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Workshop – “Energy Storage Solutions”

Dear Colleagues,

It is with immense pleasure that we invite you to the Workshop “Energy Storage Solutions”, which will be held at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto on the 12th of September 2019. This Workshop will focus on different solar energy harvesting and storage solutions, from an academic to an industrial point of view.

“Energy Storage Solutions” Workshop counts with several renowned speakers in their respective fields, with 15-20 minutes oral presentations, followed by short discussions. At the end of the presentations, a laboratory visit will take place. More information on the Programme, the invited speakers and their oral communications can be found bellow. 



Workshop Programme




Invited speakers (by alphabetical order)

Prof. Artur Valente – Department of Chemistry, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Artur J. M. Valente obtained a Ph.D. in 1999 from Coimbra University for his studies on the transport properties of non-associated electrolytes in polyacrylamide-based hydrogels (under supervision of Prof. V. Lobo). In 2015 he got the Habilitation in Chemistry (Macromolecular Chemistry). He is currently Professor Auxiliar with Habilitation at the Chemistry Department of University of Coimbra, and subdirector of the Chemistry Department. His research interests focus on the: a):transport properties in solution and through polymers and gels, with particular focus on the development of gels as drug vectors, sensors and for sorption of pollutants; b) supramolecular host-guest compounds, with a focus on the kinetics and thermodynamics of complexation involving cyclodextrins and, more recently, cucurbit[n]urils; and c) interactions between surfactants and polyelectrolytes (e.g., polyfluorenes), and multivalent metal ions.

                                                                Presentation: Porphyrin-containing SPEEK composite membranes for fuel cells


Prof. Carlos Tavares – Department of Physics, University of Minho, Portugal

Carlos José Macedo Tavares obtained the following degrees: Degree in Physics – Branch of Materials, awarded by the University of Aveiro on July 15, 1994. Master, awarded by the University of Aveiro on October 20, 1997, referring to the Master in Applied Physics of the Department of Physics of Aveiro University. PhD in Sciences – Specialization in Physics, awarded by the University of Minho on May 16, 2002. The current position has been Assistant Professor since May 16, 2002, at the Department of Physics of the University of Minho. He is also Director of Materials Characterization Services at the University of Minho (SEMAT / UM). Since 2015, President of the Portuguese Vacuum Society (SOPORVAC).

Presentation: Transparent Thermoelectric Thin Films for Solar Applications


Dr. Dzmitry Ivanou – Department of Chemical Engineering, Porto University, Portugal

Dr. Dzmitry Ivanou (ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5313-4016; Scopus Author ID: 8714548800), received his Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the Belarusian State University, Minsk, Belarus, 2005. He is assistant researcher at LEPABE, University of Porto, Portugal. Scientific interests enclose the Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells with applied guidelines towards making this technology available for commercialization and mass production.

Presentation: Efficient Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells



Fábia Leal – A400, Porto, Portugal

Fábia Catarina Silva Leal obtained her Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering by the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto in July 2018. Shortly after the conclusion of her Master’s, Fábia worked as Intern Designer for A400 – Projetistas e Consultores de Engenharia, Lda., having been recently promoted to Junior Designer. At A400 Fábia is part of the mechanical installations department working essentially in dynamic simulation and energy analyses of buildings. She is involved in several projects looking to reduce building’s energy requirements and consumption applying the most innovative solutions in terms of building envelope, hvac systems and renewable energy technologies.

Presentation: Energy storage in buildings: A case study


Dr. Luís Branco – Nova University of Lisbon – LAQV@REQUIMTE

Luis C. Branco  graduated in Chemistry from University of Lisbon (1998) and then he received in 2006 his PhD in Organic and Sustainable Chemistry under supervision of Prof. C. Afonso (FCT-NOVA). From June 2006 to March 2008, he worked in Supramolecular Chemistry as postdoctoral research at the University of Cambridge (UK) with Dr. Sijbren Otto and at the IST (Portugal) with Prof. C. Afonso. In April 2008, he came to Portugal to work as Assistant Researcher in Photochemistry and Supramolecular group (Ciência 2007 FCT programme). In 2013, he got an Invited Research Position at the same institution. In last five years, he has conducted an independent research mainly focused in the development of Sustainable Chemistry and Applied Functional Materials including task-specific ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents. He is also Director of Solchemar Lda. company, founded in 2004, that develop and commercialize several types of sustainable products including ionic liquids, deep eutectic solvents, catalysts and nanomaterials.

                                                                Presentation: Functional ionic systems for sustainable energy solution


Prof. Manuel Mendes – University NOVA of Lisbon, Portugal

Manuel J. Mendes, PhD in 2012 by the Instituto de Energía Solar of Univiversity Politécnica de Madrid, is now Assistant Professor at University NOVA de Lisboa and Senior Researcher at CENIMAT-i3N, working in the field of light management for photovoltaics. He has been involved in 17 national and 8 international projects, being PI in 1 national (SuPerSolar) and 1 European (DIELECTRIC PV) project as well as institution responsible plus WP leader in 3 national and 1 H2020-RIA European project entitled APOLO – aimed at developing photonic-enhanced flexible Perovskite solar cells for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).

Presentation: Photonic-enhanced Flexible Photovoltaics     


Dr. Matthew Mayer – Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin,Germany

Dr. Matthew T. Mayer is a group leader at the Helmholtz Center Berlin for Materials and Energy (HZB) since 2017, where he leads research activities on electrocatalytic and photoelectrochemical conversion of carbon dioxide into valuable products. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2013 from Boston College where he worked on nanostructures and thin films for solar energy conversion applications. For the next four years he worked as postdoctoral scientist and Solar Fuels sub-group leader at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland in the institute of Prof. Michael Grätzel, leading the group’s efforts in the European projects PECDEMO and PHOCS. In 2017 he earned a Helmholtz Young Investigators Group fellowship (1.5M EUR) to initiate his independent research program in Berlin, Germany. His group focuses on electrocatalyst design and structure-function investigations using in situ analytic and spectroscopic techniques.

                                                                 Presentation: Transforming (photo)electrochemical activity using interfacial nano-layers


Prof. Pedro Salomé – Micro and Nanofabrication Department, International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory, Portugal

Pedro Salomé received his Diploma in Physics Engineering and Doctoral degree in the field of Applied Physics from the University of Aveiro, Portugal, in 2006 and 2011, respectively. During his PhD studies, he worked with growth and characterization of Cu(In,Ga)Se2 and Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 thin films for solar cells and he performed short research stays at the Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Germany, and at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. From February 2011 to February 2013, already holding a PhD, he was the project manager of an industrial collaboration between the Ångström Solar Center, at Uppsala University, Sweden, and Corning Inc., USA. He was awarded an Individual Intra European (IEF) Marie Curie and moved to the International Iberian nanotechnology laboratory (INL), where he is now leader of the group Nanofabrication for Optoelectronic applications.

                                                   Presentation: The need for high efficiency solar modules and the case of Cu(In,Ga)Se2


Søren Bødker – VisBlue 

Søren Bødker is the CEO and co-founder of VisBlue, a Danish/Portuguese spinout company from Aarhus University and the University of Porto. In 1996, Søren concluded his bachelor degree in Common Electronic from Århus Teknikum and since then has acquired a vast experience as Market, Product and Business development manager in several companies and institutions such as KIRK Telecom, Dantherm Power and Aarhus University. In 2014, Søren concluded an E-MBA (MMT) from Aalborg Universitet and also co-founded VisBlue, the first and only Danish battery producer specialised in vanadium redox flow batteries.

Presentation: Visblue and the market opportunities for redox flow batteries


Prof. Vasco Freitas – Department of Civil Engineering, Porto University, Portugal

Vasco Peixoto de Freitas is a Full Professor (Buildings) at the Department of Civil Engineering of FEUP, being responsible for several curricular units of the Master in Civil Engineering (MIEC – FEUP) and of the Advanced Studies in Building Heritage Rehabilitation (EARPE – FEUP). He is the President of GECORPA and the Director of the Laboratory of Building Physics – LFC at FEUP, since its creation in 1991. Vasco Freitas is the author or co-author of about 400 scientific publications, Coordinator or Author of about 300 studies in the Institute of Construction and Consultant of about 650 studies and projects in the following fields: Hygrothermal Behaviour; Pathology and Rehabilitation; Natural Ventilation; Thermal Behaviour and Acoustic Behaviour of Buildings.

Presentation: Comfort, energy consumption and renewable energies in dwellings – The Portuguese Case 




There is no registration fee, but applications are limited to 70 participants. Two coffee breaks are included. To register, please follow the link below and fill in the form by August 31st. The organization will inform you of your acceptance no later than September 5th.

Registration closed


We hope to see you in Porto!

With kind regards,

Organizing committee 



Organizing Committee

Adélio Mendes

João Azevedo

Paula Dias

Rita Arnaldo    

Telmo Lopes








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