José Luis Figueiredo graduated in Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering - University of Porto (FEUP) in 1968, and became Teaching Assistant in the Department of Chemical Engineering (DEQ) of FEUP in 1969. In 1970 he joined the Heterogeneous Catalysis group of David Trimm in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemical Technology at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, UK, where he carried out research in Carbon Formation on Steam-Reforming Catalysts. He obtained the DIC (Diploma of the Imperial College) and the PhD (University of London) in 1975. He resumed his academic duties at DEQ/FEUP in January 1975, and created a research group in Heterogeneous Catalysis within the Chemical Engineering Research Centre (CEQ), which was at the origin of the Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials (LCM). He obtained his Habilitation degree in 1980 becoming full Professor of FEUP, where he is now Emeritus Professor (since 2015). He is a member of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences and of the Editorial Boards of the scientific journals CARBON (Elsevier), Fuel Processing Technology (Elsevier), Catalysts (MDPI) and Periodica Polytechnica – Chemical Engineering (Budapest University of Technology and Economics). He received several scientific awards, including Stimulus for Scientific Excellence (Ministry for Science and Higher Education, 2004), Excellence in Research (FEUP, 2011), Lee Hsun Research Award on Materials Science (Institute of Metals Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 2014), Ferreira da Silva Prize (Portuguese Chemical Society, 2014), FISOCAT Senior Award (Ibero-American Federation of Catalysis Societies, 2018) and CIBIQ R+D+i Excellence Medal (Ibero-American Congress in Chemical Engineering, 2023).


Heterogeneous Catalysis
Nanostructured Carbon Materials
Chemical and Catalytic Reaction Engineering


A.J.L.O. Pombeiro, L.M.D.R.S. Martins, A.P.C. Ribeiro, S.A.C. Carabineiro, J.L. Figueiredo, Process for Production of Ketones from Secondary Alcohols. PCT/PT2016/000019, December 2016. US Patent 16066540, June 2018, granted April 2019. EU Patent EP3397609, July 2018, granted May 2019. Portuguese Patent 109062, December 2015.


Eblagon K.M., Arenillas A., Malaika A., Fernando R. Pereira M., Figueiredo J.L.. The influence of the surface chemistry of phosphorylated carbon xerogel catalysts on the production of HMF from fructose in water. Fuel, 334, 126610, 2023 J.L. Figueiredo. A Relevância da Indústria Química e o seu Contributo para a Sociedade. Princípia Editora, Lda., Cascais, 2022 José Luís Figueiredo. Catálise@FEUP. FEUP Publications, 2020 N. Rey-Raap, M. Enterria, J.I. Martins, M.F.R. Pereira, J.L. Figueiredo. Influence of multiwalled carbon nanotubes as additives in biomass-derived carbons for supercapacitor applications. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 11, 6066-6077, 2019 M.Enterría, J.L. Figueiredo. Nanostructured mesoporous carbons: Tuning texture and surface chemistry. Carbon, 108, 79-102, 2016 J.L. Figueiredo, F. Ramôa Ribeiro. Catálise Heterogénea. Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, 3rd. Ed., 2015 J.L. Figueiredo. Functionalization of porous carbons for catalytic applications. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 1, 9351-9364, 2013 V.P. Santos, M.F.R. Pereira, J.J.M. Órfão, J.L. Figueiredo. The role of lattice oxygen on the activity of manganese oxides towards the oxidation of volatile organic compounds. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 99, 353-363, 2010 J.L. Figueiredo, M.F.R. Pereira. The role of surface chemistry in catalysis with carbons. Catalysis Today, 150, 2-7, 2010 P. Serp, J.L. Figueiredo (Ed). Carbon Materials for Catalysis. John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ, 2009 M. Guisnet, H.S. Cerqueira, J.L. Figueiredo, F. Ramôa Ribeiro. Desactivação e Regeneração de Catalisadores. Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, 2008 J.L. Figueiredo, M.M. Pereira, J.L. Faria (Ed). Catalysis from Theory to Application. Coimbra University Press, Coimbra, 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 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 J.L.Figueiredo, C.A.Bernardo, R.T.K.Baker, K.J.Hüttinger (Eds). Carbon Fibers, Filaments and Composites. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 1990 J.L.Figueiredo, J.A.Moulijn (Eds). Carbon and Coal Gasification. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, Dordrecht, 1986 J.L.Figueiredo (Ed). Progress in Catalyst Deactivation. Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, The Hague, 1982


RL2_P4 - Catalysis and Materials. Reference: NORTE-07-0124-FEDER-000015. Funded by: CCDR-N, Programa Operacional Regional do Norte (ON.2). Starting Date: 2013/01/01. Duration: 30 months. Role: Coordinator Selective oxidation of renewable organic substrates. Reference: PTDC/EQU-ERQ/101456/2008. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, FCT Project. Starting Date: 2010/03/31. Duration: 40 months. Role: Coordinator Nanostructured catalysts based on carbon nanofibers for environmental applications. Reference: NANO/NTec-CA/0122/2007. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Projectos de Investigação Científica e DT - Nanotecnologia. Starting Date: 2009/10/01. Duration: 27 months. Role: Coordinator Elimination of volatile organic compounds in industrial gaseous emissions by catalytic oxidation. Reference: PTDC/AMB/69065/2006. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I&DT - Projectos de I&DT em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2007/11/01. Duration: 39 months. Role: Coordinator
José Luís Figueiredo
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