Rita Maria de Brito Alves


RCGI Deputy Director of the Physical Chemistry Programme

University of São Paulo / Escola Politécnica / Dept. Chemical Engineering


Rita Maria de Brito Alves is Chemical Engineering from the Federal University of Bahia – UFBA (1981), with specialization in petrochemical processing – CENPEQ – UFBA / PETROBRAS / PETROQUISA (1981), MSc in Chemical Engineering by the State University of Campinas – UNICAMP (1994) and DSc in Chemical Engineering by University of São Paulo – USP (2003). She was post-doctoral fellow at ENSIACET – Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse – France (2004) and scientific researcher at University of São Paulo (2005-2009).

She was Engineer Processes in COPENE Technology Development Center (Current BRASKEM SA) from 1982 to 1989 and later she was Coordinator of the Area of Exploration and Evaluation of Petrochemical Technology Innovation & Corporate Technology (2011-2014). She is Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Polytechnic School of University of São Paulo. Her research area is on phase equilibrium thermodynamics and modeling, simulation and optimization of chemical processes and has particular interest in the applications of models to natural gas and CO2 conversion and biorefineries. She is enrolled on the RCGI-Research Centre for Gas Innovation (Shell-FAPESP) as Deputy-Director of the Physical-Chemistry Programme and also as Project Coordinator of the Projects ”Synthesis gas production by methane tri-reforming”, “Advanced catalyst for Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis” and Reduction of greenhouse gases emission through integration of power plants and CO2 conversion processes”. On the latter she is participant of the Project “Sustainable gas pathways for Brazil; from microcosm to macrocosm“ (NERC-FAPESP).