Joaquim L. Faria received his Ph.D (Physical Organic Chemistry - 1993) from Instituto Superior Técnico (Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal) by working with Prof. S. Steenken at the Max Planck Institute for Radiation Chemistry (Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany). He joined the LCM - Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials (University of Porto) in 1994 as a staff member, where he founded a research line on Heterogeneous Photocatalysis.
Published over 180 articles in international journals (h index 39) and more than 300 communications in international congresses and symposia. He has written book chapters, been guest editor of volumes on specific collections and reviewer of scientific journals and other non-periodic publications. Also published some works and performed public demonstrations on popular science for young people.
He has chaired and collaborated on the organization of several national and international meetings, as the XXI National Meeting of the Portuguese Chemical Society (chair) or the 7th European Meeting on Solar Chemistry and Photocatalysis: Environmental Applications - SPEA7 (chair). He acted as member of several scientific boards of national and international meetings.
He is currently Associate Professor at Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), Board Member of the Department of Chemical Engineering of the same Faculty, member of the Scientific Committee of the MSc in Chemical Engineering and member of the Scientific Council of the Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM (Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering - Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials) a distinguished research unit devoted to specific objectives of the scientific and technological policy laid down by the government.
From 2016 to 2018 was appointed as Vice President of the Portuguese Chemical Society.
Recently was elected as Associate Member of IUPAC Division I - Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division for the biennium of 2016-2017.
His work focuses on catalysis and catalysed reactions, with thermal and photo activation, for environmental applications, energy and fine chemical synthesis.
As acted as supervisor of 10 PhD students and 6 Post-Doctoral fellows, in addition to many MSc students in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry.
In 2005 he received the Scientific Prize of the Portuguese Association of PhD Studies in France (APDF) "Celestino da Costa / Jean Perrin". In recent years has received from FEUP a diploma of recognition for his contribute to scientific research.