Joaquim L. Faria received his Ph.D (Physical Organic Chemistry – 1993) from Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon (with Manuel J.E. Prieto), by working in the group of S. Steenken at the Max Planck Institute for Radiation Chemistry (Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany). He joined the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) in 1992, where he is now Associate Professor, and acts as Board Member of the Department of Chemical Engineering, member of the Scientific Committee of the MSc in Chemical Engineering and member of the Scientific Council of the Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM. He joined the LCM - Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials in 1994 as a staff member, where he started his research on Heterogeneous Photocatalysis. He has served has member of the Portuguese Chemical Society since 1982 and was appointed as Vice-President for the 2016-2018 term of office. Was elected as Associate Member of IUPAC Division I – Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division for the biennium of 2016-2017. In 2005 he received the Scientific Prize of the Portuguese Association of PhD Studies in France (APDF) "Celestino da Costa / Jean Perrin". In recent years received from FEUP recognition for his contribute to scientific research, being awarded the yearly “Prémio de Reconhecimento Científico”.