mestrado integrado) Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
2017/04 - 2017/06 Processos de Engenharia Química Engenharia Química (Mestrado integrado) Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal
Distinctions

Award

2019 Runner-up of the Model-Based Innovation Prize 2019
Process Systems Enterprise Ltd, United Kingdom

Title

2019 European Doctorate