L.M. Pastrana Martínez (Auxiliary Researcher) graduated in Chemistry at the Faculty of Science of the University of Jaén (Spain) in 2004. She finalized her PhD degree in Environmental Chemistry in 2010 at the same institution (EU mention). After the PhD, she gained post-doctoral experience hired within the framework of European FP7 project at the University of Porto (Portugal) in 2011. In 2012, she was granted with a Postdoctoral fellowship from the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) in Portugal. She became Auxiliary Research at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) in June 2015. She has a long experience in the preparation and characterization of carbon-based composites for water treatment. She has also expertise in the field of photocatalytic conversion of CO2 into renewable fuels using solar radiation. She is co-author in more than 100 publications including 35 papers in international SCI journals, 3 book chapters, 2 publications in a peer reviewed national journals, 2 international journal covers and over 70 communications in conference proceedings. She is team leader of an ongoing Portuguese project (Photocatalytic membranes for CO2 conversion to hydrocarbon chemical fuels- IF/01248/2014).

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Preparation and characterization of graphene-semiconductor composites
Advanced oxidation processes (Heterogeneous Photocatalysis, Photo-Fenton like process) for water treatment
Nanostructured carbon materials for solar fuels
CO2 photocatalytic conversion
Graphene derivatives membranes for air/water treatment

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

L.M. Pastrana-Martínez, A.M.T. Silva, N. Fonseca, J. Vaz, J.L. Figueiredo, J.L. Faria. Photocatalytic reduction of CO2 with water into methanol and ethanol using graphene derivative-TiO2 composites: Effect of pH and copper (I) oxide. Topics in Catalysis, 59, 1279, 2016 L.M. Pastrana-Martínez, S. Morales-Torres, J.L. Figueiredo, J.L. Faria, A.M.T. Silva. Graphene Derivatives in Photocatalysis. In Graphene-based Energy Devices, First Edition, Ch. 8, pp. 249-276, A.R.M. Yusoff (Ed), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, 2015 M.J. Sampaio, L.M. Pastrana-Martinez, A.M.T. Silva, J.G. Buijnsters, C. Han, C.G. Silva, S.A.C. Carabineiro, D.D. Dionysiou, J.L. Fariaa. Nanodiamond TiO2 composites for photocatalytic degradation of microcystin-LA in aqueous solutions under simulated solar light. RSC Advances, 5, 58363-58370, 2015 G. Romanos, L.M. Pastrana Martínez, T. Tsoufis, C. Athanasekou, E. Galata, F. Katsaros, E. Favvas, K. Beltsios, E. Siranidi, P. Falaras, V. Psycharis, A.M.T. Silva. A facile approach for the development of fine-tuned, self-standing graphene oxide membranes and their gas and vapor separation performance. Journal Membrane Science, 493, 734-747, 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 L.M. Pastrana-Martínez, S. Morales-Torres, V. Likodimos, P. Falaras, J.L. Figueiredo, J.L. Faria, A.M.T. Silva. Role of oxygen functionalities on the synthesis of photocatalytically active graphene-TiO2 composites. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 158-159, 329-340, 2014 L.M. Pastrana-Martínez, S. Morales-Torres, S.K. Papageorgiou, F.K. Katsaros, G.E. Romanos, J.L. Figueiredo, J.L. Faria, P. Falaras, A.M.T. Silva. Photocatalytic behaviour of nanocarbon-TiO2 composites and immobilization into hollow fibres. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 142-143, 101-111, 2013 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

SELECTED PROJECTS

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 Photocatalytic membranes for CO2 conversion to hydrocarbon chemical fuels. Reference: IF/01248/2014/CP1249/CT0005. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia Starting Date: 2015/06/29. Duration: 60 months. Role: Coordinator RL2_P4 - Catalysis and Materials. Reference: NORTE-07-0124-FEDER-000015. Funded by: ON2, ON2 Programa Integrado. Starting Date: 2013/01/01. Duration: 30 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: Researcher
Luisa Pastrana Martinez
Investigador Auxiliar
lpastrana@fe.up.pt