Armando J. L. Pombeiro is Full Professor Jubilado at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa), Full Member of the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon (where he was in charge of various positions, e.g., Secretary-General and Vice-President of the Class of Sciences) and Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences. Founding President of the College of Chemistry of the ULisboa, former Coordinator of Centro de Química Estrutural and of its thematic line “Synthesis and Catalysis”, coordinator of the “Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis” group, founding Director of the PhD Program on “Catalysis and Sustainability” (CATSUS), co-founder of the Portuguese Electrochemical Society (former President) and of the Iberoamerican Society of Electrochemistry (SIBAE).
He chaired various major international conferences, such as the 25th International Conference on Organometallic Chemistry (ICOMC 2012), the 7th EuCheMS Conference on Nitrogen Ligands (2018), the 1st International Conference on Non-Covalent Interactions (ICNI 2019) and the 22nd International Symposium on Homogeneous Catalysis (ISHC 2021, to be held). He was(is) member of organizing or scientific committees of over 40 international conferences or schools.
His research addresses the activation of small molecules with industrial, environmental or biological significance, including: (i) metal-mediated synthesis and (bioinspired) homogeneous or supported catalysis under mild/sustainable conditions (e.g., functionalization of alkanes, water oxidation, water in catalysis, alcohols and ketones oxidations, C-C couplings, CO2 utilization; catalysis in water, in ionic liquids, in supercritical medium, under microwaves, mechanochemical conditions, and/or metal-free); (ii) crystal engineering of coordination compounds, design and self-assembly of polynuclear and supramolecular structures (e.g., coordination polymers and MOFs); (iii) non-covalent interactions in synthesis; (iv) coordination compounds with anti-tumor and anti-bacterial activity; (v) molecular electrochemistry; (vi) theoretical studies.
He authored one book and edited 6 books in the fields of: Alkane Functionalization; Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis; Non-covalent Interactions in Synthesis and Catalysis; Vanadium Catalysis (in press); Molecular Electrochemistry; and Unit Operations in Laboratory Chemistry. He (co-)authored ca. 850 research publications, ca. 40 patents, and presented ca. 120 invited plenary and keynote lectures at international conferences. His work has received ca. 23,400 citations (9,300 citing articles), h-index = 68 (Web of Science, June 2020).
Among his honors, he was awarded Honorary Professorship by the St. Petersburg State University (Institute of Chemistry), Invited Chair Professorship by the National Taiwan University of Science & Technology, the SCF French-Portuguese Prize by the French Chemical Society, the Madinabeitia-Lourenço Prize by the Spanish Royal Chemical Society, the Vanadis Award, the Prizes of the Portuguese Chemical and Electrochemical Societies, the Scientific Prizes of the Technical ULisboa and of the ULisboa. Special Issues of Coord. Chem. Rev. and J. Organometal. Chem. were published in his honor. A symposium was held (Univ. of Oviedo) also in his honor.