On Wednesday, March the 22nd, we’ll have a talk by Dr. Maria João Ferreira, from CQE.

M.J. Ferreira (MJF) graduated in Chemical Engineering, with specialization in Applied Chemistry, from IST in 1998. She worked in the Laboratory of Organometallic Chemistry (IST) as a Research Assistant (1999-2001) and as a PhD student (2001- 2006) with Prof. A.M. Martins where she synthesized and studied the reactivity of Ti and Zr complexes. In 2006 she moved to Vancouver, Canada, where she worked as a postdoc with Prof. M.D. Fryzuk (UBC) in N2 activation and functionalization. In 2008 she moved to Heidelberg (Germany) to work as a postdoc with Prof. P. Hofmann at CaRLa–Catalysis Research Laboratory, a laboratory incorporated at the U. Heidelberg and supported by BASF. She studied C-H activation coupled to amination with Pt and Pd complexes and collaborated with Dr. M. Limbach (BASF) and Prof. Hashmi (U. Heidelberg) in gold chemistry and catalysis. In addition, she was responsible for CaRLa’s NMR facility. In 2011 moved to Brazil where she worked as postdoc at UFMG, Belo Horizonte, under the supervision of Prof. E.N.dos Santos in olefin metathesis. In 2012 she moved back to Portugal to work with Dr. P. Ferreira and Dr. L. Mafra (U. Aveiro) on a project involving imidazolium based materials for CO2 capture and conversion. She is currently working at IST in Applied NMR, with Profs. J. Ascenso and T. Nunes and is currently responsible for maintaining 4 NMR spectrometers (solid and liquid state).