Joaquim L. Faria received his Ph.D (Physical Organic Chemistry – 1993) from Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University of Lisbon (with Manuel J.E. Prieto), by working in the group of S. Steenken at the Max Planck Institute for Radiation Chemistry (Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany). He joined the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) in 1992, where he is now Associate Professor, and acts as Board Member of the Department of Chemical Engineering, member of the Scientific Committee of the MSc in Chemical Engineering and member of the Scientific Council of the Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM. He joined the LCM - Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials in 1994 as a staff member, where he started his research on Heterogeneous Photocatalysis. He has served has member of the Portuguese Chemical Society since 1982 and was appointed as Vice-President for the 2016-2018 term of office. Was elected as Associate Member of IUPAC Division I – Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division for the biennium of 2016-2017. In 2005 he received the Scientific Prize of the Portuguese Association of PhD Studies in France (APDF) "Celestino da Costa / Jean Perrin". In recent years received from FEUP recognition for his contribute to scientific research, being awarded the yearly “Prémio de Reconhecimento Científico”.


Chemistry and materials science
Heterogeneous catalysis and molecular photocatalysis
Catalysed reactions with thermal and photo activation
Spectroscopic techniques
Fine chemical synthesis
Advanced oxidation processes
Chemical engineering
Solar fuels
Nanotechnology and nanosciences
Biophysics and biochemistry
Chemical Education and Communication


A.M.T. Silva, M.F.R. Pereira, J.L. Faria, O.C. Nunes, C.M. Manaia, M.A. Segundo, S.M.C. Silva, P.A.G.C. Nunes, Photocatalytic ozonation reactor with supported catalyst and light emitting diodes. Portuguese Patent 108949, November 2015.


R.S. Ribeiro, A.M.T. Silva, M.T. Pinho, J.L. Figueiredo, J.L. Faria, H.T. Gomes. Development of glycerol-based metal-free carbon materials for environmental catalytic applications. Catalysis Today, 240, 61-66, 2015 C.G. Silva, A.P.M. Tavares, G. Drazic , A.M.T. Silva, J.M. Loureiro, J.L. Faria. Controlling the surface chemistry of multiwalled carbon nanotubes for the production of highly efficient and stable laccase-based biocatalysts. ChemPlusChem, 79, 1116-1122, 2014 M.J. Sampaio, C.G. Silva, A.M. Silva, V.J. Vilar, R.A. Boaventura, J.L. Faria. Photocatalytic activity of TiO2-coated glass raschig rings on the degradation of phenolic derivatives under simulated solar light irradiation. Chemical Engineering Journal, 224, 32-38, 2013 S. Morales-Torres, L.M. Pastrana-Martinez, J.L. Figueiredo, J.L. Faria, A.M.T. Silva. Design of graphene-based TiO2 photocatalysts-a review. Environmental Science and Pollution Research International, 19, 3676-87, 2012 W.D. Wang, P. Serp, P. Kalck, J.L. Faria. Photocatalytic degradation of phenol on MWNT and titania composite catalysts prepared by a modified sol-gel method. Applied Catalysis B-Environmental, 56, 305-312, 2005 N. Ratola, J.L. Faria, A. Alves. Analysis and quantification of trans-resveratrol in wines from Alentejo region (Portugal). Food Technology and Biotechnology, 42, 125-130, 2004 C.G. Silva, J.L. Faria. Photochemical and photocatalytic degradation of an azo dye in aqueous solution by UV irradiation. Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology a-Chemistry, 155, 133-143, 2003 J.L. Faria, S. Steenken. Photoionization (gamma=248 or 308 nm) of triphenylmethyl radical in aqueous-solution - formation of triphenylmethyl carbocation. Journal of the American Chemical Society, 112, 1277-1279, 1990


NEPCAT - New equipment involving integrated catalytic processes for treatment of organic pollutants and disinfection of water. Reference: SI IDT - 38900/2012 F3. Funded by: ANI – Agência Nacional de Investigação, Projectos de I&DT em Co-Promoção. Starting Date: 2014/01/01. Duration: 18 months. Role: Researcher H2Solar - Photoelectrochemical cells for the production of hydrogen from solar energy. Reference: PTDC/EQU-EQU/107990/2008. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I&DT - Projectos de I&DT em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2010/05/01. Duration: 42 months. Role: Researcher Degradation of organic pollutants by catalytic oxidation with hydrogen peroxide on carbon materials. Reference: PTDC/AAC-AMB/110088/2009. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I&DT - Projectos de I&DT em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2011/01/01. Duration: 42 months. Role: Researcher Development of photocatalytic nanomaterials for pollution control. Reference: NANO/NTec-CA/0046/2007. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Projectos de Investigação Científica e DT - Nanotecnologia. Starting Date: 2009/07/01. Duration: 30 months. Role: Coordinator SIPROHYM - Simultaneous Production of Hydrogen and C2 Hydrocarbons in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells. Reference: ACENET/0001/2007. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Projectos de Cooperação Internacional. Starting Date: 2009/01/01. Duration: 39 months. Role: Coordinator
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