Strategies For the Design of New Hybrid Nanomaterials - Organic/Inorganic Composite Materials with Applications in Medicine, Catalysis, Environmental Remediation, Energy and Optics

Head researcher: Mário J. F. Calvete 

Research Area: Materials Chemistry


Apprehension concerning the fate of Mankind and Planet Earth is intensifying in our time.

Hence, sustainable practices are crucial to keep Mankind’s welfare and the Planet’s resources, where Chemists should have a prominent position.

hemists ought to strive for waste reduction, side-product recovery and regenerated reagent reutilization, turning the development of sustainable and economical atomically efficient chemical processes into a major challenge in Chemistry.

Designing new materials to aid reaching these global accomplishments is, indisputably, this era’s challenge.

This project aims the development of new materials for:

  1. Environmental remediation;
  2. Improved catalysts for essential chemicals production;
  3. Upgraded chemical entities for precision diagnostics drugs; and iv) for energy harvesting and optical devices safety.

In this project, we plan to take advantage of the numerous properties held by many organic materials (e.g. nitrogen based ligands, including porphyrins, phthalocyanines, bodipys, cyclens) and synergizing those characteristics with several inorganic platforms (carbon, silica, metal oxides and other nanoparticulate materials), leading to the production, characterization, structure/property studies and selected applications of the exclusive hybrid nanomaterials.

Selected Publications

  1. Nonlinear Optical Materials for the Smart Filtering of Optical Radiation, Danilo Dini, Mário J. F. Calvete, Michael Hanack, Chem. Rev., 2016, 116, 13043-13233. DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.6b00033.
  2. Biologically Inspired and Magnetically Recoverable Copper Porphyrinic Catalysts: A Greener Approach for Oxidation of Hydrocarbons with Molecular Oxygen, César A. Henriques, Auguste Fernandes, Liane M. Rossi, M. Filipa Ribeiro, Mário J. F. Calvete, Mariette M. Pereira, Adv. Funct. Mater., 2016, 26, 3359-3368, DOI: 10.1002/adfm.201505405.
  3. Zinc(II) phthalocyanines immobilized on mesoporous silica AlMCM-41 and their applications in photocatalytic degradation of pesticides, Mónica Silva, Mário J. F. Calvete, Nuno P. F. Gonçalves, Maria E. Azenha, Maria M. Pereira, Hugh D. Burrows, Mohamed Sarakha, Maria F. Ribeiro, Auguste Fernandes. J. Hazard. Mater., 2012, 233, 79-88, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2012.06.059.