Nuno Gonçalves

Junior Researcher

Short bio

Nuno Gonçalves is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow (MSCA PF) at DQ/CICECO at University of Aveiro (UA) focusing his activities on the development of photoactivate materials for water treatment.

Before, as Junior Researcher, he developed activities on the development of 3D printed waste based geopolymers for the removal of heavy metals from wastewater at the Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering and CICECO (UA).

He obtained his PhD in Chemical in Materials Sciences from the University of Turin, Italy (July 2021) 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 had the opportunity to work in other 4 different academic/non-academic institutions: Aalborg University (Denmark), LiqTech Inc. (Copenhagen, Denmark), École Polytechnique (Paris, France) and CNRS/Université Clermont Auvergne (France). Here gained experience in different fields from materials synthesis, characterization, semiconductor photocatalysis, UV-based processes, mechanistic studies, structural elucidation, QSAR simulations and ecotoxicity assays. 

Before, he worked as a researcher and development chemist in a spin-off (Luzitin, SA) from the University of Coimbra focused on the development of new biologically active substances and participated in the development of the first Portuguese oncological drug candidate, Redaporfin in clinical trials. Nuno obtained the BSc in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Coimbra, with the final project in photochemistry studies and the MSc in Chemistry, at the same university, with the project focused on the carbon-11 radiolabeling of compounds for cancer diagnosis by PET imaging.


  • 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




Study of the photoinduced transformations of maprotiline in river water using liquid chromatography high-resolution mass spectrometry

Nuno P.F. Gonçalves, Zsuzsanna Varga, Stéphane Bouchonnet, Valeria Dulio, Nikiforos Alygizakise, Federica Dal Bello, Claudio Medana, Paola Calza
2021, Science of The Total Environment, 755, 2.

Comparison of the Photocatalytic Activity of ZnO/CeO2 and ZnO/Yb2O3 Mixed Systems in the Phenol Removal from Water: A Mechanicistic Approach

Erik Cerrato, Nuno P. F. Gonçalves, Paola Calza, Maria Cristina Paganini
2020, Catalysts, 10, 10.

Environmental Assessment of Humic Acid Coated Magnetic Materials Used as Catalyst in Photo-Fenton Processes

Mattia Costamagna, Nuno P. F. Gonçalves, Alessandra Bianco Prevot
2020, Catalysts, 10, 7.

Humic acid coated magnetic particles as highly efficient heterogeneous photo-Fenton materials for wastewater treatments

Nuno P.F. Gonçalves, Marco Minella, Debora Fabbri, Paola Calza, Cosimino Malitesta, Elisabetta Mazzotta, Alessandra Bianco Prevot
2020, Chemical Engineering Journal, 390.

The effect of cobalt doping on the efficiency of semiconductor oxides in the photocatalytic water remediation

Nuno P.F. Gonçalves, Maria Cristina Paganini, Paolo Armillotta, Erik Cerrato, Paola Calza
2019, Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 7.

Photo-activation of persulfate and hydrogen peroxide by humic acid coated magnetic particles for Bisphenol A degradation

Nuno P.F Gonçalves, Marco Minella, Gilles Mailhot, Marcello Brigante, Alessandra Bianco Prevot
2019, Catalysis Today, 361.

New insight into zinc oxide doped with iron and its exploitation to pollutants abatement

Maria Cristina Paganini, Alice Giorgini, Nuno P.F. Gonçalves, Chiara Gionco, Alessandra Bianco Prevot, Paola Calza
2019, Catalysis Today, 328.

Ultrafast Dynamics of Manganese(III), Manganese(II), and Free-Base Bacteriochlorin: Is There Time for Photochemistry?

Fabio A. Schaberle, Orcid, Artur R. Abreu, Nuno P. F. Gonçalves, Gonçalo F. F. Sá, Mariette M. Pereira, and Luís G. Arnaut
2017, Inorganic Chemistry, 56, 5.

Synthesis and characterization of biocompatible bimodal meso-sulfonamide-perfluorophenylporphyrins

Carolina S. Vinagreiro, Nuno P.F. Gonçalves, Mário J.F. Calvete, Fábio A. Schaberle, Luís G. Arnaut, Mariette M. Pereira
2015, Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, 180.

Synthesis and biological distribution study of a new carbon-11 labeled porphyrin for PET imaging. Photochemical and biological characterization of the non-labeled porphyrin

Nuno P. F. Gonçalves, Ana V. C. Simões, Artur R. Abreu, Antero J. Abrunhosa, Janusz M. Dąbrowski and Mariette M. Pereira
2015, Journal of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines.

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