Assistant Professor Frederico Castelo Ferreira

Frederico Castelo Ferreira's current research interest balances between fundamental and applied research, with potential translation into the market of sustainable products and processes.

He is currently the Assistant Professor at the Department of Bioengineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences (IST/IBB), University of Lisbon, Portugal. Frederico Castelo Ferreira's three current research lines aim at developing new processes, reactors and materials, with an emphasis on membrane based systems for:
(i) tailored materials to mimicking stem cell microenvironments
(ii) advanced separations in pharmaceutical industry
(iii) biorefineries for sustainable production of aviation biofuels and biosurfactants.



2006-2008 Master in Business and Administration. Faculdade de Economia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa/ Faculdade de Ciências Económicas e Empresariais, Universidade Católica Portuguesa.

2005-2008 1st Module of the Certificate of Advanced Study in Learning and Teaching (CASLAT). Centre for Educational Development. Imperial College London. Training on High Education Teaching.

1999-2004 Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology, Imperial College London. Supervisor: Prof. Andrew Livingston, Examiners: Prof. Robert Field and Prof Kang Li. Thesis title: “Membrane Aromatic Recovery System (MARS): Theoretical Analysis and Industrial Applications”.

2002-2003 PG Certificate of Demonstration, Centre for Educational Development. Imperial College London. Postgraduate Program in supervision and student learning

1993-1999 5-years Undergraduate Degree. Applied Chemistry (major in chemistry, minor in biotechnology). Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal. Award: 16/20.



1st prize for knowledge valorization, business plan for 1st phase of CoHiTec programme, 2008

Technology Venture Fellowship, The Entrepreneurship Centre, Tanaka Business School. “New Venture Creation
The Entrepreneurial Journey” and “Venture Capital Finance”, 2006.

Bonus Award Imperial College London, 2005.

Honorary Research Associate fellow of Imperial College London, 2006-2009.


Selected publications

Esteves T, Vicente, AI, Ferreira FA, Afonso CAM, Ferreira FC (2018) Mimicking DNA alkylation: Removing genotoxin impurities from API streams with a solvent stable polybenzimidazole-adenine polymer, React. Funct. Polym. 131: 258-265, ISSN 1381-5148, doi: 10.1016/j.reactfunctpolym.2018.07.019

Costa MHG, McDevitt TC, Cabral JMS, da Silva CL, Ferreira FC (2017)  Tridimensional configurations of human mesenchymal stem/stromal cells to enhance cell paracrine potential towards wound healing processes, J. Biotechnol. 262: 28–39, doi: 10.1016/j.jbiotec.2017.09.020

Esteves T, Viveiros R, Bandarra J, Heggie W, Casimiro T, Ferreira FC (2016) Molecularly imprinted polymer strategies for removal of a genotoxic impurity, 4-dimethylaminopyridine, from an active pharmaceutical ingredient post-reaction stream, Sep. Purif. Technol. 163: 206-2014, doi:10.1016/j.seppur.2016.01.053

Pires F, Ferreira Q, Rodrigues CAV, Morgado J, Ferreira FC (2015) Neural stem cells differentiation by electrical stimulation using a cross-linked PEDOT substrate: expanding the use of biocompatible conjugated conductive polymers for neural tissue engineering, BBA – Gen. Subjects 1850: 1158–1168, doi: 10.1016/J.BBAGEN.2015.01.020

Faria NT, Marques S, Fonseca C, Ferreira FC (2015) Direct xylan conversion into glycolipid biosurfactants, mannosylerythritol lipids, by Pseudozyma antarctica PYCC 5048T, Enzyme Microb. Tech 71: 58–65, doi:10.1016/J.ENZMICTEC.2014.10.008

Frederico C. Ferreira
Assistant Professor
Department of Bioengineering