Manuel Fernando R. Pereira is Associate Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP), since 2011. He obtained his Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the University of Porto in 1994. From 1994 to 1998 he carried out post-graduate research on carbon as a catalyst at FEUP, under the supervision of J.L. Figueiredo. In 1998 he obtained the PhD from the University of Porto. Between 1998 and 2000 he moved to CITEVE - Technological Centre for the Textile and Clothing Industries of Portugal, where he worked as R&D manager. In 2000 he returned to FEUP as assistant professor and joined the Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials (LCM). He is the director of the Integrated Master in Environmental Engineering at FEUP since 2013, member of Chemical Engineering Department Executive Committee since 2008 and Vogal do Colégio Nacional de Engenharia Química e Biológica da Ordem dos Engenheiros since 2013. He was awarded with the “Medalha Vicente Seabra” in 2008 by Sociedade Portuguesa de Química, and with “Prémio de Excelência Científica” in 2013 by FEUP.


Carbon materials
Heterogeneous Catalysis
Environment and Energy
Functional Materials
Smart Textiles
Solid Waste Engineering and Management


A.F.M.F. Ramôa, M.G.C.O.B.S.M. Pizarro, J.A. Morgado, S.O. Prozil, M.F.R. Pereira, O.S.G.P. Soares, P.S.F. Ramalho, C.A.M.P. Sá, V.L.G.P. Sá, S.G.C.S. Ventura, J.S. Abreu, Fio com Cortiça Incorporada, Método de Obtenção e seus Usos. Portuguese Patent 109121, January 2016.
A.M.T. Silva, M.F.R. Pereira, J.L. Faria, O.C. Nunes, C.M. Manaia, M.A. Segundo, S.M.C. Silva, P.A.G.C. Nunes, Photocatalytic ozonation reactor with supported catalyst and light emitting diodes. Portuguese Patent 108949, November 2015.


O.S.G.P. Soares, R. P. Rocha, A.G. Gonçalves, J.L. Figueiredo, J.J.M. Órfão, M.F.R. Pereira. Highly active N-doped carbon nanotubes prepared by an easy ball milling method for advanced oxidation processes. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 192, 296-303, 2016 I.M. Rocha, O.S.G. Soares, D.M. Fernandes, C. Freire, J.L. Figueiredo, M.F.R. Pereira. N-doped Carbon Nanotubes for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Alkaline Medium: Synergistic Relationship between Pyridinic and Quaternary Nitrogen. ChemistrySelect, 1, 2522-2530, 2016 O.S.G.P. Soares, R.P. Rocha, A.G. Gonçalves, J.L. Figueiredo, J.J.M. Órfão, M.F.R. Pereira. Easy method to prepare N-doped carbon nanotubes by ball milling. Carbon, 91, 114-121, 2015 R.P. Rocha, A.G. Gonçalves, L.M. Pastrana-Martínez, B.C. Bordoni, O.S.G.P. Soares, J.J.M. Órfão, J.L. Faria, J.L. Figueiredo, A.M.T. Silva, M.F.R. Pereira. Nitrogen-doped graphene-based materials for advanced oxidation processes. Catalysis Today, 249, 192-198, 2015 L.S. Ribeiro, J.J.M. Órfão, M.F.R. Pereira. Enhanced direct production of sorbitol by cellulose ball-milling. Green Chemistry, 17, 2973-2980, 2015 A.R. Ribeiro, O.C. Nunes, M.F.R. Pereira, A.M.T. Silva. An overview on the advanced oxidation processes applied for the treatment of water pollutants defined in the recently launched Directive 2013/39/EU. Environment International, 75, 33-51, 2015 M. Enterría, M.F.R. Pereira, J.I. Martins, J.L. Figueiredo. Hydrothermal functionalization of ordered mesoporous carbons: The effect of boron on supercapacitor performance. Carbon, 95, 72-83, 2015 J. Restivo, J.J.M. Orfao, S. Armenise, E. Garcia-Bordeje, M.F.R. Pereira. Catalytic ozonation of metolachlor under continuous operation using nanocarbon materials grown on a ceramic monolith. Journal of hazardous materials, 239-240, 249-56, 2012 C. Pereira, C. Alves, A. Monteiro, C. Magén, A.M. Pereira, A. Ibarra, M.R. Ibarra, P.B. Tavares, J.P. Araújo, G. Blanco, J.M. Pintado, A.P. Carvalho, J. Pires, M.F.R. Pereira, C. Freire. Designing novel hybrid materials by one-pot co-condensation: from hydrophobic mesoporous silica nanoparticles to super-amphiphobic cotton textiles. Applied Materials & Interfaces, 3, 2289-2299, 2011 E.G. Rodrigues, M.F.R. Pereira, X. Chen, J.J. Delgado, J.J.M. Órfão. Influence of activated carbon surface chemistry on the activity of Au/AC catalysts in glycerol oxidation. Journal of Catalysis, 281, 119-127, 2011 C.A. Orge, J.J.M. Órfão, M.F.R. Pereira. Catalytic ozonation of organic pollutants in the presence of cerium oxide-carbon composites. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 102, 539-546, 2011 A.G. Gonçalves, J.L. Figueiredo, J.J.M. Órfão, M.F.R. Pereira. Influence of the surface chemistry of multiwalled carbon nanotubes on their activity as ozonation catalysts. Carbon, 48, 4369-4381, 2010 J.L. Figueiredo, M.F.R. Pereira. The role of surface chemistry in catalysis with carbons. Catalysis Today, 150, 2-7, 2010 O.S.G.P. Soares, J.J.M. Órfão, M.F.R. Pereira. Bimetallic catalysts supported on activated carbon for the nitrate reduction in water: optimization of catalysts composition. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 91, 441-448, 2009 P.C.C. Faria, J.J.M. Órfão, M.F.R. Pereira. Activated carbon catalytic ozonation of oxamic and oxalic acids. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 79, 237-243, 2008 M.F.R. Pereira, S.F. Soares, J.J.M. Órfão, J.L. Figueiredo. Adsorption of dyes on activated carbons: Influence of surface chemical groups. Carbon, 41, 811-821, 2003 M.F.R. Pereira, J.J.M. Órfão, J.L. Figueiredo. Oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene on activated carbon catalysts. 1 - Influence of surface chemical groups. Applied Catalysis A: General, 184, 153-160, 1999 J.L. Figueiredo, M.F.R. Pereira, M.M.A. Freitas, J.J.M. Órfão. Modification of the surface chemistry of activated carbons. Carbon, 37, 1379-1389, 1999


UnirCell - Unitised regenerative fuel cell for efficient renewable energy supply: from materials to device. Reference: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-016422. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, PAC - P2020|COMPETE -Programa de Ações Conjuntas. Starting Date: 2016/10/01. Duration: 36 months. Role: Coordinator Cork-a-Tex Yarn - Yarn with high incorporation of cork. Reference: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-17714. Funded by: Agência Nacional de Inovação S.A., P2020|COMPETE - Projetos em Copromoção. Starting Date: 2016/10/01. Duration: 19 months. Role: Coordinator FOTOTEXT - New strategy to light responsive smart textiles. Reference: PTDC/CTM-POL/0813/2012. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I&DT - Projectos de I&DT em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2013/06/01. Duration: 28 months. Role: Coordinator FREECATS - Doped Carbon Nanostructures as Metal-free Catalysts. Reference: FP7 280658. Funded by: European Comission, 7.º Programa-Quadro de IDT. Starting Date: 2012/03/31. Duration: 36 months. Role: Coordinator GASCLEAN - Development of a prototype for gaseous depollution of VOCs by adsorption/catalytic oxidation. Reference: SI IDT - 21616/2011. Funded by: Agência de Inovação, S.A., SI IDT - Sistema de Incentivos de I&DT - Projectos de I&DT em Co-Promoção. Starting Date: 2011/07/01. Duration: 30 months. Role: Coordinator Novel Functional Textiles Obtained by the Incorporation of Silica Nanoparticles, Nanoclays and Carbon Nanotubes: Production, Characterization and Applications. Reference: PTDC/CTM/108820/2008. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I&DT - Projectos de I&DT em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2010/06/01. Duration: 38 months. Role: Coordinator MONACAT - Monolithic reactors structured at the nano and micro levels for catalytic water purification. Reference: 226347. Funded by: European Comission, 7.º Programa-Quadro de IDT. Starting Date: 2009/05/01. Duration: 36 months. Role: Coordinator
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