On behalf of the Organizing Committee of EQUIFASE 2018 is a pleasure to inform that the winner of the Esteban Brignole Award is:

Prof. João Manuel Costa de Araújo Pereira Coutinho

University of Aveiro, Chemistry Department, Portugal


As the winner of the award, he will be the guest speaker commissioned to deliver the Esteban Brignole Lecture.

Professor Esteban A. Brignole is recognized as the most prominent figure in the area of Applied Thermodynamics in Latin America. His major research contributions are the pioneering work on molecular design of solvents and the novel integration of rigorous thermodynamic methods to process engineering, which have gained him international recognition.


The leitmotif of his 50-year-long career has been the development of Chemical Engineering in Iberoamerican countries, where he has contributed to the establishment of successful programs of industry/academy collaboration and international cooperation. His idea of organizing EQUIFASE, while still in the early stages of his career, is an example of successful action to promote regional integration.


The most prominent characteristic of his personality is his passion for progress and innovation, following Professor Brignole’s favorite quote from George Bernard Shaw:


“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”



As the person who gives its name to the prize, nominees to the Esteban A. Brignole Award are expected to combine technical excellence with selfless service to promote progress, innovation, and collaboration. Regardless of their country of origin, candidates should be professionals working in South America, Central America, Portugal or Spain, either in the academic or industrial sectors. Nominees for the Esteban A. Brignole Award should have attended at least one of the previous EQUIFASE Conferences and must be age 50 or less on December 31, 2018. Members of the Local Organizing Committee are not eligible for the Award. Self-nominations will not be considered.


The members of the International Scientific Committee will vote to select the winner, in a selection process coordinated by Profs. Susana Bottini and Fred Tavares. In the case that a member of the International Committee is nominated as a valid candidate for the Award, this person will not vote and will be absolutely excluded from discussions related to the selection process. The winner, to be announced on the first week of July 2018, will be a guest speaker at EQUIFASE 2018, delivering the Esteban A. Brignole Lecture.


DEADLINE for nominations: May 13, 2018


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