Ricardo Pinto


Short CV

Ricardo Pinto was born in Alijó (Portugal) in 1981. RPinto graduated in Chemistry in 2004 at the University of Porto. When he finished, decided to participate in a European project (SUSTAINPACK) and take this opportunity to complete his MSc in Materials derived from Renewable Resources (2008) at the University of Aveiro. In December 2012, he finished his Ph.D. in Chemistry, working on the “Synthesis and characterization of Composites of Natural Polymers and Metallic Nanoparticles” at UA/CICECO. Currently, he is a Researcher at CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials, the largest Materials Science Institute in Portugal.

RPinto experience as an independent researcher is testified by 50 ISI papers, including high-impact journals such as ChemSusChem, Green Chem, and Advanced Materials. Furthermore, he published 1 paper proceeding, 1 book, and 3 book chapters. Overall, he has >2000 citations and an h-index=25, proving the quality and impact of his scientific work. His research field impact can also be attested by 2 special issues as Invited Guest Editor devoted to the biosynthesis of nanostructures (Nanomaterials, 2021) and eco-friendly/sustainable approaches (Polysaccharides, 2022).

He was involved in regular dissemination activities with more than 75 communications in national/international meetings, also collaborating as a scientific reviewer with several indexed journals with more than 70 verified reviews. He supervised with enthusiasm 1 PhD, 7 MSc, and 18 BSc students, including some in internationally recognized programs such as ERASMUS and FAME. His current team includes 1 researcher follow, 1 PhD, 4 MSc, and 2 BSc students. He also participated as the main jury in several MSc and BSc thesis.

In total, RPinto participates(d) in 8 EU/National projects, 2 as Research fellow, 5 as Researcher, and 1 as Co-PI. Currently, he actively participates in 4 highly competitive national projects, 3 as Researcher and 1 as Co-PI (10% success rate with near to 250K€ each). Currently, he is member of EPNOE (The European Polysaccharide Network of Excellence) and COST Action CA18220 (FUR4Sustain, 2019-2024), and Editorial Board Member of Nano Materials Science (Elsevier) and Polysaccharides (MDPI).

Scientific interests

Ricardo Pinto current scientific interests include the development of new green approaches for the biosynthesis of distinct nanostructures and their application in the preparation of functional biocomposites materials.


Bionanocomposites, Polymers from Renewable Resources, Metal Nanoparticles, Green synthesis.

present research group

Member of the Associate Laboratory CICECO in the Research Line 3 (Sustainability and Health) and research group 4 (Biorefineries,  Biobased Materials and Recycling).

Member of the BioPol4fun Group within the framework of CICECO.

selected publications

Pinto R.J.B., Lucas J.M.F., Morais M.P., Santos S.A.O., Silvestre A.J.D., Marques P.A.A.P., Freire C.S.R., Demystifying the morphology and size control on the biosynthesis of gold nanoparticles using Eucalyptus globulus bark extract, Ind. Crop. Prod., 2017, 105, 83-92.



Pinto R.J.B., Nasirpour M., Carrola J., Oliveira H., Freire C.S.R., Duarte I.F., “Antimicrobial properties and therapeutic applications of silver nanoparticles and nanocomposites” in Alexandru Mihai Grumezesc (Ed.), Nanostructures in Therapeutic Medicine, Volume 2: Nanostructures for Antimicrobial Therapy, Elsevier, 2016, pp. 223-259.



Santos S.A.O., Pinto R.J.B., Rocha S.M., Marques P.A.A.P., Pascoal Neto C., Silvestre A.J.D., Freire C.S.R., Unveiling the chemistry behind the green synthesis of metal nanoparticles, ChemSusChem20147, 2704-2711.  



Pinto R.J.B., Neves M.C., Pascoal Neto C., Trindade T., "Composites of cellulose and metal nanoparticles" in F. Ebrahimi (Ed.), Composites – New Trends and Developments, InTech: Rijeka, Croatia, 2012, pp. 73-96.



Pinto R.J.B., Marques P.A.A.P., Pascoal Neto C., Trindade T., Daina S., Sadocco P., Antibacterial activity of nanocomposites of silver and bacterial or vegetable cellulosic fibers, Acta Biomater. 20095, 2279-2289.


Ongoing Supervisions



Solventless Photopolymerizable Paper Coating Formulation for Packaging Applications

Silva, FM; Pinto, RJB; Barros-Timmons, A; Freire, CSR
2023, POLYMERS, 15, 5.

Injectable Nanocomposite Hydrogels of Gelatin-Hyaluronic Acid Reinforced with Hybrid Lysozyme Nanofibrils-Gold Nanoparticles for the Regeneration of Damaged Myocardium

Carvalho, T; Bártolo, R; Pedro, SN; Valente, BFA; Pinto, RJB; Vilela, C; Shahbazi, MA; Santos, HA; Freire, CSR
2023, ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES, 15, 21, 25860-25872.

Tung oil-based coatings towards sustainable paper packaging materials

Silva, FM; Pinto, RJB; Barros-Timmons, AM; Freire, CSR

Nanofibrillated cellulose/gellan gum hydrogel-based bioinks for 3D bioprinting of skin cells

Lameirinhas, NS; Teixeira, MC; Carvalho, JPF; Valente, BFA; Pinto, RJB; Oliveira, H; Luís, JL; Pires, L; Oliveira, JM; Vilela, C; Freire, CSR

Effects of polymethylmethacrylate nanoplastics on the polychaete Hediste diversicolor: Behavioural, regenerative, and biochemical responses

Silva, MSS; Pires, A; Vethaak, AD; Martínez-Gómez, C; Almeida, M; Pinto, R; Figueira, E; Oliveira, M

Insight into the mechanisms involved in the removal of toxic, rare earth, and platinum elements from complex mixtures by Ulva sp.

Viana, T; Henriques, B; Ferreira, N; Pinto, RJB; Monteiro, FLS; Pereira, E

BiLaWO6: Er3+/Tm3+/Yb3+ phosphor: Study of multiple fluorescence intensity ratiometric thermometry at cryogenic temperatures

Pavani, K; Neves, AJ; Pinto, RJB; Freire, CSR; Soares, MJ; Graca, MPF; Kumar, KU; Jakka, SK
2022, CERAMICS INTERNATIONAL, 48, 21, 31344-31353.

Realization of sensible peak shift thermometry from multiple site occupied Eu3+ ions in magnetically frustrated SrGd2O4

Pavani, K; Jamalaiah, BC; Neves, AJ; Soares, MJ; Shim, J; Nagajyothi, PC; Pinto, RJB; Graca, MPF; Jakka, SK
2022, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE, 57, 18, 8530-8543.

Bacterial nanocellulose-hyaluronic acid microneedle patches for skin applications: In vitro and in vivo evaluation

Fonseca, DFS; Vilela, C; Pinto, RJB; Bastos, V; Oliveira, H; Catarino, J; Faisca, P; Rosado, C; Silvestre, AJD; Freire, CSR
ISBN: 1873-0191

Cellulose Nanocrystals/Chitosan-Based Nanosystems: Synthesis, Characterization, and Cellular Uptake on Breast Cancer Cells

Pinto, RJB; Lameirinhas, NS; Guedes, G; da Silva, GRH; Oskoei, P; Spirk, S; Oliveira, H; Duarte, IF; Vilela, C; Freire, CSR
2021, NANOMATERIALS, 11, 8.
ISBN: 2079-4991

Biofuncionalização de nanocristais de celulose para o desenvolvimento de novos sistemas para tratamento e diagnóstico do cancro

Diogo Pinheiro
2018, supervised by Carmen Freire and Ricardo Pinto.

Biossíntese de nanopartículas através do uso de extratos naturais e estudo da sua aplicação no desenvolvimento de novos biomateriais funcionais

Elisa Martins
2018, supervised by Ricardo Pinto and Carmen Freire.

Biofuncionalização de nanocristais de celulose com ácido fólico para o desenvolvimento de novos sistemas para o diagnóstico e tratamento do cancro

Nicole Silva Lameirinhas
2017, supervised by Ricardo Pinto and Carmen Freire.

Biofuncionalização de nanocristais de celulose com ácido fólico para o desenvolvimento de novos sistemas para o diagnóstico e tratamento do cancro

Fátima Gabriela Guedes Faria
2017, supervised by Carmen Freire and Ricardo Pinto.

Extração da casca de Eucalyptus globulus através de alta pressão e sua influência na síntese de nanopartículas metálicas

Joana Lopes
2016, supervised by Ricardo Pinto and Jorge Saraiva.

Biosynthesis of metallic nanostructures using natural extracts: study of structural and morphological features and evaluation of its therapeutic potential

Madalena Pinheiro Morais
2016, supervised by Ricardo Pinto and Carmen Freire .

Synthesis and characterization of silver nanoparticles: a toxicity and metabolomics approach in skin cells

Maryam Nasirpour
2015, supervised by Ricardo Pinto, Iola Duarte, Helena Oliveira.

Biosynthesis of metallic nanostructures using natural extracts: study of structural and morphological features and evaluation of its therapeutic potential

Catarina dos Reis Viegas
2015, supervised by Carmen Freire and Ricardo Pinto.

Green reduction of graphene oxide with Eucalyptus globulus bark extract

Mariana Rodrigues Ferreira da Silva
2015, supervised by Carmen Freire and Ricardo Pinto.

Characterization of new nanocomposites based on natural matrices (cellulose) and metallic nanostructures of copper

Kornelia Pielak
2014, supervised by Carmen Freire and Ricardo Pinto.

Desenvolvimento de novos nanomateriais híbridos a partir de biopolímeros e nanopartículas metálicas para aplicação em biosensores e catálise

Joana Filipa Martinho Lopes
2014, supervised by Carmen Freire and Ricardo Pinto.

Estudos de síntese e libertação de Ag(I) em nanocompósitos celulósicos de prata

Fábio Martins Silva
2013, supervised by Tito Trindade and Ricardo Pinto.

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