Nuno Gonçalves

Investigador Júnior

Short bio

Nuno Gonçalves is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow (call MSCA PF-2021) at DQ/CICECO at the University of Aveiro focusing his activities on the development of new 3D-printed materials for the removal of pollutants from water sources through adsorption, filtration and/or photocatalysis.

Recently, he was awarded a Junior Researcher Grant (CEEC 2022) by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. 

He obtained his PhD in Chemical in Materials Sciences (July 2021) from the University of Turin in the frame of a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (ITN) focused on a multidisciplinary approach to develop new technologies for the oxidation/reduction of contaminants of emerging concern from water. During this project, he also had short-term scientific missions at Aalborg University (AAU), LiqTech Inc. (Copenhagen), École Polytechnique and CNRS/Université Clermont Auvergne.

Before, he worked as a researcher and development chemist in a spin-off (Luzitin, SA) from the University of Coimbra focused on developing new biologically active substances and was involved in developing the first Portuguese oncological drug candidate. Previously, he obtained his MSc in Chemistry from the University of Coimbra.

With a multidisciplinary approach encompassing chemistry, materials science, and engineering, his expertise lies in designing environmentally friendly materials that address pressing environmental challenges and pave the way for a sustainable future.



  • Low molecular weight derivatives of carboxamide halogenated porphyrins, namely chlorins and bacteriochlorins, and their applications in photodynamic therapy. PCT/IB2016/052606
  • Atropisomers of halogenated tetraphenylbacteriochlorins and chlorins and their use in photodynamic therapy. PCT/IB2016/051552



3D-printed red mud/metakaolin-based geopolymers as water pollutant sorbents of methylene blue

Gonçalves, NPF; Olhero, SM; Labrincha, JA; Novais, RM

Natural solar activation of modified zinc oxides with rare earth elements (Ce, Yb) and Fe for the simultaneous disinfection and decontamination of urban wastewater

Ilaria Berruti, Nuno P.F. Gonçalves, Paola Calza, Maria Cristina Paganini, Isabel Oller, Maria Inmaculada Polo-López
2022, Chemosphere.

Unraveling the Pivotal Role of Atropisomerism for Cellular Internalization

Claire Donohoe, Fábio A. Schaberle, Fábio M. S. Rodrigues, Nuno P. F. Gonçalves, Christopher J. Kingsbury, Mariette M. Pereira, Mathias O. Senge, Lígia C. Gomes-da-Silva, and Luis G. Arnaut
2022, Journal of the American Chemical Society, 144, 33.

From monitoring to treatment, how to improve water quality: The pharmaceuticals case

Dimitra Papagiannaki, Masho H. Belay, Nuno P.F. Gonçalves, Elisa Robotti, Alessandra Bianco-Prevot, Rita Binetti, Paola Calza
2022, Chemical Engineering Journal Advances, 10.

Attenuation of toxicity and occurrence of degradation products of the fungicide tebuconazole after combined vacuum UV and UVC treatment of drinking water

Oihane Del Puerto, Nuno P. F. Gonçalves, Claudio Medana, Alessandra Bianco Prevot, Peter Roslev
2022, Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 29.

Biochar waste-based ZnO materials as highly efficient photocatalysts for water treatment

Goncalves, NPF; Lourenco, MAO; Baleuri, SR; Bianco, S; Jagdale, P; Calza, P

Colloidal nanomaterials for water quality improvement and monitoring

Estrada, AC; Daniel-da-Silva, AL; Leal, C; Monteiro, C; Lopes, CB; Nogueira, HIS; Lopes, I; Martins, MJ; Martins, NCT; Goncalves, NPF; Fateixa, S; Trindade, T

Elucidation of the photoinduced transformations of Aliskiren in river water using liquid chromatography high-resolution mass spectrometry

Nuno P.F. Gonçalves, Lucia Iezzia, Masho H. Belay, Valeria Dulio, Nikiforos Alygizakise, Federica Dal Bello, Claudio Medana, Paola Calza
2021, Science of The Total Environment, 800, 15.

Degradation of the antifungal pharmaceutical clotrimazole by UVC and vacuum-UV irradiation: Kinetics, transformation products and attenuation of toxicity

Nuno P.F. Gonçalves, Oihane del Puerto, Claudio Medana, Paola Calza, Peter Roslev
2021, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 9, 5.

Comparison of Advanced Oxidation Processes for the Degradation of Maprotiline in Water—Kinetics, Degradation Products and Potential Ecotoxicity

Nuno P. F Gonçalves, Zsuzsanna Varga, Edith Nicol, Paola Calza, Stéphane Bouchonnet
2021, Catalysts, 11, 240.

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