Anabela Tavares Aguiar Valente
  Principal Researcher  
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Short CV

Her education background includes a 5-year degree in Chemical Engineering at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal), and a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering-Catalysis from the same university (supervisor: Prof. Joaquim Vital). Afterwards she carried out post-doctoral work in Materials Science and Engineering, at the University of Aveiro (UA, Department of Chemistry, Portugal; supervised by Prof. João Rocha). In 2002, she became equated to Assistant Investigator at the UA, Centre for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials (CICECO), and since 2015 she is Principal Investigator. She develops applied scientific research work in homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis. She has supervised MSc, PhD students and post-doctoral fellows, and has been involved in research projects as team member or coordinator. She is (co-)author of ca.200 SCI papers, 230 communications in (inter)national scientific meetings, patent, book chapters. 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. Elected as Chemistry Europe Fellow (Fellows Class 2020/2021).

Main scientific interests: oxidation catalysis, acid-base catalysis, catalytic routes for the 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


Anabela A. Valente, Researcher.

Patrícia dos Santos Neves, Researcher.

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

Ana Sofia M. Bruno, P, Researcher.

Andreia de Freitas Silva Magalhães, CI of project nº 030075 (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-030075) of CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials


Diana Gomes, BI/MSc grant of project nº 030075 (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-030075). Supervisors: Anabela A. Valente, Patrícia Neves, Martyn Pillinger (CICECO).

Martinique Nunes, BI/MSc grant of project nº 030075 (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-030075). Supervisors: Anabela A. Valente, Patrícia Neves, Isabel Gonçalves (CICECO).

Inês Vieira da Silva, MSc student. Thesis research work developed at the company Bresfor (supervisor at Bresfor, Inês Morais)

Carolina Duarte Bernardino, MSc student. Supervisors: Anabela A. Valente, Margarida Antunes (CICECO).

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 Integrated Masters in Chemical Engineering:
Mass transport (recitations);
Separation Processes I (recitations);
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

Selected publications (2015/20):

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. (2020) 109528 in press.

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.

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