25 years of Science and Innovation

Luís F. Melo

Senior Researcher

Academic position: Professor Emeritus

Background: PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering at University of Minho, Portugal

Major research topics

  • Biofilm Engineering.
  • Heat Exchanger Fouling.
  • Biological Reactors for Wastewater Treatment.

Selected Publications

Pereira, A., Melo, L.F. “Online biofilm monitoring is missing in technical systems: how to build stronger case-studies?”, npj/Clean Water (2023), 6:36.

Silva, A.R., Narciso, D., Gomes, L., Martins, F.G., Melo, L.F., Pereira, A. “Proof-of-concept approach to assess the impact of thermal disinfection on biofilm structure in hot water networks”, J. Water Process Engineering (2023), 53, 103595.

Barros, A.C., Melo, L.F., Pereira, A.  “Pseudomonas fluorescens Cells’ Recovery after Exposure to BAC and DBNPA Biocides”, Antibiotics (2022), 11, 1042.

Souza, J.M.N., Souza, A., Melo, L.F., Costa, A.H. “The Dynamic Behaviour of Once-Through Cooling Water Systems Under Fouling Phenomena”, Heat Transf. Engin.(2021)

Barros, A.C.; Pereira, A.; Melo, L.F.; Sousa, J.P.S. New Functionalized Macroparticles for Environmentally Sustainable Biofilm Control in Water Systems, Antibiotics, 10, 399, 2021.


Selected Projects

“PRESAGE- Potential of decentralized wastewater treatment for preventing the spread of antibiotic resistance, organic micropollutants and pathogens (viruses and bacteria)” (ERA-NET-JPI-FCT-Aquatic/0007/2020). Beginning: 01/09/2021. Duration: 36 months. Role: Leader of FEUP’s team.

"POMACEA – Affordable technology for mitigation of membrane (bio)fouling through optimization of pre-treatment and cleaning methods” (INN-INDIGO/0001/2014) funded by the European Union and Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologi (ERA-NET). Beginning: 2015. Duration: 36 months. Role: European Project Coordinator.

"SUSCLEAN – Sustainable Cleaning and Disinfection in Fresh-Cut Food Industries” (287514) funded by the European Commission (7th FP). Beginning: 2012. Duration: 36 months. Role: Leader of FEUP's team.

"VIBS - Tecnologia de vibrações para monitorização de sujamento em sistemas industriais” (SI IDT - 11470/2010) funded by the Agência Nacional de Inovação, S.A. Beginning: 2010. Duration: 36 months. Role: Leader of FEUP's team.

"SECUREAU – Security and decontamination of drinking water distribution systems following a deliberate contamination” (217976) funded by European Commission (7th Framework Programme). Beginning: 2009. Duration: 48 months. Role: Leader of FEUP's team.


Email: lmelofe.up.pt

Phone: +351 22 508 1588

Room: E208

Laboratory: E007

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