The Federal University of Bahia has its beginning on February 18, 1808, when the Prince Regent Dom established the School of Surgery of Bahia, Brazil’s first university course. In the nineteenth century, it incorporated the Pharmacy courses (1832) and Dentistry (1864), the Academy of Fine Arts (1877), Law (1891) and Polytechnic Schools (1896). In the twentieth century, Isaiah Alves created the Faculty of Philosophy, Sciences and Letters (1941).
UFBA has more than 35,000 students from different countries, including around 5,000 graduate students. The professorial staff is around 1,000.
Currently the University has 44 doctoral degree and 71 master courses, with four campuses and 32 colleges or institutes, five student residences, 0 sports center, 4 hospitals and 3 experimental farms.

Research Topics

The Interdisciplinary Center for Energy and Environment at UFBA is focused on the training of qualified specialists capable to carry out scientific, technological research and innovation activities in the following areas:

  • Fossil fuels (oil and gas) and biomass;
  • Generation and eco-efficient use of energy;
  • Environmental impact in the atmosphere, lithosphere and hydrosphere;
  • Clean technologies;
  • Nanotechnology and new materials;
  • Regulation and management.
  • Project Role

UFBA will be responsible for completion of part of WP 1 and WP 4.
Additional tasks for UFBA will be:

  • To support Project Coordinator in Project execution and monitoring the progress;
  • To work on the Project Network development in Brazil;
  • To take part in the modernisation and enhancing of the structure and syllabus of the selected modules on Renewable Energy on Bachelor and Master levels and distance improvement of Skills Development of PhD students doing research in Renewable Energy Area.
  • To work on setting up teaching laboratories and deriving the Laboratory work notes;
  • To implement the teaching process;
  • To implement quality assurance plan for all teaching methods and processes;
  • To actively participate in promotion and dissemination of project activities and results on local, national and international levels.

People (staff members)

Dr. Ednildo Andrade Torres is coordinator of the Energy and Gas Laboratory (LEN) in the Polytechnic School of UFBA. He was head o of the Department of Chemical Engineering for 8 years, has 30 years of experience in the technology development. He is a senior member of the Bahia Academy of Sciences, is a deputy coordinator of INCT Energy and Environment, based at UFBA. He supervised 30 Master students and 10 PhD students. Currently he is working with 5 MSc and 13 PhD students. He has published over 150 papers in conference proceedings, over 20 journal articles, 3 books and 5 book chapters. In 2006 he won the Innovative Researcher Award of the Year awarded by FAPESB. In 2008 he was the President of the Organizing Committee of the V CONEM – National Congress of Mechanical Engineering, held in Salvador from 25 to 28 August 2008. He run R & D projects for Braskem, Monsanto, Griffin, Carib metals, Petrobras, Polythene, Petrobahia, Gas Bahia. He is coordinator of several R & D projects financed by CNPq, FINEP and FAPESB.

Dr. Silvio Alexandre Beisl Vieira de Melo graduated in Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Bahia in 1992, obtained a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1994 and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1997. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Federal University of Bahia. He has experience in Chemical Engineering with an emphasis on separation operations and mixing, working mainly in CO2 Supercritical Technology, with application in the following areas: extraction and fractionation of natural products, spray drying, impregnation and encapsulation of drugs for controlled release systems , nanobiotechnology, high pressure biofuels synthesis of polymer thermodynamics modulation properties of polymer materials under high pressure, phase equilibrium at high pressure micronization catalysts C02 injected into oil wells. He teaches students of the Graduate Program (Masters and PhD) in Industrial Engineering and PhD in Energy and Environment. He did a post-doctoral training at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia (2012-2013).

He has PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering (Energy and Fluids, Polytechnic School of the University of São Paulo, 2013). He is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of Energy Laboratory. His research is focused on energy and exergy analysis of industrial processes, diagnosis and prognosis of thermodynamic power plants, thermal power cogeneration, exergoeconomic analysis / thermoeconomic, production and petroleum refining.

Dr Tondo has a PhD in Industrial Engineering from the Federal University of Bahia (2012), Doctorate in the Chemical Engineering at University of Birmingham (2011). Dr Carine Tondo is currently Assistant Professor at the Federal University of Bahia and a member of Center in Energy and Sustainability (CETENS). Dr Tondo works on a biodiesel pilot plant, heterogeneous catalysis, transesterification and ethanol production. Dr Tondo has 4 articles published in journals, 27 papers published in conference proceedings and one chapter book.

Dr. Gaudencio Freires holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the Federal University of Ceará (1996), a Master’s degree in Production Engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (2000) and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (2007). He has experience in Production Engineering with emphasis on Business Logistics and Operations Management, working mainly on the following topics: Supply Chain Management, reverse logistics, sustainable SCM and cost management. He was a professor at the Federal University of the São Francisco Valley (UNIVASF) until 2011. He researched the issue of logistics and supply chain management of biofuels and fruit growing in the northeastern semi-arid region of Brazil. He has also developed research in the advance of the inter-modal logistics of the São Francisco River. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) Polytechnic School. He also works in the Graduate Program in Industrial Engineering (PEI) at UFBA, currently researching the renewable energy alternatives from the perspective of supply chain management. 

Dr. Julio Augusto Mendes da Silva has bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering (UFBA, 2005), M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering (UNIFEI, 2009), D.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering (USP, 2013). His main research lines are: power and cogeneration plants configurations, thermal solar energy, cryogenic energy storage, waste heat to power and exergy analysis. He usually teaches the following modules: Thermal Systems (undergraduate), Internal Combustion Engines (undergraduate), Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (undergraduate), Exergy Analysis of Industrial Processes (postgraduate). He has published 28 complete papers in refereed journals, averaging 5 papers per year during the last 5 years, he also works as referee for many international journals.