Ana Inês Brandão Paninho

Junior Researcher
Materials for Electronics, Optoelectronics and Nanotechnologies


Ana Inês Paninho graduated in Biomedical Engineering in 2010 at NOVA FCT. In 2018, She completed a European PhD - Sustainable Intensification Strategies for the Production of Cyclic Carbonates from CO2 . This work had a networking between 7 different institutions from 3 different countries (Portugal, Spain and Germany). During her PhD, she was awarded two COST grant awards (Short Term Scientific Missions and COST Travel Grant Award). She published 20 publications in international peer reviewed journals, over 290 total citations and h-index of 9, according to Scopus.

Her research activity follows fundamental research on carbon dioxide utilization, dedicated to the development of innovative, economic viable and more sustainable chemical processes. Her multidisciplinary professional experience covers the areas of green chemistry, electrochemistry, biomaterials, catalysis, ionic liquid technologies, continuous flow processes, and phase behavior studies. In the last years, Ana Paninho has been involved in several conferences/scientific meetings (played an active role as host committee in the organization of three of them) in a total of 31 oral, and 23 poster communications. A poster in the 19th International Symposium on Solubility Phenomena and Related Equilibrium Processes was awarded best Poster presentation. She was also involved in one FEDER-FCT project (SunStorage) and one international project (AQUA-CO2NV) funding by Ministerio de Economía Y Competitividad (MINECO). Currently, she is CO-Principal Investigator of CO2RED and team member of CO2ValuE and BiOELA FCT projects (total ca 3.5k€). In 2022, CO2RED team was finalist in the Program R2Value – Research to Value. This initiative was promoted by IRIS in close collaboration with the Madan Parque, Armilar, Vesalius, Frontier, and sponsored by


Paninho, A. B., Zakrzewska, M. E., Correa, L. R., daSilva, F. G., Branco, L. C., & Nunes, A. V. (2024). New Sustainable Chemicals and Materials Derived from CO 2 and Bio‐based Resources: A New Catalytic Challenge. Catalysis for a Sustainable Environment: Reactions, Processes and Applied Technologies, 35-53.

Paninho, A. B., & Nunes, A. V. M. (2023). Limonene carbonate synthesis from CO 2 : Continuous high-pressure flow catalysis with integrated product separation. The Journal of Supercritical Fluids, 193, 105827.

Paninho, A. B., Mustapa, A. N., Mahmudov, K. T., Pombeiro, A. J., Guedes da Silva, M. F. C., Bermejo,M. D., ... & Nunes, A. V. (2021). A bio-based alginate aerogel as an ionic liquid support for the efficient synthesis of cyclic carbonates from CO 2 and epoxides. Catalysts, 11(8), 872.

Agostinho, D. A., Paninho, A. I., Cordeiro, T., Nunes, A. V., Fonseca, I. M., Pereira, C., ... & Ventura, M. G. (2020). Properties of κ-carrageenan aerogels prepared by using different dissolution media and its application as drug delivery systems. Materials Chemistry and Physics, 253, 123290.