Adrián M.T. Silva is graduated in Chemical Engineering by the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC) and received the Ph.D. diploma at the same Faculty in April 2005. He is Associate Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) and researcher at LSRE-LCM, a partnership between LSRE (Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering) and LCM (Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials), that now integrates the Associate Laboratory in Chemical Engineering (ALiCE). His research activities are mainly focused on the preparation and characterization of nano- and macro-structured materials (based on carbon materials, metal oxides/hydroxides and/or noble metals, including magnetic nanostructures) with major applications in the fields of Environmental Catalysis, Membrane Technology, Environmental Protection and Monitoring (specialisation: heterogeneous catalysis; water and air treatment; water reuse and desalination; micropollutants; advanced oxidation technologies - e.g. photocatalysis, catalytic wet (air/peroxide) oxidation, Fenton and catalytic ozonation; separation technologies - e.g. ultrafiltration and membrane distillation; life cycle assessment - LCA). He is Editor of Applied Catalysis B: Environmental - Elsevier (Impact Factor: 19.503 - #1 TOP journal in "Engineering, Environmental" and #3 in "Engineering, Chemical" - Web of Science). He is promoter and current head team member of the company "Adventech - Advanced Environmental Technologies" (, created in 2008. He was scientific FEUP responsible in more than 15 R&D projects and team member in more than 25 other R&D projects, most of them approved under very competitive calls (FCT, ERDF, FP7, H2020, CYTED). He was Management Committee Member [ES1403 PT] of COST Action NEREUS (2014-2018). He co-authored more than 500 publications (Scopus ID: 56329177700; ORCID: 0000-0001-8551-6353), including more than 20 book publications (books, book chapters and articles in book series with peer review), more than 220 scientific papers in peer-reviewed ISI indexed international journals (h index > 55 and > 10 300 citations - Scopus), and more than 300 communications in national and international conferences. He has experience in the supervision of more than 15 Ph.D. students and more than 15 Postdoctoral researchers, and he is Management Committee Member of the "EU (now international) Ph.D. School in Advanced Oxidation Processes" (since 2018, and Scientific Committee Member since 2014). He is member of the Chemical Engineering Department Council at FEUP (since 2010), member of its Executive Commission (since 2018) and Deputy Director of the Doctoral Program in Environmental Engineering at FEUP (since 2020). He regularly evaluates scientific research projects and organizes scientific conferences (more than 25 until now) and events for the dissemination of science to society. He is Scientific International Committee Member of SPEA (Solar Chemistry and Photocatalysis: Environmental Applications, since 2012). He was awarded: the "Prémio Ramôa Ribeiro" by the Division of Catalysis and Porous Materials of the Portuguese Chemical Society (2016); the "Medalha Vicente de Seabra" from the same Society (2017); the young researcher award in catalysis from the Ibero-American Federation of Catalysis Societies / FISOCAT (2016); the highest scientific recognition of his Faculty "FEUP Scientific Excellence Award" (2019); and as Highly Cited Researcher (HCR) by Clarivate (2021).


Nano- and macro-structured materials
Environmental monitoring, water and wastewater treatment, desalination and reuse
Biomedical applications, solar fuels and chemicals
Advanced oxidation technologies (photocatalysis, catalytic wet (peroxide and air) oxidation, Fenton process, catalytic ozonation and combination of them)
Membrane technology (membrane distillation, forward osmosis, ultra- and nano-filtration)


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.


N.F.F. Moreira, J.M. Sousa, G. Macedo, A.R. Ribeiro, L. Barreiros, M. Pedrosa, J.L. Faria, M.F.R. Pereira, S. Castro-Silva, M.A. Segundo, C.M. Manaia, O.C. Nunes, A.M.T. Silva. Photocatalytic ozonation of urban wastewater and surface water using immobilized TiO2 with LEDs: Micropollutants, antibiotic resistance genes and estrogenic activity. Water Research, 94, 10-22, 2016 M. Barbosa, N.F.F. Moreira, A.R. Ribeiro, M.F.R. Pereira, A.M.T. Silva. Occurrence and removal of organic micropollutants: An overview of the watch list of EU Decision 2015/495. Water Research, 94, 257-279, 2016 T.L.S. Silva, S. Morales-Torres, J.L. Figueiredo, A.M.T. Silva. Multi-walled carbon nanotube/PVDF blended membranes with sponge- and finger-like pores for direct contact membrane distillation. Desalination, 357, 233-245, 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 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 S. Morales-Torres, T.L.S. Silva, L.M. Pastrana-Martínez, A.T.S.C. Brandão, J.L. Figueiredo, A.M.T. Silva. Modification of the surface chemistry of single- and multi-walled carbon nanotubes by HNO3 and H2SO4 hydrothermal oxidation for application in direct contact membrane distillation. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 16, 12237-12250, 2014 C.P. Athanasekou, S. Morales-Torres, V. Likodimos, G.E. Romanos, L.M. Pastrana-Martinez, P. Falaras, J.L. Faria, J.L. Figueiredo, A.M.T. Silva. Prototype composite membranes of partially reduced graphene oxide/TiO2 for photocatalytic ultrafiltration water treatment under visible light. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 158-159, 361-372, 2014 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 G.E. Romanos, V. Likodimos, R.R.N. Marques, T.A. Steriotis, S.K. Papageorgiou, J.L. Faria, J.L. Figueiredo, A.M.T. Silva, P. Falaras. Controlling and quantifying oxygen functionalities on hydrothermally and thermally treated single-wall carbon nanotubes. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 115, 8534-8546, 2011 A.M.T. Silva, B.F. Machado, J.L. Figueiredo, J.L. Faria. Controlling the surface chemistry of carbon xerogels using HNO3 hydrothermal oxidation. Carbon, 47, 1670-1679, 2009


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. NEPCAT - New equipment involving integrated catalytic processes for treatment of organic pollutants and disinfection of water. Reference: SI IDT - 38900/2012 F3. Funded by: ANI – Agência Nacional de Investigação, Projectos de I&DT em Co-Promoção. Starting Date: 2014/01/01. Duration: 18 months. 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. Carbon nanotube membranes for water desalination and purification. Reference: PTDC/AAC-AMB/122312/2010. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I&DT - Projectos de I&DT em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2012/03/31. Duration: 30 months. CLEAN WATER - Water detoxification using innovative vi-nanocatalysts. Reference: 227017. Funded by: European Comission, 7.º Programa-Quadro de IDT. Starting Date: 2009/06/01. Duration: 36 months.
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