Master in Engineering of Micro and Nanotechnologies. I have experience with several materials' characterization techniques, namely XRD, electron microscopy, Raman and photocatalytic experiments. I am currently a PhD student focused on the microwave-assisted synthesis of sustainable TiO2-based platforms for the photocatalytic degradation of organic water pollutants. Main scientific interests: Nanomaterials, Green nanotechnology, water purification, photocatalysis, materials characterization, TiO2 nanostructures.

Personal identification

Full name
Maria Leonor Joaquim do Nascimento Matias

Citation names

  • Matias, M. L.

Author identifiers

Ciência ID

Email addresses

  • ml.matias@campus.fct.unl.pt (Professional)

Knowledge fields

  • Engineering and Technology - Nano-technology
  • Engineering and Technology - Nano-technology - Nano-materials
  • Engineering and Technology - Nano-technology - Nano-processes
  • Engineering and Technology - Materials Engineering - Materials Engineering


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Portuguese (Mother tongue)
English Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2)
Greek Intermediate (B1) Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2) Upper intermediate (B2)
Degree Classification
2013/09/01 - 2018/11/24
Engenharia de Micro e Nanotecnologias (Mestrado integrado)
Major in Nanopartículas, nanomateriais, fotocatálise
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Portugal
"Paper-Based Nanoplatforms for Multifunctional Applications" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)


Host institution
2020/01/01 - 2021/08/20 Programadora (Junior Systems Engineer) Indra Sistemas SA, Spain
2019/09/01 - 2019/12/31 Estágio EDP, Portugal


Book chapter
  1. Xue, R; Matias, M. L.. "Photocatalytic Activity of 3D Printed TiO2 Architectures Under Solar Radiation". In Photocatalysis for Environmental Remediation and Energy Production Recent Advances and Applications, edited by Seema Garg, Amrish Chandra, 1-479. Springer, 2023.
Conference paper
  1. Maria Leonor Matias; Ana Pimentel; Ana S. Reis Machado; Joana Rodrigues; Jonas Deuermeier; Elvira Fortunato; Rodrigo Martins; Daniela Nunes. "The Effect of Iron on TiO2 Nanostructures Deposited on Porous Platforms for Water Purification". 2022.
Journal article
  1. Maria Leonor Matias; Ana S. Reis-Machado; Joana Rodrigues; Tomás Calmeiro; Jonas Deuermeier; Ana Pimentel; Elvira Fortunato; Rodrigo Martins; Daniela Nunes. "Microwave Synthesis of Visible-Light-Activated g-C3N4/TiO2 Photocatalysts". Nanomaterials (2023): https://doi.org/10.3390/nano13061090.
  2. Maria Leonor Matias; Emanuel Carlos; Rita Branquinho; Hadassa do Valle; João Marcelino; Maria Morais; Ana Pimentel; et al. "A Comparison between Solution-Based Synthesis Methods of ZrO2 Nanomaterials for Energy Storage Applications". Energies (2022): https://doi.org/10.3390/en15176452.
  3. Maria Leonor Matias; Maria Morais; Ana Pimentel; Francisco X. Vasconcelos; Ana S. Reis Machado; Joana Rodrigues; Elvira Fortunato; Rodrigo Martins; Daniela Nunes. "Floating TiO2-Cork Nano-Photocatalysts for Water Purification Using Sunlight". Sustainability (2022): https://doi.org/10.3390/su14159645.
  4. "Enhanced Fe-TiO2 Solar Photocatalysts on Porous Platforms for Water Purification". Nanomaterials 12 6 (2022): 1005-1005. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nano12061005.
Newspaper article
  1. Matias, Maria. "Paper-Based Nanoplatforms for Multifunctional Applications", Journal of Nanomaterials - Hindawi, 2019, https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jnm/2019/6501923/.
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. Matias, Maria Leonor Joaquim do Nascimento. "Paper-based nanoplatforms for multifunctional applications". Master, 2018. http://hdl.handle.net/10362/58117.

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2023/11/08 Microwave-assisted synthesis of photocatalysts based on nano TiO2 materials for water remediation 12th European School for Young Materials Scientists 2023
CEITEC (Brno, Czech Republic)
2023/09/06 Solar light-driven activated g-C3N4/TiO2 photocatalysts synthesized by microwave irradiation FEMS EUROMAT 2023
Goethe-Universität (Frankfurt Am Main, Germany)
2023/07/27 Photocatalytic behaviour of visible-light activated g-C3N4/TiO2 heterojunctions AdvPhotoCat-EE2023
HMU (Heraklion, Greece)
2022/09/28 TiO2 nano-floating photocatalysts grown on cork for water purification using natural sunlight 11th European School for Young Materials Scientists 2022
UNINOVA (Caparica, Portugal)
2022/05/31 Floating solar-activated TiO2 nano-photocatalysts grown on cork for water purification EMRS Spring 2022
2022/04/13 Enhanced Fe-TiO2 solar photocatalysts on porous platforms for water purification Materiais 2022
Polytechnic of Leiria (Leiria, Portugal)