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Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from anthropogenic origin have been identified as one of the main contributors to the current global warming that earth is experiencing. The International Panel on Climate Change predicts that in 2100 the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere will be about 570 ppm, which will promote an increase of 1.5 °C in the average atmospheric temperature. These concerns have triggered the development of CO2 capture technologies to mitigate these emissions.

Solid acid catalysts appeared as a safer alternative to conventional liquid phase acids, namely HF and H2SO4, and since the 1940s have dominated relevant industry fields such as petrochemicals and oil refining. Zeolites are among the most widely used solid acid catalysts because they contain Brønsted and Lewis acid sites, shape selectivity and are thermally stable.

Approximately 40% of novel active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) are rejected by the pharmaceutical industry due to low bioavailability. To address this, there are several strategies to increase the bioavailabitity of a given API: developing carrier systems to increase bioavailability and defend drug molecules against degradation or increasing the solubility through the production of multicomponent systems are two examples. By developing a variety of drug delivery systems (DDSs) it is possible to better control the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, toxicity, immunogenicity and efficacy of drugs.


Team Specko was present in several scientific events this year, promoting the research performed in the group through poster and oral presentations.

Jornadas CICECO 2022

During Jornadas CICECO 2022, our Team Member Mirtha Lourenço won the "Young Researcher Award". Congratulations, Mirtha. We are proud of you!
Also during this event, several members of Team Specko (Catarina Moreira, Rita Fonseca, Mariana Sardo, Ildefonso Marin-Montesinos, Marina Ilkaeva and Francisco Vicente) presented their work with a poster.

2 PhD grants opened until September 15th

2 PhD Research Grants Opened within the European Research Council Grant “Unveiling CO2 chemisorption mechanisms in solid adsorbents via surface-enhanced ex(in)-situ NMR” at Team Specko, CICECO! Click the links below for more information:

Students @ Specko

These are the undergraduate students who are working on their final project at Team Specko. Bruno, Catarina, Geraldine, Margarida, Joana e Tiago joined our group at the beginning of this semester and have been working on the different themes that our team's research covers.

Collaboration with MagLab in Tallahassee, Florida

Members of team Specko visited the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab), Florida - USA, to perform NMR experiments in silica-based CO2 sorbents. Our colleagues are using a Bruker 600 MHz MAS-DNP NMR system to understand some of the properties of these materials.

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