Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 222222
Loughborough University

Chemical Engineering

Marco Lucas

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Marco Lucas Ph.D, Chemistry

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Licenciatura, Environmental Engineering, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, 2002

MSc, Environmental Technology, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, 2005

Research visitor Plataforma Solar de Almería, Spain, 2007 and University of Nottingham, UK 2008

Ph.D, Chemistry, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, 2009

Research Associate, University of Porto, 2010

Research Associate, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, 2011-2014

Research Associate, Loughborough University, 2014

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Experienced Researcher, Loughborough University, 2015-


Professional affiliations

Member of the International Water Association (IWA)

Member of the Portuguese Society of Chemistry (SPQ)

Member of the Portuguese Association of Researchers in Science and Technology (ANICT)


External appointments

External reviewer of PhD and MSc examinations: University of Extremadura and University of Almería, Spain; University of Porto, University of Aveiro and University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal.

Member of the evaluation panel of PhD and Post-doctoral grants in Environmental Sciences of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), 2014.

Reviewer of the Romanian National Council for Development and Innovation for the Partnership Programme - Joint Applied Research Projects - Call Number: PN-II-PT-PCCA-2011-2013.

Reviewer of the Youth Research Projects – IJUP, University of Porto, 2011.

Reviewer of high impact journals such as Applied Catalysis B: Environment, Water Research, Chemical Engineering Journal, Journal of Hazardous Materials and more 25 peer-reviewed scientific journals in Chemistry, Engineering, Catalysis and Environment.

Main research areas

Marco S. Lucas performs research in the fields of (i) water engineering and treatment, (ii) environmental chemistry, (iii) advanced oxidation processes (photocatalysis, Fenton, photo-Fenton, ozonation), (iv) biological treatment processes, (v) combination of AOPs and biological processes, (vi) microorganisms’ inactivation.


Selected awards

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Experienced Researcher Fellowship awarded by European Commission (€195k) (2015);

Prize Young Researcher 2013 awarded by University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, (€2k);

Prize APRH 2010/11 awarded by the Associação Portuguesa dos Recursos Hídricos, assigned to the PhD thesis (€2k);

Prize Dr. Francisco da Fonseca Henriques 2011 awarded by Administração da Região Hidrográfica do Norte, assigned to the PhD thesis (€5k);

Prize of best oral communication in the 4th International Congress of Energy and Environment Engineering and Management, 2011, Mérida, Spain.


Organising /Scientific Committee of International Conferences

XVIII Encontro Luso-Galego de Química, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, 28-30 November 2012.


Selected publications

Amor, C., De Torres-Socías E., Peres J.A., Maldonado M.I., Oller I., Malato S., Lucas M.S. Mature landfill leachate treatment by coagulation/flocculation combined with Fenton and solar photo-Fenton processes. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 2015:286:261-268. 

Santos C., Lucas M.S., Dias A.A., Bezerra R.M.F., Peres J.A., Sampaio A. Winery wastewater treatment by a combined biological-chemical process: Cryptococcus laurentii and Fenton’s reagent. Chemosphere. 2014:23:53-58.

Fernandes L., Lucas M.S., Maldonado M.I., Oller I., Sampaio A. Treatment of pulp mill wastewater by Cryptococcus podzolicus and solar photo-Fenton. Chemical Engineering Journal. 2014:245:158-165.

Lucas M.S., Tavares P.B., Peres J.A., Faria J.L., Rocha M., Pereira C., Freire C. Photocatalytic degradation of Reactive Black 5 with TiO2-coated magnetic nanoparticles. Catalysis Today, 2013:209:116-121.

Lucas M.S., Peres J.A., Amor C., Prieto-Rodríguez L., Maldonado M.I., Malato S. Tertiary treatment of pulp mill wastewater by solar photo-Fenton. Journal of Hazardous Materials. 2012:225-226:173-181. 

Lucas M.S., Peres J.A., Lan B.Y., Li Puma G. Treatment of winery wastewater by ozone-based advanced oxidation processes (O3, O3/UV and O3/UV/H2O2) in a pilot-scale bubble column reactor and process economics. Separation and Purification Technology. 2010:72:235–241.

Lucas M.S., Peres J.A., Lan B.Y., Li Puma G. Ozonation kinetics of winery wastewater in a pilot-scale bubble column reactor. Water Research. 2009:43:1523-1532.

Lucas M.S., Dias A.A., Sampaio A., Amaral C., Peres J.A. Degradation of a textile reactive azo dye by a combined chemical-biological process: Fenton’s reagent-yeast. Water Research. 2007:41:1103-1109. 

Lucas M.S., Peres J.A. Degradation of Reactive Black 5 by Fenton/UV-C and ferrioxalate/H2O2/solar light processes. Dyes and Pigments. 2007:74:622-629.

Lucas M.S., Peres J.A. Decolorization of the azo dye Reactive Black 5 by Fenton and photo-Fenton oxidation. Dyes and Pigments. 2006: 71:235-243.


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