Bianca Souza Chaves


Bianca Souza Chaves is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Arizona - Water and Energy Sustainable Technology (WEST) Center, Tucson. Before joining Achilli’s group, she worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Coimbra (Portugal, 2017-2018), Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ, Brazil, 2016), and Harvard University (USA, 2015-2016), in different water and wastewater treatment projects. She received her BS (2007) and MS (2010) in Chemical Engineering from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. After her MS, she worked as an Environmental Researcher at Petrobras Company (2010-2012) and concluded her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 2014, which was a joined doctorate in between Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Porto University (Portugal). Her expertise includes advanced oxidation processes, biological and membrane processes, solar radiation, nanomaterials, toxicity and control of emerging contaminants. Bianca is married and has a baby son, she loves to spend her free time with her family.



2017    European Ph.D. on Advanced Oxidation Processes Label Award

2016    CNPq Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (UFRJ) 

2016    Water Chemistry and Nanotechnology Best Poster Award - MIT Water Conference, Cambridge, MA

2015    Science without Borders Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (Harvard University)

2012    CAPES/FCT Brazil-Portugal PhD Scholarship Award (Porto University)

2011    XIX Young Researcher ABRH/UNESCO Award

2009    A-Grade MS Student Scholarship Award from FAPERJ

2005    Undergraduate Research Honorable Mention Award (UFRJ)

2004    CNPq Undergraduate Research Scholarship (2004-2007)

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Pinto, H. B., Souza, B. M., Dezotti, M. (2018) Treatment of a pesticide industry wastewater mixture in a moving bed biofilm reactor followed by conventional and membrane processes for water reuse. Journal of Cleaner Production, v. 201, p. 1061 - 1070.

Bosio, M., Souza, B. M., Saggioro, E., Dezotti, M., Bassin, J. P., Quinta-Ferreira, M. E., Quinta-Ferreira, R. M. (2018) Pharmaceutical compounds electrotreatment by Pt anodes and effect on synaptic function. Energy Procedia, v. 153, p. 461-465.

Santos, A. P. F., Souza, B. M., Silva, T., Cavalcante, R., Oliveira, S. C., Machulek Jr., A., Boaventura, R. A. R., Vilar, V. J. P. (2018) Mineralization of humic acids (HAs) by a solar photo-Fenton reaction mediated by ferrioxalate complexes: commercial HAs vs extracted from leachates.Environmental Science & Pollution ResearchInternational, v. 25 (28), p. 27783-27795.

Souza, B. M., Nogueira, A. A.,Dezotti, M., Boaventura, R.A.R., Vilar, V.J.P. (2017) Ferrioxalate Complexes as Strategy to Drive a Photo-Fenton Reaction at Mild pH Conditions: A Case Study on Levofloxacin Oxidation. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry,v. 345, p. 109-123.

Souza, B. M., Souza, B. S., Guimaraes, T., Ribeiro, T., Sant'anna, G.L., Cerqueira, A.C., Dezotti, M. (2016), Removal of recalcitrant organic matter content in wastewater by means of AOPs aiming industrial water reuse. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, v. 23(22), p. 22947-22956.

Souza, B. M., Marinho, B.A., Moreira, F.C., Dezotti, M., Boaventura, R.A.R., Vilar, V.J.P. (2015) Photo-Fenton oxidation of 3-amino-5-methylisoxazole: a byproduct from biological breakdown of some pharmaceutical compounds. Environmental Science & Pollution Research, v. 24 (7), p. 6195-6204.

Souza, B. M., Dezotti, M., Boaventura, R.A.R., Vilar, V.J.P. (2014) Intensification of a solar photo-Fenton reaction at near neutral pH with ferrioxalate complexes: A case study on diclofenac removal from aqueous solutions. Chemical Engineering Journal, v. 256, p. 448-457.

Souza, B. M., Cerqueira, A.C., Dezotti, M. (2012) Avaliação de processos oxidativos avançados combinados com carvão ativado granulado com biofilme para reuso de efluentes de refinaria de petróleo. Petro & Química, v. 341, p. 34-38.

Souza, B. M., Cerqueira, A.C., Sant'anna, G.L., Dezotti, M. (2011) Oil-refinery wastewater treatment aiming reuse by advanced oxidation processes (AOPs) combined with biological activated carbon (BAC). Ozone: Science & Engineering, v. 33, p. 403-409.

Veloso, C.O., Henriques, C.A., Souza, B. M., Lima, E.C., Dias, A.G., Monteiro, J.L.F. (2011) A green synthesis of α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compounds from glyceraldehyde acetonide. Química Nova, v. 34, p. 617-620.

Veloso, C.O., Perez, C.N., Souza, B. M., Lima, E.C., Dias, A.G., Monteiro, J.L.F., Henriques, C.A. (2008) Condensation of glyceraldehyde acetonide with ethyl acetoacetate over Mg,Al-mixed oxides derived from hydrotalcites. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials, v. 107, p. 23-30.