Teresa Mata graduated in Chemical Engineering (1995) and completed the MSc in Environmental Engineering (1999) and the PhD in Chemical Engineering (2004) at FEUP. For developing her knowledge in business and administration she obtained an MBA (2007) at PBS.
As part of her PhD degree she worked at US EPA as guest researcher (2000/1) for which she applied and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship.
Her PhD work on "Design and Simulation of Environmentally Conscious Chemical Processes" received a CUF award (2005) attributed to the best dissertations in areas of chemical, environmental and biological engineering.
From 2004 to 2007 she coordinated technology transfer activities, as director of UPIN - University of Porto Innovation and in 2007/8, as director for the university-industry relations of the MIT-Portugal Program.
During 18 years she lectured several classes at higher education, in particular at her present host institution (University Porto - FEUP/LEPABE).
Since 2008 she is developing independent research at FEUP/LEPABE in the fields of liquid biofuels from various feedstocks, mainly from microalgae. Concerning microalgae biodiesel and lignocellulosic bioethanol, Teresa collaborated with industry, developing projects with interest to producers.
As independent researcher she supervised 10 MSc and 3 PhD thesis, as well as 16 professional internships. She has 70 publications in international peer review journals with over 2350 citations. Teresa co-edited 1 scientific book, 1 special issue of scientific journal, and 1 conference proceedings. She published 9 book chapters, 46 papers and 56 abstracts in proceedings of scientific conferences, made 42 oral communications and presented 28 posters in scientific conferences. She published in the areas of microalgae, biofuels (biodiesel and bioethanol), design and simulation of chemical processes, life cycle assessment and sustainability evaluation, among others.
In 2012, she received a scientific recognition award from FEUP, her present institution.
From 2005-2014, Teresa made part of the editorial board of the journal Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy.
She collaborated as reviewer of more than 20 journals and as expert and evaluator of R&D&I projects.
In order to gather the resources needed to run her research work, Teresa applied for funding having submitted several research projects in different areas, either at the FCT, AdI-QREN, industries or at European programs, some of which have got approval. Thus, she contributed to 40 project proposals of which 27 received funding. Of these, she was the principal researcher in 1 European, 1 IBEROEKA, and 12 national projects.
For 10 years Teresa represented Portugal in the NATO/SPS Pilot Study on clean products and processes until 2008.
Teresa was also active organizing scientific conferences, workshops, training courses as a way to disseminate research results and promote the interchange of scientific knowledge.