Maria Lousada Ferreira PhD

Maria Lousada Ferreira PhD

  • Scientific researcher

Maria is an environmental engineer, with a PhD in wastewater treatment. She has a “healthy obsession” about how to combine human life quality with environmental protection. Her expertise is membrane fouling in wastewater treatment, aiming to produce reclaimed water, as in reuse of treated wastewater. Her interests are the following: how to close the water urban cycle; how to explore the immense potential of wastewater to produce energy or materials; and to develop water/wastewater sustainable technology. Her vision is to promote water/wastewater technological collaborations between the Netherlands and the Mediterranean/ Mena region, developing a bridge for the exchange of science and technology. At KWR, she will be working with the IAH team. You can talk with her in Dutch, but she will write to you emails in English (for now). Maria is working with wastewater treatment for about 22 years. The last 13 years in the Netherlands, the remaining ones in Portugal, where she was born. She came to the Netherlands, to work on a PhD at Water Management department of the TU Delft, which she completed in 2011. Afterwards, she worked for “Evides industriewater” and returned to the TU Delft for a post-doc. She “went deep” into membrane bioreactors, at pilots and full-scales, aerobic and anaerobic, among other technology and education projects. When she left Portugal, she was linked to a Portuguese university, University of Beira Interior, teaching civil and industrial engineering students. She graduated as an Environmental Engineer at Nova University of Lisbon, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, aiming to “save the world”. In her own modest capacity, she is still busy with it.