João A. Lopes

University of Porto, Portugal


Joao Almeida Lopes graduated in chemical engineering (biotechnology branch) in 1997 (Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon). He completed his Ph.D. degree (chemical engineering/biotechnology) in the area of chemometrics in the pharmaceutical industry in 2001 working in chemometrics modelling of industrial pharmaceutical production processes (Instituto Superior Técnico). His thesis has been awarded with the CUF prize (for the best chemical engineering thesis of the period 1999-2001). Since then, he consolidated the development and application of chemometrics and spectroscopy for systems identification in the chemical, biochemical, and pharmaceutical fields working as postdoc researcher at Instituto Superior Técnico. He was awarded with the first prize on the entrepreneurship contest Bioempreendedor ( in 2004 where a FTIR spectroscopy/chemometrics-based methodology was proposed for rapid and cost-effective identification of human bacteria pathogens. In 2006, he started WORLDMETRICS, a company for industrial implementation of advanced process analytical technology (PAT) solutions ( He joined University of Porto (Porto, Portugal) in December 2005 as Assistant Researcher in chemometrics and process spectroscopy. His research activities are based on chemometrics and vibrational spectroscopy (NIR and MIR) with analytical, microbiology, and industrial applications. There since he supervised five M.S. theses and a Ph.D. student. He currently supervises several M.S. students, Ph.D. students, and postdoc researchers. He published more than 30 scientific articles and presented more than 90 communications in international scientific conferences. He has been involved in more than 40 projects of pure research and in collaboration with industrial partners (e.g., primary and secondary pharmaceutical, oil refining, agrofood, dairy, and brewing industries) in the field of PAT.

Biography Updated on 16 August 2011

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