Duarte Ananias

Assistant Researcher

Short CV

Present situation

Researcher at CiCECO (University of Aveiro) since June 2009


2004; Ph.D. In Chemistry, João Rocha and Luís D. Carlos, Advisors;“Zeolite microporous solids as precursors of new luminescent materials” ; University of Aveiro, Portugal

1999; Undergraduate Degree in Chemistry – Biochemistry and Food Chemistry;   University of Aveiro, Portugal


Post Doctoral Fellowship from the FCT Shared between Chemistry - Prof. João Rocha and Physics  - Prof. Kajsa Uvdal at University of Linkopin -Sweden From Jan 2008
Post Doctoral Fellowship from the FCT Shared between Chemistry - Prof. João Rocha and Physics  - Prof. Luís D. Carlos at University of Aveiro and Biochemistry – Prof. Carlos Geraldes at University of Coimbra 2005-2007


Scientific Interests

I am fascinated by the unique properties of the lanthanide ions. At the beginning it was just a fantastic light game (luminescence), with emission in the whole visible spectrum, and in the infrared region too. But lanthanides are not simple emitters of light used in colour and light technologies. Their luminescence spectra are like fingerprints very useful as a structural probe. Between them they are like brothers (similar chemical properties) with very different personal character (physical properties, in particular luminescence and magnetic). Some like to play together (energy transfer) and they can  substitute their cousins (transition metals) to play with friends (biomolecules for instance) improving their power (antenna effect). Lanthanides are realy very friendly, they like to help to relax the neighbours (relaxivity effect on the water protons used for MRI). Indeed there are much more to discover on their fundamentals and possible applications. Definitely lanthanides will continue to play a relevant role on the technology of the future.  

Selected Publications

21) M. L. Debasu, D. Ananias, I. Pastoriza-Santos, L. M. Liz-Marzán, J. Rocha and L. D. Carlos, “All-In-One Optical Heater-Thermometer Nanoplatform Operative From 300 to 2000 K Based on Er3+ Emission and Blackbody Radiation”, Adv. Mater., in press, DOI: 10.1002/adma.20130089.

20) S. M. F. Vilela, A. D. Firmino, R. F. Mendes, J. A. Fernandes, D. Ananias, A. A. Valente, H. Ott, L. D. Carlos, J. Rocha, J. P. C. Tomé and F. A. A. Paz, “Lanthanide-polyphosphonate coordination polymers combining catalytic and photoluminescence properties”, Chem. Commun., 49, 6400–6402 (2013).

19) S. M. F. Vilela, D. Ananias, A. C. Gomes, A. A. Valente,  L. D. Carlos, J. A. S. Cavaleiro, J. Rocha, J. P. C. Tomé and F. A. A. Paz, “Multi-functional metal–organic frameworks assembled from a tripodal organic linker”, J. Mater. Chem. 22, 18354–18371 (2012).

18) M. L. Debasu, D. Ananias, S. L. C. Pinho, C. F. G. C. Geraldes, L. D. Carlos, and J. Rocha, “(Gd,Yb,Tb)PO4 up-conversion nanocrystals for bimodal luminescence–MR imaging”, Nanoscale, 4, 5154–5162 (2012).

17) P. Silva, F. Vieira, A. C. Gomes, D. Ananias, J. A. Fernandes, S. M. Bruno, R. Soares, A. A. Valente, J. Rocha, and F. A. A. Paz, , “Thermal transformation of a layered multifunctional network into a metal – organic framework based on a polymeric organic linker”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 133, 15120–15138 (2011).

16) J. Rocha, L. D. Carlos, F. A. A. Paz and D. Ananias, “Luminescent multifunctional lanthanides-based metal-organic frameworks”, Chem. Soc. Rev., 40, 926940 (2011).

15) A. G. Macedo, R. A. S. Ferreira, D. Ananias, M. S. Reis, V. S. Amaral, L. D. Carlos and J. Rocha, “Effects of phonon confinement on anomalous thermalization, energy transfer and upconversion in Ln3+-doped Gd2O3 nanotubes”, Adv. Funct. Mater., 20, 624634 (2010).

14) D. Ananias, M. Kostova, F. A. A. Paz, A. N. C. Neto, R. T. De Moura, O. L. Malta, L. D. Carlos, J. Rocha, “Molecule-Like Eu3+-Dimers Embedded in an Extended System Exhibit Unique Photoluminescence Properties” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 131, 8620 (2009).

13) B. V. Harbuzaru, A. Corma, F. Rey, J. L. Jordá, D. Ananias, L. D. Carlos, J. Rocha, “A Miniaturized Linear pH Sensor Based on a Highly Photoluminescent Self-Assembled Europium(III) Metal–Organic Framework” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 48, 6476 (2009).

12) L. Cunha-Silva, S. Lima, D. Ananias, P. Silva, L. Mafra, L. D. Carlos, M. Pillinger, A. A. Valente, F. A. A. Paz, J. Rocha, “Multi-Functional Rare-Earth Hybrid Layered Networks: Photoluminescence and Catalysis Studies” J. Mater. Chem., 19, 26182632 (2009).

11) C. M. Kowalchuk, F. A. A. Paz, D. Ananias, P. Pattison, L. D. Carlos, J. Rocha, “Photoluminescent Microporous Lanthanide Silicate AV-21 Frameworks” Chem. Eur. J., 14, 81578168 (2008).

10) B. V. Harbuzaru, A. Corma, F. Rey, P. Atienzar, J. L. Jordá, H. García, D. Ananias, L. D. Carlos, J. Rocha, “Metal–Organic Nanoporous Structures with Anisotropic Photoluminescence and Magnetic Properties and Their Use as Sensors” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 47, 1080 (2008).

9) D. Ananias, S. Ferdov, F. A. A. Paz, R. A. Sá Ferreira, A. Ferreira, C. F. G. C. Geraldes, L. D. Carlos, Z. Lin, J. Rocha,“Photoluminescent Layered Lanthanide Silicate Nanoparticles” Chem. Mater.,20, 205212 (2008).

8) L. Cunha-Silva, L. Mafra, D. Ananias, L. D. Carlos, J. Rocha, F. A. A. Paz,“Photoluminescent Lanthanide-Organic 2D Networks: a Combined Synchrotron Powder X-Ray Diffraction and Solid-State NMR Study” Chem. Mater.,19, 35273538 (2007).

7) D. Ananias, F. A. A. Paz, L. D. Carlos, C. F. G. C. Geraldes and J. Rocha, “Optical Detection of Solid-State Chiral Structures with Unpolarized Light and in the Absence of External Fields” Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 45, 7938 (2006).

6) G. A. Pereira, D. Ananias, J. Rocha, V. S. Amaral, R. N. Muller, L. Vander Elst, E´ . Toth, J. A. Peters and C. F. G. C. Geraldes, “NMR relaxivity of Ln3+-based zeolite-type materials”, J. Mater. Chem., 15, 38323837 (2005).

5) D. Ananias, M. Kostova, F. A. A. Paz, A. Ferreira, L. D. Carlos, J. Klinowski and J. Rocha, “Photoluminescent Layered Lanthanide Silicates”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 126, 10410 (2004).

4) A. Ferreira, D. Ananias, L. D. Carlos, C. M. Morais and J. Rocha, “Novel microporous lanthanide silicates with tobermorite-like structure”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 125, 14573 (2003).

3) D. Ananias, A. Ferreira,  L. D. Carlos and J. Rocha, “Multifunctional sodium lanthanide silicates: from X-ray phosphors to blue emitters and infrared S-band amplifiers”, Adv. Mater., 15, 980 (2003).

2) D. Ananias, J. P. Rainho, A. Ferreira, M. Lopes, C. M. Morais, J. Rocha and L. D. Carlos, “Synthesis and characterisation of Er(III) and Y(III) sodium silicates: Na3ErSi3O9 a new infrared emitter”, Chem. Mater., 14, 17671772 (2002).

1) D. Ananias, A. Ferreira, J. Rocha, P. Ferreira, J. P. Rainho, C. Morais and L. D. Carlos, “Novel microporous europium and terbium silicates”, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 123, 5735 (2001).







Multifunctional Lanthanide-Based Metal-Organic Frameworks Derived from 3-Amino-4-hydroxybenzoate: Single-Molecule Magnet Behavior, Luminescent Properties for Thermometry, and CO2 Adsorptive Capacity

Echenique-Errandonea, E; Mendes, RF; Figueira, F; Choquesillo-Lazarte, D; Beobide, G; Cepeda, J; Ananias, D; Rodriguez-Dieguez, A; Paz, FAA; Seco, JM
2022, INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 61, 33, 12977-12990.

Multifunctionality in an Ion-Exchanged Porous Metal-Organic Framework

Vilela, SMF; Navarro, JAR; Barbosa, P; Mendes, RF; Perez-Sanchez, G; Nowell, H; Ananias, D; Figueiredo, F; Gomes, JRB; Tome, JPC; Paz, FAA
ISBN: 1520-5126

Coordination Polymers Based on a Biphenyl Tetraphosphonate Linker: Synthesis Control and Photoluminescence

Firmino, ADG; Mendes, RF; Ananias, D; Barbosa, JS; Tome, JPC; Paz, FAA
2020, MOLECULES, 25, 8.
ISBN: 1420-3049

Cryogenic Luminescent Ratiometric Thermometers Based on Tetragonal Na[LnSiO(4)]center dot xNaOH (Ln = Gd, Tb, Eu; x approximate to 0.2)

Ananias, D; Mongis, CM; Carlos, LD; Rocha, J
ISBN: 1099-0682

Multifunctionality and cytotoxicity of a layered coordination polymer

Silva, P; Mendes, RF; Fernandes, C; Gomes, AC; Ananias, D; Remiao, F; Borges, F; Valente, AA; Paz, FAA
2020, DALTON TRANSACTIONS, 49, 13, 3989-3998.
ISBN: 1477-9234

Pyrene Tetraphosphonate-Based Metal-Organic Framework: Structure and Photoluminescence

Firmino, ADG; Mendes, RF; Ananias, D; Figueira, F; Tome, JPC; Rocha, J; Paz, FAA
ISBN: 1099-0682

Luminescent Nanothermometers Obtained by Post-Synthetic Modification of Metal-Organic Framework MIL-68

Abdelhameed, RM; Ananias, D; Silva, AMS; Rocha, J
ISBN: 1099-0682

Electronic, Structural and Functional Versatility in Tetrathiafulvalene-Lanthanide Metal-Organic Frameworks

Castells-Gil, J; Manas-Valero, S; Vitorica-Yrezabal, IJ; Ananias, D; Rocha, J; Santiago, R; Bromley, ST; Baldovi, JJ; Coronado, E; Souto, M; Minguez Espallargas, G
2019, CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, 25, 54, 12636-12643.
ISBN: 1521-3765

Magnetic and luminescent coordination networks based on imidazolium salts and lanthanides for sensitive ratiometric thermometry

Farger, P; Leuvrey, C; Gallart, M; Gilliot, P; Rogez, G; Rocha, J; Ananias, D; Rabu, P; Delahaye, E

Near-Infrared Ratiometric Luminescent Thermometer Based on a New Lanthanide Silicate

Ananias, D; Paz, FA; Carlos, LD; Rocha, J
2018, CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, 24, 46, 11926-11935.

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