Coordinator: Ana Cristina Moreira Freire


The design and fabrication of new advanced Functional Materials is a vital area of LAQV to address the 21st Century Grand Challenges. We will be strongly committed with the development of new high-performance functional and smart (nano)(bio)materials through eco-sustainable, costeffective and scalable processes, to boost innovation on Biomedical, Catalytic, Environmental, Energy and Textile Applications. This will be grounded on a strong cooperation between several LAQV Research Groups with expertise in Chemical Synthesis and Multifunctional and Responsive (Nano)Materials.


The coordination of R&D will proceed through networking activities, joint projects and will be highly committed with knowledge transfer/technological valorization in collaboration with Industry, with the goal of contributing to innovative products/technologies for Society.

The main research vectors will be: Materials for biomedical applications: we will pursue the design of innovative therapeutic solutions for drug loading and delivery systems, musculoskeletal reconstruction, tissue regeneration and craniofacial applications. New functional nanomaterials will be developed and applied as cargo materials, fluorescent imaging nanodevices and for monitoring biomedical/proteomic samples. Nanoplatforms for (bio)sensing and environment: we will continue integrating nanomaterials for wastewater treatment and (bio)sensors to achieve improved analytical performance for simultaneous detection and signaling of multiple analytes. The most efficient (bio)sensors will be included in portable devices and/or disposable devices, resulting in cost effective point-of-care and/or in situ applications.
Eco-sustainable (Nano)catalysts and Adsorbents: we shall pursue developing innovative catalytic technologies for wastewater remediation, fuels desulfurization, biomass valorization, energy related reactions, selective catalysis and gas adsorption, separation and capture. Functional and smart (nano)materials and IoT applications: We shall continue the fabrication (nano)materials with high-efficiency energy storage and/or responsive properties to be integrated in textiles/flexible substrates to produce wearable technologies able to store energy, respond to external stimuli, and/or to power sensors and other electronic devices, aiming to address the needs of IoT applications. The electrochromic display technology developed by CHARM group & Ynvisible will be implemented in applications with societal impact.

Molecular building blocks with fine-tuned properties: to achieve all innovative (nano)(bio)materials with enhanced performance, we will continue pursuing their functionalization with molecular frameworks (chromic and antimicrobial molecules, peptides, carbohydrates, porphyrin, dyes).
In cultural heritage field: we will contribute to history of plastics, to preservation of historic photographic collections and to creation of an online access to Winsor & Newton artist materials supplier database.


Research Groups that contribute to the Thematic Line:

- Molecular Synthesis
- Environmental Chemistry
- Nanoplatforms
- Cultural Heritage and Responsive Materials

- (Bio)Chemistry & OMICS
- Materials for Sustainability and Wellbeing