Anabela Tavares Aguiar Valente

Principal Researcher

Short CV

Anabela A. Valente studied chemical engineering at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal) and received her doctorate in chemical engineering/catalysis from the same university. After a post-doctoral period at the University of Aveiro (UA, Portugal), in the field of Materials Engineering, she became assistant researcher at CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials (UA, 2003). Since 2015, she has held the position of principal researcher at the same institution. Her research is related to applied homogeneous/heterogeneous catalysis and materials science. She is responsible for a team interested in the chemical valorisation of biomass-derived compounds via catalytic routes. She trained scientists at several levels (MSc, PhD, post-doc) in the development of their scientific careers (some integrated the industry in the field in which they were trained by AAV). She has collaborated with members of different national (e.g., Lisbon, Algarve) and foreign (e.g. Spain, UK, Germany, Ukraine, Poland) universities in the development of multidisciplinary research works, and some reference players from the industry (Merck KGaA, Bosch). She has been involved in several scientific projects with competitive funding. She is co-author of ca. 235 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and over 290 communications at national/international conferences; h-index = 50 (Scopus), over 7000 citations (without self-citations) and ca. 82 % of her scientific articles are in the top 25% journals by CiteScore (Scopus). She was elected twice as member of the Scientific Council of the UA, and is presently co-director of the Department of Chemistry, UA. She is board member (for Portugal) of the Federation of European Zeolite Associations, FEZA since 2020. AAV was elected as Chemistry Europe Fellow (Fellows Class 2020/2021).

Specific scientific interests: applied catalysis, oxidation catalysis, acid-base catalysis, catalytic chemical valorisation of biomass, synthesis and characterisation of materials.

Scientific Interests

- Synthesis and characterisation of heterogeneous catalysts.
- Homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis: oxidation and acid-base reactions.
- Liquid-phase catalytic processing of biomass-derived compounds: oxidation of monoterpenes, conversion of saccharides into furan derivatives and bioesters, isomerization of sugars.

Present Research Group

TEAM:

Anabela A. Valente, Researcher.

Patrícia dos Santos Neves, Researcher.

Maria Margarida F. P. M. Antunes, Researcher.

 

Supervisions:

Diana Gomes, PhD grant 2021.04756.BD. Supervisors: Anabela A. Valente, Patrícia Neves, Martyn Pillinger (CICECO).

Martinique Nunes, Marco Sebastião, PhD grant 2021.06403.BD. Supervisors: Isabel S. Gonçalves, Anabela A. Valente, Martyn Pillinger (CICECO).

Guilherme Antunes Simões, MSc student. Supervisors: Anabela A. Valente, Patrícia Neves (CICECO).

Rodrigo Alexandre Cardoso Pereira, MSc student. Thesis research work developed at the company Mistolin (supervisor at the company: Marco Sebastião).

 

Main present collaborators

University of Aveiro, Portugal - Martyn Pillinger, Isabel S. Gonçalves, Filipe A. A. Paz, Luís Mafra, Carlos M. Silva (CICECO); Silvia M. Rocha (QOPNA/LAQV-REQUIMTE).

Centro de Química Estrutural, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal – Filipa Ribeiro, Auguste Fernandes.

Institut für Chemie and IRIS Adlershof, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany - Nicola Pinna, Patrícia Russo.

Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland - Wiesław Łasocha.

Inorganic Chemistry Department, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine - Andrey B. Lysenko.

Teaching Activity

Courses of 1st cycle degree in Chemical Engineering:
Mass transport (recitations);
Separation Processes I (recitations).
 
Course of Masters in Chemical Engineering:
Dissertation
 
Course of of 1st cycle degree in Chemistry:
Project

Present projects

Projecto Bosch, SGH – Smart Green Homes – Projecto nº 7678 (POCI-01-0247-FEDER-007678), Programa Bosch Termotecnologia, S.A. (FEDER, POCI). Desenvolvimento de sistema de adsorção para purificação do ar. Universidade de Aveiro. Member.

Bio-derived olefins conversion using reaction-induced self-separating catalysts: BiOle_AcidOxCat; reference POCI-01-0145-FEDER-030075 (FCT/MEC, POCI, FEDER/FNR, OE); University of Aveiro. Co-Investigator.

Stimuli-activated systems for carbon monoxide therapy: SASCOT; reference PTDC/QUI-QOR/28031/2017 (CENTRO 2020 Regional Operational Programme, FCT/MEC, OE); University of Aveiro and University of Coimbra. Member.

Selected Publications

http://www.researcherid.com/rid/H-5922-2013

Selected publications (2015/...):

M. M. Antunes, K. Skrodczky, P. S. Cabanelas, N. Pinna, P. A. Russo, A. A. Valente, “Chemical valorisation of biomass derived furanics and carboxylic acids over niobium-based Catalysts”, Green Chem. 26 (2024) 4820-4833.

D. M. Gomes, X. Yao, P. Neves, N. Pinna, P. A. Russo, A. A. Valente, “Bulky olefin epoxidation under mild conditions over Mo-based oxide catalysts”, Catal. Sci. Technol.  14 (2024) 646–659.

P. Neves, D. M. Gomes, I. S. Gonçalves, M. Pillinger, A. A. Valente, “Reaction Induced Self-separating Metal Catalysts – Wonder Systems in 21st Century Catalysis”, Coord. Chem. Rev. 491 (2023) 215229.

S. M. Bruno, A. A. Valente, I. S. Gonçalves, M. Pillinger, “Group 6 carbonyl complexes of N,O,P-ligands as precursors of high-valent metal-oxo catalysts for olefin epoxidation”, Coord. Chem. Rev. 478 (2023) 214983.

M. M. Antunes, A. F. Silva, A. Fernandes, M. Pillinger, F. Ribeiro, A. A. Valente, “Renewable bio-based routes to gamma-valerolactone in the presence of hafnium nanocrystalline or hierarchical microcrystalline zeotype catalysts” J. Catal. 406 (2022) 56-71.

M. M. Antunes, D. Falcão, A. Fernandes, M. F. Ribeiro, M. Pillinger, J. Rocha, A. A. Valente, “Catalytic isomerization of D-glucose to D-fructose over BEA base zeotypes using different energy supply methods”, Catal. Today 362 (2021) 162-174.

M. M. Antunes, A. S. Silva, A. Fernandes, A. A. Valente, “γ-Valerolactone synthesis from α-angelica lactone and levulinic acid over biobased multifunctional nanohybrid catalysts”, Catal. Today 394–396 (2022) 268-281.

D. P. Gomes, A. F. Silva, A. C. Gomes, P. Neves, A. A. Valente, I. S. Gonçalves, M. Pillinger, “Epoxidation catalysts prepared by encapsulation of molybdenum hexacarbonyl in UiO-66(Zr/Hf)-type metal-organic frameworks”, Micropor. Mesopor. Mater. 330 (2022) 111603.

A. F. Silva, P. Neves, S. M. Rocha, C. M. Silva, A. A. Valente, “Optimization of continuous-flow heterogeneous catalytic oligomerization of 1-butene by design of experiments and response surface methodology”, Fuel 259 (2020) 116256 in press.

J. M. Pinheiro, S. Salústio, J. Rocha, A. A. Valente, C. M. Silva, “Adsorption heat pumps for heating applications”, Renew. Sustain. Energy Rev. 119 (2020) 109528.

M. M. Antunes,  A. Fernandes, D. Falcão, M. Pillinger, M. F. Ribeiro, A. A. Valente, “Optimized preparation and regeneration of MFI type base catalysts for D-glucose isomerization in water”, Catal. Sci. Technol. 10  (2020) 3232-3246.

K. Skrodczky, M. M. Antunes, X. Han, Sa. Santangelo, G. Scholz, A. A. Valente, N. Pinna, P. A. Russo, “Niobium pentoxide nanomaterials with distorted structures as efficient acid catalysts: structure-acidity-activity relationships”, Commun. Chem. (Nature) 2, 129 (2019) 1-11.

S. M. Bruno, A. A. Valente, M. Pillinger, J. Amelse, C. C. Romão, I. S. Gonçalves, “Efficient Isomerization of α‑Pinene Oxide to Campholenic Aldehyde Promoted by a Mixed-Ring Analogue of Molybdenocene”, ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng. 7 (2019) 13639-13645.

A. F. Silva, A. Fernandes, M. M. Antunes, M. F. Ribeiro, C. M. Silva, A. A. Valente, “Olefin oligomerisation over nanocrystalline MFI-based micro/mesoporous zeotypes synthesised via bottom-up approaches”, Renewable Energy 138 (2019) 820-832.

M. M. Antunes, S. Lima, A. Fernandes, M. F. Ribeiro, D. Chadwick, K. Hellgardt, M. Pillinger, A. A. Valente, “One-pot hydrogen production and cascade reaction of furfural to bioproducts over bimetallic Pd-Ni TUD-1 type mesoporous catalysts”, Appl. Catal. B: Environ. 237 (2018) 521–537.

A. F. Silva, A. Fernandes, M. M. Antunes, P. Neves, S.M. Rocha, M. F. Ribeiro, M. Pillinger, J. Ribeiro, C. M. Silva, A. A. Valente, “TUD-1 type aluminosilicate acid catalysts for 1-butene oligomerisation”, Fuel 209 (2017) 371-382.

M. M. Antunes, S. Lima, P. Neves, A. L. Magalhães, E. Fazio, F. Neri, M. T. Pereira, A. F. Silva, C. M. Silva, S. M. Rocha, M. Pillinger, A. Urakawa, A. A. Valente, “Integrated reduction and acid-catalysed conversion of furfural in alcohol medium using Zr,Al-containing ordered micro/mesoporous silicates”, Appl. Catal. B: Environ. 182 (2016) 485-503.

T. R. Amarante, P. Neves, A. A. Valente, F. A. A. Paz, M. Pillinger, I. S. Gonçalves, “Metal Oxide-Triazole Hybrids as Heterogeneous or Reaction-Induced Self-Separating Catalysts”, J. Catal. 340 (2016) 354-367.

M. M. Antunes, S. Lima, P. Neves, A. L. Magalhães, E. Fazio, A. Fernandes, F. Neri, C. M. Silva, S. M. Rocha, M. F. Ribeiro, M. Pillinger, A. Urakawa, A. A. Valente, “One-pot conversion of furfural to useful bio-products in the presence of a Sn,Al-containing zeolite beta catalyst prepared via post-synthesis routes”, J. Catal. 329 (2015) 522–537.

P. Neves, A. C. Gomes, T. R. Amarante, F. A. A. Paz, M. Pillinger, I. S. Gonçalves, A. A. Valente, “Incorporation of a dioxomolybdenum(VI) complex in a ZrIV-based metal–organic framework and its application in catalytic olefin epoxidation”, Micropor. Mesopor. Mat. 202 (2015) 106–114.

T. R. Amarante, M. M. Antunes, A. A. Valente, F. A. A. Paz, M. Pillinger, I. S. Gonçalves, “Crystal Structure and Catalytic Behavior in Olefin Epoxidation of a One-Dimensional Tungsten Oxide/Bipyridine Hybrid”, Inorg. Chem. 54 (2015) 9690-9703.

Ongoing Supervisions

Projects

Ansa-bridged Organorhenium(VII) oxides and their application as homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts (PTDC/QUI/71198/2006)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
catalysis chirality rhenium new materials

Catalytic conversion of carbohydrates into furan derivatives (POCI/QUI/56112/2004)

CoordinatorFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
saccharides furfural heterogeneous catalysis solid acid

Conversao catalitica de olefinas derivadas da biomassa (BiOle_AcidOxCat)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Immobilized surface rare earth and actinide aryloxides Activation of small molecules (CO2,CH4,C2H6) (POCTI/QUI/42919/2001)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Organometallic surface chemistry Immobilized catalysts Block f elements aryloxides Activation of CO2, CH4, C2H6

Multifunctional anionic clays (POCI/CTM/58507/2004)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Layered double hydroxides Intercalation Host-guest systems Heterogeneous catalysis

Nano-sized Functional Metal-Organic Frameworks Based on Lanthanide Polyphosphonates (PTDC/QUI-QUI/098098/2008)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Metal-Organic Frameworks Crystal Engineering Photoluminescent thin films Heterogeneous Catalysts

New oxometal compounds with tailored catalytic properties (POCI/QUI/56109/2004)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Oxometal complexes Organic-inorganic hybrids Reaction mechanisms Oxidation catalysis

Novel Ceramic Membranes for Synthesis Gas Production (POCI/CTM/58570/2004)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
mixed conductor ceramic membrane synthesis gas ionic transport

Robust Nanometric Coordination Polymers for Gas Separation and Light Emission (EXPL/CTM-NAN/0013/2013)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Photoluminescent Metal-Organic Frameworks Organic Ligand Design Heterogeneous Catalysts Selective Gas Sorption

Sistemas ativados por estímulos para a terapia com monóxido de carbono (SASCOT)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Use of molecular containers to modify metallocene-based catalysts (PTDC/QEQ-SUP/1906/2012)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Metallocenes Host-guest chemistry Molecular containers Organic transformations

Publications

Multifunctional micro-and nanosized metalorganic frameworks assembled from bisphosphonates and lanthanides

Vilela, SMF; Ananias, D; Fernandes, JA; Silva, P; Gomes, AC; Silva, NJO; Rodrigues, MO; Tome, JPC; Valente, AA; Ribeiro-Claro, P; Carlos, LD; Rocha, J; Paz, FAA
2014, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY C, 2, 17, 3311-3327.

Catalytic olefin epoxidation with a carboxylic acid-functionalized cyclopentadienyl molybdenum tricarbonyl complex

Gomes, AC; Bruno, SM; Abrantes, M; Magalhaes, CIR; Goncalves, IS; Valente, AA; Pillinger, M
2014, JOURNAL OF ORGANOMETALLIC CHEMISTRY, 760, 205-211.

Post-synthetic modification of crystal-like periodic mesoporous phenylene-silica with ferrocenyl groups

Gomes, AC; Lourenco, MAO; Bruno, SM; Ferreira, P; Valente, AA; Pillinger, M; Goncalves, IS
2014, JOURNAL OF ORGANOMETALLIC CHEMISTRY, 751, 501-507.

Solid acids with SO3H groups and tunable surface properties: versatile catalysts for biomass conversion

Russo, PA; Antunes, MM; Neves, P; Wiper, PV; Fazio, E; Neri, F; Barreca, F; Mafra, L; Pillinger, M; Pinna, N; Valente, AA
2014, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, 2, 30, 11813-11824.

Sulfonated Graphene Oxide as Effective Catalyst for Conversion of 5-( Hydroxymethyl)-2-furfural into Biofuels

Antunes, MM; Russo, PA; Wiper, PV; Veiga, JM; Pillinger, M; Mafra, L; Evtuguin, DV; Pinna, N; Valente, AA
2014, CHEMSUSCHEM, 7, 3, 804-812.

Mesoporous carbon-silica solid acid catalysts for producing useful bio-products within the sugar-platform of biorefineries

Russo, PA; Antunes, MM; Neves, P; Wiper, PV; Fazio, E; Neri, F; Barreca, F; Mafra, L; Pillinger, M; Pinna, N; Valente, AA
2014, GREEN CHEMISTRY, 16, 9, 4292-4305.

Mesoporous zirconia-based mixed oxides as versatile acid catalysts for producing bio-additives from furfuryl alcohol and glycerol

Neves, P; Russo, PA; Fernandes, A; Antunes, MM; Farinha, J; Pillinger, M; Ribeiro, MF; Castanheiro, JE; Valente, AA
2014, APPLIED CATALYSIS A-GENERAL, 487, 148-157.

Application of an indenyl molybdenum dicarbonyl complex in the isomerisation of alpha-pinene oxide to campholenic aldehyde

Bruno, SM; Gomes, AC; Gamelas, CA; Abrantes, M; Oliveira, MC; Valente, AA; Paz, FAA; Pillinger, M; Romao, CC; Goncalves, IS
2014, NEW JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY, 38, 7, 3172-3180.

Synthesis, Structural Elucidation, and Catalytic Properties in Olefin Epoxidation of the Polymeric Hybrid Material [Mo3O9(2-[3(5)-Pyrazolyl]pyridine)](n)

Amarante, TR; Neves, P; Gomes, AC; Nolasco, MM; Ribeiro-Claro, P; Coelho, AC; Valente, AA; Paz, FAA; Smeets, S; McCusker, LB; Pillinger, M; Goncalves, IS
2014, INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 53, 5, 2652-2665.

Investigation of a dichlorodioxomolybdenum(VI)-pyrazolylpyridine complex and a hybrid derivative as catalysts in olefin epoxidation

Amarante, TR; Neves, P; Paz, FAA; Valente, AA; Pillinger, M; Goncalves, IS
2014, DALTON TRANSACTIONS, 43, 16, 6059-6069.

Patents

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