João Avó

Soft and biofunctional materials group
Research Fellow (FFCT)
DCM Gab. 107-D 10619
DCM Lab. 107-D 10618


BSc. degree in Applied Chemistry in 2007 and MSc. degree in Bioorganic Chemistry in 2009, both from Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

His research interests are related to the synthesis and characterization of photoresponsive organic molecules for the development of photorheological and other photosensitive materials.

The current work consists in the development of new electrospun membranes from cellulose derivatives with cellulose nanocrystals.

Main publications

- João Avó, Luis Cunha-Silva, J.C. Lima, A.J. Parola, “Design and Synthesis of Photoactive Ionic Liquids”, Org. Lett., 2014, 16, 2582-2585, DOI: 10.1021/ol501111d

- João Avó, Sérgio Martins, A.J. Parola, J.C. Lima, Paula S. Branco, João P.P. Ramalho, António Pereira, “A Family of Styrylcoumarins: Synthesis, Spectroscopic, Photophysical and Photochemical Properties”, ChemPlusChem, 2013, 78, 789-792, DOI: 10.1002/cplu.201300118

- Joana Gordo, João Avó, A.J. Parola, J.C. Lima, António Pereira, Paula S. Branco, “Convenient Synthesis of 3-Vinyl and 3-Styryl Coumarins”, Org. Lett., 2011, 13, 5112-5115, DOI: 10.1021/ol201983u

- João Avó, A.J. Parola, J.C. Lima, Fernando Pina, Luis Cunha-Silva, “Phase transition thermochromism based on C-H acidity of 4-alkylflavylium compounds in Pluronic F-127”, J. Mat. Chem., 2011, 21, 16628-16637, DOI: 10.1039/c1jm13348a