M.J. Sampaio concluded her Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering on July 2016 at Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, by unanimous vote plus Cum Laude distinction. She received the European Doctor title by the same University, a distinction that required the approval of International examiners. She also received the Doctor title on Advanced Oxidation Processes by the European Ph.D. School, and equally external examiners revised her thesis. Part of her thesis was conducted in the Engineering Research Center, University of Cincinnati, under supervision of Prof. Dionysios Dionysiou; and in the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination, University of Toulouse, under supervision of Prof. Philippe Serp. She continued her research as Post-Doctoral fellow at LSRE-LCM, extending her expertise in the preparation, characterization and application of nano- and macro- structured materials for application on heterogeneous photocatalysis, namely for degradation of emerging pollutants, synthesis of fine chemicals with high added-value, and lately developing catalysts for medical and environmental applications.

In the last five years, she has published 19 papers in international journals, with an average (5 year), IF of 5.60, achieving almost 500 citations, and holding a 13 h index (Scopus, January 2018). She is first author of 11 papers of her papers, and she co-authored more than 50 conference proceedings in national and international peer reviewed proceedings, 17 selected as oral communications. She coauthored 1 book chapter and is coeditor of 1 book proceeding conference (with ISBN). M.J. Sampaio regularly serves as referee of top-ranked journals in her area of expertise. She often participates in the local organizing committee of scientific conferences (> 4), and other events for dissemination of science in collaboration with her host institution and with Portuguese Chemical Society, which she is member since 2010. In addition, in the last 5 years she has co-supervised Ph.D. visiting students, Erasmus Internship students, and fellow researchers. Currently, she is co-supervisor of 2 PhD students. She is also supervisor of 1 MSc student from Integrated Master in Chemical Engineering, and co-supervisor of three fellow researchers, granted by Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM projects. M.J. Sampaio is currently Principal Investigator of a National Project MicroPhotOGen supported by FCT. She has also participated as team member in 6 research projects.


Development of nanostructured semiconductor materials
Synthesis of fine chemical products
Photocatalytic technologies for the synthesis of fine chemical products and for environmental applications
Design and assembling of photocatalytic reaction devices


N.F.F. Moreira, M.J. Sampaio, A.R. Ribeiro, C.G. Silva, J.L. Faria, A.M.T. Silva. Metal-free g-C3N4 photocatalysis of organic micropollutants in urban wastewater under visible light. Applied Catalysis B, 248, 184-192, 2019 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. Sampaio, M.J. Lima, D.L. Baptista, A.M.T. Silva, C.G. Silva, J.L. Faria. Ag-loaded ZnO materials for photocatalytic water treatment. Chemical Engineering Journal, 318, 95-102, 2017 M.J. Sampaio, C.G. Silva, A.M.T. Silva, J.L. Faria. Kinetic modeling for the photocatalytic degradation of phenol using TiO2-coated glass Raschig rings under simulated solar light. Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 91, 346-352, 2016 M.J. Sampaio, C.G. Silva, A.M.T. Silva, L.M. Pastrana-Martínez, C. Han, S. Morales-Torres, J.L. Figueiredo, D.D. Dionysiou, J.L. Faria. Carbon-based TiO2 materials for the degradation of Microcystin-LA. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 170-171, 74-82, 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 M.J. Sampaio, C.G. Silva, R.R.N. Marques, A.M.T. Silva, J.L. Faria. Carbon nanotube-TiO2 thin films for photocatalytic applications. Catalysis Today, 161, 91-96, 2011


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. 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.
Maria José Sampaio
Investigador Doutorado