Developing Sustainable Resource Exploitation - CIMA

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The Centre for Marine and Environmental Research (CIMA) is a R&D unit of excellence from the Portuguese national higher education system, through the University of Algarve (UAlg).

Supported by its relevance in the two main scientific research areas of Ocean and Coastal Dynamics and Environmental Systems and Resources, CIMA integrates the nationwide multi-institutional Aquatic Research Network Associate Laboratory (ARNET) and S2AQUA CoLAB. Together, these two national networks involve close to 800 researchers working within 27 different institutions from state laboratory to private companies, including higher education and public regional institutions.

CIMA and the University of Algarve integrate the INTERNATIONAL CAMPUS OF EXCELLENCE IN MARINE SCIENCE CEI·MAR, with some of the most important Marrocco and Spanish universities and institutions in the area of the marine research.

The multidisciplinary and excellence of CIMA also contribute to its integration in international research and expert networks such as  the European Space Agency, the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling, the Future Earth ocean Knowledge Action, and the United Nation through the World Ocean Assessment.

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Jaime Aníbal / Sara Raposo
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Sara Raposo (BSc Biological Engineering, MSc, PhD Biotechnological Sciences, 2004) is Assistant Professor at Faculty of Sciences and Technology of Algarve University, lecturing in BSc and MSc Biotechnology and Marine and Coastal Management, subjects related with Bioreactor Technology and Blue Biotechnology. Since March 2023 is the Director of the CIMA  and Coordinates the Engineering and Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory.
Her research field is in the area of Biotechnology and Blue Energy, in microalgae biorefinery, with the valorisation of biological resources and production technologies, using sustainable bioprocesses in a circular economy and the development of bioprocessing systems, for wastewater treatment, to reduce resources demand and generation of effluents, waste and emissions.
Her research work has resulted in more than 80 scientific publications (peer-reviewed SCI-indexed journals, international conference papers, proceedings of international conferences and 2 registered patents). She supervised 28 master's dissertations and co-supervised 5 and 2 PhD on going. She supervised 10 works concluding a bachelor's / bachelor's course. Received 1 prize for the best article. In her professional activities, she interacted with 115 collaborators in co-authoring scientific works.  

2nd & 3rd Generation Biofuels; Bioreactor Engineering; Biorefinery; Microalgae Biotechnology; Valorization of Agro- industrial Wastes; Wastewater Treatment

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Jaime Aníbal
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Developing sustainable resource exploitation


Development and technological improvement of marine renewable energy

Biotechnological development of alternative fuels

Evaluation of the potential of geological resources

Valuation of biological resources in the frame of circular economy


Representative publications

Barros, R., Raposo, S., Morais, E.G., ...Teixeira, M.R., & Barreira, L. (2022). Biogas Production from Microalgal Biomass Produced in the Tertiary Treatment of Urban Wastewater: Assessment of Seasonal Variations. Energies, 15(15), 5713 
Derabli, B., Nancib, A., Nancib, N., Aníbal, J., Raposo, S., Rodrigues, B. & Boudrant, J. (2022). Opuntia ficus indica waste as a cost effective carbon source for lactic acid production by Lactobacillus plantarum. Food Chemistry, 370, 131005. 
Pacheco, A., Monteiro, J., Santos, J., Sequeira, C. & Nunes, J. (2022). Energy transition process and community engagement on geographic islands: The case of Culatra Island (Ria Formosa, Portugal). Renewable Energy, 184, 700-711. 
Vilas-Boas, M., Pereira, Z., Cirilli, S., Duarte, L. V. & Fernandes, P. (2021). New data on the palynology of the Triassic–Jurassic boundary of the Silves Group, Lusitanian Basin, Portugal. Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, 290, 104426. 
Boutoub, O., El-Guendouz, S., Estevinho, L.M. Paula, V., Aazza, S., Ghadraoui, L., Rodrigues, B., Raposo, S., Carlier, J., Costa, M.C. & Miguel, M.G. (2021a). Antioxidant activity and enzyme inhibitory potential of Euphorbia resinifera and E. officinarum honeys from Morocco and plant  aqueous extracts. Environ Sci Pollut Res 28, 503–517. 

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