|advanced synthetic methodologies; spectroscopic techniques, hybrid materials; biogenic silica|
|Over the last 5 years my main activity was related with the implementation of advanced synthetic methodologies and the use of potentiometry and spectroscopic techniques to access the behavior in solution of new compounds, as well as complexes with different metal ions. These skills enable me to access the potential of a compound and apply it in different areas. My research, and established collaborations, was mainly focus on the interface of coordination, medicinal and environmental chemistry, being my main goal the design of new sensors that combine chelators and fluorophores or other spectroscopic probes with a specific response to different analytes, and the use of the different spectroscopic techniques to access the solution behavior of new compounds. In the last two years my research was focus on the preparation of new hybrid materials using, biogenic silica as silicon source. These years were paramount to develop my research not only because it gave me the experience regarding the state-of-the-art in this scientific field, allowed me to increase my network connections, but also allowed me establish collaborations with Portuguese companies.|
|The project focuses on the valorization and cascading use of biobased waste (BW) in the responsible design of new materials for sensing and catalytic applications.
This proposal encourages the research that moves away from the linear “take-make-dispose” approach and proposes new ways in the production and application of new materials.
In this proposal a strategy was built with the objective of design and synthesize new physical and chemical sensors and catalysts to be applied in sensing and catalysis applications. This proposal also focuses in the environmental and industrial applications of the obtained building blocks and compounds in paramount areas, namely sensing and catalysis. The development of new physical and chemical sensors will allow to contribute for important areas such as water monitoring, water and soil remediation, air quality assessments, and other important areas and we hope to contribute for a better knowledge of how to improve and manage these important resources. Regarding the new catalyst we will contribute for the development of this important area, catalysis, that will be paramount in the next years in the development of new biofuels and in obtaining new building blocks from biomass decreasing the need of fossil fuels.|