FCT Investigator at REQUIMTE/LAQV, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, Faculty of Sciences, Porto University, Portugal.
The main research interests include the fabrication and characterization of fine-tuned nanomaterials (magnetic nanoparticles, silica nanoparticles, carbon-based nanomaterials, titanium dioxide, gold nanoparticles) for application in Functional and Smart Textiles, Eco-sustainable Catalysis and Magnetic Resonance Imaging. A new research field which is being developed is related with the frequency-dependent behavior of functional nanomaterials in the range of 1 Hz to 12.6 GHz.
More recently has been engaged on the development of hybrid nanomaterials and their assembly for the fabrication of flexible devices and textiles for energy storage, namely supercapacitors and pseudocapacitors.
A. FUNCTIONAL (NANO)MATERIALS
a) Design and production of novel functional nanomaterials with fine-tuned properties: magnetic nanoparticles, silica nanoparticles, titanium dioxide nanoparticles, carbon nanomaterials.
b) Development of eco-sustainable and cost-effective processes for the large-scale production of functional materials.
B. FUNCTIONAL AND SMART TEXTILES
a) Fabrication of functional and smart textiles with radiation protection, antistatic properties, hydro-/oleophobicity, fire retardancy, photochromism and thermochromism through nanotechnology.
b) Fabrication of smart textiles and flexible devices for energy storage using hybrid nanomaterials, namely supercapacitors and pseudocapacitors.
c) Development of scalable processes for the incorporation of functional nanomaterials onto textile substrates which can be implemented in Textiles and Clothing Industry (scale-up).
C. ECO-SUSTAINABLE CATALYSIS SYSTEMS
a) Preparation of eco-friendly intrinsic nanocatalysts and application in organic pollutants degradation.
b) Preparation of eco-friendly bulk and nano hybrid catalysts by immobilization of transition metal complexes onto bulk and nano supports for application in liquid-phase oxidation reactions.
c) Homogeneous catalysis
D. MATERIALS CHARACTERIZATION TECHNIQUES
- Characterization of materials morphology, chemical composition, structural, textural, magnetic and electric properties.