About the Author
Alexandra M. F. R. Pinto obtained her PhD on Combustion in 1991, after which she focused her activities on the transport phenomena area with particular interest in Mass Transfer and Characterization of two-phase flow patterns using advanced optical techniques. She integrated the know-how acquired with other skills of her core formation in chemical engineering into energy applications, in particular direct methanol and ethanol fuel Cells, microbial fuel cells, PEM fuel cells and hydrogen generators and storage systems. Dr. Pinto develops her research activities in the CEFT-Transport Phenomena Research Centre since its foundation in 1997, where she is presently the leader of the Energy Group. She was principal investigator in nine national projects and participated in other 12 projects, including two with industry partners. She has also been a member of European Network FCTESTNET (Fuel Cell Testing and Standardisation Network). Currently, Dr. Pinto is a professor at Renewable Energies and Chemical Engineering Laboratory of the Chemical Engineering Department of Porto University (DEQ-FEUP), Portugal, where she is director of the Doctoral Program in Chemical and Biological Engineering.