M. Fernando R. Pereira is Full Professor at FEUP. He obtained his PhD in 1998 in Chemical Engineering from FEUP. R&D manager of CITEVE (1998–2000). In 2000 he returned to FEUP as an assistant professor and joined the LCM (later LSRE-LCM). Head of the Chemical Engineering Department since 2018, former director of the Integrated Master in Environmental Engineering (2013-19), elected Member of the National College of Chemical and Biological Engineering of the Portuguese Engineers Association since 2013, Vice-President of the Carbon Group of SPQ since 2018, representative of Portugal in the International Association of the Catalysis Communities (IACS) Council since 2018 and in the European Carbon Association since 2019. He was awarded the “Medalha Vicente Seabra” in 2008 by SPQ, and “Prémio de Excelência Científica” in 2013 and 2018 by FEUP.

His main research interests are heterogeneous catalysis, carbon materials, environment, energy, biomass Conversion, chemical Reaction engineering, functional materials and smart textiles. In these areas, he has supervised 20 PhD (13 concluded) and 70 master students; coordinated 21 R&D projects and participated in other 23; published 290 scientific papers in ISI journals, 9 book chapters, more than 300 presentations in scientific meetings and 3 patents pending. The total number of citations is 15760, and the H-index is 63 (Scopus, 10/2020).


Carbon materials
Heterogeneous Catalysis
Environment and Energy
Functional Materials
Smart Textiles
Solid Waste Engineering and Management


A.F.M.F. Ramôa, M.G.C.O.B.S.M. Pizarro, J.A. Morgado, S.O. Prozil, M.F.R. Pereira, O.S.G.P. Soares, P.S.F. Ramalho, C.A.M.P. Sá, V.L.G.P. Sá, S.G.C.S. Ventura, J.S. Abreu, Cork Yarn, Production Method and Uses. PCT/IB2017/050485, January 2017. EU Patent 3409830, August 2018. Portuguese Patent 109121, January 2016.
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.


O.S.G.P. Soares, R. P. Rocha, A.G. Gonçalves, J.L. Figueiredo, J.J.M. Órfão, M.F.R. Pereira. Highly active N-doped carbon nanotubes prepared by an easy ball milling method for advanced oxidation processes. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 192, 296-303, 2016 I.M. Rocha, O.S.G. Soares, D.M. Fernandes, C. Freire, J.L. Figueiredo, M.F.R. Pereira. N-doped Carbon Nanotubes for the Oxygen Reduction Reaction in Alkaline Medium: Synergistic Relationship between Pyridinic and Quaternary Nitrogen. ChemistrySelect, 1, 2522-2530, 2016 O.S.G.P. Soares, R.P. Rocha, A.G. Gonçalves, J.L. Figueiredo, J.J.M. Órfão, M.F.R. Pereira. Easy method to prepare N-doped carbon nanotubes by ball milling. Carbon, 91, 114-121, 2015 R.P. Rocha, A.G. Gonçalves, L.M. Pastrana-Martínez, B.C. Bordoni, O.S.G.P. Soares, J.J.M. Órfão, J.L. Faria, J.L. Figueiredo, A.M.T. Silva, M.F.R. Pereira. Nitrogen-doped graphene-based materials for advanced oxidation processes. Catalysis Today, 249, 192-198, 2015 L.S. Ribeiro, J.J.M. Órfão, M.F.R. Pereira. Enhanced direct production of sorbitol by cellulose ball-milling. Green Chemistry, 17, 2973-2980, 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 M. Enterría, M.F.R. Pereira, J.I. Martins, J.L. Figueiredo. Hydrothermal functionalization of ordered mesoporous carbons: The effect of boron on supercapacitor performance. Carbon, 95, 72-83, 2015 J. Restivo, J.J.M. Orfao, S. Armenise, E. Garcia-Bordeje, M.F.R. Pereira. Catalytic ozonation of metolachlor under continuous operation using nanocarbon materials grown on a ceramic monolith. Journal of hazardous materials, 239-240, 249-56, 2012 C. Pereira, C. Alves, A. Monteiro, C. Magén, A.M. Pereira, A. Ibarra, M.R. Ibarra, P.B. Tavares, J.P. Araújo, G. Blanco, J.M. Pintado, A.P. Carvalho, J. Pires, M.F.R. Pereira, C. Freire. Designing novel hybrid materials by one-pot co-condensation: from hydrophobic mesoporous silica nanoparticles to super-amphiphobic cotton textiles. Applied Materials & Interfaces, 3, 2289-2299, 2011 E.G. Rodrigues, M.F.R. Pereira, X. Chen, J.J. Delgado, J.J.M. Órfão. Influence of activated carbon surface chemistry on the activity of Au/AC catalysts in glycerol oxidation. Journal of Catalysis, 281, 119-127, 2011 C.A. Orge, J.J.M. Órfão, M.F.R. Pereira. Catalytic ozonation of organic pollutants in the presence of cerium oxide-carbon composites. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 102, 539-546, 2011 A.G. Gonçalves, J.L. Figueiredo, J.J.M. Órfão, M.F.R. Pereira. Influence of the surface chemistry of multiwalled carbon nanotubes on their activity as ozonation catalysts. Carbon, 48, 4369-4381, 2010 J.L. Figueiredo, M.F.R. Pereira. The role of surface chemistry in catalysis with carbons. Catalysis Today, 150, 2-7, 2010 O.S.G.P. Soares, J.J.M. Órfão, M.F.R. Pereira. Bimetallic catalysts supported on activated carbon for the nitrate reduction in water: optimization of catalysts composition. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 91, 441-448, 2009 P.C.C. Faria, J.J.M. Órfão, M.F.R. Pereira. Activated carbon catalytic ozonation of oxamic and oxalic acids. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 79, 237-243, 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 M.F.R. Pereira, J.J.M. Órfão, J.L. Figueiredo. Oxidative dehydrogenation of ethylbenzene on activated carbon catalysts. 1 - Influence of surface chemical groups. Applied Catalysis A: General, 184, 153-160, 1999 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


UnirCell - Unitised regenerative fuel cell for efficient renewable energy supply: from materials to device. Reference: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-016422. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, PAC - P2020|COMPETE -Programa de Ações Conjuntas. Starting Date: 2017/01/01. Duration: 48 months. Role: Coordinator Cork-a-Tex Yarn - Yarn with high incorporation of cork. Reference: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-17714. Funded by: ANI – Agência Nacional de Investigação, P2020|COMPETE - Projetos em Copromoção. Starting Date: 2016/10/01. Duration: 19 months. Role: Coordinator FOTOTEXT - New strategy to light responsive smart textiles. Reference: PTDC/CTM-POL/0813/2012. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I&DT - Projectos de I&DT em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2013/06/01. Duration: 28 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: Coordinator GASCLEAN - Development of a prototype for gaseous depollution of VOCs by adsorption/catalytic oxidation. Reference: SI IDT - 21616/2011. Funded by: Agência de Inovação, S.A., SI IDT - Sistema de Incentivos de I&DT - Projectos de I&DT em Co-Promoção. Starting Date: 2011/07/01. Duration: 30 months. Role: Coordinator Novel Functional Textiles Obtained by the Incorporation of Silica Nanoparticles, Nanoclays and Carbon Nanotubes: Production, Characterization and Applications. Reference: PTDC/CTM/108820/2008. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I&DT - Projectos de I&DT em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2010/06/01. Duration: 38 months. Role: Coordinator MONACAT - Monolithic reactors structured at the nano and micro levels for catalytic water purification. Reference: 226347. Funded by: European Comission, 7.º Programa-Quadro de IDT. Starting Date: 2009/05/01. Duration: 36 months. Role: Coordinator
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