M.J. Sampaio completed her Ph.D. studies in the field of Chemical and Biological Engineering in July 2016, with the highest academic distinction (Cum Laude) awarded by the University of Porto, Portugal. She received the European Doctor diploma by the same University and the Doctor diploma on Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs) by the International AOPs PhD School (IPS-AOP). Part of her thesis was conducted in the Engineering Research Center, University of Cincinnati - USA, under the supervision of Prof. Dionysios Dionysiou; and in the Laboratoire de Chimie de Coordination, University of Toulouse - France, under supervision of Prof. Philippe Serp. After PhD studies, M.J. Sampaio was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Chemical Engineering (LSRE-LCM, FEUP). More recently, she was selected for a Doctoral Researcher position in the same Institution. She has participated as a team member in 3 research projects, and currently, she is Principal Investigator of a financed project (MicroPhotOGen, Ref. PTDC/NAN-MAT/30674/2017) at LSRE-LCM, aiming the development of innovative device based on nano- and macro-structured light-induced materials for oxygen evolution. She has co-authored 35 publications in JCR indexed journals most as first and/or corresponding author (h-index of 18, Scopus, January 2021), more than 60 conference proceedings in national and international peer-reviewed proceedings, 1 book chapter and co-edited 1 book of a conference proceeding (with ISBN). She is regularly involved in the supervision of National and International Ph.D. and MSc students, and in the organization of scientific and pedagogical activities for science dissemination including the organization of national and international conferences.


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


A. Torres-Pinto, M.J. Sampaio, C.G. Silva, J.L. Faria, A.M.T. Silva. Metal-free carbon nitride photocatalysis with in situ hydrogen peroxide generation for the degradation of aromatic compounds. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 252, 128-137, 2019 M. Pedrosa, M.J. Sampaio, T. Horvat, O.C. Nunes, G. Dražić, A.E. Rodrigues, J.L. Figueiredo, C.G. Silva, A.M.T. Silva, J.L.Faria. Visible-light-induced self-cleaning functional fabrics using graphene oxide/carbon nitride materials. Applied Surface Science, 497, 143757, 2019 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, J.W.L. Oliveira, C.I.L. Sombrio, D.L. Baptista, S.R. Teixeira, S.A.C. Carabineiro, C.G. Silva, J.L. Faria. Photocatalytic performance of Au/ZnO nanocatalysts for hydrogen production from ethanol. Applied Catalysis A: General, 518, 198-205, 2016


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