20 years of Science and Innovation

Research Group Coordinator


Senior Researchers


Research Fellows


Postdoctoral Researchers

Isabel Mesquita

José Costa

Margarida Catarino

Paula Dias

Paulo Ribeirinha

Tânia Carvalho

Processes, Products and Energy


The Processes, Products and Energy research group integrates researchers devoted to fundamental chemical engineering topics on processes and products, with a special focus on energy. A significant part of the R&D work is performed in partnership with several national and international companies, in a continuous effort to combine basic and applied research, aiming at socio-economic and sustainable development.

Major research topics

  • Energy - Special emphasis is given to photoelectrochemical systems (dye sensitized solar cells, perovskite solar cells, photoelectrochemical cells for water splitting, solar redox flow batteries, photoelectroreduction of CO2), electrochemical systems (PEMFC, HT-PEMFC, H-SOFC, redox flow batteries). Concerning fuels, emphasis on new catalysts has been paid with great successes in the development of a new methanol steam reforming catalyst with low CO production, very low temperature water gas shift non-noble metal catalyst and a new electrochemical graphene-based catalyst for dye sensitized solar cells.
  • Products - Polymer product development (natural and synthetic adhesives, coatings, additives), products derived from the national forest (wood and cork based composites), graphene-based composites for biomaterials, biosourced materials for industrial applications, chemistry and activity of natural compounds.
  • Processes - Chemical, electrochemical and photo electrochemical reaction processes and separation processes; reaction processes related to energy topics; pressure swing adsorption and membrane based separation processes, with emphasis on development of carbon molecular sieve membranes.

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