Funded projects

Programa Pessoa 2017/2018 - Transnational cooperation between Portugal (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia) and France (CampusFrance)

Title: The function of structural lipid polymers in defence and signalling at the surface of plants
Reference: FCT/4061/4/4/2017/S
Host Institutions: ITQB NOVA and INRA
Partners: Cristina Silva Pereira and Christophe Rothan

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia/MEC (PIDDAC)

Title: Natural Deep Eutectic Solvents: A platform to Boost Eucalyptus globulus and Quercus suber cork integrated Biorefineries
Reference: PTDC/AGR-TEC/1191/2014
Coordinator/Host Institution: Universidade de Aveiro (UA)
Partner: Cristina Silva Pereira

H2020-EU.1.2.1. - FET Open

Title: FLow Induced Phase Transitions, A new low energy paradigm for polymer processing
Reference: 713475
Coordinator/Host Institution: The University of Sheffield
Partner: Cristina Silva Pereira
Vision: Develop a platform technology to generate novel, bespoke, naturally derived, low embodied-energy materials, which would be competitive 
with current petroleum-based polymers in terms of sustainability.

European Research Council (ERC)

Title: Development of biomaterials through mimesis of plant defensive interfaces to fight wound infections
Reference: 647928
Coordinator: Cristina Silva Pereira
Host Institution: ITQB-UNL
Vision: Development of novel strategies to efficiently fight wound infections

Concluded Projects

Portuguese Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) projects:

Title: Soil function profiling during fungal bioremediation: integrated bio-geochemical and meta-proteomics assessment
Reference: PTDC/AAC-CLI/119100/2010 (ended in September 2015)
Coordinator: C. Silva Pereira
Host Institution: IBET
Participants: ITQB-UNL (A. Bohn), UWS (A. Hursthouse), Centre de Recherche Public Gabriel Lippmann (J. Renaut), UB (O. Núñez), ERS (T. Aspray)
Vision: Understand the role played by Ascomycota fungi in soil bioremediation.

Title: Creating value from bio-wastes: suberin extraction and biotransformation in biocompatible ionic liquids aiming on novel biomaterials and compounds
Reference: PTDC/QUI-QUI/120982/2010 (ended in September 2015)
Coordinator: C. Silva Pereira
Host Institution: ITQB-UNL
Participants: UA (A. Silvestre), Thelial Technologies (R. Hampson)
Vision: Creation of sustainable solutions for valorisation and reuse of bio-wastes.

Title: Bioremediation of PCPs by the co-metabolism of cork indigenous fungi
Reference: POCTI/AMB/57374/2004 (ended in December 2009)
Coordinator: C. Silva Pereira
Host Institution: IBET
Participants: none
Vision: Identify environmental fungal strains able to bio-remediate pentachlorophenol, and solve the toxic degradation pathways.

Title: Integrated Isolation, Bio- and Organic-Synthetic Transformations of Portuguese Natural Resources
Reference: PTDC/QUI/73061/2006/FCT (ended in December 2011)
Coordinator: C. Afonso
Host Institution: Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)
Participants: ITQB (C. Silva Pereira); IBET (J.P. Crespo)
Vision: Exploit fungal biotransformation in synthesis of specific high-value cryptic compounds.

EEA Grant mechanism

Title: AWAKE of GREEN BIOTECH in Portugal: Waste elimination using genetically manipulated fungal species in an ionic liquid environment (
Reference: PT0015 (ended in October 2011)
Coordinator: C. Silva Pereira
Host Institution: ITQB-UNL
Participants: Gene Express (J. Becker)
Vision: Develop novel bio-based processes for waste elimination. High-throughput screening techniques, such as microarray technology and 2D-electrophoresis were used.

NATO Science for Peace Project

Title: Preventive and remediation strategies for continuous elimination of poly-chlorinated phenols from forest soils and ground waters (
Reference: 981674 (ended in July 2011)
Coordinator: C. Silva Pereira
Host Institution: IBET
Participants: UWS (A. Hursthouse), Centre des Recherches et des Technologies des Eaux (A. Hassen), University Hassan II - Ain Cock (M. Blaghen), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (V. Mazzoleni)
Vision: Identify the most probable risks of forest soil contamination with pentachlorophenol, with emphasis on the role played by soil microorganisms during its attenuation.