Raquel Pinto Rocha graduated in Chemical Engineering in 2007 by Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto, where she also concluded her Master’s degree focused on energy optimization in the chemical industry in 2009. In 2010 she integrated the Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM and had been researcher in two international projects related to the development of carbon-based catalysts for environmental applications and in another national project for gaseous treatment of VOCs by oxidation. She has also collaborated in the characterization of carbon catalysts for energy conversion with other Research groups. In 2013, she earned a Fundacão para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) doctoral grant and started her PhD studies at LSRE-LCM on the development of “Carbon Catalysts for Liquid Phase Reactions”. In 2018, she concluded her Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering at FEUP and since then she has been working as a Post-doc Researcher in the development of new characterization techniques of carbon materials characterization by model-reactions.

Supervisors: José Luís Figueiredo


Nanocarbon materials: Functionalization, Doping, Synthesis
Materials Characterization: Surface and Textural Properties
Environmental and Energy applications


R.P. Rocha, O.S.G.P. Soares, A.G. Gonçalves, J.J.M. Órfão, M.F.R. Pereira, J.L. Figueiredo. Different methodologies for synthesis of nitrogen doped carbon nanotubes and their use in catalytic wet air oxidation. Applied Catalysis A: General, 548, 62-70, 2017 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 R.P. Rocha, O.S.G.P. Soares, J.L. Figueiredo, M.F.R. Pereira. Tuning CNT Properties for Metal-Free Environmental Catalytic Applications. C -Journal of Carbon Research, 2, 17, 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, J. Restivo, J.P.S. Sousa, J.J.M. Órfão, M.F.R. Pereira, J.L. Figueiredo. Nitrogen-doped carbon xerogels as catalysts for advanced oxidation processes. Catalysis Today, 241, 73-79, 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


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. 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. 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.
Raquel P. Rocha
Postdoctoral Researcher