25 years of Science and Innovation




Phone: +351 22 041 4854

Room: E421

Laboratory: E101A

Junior Researcher

Background: PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering – Faculty of Engineering of Porto, Portugal

Cátia Azenha

Major research topics

  • CO2 electrochemical reduction
  • CO2 capture and valorization
  • Catalyst development and characterization
  • H2 and methanol production


Selected Publications

Azenha, C., Mateos-Pedrero, C., Lagarteira, T., Mendes, A. “Tuning the selectivity of Cu2O/ZnO catalyst for CO2 electrochemical reduction”. Journal of CO2 Utilization, (2023), 68, 102368.

Azenha, C., Mateos-Pedrero, C., Alvarez-Guerra, M., Irabien, A., Mendes, A. “Binary copper-bismuth catalysts for the electrochemical reduction of CO2: Study on surface properties and catalytic activity”. Chemical Engineering Journal, (2022), 445, 136575.

Azenha, C., Lagarteira, T., Mateos-Pedrero, C., Mendes, A. “Production of hydrogen from methanol steam reforming using CuPd/ZrO2 catalysts – Influence of the catalytic surface on methanol conversion and CO selectivity”. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, (2021), 46, 17490-17499.

Azenha, C., Mateos-Pedrero, C., Alvarez-Guerra, M., Irabien, A., Mendes, A. “Enhancement of the electrochemical reduction of CO2 to methanol and suppression of H2 evolution over CuO nanowires”. Electrochimica Acta, (2020), 363, 137207.

Azenha, C., Mateos-Pedrero, C., Queirós, S., Concepción, P., Mendes, A. “Innovative ZrO2-supported CuPd catalysts for the selective production of hydrogen from methanol steam reforming”. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, (2017), 203, 400-407.


Selected Projects

“H2Driven – H2 como vetor de metanol verde para indústria química e mobilidade pesada” (PRR - C644923817-00000037), funded by Agência para a Competitividade e Inovação, I.P. Beginning: 2022. Duration 36 months. Role: Researcher

“BATERIAS 2030 – As baterias como elemento central para a sustentabilidade urbana” (POCI-01-0247-FEDER-046109), funded by Agência Nacional de Inovação S.A. Beginning: 2020. Duration 36 months. Role: Researcher

“SunStorage – Recolha e armazenamento de energia solar” (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-016387), funded by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (Portugal 2020). Beginning: 2016. Duration 36 months. Role: Research fellow.

“BeingEnergy – Integrated low Temperature Methanol Steam reforming and high temperature polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell” (303476) funded by the European Union (FCH-JU FP7). Beginning: 2012. Duration: 36 months; Role: Research fellow.

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