My doctoral studies in Chemical Engineering were funded by a 4-year Spanish FPI (Formation of Investigator Personal) fellowship, and in 2008 I was awarded the PhD with a Cum Laude distinction, receiving the Best Thesis Award of University of Vigo for 2007-2008. This followed upon a broad-based basic scientific education received at the University of Vigo, Spain. I received a degree in Chemistry, with a specialization in Industrial Chemistry, 2003, as well as a Bachelor degree Thesis and an MSc in Chemical Science in 2003 and 2005, respectively. In the same institution, I obtained an MSc in Food Science and Technology during the same year as my PhD (2008).
Since my doctorate, I have pursed my investigation in the Ionic Liquid field at the Instituto de Tecnologia Quimica e Biologica (ITQB, Portugal). However, my collaboration with the University of Vigo is on-going and I have received invitations to lecture in some courses there. As a Post-Doc, I have won 5 national grants and a international one - a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship. Currently, I hold an assistant researcher position (FCT Investigator-2014) in the same group at the LAQV, REQUIMTE, FCT/UNL where I hope to continue my investigation.
Despite the fact that only 8 years have passed since my PhD, I have already published 58 papers in international peer review journals with an accumulated impact factor (IF) of 183 (44 papers are ranked in the top 25% highest IF (Q1) of the corresponding areas and 24 in the first 13.5%). Other two papers have been submitted and are awaiting reviewer comments. I have accumulated 1792 citations (1455 excluding all self-citations) and an h-index of 25 (21 excluding all self-citations using Scopus source). I have been first author in 38 of 58 papers, 24 of which authored independently from my PhD supervisor and 15 as corresponding author (independent investigator since 2010). 38 out of 58 publications have come following my PhD. My papers include some in high IF journals in the areas of: Multidisciplinary Chemistry (1 Chem. Commun.), Green & Sustainable Science & Technology (6 Green Chem.), Chemical Engineering (1 ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., 1 Chem. Eng. J. and 1 Sep. Purif. Technol.) and Multidisciplinary Materials Science (2 Langmuir).
I have also participated in 15 R&D projects funded by public and private institutions (1 industrial, 2 international (1 as PI), 4 Spanish, and 8 Portuguese (2 as PI)). I am currently the principal investigator in one FCT project. Other academic contributions include 2 book chapters, 46 papers in conference proceedings, 9 invited oral communications and 98 communications in conferences (20 oral and 78 posters). Moreover, I have also registered one Spanish patent. I also participated in the Spanish Ionic Liquid Network and I am a member of a COST Action: Exchange on Ionic Liquids. I have also collaborations with France, Colombia, UK and Spain. I completed the supervision of 6 master's students as well as 9 scholars in specific research projects. One PhD student, two master's student and four initiation researchers are currently under my supervision.
Frequent peer invitations attest to the recognition of my work. I have been proposed as invited professor (2014) in Université de Pau, France; I have participated on the jury of 3 PhD's Thesis (external evaluator), 5 Master's Thesis, have refereed papers in 25 high impact factor journals, have evaluated an international Chemical Technology project, have been invited to lecture in PhD Programs (University of Aveiro, Porto and ITQB) and I have prepared and coordinated numerous training courses.