João Rocha (born 1962) is Full Professor of Chemistry and Director of the University of Aveiro Institute of Materials (CICECO, ca. 380 people), the largest Materials Science Institute in Portugal.
João is member of the European Academy of Sciences and of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences (Chemistry) (restricted to 13 Chemists), and Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and the ChemPubSoc Europe. In 2012-15 he was member of the National Science and Technology Council (headed by the Prime Minister). In 2005, he received the prize for Scientific Excellence from the Portuguese Science Foundation and in 1990 a prize from Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
He got his Ph.D. in 1990 from the Department of Chemistry, Cambridge University, UK, working on solid-state NMR of kaolinite and related materials (supervisor Prof. Jacek Klinowski). This was followed by a one year post-doc (NMR of zeolite-type materials) in the same group. He has been in the Chemistry Department, Aveiro University, since mid 1991. In 1999 he was promoted to Full Professor of Inorganic Chemistry.
João published ca. 450 SCI papers and 23 book chapters, with ca. 12400 citations (h-index 53), and 4 patent applications, and gave over 150 talks (most invited) at conferences (most international).
He is Chair of the 'Commission on Inorganic and Mineral Structures' and consultant of the 'Commission on NMR Crystallography and Related Methods' of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr). He was Chair on the editorial board of European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry and is member of the editorial boards of Chemistry - a European Journal, Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, and Solid State Sciences, and editor of the RSC Nanoscience and Nanotechnology book series.
He has been a member of assessment committes of the European Research Council Advanced Grants, IBM prize Portugal, LABEX (France), Portuguese Science Foundation (grants and research institutions), and has also reviewed projects and assessed research groups for France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, UK, Austria. He is regularly called upon by the Portuguese Science Foundation (FCT) to coordinate the panel awarding post-doc and Ph.D. grants in Materials Science and Engineering, and in 2003 he headed the panel (of foreign scientists) that evaluated the Portuguese Materials Science and Engineering research groups. He has been a regular referee for the leading journals in Chemistry, Materials Science and NMR, such as Angewandte Chemie, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Advanced Materials, Chemistry of Materials, Journal of Magnetic Resonance and Solid State NMR.
João’s group was part of a European Madame Curie Training Site ("Advanced Ceramic Materials: Synthesis and Structure”) in Aveiro University.