Mirtha A. O. Lourenço

Junior Researcher

Summary

Mirtha Alejandra de Oliveira Lourenço is a Junior Researcher at the Department of Chemistry, University of Aveiro and CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials. 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 2016, she obtained her 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 ativity on the development of 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 Technologia (IIT) - Center for Sustainable Future Technologies (CSFT, Italy). Here, she developed new 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, a subject she is currently working on. Recently (March 2022), she was awarded an ERA-PF grant under the topic: HORIZON-WIDERA-2022-TALENTS-02-01 — Fostering balanced brain circulation – ERA Fellowships through the action: HORIZON TMA MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships - European Fellowships (HORIZON-TMA-MSCA-PF-EF) to design sustainable porous silicas for optimal CO2 uptake from biogas (GRACE).

Ongoing Supervisions

Publications

Carbon-modified titanium oxide materials for photocatalytic water and air decontamination

Silva, MRF; Lourenco, MAO; Tobaldi, DM; da Silva, CF; Seabra, MP; Ferreira, P
2020, CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL, 387.
ISBN: 1873-3212

Effect of the surface functionalization of a waste-derived activated carbon on pharmaceuticals' adsorption from water

Jaria, G; Lourenco, MAO; Silva, CP; Ferreira, P; Otero, M; Calisto, V; Esteves, VI
2020, JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR LIQUIDS, 299.
ISBN: 1873-3166

Toxic impacts of rutile titanium dioxide in Mytilus galloprovincialis exposed to warming conditions

Leite, C; Coppola, F; Monteiro, R; Russo, T; Polese, G; Silva, MRF; Lourenco, MAO; Ferreira, P; Soares, AMVM; Pereira, E; Freitas, R
2020, CHEMOSPHERE, 252.
ISBN: 1879-1298

Experimental and computational analysis of NOx photocatalytic abatement using carbon modified TiO2 materials

T. Zhiltsova, N. Martins, M.R.F. Silva, C.F. Da Silva, M.A.O. Lourenço, D.M. Tobaldi, D. Covita, M.P. Seabra, P. Ferreira
2020, Catalyst, 10, 1366.

Pyrolyzed chitosan-based materials for CO2/CH4 separation

Lourenco, MAO; Nunes, C; Gomes, JRB; Pires, J; Pinto, ML; Ferreira, P
2019, CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL, 362, 364-374.
ISBN: 1873-3212

Flue gas adsorption on periodic mesoporous phenylene-silica: a DFT approach

Lourenco, MAO; Ferreira, P; Gomes, JRB
2018, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 20, 24, 16686-16694.

Carbonization of periodic mesoporous phenylene- and biphenylene-silicas for CO2/CH4 separation

Lourenco, MAO; Pinto, ML; Pires, J; Gomes, JRB; Ferreira, P
2017, CARBON, 119, 267-277.
ISBN: 1873-3891

Microwave-assisted N,N-dialkylation of amine-functionalized periodic mesoporous phenylene-silica: An easy and fast way to design materials

Lourenco, MAO; Ferreira, MJG; Sardo, M; Mafra, L; Gomes, JRB; Ferreira, P
2017, MICROPOROUS AND MESOPOROUS MATERIALS, 249, 10-15.
ISBN: 1873-3093

Simple, mono and bifunctional periodic mesoporous organosilicas for removal of priority hazardous substances from water: The case of mercury(II)

Lourenco, MAO; Figueira, P; Pereira, E; Gomes, JRB; Lopes, CB; Ferreira, P
2017, CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL, 322, 263-274.
ISBN: 1873-3212

Selectivity for CO2 over CH4 on a functionalized periodic mesoporous phenylene-silica explained by transition state theory

Kunkel, C; Vines, F; Lourenco, MAO; Ferreira, P; Gomes, JRB; Illas, F
2017, CHEMICAL PHYSICS LETTERS, 671, 161-164.
ISBN: 1873-4448

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