Sara Pinela

PhD Researcher


In my PhD topic, “Biofouling prevention through biological activated carbon and ultrafiltration”, I aim to provide a better understanding of a full-scale ultrapure water production process with unique features and how to optimize it.


Master’s Degree in Biological Engineering by University of Minho, Portugal (2016)

Research interests

Water Treatment, Adsorption, Biotechnology, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Selected list of publications

(Full list: Google Scholar)

  • Salonen L.M.; S.R. Pinela, S.P.S. Fernandes, J. Louçano, E. Carbó-Argibay, M.P. Sarriá, C. Rodríguez-Abreu, J. Peixoto, B. Espiña, 2017. Adsorption of Marine Phycotoxin Okadaic Acid on a Covalent Organic Framework. J Chromatogr A. 1525, 17-22
  • Gaspar, M.C.; C. Mendes; S. R. Pinela; R. Moreira; M.G. Carvalho; M.J. Quina; M.E.M. Braga; A.T. Portugal, 2019. Assessment of agroforestry residues: their potential within the biorefinery context. ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 2019, 7, 20, 17154–17165