Speakers

Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2016

Northwestern University

Fraser Stoddart graduated in 1964 from the University of Edinburgh, received his PhD in 1966 from the same institution and he did a postgraduation at Queen’s University, Kingston. He was also present at the University of Sheffield, Imperial Chemical Industries, the University of Birmingham, the University of California and Northwestern University.


He is currently a professor on the administrative council at the University of Northwester. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors and a Foreign Fellow of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.


Over the past few decades, he has mentored over 500 students from 50 different countries and in 2007, he was elected by Queen Elizabeth II a Knight Bachelor for his contribution to molecular chemistry and nanotechnology.
During his career he has received several distinctions including the King Faisal International Prize for Science in 2007, the Einstein World Award of Science in 2007, the Royal Medal in 2010 and the highly acclaimed Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2016. with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Bernard Feringa, for the design and production of molecular machines.


Norman Heatley Award 2021

King’s College London

Manuel Müller studied chemistry at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, and completed a PhD in Protein Engineering and Evolution at the same institution. He did his postdoctoral work at the Muir laboratory in Princeton, where he developed and applied biological chemistry tools to study chromatin-modifying enzymes.

Since 2016, he has a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship, and is coordinator of a research group in the Department of Chemistry at King’s College London. In 2021, he won the Norman Heatley Award from the Royal Society of Chemistry for best early-career scientist in the Chemistry Biology interface.

His interests focus on the use of biological chemistry to reveal when, where and how protein structure modifications contribute to biological regulation, and on the development of proteomic platforms that discover protein modifications that have not yet been characterized.


Full Professor

Universidade de Aveiro

João Mano received his PhD in Chemistry from the Technical University of Lisbon, in 1996, and became D.Sc in Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells, in 2012, at the University of Minho.

He is currently Full Professor in the chemistry department at the University of Aveiro (UA), where he is responsible for classes related to the science and technology of biomaterials, tissue engineering and the physical chemistry of polymers and materials. Since 2014, he is Visiting Professor at the University of Lorraine and he was Visiting Professor at KAIST (South Korea), in 2019. He is also director of the Master and PhD courses in Biotechnology at UA and director of the COMPASS research group at the same institution.

Furthermore, he is editor-in-chief of Materials Today Bio, member of several scientific societies, editorial boards of international journals, coordinates several European research projects and organizes scientific events in the areas of polymers/materials science and biomaterials/tissue engineering.

During his career, he has received several distinctions as an IUPAC Fellow since 2004, the Material Science and Technology Prize awarded by the Federation of European Materials Societies in 2007, the BES Innovation Prize in 2010, the George Winter 2020 award, the Luso Prize -Spanish of Chemistry in 2021, among others. He is the author of more than 620 articles in international journals, 40 chapters, 6 patents, and he has an important role in the review of numerous manuscripts and projects in several countries.

His interests focus on the use of biomaterials and cells for the development of transdisciplinary concepts intended for use in regenerative and personalized medicine, through the implementation of biomimetics and nano/micro technology.


Full Professor

Universidade de Coimbra

Luís G. Arnaut graduated in Chemistry, in 1983, at University of Coimbra (UC) and obtained a PhD degree in Chemistry, in 1988, at the same university. Took a post-doctorate, by invitation, at University of Texas.

He’s currently a professor in the Department of Chemistry and coordinator of the master’s and doctoral programs in Medicinal Chemistry at UC. He’s the director of Coimbra LaserLab, member of the european research infrastructure LaserLab Europe, President of the International Photodynamic Association, founding partner of Luzitin SA and LaserLeap SA, and responsible for the Photomedicine and Reactivity research group at the Chemistry Center of Coimbra. 

Author of more than 150 articles, 14 chapters, 3 books and 8 patents, 5 of which are licensed to Pharma/Biotec. Present in numerous oral communications, national and international lectures, as well as several research projects. 

During his career he has received several distinctions such as the Gulbenkian Science Prize in 1994, the BES Innovation Prize in 2008, the AVDRI-Santander Prize in 2010, the ALTEC Prize in 2016, among others. 

His interests focus on chemical reactivity, photoacoustics, and the mechanisms of photodynamic therapy.


Full Professor

Instituto Superior Técnico

Mário Berberan Santos graduated in 1984 in Chemical Engineering, in the area of Chemistry and Processes, by the Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) and received his PhD in 1989 for the same institution. Furthermore, he did a post-doctorate in 1990 at the Unité de Physico-Chimie Organique Appliquée at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers and at the Laboratoire pour l’Utilisation du Rayonnement Elotromagnitique, in Paris.

M. Berberan-Santos was Visiting Professor at École Normale Supéricure de Cachan and he is currently Professor of Physical Chemistry, Materials and Nanosciences at IST.

He is a member of the Permanent Steering Committee of the MAF Conferences and the International Academy of Mathematical Chemistry. In 2001, he began his journey at the Portuguese Chemical Society as secretary-general and in 2010 he became president, a position he held until 2013. He was also member of the editorial boards of several journals such as ChemPhysChem and ChemPhotoChem.

During his career, he has received several distinctions such as Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of Chemistry Europe, “Ferreira da Silva” Prize (awarded by the Sociedade Portuguesa de Química) in 2020 and the “Estímulo à Excelência” Prize from FCT – Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia.

His scientific interests focus particularly on the luminescence of fullerenes and nanostructured systems and on the dynamics of processes involving excited electronic states.


Assistant Professor
NOVA School of Science and Technology | FCT NOVA

Maria Manuel Marques graduated in Chemistry in 1995 at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia – Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT-UNL) and obtained her PhD in Organic Chemistry in 2001 at the same institution. Later, in 2003, she did post-doctoral studies in Chemistry, at the Organic Chemistry Institute at the University of Vienna.

In 2003, Maria Manuel Marques became assistant research at REQUIMTE laboratory, and between 2004 and 2018 she was Invited Professor at FCT-UNL. Also in 2018, MMM became Assistant Professor, at the same institution, teaching Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Sustainable Synthesis, and Catalysis. In 2006 MMM started her independent researcher career at FCT-UNL, following the Organic Chemistry and Biological Chemistry research lines.

MMM is the author of more than 50 scientific papers, 3 book chapters and has been participating in several national and international lectures. Additionally, she supervises several master, doctoral and post-doctoral students.

Her current research interests are focused on the Chemistry-Biology interface. Namely, in the development of new synthetic sustainable methodologies, metal-catalysed reactions for synthesis and functionalization of bioactive compounds.


Assistant Professor

Universidade de Coimbra

Marta Piñeiro graduated in Chemistry at the University of Santiago de Compostela in 1996, and concluded her PhD in Chemistry in 2002, from the University of Coimbra (UC).

Between 2000 and 2002 she was a Invited Assistant in UC, becoming Assistant until 2005. Since then, she is an Assistant Professor. Nowadays she coordinates the BSc in Medical Chemistry, on the Chemistry Department of the University of Coimbra. Furthermore, she integrates the Organic Chemistry research group of the Chemistry Centre of Coimbra.

Piñeiro is the author of more than 80 articles, 3 books, 5 chapters and 3 patents. She has been doing national and international oral presentations, and participates in the organization of scientific events. She is also a reviewer in international journals, and supervises and co-supervises bachelor, masters and doctorate students.

Her interests rely on Organic Chemistry, Green Chemistry, on the development sustainable synthesis processes, and on heterocycle synthesis.


Assistant Professor

Universidade de Coimbra

Filipe Antunes graduated in Industrial Chemistry in 2001 at the University of Coimbra and received his PhD in Macromolecular Chemistry in 2006, at the same institution.

From 2010 to 2015 FA was Invited Assistant Professor at UC, and from 2019 he is Assistant Professor. He has lectured at other international universities.

FA is the leader of the Colloides and Innovative Nanomaterials Group (COLLING) and founder of EcoXperience. He was a Researcher at Procter and Gamble CO (USA), at Università degli Studi di Roma La Sapienza (Italia) and at Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio Mesquita Filho (Brazil).

Author of more than 60 scientific articles, 3 book chapters and 4 patents. FA has made national and international oral communications, has been part of the organization of several events and has supervised and co-supervised MSc and PhD students.

Since 2018, FA is Consultant at the Center for Food Education and Research (CFER). Recently, he founded Science351, a science consulting company. Filipe Antunes was recognized with several national and international awards.

His scientific interests are Colloids and Industrial Chemistry.


National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences

Paula Monsanto graduated in Chemistry at the University of Coimbra (UC) and completed her MSc. in Chemistry, specializing in Organic Chemistry, at the same institution.

She did an internship, during her master’s degree, in 1993, at the Chemistry Department of the University of Liverpool and between 1989 and 1991 she collaborated as a monitor in supporting the practical classes of organic chemistry III at the DQ-FCTUC. She has collaborated in teaching activities for undergraduate and master’s students within the scope of her activity at the National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences (INMLCF), as well as in guiding visits to the same institution.

She began her career at the INMLCF in 1992 as an intern to become a senior technician in forensic medicine, having in recent years held other roles such as director of the Forensic Toxicology Service of the Coimbra Delegation of the INMLCF between 2004 and 2008, and coordinator of the Functional Unit of the Forensic Chemistry and Toxicology Service of the INMLCF DC (SQTF-DC) between 2016 and 2019.

She is currently responsible for coordinating the enzyme immunoassay team and performing routine analysis and consumables management at the national level. She collaborates with the spectrophotometry team in carrying out procedures for the determination of carboxyhemoglobin and is, since September 2021, responsible for quality for the certification of the SQTF-DC.