Adelino F. Cunha finished high school at the Werner-Heisenberg-Gymnasium Rüsselsheim, Germany, with a special emphasis on economics, in 1995, and graduated with a Degree in Chemistry/Chemical Engineering from the Technische Universität Darmstadt (TUD), Germany. In 2009, he obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Porto with the thesis subject “Hydrogen production by catalytic decomposition of methane”. From 2009 to 2014, he was a postdoctorate working on “Hydrogen production by sorption-enhanced steam reforming of ethanol”. In 2014, he got a research position as a scientific investigator at FEUP, with emphasis on separation-enhanced reaction processes. He was also co-advisor of one Ph.D student (Yi-Jiang Wu) and one project student (Miguel Moreira). Currently he makes scientific investigation of synthesis gas production using carbon dioxide as source. He has 25 publications and a h-index of 15 (nearly 600 citations).

Supervisors: José Miguel Loureiro, Alírio Rodrigues


Renewable Resources/Energy
Process Intensification/Reaction Enhancement


Y.J. Wu, P. Li, J.G. Yu, A.F. Cunha, A.E. Rodrigues. Progress on Sorption-Enhanced Reaction Process for Hydrogen Production: A Review. Reviews in Chemical Engineering, 32, 271-304, 2016 M.N. Moreira, A.M. Ribeiro, A.F. Cunha, A.E. Rodrigues, M. Zabilskiy, P. Djinović, A. Pintar. Copper based materials for water-gas shift equilibrium displacement. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 189, 199–209, 2016 B.A.V. Santos, J.M. Loureiro, A.M. Ribeiro, A.E. Rodrigues, A.F. Cunha. Methanol production by bi-reforming. Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 93, 510-526, 2015 J.L. Figueiredo, J.J.M. Órfão, A.F. Cunha. Hydrogen production via methane decomposition on Raney-type catalysts. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 35, 9795-9800, 2010


New cyclic adsorption-reaction processes. Reference: EXCL/QEQ-PRS/0308/2012|FCOMP-01-0124-FEDER-027458. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, EXCL - Linhas de Investigação de Excelência. Starting Date: 2013/01/01. Duration: 36 months.
Filipe Cunha
Postdoctoral Researcher