Ana Lucia Pinto

PhD Student


Department of Chemistry, FCT-UNL

LAQV-REQUIMTE - Associate Laboratory for Green Chemistry

office 130, ext. 10981



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I started my graduation in Biochemistry in 2010, in Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia – Universidade Nova de Lisboa.As my final graduation project, I worked for a semester, with Prof.Dr. Miguel Castanho from Instituto de Medicina Molecular, in a project entitled ‘Investigando um novo papel para a proteína da cápside do vírus do Dengue - oportunidadesbiomédicas.’.In 2013 I began my Master in Biotechnology in FCT-UNL. My master thesis entitled ‘Light Harvesting in Solar Cells using Natural Pigments from Red Fruits Adsorbed to Mesoporous TiO2’ had as supervisors Dr. César Laia and Prof. Jorge Parola from the Photochemistry and Supramolecular Chemistry group, FCT-UNL. During that year I started my work with anthocyanins and its synthetic derivatives, flavylium cations, studying their photochemical properties and applying them as dye-sensitizers in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSSCs). When in 2015 I ended my master, I was invited to remain in the Photochemistry group as a fellow researcher, and I started to work in the SACS (Self-Assembly in Confined Space) project NMP4-SL2012-310651, where my work focused in the synthesis and characterization of mesoporous oxide materials for encapsulation of polymer dyes for application in electrochromic cells.

Currently I am a PhD student in Sustainable Chemistry, and I am working in a project entitled ‘Triplet States of Flavylium Dyes in Photovoltaics’ in which the flavylium multistate system will be testedin order to increase the light-to-electricity conversion efficiency in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells.