PORTO UNIVERSITY

(UPORTO)

University of Porto (UPorto) is a public institution of higher education with statuary, scientific and financial autonomy. With origins dating back to the eighteenth century, UPorto (www.up.pt) is currently one the most prestigious Higher Education Institutions of Europe. Located in the second largest city of the country, it is the second largest university and scientific research institution in Portugal, serving around 32.000 students (around 1500 from foreign countries), 2.400 teaching/research staff and 1.600 non-teaching staff that make regular use of its 16 libraries and 14 museums.

The high R&D quality developed at UPorto is the result of the excellence of its various research units and its strong international partnerships. UPorto is an institution that seeks to ensure that students are able to conceive, develop, implement and operate complex systems in order to generate added value in an environment of social and professional sustainability, based on ethical principles.

According to the latest international evaluations more than a half of the research units have been awarded as “Excellent” and “Very Good”. 9 have also integrated in the category of state Associated Laboratories. The research centres have very different scales, objectives and organisational structures: from small units to sizeable centres, specialised or interdisciplinary, integrated into faculties or autonomous. Many of these centres are used as interfaces for institutions, bringing the University together, as a main partner, along with other organisations representing external interests (industries, government bodies, etc.). Thus, with over 50 research and innovation units (including R&D interface units) and a very active research community, the University is responsible for over 20% of the Portuguese scientific papers indexed each year in the ISI - Web of Science (ISI-WoS).

At UPorto, the FluidCell project will be developed at LEPABE (Laboratory for Engineering Process, Environment and Bioenergy) at the Engineering Faculty. This laboratory was created in 1998 and belongs to the national network of research labs. An international panel periodically evaluates LEPABE and the evaluations have been “Excellent” since its creation. LEPABE has a great experience in low and high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells and on steam reforming having filled recently a patent disclosing a new catalyst support for methanol steam reforming.