From Science to Innovation

Adélio Mendes

Senior Researcher and Coordinator of the Research Line: Processes, Products and Energy

Academic position: Full Professor (FEUP)

Research position at LEPABE: Integrated member

Background: PhD in Chemical Engineering – Faculty of Engineering of Porto, Portugal

Major research topics

  • Photoelectrochemical devices: dye sensitized solar cells; perovskite solar cells; water splitting; photoelectroreduction of CO2 and; solar redox flow batteries.
  • Electrochemical devices: PEMFC; HT-PEMFC; H-SOFC; electrochemical synthesis; redox flow batteries.
  • Fuels: methanol steam reforming; water gas shift; methanol synthesis.
  • Separation processes: pressure swing adsorption; membrane gas separation; carbon molecular sieve membranes.
  • Materials: chemical and electrochemical catalysts; adsorbents for gas separations; carbon molecular sieve membranes.

Selected Publications

Wedege, K., Azevedo, J., Khataee, A., Bentien, A., Mendes, A. "Direct solar charging of an organic–inorganic, stable, and aqueous alkaline redox flow battery with a hematite photoanode" Angewandte Chemie - International Edition, (2016), 55, 7142-7147.

Lopes, T., Andrade, L., Formal, F., Gratzel, M., Sivula, K., Mendes, A. "Hematite photoelectrodes for water splitting: evaluation of the role of film thickness by impedance spectroscopy" Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, (2014), 16, 16515-16523.

Ribeiro, F., Maçaira, J., Cruz, R., Gabriel, J., Andrade, L., Mendes, A. "Laser assisted glass frit sealing of dye-sensitized solar cells" Solar Energy Materials and Solar Cells, (2012), 96, 43-49.

Lopes, T., Andrade, L., Ribeiro, H., Mendes, A. "Characterization of photoelectrochemical cells for water splitting by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy" International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 2010, 35, 11601-11608.

Portugal, A., Sousa, J., Magalhães, F., Mendes, A. "Solubility of carbon dioxide in aqueous solutions of amino acid salts; Chemical Engineering Science", 2009, 64, 1993-2002.

Selected Projects

"BI-DSC - Building Integrated Dye Sensitized Solar Cells" funded by the European Union (European Research Council).

 Budget: 1 989 300,00 €; Beginning: 2013. Duration: 60 months. Role: principal investigator.

"BeingEnergy - Integrated low Temperature Methanol Steam reforming and high temperature polymer" funded by the European Union (FCH-JU FP7). Budget: 4 220 237,00 € (FEUP 342 892 €). Beginning: 2013. Duration: 36 months; Role: Principal investigator.

"GOTSolar - New Technological advances for the third generation of Solar Cells" funded y the European Union ( H2020 FET-Open). Budget: 2 993 404,00 € (FEUP 670 046 €); Beginning: 2016; Duration: 36 months; Role: Principal investigator.

"SunStorage – Harvesting and storage of solar energy" funded by Portugal 2020 (PAC - Programas de Actividades Conjuntas). Budget: 2 090 555,21 € (FEUP 800 381,31€). Beginning: 2016. Duration: 36 months. Role: Principal investigator.

"PowerFlow - Development of Power Storage Systems" funded by  Portugal 2020 (COMPETE - Projetos em Copromoção – Agência Nacional de Inovação S.A.). Budget: 1 501 354,00 € (FEUP 511 926,06 €). Beginning: 2015. Duration: 36 months. Role: Principal investigator.


Email: mendes

Phone: +351 22 508 1695

Room: E217

Laboratory: E-146, E101A, E101C, UPTEC

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