JCM Pires graduated in Chemical Engineering by Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto (FEUP) in 2004 with a final classification of 16. He worked in two chemical companies (SunChemical and Tagol) and then started his PhD in Environmental Engineering in 2006 at FEUP. From 2010, he is a postdoctoral researcher in the area of environmental applications of microalgal cultures. He also participated in a research project to define methodologies to assess the sustainability of chemical processes. He has been Assistant Professor at FEUP since 2007 (with few breaks). During his career, he has worked in multidisciplinary topics, such as Air Pollution, CO2 capture, Microalgal Cultures, Process Modelling and Statistical analysis.
JCM Pires received a merit scholarship from the University of Porto for his highest grade in Chemical Engineering in 2003 and the best student prize from Fundação Engenheiro António de Almeida in 2005. To support his research activity, he was awarded by FCT fellowships (PhD SFRH/BD/23302/2005 and Postdoc SFRH/BPD/66721/2009 and SFRH/BPD/112849/2015). One of his research papers was ranked in ScienceDirect Top25 Hottest Articles of the journal Chem. Eng. Res. Des. in 2011 (4th), 2012 (1st), 2013 (1st) and 2014 (2nd) and was considered as the Top Cited Paper for 2011 and 2012.
JCM Pires is actually Research fellow at LEPABE-FEUP under FCT Investigator 2015 Programme (IF/01341/2015) with title "Design configurations of photobioreactors for cultivation of microalgae: bioprocess modelling and sustainability assessment". During the period from 2017 to 2021, JCM Pires will study different PBR designs with numerical tools (OpenFOAM).
JCM Pires published 44 papers (23 as first author, 2 as single author) in international peer reviewed journals (mainly in Environmental Science; 24 papers were published within 25% of the highest impact factor-Q1- in their area of knowledge) with an accumulated 5-year impact factor of 170 and with 975 citations (Google Scholar h-index=17; SCOPUS h-index=16). 20 of 38 papers achieved after obtaining the PhD degree were published as a senior/corresponding author. 20 papers were published independently from his PhD supervisor. JCM Pires published 2 books and 14 book chapters (3 as single author) and his research work was discussed in 27 international meetings and 2 national meetings (he gave 4 oral and 12 poster presentations). Since completion of PhD degree, JCM Pires was reviewer of more than 150 papers for international journals, including Chemical Reviews (impact factor - IF 47), Renew Sust Energ Rev (IF 6) and Environ Sci Technol (IF 5). He was also TCE book reviewer of Introductory Transport Phenomena (Bird et al. 2015; Wiley). He is an editorial board member of American Journal of Environmental Protection and European Journal of Sustainability.
JCM Pires completed the supervision of 1 PhD student and 7 master students. Concerning established international collaborations, he worked in the Institute of Chemical Technology (Prague) during 5 months. He also contacted and established collaborations with researchers in Portugal (LSRE/LCM, CEFT, CIIMAR and REQUIMTE) and abroad (Univ. of Cambridge - UK, State Univ. of Rio de Janeiro, Federal Univ. of Mato Grosso do Sul - Brazil, Univ. Sevilla, Univ. de Valladolid - Spain, and KU Leuven - Belgium), resulting in 10 papers and 9 presentations in international conferences.