Mirtha A. O. Lourenço

Junior Researcher


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


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