Full Professor (IST, since 1989) and Coordinator/founder of the research Group on “Coordination Chemistry and Molecular Electrochmistry, Synthesis and Catalysis”.
Main research interests:
• Activation of small molecules with biological, pharmacological, environmental or industrial interest or related ones [e.g., alkanes (functionalization under mild conditions), alkynes, phosphaalkynes, isocyanides, carbon monoxide, dinitrogen, nitriles, cyanamides, nitric oxide, oximes, oxadiazolines, carboxamides, amidines, olefins, azides or cyanates] by transition metal centres, and developing their application in metal-mediated synthesis and catalysis, namely by searching for mimetic systems of biological processes (e.g. catalysed by peroxidases, particulate methanemonooxygenase, nitrile hydratases and nitrogenases), alternatives for industrial processes and new types of molecular activation with significance in fine chemistry (including the synthesis of compounds with bioactivity). Also comprehending: crystal engineering of coordination compounds, self-assembly of polynuclear and supramolecular structures, transition metal and organometallic chemistries and catalysis in aqueous media, high pressure gas reactions and catalysis ,and catalysis in supercritical fluids.
• Molecular Electrochemistry of coordination and organic compounds, namely towards applications in electrosynthesis, electrocatalysis and in mechanistic studies, as well as in the establishment of potential-structure relationships, and in the induction of chemical reactivity by electron-transfer.
• Theoretical calculations for the interpretation of properties and reactivity, at the molecular level.
Recent projects (under his responsibility):
-“Catalysis and Sustainability” (FCT PhD Program). -“Chemical Synthesis and Catalysis” (National Programme for Re-Equipping Science). - “Catalytic Carboxylation of Alkanes” (POCI 2010 programme, FCT). -“Metal-based Synthons with Pharmacological Significance” (POCTI programme, FCT). -"Coordination Chemistry and Molecular Electrochemistry, Synthesis and Catalysis” (FCT). -“Transition Metal Chemistry and Catalysis in Aqueous Media” (HRM EC Network) (Portuguese team leader).
1 book (author); 3 books (editor); ca. 642 research publications (including ca. 81 chapters in books or reviews and ca. 561 other research publications in refereed international journals); ca. 35 patents; ca. 17 didactic works; ca. 25 publications on various topics (S&T systems, Academy of Sciences of Lisbon, national electrochemical research, biographies, interviews, etc.).
ca. 95 invited lectures (plenary, keynote and session lectures) at international conferences; ca. 535 communications at international conferences; ca. 70 invited lectures at scientific institutions (usually foreign ones).
Reserarch training supervision
• 21 Ph.D. and 16 M.Sc. theses (degrees awarded),
• ca. 53 Doctorates (mostly foreign Post-doc. Fellows),
• ca. 47 Graduates or Undergraduates (ca. 35 foreign Ph.D., Marie Curie, Erasmus, FCT, etc. grant holders; beyond those whose Ph.D. or M.Sc. degree has already been granted).