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Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa was founded on the 11th of August 1973, and is the youngest of Lisbon’s three state Universities. Integrated within a framework of expansion and diversification of higher education, the University adopted a new model within the Portuguese system that stressed interdisciplinary approaches, technological developments while, at the same time, safeguarding offerings in traditional academic domains including medicine, sciences and humanities.

The founding of NOVA was a response to an ever-increasing demand for higher education in Portugal, in general, and in the city of Lisbon, in particular. Since its inception, NOVA has aimed to innovate higher education in Portugal and to contribute to the social and economic development of the country. Following its first four years of existence, the initial model was adapted in order to carry out the University’s commitment towards excellence in teaching and research.

During its first years, the University cantered its offerings mainly on graduate and specialist programs, but since the end of 1977 NOVA has been steadily expanding its offerings. NOVA is a decentralised University; its Faculties and Institutes enjoy a great deal of autonomy. In the academic year 2009/2010, NOVA had 18.343 enrolled students, 1 449 teachers, 769 non-academic staff and 237 researchers. (source: RAIDES and INDEZ)


Associated Laboratory For Green Chemistry

from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCT) of the Nova University of Lisbon


The Faculty of Sciences and Technology (FCT NOVA) at the Campus of Caparica is one of the most prestigious Portuguese engineering and science public schools and it is engaged in extensive research activity developed in 16 research centres involving 1600 PhD and Master’s students of the total enrolment of 7800. With a total of 550 academic staff (90% holding a PhD) and 180 non-academic staff, FCT NOVA is organized in 14 departments and 14 support services.

FCT NOVA partners with foreign universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Carnegie Mellon and the University of Texas at Austin to offer some of its advanced study programs. The entrepreneurial drive of the students and graduates of FCT NOVA has led to many successful spin-offs that transfer knowledge to the market and help create value and social impact.

At FCT-UNL, the project will be development by LAQV – Associated Lab. For Green Chemistry – Clean Technologies and Processes. LAQV mission is to cooperate in a continuous, competent and efficient way to achieve a Sustainable development by promoting new technologies that aim to reduce or even eliminate undesirable substances in the design, production and uses of Chemicals. Presently, the LAQV has at least 119 integrated Members (60 at FCT-UNL), 151 PhD Students (68 at FCT/UNL).

Major research topics:

  • Novel Compounds from Renewable Sources.
  • Food Quality and Safety.
  • Analytical Control and Process Automation.
  • Clean (Bio)Chemical Processes.
  • Functional Molecules and Materials for Sustainability.

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