André Torres-Pinto graduated in Chemical Engineering in 2018 at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP). In 2019, he received a doctoral scholarship from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) to develop his PhD studies at the Associate Laboratory LSRE-LCM on the optimisation of 2D carbon-based materials for photocatalytic and electrocatalytic treatment of wastewaters. He received his PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering in December 2023, with the title of European Doctorate. André was awarded with the “Best PhD Thesis on the field of Carbon” by the Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ) and the “Best PhD Thesis on Environmental Applications” by the International School of Advanced Oxidation Processes (IPS-AOP).

André performed a research stay in 2022 at the BIOSUV group from the University of Vigo, under the program Erasmus+, to work on the development of immobilised carbon photoelectrocatalysts for water splitting and water treatment applications. At LSRE-LCM, he has worked with the fabrication of 2D and 3D carbon structures for the photocatalytic and photoelectrocatalytic removal of organic pollutants and inactivation of microorganisms from polluted waters.

Currently, he is a postdoctoral researcher at LSRE-LCM working in the framework of project DRopH2O (2022.08738.PTDC) and his research expertise include: (i) the synthesis and optimisation of nanostructured carbon materials for photo- or electro-activation, (ii) the design of 3D photoelectrocatalytic systems with both supported or suspended catalysts, and the (iii) the removal of organic pollutants by adsorptive, catalytic and oxidation integrated technologies.


Carbon Nanomaterials
Advanced Oxidation Processes
Water/wastewater Treatment
Photocatalysis and Photoelectrocatalysis


A. Torres-Pinto, A.M. Díez, C.G. Silva, J.L. Faria, M.A. Sanromán, A.M.T. Silva, M. Pazos. Tuning graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) electrocatalysts for efficient oxygen evolution reaction (OER). Fuel, 360, 130575, 2024 A. Torres-Pinto, A.R.T. Fernandes, C.G. Silva, J.L. Faria, A.M.T. Silva. The role of added oxidising agents in assisting the photocatalytic treatment of olive mill wastewater using a metal-free g-C3N4 optical semiconductor. Journal of Water Process Engineering, 58, 104722, 2024 Torres-Pinto, A., Díez, A., Silva, C.G., Faria, J.L., Sanromán, M.A., Silva, A.M.T., Pazos, M.. Photoelectrocatalytic degradation of pharmaceuticals promoted by a metal-free g‑C3N4 catalyst. Chemical Engineering Journal, 476, 146761, 2023 Torres-Pinto A., Velo-Gala I., Ribeirinho-Soares S., Nunes O.C., Silva C.G., Faria J.L., Silva A.M.T.. Novel photoelectrochemical 3D-system for water disinfection by deposition of modified carbon nitride on vitreous carbon foam. Environmental Research, 237, 117019, 2023 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


DRopH2O - Drinking water quality: early warning and removal of microcontaminants by innovative carbon-based materials. Reference: 2022.08738.PTDC. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I&DT - Projectos de I&DT em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2023/03/01. Duration: 36 months. DEPCAT - Demonstration of new equipment involving integrated CATalytic processes for treatment of organic pollutants and disinfection of water. Reference: NORTE-01-0247-FEDER-033330. Funded by: ANI – Agência Nacional de Investigação, P2020|COMPETE - Projetos em Copromoção. Starting Date: 2018/10/01. Duration: 18 months. InSpeCt - Identifying and interrupting micropollutants of EU concern by using Smart Carbon materials. Reference: NORTE-01-0145-FEDER-031049. Funded by: FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, P2020|COMPETE - Projetos em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2018/07/01. Duration: 36 months.
André Torres Pinto
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