Armando J.L. Pombeiro

Maria das Mercês Marques


Phone: (+351) 218419237

Detailed Curriculum Vitae


Name - Armando José Latourrette de Oliveira Pombeiro (Armando J.L. Pombeiro)
Official address –Centro de Química Estrutural (CQE), Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), University of Lisbon (ULisboa), Av. Rovisco Pais, 1049-001 Lisboa. Portugal (Tel. - 218419237,  218419225. E-mail:
Date and Place of Birth - June 9th, 1949, Porto.
Nationality - Portuguese.
Education - Chemical Engineering (1971, IST); D. Phil. (1976, Univ. Sussex).
Present position -Full Professor (IST), President of CQE and Coordinator of the research Group “Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis” and of the Thematic Line on “Synthesis and Catalysis”.


Honorary and official appointments, membership of professional bodies, commissions, etc.:

Full Member of the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon (since 1988), Vice-President of the Class of Sciences of the Academy (2006-12, and 1999-2000), Secretary-General of the Academy (2001-05) and Secretary of its Class of Sciences (2001-05), Vice-Secretary-General of the Academy and Secretary of its Class of Sciences (1998), Vice-Secretary of this Class (1993-98), Member of the Commission for Publications of this Academy; a Coordinator of the International Affairs of the Academy; a Representative of the Academy at ICSU and at the European Science Foundation; Member of the European Academies' Science Advisory Council (EASAC);
Member of the Higher Council for Science, Technology and Inovation (2004) and of the Higher Council for Science and Technology (1995) (Portugal); Member of the External Evaluation Commission of the Physical Sciences of the Portuguese Universities (2002); Member of the Panel of External Experts assessing the Eng. Chem. Processes Department of the Univ. Padova (2005); Member of the Physical and Engineering Science and Technology Panel (1999) and of the Advisory Panel on the ASI Programme (1995-98), of the NATO Science Programme;
President of the restructured CQE (since 2015) and member of the directive body (since 2001);
Invited Chair Professor at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (2007-).
Member and co-founder of the Portuguese Electrochemical Society, President (since 2009, 1994-95,1988-89), Vice-President (1990-91) and Secretary (1983-87) of this Society; Member and co-founder of the Iberoamerican Society of Electrochemistry and National Representative (1992-96) at this Society; Member of the International Society of Electrochemistry; Affiliate Member of IUPAC; Member of the Portuguese Chemical Society; Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and member of the American Chemical Society;
Chairman of the XXV Int. Conf. Organometallic Chemistry (XXV ICOMC, 2012); Director of a NATO ARW and Chairman of 3 international symposia on Electrochemistry; Member of the Organizing and/or Scientific Committees of a number (over 30) of international congresses on Electrochemistry (of the Iberoamerican Electrochemical Society, of the Journées d’Électrochimie, of the Portuguese Electrochemical Society, Chianti Meetings), on Coordination (ICCC), Organometallic (ICOMC) and Inorganic Chemistries, on Organometallics and Catalysis, and on Solution Chemistry (IUPAC);
Member of the Organizing and/or Scientific Committees of international Schools on Coordination Chemistry (4) and on Organometallic Chemistry (ISOC) (10); Member of the Organizing Committees of various symposia at the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon (on History and Development of Science, on interdisciplinary scientific and social themes);
Director of the FCT PhD Program on “Catalysis and Sustainability” (CATSUS, since its creation, 2014); Coordinator of the scientific area of “Synthesis, Molecular Structure and Chemical Analysis” (IST, 2009-14); Member of the Scientific Commissions of the PhD and  Master courses (IST, since 2009); Responsible for the Dual Master Program in Chemistry (IST-Univ. Camerino, since 2009);
Coordinator of the Chemistry PhD Programme (IST, 2000-03); representative of the Inorganic Chemistry Department at the Coordination Commission of the School of Chemical Engineering (IST, 1981-84) and Coordinator of  this Department (IST, 1983-84).


Portuguese Electrochemical Society (2015); Madinabeitia-Lourenço (International  Hispano-Portuguese) Prize (Royal Spanish Chem.Soc., 2013); Ferreira da Silva Prize (Port.Chem.Soc., 2012); Stimulus for Excellence (FCT, 2005); Scientific Prize Techn. Univ. Lisbon - Santander Totta (1st edition; the highest ranked researcher within chemical, biological and materials sciences, based on productivity and impact factor criteria), 2007.

Teaching commitments

Courses on "Catalysis" [CATSUS, IST; DEA and MSc Multinational, École Polytechnique, Paris; MSc Chem./Chem. Eng., IST; Erasmus IP courses, Univ. Camerino, Italy], "Organometallic Chemistry" (Chem. and MSc, IST), “Advanced Strategies of Synthesis” (Ph.D., IST), “Specialization Laboratories” (MSc, IST), "Inorganic Chemistry" (Chem., IST), "Electrochemical Methods in Synthesis" (MSc, IST), "Laboratory Techniques" (Chem., Chem. or Biolog. Eng., IST), "Analytical Chemistry" (Chem., IST),"Carbyne, Carbene and Isocyanide Complexes" (MSc, Univ. Sussex) and "Coordination Compounds in Pharmacology" (2-years research course, IST).

Main research interests

·Activation  of  small molecules with biological, pharmacological, environmental or industrial interest or related ones [e.g., alkanes (functionalization under mild conditions), alkynes, phosphaalkynes, isocyanides, carbon monoxide, dinitrogen, nitriles, cyanamides, nitric oxide, oximes, oxadiazolines,  carboxamides, amidines,  olefins, azides or cyanates] by transition metal centres, and developing their application in metal-mediated synthesis and catalysis, namely by searching for mimetic systems of biological processes (e.g. catalysed by peroxidases,particulatemethanemonooxygenase, nitrile hydratases and nitrogenases), alternatives for industrial processes and new types of molecular activation with significance in fine chemistry (including the synthesis of compounds with bioactivity). Also comprehending: crystal engineering of coordination compounds, self-assembly of polynuclear and supramolecular structures, transition metal and organometallic chemistries and catalysis in aqueous media, high pressure gas reactions and catalysis ,and catalysis in supercritical fluids.
·Molecular Electrochemistry of  coordination and organic compounds, namely towards applications in electrosynthesis, electrocatalysis and in mechanistic studies, as well as in the establishment of potential-structure relationships, and in the induction of chemical reactivity by electron-transfer.
·Theoretical calculations for the interpretation of properties and reactivity, at the molecular level.

Recent research projects (under his responsibility):

-“Catalysis and Sustainability” (FCT PhD Program). -“Chemical Synthesis and Catalysis” (National Programme for Re-Equipping Science). - “Catalytic Carboxylation of Alkanes” (POCI 2010 programme, FCT). -“Metal-based Synthons with Pharmacological Significance” (POCTI programme, FCT). -"Coordination Chemistry and Molecular Electrochemistry, Synthesis and Catalysis” (FCT). -“Transition Metal Chemistry and Catalysis in Aqueous Media” (HRM EC Network) (Portuguese team leader).
(FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology.  HRM – Human Resources and Mobility Marie Curie Research Training. POCI – Science and Innovation Operational Programme. POCTI -  Science, Technology and Innovation Operational Programme)


1 book (author); 3 books (editor);
ca. 662 research publications (including ca. 82 chapters in books or reviews and ca. 580 other research publications in refereed international journals);
ca. 37 patents;
ca. 17 didactic works; ca. 25 publications on various topics (S&T systems, Academy ofSciences of Lisbon, national electrochemical research, biographies, interviews, etc.).

Other contributions

ca. 97 invited lectures (plenary, keynote and session lectures) at international conferences;
ca. 546 communications at international conferences;
ca. 70 invited lectures at scientific institutions (usually foreign ones).

Research training supervision

·21 Ph.D. and 17 M.Sc. theses (degrees awarded),
·ca. 53 Doctorates (mostly foreign Post-doc. Fellows),
·ca. 47 Graduates or Undergraduates (ca. 35 foreign Ph.D., Marie Curie, Erasmus, FCT, etc. grant holders; beyond  those whose Ph.D. or M.Sc. degree has already been granted).

Citation Report

12,696 citations (583 publications found);  average citations per publication = 21.78;
h-index = 52 (Web of Science, March 18th, 2015)