Mirtha A. O. Lourenço

Researcher

Summary

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

Projects

Publications

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

Periodic mesoporous organosilica with low thiol density - a safer material to trap Hg(II) from water

Figueira, P; Lourenco, MAO; Pereira, E; Gomes, JRB; Ferreira, P; Lopes, CB
2017, JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICAL ENGINEERING, 5, 5, 5043-5053.

Chiral Copper(II) Bis(oxazoline) Complexes Directly Coordinated to Amine-Functionalized Phenylene/Biphenylene Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas as Heterogeneous Catalysts

Carneiro, L; Silva, AR; Lourenco, MAO; Mayoral, A; Diaz, I; Ferreira, P
2016, EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 3, 413-421.

Insights into CO2 and CH4 Adsorption by Pristine and Aromatic Amine-Modified Periodic Mesoporous Phenylene-Silicas

Lourenco, MAO; Siquet, C; Santos, J; Jorge, M; Gomes, JRB; Ferreira, P
2016, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 120, 26, 14236-14245.

Interaction of CO2 and CH4 with Functionalized Periodic Mesoporous Phenylene-Silica: Periodic DFT Calculations and Gas Adsorption Measurements

Lourenco, MAO; Siquet, C; Sardo, M; Mafra, L; Pires, J; Jorge, M; Pinto, ML; Ferreira, P; Gomes, JRB
2016, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 120, 7, 3863-3875.

Optimization of the time and temperature of the microwave-assisted amination of phenylene-PMO

Lourenco, MAO; Gomes, JRB; Ferreira, P
2015, RSC ADVANCES, 5, 12, 9208-9216.

Amino-modified periodic mesoporous biphenylene-silica

Lourenco, MAO; Mayoral, A; Diaz, I; Silva, AR; Ferreira, P
2015, MICROPOROUS AND MESOPOROUS MATERIALS, 217, 167-172.

Turning periodic mesoporous organosilicas selective to CO2/CH4 separation: deposition of aluminium oxide by atomic layer deposition

Lourenco, MAO; Silva, RM; Silva, RF; Pinna, N; Pronier, S; Pires, J; Gomes, JRB; Pintof, ML; Ferreira, P
2015, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, 3, 45, 22860-22867.

Post-synthetic modification of crystal-like periodic mesoporous phenylene-silica with ferrocenyl groups

Gomes, AC; Lourenco, MAO; Bruno, SM; Ferreira, P; Valente, AA; Pillinger, M; Goncalves, IS
2014, JOURNAL OF ORGANOMETALLIC CHEMISTRY, 751, 501-507.

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