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Ana Alexandra Pereira is an Assistant Researcher at LEPABE. She completed her PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering at University of Porto in 2008 regarding the development of non-intrusive biofouling monitoring methodologies. The most relevant practical result from the PhD was the MSS (Mechatronic Surface Sensor) patented technology. After finishing her PhD Ana integrated a Water Treatment Company (Enkrott Química that integrated Enkrott group in 2014) where she has been Innovation Manager for 11 years. Over such period she implemented a sound Innovation strategy by promoting, developing and applying innovative technological solutions/ approaches to real-life water problems while enhancing her scientific activities and capabilities. Most of the worked has been focused on the development and implementation of biofouling monitoring in water systems: cooling systems, reverse osmosis and drinking water networks, with the aim to prevent and mitigate its deleterious effect on such systems. Ana has also been involved on the study of eco-friendly disinfection strategies. To enhance the innovation potential of the company she promoted and Technically-Scientifically coordinated 2 co-promotion projects: project Vibs (QREN 2010/011470) - boosted the transformation of the nanovibration sensor developed in her PhD into an industrial technology and pBio4.0 (PT2020-33298) - focused on biofouling prevention in reverse osmosis systems. Ana was the scientific leader in Enkrott's participation under the European project AQUAVALENS (FP7, 311846, KBBE.2012.2.5-01) and integrated many others project proposals. While working at industry, Ana (co) supervised 3 master theses, published 2 book chapters, and led many cooperation¿s with scientific and technological centers with National and International entities (like Procter and Gamble - USA, CETAQUA and ICFO, in Barcelona). Over the 11 years at industry, and in parallel with the multiple projects she implemented, Ana advised many industrial and service companies regarding Legionella mitigation. She coordinated the Company internal work on Legionella, including field studies and technological developments that resulted, for example, in the work presented at the 4th ESGLI Conference (2016), Legionella Trainings/ Seminars, risk assessments, and developed the 'Scoring for Legionella' (a freeware didactic tool, to assess cooling water systems in terms of Good Practices towards Legionella). In 2014 and 2019, she collaborated with the Portuguese Judicial Police investigation as a technical expert, regarding the Vila Franca de Xira and Francisco Xavier Legionella Outbreaks. In 2019, Ana returned to Academia and joined LEPABE group to deliver high quality research. The unique combination of her scientific background in biofouling and biofouling monitoring with the real-life expertise is of paramount importance to bring new perspectives within the water framework challenges specially linked to biofouling monitoring and Legionella prevention. She is now supervising 1 PhD thesis and co-supervising 2 other PhD thesis and 1 master thesis. She is a team member of pBio4.0 (P2020-33298 I&DT Empresarial).
Identification

Personal identification

Full name
Ana Alexandra Silva Pereira

Citation names

  • Pereira, Ana

Author identifiers

Ciência ID
F010-799F-4DB7
ORCID iD
0000-0002-7787-6620

Email addresses

  • aalex@fe.up.pt (Professional)

Knowledge fields

  • Engineering and Technology - Environmental Engineering

Languages

Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Portuguese (Mother tongue)
English Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2)
Spanish; Castilian Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2) Elementary (A2)
Education
Degree Classification
2018/10 - 2019/02
Concluded
CURSO GERAL DE GESTÃO, ED.68 (Outros)
Universidade do Porto Porto Business School, Portugal
18
2003/07/23 - 2008/11/10
Concluded
Engenharia Química e Biológica (Doutoramento)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
"On-line Monitoring of Deposits Formation and Removal on Solid Surfaces Using Vibration Techniques" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2007/02/18 - 2007/07/16
Concluded
COHITEC (Outros)
Universidade do Porto Porto Business School, Portugal
1998/09/20 - 2003/07/20
Concluded
Ciências de Engenharia, orientação em Engenharia Química (Licenciatura)
Major in Bioengineering
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
13
Affiliation

Science

2020/05/21 - Current Auxiliary Researcher (Research)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
2019/03 - Current Postdoc (Research)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal

Others

2014/05/01 - 2019/06/03 INNOVATION MANAGER
ENKROTT, S.A., Portugal
2008/12/02 - 2014/04/30 INNOVATION MANAGER
Enkrott Química, S.A., Portugal
Projects

Grant

Designation Funders
2021 - 2023/12 SurfSAFE - Surface modification to increase microbial SAFEty in the food industry
952471
Research Fellow
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal

Universidade do Porto Laboratorio de Engenharia de Processos Ambiente Biotecnologia e Energia, Portugal
Horizon 2020
2018 - 2021/06 Prevent biofilm in membrane systems
P2020 - 33298
Agência Nacional de Inovação SA
2013 - 2018/01 Protecting the health of Europeans by improving methods for the detection of pathogens in drinking water and water used in food preparation
311846
European Commission
2010 - 2013/12 Tecnologia de Vibrações para Monitorização de Sujamento em Sistemas Industriais
QREN 2010/011470
Agência Nacional de Inovação SA
2007 - 2010/09 The interaction between recombinant protein secretion and biofilm formation and stability
Provided by PTCRIS: 69092
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
2005 - 2008/03 MINIMIZING SURFACE CONTAMINATION EFFECTS BY ON-LINE IDENTIFICATION OF DEPOSIT PROPERTIES
Provided by PTCRIS: 63860
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
2002 - 2006/10 Surveillance and control of microbiological stability in drinking water distribution networks (SAFER)
EVK1-CT-2002-00108
European Commission
2005 - 2005/10 Desenvolvimento de sensor baseado em nanovibrações para detecção de biofilmes nas máquinas de tiragem de cerveja
70/00091
Agência Nacional de Inovação SA
Outputs

Publications

Book chapter
  1. Melander, Roberta J.; Melander, Christian. "Biofilm monitoring strategies". In Biofilms in bioengineering, 63-84. New York, United States: Nova Science Publishers, 2013.
    Published
  2. Pereira, A.; Melo, L.F.. "Monitoring of biofilms in the food and beverage industries". 131-151. 2009.
    Published
Conference paper
  1. Pereira, Ana. "Following the interactions on the inner surface - a setp towards fouling monitoring". Paper presented in Heat exchanger fouling and cleaning, Budapest, 2013.
    Published
  2. Pereira, Ana. "Fouling and cleaning monitoring using the MSS - industrial perspective". Paper presented in Heat exchangers fouling and cleaning, Schladming, 2009.
    Published
  3. Pereira, Ana. "Cleaning monitoring using controlled nano-vibrations". Paper presented in Heat exchangers fouling and cleaning, Tomar, 2007.
    Published
  4. Pereira, Ana. "On-line monitoring of deposits formation using the mechatronic surface sensor (MSS)". Paper presented in Biofilm systems, Amsterdam, 2006.
    Published
  5. Pereira, Ana. "Monitoring deposits build-up using a novel mechatronic surface sensor (MSS)". Paper presented in Fouling, cleaning and disinfection in food processing, Cambridge, 2006.
    Published
Journal article
  1. Ana Claudia Barros; Pereira, Ana; Luis Manuel Ferreira de Melo; Juliana P. S. Sousa. "New functionalized macroparticles for environmentally sustainable biofilm control in water systems". (submitted to Antibiotics) (2021):
    Submitted
  2. Fernández, I.; Bravo, J.I.; Mosquera-Corral, A.; Pereira, A.; Campos, J.L.; Méndez, R.; Melo, L.F.. "Influence of the shear stress and salinity on Anammox biofilms formation: Modelling results". Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering 37 10 (2014): 1955-1961. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84933055754&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
    10.1007/s00449-014-1171-z
  3. Teixeira, R.; Pereira, A.; Mendes, J.; Melo, L.F.. "Identifying the nature of fouling layers by online monitoring of the propagation of vibrations along the deposition surface". Heat Transfer Engineering 35 3 (2014): 251-257. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84884836151&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
    10.1080/01457632.2013.825166
  4. Pereira, A.; Mendes, J.; Melo, L.F.. "Monitoring cleaning-in-place of shampoo films using nanovibration technology". Sensors and Actuators, B: Chemical 136 2 (2009): 376-382. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-74649083118&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
    10.1016/j.snb.2008.11.043
  5. Pereira, A.; Mendes, J.; Melo, L.F.. "Using nanovibrations to monitor biofouling". Biotechnology and Bioengineering 99 6 (2008): 1407-1415. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-41049104183&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
    10.1002/bit.21696
  6. Pereira, A.; Rosmaninho, R.; Mendes, J.; Melo, L.F.. "Monitoring deposit build-up using a novel mechatronic surface sensor (MSS)". Food and Bioproducts Processing 84 4 C (2006): 366-370. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-33846321161&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
    10.1205/fbp06032
  7. Pereira, Ana. "Sensing paint thickness - Improving the accuracy of contrast ratio assessment using a specially developed laser unit". European Coatings Journal 07-08 (2004): 44-48. http://www.european-coatings.com/content/download/62090/721887/version/1/file/43424.
    Published
Magazine article
  1. Pereira, Ana. "Legionella - desafios para uma Prevenção Integrada", TecnoHospital, 2019, http://www.tecnohospital.pt/noticias/desafios-para-uma-prevencao-integrada/.
  2. Pereira, Ana. "Nuevas tecnologías para la monitorización de biofilm en redes de distribución de agua potable", TecnoAqua, 2018, https://www.tecnoaqua.es/descargar_documento/articulo-tecnico-nuevas-tecnologias-monitorizacion-biofilm-redes-distribucion-agua-potable-tecnoaqua-es.pdf.
  3. Pereira, Ana. "EnkTower: sistema de gestión integrado para programas de tratamiento de aguas", TecnoAqua, 2017, https://dialnet.unirioja.es/servlet/articulo?codigo=6128768.
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. Pereira, Ana. "On-line monitoring of deposits formation and removal on solid surfaces using vibration techniques". PhD, Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, 2008. https://repositorio-aberto.up.pt/bitstream/10216/12320/2/Texto%20integral.pdf.

Intellectual property

Patent
  1. Pereira, Ana. 2008. "Método e dispositivo de medição e identificação de biofilmes e outros depósitos usando vibrações". Portugal.
    Expired
  2. Pereira, Ana. 2006. "Method and device for the measurement and identification of biofilms and other deposits using vibration". Portugal.

Other

Other output
  1. Pereira, Ana. 2017. Scoring for Legionella. Freeware didactic tool 'Scoring for Legionella' to assess cooling water systems in terms of Good Parctices towards Legionella prevention / monitoring on cooling water systems. Invention presented at AQUATECH trade fair 2017, in Amesterdam, Netherlands.. http://enkrott.com/EN/scoring-for-legionella/main/initial.php.
  2. Pereira, Ana. 2015. Development and implementation of innovative technology BB3, for fouling monitoring in reverse osmosis systems. Development and implementation of a technology for online, real-time monitoring of fouling (with possibility to identify the type of fouling: biofilm and / or scaling) in reverse osmosis systems - the BB3 technology. Such system has been successfully implemented and tested at the stakeholders - (11/2015 to 09/2016) in RiaStone (Ílhavo) and (09/2017 to 10/2018) in SuperBock Group (Leça do Balio)..
Activities

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2019/05/22 Integrated Strategies against Legionella Redes de Água Potável em Edifícios Hospitalares
Associação dos Técnicos Especialização Hospital Portugueses- ATEHP (Portugal)
2016/10 DSS: monitoring biofouling tendency on the way to Legionella prevention 4th ESGLI (ESCMID study group for legionella infections)
(Amesterdam, Netherlands)

Supervision

Thesis Title
Role
Degree Subject (Type)
Institution / Organization
2021/03 - Current Development of an early-warning biofouling monitoring system for Legionella prevention in cooling water systems
Co-supervisor
Engenharia Química e Biológica (PhD)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal

Universidade do Porto Laboratorio de Engenharia de Processos Ambiente Biotecnologia e Energia, Portugal
2021/01 - Current Biofilm colonization by Legionella: different biofilm architecture and risk of detachment
Supervisor
Programa doutoral em engenharia química e biológica (PhD)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal

Universidade do Porto Laboratorio de Engenharia de Processos Ambiente Biotecnologia e Energia, Portugal
2019/03 - Current Immobilizing biocides to better prevent biofouling build-up in RO membranes.
Co-supervisor of Ana Claudia Barros
Doctorate in Chemical and Biological Engineering (PhD)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
2018 - 2018 Biofilm removal - the effects of biodispersant and chlorine dioxide
Co-supervisor of Inês de Almeida Simões
Bioengenharia (Master)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
2016 - 2016 Production of Functionalized Particles with Immobilized Biocide for Biofouling Minimization in Industrial Water Systems
Co-supervisor of Rita Silva Reis Guimarães da Costa
Bioengenharia (Master)
Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Engenharia, Portugal
2014 - 2014 Monitorização de Biofouling em condutas de água - selecção de materiais que promovem a sua formação em sistemas de águas de refrigeração
Co-supervisor of Joana de Soares Silva e Melo Mota
Engenharia Química (Master)
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2019/02/07 - 2019/02/07 Organization and oral presentation of seminar under the topic: "Legionella mitigation in water systems"; Topic targeting specific industrial or service needs, focusing on cooling water systems and Hot & Cold water systems. (2019 - 2019)
Seminar
Hospital de Santa Luzia de Elvas, Portugal
2019/02/07 - 2019/02/07 Organization and oral presentation of seminar under the topic: "Legionella mitigation in water systems"; Topic targeting specific industrial or service needs, focusing on cooling water systems and Hot & Cold water systems. (2019/02/07 - 2019/02/07)
Seminar (Co-organisor)
Hospital Dr. José Maria Grande, Portugal
2018/05/21 - 2018/05/21 Organization and oral presentation of seminar under the topic: "Legionella mitigation in water systems"; Topic targeting specific industrial or service needs, focusing on cooling water systems and Hot & Cold water systems. (2018/05/21 - 2018/05/21)
Seminar (Co-organisor)
Fundação Champalimaud, Portugal
2015/05 - 2015/05 Organization of the seminar "Legionella e a sua problemática", to share and disseminate information about Legionella and its industrial control; targeted industrial and services stakeholders with a panel that combined researchers and industrial practicioners. Event held in Lisboa. (2015/05 - 2015/05)
Seminar (Co-organisor)
ENKROTT, S.A., Portugal
2015/04 - 2015/04 Organization of the seminar "Legionella e a sua problemática", to share and disseminate information about Legionella and its industrial control; targeted industrial and services stakeholders with a panel that combined researchers and industrial practicioners. Event held in Perafita, Matosinhos. (2015/04 - 2015/04)
Seminar (Co-organisor)
ENKROTT, S.A., Portugal
2015/02 - 2015/02 Organization of the seminar "Legionella e a sua problemática", to share and disseminate information about Legionella and its industrial control; targeted industrial and services stakeholders with a panel that combined researchers and industrial practicioners. Event held in Funchal, Madeira. (2015/02 - 2015/02)
Seminar
ENKROTT, S.A., Portugal

Course / Discipline taught

Academic session Degree Subject (Type) Institution / Organization
2021/02/15 - Current Bioprocesses Engineering - kinetics, Mass Balances, Energy Balances and Mass transfer fundamentals Mestrado em aplicações em Biotecnologia e Biologia Sintética (Mestrado) Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências, Portugal

Evaluation committee

Activity description
Role
Institution / Organization Funding entity
2017 - 2020 Evaluator of MSCI (Maire Sklodowska-Curie Actions) for individual fellowships.
Evaluator
EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, Belgium

Legal proceeding

Activity description Case
2019/03 - 2019/04 Polícia Judiciária invited me as a technical expert of a Legionella outbreak that occurred in 20164 in Hospital S. Francisco Xavier (Lisbon). Legionella Outbreak at Hospital S. Francisco Xavier

Mentoring / Tutoring

Topic Student name
2020/01 - Current Prevent of biofilm in water systems. Ana Rosa Silva
2019/08 - 2019/12 Implementation and validation of in-house developed methods for biofilm structure characterization. José Pedro Maio