Creating new or improving existing industrial processes is of extreme importance to economy. Nowadays we have been observing the effects of industrial growth in the case of carbon emmissions, contributing to climate change. So, in order to continuously improve our economy, we need to take these effects in consideration and achieve new solutions to this problem.
I started my path on green technology during my master's thesis in FCT-UNL in Portugal, where I produced chitosan microparticle for pulmonary delivery using supercritical carbon dioxide technology under Prof. Ana Aguiar-Ricardo. This taught me that there it can be possible to use a component responsible for climate change, and readily available in industry.
While working in my thesis, I realised how energy was important, indeed necessary, for all components to work. From the laboratory apparatus to my personal laptop energy, in the form of electricity, was everywhere and I started to realize that I just took it for granted. I then started to get interested in how energy is produced, so a PhD in the area was the obvious choice.
I started my PhD on flexible and carbon negative oxy fuel combustion under Dr. Niall Mac Dowell's supervision. This project aims to burn biomass, alone or blended with other fuel sources such as coal, to produce energy and a near pure stream of carbon dioxide that can be safely stored. Using biomass in this way can ultimately remove carbon from the atmosphere, being this an important technology to be implemented in order to tackle the increasing problem of climate change.