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"Contributing towards a circular economy to sustain our increasingly populated planet while improving quality of life is not only my ambition, but a responsibility we need to confront."

Research profile

From the fields of reaction and catalysis engineering, Fernanda Neira D’Angelo aims to develop novel technologies to intensify sustainable processes, in particular, the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to chemicals and fuels. Her research in multiphase reactors is closely linked to the development and application of effective catalytic systems, seeking the most efficient combination and synergism between reactor engineering and catalysis. With a first-hand understanding on the limitations of conventional technologies for biomass processing, she has been increasingly devoted to the integrated development of novel reactor concepts (e.g., foam-based, spinning disc and microreactors) and catalysts (e.g., multifunctional catalysts and coatings) that will be key to realize the future bio-based economy, utilizing the entire lignocellulose fractions (sugars and lignin).

Academic background

Maria Fernanda Neira D'Angelo (Buenos Aires, Argentina) studied Chemical Engineering at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. In 2010 Neira D'Angelo graduated cum laude within the Biomass Technology Group at the department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), where she conducted her master's research on biomass gasification and Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis. She continued with PhD research within the TU/e Reactor Engineering Group on the catalytic conversion of biomass via Aqueous Phase Reforming. In 2014 she obtained her PhD with the distinction cum laude. In 2014-2015 Neira d'Angelo was employed at BiChem Technology (Eindhoven), initially as research scientist and later as the project leader of the pilot-scale activities for the conversion of biomass derived sugars into valuable chemicals. In 2015 she returned to the Reactor Engineering Group at TU/e as tenure track assistant professor.

Affiliated with

  • Chemelot InSCiTe
  • NIOK

 Partners in (semi-)industry


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Reforming reactions Chemical Compounds
Microchannels Chemical Compounds
Hydrogen Chemical Compounds
Catalysts Engineering & Materials Science
Propylene Engineering & Materials Science
Hydrogen peroxide Engineering & Materials Science
Hydrogen Peroxide Chemical Compounds
Epoxidation Chemical Compounds

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Research Output 2011 2019

11 Citations (Scopus)

Facile Synthesis of Catalytic AuPd Nanoparticles within Capillary Microreactors Using Polyelectrolyte Multilayers for the Direct Synthesis of H2O2

Kanungo, S., Paunovic, V., Schouten, J. C. & Neira D'Angelo, M. F., 11 Oct 2017, In : Nano Letters. 17, 10, p. 6481-6486 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
18 Citations (Scopus)

Aqueous phase reforming in a microchannel reactor: The effect of mass transfer on hydrogen selectivity

Neira d'Angelo, M. F., Ordomskiy, V., Schaaf, van der, J., Schouten, J. C. & Nijhuis, T. A., 1 Oct 2013, In : Catalysis Science & Technology. 3, 10, p. 2834-2842 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Reforming reactions
Mass transfer
17 Citations (Scopus)

Hydrogen production through aqueous-phase reforming of ethylene glycol in a washcoated microchannel

D'Angelo, M. F. N., Ordomsky, V., Paunovic, V., Van Der Schaaf, J., Schouten, J. C. & Nijhuis, T. A., 1 Sep 2013, In : ChemSusChem. 6, 9, p. 1708-1716 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Ethylene Glycol
Reforming reactions
Hydrogen production
Ethylene glycol
13 Citations (Scopus)

Carbon-coated ceramic membrane reactor for the production of hydrogen by aqueous-phase reforming of sorbitol

Neira d'Angelo, M. F., Ordomskiy, V., Schouten, J. C., Schaaf, van der, J. & Nijhuis, T. A., 1 Jan 2014, In : ChemSusChem. 7, 7, p. 2007-2015 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Ceramic membranes
Reforming reactions
36 Citations (Scopus)

Direct synthesis of hydrogen peroxide over Au-Pd catalyst in a wall-coated microchannel

Paunovic, V., Ordomsky, V., Fernanda Neira D'Angelo, M., Schouten, J. C. & Nijhuis, T. A., 1 Jan 2014, In : Journal of Catalysis. 309, p. 325-332 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide


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Student theses

A supply chain optimization framework for CO2 reduction: case of the Netherlands

Author: Kalyanarengan Ravi, N., 25 May 2016

Supervisor: Zondervan, E. (Supervisor 1), van Sint Annaland, M. (Supervisor 2), Fransoo, J. (Supervisor 2), Grievink, J. (External person) (External coach), Neira d'Angelo, M. (Supervisor 2) & Boersma, A. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Master


Direct numerical simulation of coupled heat mass transfer in reactive fluid-particle systems

Author: Tan, M., 29 May 2019

Supervisor: Kuipers, H. (Supervisor 1), Peters, F. (Supervisor 2), Neira d'Angelo, F. (Supervisor 2) & Lu, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Hydrodynamics in a trickle bed with open-structure random packing

Author: Edelenbosch, F., 22 Feb 2017

Supervisor: van der Schaaf, J. (Supervisor 1), Pezzi Martins Loane, L. (Supervisor 2), Padding, J. (Supervisor 2) & Neira d'Angelo, F. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Optimization of furfural production processes: simultaneous stripping

Author: van Kampen, J., 21 Dec 2016

Supervisor: Krzelj, V. (Supervisor 1), van der Schaaf, J. (Supervisor 2), Neira d'Angelo, M. (Supervisor 2) & Gallucci, F. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master