Anabela Tavares Aguiar Valente

Principal Researcher

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 over 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: applied catalysis, 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.



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).

Pedro Sá Cabanelas, MSc student. Supervisors: Anabela A. Valente, Margarida Antunes (CICECO).

Kámilah Leila Khan, MSc student. Supervisors: Margarida Antunes, Anabela A. Valente (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 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/...):

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


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


Comparison of liquid-phase olefin epoxidation catalysed by dichlorobis-(dimethylformamide)dioxomolybdenum(VI) in homogeneous phase and grafted onto MCM-41

Monteiro, B; Balula, SS; Gago, S; Grosso, C; Figueiredo, S; Lopes, AD; Valente, AA; Pillinger, M; Lourenco, JP; Goncalves, IS

Multi-functional rare-earth hybrid layered networks: photoluminescence and catalysis studies

Cunha-Silva, L; Lima, S; Ananias, D; Silva, P; Mafra, L; Carlos, LD; Pillinger, M; Valente, AA; Paz, FAA; Rocha, J
2009, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, 19, 17, 2618-2632.

Synthesis and catalytic properties of manganese(II) and oxovanadium(IV) complexes anchored to mesoporous MCM-41

Fernandes, TA; Nunes, CD; Vaz, PD; Calhorda, MJ; Brandao, P; Rocha, J; Goncalves, IS; Valente, AA; Ferreira, LP; Godinho, M; Ferreira, P

Immobilisation of eta(3)-allyidicarbonyl complexes of Mo-II with bidentate nitrogen ligands within aluminium-pillared clays

Alonso, JC; Neves, P; Silva, C; Valente, AA; Brandao, P; Quintal, S; de Brito, MJV; Pinto, P; Felix, V; Drew, MGB; Pires, J; Carvalho, AP; Calhorda, MJ; Ferreira, P

MCM-41 derivatised with pyridyl groups and its use as a support for luminescent europium(III) complexes

Bruno, SM; Coelho, AC; Ferreira, RAS; Carlos, LD; Pillinger, M; Valente, AA; Ribeiro-Claro, P; Goncalves, IS

Isomerization of D-glucose to D-fructose over metallosilicate solid bases

Lima, S; Dias, AS; Lin, Z; Brandao, P; Ferreira, P; Pillinger, M; Rocha, J; Calvino-Casilda, V; Valente, AA
2008, APPLIED CATALYSIS A-GENERAL, 339, 1, 21-27.

Dehydration of D-xylose into furfural catalysed by solid acids derived from the layered zeolite Nu-6(1)

Lima, S; Pillinger, M; Valente, AA
2008, CATALYSIS COMMUNICATIONS, 9, 11-12, 2144-2148.

Performance of tubular SrFe(Al)O(3-delta)-SrAl(2)O(4) composite membranes in CO(2)- and CH(4)-containing atmospheres

Yaremchenko, AA; Kharton, VV; Valente, AA; Snijkers, FMM; Cooymans, JFC; Luyten, JJ; Marques, FMB
2008, JOURNAL OF MEMBRANE SCIENCE, 319, 1-2, 141-148.

Structural and catalytic studies of a trimethyltin vanadate coordination polymer

Abrantes, M; Balula, MS; Valente, AA; Paz, FAA; Pillinger, M; Romao, CC; Rocha, J; Goncalves, IS

Characterization of a chiral menthyldimethyltin molybdate and its use as an olefin epoxidation catalyst

Abrantes, M; Valente, AA; Pillinger, M; Romao, CC; Goncalves, IS
2007, CATALYSIS LETTERS, 114, 1-2, 103-109.


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