Pierre Mothé Esteves, Universidade Federal do rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Structural Chemistry: From Aromaticity to New Carbon Allotropes
Host: Luís Branco, LAQV-REQUIMTE at FCT-NOVA
Structural Theory is one of the pillars of modern chemistry, allowing the design of new reactions and chemical processes with some success. This seminar discusses how studies focusing on some important aspects of structural chemistry, such as 3D aromaticity, resulted in unexpected results that open doors to new chemical adventures. One of such adventures is the reticular chemistry, which deals with the construction of porous structures, such as the Covalent Organic Frameworks (COFs), their structural predictability and the phenomena that take place within the confined spaces at the molecular level. Studies of such materials, which present a wide range of potential technological applications, again show important avenues in the world of new carbon allotropes.
Born in Rio de Janeiro (1972), Prof. Pierre Mothé Esteves has a BSc degree in Chemistry (1994) and a doctorate (DSc, 1999) in Organic Chemistry (Advisor, Prof. Claudio JA Mota) from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, with a period at the University of Strasbourg (1998, group of Physico-Chimie des Hydrocarbures , Prof. Jean Sommer), Postdoctoral fellow in hydrocarbon and petroleum chemistry from the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute at the University of Southern California (USC, 2000-2001, Profs. Surya Prakash and George A. Olah). Affiliate Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (2008-2012) and Associate Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (2002-present). Awards: Young Scientist Award TWAS-ROLAC, Chemistry, 2009; Young Talents in Science Award (SBQ and ACS), 2011. Has experience in Physico-Organic Chemistry, acting on the following subjects: nanoscience, nanotechnology, reticular chemistry, porous materials, carbocarbons, catalysis, hydrocarbons, superacids, carbonium, aromatic electrophilic substitution, natural gas hydrates and flow assurance. 100 Articles, 1 Book, Index h = 25 (Web of Science).