Sara Realista

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    Ongoing Project

  • " Smart polymer switches for green CO2 capture

  • Polymer Switches

     Hydrocarbon fuels are currently the most important source of energy because of their ready availability, stability, and high energy density. Unfortunately, combustion of this source of energy carries a significant issue to the environment and environmental pollution, for which carbon dioxide emissions are responsible. The increasing atmospheric concentration of CO2 has been predicted by models which suggest dramatic and irreversible changes if actions are not urgently taken. It is now well established that CO2 may be sequestered and stored as liquid CO2 or solid carbonate but both procedures solutions are energetically demanding and financially costly.
       We are interested in exploring the eletrocatalytic potential for CO2 electroreduction recycling and sensing of symmetric and asymmetric mono and dinuclear transition metal complexes. In this project, electrodes are modified by eletropolymerisation and their performance towards CO2 electroreduction is investigated.


  • 2014-Present: PhD in Chemistry (CATSUS Program, Catalysis and Sustainability),Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa (Portugal)

  • 2011-2013: Masters Degree in Chemistry, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1700 Lisboa (Portugal)

  • 2008-2011: Bachelors Degree in Chemistry, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Campo Grande, 1700 Lisboa (Portugal)

  • Awards

  • 2013: "Programa de Estímulo à Investigação". Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian awards the most promising and talented young scientists with this highly competitive and renowned programme.

  • Publications

  • [1] V. Rosa, S. Realista, A. Mourato, L. Abrantes, J. Henriques, M. Calhorda, T. Avilés, M. Drew, V. Félix,"1,1'-Bis(diphenylphosphino)ferrocene bridging two mono(cyclopentadienyl) cobalt moieties: Synthesis, structure, electrochemistry and DFT studies", J. Organomet. Chem. 2012, 712, 52-56.

  • [2] P.N. Martinho, A.I. Vicente, S. Realista, M. S. Saraiva, A. Melato, L. P. Ferreira, M.D. Carvalho, "Solution and solid state properties of Fe(III) complexes bearing N-ethyl-N-(2-aminoethyl) salicylaldiminate ligands", J. Organomet. Chem. 2014, 760, 48-54.

  • Posters

  • [1] 1,1' - bis(diphenylphosphino)ferrocene bridging two mono(cyclopentadienyl) cobalt moieties: synthesis, structure, electrochemistry and DFT studies, Maria J. Calhorda, Vitor Rosa, Sara Realista, Ana Mourato, Luisa Maria Abrantes, João Henriques, Teresa Avilés and Vitor Félix, XXV Internacional Conference Organometallic Chemistry, September 2012, Lisbon, Portugal.

  • [2] Novos complexos com ligandos bidentados de azoto para catálise, M.J. Calhorda, B. Cardoso, S. Realista, V. Félix, Meeting of the Sociedade Portuguesa de Química, July 2011, Braga, Portugal.

  • [3] Modified electrodes based on binuclear complexes for electrocatalysis, S. Realista, P. N. Martinho, A. Melato, M.J. Calhorda, 46th Heyrovský Discussion on MOLECULAR ELECTROCHEMISTRY IN ORGANOMETALLIC SCIENCE, June 2013, Prague, Czech Republic.

  • [4] Modified electrodes for electrocatalysis: electropolimerisation based on binuclear metal complexes, S. Realista, P. N. Martinho, A. Melato, M.J. Calhorda, III Jornadas da eletroquímica e inovação, September 2013, Vila Real, Portugal.

  • [5] Binuclear Zinc Complexes for Green CO2 Capture and Reduction, S Realista, P. N. Martinho, A. Melato, M.J. Calhorda, 10th Inorganic Chemistry Conference of Sociedade Portuguesa de Química, April 2014, Costa da Caparica, Portugal.

  • [6] Schiff base metallopolymers for green CO2 reduction, Sara Realista, Paulo N. Martinho, Ana I. Melato, Maria José Calhorda, 5th EuCheMS - Chemistry Congress, August 2014, Istanbul, Turkey.