Maria Leonor Joaquim do Nascimento Matias

Advanced Functional Materials for Micro and Nanotechnologies
PhD Student


I obtained my master’s degree in Micro and Nanotechnologies from FCT-UNL on November, 2018.  The master thesis entitled “Paper-based nanoplatforms for multifunctional applications” was developed at CENIMAT i3N under the supervision of Prof. Dra. Daniela Gomes and co-supervision of Dra. Ana Pimentel. The work was focused on the development of sustainable paper based nanoplatforms of oxide semiconductors for photocatalytic degradation, antibacterial activity and UV sensing. 

I am currently a PhD student focused on the development of 3D TiO2 photocatalysts for green urea production, water purification and CO2 capture under sunlight. 

Main scientific interests:   Nanomaterials, Green nanotechnology, water purification, photocatalysis, materials characterization, TiO2 nanostructures

Main publications


M. L. Matias, D. Nunes, A. Pimentel, S. H. Ferreira, R. Borda d’Agua, M. P. Duarte, E. Fortunato, R. Martins, "Paper-Based Nanoplatforms for Multifunctional Applications", Journal of Nanomaterials, vol. 2019, Article ID 6501923, 16 pages, 2019.