Diogo F.M. Santos, completed the Master degree in Environmental Engineering, in 2014, at Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto (FEUP), Portugal. At the end of 2014 he joined the Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM as Fellow Researcher as part of an European project (FREECATS) dealing with the preparation, characterization and evaluation of metal-free carbon materials for environmental catalytic applications. In 2015, he received a Ph.D scholarship funded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia).  In 2019, he completed his Ph.D degree in the area of preparation of macro-structured catalysts for environmental applications (removal of organic compounds from liquid effluents and abatement of volatile organic compounds in gaseous effluents), under the supervision of Dr. Manuel Fernando Ribeiro Pereira, Dr. Adrián Manuel Tavares da Silva and Dr. Olívia Salomé Gonçalves Pinto Soares. He then joined the European project UniRCell, with the objective of optimizing the preparation of catalytic membranes for fuel cell application.

Supervisors: Salomé Soares, Alexandra Pinto (CEFT, FEUP), Daniela Falcão (CEFT, FEUP)


Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Development of macro-structured catalysts
Advanced oxidation processes (AOPs)
Carbon materials


R.P. Rocha, D.F.M. Santos, O.S.G.P. Soares, A.M.T. Silva, M.F.R. Pereira, J.L. Figueiredo. Metal-Free Catalytic Wet Oxidation: From Powder to Structured Catalyst Using N-Doped Carbon Nanotubes. Topics in Catalysis, 61, 1957-1966, 2018 D.F.M. Santos, O.S.G.P. Soares, J.L. Figueiredo, M.F.R. Pereira. Effect of ball milling on the catalytic activity of cryptomelane for VOC oxidation. Environmental Technology, 2018 D.F.M. Santos, O.S.G.P. Soares, A.M.T. Silva, J.L. Figueiredo, M.F.R. Pereira. Catalytic wet oxidation of organic compounds over N-doped carbon nanotubes in batch and continuous operation. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 199, 361-371, 2016


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. 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. 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.
Diogo Santos
Postdoctoral Researcher