Mirtha A. O. Lourenço



Mirtha Alejandra de Oliveira Lourenço is a European Research Area Postdoctoral Fellow (ERA-PF) funded under the application to the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)-PF 2021 call. She started this position in March 2023 at the University of Aveiro/CICECO, where she is developing sustainable porous silicas for optimal CO2 uptake from biogas (GRACE project). She holds a degree in Chemistry and a Master's in Chemistry in the field of Chemical and Industrial Processes from the University of Coimbra. In December 2016, she obtained the Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Aveiro (UA). During this period, under the supervision of P. Ferreira and J.R.B. Gomes, she focused her research on developing new functionalized periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) for different adsorption and catalysis applications, combining computational and experimental methods. In 2018, she started to work as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. C.F. Pirri at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) - Center for Sustainable Future Technologies (CSFT), Italy. Here, she developed novel carbon based materials for environmental applications, such as gas adsorption/separation and catalytic CO2 reduction. From May 2021 to May 2022, she was a Researcher at the CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials focusing on the synthesis and structural elucidation of functionalized porous silicas towards CO2 adsorption-separation under the EU-funded NMR4CO2 project, led by L. Mafra. In November 2021, she was awarded a Junior researcher grant by FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) to valorize biomass waste for biogas upgrading.

Ongoing Supervisions


Valorization of Crab Shells as Potential Sorbent Materials for CO2 Capture

Daniel Pereira, Marina Ilkaeva, Francisco Vicente, Ricardo Vieira, Mariana Sardo, Mirtha A. O. Lourenço*, Armando Silvestre, Ildefonso Marin-Montesinos*, and Luís Mafra*
2024, ACS Omega, 9, 16.

Unravelling the structure of CO2 in silica adsorbents: an NMR and computational perspective

Sardo, Mariana; Morais, Tiago; Soares, Márcio; Vieira, Ricardo; Ilkaeva, Marina; Lourenço, Mirtha; Marin-Montesinos, Ildefonso; Mafra, Luis*
2024, Chemical Communications, 60.

Evolution of bismuth electrodes activating electrosynthesis of formate from carbon dioxide reduction

Juqin Zeng; Nicolò B.D. Monti; Tengfei Chen; Micaela Castellino; Wenbo Ju; Mirtha A.O. Lourenço; Pravin Jagdale; Candido F. Pirri;
2024, Catalysis Today, 437.

Revealing the competitive effect of N2 and H2O towards CO2 adsorption in N-rich ordered mesoporous carbons

E. Maruccia, A. Piovano, M.A.O. Lourenço, T. Priamushko, M. Cavallo, S. Bocchini, F. Bonino, F.C. Pirri, F. Kleitz, C. Gerbaldi
2023, Materials Today Sustainability, 21.

Multiscale Computational Approaches toward the Understanding of Materials

Bordonhos, M; Galvao, TLP; Gomes, JRB; Gouveia, JD; Jorge, M; Lourenço, MAO; Pereira, JM; Pérez-Sánchez, G; Pinto, ML; Silva, CM; Tedim, J; Zêzere, B

N-doped sponge-like biochar: A promising CO2 sorbent for CO2/CH4 and CO2/N2 gas separation

Lourenco, MAO; Frade, T; Bordonhos, M; Castellino, M; Bocchini, S; Pinto, ML

Biochar waste-based ZnO materials as highly efficient photocatalysts for water treatment

Goncalves, NPF; Lourenco, MAO; Baleuri, SR; Bianco, S; Jagdale, P; Calza, P

Nanocast nitrogen-containing ordered mesoporous carbons from glucosamine for selective CO2 capture

Maruccia, E; Lourenco, MAO; Priamushko, T; Bartoli, M; Bocchini, S; Pirri, FC; Saracco, G; Kleitz, F; Gerbaldi, C

CO2 and CH4 adsorption-separation on periodic mesoporous organosilica: A DFT study

M.A.O. Lourenço, Paula Ferreira, J.R.B. Gomes
2021, Materials Today Communications, 26, 102088.

Improved CO2 adsorption properties through amine functionalization of multi-walled carbon nanotubes

M.A.O. Lourenço, M. Fontana, P. Jagdale, C.F. Pirri, S. Bocchini
2021, Chemical Engineering Journal, 414, 128763.

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