Eliana Da Silva graduated in Industrial Chemistry (Pre-Bologna) at University of Coimbra (Portugal). Between 2003 and 2006 she worked in the Water Laboratory of CCDRC (Comissão de Coordenação e Desenvolvimento Regional do Centro) in Coimbra, where she was responsible for the metals analytical section. In 2008 she was awarded the degree of MSc in Environmental Analytical Chemistry (Pre-Bologna) from Faculty of Pharmacy of University of Porto (Portugal). She holds a joint PhD in Chemistry (double diploma) with specialization in Photochemistry from University of Coimbra (UC, Portugal) and specialization in Physical Chemistry from Université Blaise Pascal (UBP, France) obtained in 2014. Her PhD thesis entitled "Naphthalene based plant regulating compounds: photophysics, direct and polyoxometalate catalysed degradation in homogeneous and heterogeneous media by layered double hydroxides" was carried out under the supervision of Professor’s Hugh D. Burrows (UC), Mohamed Sarakha (UBP) and Pascal Wong-Wah-Chung (UBP). The joint PhD FCT fellowship allowed her to take the most advantage of the best working conditions in each laboratory/country, boosting her expertise in different fields (photochemistry, materials, physical chemistry, inorganic and synthesis and analytical chemistry). Since November 2014 she is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Chemical Engineering of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), working on the field of photocatalysis for energy applications, particularly on the photocatalytic water splitting to generate harnessing hydrogen from solar energy. She is member of SPQ, RSC and EuCheMS societies, contributes regularly to national and international conferences and maintains scientific collaborations with several national and abroad groups.

Supervisors: Joaquim Luís Faria


Heterogeneous photocatalysis for energy conversion and environmental remediation
Solar fuels – artificial photosynthesis for hydrogen production from water splitting
Development and characterization of bioinspired nanostructured photocatalytic nanomaterials for H2 generation
Elucidation of photophysical processes occurring after light absorption (steady state/transient laser spectroscopies)


E.S. Da Silva, N.M.M. Moura, M.G.P.M.S. Neves, A. Coutinho, M. Prieto, C.G. Silva, J.L. Faria. Novel hybrids of graphitic carbon nitride sensitized with free-base mesotetrakis(carboxyphenyl) porphyrins for efficient visible light photocatalytic hydrogen production. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 221, 56-69, 2018 E.S. Da Silva, M. Sarakha, H.D. Burrows, P. Wong-Wah-Chung. Decatungstate anion as an efficient photocatalytic species for the transformation of the pesticide 2-(1-naphthyl)acetamide in aqueous solution. Journal of Photochemical and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 334, 61-73, 2017 E.S. Da Silva, M. Sarakha, P. Wong-Wah-Chung, H.D. Burrows. Beta-Cyclodextrin as a photostabilizer of the plant growth regulator 2-(1-naphthyl) acetamide in aqueous solution. Journal of Inclusion Phenomena and Macrocyclic Chemistry, 79, 329-336, 2014 E.S. Da Silva, V. Prevot, C. Forano, P. Wong-Wah-Chung, H.D. Burrows, M. Sarakha. Heterogeneous photocatalytic degradation of pesticides using decatungstate intercalated macroporous layered double hydroxides. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 21, 11218-11227, 2014 E.S. Da Silva, P. Wong-Wah-Chung, H.D. Burrows, M. Sarakha. Photochemical degradation of the plant growth regulator 2-(1-Naphthyl) acetamide in aqueous solution upon UV irradiation. Photochemistry and Photobiology, 89, 560-570, 2013 E.S. Da Silva, P. Wong-Wah-Chung, M. Sarakha, H.D. Burrows. Photophysical characterisation of the plant growth regulator 2-(1-naphthyl) acetamide. Journal of Photochemical and Photobiology A: Chemistry, 265, 29-40, 2013 E. Silva, M.M. Pereira, H.D. Burrows, M.E. Azenha, M. Sarakha, M. Bolte. Photooxidation of 4-chlorophenol sensitized by iron meso-tetrakis(2,6-dichloro-3-sulfophenyl)porphyrin in aqueous solution. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, 3, 200-204, 2004


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.
Eliana Da Silva
Postdoctoral Researcher