Adrián M.T. Silva is graduated in Chemical Engineering by the Faculty of Sciences and Technology - U. Coimbra, Portugal, 1999. He received the Ph.D. diploma in Chemical Engineering at the same Faculty in April 2005. Part of the thesis was conducted in the National Institute of Chemistry, Slovenia, under supervision of Professor Janez Levec. Before obtaining his Ph.D. diploma, he was hired by a Portuguese company (June 2004 to April 2005) and involved in the design of the first unit in Portugal integrating the so-called advanced oxidation processes (AOPs). After this period, until September 2006, he was Postdoctoral researcher (granted by FCT) at U. Coimbra and at Technical U. Crete, Greece. From October 2006 until October 2011, and from June 2012 until December 2013, he was hired as Auxiliary Researcher by LSRE-LCM at FEUP. He is Associate Researcher / Investigador Principal – FCT in the same research unit since December 2013. He has been lecturing in the courses of Integrated Master in Chemical Engineering and Integrated Master in Environmental Engineering at FEUP. He was Deputy Secretary-General of the Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ) from January 2010 until June 2013, and he is promoter of a company created in 2008 (Adventech; He co-authored more than 400 publications, including 1 book, 11 chapters in books or in book series with peer review, more than 130 publications in international peer reviewed ISI indexed journals, 4 publications in peer reviewed national journals, and more than 250 communications in conference proceedings. He is co-editor of 1 book, 3 special issues of international scientific journals, 7 books of proceedings resulting from conferences (with ISBN), and co-inventor of a patent request. His expertise is focused on the preparation, characterization and application of nano- and macro-structured materials for separation and reaction engineering. He received the prize “Premio al Investigador Joven” from the Iberoamerican Federation of Catalysis Societies - FISoCAT in September 2016, and “Prémio Ramôa Ribeiro” from The Division of Catalysis and Porous Materials of SPQ in May 2016, among a total of 9 prizes. He was team leader of 8 international and national research projects, and team member in 10 other projects approved in very competitive calls. He is Management Committee (MC) Member of COST Action ES1403: “New and emerging challenges and opportunities in wastewater reuse (NEREUS)”, since July 2014, and member of the Scientific Committee of the “European Ph.D. School in Advanced Oxidation Processes”, since May 2014. He regularly organizes scientific conferences (19 until now) and other events for dissemination of science to the society. Since June 2016, he is Associate Editor of the Elsevier journal Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (#1 TOP journal in the category of: Engineering, Environmental; Source: ISI Web of Knowledge, January 2017).


Nano- and macro-structured materials
Environmental monitoring, water and wastewater treatment, desalination and reuse
Biomedical applications, solar fuels and chemicals
Advanced oxidation technologies (photocatalysis, catalytic wet (peroxide and air) oxidation, Fenton process, catalytic ozonation and combination of them)
Membrane technology (membrane distillation, forward osmosis, ultra- and nano-filtration)


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.


N.F.F. Moreira, J.M. Sousa, G. Macedo, A.R. Ribeiro, L. Barreiros, M. Pedrosa, J.L. Faria, M.F.R. Pereira, S. Castro-Silva, M.A. Segundo, C.M. Manaia, O.C. Nunes, A.M.T. Silva. Photocatalytic ozonation of urban wastewater and surface water using immobilized TiO2 with LEDs: Micropollutants, antibiotic resistance genes and estrogenic activity. Water Research, 94, 10-22, 2016 M. Barbosa, N.F.F. Moreira, A.R. Ribeiro, M.F.R. Pereira, A.M.T. Silva. Occurrence and removal of organic micropollutants: An overview of the watch list of EU Decision 2015/495. Water Research, 94, 257-279, 2016 T.L.S. Silva, S. Morales-Torres, J.L. Figueiredo, A.M.T. Silva. Multi-walled carbon nanotube/PVDF blended membranes with sponge- and finger-like pores for direct contact membrane distillation. Desalination, 357, 233-245, 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 L.M. Pastrana-Martínez, S. Morales-Torres, J.L. Figueiredo, J.L. Faria, A.M.T. Silva. Graphene oxide based ultrafiltration membranes for photocatalytic degradation of organic pollutants in salty water. Water Research, 77, 179-190, 2015 S. Morales-Torres, T.L.S. Silva, L.M. Pastrana-Martínez, A.T.S.C. Brandão, J.L. Figueiredo, A.M.T. Silva. Modification of the surface chemistry of single- and multi-walled carbon nanotubes by HNO3 and H2SO4 hydrothermal oxidation for application in direct contact membrane distillation. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 16, 12237-12250, 2014 C.P. Athanasekou, S. Morales-Torres, V. Likodimos, G.E. Romanos, L.M. Pastrana-Martinez, P. Falaras, J.L. Faria, J.L. Figueiredo, A.M.T. Silva. Prototype composite membranes of partially reduced graphene oxide/TiO2 for photocatalytic ultrafiltration water treatment under visible light. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 158-159, 361-372, 2014 L.M. Pastrana-Martinez, S. Morales-Torres, V. Likodimos, J.L. Figueiredo, J.L. Faria, P. Falaras, A.M.T. Silva. Advanced nanostructured photocatalysts based on reduced graphene oxide-TiO2 composites for degradation of diphenhydramine pharmaceutical and methyl orange dye. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 123, 241-256, 2012 G.E. Romanos, V. Likodimos, R.R.N. Marques, T.A. Steriotis, S.K. Papageorgiou, J.L. Faria, J.L. Figueiredo, A.M.T. Silva, P. Falaras. Controlling and quantifying oxygen functionalities on hydrothermally and thermally treated single-wall carbon nanotubes. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115, 8534-8546, 2011 A.M.T. Silva, B.F. Machado, J.L. Figueiredo, J.L. Faria. Controlling the surface chemistry of carbon xerogels using HNO3 hydrothermal oxidation. Carbon, 47, 1670-1679, 2009


AIProcMat@N2020 - Advanced Industrial Processes and Materials for a Sustainable North Region of Portugal2020. Reference: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-000006. Funded by: CCDR-N - Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Norte, P2020|Norte2020 - Projetos Integrados ICDT. Starting Date: 2016/06/01. Duration: 36 months. Role: Researcher NEPCAT - New equipment involving integrated catalytic processes for treatment of organic pollutants and disinfection of water. Reference: SI IDT - 38900/2012 F3. Funded by: ON2, QREN Project. Starting Date: 2014/01/01. Duration: 18 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: Researcher Carbon nanotube membranes for water desalination and purification. Reference: PTDC/AAC-AMB/122312/2010. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, FCT Project. Starting Date: 2012/03/31. Duration: 30 months. Role: Coordinator CLEAN WATER - Water detoxification using innovative vi-nanocatalysts. Reference: 227017. Funded by: European Comission, 7.º Programa-Quadro de IDT. Starting Date: 2009/06/01. Duration: 36 months. Role: Coordinator
Adrián Silva
Investigador Principal