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There is a clear world demand for the independence of the industry from fossil fuels and electrochemistry and electrocatalysis are assuming a fundamental role on the development of more sustainable and environmental friendly industrial processes.

Research profile

Marta Costa Figueiredo is an assistant professor in electrochemistry at the TU/e department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry (research group Inorganic Materials Chemistry). Her research is devoted to electrocatalysis and electro(catalytic)synthesis for sustainable processes and production of high value chemicals like fuels and organic molecules from “waste” substrates as for example, carbon dioxide and biomass. The main aim is to understand, develop and optimize electrochemical reactions under practical relevant conditions in order to give a step further on the usage of electrochemistry at industrial scale.

Academic background

Marta Costa Figueiredo studied chemistry at Porto University (Portugal) where she obtained her MSc degree in 2008. From 2009 to 2012, she moved to Spain for her PhD research in electrocatalysis for the reduction of nitrogen containing compounds under the supervision of Prof. Juan Feliu. After finishing her PhD in 2012, Marta was a postdoctoral researcher at different Universities in Europe: from 2012 until 2014 at Aalto University (Finland) in the group of Prof. Tanja Kallio in fuel cells, from 2014 to 2017 at Leiden University in the group of Prof. Marc Koper on electrocatalytic synthesis of organic carbonates and during 2017 at University of Copenhagen with Prof. Jan Rosmeisl and Dr. Maria Escudero Escribano. From 2017 until 2019, Marta was a Jr Scientist at Avantium (Amsterdam) working on CO2 electrochemical conversion. In April 2019 she was appointed as assistant professor at the Inorganic Materials Chemistry research group at TU/e.

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Research Output

  • 1062 Citations
  • 43 Article
  • 1 Comment/Letter to the editor
  • 1 Review article

Towards the sustainable synthesis of ethylene glycol

Figueiredo, M. C., 22 Jan 2020, In : Nature Catalysis. 3, 1, p. 4-5 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/Letter to the editorAcademicpeer-review

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    Advances and challenges in understanding the electrocatalytic conversion of carbon dioxide to fuels

    Birdja, Y. Y., Pérez-Gallent, E., Figueiredo, M. C., Göttle, A. J., Calle-Vallejo, F. & Koper, M. T. M., 1 Sep 2019, In : Nature Energy. 4, 9, p. 732-745 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

  • 34 Citations (Scopus)

    Electrochemical conversion of CO2 into organic carbonates: products and intermediates

    Figueiredo, M. C., Trieu, V. & Koper, M. T. M., 17 Jun 2019, In : ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering. 7, 12, p. 10716-10723 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Electrochemically generated copper carbonyl for selective dimethyl carbonate synthesis

    Davies, B. J. V., Šarić, M., Figueiredo, M. C., Schjødt, N. C., Dahl, S., Moses, P. G., Escudero-Escribano, M., Arenz, M. & Rossmeisl, J., 1 Feb 2019, In : ACS Catalysis. 9, 2, p. 859-866 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 5 Citations (Scopus)

    Mechanistic study of the electrosynthesis of propylene carbonate from propylene oxide and CO2 on copper electrodes

    Pérez-Gallent, E., Figueiredo, M. C. & Koper, M. T. M., 3 Jun 2019, In : ChemElectroChem. 6, 11, p. 2917-2923 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)


    ISE Travel Award for Young Electrochemists

    Marta Costa Figueiredo (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: OtherScientific

  • Courses

    Inorganic chemistry

    1/09/13 → …


    Student theses

    The electrochemical oxidation of 5-hydroxymethyl-furfural: the road towards process intensification

    Author: Uslu, A., 29 Apr 2020

    Supervisor: Neira d'Angelo, M. (. (Supervisor 1), Delparish, A. (Supervisor 2), van der Schaaf, J. (Supervisor 2) & Costa Figueiredo, M. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master