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 New Chiral Ni4O4 Distorted Cube: Synthesis, Structure, and Magneto-Structural Correlation

Sen, R; Lopes, AML; Lin, Z; Brandao, P; Araujo, JP
ISBN: 1099-0682

Synthesis, structure and diverse coordination chemistry of cobalt(III) complexes derived from a Schiff base ligand and their biomimetic catalytic oxidation of o-aminophenols

Jana, NC; Patra, M; Brandao, P; Panja, A
2019, POLYHEDRON, 164, 23-34.

Biomimetic catalytic activity and structural diversity of cobalt complexes with N3O-donor Schiff base ligand

Jana, NC; Patra, M; Brandao, P; Panja, A
2019, INORGANICA CHIMICA ACTA, 490, 163-172.
ISBN: 1873-3255

Ultrasonic synthesis of Oct. trans-Br2Cu(N boolean AND N)(2) Jahn-Teller distortion complex: XRD-properties, solvatochromism, thermal, kinetic and DNA-binding evaluations

Warad, I; Musameh, S; Sawafta, A; Brandao, P; Tavares, CJ; Zarrouk, A; Arnereih, S; Al Ali, A; Shariah, R
ISBN: 1873-2828

Development of novel Cu(I) compounds with vitamin B-1 derivative and their potential application as anticancer drugs

Brandao, P; Guieu, S; Correia-Branco, A; Silva, C; Martel, F
2019, INORGANICA CHIMICA ACTA, 487, 287-294.
ISBN: 1873-3255

Iron-Catalyzed/Mediated C-N Bond Formation: Competition between Substrate Amination and Ligand Amination

Sinha, S; Sikari, R; Sinha, V; Jash, U; Das, S; Brandao, P; Demeshko, S; Meyer, F; de Bruin, B; Paul, ND
2019, INORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 58, 3, 1935-1948.
ISBN: 1520-510X

An unusual iminoacylation of 2-amino pyridyl thiazole: Synthesis, X-ray crystallography and DFT study of copper(II) amidine complexes and their cytotoxicity, DNA binding and cleavage study

Bera, P; Brandao, P; Mondal, G; Santra, A; Jana, A; Mokhamatam, RB; Manna, SK; Mandal, TK; Bera, P
2019, POLYHEDRON, 159, 436-445.

Pyridine-2-olato chelated ruthenium(II) organometallics incorporating imine-phenol function: spectroscopic, structural, electrochemical, and theoretical studies

Islam, A; Ghosh, MK; Mondal, S; Brandao, P; Chattopadhyay, S
ISBN: 1029-0389

Synthesis, structure and catalytic promiscuity of a napthyl-pyrazole Mn(II) complex and structure-activity relationships

Jana, A; Brandao, P; Jana, H; Jana, AD; Mondal, G; Bera, P; Santra, A; Mahapatra, AK; Bera, P
ISBN: 1029-0389

Metal-Ligand Cooperative Approach To Achieve Dehydrogenative Functionalization of Alcohols to Quinolines and Quinazolin-4(3H)-ones under Mild Aerobic Conditions

Das, S; Sinha, S; Samanta, D; Mondal, R; Chakraborty, G; Brandao, P; Paul, ND
2019, JOURNAL OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY, 84, 16, 10160-10171.
ISBN: 1520-6904

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