From Science to Innovation

Research Line Coordinator

 

Senior Researchers

 

Research Fellows

 

Postdoctoral Researchers

António Areosa Martins

Arlete Apolinário

Diana Paiva

Dzmitry Ivanou

Joana Barbosa

João Azevedo

José Costa

José Nogueira

Margarida Catarino

Paula Dias

Ricardo Monteiro

Rui Gil da Costa

Tânia Lopes

Verena Stockhausen

Processes, Products and Energy

Objectives

The Processes, Products and Energy research line integrates researchers devoted to fundamental chemical engineering topics on processes and products, with a special focus on energy.

In partnership with several national and international companies, novel solutions are developed to ensure a sustainable development. Research efforts are directed towards the development of high-tech wood-based products, polymer composites and coatings and bioactive compounds for clinical use.

Energy, an issue of high societal importance, is a main focus of this research line. A dual approach has been followed. On the one hand advanced solutions for production of renewable energies, namely by photoelectrochemical systems, are being developed, on the other hand, new catalysts are found for low CO methanol based steam reforming.

Major research topics

  • Processes – chemical, electrochemical and photoelectrochemical reaction processes and separation processes; reaction processes are mainly concerned to energy topics, while separation processes are pressure swing adsorption and membrane based, where carbon molecular sieve membrane synthesis and characterization should be highlighted.
  • Products – polymer materials (adhesives, coatings, additives), products related to the national forest (wood and cork based composites), graphene-based composites, biosourced materials for industrial applications, chemistry and activity of natural compounds.
  • 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 to 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 and a new electrochemical graphene-based catalyst for dye sensitized solar cells.

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