Maria José Lima graduated in Biomedical Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of Bragança in 2009. In the final year of her BSc study, she was granted with a BII scholarship in the area of biomechanics simulation and 3D reconstruction. She completed her Master degree in Micro/Nanotechnologies at the University of Minho in 2012. The dissertation work, during 1 year, was performed at the 3B’s Research Group in the area of micro and nano features in polymeric membranes for tissue engineering applications.

After the academic studies, she was a trainee responsible for the implementation of quality assurance guidelines in a hometown company.

From November 2012 to May 2014 she worked as Research Fellow under the project “SolarNETmix - Solar-Driven Catalytic NETmix® Reactor”. In June 2014, she started her PhD studies at Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM focused on the selective photocatalytic conversions integrated in microfluidic devices using carbon nitride as metal-free catalyst. In 2017 she performed a three month research stay at the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Bath. In February 2019, she finished the PhD and started a new opportunity as a Research Fellow in LSRE-LCM. Currently, she is working on the application of NETmix® reactor for process intensification of the photocatalytic synthesis of high-value added chemicals.


Photocatalytic synthesis of value-added compounds
Development and characterization of semiconductor nanomaterials
Continuous-flow micro/meso-structured reactors


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 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 M.J. Lima, C.G. Silva, A.M.T. Silva, J.C.B. Lopes, M.M. Dias, J.L. Faria. Homogeneous and heterogeneous photo-Fenton degradation of antibiotics using an innovative static mixer photoreactor. Chemical Engineering Journal, 310, 342–351, 2017 M.J. Lima, A.M.T. Silva, C.G. Silva, J.L. Faria, J.C.B. Lopes, M.M. Dias. An innovative static mixer photoreactor: Proof of concept. Chemical Engineering Journal, 287, 419-424, 2016


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. 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. SolarNETmix - Solar-Driven Catalytic NETmix® Reactor. Reference: PTDC/EQU-ERQ/123045/2010. 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: 40 months.
Maria José Lima
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