Paula Cristina Ferreira da Silva Brandão

Assistant Researcher

Short CV

Paula Brandão graduated in Biological Engineer from the University of Minho in 1993.

Completed a phD degree in Inorganic Chemistry with title "Synthesis structure and reactivity of novel microporous materials", from the Department of Chemistry in University of Aveiro in January of 1999.

In February of 1999, started a post-doc position at UMIST/Manchester/England working in project entitled “Catalytic activity of novel heteogeneous microporous catalysts for petroleum industry application”.

Paula Brandão has been a research assistant in the Aveiro institute of Materials (CICECO) since June 2009 until May 2014 and research assistant at TEMA−NRD, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of Aveiro since june 2014 until May 2015.

Actually Paula is responsible for the single crystal X-ray diffraction laboratory, its maintenance, as well as the training of the new users, contributing to the knowledge of the students not only to handle the single crystal X-ray machine but also in solving structures using different methodologies.

Scientific Interests

Simultaneously to the research on crystallography, Paula Brandão started to develop independent research including design, synthesis and characterisation of:

Polinuclear Cu and Fe complexes with different bio-ligands (DNA bases, Vitamin B3 and Vitamin B1), and polypyridyl ligands as alternative anti-tumoral drugs including cytotoxic and DNA studies;

Bio-metal-organic frameworks as potential delivery vehicles for therapeutic nitric oxide;

Multinuclear transition metal compounds (Cu, Co, Mn, and Fe) with important magnetic properties to be used in quantum information at room temperature.

Present projects

 - "Novel Smart multi-funcional Transition metal-Rare earth-organic-Frameworks (TROFs)toward tunable magnetic and luminescent properties" (Finacial support PTDC/CTM-NAN/119994/2010, from 01-01-2010 to 31-12-2013)-Partner


- Cooperation project Between Portugal-Brasil 2011-2012 (extended to June of 2013)

"Magnetes moleculares: Fundamentos e apalicações"- Coordinator


– “Photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide into valuable hydrocarbon products” (Financial support PTDC/QUI/72584/2006, from 01-01-2008 to 31-12-2011) - Partner


– Mesoporous hybrid organic-inorganic materials– (Financial support POCI/CTM/55648/2004, from 01-05-2006 to 30-04-2009)- Partner

- "Luminiscent lanthanide silicate synthesis using lanthanide complexes as structure directing agents" (Financial support POCI/CTM/58863/2004, from 01-01-2005 to 01-01-2007)


Selected Publications

- S. Banerjee, P. Ghorai, P. Brandão, D. Ghosh, S. Bhuiya, D. Chattopadhyay, S. Das, A. Saha, “Syntheses, crystal structures, DNA binding, DNA cleavage, molecular docking and DFT study of Cu(II) complexes involving N2O4 donor azo Schiff base ligands”, New Journal of Chemistry, 2018, 42, 246-259. DOI: 10.1039/c7nj03293e

- B. Anacleto, P. Gomes, A. Correia-Branco, C. Silva, F. Martel, P. Brandão, “Design, structural characterization and cytotoxic properties of copper (I) and copper (II) complexes formed by vitamin B3 type”, Polyhedron, 2017, 138, 277-286,  DOI:10.1016/j.poly.2017.09.030

- R.V. Pinto, F. Antunes, J. Pires, V. Graça, P. Brandão, M.L. Pinto, “Vitamin B3 metal-organic frameworks as potential delivery vehicles for therapeutic nitric oxide”, Acta Biomateriala, 2017, 51, 66-74, DOI: 10.1016/j.actbio.2017.01.039

- B.J.M.L. Ferreira, P. Brandão,  M. Meireles, F. Martel, A. Correia-Branco, D. M: Fernandes, T.M., Santos, V. Félix, Synthesis, structural characterization, cytotoxic properties and DNA binding of a dinuclear copper(II) complex”, Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 2016, 161, 9-17, DOI: 10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2016.04.026

- C. Cruz, D. Soares Pinto, P. Brandão, A. M. dos Santos, M. S. Reis,  “Carboxylate-based molecular magnet: One path toward achieving stable quantum correlations at room temperature”,  EPL, 2016, 113, 40004, DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/113/40004 


Controlling the length scale through "Chimie Douce": from inorganic functional materials to organic-inorganic hybrids (POCTI/CTM/46780/2002)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Functional Inorganic Materials Chimie Douce Organic-Inorganic Hybrids Luminescence

Luminescent Lanthanide Silicate Synthesis Using Lanthanide Complexes as Structure Directing Agents (POCI/CTM/58863/2004)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Functional Inorganic Materials Luminescence Microporous Silicates Lanthanide Complexes

Magnetos moleculares: fundamentos e aplicações (Transnational cooperation - Convénio FCT/CAPES 2011-2010)

CoordinatorFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Novas estruturas metalo-orgânicas multi-funcionais inteligentes com metais de transição e terras raras (TROFs), com propriedades magnéticas e luminescentes sintonizáveis (PTDC/CTM-NAN/119994/2010)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
transition metal-rare earth-organic frameworks Crystal Engineering multi-functionality physical property

Periodic mesoporous organic-inorganic hybrids (POCI/CTM/55648/2004)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Periodic mesoporous materials Organic-Inorganic Hybrids Surfactant-templated mesoporous thin films Heterogeneous catalysts

Photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide into valuable hydrocarbon products (PTDC/QUI/72584/2006)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Photocatalysis Carbon dioxide Photoreduction Electroreduction

Synthesis and characterization of new microporous niobium silicate and titanosilicate membranes and their application to the separation of hydrogen-containing mixtures (PTDC/EQU-EQU/100476/2008)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Hydrogen Separation Membranes Titanosilicates Niobium silicates


Purification of mercury-contaminated water using new AM-11 and AM-14 microporous silicates

Fabre, E; Rocha, A; Cardoso, SP; Brandao, P; Vale, C; Lopes, CB; Pereira, E; Silva, CM
ISBN: 1873-3794

Syntheses, Structures and Magnetic Properties of Ferromagnetically/Antiferromagnetically Coupled Penta- and Hexanuclear Azido-Bridged Nickel(II) Coordination Compounds

Panja, A; Adak, S; Brandao, P; Dlhan, L; Boca, R
ISBN: 1099-0682

The first report of a tetra-azide bound mononuclear cobalt(iii) complex and its comparative biomimetic catalytic activity with tri-azide bound cobalt(iii) compounds

Jana, NC; Brandao, P; Panja, A
2020, NEW JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY, 44, 27, 11527-11536.
ISBN: 1369-9261

A facile biomimetic catalytic activity through hydrogen atom abstraction by the secondary coordination sphere in manganese(III) complexes

Jana, NC; Brandao, P; Frontera, A; Panja, A
2020, DALTON TRANSACTIONS, 49, 40, 14216-14230.
ISBN: 1477-9234

Macrocycle supported dimetallic lanthanide complexes with slow magnetic relaxation in Dy-2 analogues

Shen, FX; Pramanik, K; Brandao, P; Zhang, YQ; Jana, NC; Wang, XY; Panja, A
2020, DALTON TRANSACTIONS, 49, 40, 14169-14179.
ISBN: 1477-9234

Solvent and temperature effects on the solubility of syringic, vanillic or veratric acids: Experimental, modeling and solid phase studies

Vilas-Boas, SM; Vieira, V; Brandao, P; Alves, RS; Coutinho, JAP; Pinho, SP; Ferreira, O
ISBN: 1873-3166

Exploring aggregation-induced emission through tuning of ligand structure for picomolar detection of pyrene

Ghosh, M; Ta, S; Lohar, S; Das, S; Brandao, P; Felix, V; Das, D
ISBN: 1099-1352

New Molybdenum(II) Complexes with alpha-Diimine Ligands: Synthesis, Structure, and Catalytic Activity in Olefin Epoxidation

Vasconcellos-Dias, M; Marreiros, J; Sales, R; Felix, V; Brandao, P; Nunes, CD; Calhorda, MJ
2019, MOLECULES, 24, 3.

Optical sensors for detection of nano-molar Zn2+ in aqueous medium: Direct evidence of probe- Zn2+ binding by single crystal X-ray structures

Mahiuddin, M; Banerjee, M; Shaikh, A; Shyam, T; Taniya, S; Ghosh, A; Adhikary, A; Brandao, P; Felix, V; Das, D

Naphthalene Based Amide-Imine Derivative and its Dinuclear Vanadium Complex: Structures, Atmospheric CO2 Fixation and Theoretical Support

Ta, S; Ghosh, M; Molla, RA; Ghosh, S; Islam, M; Branclao, P; Felix, V; Das, D
2019, CHEMISTRYSELECT, 4, 35, 10254-10259.

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