Principal Researcher

Manuel Souto

Manuel Souto Salom (Valencia, 1988) is a Principal Researcher at CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials and at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Aveiro. He holds a double degree in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of Valencia and from the École de Chimie, Polymères et Matériaux (ECPM) de Strasbourg. He also earned a Master’s degree in Molecular and Supramolecular Chemistry (2011) from the University of Strasbourg conducting his Master thesis at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST, Lisbon). He obtained his PhD in Materials Science at Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB-CSIC) with Prof. Jaume Veciana in 2016 conducting two research stays at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and at the University of Antwerp. In 2017, he started to work as postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Molecular Science/University of Valencia (ICMol-UV). Since 2019 he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Aveiro and in 2022 he was promoted to Principal Researcher (tenure, equiv. to Associate Prof.). He has been honored with the first runner-up NanoMatMol PhD award (2017), PhD Extraordinary award (2018), and the European Award on Molecular Magnetism Doctoral Thesis (2020). His research interests encompass molecular electronics and electroactive polymers. His main current research interest is the design and synthesis of new functional electroactive porous frameworks (e.g. COFs & MOFs) based on redox-active organic building blocks for applications in electronics and energy storage.  In 2021, he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant with the project ELECTROCOFS. In his free time he is mostly playing with his son and daughter. He also enjoys reading all kinds of books and playing the acoustic guitar

Postdoctoral researcher (2022-Present)

Miguel Espinosa

Miguel Espinosa (Valencia, 1988) obtained his Bsc in Chemistry (2011) and Master’s degree in Sustainable Chemistry (2012) from the University of Valencia (Erasmus at KU Leuven). He completed his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Valencia in 2017 under the supervion of Prof. Gonzalo Blay and Prof. José R. Pedro conducting a research stay at the VU Amsterdam. In 2019 he started working as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Prof. Masakatsu Shibasaki at the Institute of Microbial Chemistry in Tokyo, Japan. In 2021 he worked as researcher at the company PTS developing new organic polymers. He loves listening to music (especially heavy metal), traveling and talking about politics.  


PhD Student (2020-Present)

Gonçalo Valente

Gonçalo Valente (Aveiro, 1996) obtained his BSc (2017) and MSc (2019) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Aveiro. In 2019 he started to work at CICECO with a research fellowship and he was awarded a FCT PhD fellowship in 2020 (co-supervised by João Rocha). His research work focused on the design and synthesis of novel electroactive porous frameworks with tuneable electrical and optical properties. He is also a Futsal coach (U-15) and player (Senior) at Beira-Mar (Aveiro’s team) and he was co-founder of Núcleo da Bicicleta da UA.

PhD Student (2021-Present)

Pedro Ferreira

Pedro Ferreira (Porto, 1995) obtained his BSc (2017) and MSc (2019) in Chemistry from the University of Porto. In 2021, he was awarded a FCT fellowship to start his PhD under the supervision of Manuel Souto (co-supervised by Carlos Brites) working on the design of novel Covalent Organic Frameworks exhibiting high conductivity and luminescence. He likes to go on long walks, listen to relaxing music, and meditate.

PhD Student (2022-Present)

Catarina Ribeiro

Catarina Ribeiro (Porto, 1995) obtained her BSc (2017) in Chemistry from the University of Porto, and her MSc (2019) in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Minho. In 2022, she started her PhD at CICECO – University of Aveiro (co-supervised by João Rocha). Her research work deals with the synthesis of novel electroactive organic building blocks and porous frameworks for energy storage applications. She competed in the Championship category of Ballroom Dancing during her studies. 

PhD Student (2022-Present)

Raquel Dantas

Raquel Dantas (Viseu, 1996) obtained her BSc and MSc (2022) in chemical engineering from the University of Aveiro. She did her Master’s thesis under the supervision of Manuel Souto. Her work focuses on the design of redox-active Covalent Organic Frameworks as electrode materials for lithium batteries (co-supervised by Helena Braga). Outside the lab, she enjoys visiting new places, reading, and hiking.  

MSc Student (2022)

Diana André

Diana André (Coimbra, 2001) obtained her BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Aveiro (2022). Her final year project (co-supervised by João Borges) was focused on the processing of COFs as membranes. Some of her hobbies are ballet and drawing. 

Former alumni

Erasmus Student (2022)

Clara Felici

Clara Felici (Corsica, 2000) is a chemical engineer student at the École de Chimie, Polymères et Matériaux (ECPM) in Strasbourg, where she chose the speciality of functional materials and nanoscience. She is doing a 5-months research internship at CICECO working on the synthesis of different molecular materials. She likes photography, reading and mountain sports.

Maialen Iturralde (undergraduate student, research internship, 2021) (ES)

Mariana Pereira (undergraduate student, BSc Biochemistry, 2021) (PT)

Bruna Vasques (undergraduate student, BSc Biochemistry, 2021) (PT)

Fran López & Saúl García (Erasmus students, 2020) (ES)

Diego Gerini (graduate researcher, 2020) (IT)

Ricardo Silva (undergraduate student, BSc Biochemistry, 2020) (PT)