João Paulo André, who earned his PhD from the University of Basel, Switzerland, currently serves as an assistant professor at the Department of Chemistry of University of Minho, Portugal. He has supervised three PhD students and four MSc students in the field of medicinal inorganic chemistry and has been a member of national and international academic juries for PhD theses. Until 2017, he had published 30 papers in international scientific journals indexed in Scopus, along with a chapter in a book and an entry in an encyclopedia on NMR (Springer). He contributed to the 3rd edition of Dictionary of Eça de Queiroz (INCM) in 2015, with an entry titled 'Chemistry and Pharmacy'. Since then, he has furthered his work in science outreach and the history of science. His endeavors, focused on exploring the relations of science with music, art, and literature, have garnered national and international attention. He has been interviewed by journals and magazines such as The Boston Globe, The Scientist, Chemiextra (Switzerland) and Ciência Hoje (Brasil), and invited to deliver lectures in international reunions, including the Annual Meeting of The American Chemical Society in San Francisco in 2016. In 2017, he conducted research at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, in Philadelphia. The following year, he published Poções e Paixões - Química e Ópera (Gradiva), a book that explores the connections between chemistry and opera. It saw a second edition in 2019, was included in the National Reading List (Plano Nacional de Leitura) and was produced in braille and audio format by the National Library of Portugal. The book has inspired an opera concert performed in several Portuguese cities and a collaboration with an artist under the auspices of the National Theater D. Maria II (https://www.tndm.pt/pt/atividades/open-lab-stages-y-o-som-da-ciencia/.) He also participated in Joseph Lynch's film Friedrich Accum - A Pioneer in the Fight against Food Adulteration (https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=MR0VUwkSeMk), which was nominated for the Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards in 2021 in the categories of Non-Fiction Long Form and Editor (https://rockymountainemmy.org/emmy-awards/emmy-awards-archives/2021-emmy-awards-nominees-and-recipients/). His most recent book, Irmãs de Prometeu - A Química no Feminino (Gradiva, 2022), explores the history of science, focusing on the women who contributed to the development of chemistry. The Portuguese magazine Ler considered this work one of the 100 books of the year. Additionally, an English edition in two volumes titled Sisters of Prometheus will be released in 2024 by Springer. João Paulo André served as the editor-in-chief of the Bulletin of the Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ) from 2013 to 2016. Currently, he is a member of the commission of the Group of History of Chemistry of SPQ. He remains actively involved in science dissemination by giving talks in schools, participating in juries and radio programs, and writing a fortnightly column on science and culture in a national newspaper (https://sol.sapo.pt/autor/joao-paulo-andre/).

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Full name
João Paulo André

Citation names

  • André, João
  • João Paulo André

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Knowledge fields

  • Exact Sciences


  1. João Paulo André. Sisters of Prometheus - Unmasking Women' s Achievements in Chemistry. Springer. 2024.
    In press
  2. João Paulo André. Sisters of Prometheus - From the New Woman to Nobelity in Chemistry. Springer. 2024.
    In press
  3. André, João. Irmãs de Prometeu - A Química no Feminino. Lisboa, Portugal: Gradiva. 2022.
  4. André, João. Poções e Paixões - Química e Ópera. Lisboa, Portugal: Gradiva. 2018.
Book chapter
  1. André, João. "O atomismo na poesia de Margaret Cavendish (1623-1673): fantasia ou filosofia natural?". In «Aquele saber grande que juntou» Literatura e outros saberes, 91-110. Famalicão: Húmus, 2021.
  2. Maecke, H.R.; João Paulo André. "68Ga-PET Radiopharmacy, a Generator-Based Alternative to 18F-Radiopharmacy". In PET Chemistry: The Driving Force in Molecular Imaging, 215-242. Springer-Verlag, 2007.
Dictionary entry
  1. João Paulo André. "Química e Farmácia". In Dicionário de Eça de Queiroz. Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda e Imprensa Oficial do Governo do Estado de São Paulo, 2015.
Encyclopedia entry
  1. João Paulo André. "NMR Spectroscopy of Gallium in Biology". In Encyclopedia of Metalloproteins. Springer, 2013.
Journal article
  1. André, João. "Fredrick Accum: An Important Nineteenth Century Chemist Fallen Into Oblivion". Bulletin for the History of Chemistry 43 2 (2018): 79-89. http://acshist.scs.illinois.edu/bulletin_open_access/v43-2/v43-2%20p79-89.pdf.
  2. Prata, Maria I.M.; André, João P.; Kovács, Zoltán; Takács, Anett I.; Tircsó, Gyula; Tóth, Imre; Geraldes, Carlos F.G.C.. "Gallium(III) chelates of mixed phosphonate-carboxylate triazamacrocyclic ligands relevant to nuclear medicine: Structural, stability and in vivo studies". Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry 177 (2017): 8-16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2017.08.015.
  3. A. Fontes; S. Karimi; Helm, L.; Ferreira, P.M.T.; João Paulo André. "PEGylated DOTA-AHA-Based GdIII Chelates: A Relaxometric Study". European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (2015): 4798-4809. https://doi.org/10.1002/ejic.201500688.
  4. A. Fontes; S. Karimi; Helm, L.; M. Yulikov; Ferreira, P.M.T.; João Paulo André. "Binuclear DOTA-based Gd(III)chelates: Revisiting a straightforward strategy for relaxivity improvement". European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (2015): 1579-1591.
  5. João Paulo André. "Viewing Scenes of the History of Chemistry through the Opera Glass". Journal of Chemical Education 92 1 (2014): 66-73. https://doi.org/10.1021/ed500057w.
  6. Ferreira, Miguel F.; Goretti Pereira; João Paulo André; Prata, Maria I.M.; Paula M.T. Ferreira; Martins, Jose A.; Geraldes, Carlos F. G. C.. "Ga[NO2A-N-(a-amino)propionate] chelates: synthesis and evaluation as potential tracers for 68Ga PET". Dalton Transactions 43 21 (2014): 8037-8047. https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2014/dt/c4dt00386a.
  7. André, J.P.. "Opera and poison: A secret and enjoyable approach to teaching and learning chemistry". Journal of Chemical Education 90 3 (2013): 352-357. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84874961224&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  8. De Sá, A.; Bonnet, C.S.; Geraldes, C.F.G.C.; Tóth, É.; Ferreira, P.M.T.; André, J.P.. "Thermodynamic stability and relaxation studies of small, triaza-macrocyclic Mn(ii) chelates". Dalton Transactions 42 13 (2013): 4522-4532. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84874914075&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  9. Fontes, A.; Prata, M.I.M.; Geraldes, C.F.G.C.; André, J.P.. "Ga(III) chelates of amphiphilic DOTA-based ligands: Synthetic route and in vitro and in vivo studies". Nuclear Medicine and Biology 38 3 (2011): 363-370. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-79954416108&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  10. Teixeira, Joao M. C.; Dias, David M.; Javier Canada, F.; Martins, Jose A.; Andre, Joao P.; Jimenez-Barbero, Jesus; Geraldes, Carlos F. G. C.. "The interaction of La3+ complexes of DOTA/DTPA glycoconjugates with the RCA(120) lectin: a saturation transfer difference NMR spectroscopic study". Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry 16 5 (2011): 725-734.
  11. De Sá, A.; Matias, A.A.; Prata, M.I.M.; Geraldes, C.F.G.C.; Ferreira, P.M.T.; André, J.P.. "Gallium labeled NOTA-based conjugates for peptide receptor-mediated medical imaging". Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters 20 24 (2010): 7345-7348. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-78449295632&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  12. de Sá, A.; Prata, M.I.M.; Geraldes, C.F.G.C.; André, J.P.. "Triaza-based amphiphilic chelators: Synthetic route, in vitro characterization and in vivo studies of their Ga(III) and Al(III) chelates". Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry 104 10 (2010): 1051-1062. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-77955657760&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  13. Silvério, S.; Torres, S.; Martins, A.F.; Martins, J.A.; André, J.P.; Helm, L.; Prata, M.I.M.; Santos, A.C.; Geraldes, C.F.G.C.. "Lanthanide chelates of (bis)-hydroxymethyl-substituted DTTA with potential application as contrast agents in magnetic resonance imaging". Dalton Transactions 24 (2009): 4656-4670. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-67749103643&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  14. Torres, S.; Prata, M.I.M.; Santos, A.C.; André, J.P.; Martins, J.A.; Helm, L.; Tóth, É.; et al. "Gd(III)-EPTPAC16, a new self-assembling potential liver MRI contrast agent: In vitro characterization and in vivo animal imaging studies". NMR in Biomedicine 21 4 (2008): 322-336. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-44649111266&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  15. Heppeler, A.; André, J.P.; Buschmann, I.; Wang, X.; Reubi, J.-C.; Hennig, M.; Kaden, T.A.; Maecke, H.R.. "Metal-ion-dependent biological properties of a chelator-derived somatostatin analogue for tumour targeting". Chemistry - A European Journal 14 10 (2008): 3026-3034. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-53849106476&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  16. Fani, M.; André, J.P.; Maecke, H.R.. "68Ga-PET: a powerful generator-based alternative to cyclotron-based PET radiopharmaceuticals.". Contrast media & molecular imaging 3 2 (2008): 67-77. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-44449083916&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  17. Torres, S.; Martins, J.A.; André, J.P.; Pereira, G.A.; Kiraly, R.; Brücher, E.; Helm, L.; Tóth, É.; Geraldes, C.F.G.C.. "H5EPTPACH2OH: Synthesis, relaxometric characterization and 1H NMR spectroscopic studies on the solution dynamics of its LnIII complexes". European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 35 (2007): 5489-5499. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-37349104891&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  18. Torres, S.; Martins, J.A.; André, J.P.; Neves, M.; Santos, A.C.; Prata, M.I.M.; Geraldes, C.F.G.C.. "Radiolabeled 153Sm-chelates of glycoconjugates: Multivalence and topology effects on the targeting of the asialoglycoprotein receptor". Radiochimica Acta 95 6 (2007): 343-349. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-34250738372&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  19. Maecke, H.R.; André, J.P.. "68Ga-PET radiopharmacy: A generator-based alternative to 18F-radiopharmacy.". Ernst Schering Research Foundation workshop 62 (2007): 215-242. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-34547531847&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  20. Torres, S.; Martins, J.A.; André, J.P.; Geraldes, C.F.G.C.; Merbach, A.E.; Tóth, É.. "Supramolecular assembly of an amphiphilic GdIII chelate: Tuning the reorientational correlation time and the water exchange rate". Chemistry - A European Journal 12 3 (2006): 940-948. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-30744441893&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  21. Prata, M.I.; Santos, A.C.; Torres, S.; André, J.P.; Martins, J.A.; Neves, M.; García-Martín, M.L.; et al. "Targeting of lanthanide(III) chelates of DOTA-type glycoconjugates to the hepatic asyaloglycoprotein receptor: cell internalization and animal imaging studies.". Contrast media & molecular imaging 1 6 (2006): 246-258. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-33947723488&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  22. André, J.P.; Brücher, E.; Kiraly, R.; Carvalho, R.A.; Mäcke, H.; Geraldes, C.F.G.C.. "H5dotasa (=(aRS)-a-(carboxymethyl)-1,4,7,10- tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid), an asymmetrical derivative of H4dota (=1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid) substituted at one acetate pendant arm: 1H-NMR and potentiometric studies of the ligand and its lanthanide(III) complexes". Helvetica Chimica Acta 88 3 (2005): 633-646. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-16644371573&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  23. Baía, P.; André, J.P.; Geraldes, C.F.G.C.; Martins, J.A.; Merbach, A.E.; Tóth, É.. "Lanthanide(III) chelates of DTPA bis(amide) glycoconjugates: Potential imaging agents targeted at the asyaloglycoprotein receptor". European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 11 (2005): 2110-2119. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-20444493273&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  24. André, J.P.; Geraldes, C.F.G.C.; Martins, J.A.; Merbach, A.E.; Prata, M.I.M.; Santos, A.C.; De Lima, J.J.P.; Tóth, É.. "Lanthanide(III) complexes of DOTA-glycoconjugates: A potential new class of lectin-mediated medical imaging agents". Chemistry - A European Journal 10 22 (2004): 5804-5816. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-9244230554&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  25. André, J.P.; Mäcke, H.R.. "NMR spectroscopy of Group 13 metal ions: Biologically relevant aspects". Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry 97 4 (2003): 315-323. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0142026168&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  26. André, J.P.; Mäcke, H.; Kaspar, A.; Künnecke, B.; Zehnder, M.; Macko, L.. "In vivo and in vitro 27Al NMR studies of aluminum(III) chelates of triazacyclononane polycarboxylate ligands". Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry 88 1 (2002): 1-6. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0036134739&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  27. André, J.P.; Maecke, H.R.; Tóth, É.; Merbach, A.A.. "Synthesis and physicochemical characterization of a novel precursor for covalently bound macromolecular MRI contrast agents". Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry 4 3 (1999): 341-347. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0032793830&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  28. André, J.P.; Tóth, E.; Fischer, H.; Seelig, A.; Mäcke, H.R.; Merbach, A.E.. "High relaxivity for monomeric Gd(DOTA)-based MRI contrast agents, thanks to micellar self-organization". Chemistry - A European Journal 5 10 (1999): 2977-2983. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0344562923&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  29. André, J.P.; Maecke, H.R.; Zehnder, M.; Macko, L.; Akyel, K.G.. "1,4,7-Triazacyclononane-1-succinic acid-4,7-diacetic acid (NODASA): A new bifunctional chelator for radio gallium-labelling of biomolecules". Chemical Communications 12 (1998): 1301-1302. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0001903206&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  30. Huskens, J.; Torres, D.A.; Kovacs, Z.; André, J.P.; Geraldes, C.F.G.C.; Sherry, A.D.. "Alkaline Earth Metal and Lanthanide(III) Complexes of Ligands Based upon 1,4,7,10-Tetraazacyclododecane-1,7-bis(acetic acid)". Inorganic Chemistry 36 7 (1997): 1495-1503. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0000390367&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  31. André, J.P.R.F.; Burrows, H.D.; Geraldes, C.F.G.C.; Miguel, M.D.G.M.; Teixeira, M.H.S.F.; Vilas Boas, L.F.. "Potentiometric, luminescence and nmr study of the interaction of EuIII with glyceryl phosphates". Polyhedron 15 24 (1996): 4331-4340. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0039015443&partnerID=MN8TOARS.