Joaquim Luís Faria is an Associated Professor with Aggregation at the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, Portugal.  Prof. Faria graduated in 1993 with a Doctoral degree in Chemistry from the Technical University of Lisbon (now University of Lisbon) following the studies on Physical Organic Chemistry performed at the Max-Planck-Institut für Strahlenchemie (now Max-Planck-Institut für Chemische Energiekonversion) in Mülheim a.d.  Ruhr, Germany.  Joaquim Faria got the title of Aggregate in Chemical and Biological Engineering by the University of Porto in 2020 with the lecture “Applied Photochemistry”.  Prof. Faria is co-director of the Doctoral Program in Chemistry, a joint program between the Faculties of Sciences and Engineering of the University of Porto, a member of the Scientific Committee on the Master in Chemical Engineering, and a member of the Council of Chemical engineering Department.  Since 1998 is an active member of the Portuguese Chemical Society, and presently he is Vice-President of this scientific institution.  He has organized over 40 conferences, symposia, and meetings for the past 30 years.  He has been actively involved in training graduate students with the successful supervision of 18 PhD Thesis.  Prof. Faria’s outreach and dissemination activities in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering education have been very intense in the last years, with several programs dedicated to young students at various levels.  In 2020 was awarded a prize Project on Pedagogical Innovation, inserted in the Program “Promoting Pedagogical Excellence” by the University of Porto.  In 2021/22 launched at the University of Porto the world acclaimed competition Three Minute Thesis (3MT®).

His original research deals with applying chemical and photochemical principles to developing cutting-edge materials with catalytic and photocatalytic properties for applications in the improvement of novel reactor design, engineering processes, environmental issues, advances in new energy vectors, and heterogeneous photocatalytic assisted synthesis.  In 2005 he received the Scientific Prize of the Portuguese Association of Doctoral Studies in France (APDF) “Celestino da Costa / Jean Perrin”.  Prof. Faria is the author of 240-peer reviewed publications, editor of 8 books, and several other contributions, including editorials, news, interviews, and book reviews.  He is currently the Scientific Coordinator of the R&D unit LSRE-LCM, the Laboratory of Separation and Reaction Engineering – Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials.  He acts on the Board of Directors of ALiCE, the Associate Laboratory in Chemical Engineering, an R&D consortium of three R&D institutions (including LSRE-LCM) that is established to pursue national scientific and technological policy objectives. Prof. Faria also acts as the Thematic Line of Materials Coordinator in the ALiCE.

Talk: “Mechanistic and synthetic aspects of semiconductor-assisted photocatalytic synthesis