Cláudia Gomes Silva (C.G. Silva) graduated in Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) in 2001 and completed a two-year MSc course on Environmental Engineering in 2003 at the same institution. She obtained her PhD degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering by University of Porto in 2008. She was distinguished with a Honorable Mention of the Portuguese Young Chemists Award for the best PhD thesis (Portuguese Chemical Society, 2010). In 2009 she moved to Valencia (Spain) to work as Post-Doctoral Researcher at Instituto de Tecnología Química, where she started a new research line on visible-light photocatalysis for water splitting. In 2010 she returned to LSRE-LCM to continue her research on environmental photocatalysis (H2 generation from biomass and wastewater treatment). In May 2014 she was hired by LSRE-LCM as Assistant Researcher and later that year she earned an Assistant Researcher position in the framework of the FCT Investigator Programme for developing a project on Selective Photocatalytic Organic Synthesis. C.G. Silva co-authored more than 250 publications, including ISI indexed papers, book chapters and communications in conference proceedings. She was awarded by FEUP with the Scientific Merit Prize 2015. She has been lecturing several course units of the Integrated Masters in Chemical Engineering, in Environmental Engineering and in Bioengineering at FEUP. She is currently member of the RSC Advances Reviewer Panel (Royal Society of Chemistry) and member of the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Chemistry. She is member of the Scientific International Committee of SPEA - European Meeting on Solar Chemistry and Photocatalysis: Environmental Applications. She is regularly involved in the supervision of PhD and MSc students, and in the organization of scientific and pedagogical activities for science dissemination including the organization of national and international conferences.


Photocatalytic technology
Photocatalytic organic synthesis
Photocatalytic production of H2 from biomass
Synthesis and characterization of nanostrucuted (photo)catalysts
Environmental catalysis
Materials science and enginerering


M.J. Lima, M.J. Sampaio, C.G. Silva, A.M.T. Silva, J.L. Faria.. Magnetically recoverable Fe3O4/g-C3N4 composite for the photocatalytic synthesis of benzaldehyde under UV-LED radiation. Catalysis Today, 328, 293-299, 2019 R.A. Fernandes, M.J. Sampaio, E.S. da Silva, P. Serp, J.L. Faria, C.G. Silva. Synthesis of selected aromatic aldehydes under UV-LED irradiation over a hybrid photocatalyst of carbon nanofibers and zinc oxide. Catalysis Today, 328, 286-292, 2019 M.J. Lima, L.M. Pastrana-Martinez, M.J. Sampaio, G. Dražić, A.M.T. Silva, J.L. Faria, C.G. Silva. Selective production of benzaldehyde using metal-free reduced graphene oxide/carbon nitride hybrid photocatalysts. ChemistrySelect, 3, 8070-8081, 2018 L. Svoboda, P. Praus, M.J. Lima, M.J. Sampaio, D. Matýsek, M. Ritz, R. Dvorský, J.L. Faria, C.G.Silva. Graphitic carbon nitride nanosheets as highly efficient photocatalysts for phenol degradation under high-power visible LED irradiation. Materials Research Bulletin, 100, 322-332, 2018 M.J. Sampaio, A. Benyounes, P. Serp, J.L. Faria, C.G. Silva. Photocatalytic synthesis of vanillin using N-doped carbon nanotubes/ZnO catalysts under UV-LED irradiation. Applied Catalysis A: General, 551, 71-78, 2018 M.J. Lima, A.M.T. Silva, C.G. Silva, J.L. Faria. Graphitic carbon nitride modified by thermal, chemical and mechanical processes as metal-free photocatalyst for the selective synthesis of benzaldehyde from benzyl alcohol. Journal of Catalysis, 353, 44-53, 2017 M.J. Lima, P.B. Tavares, A.M.T. Silva, C.G. Silva, J.L. Faria. Selective photocatalytic oxidation of benzyl alcohol to benzaldehyde by using metal-loaded g-C3N4 photocatalysts. Catalysis Today, 287, 70-77, 2017 C.G. Silva, M.J. Sampaio, R.R.N. Marques, L.A. Ferreira, P.B. Tavares, A.M.T. Silva, J.L. Faria. Photocatalytic production of hydrogen from methanol and saccharides using carbon nanotube-TiO2 catalysts. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 178, 82-90, 2015 M.J. Sampaio, R.R. Bacsa, A. Benyounes, R. Axet, P. Serp, C.G. Silva, A.M.T. Silva, J.L. Faria. Synergistic effect between carbon nanomaterials and ZnO for photocatalytic water decontamination. Journal of Catalysis, 331, 172-180, 2015 C.G. Silva, Y. Bouizi, V. Fornés, H. García. Layered Double Hydroxides as Highly Efficient Photocatalysts for Visible Light Oxygen Generation from Water. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 131, 13833–13839, 2009


MicroPhotOGen - Microfluidic photoelectrochemical devices for blood oxygenation. Reference: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-030674. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, P2020|COMPETE - Projetos em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2018/07/26. Duration: 36 months. Role: Researcher LED-NETmix - LED-NETmix: um fotoreator inovador para a intensificação de processos em síntese química. Reference: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-031398. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, P2020|COMPETE - Projetos em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2018/07/26. Duration: 36 months. Role: Coordinator NanoPurAsp - Desenvolvimento de nanomateriais sustentáveis para a purificação de fármacos antileucémicos. Reference: POCI-01-0145-FEDER-031268. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, P2020|COMPETE - Projetos em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2018/06/01. Duration: 36 months. Role: Coordinator Challenging fine chemicals synthesis: a novel metal-free photocatalytic approach. Reference: IF/00514/2014/CP1249/CT0004. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia. Starting Date: 2015/07/01. Duration: 60 months. Role: Coordinator ZnO-based materials for the photocatalytic production of hydrogen. Reference: FCT/CAPES Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, FCT/CAPES. Starting Date: 2014/01/01. Duration: 24 months. Role: Coordinator
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