Júlio Maggiolly Novais

(Full Professor)


Status at the IBB – Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering:

·         Member of Board of Directors and of Scientific Coordination Committee

Status at Centre for Biological and Chemical Engineering:

·         Head of the Centre for Biological and Chemical Engineering

·         Head of the Environmental and Ecoprocess Engineering Research Group


·        Agregação, IST,1983 

·        Ph.D. in Biological Engineering, Birmingham University, U.K., 1971

·         M.Sc. in Biological Engineering, Birmingham University, U.K., 1968

·         Graduation in Industrial Chemical Engineering, IST, 1966

Positions and activities:

·         Full professor at Instituto Superior Técnico

Area of scientific activity:

·         Environmental Biotechnology

Domain of specialization:

·         Enzyme Technology, Environmental Biotechnology, Constructed Wetlands


·         Phytoremediation technologies

·         Biological aerobic degradation of phenolic compounds as well as the removal of metal ions from effluents.

·         Microalgae systems, from the point of view of design of photobioreactors and the potential application to the production of chemicals of commercial interest.

Scientific Societies Membership:

·         Water Environment Federation

·         International Water Association

Recent publications:

A. Conde, J. Novais, J. Dominguez (2009) “Southern limit of distribution of the soft-shell clam Mya arenaria on the Atlantic East Coast” Biological Invasions (doi:10.1007/s10530-009-9460-1)

L. C. Davies, G. J. M. Cabrita, R. A. Ferreira, C. C. Carias, J. M. Novais, S. Martins-Dias (2009), "Integrated study of the role of Phragmites australis in azo-dye treatment in a constructed wetland: from pilot to molecular scale", Ecological Engineering, 35(6), 961-970 (2009).

F. G. Freire, L. C. Davies, A. M. Vacas, J. M. Novais and S. Martins-Dias (2009) "Influence of operating conditions on the degradation kinetics of an azo-dye in a vertical flow constructed wetland using a simple mechanistic model", Ecological Engineering, 35(10), 1379-1386.

L. C. Davies, I. S. Pedro, R. A. Ferreira, F. G. Freire, J. M. Novais and S. Martins-Dias "Constructed wetland treatment system in textile industry and sustainable development", Water Science and Technology, 58(10), 2017-2023 (2008).

Cátia C. Carias, Júlio M. Novais, Susete Martins-Dias,  "Are Phragmites australis enzymes involved in the degradation of textile azo dye Acid Orange 7 in a Constructed Wetland ?",  Bioresource Technology, 99 (2), 243-251 (2008).

C.C. Carias, J.M. Novais, S. Martins-Dias, "Phragmites australis peroxidases role in the degradation of an azo dye" Water Science and Technology, 56 (3), 263-269 (2007).  

L.C. Davies , A. Vacas, J.M. Novais, F.G. Freire, S. Martins-Dias,“Vertical flow constructed wetland for textile effluent treatment”, Water Science and Technology, 55 (7), 127-134 (2007)

L.C. Davies, I.S. Pedro, J.M. Novais and S. Martins-Dias “Aerobic degradation of acid orange 7 in a vertical-flow constructed wetland “, Water Research, 40, 2055-2063 (2006)

N.D. Lourenço, J.M. Novais, H.M. Pinheiro “Kinetic studies of reactive azo dye decolorization in anaerobic/aerobic sequencing batch reactors”, Biotechnology Letters, 28, 733-739 (2006)  

Lourenço, N. D., Chaves, C. L., Menezes, J. C., Novais, J. M., Pinheiro, H. M., Diniz, D., 2006, "UV spectra analysis for water quality monitoring in a fuel park wastewater treatment plant", Chemosphere, 65, 786-791 (2006)

L.C. Davies, C.C. Carias, J.M. Novais and S. Martins-Dias “Phytoremediation of textile effluents containing azo dye by using Phragmites australis in a vertical flow intermittent feeding constructed wetland”, Ecological Engineering , 25, 594-605 (2005)

M.G.E. Albuquerque, A.T. Lopes, M.L. Serralheiro, J.M. Novais and H.M. Pinheiro “Biological sulphate reduction and redox mediator effects on azo dye decolourization in anaerobic-aerobic sequencing batch reactors”, Enzyme and Microbial Technology, 36, 790-799 (2005)

L.C. Davies, A.M. Vilhena, J. M. Novais and S. Martins-Dias “Olive mill wastewater characteristics: modelling and statistical analysis”, Grasas y Aceites,. 55, 233-241 (2004)

L.C.Davies, J.M.Novais, S.Martins-Dias “Influence of salts and phenolic compounds on olive mill wastewater detoxification using superabsorbent polymers”, Bioresource Technology, 95, 259–268 (2004)

L.C.Davies, J.M.Novais, S.Martins-Dias “Detoxification of Olive Mill Wastewater Using Superabsorvent Polymers” Environmental Technology, 25, 89-100 (2004)

G.Carvalho, J.M.Novais, H.M.Pinheiro, P.A.Vanrolleghem “Model Development and Application for Surfactant Biodegradation in an Acclimatising Activated Sludge System”, Chemosphere, 54, 1495-1502 (2004)

N.D. Lourenço, J.M.Novais, H.M.Pinheiro “Analysis of Secondary Metabolite Fate During Anaerobic-Aerobic Azo Dye Biodegradation in a Sequential Batch Reactor”, Environmental Technology, 24, 679-686 (2003)

R. Haberl, S.Grego, G.Langergraben, R.H.Kadlec, A-R.Cicalin, S.M.Dias, J.M. Novais, S.Aubert, A.Gerth, H.Thomas, A.Hebner “Constructed Wetlands for the Treatment of Organic Pollutants”, J Soils and Sediments, 3, 109-124 (2003)

G. Carvalho, J.M.Novais, H.M.Pinheiro “Activated Sludge Acclimatisation Kinetics to Non-Ionic Surfactants”, Environmental Technology, 24, 109-114 (2003)

G. Carvalho, J.M.Novais, P.A.Vanrolleghem H.M.Pinheiro “Optimal operation for timely adaptation of activated sludge plants to changes in surfactant composition of wastewater”, Water Science and Technology, 45(4-5), 345-353 (2002)

G. Carvalho, W. Delée, J.M. Novais, H.M. Pinheiro “A factorially-designed study of physico-chemical dye colour removal from simulated cotton textile processing wastewaters” , Coloration Technology, 118, 215-219 (2002)

N.D. Lourenço, J.M. Novais, H.M. Pinheiro “Effect of some operational parameters on textile dye biodegradation in a sequential batch reactor”, Journal of Biotechnology, 89, 163-174 (2001)

G. Carvalho, I. Nopens, J.M. Novais, P.A. Vanrolleghem, H.M. Pinheiro “Modelling of activated sludge acclimisation to a non-ionic surfactant”, Water Science and Technology, 43, 9-17 (2001)

C.A. Santos, A.M. Vieira, H.L. Fernandes, J.A. Empis, J.M. Novais “Optimisation of the biological treatment of hypersaline wastewater from Dunaliella salina carotenogenesis”, J. Chem. Technol. Biotechnol, 76, 1147-1153 (2001)  

M.M. Alves, E.C. Ferreira, A.L. Amaral, A. Pereira, J.M. Novais, M. Mota “Staged and Non-Staged Anaerobic Filters: Performance in Relation to Physical and Biological Characteristics of Microbial Aggregates”, J. Chem. Technol. Biotechnol, 75, 601-609 (2000) 

N.D. Lourenço, J.M. Novais, H.M. Pinheiro “Reactive textile dye colour removal in a sequencing batch reactor”, Water Science and Technology, 42, No 5-6, 321-328 (2000)

G. Carvalho, E. Paul, J.M. Novais, H.M. Pinheiro “Studies on activated sludge response to variations in the composition of a synthetic surfactant-containing feed effluent”, Water Science and Technology, 42, No 5-6, 135-143 (2000) 


 Dias S.M.M., Novais J.M., Guedes da Silva M.

“A process for the treatment of Liquid Effluents by means of clean catalytic oxidation, using hydrogen peroxide and heterogeneous catalysis”

Eu pat. 99670007.6 (Proprietor: Instituto Superior Técnico) (1999)


Dias S.M.M., Novais J.M., Brüggemann H.

“Lager und Transportfähige pflantzliche Rückstände aus der Ölgewinnung”

EU pat. 99104546.9-1218. (Proprietor: Stockhausen Gmbh & Co.) (1999)


J. Empis, L. Gouveia, H. Lobo Fernandes, J.M. Novais, A. Reis, V. Veloso

"Pigment Feed Supplement Composition for Poultry and Fish Culture"

Patente Portuguesa no. 101403 (1995)


J.M. Novais, I. Sá-Correia, J.M.S. Cabral, M.M. Cadete, V. Loureiro

"Processo para a Produção de Vinhos Espumantes Naturais com Leveduras Imobilizadas"

Patente Portuguesa no. 79815 (1984)


A.N. Emery, S.A. Barker, J.M. Novais

"A New Method of Enzyme Insolubilization"

British Patent no. 1346631 (1974)



Telephone: +(351) 218 419065

Fax: +(351) 218 419 062

E-mail: Júlio Novais



Last updated, Tuesday, 24 November 2009