Mariana Coutinho Sardo

Investigador Auxiliar

Perfil biográfico

2016 - 2018: post-doctoral fellow at CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials under the supervision of Doctor Luis Mafra and Professor João Rocha;

2010 - 2016: post-doctoral fellow at CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials and Laboratorium für Physikalische Chemie, ETH Zürich supervised by Doctor Luis Mafra, Professor João Rocha and Professor Beat H. Meier;

2009: PhD in Physical Chemistry: " Weak intermolecular interactions in advanced functional materials: spectroscopic and computational studies” (supervision of Prof. Paulo Ribeiro-Claro), Chemistry Department, University of Aveiro. During this period, 5 months were spent in the University of Malaga, Spain, working in the group of Professor Juan Carlos Otero, developing SERS studies on pharmaceutical compounds;

2005: Degree in Physics and Chemistry (for teaching), Univ. Aveiro (17/20)


- Combining high-resolution solid-state NMR methods, X-ray diffraction and computational approaches to study crystal packing interactions in small molecules (namely pharmaceuticals) and materials - NMR crystallography; 

- Study drug-drug and drug-host interactions of molecular scaffolds as drug delivery systems.

- NMR characterization of modified nanoporous solid sorbents with potential for gas capture (by using 13C-labelled CO2 in a gas mixture);

- NMR characterization of porous materials relevant in heterogeneous catalysis (study of Lewis and Brønsted acidity);


- Responsible for preparing and delivering solid-state NMR Hands-on courses (II Jornadas Nacionais de Caracterização de Materiais - 2017 and IV Ibero-American NMR Meeting - 2012). - Co-President of the Young Chemists Group (GQJ) of the Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ) between 2010-2012 - Member of the organizing committee of several scientific events: Chemistry Olympics competitions, the Portuguese Physics students meeting (2004), International conference on solubility phenomena (2004), Young Portuguese Chemists meeting (2010), European Young Chemists Network (EYCN) delegates assembly (2012) and EYCN contribution to the 4EuCheMS (2012), IV Ibero-American NMR Meeting (2012).

Interesses científicos

- Caracterização por RMN de materiais porosos modificados para potencial aplicação na captura de CO2;

- Caracterização por RMN de materiais porosos relevantes em catálise heterogénea (estudo da acidez de Lewis e Brønsted);

- Aplicação combinada de RMN de estado sólido, difração de raios-X e métodos computacionais no estudo do empacotamento cristalino em pequenas moléculas de interesse farmacêutico e em materiais;

- Cristalografia por RMN

- Estudo de interações fármaco-fármaco e fármaco-hospedeiro em sistemas de libertação de fármacos.

Grupo de Investigação

Dr. Luis Miguel Monteiro Mafra; Professor João Rocha; Dr. Ildefonso Marin; Dr. Marina Ilkaeva, Dr. Ricardo Vieira, Dra. Paula Soares Santos; Carlos Bornes; João Pereira

Principais colaboradores

Professor Beat H. Meier (ETH - Zurich); Prof. José M. Ferreira (UA); Dr. José R.B. Gomes (UA); Prof. Isabel Neves (U. Minho); Dr. Paula Ferreira (UA); Prof. Teresa Duarte (IST); Prof. Moisés Pinto (IST); Prof. Norberto Masciocchi (U. Insubria)

Publicações seleccionadas

1. "Comparison of different silica microporous structures as drug delivery systems for in vitro models of solid tumors", Natália Vilaça, Ana F. Machado, Filipa Morais-Santos, Ricardo Amorim, A. Patrícia Neto, Enora Logodin, Manuel F. R. Pereira, Mariana Sardo, João Rocha, Pier Parpot, António M. Fonseca, Fátima Baltazar and Isabel C. Neves, RSC Adv., 2017, 7, 13104-13111.

2. "PAIN with and without PAR: Variants for third-spin assisted heteronuclear polarization transfer", Vipin Agarwal*, Mariana Sardo*, Ingo Scholz, Anja Böckmann, Matthias Ernst and Beat H. Meier, J. Biomol. NMR 2013, 56(4), 365-377. (*authors equally contributed for this work)

 3. "Combining multinuclear high-resolution solid-state MAS NMR and computational methods for resonance assignment of glutathione tripeptide", Mariana Sardo, Renée Siegel, Sérgio M. Santos, João Rocha, José R. B. Gomes, Luis Mafra, J. Phys. Chem. A 2012, 116 (25), 6711–6719.

4. "3D–2D–0D Stepwise Deconstruction of a Water Framework Templated by a Nanoporous Organic–Inorganic Hybrid Host", João Rocha, Fa-Nian Shi, Filipe A. Almeida Paz, Luis Mafra, Mariana Sardo, Luis Cunha-Silva, James Chisholm, Paulo Ribeiro-Claro and Tito Trindade, Chem. Eur. J. 2010, 16, 7741-7749.

Supervisões em Curso



Interaction of CO2 and CH4 with Functionalized Periodic Mesoporous Phenylene-Silica: Periodic DFT Calculations and Gas Adsorption Measurements

Lourenco, MAO; Siquet, C; Sardo, M; Mafra, L; Pires, J; Jorge, M; Pinto, ML; Ferreira, P; Gomes, JRB
2016, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 120, 7, 3863-3875.

Diazole-based powdered cocrystal featuring a helical hydrogen-bonded network: Structure determination from PXRD, solid-state NMR and computer modeling

Sardo, M; Santos, SM; Babaryk, AA; Lopez, C; Alkorta, I; Elguero, J; Claramunt, RM; Mafra, L

X-ray and NMR Crystallography Studies of Novel Theophylline Cocrystals Prepared by Liquid Assisted Grinding

Fernandes, JA; Sardo, M; Mafra, L; Choquesillo-Lazarte, D; Masciocchi, N
2015, CRYSTAL GROWTH & DESIGN, 15, 8, 3674-3683.

Micro- and Mesoporous Structures as Drug Delivery Carriers for Salicylic Acid

Vilaca, N; Morais-Santos, F; Machado, AF; Sirkecioglu, A; Pereira, MFR; Sardo, M; Rocha, J; Parpot, P; Fonseca, AM; Batazar, F; Neves, IC
2015, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 119, 7, 3589-3595.

Catalytic dehydration of fructose to HMF over sulfonic acid functionalized periodic mesoporous organosilicas: role of the acid density

Bispo, C; Vigier, KD; Sardo, M; Bion, N; Mafra, L; Ferreira, P; Jerome, F
2014, CATALYSIS SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 4, 8, 2235-2240.

Monitoring hydration in lime-metakaolin composites using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Pesce, GL; Bowen, CR; Rocha, J; Sardo, M; Allen, GC; Walker, PJ; Denuault, G; Serrapede, M; Ball, RJ
2014, CLAY MINERALS, 49, 3, 341-358.

Thermal and mechanical stability of lanthanide-containing glass-ceramic sealants for solid oxide fuel cells

Reddy, AA; Goel, A; Tulyaganov, DU; Sardo, M; Mafra, L; Pascual, MJ; Kharton, VV; Tsipis, EV; Kolotygin, VA; Ferreira, JMF
2014, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, 2, 6, 1834-1846.

Melilite glass-ceramic sealants for solid oxide fuel cells: effects of ZrO2 additions assessed by microscopy, diffraction and solid-state NMR

Reddy, AA; Tulyaganov, DU; Goel, A; Sardo, M; Wiper, PV; Pascual, MJ; Kharton, VV; Kolotygin, VA; Tsipis, EV; Mafra, L; Ferreira, JMF
2013, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY A, 1, 21, 6471-6480.

Potentiation of 5-fluorouracil encapsulated in zeolites as drug delivery systems for in vitro models of colorectal carcinoma

Vilaca, N; Amorim, R; Machado, AF; Parpot, P; Pereira, MFR; Sardo, M; Rocha, J; Fonseca, AM; Neves, IC; Baltazar, F

PAIN with and without PAR: variants for third-spin assisted heteronuclear polarization transfer

Agarwal, V; Sardo, M; Scholz, I; Bockmann, A; Ernst, M; Meier, BH
2013, JOURNAL OF BIOMOLECULAR NMR, 56, 4, 365-377.

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