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 

Ongoing Supervisions


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


A comparative study of noncovalent interactions in various Ni-compounds containing nitrogen heteroaromatic ligands and pseudohalides: A combined experimental and theoretical studies

Jana, NC; Ghorai, P; Brandao, P; Bandyopadhyay, P; Saha, A; Frontera, A; Panja, A

Aerobic epoxidation of olefins by carboxylate ligand-based cobalt (II) compound: synthesis, X-ray crystallography, and catalytic exploration

Patra, BN; Ghosh, P; Sepay, N; Gayen, S; Koner, S; Brandao, P; Lin, Z; Debnath, R; Pratihar, JL; Maity, T; Mal, D

Dissociation of a tripodal pyridyl-pyrazole ligand and assortment of metal complex: Synthesis, structure, DFT, thermal stability, cytotoxicity, DNA cleavage, and molecular docking studies

Jana, A; Aher, A; Brandao, P; Sharda, S; Bera, P; Phadikar, U; Manna, SK; Mahapatra, AK; Bera, P

Electrolyte Effects on the Amino Acid Solubility in Water: Solubilitiesof Glycine,L-Leucine,L-Phenylalanine, andL-Aspartic Acid in SaltSolutions of (Na+,K+,NH4(+))/(Cl-,NO3-)

Aliyeva, M; Brandao, P; Gomes, JRB; Coutinho, JAP; Ferreira, O; Pinho, SP

Evaluation of the anticancer activities with various ligand substituents in Co(II/III)-picolyl phenolate derivatives: synthesis, characterization, DFT, DNA cleavage, and molecular docking studies

Jana, A; Aher, A; Brandao, P; Bera, P; Sharda, S; Phadikar, U; Manna, SK; Mahapatra, AK; Bera, P
2022, DALTON TRANSACTIONS, 51, 6, 2346-2363.

Instigating the In Vitro Anticancer Activity of New Pyridine-Thiazole-Based Co(III), Mn(II), and Ni(II) Complexes: Synthesis, Structure, DFT, Docking, and MD Simulation Studies

Bera, P; Aher, A; Brandao, P; Debnath, U; Dewaker, V; Manna, SK; Jana, A; Pramanik, C; Mandal, B; Bera, P

Ligand mediated structural diversity of copper(II)-azido moiety: Synthesis, structure and magnetic study

Ghosh, M; Chakrabarty, PP; Jana, AD; Schollmeyer, D; Sakiyama, H; Mikuriya, M; Debnath, R; Brandao, P; Mal, D; Saha, S

Macrocycle supported dinuclear lanthanide complexes with different beta-diketonate co-ligands displaying zero field single-molecule magnetic behaviour

Pramanik, K; Sun, YC; Brandao, P; Jana, NC; Wang, XY; Panja, A
2022, NEW JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY, 46, 24, 11722-11733.

Significant photodegradation of carcinogenic organic dyes by a 1D supramolecular heteroleptic Cu(ii) complex under sunlight irradiation

Kuila, A; Maity, R; Acharya, P; Brandao, P; Maity, T; Sepay, N; Samanta, BC
2022, NEW JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY, 46, 24, 11804-11811.

Solubilities of Amino Acids in Aqueous Solutions of Chloride or Nitrate Salts of Divalent (Mg2+ or Ca2+) Cations

Aliyeva, M; Brandao, P; Gomes, JRB; Coutinho, JAP; Ferreira, O; Pinho, SP

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