Maria de Fátima Costa Guedes da Silva is Associate Professor (with Habilitation) at Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Universidade de Lisboa, President of the Portuguese Electrochemical Society, Correspondent Member of the Academy of Sciences of Lisbon (ACL) and Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC). She is the (co)-Coordinator of the Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis research Group at Centro de Química Estrutural (IST).
Her research activity follows a general streamline that usually starts with the design and synthesis of novel coordination compounds, then evolving to their eventual application by exploring structure-properties (including reactivity) - function (application) relationships.  
Her main research interests include: structural determination, by X-ray diffraction analysis, of metal complexes and organic compounds, metal polynuclear assemblies and supramolecular structures; non-covalent interactions; activation, by transition metal centres, of small molecules with biological, pharmacological, environmental or industrial significance; metal mediated synthesis and catalysis; molecular electrochemistry and electrocatalysis; mechanistic investigation of fast reactions mainly by digital simulation of cyclic voltammetry.
Co-Edited 2 books ('Non-covalent Interactions in Catalysis', Royal Society of Chemistry, 2019; 'Alkane Functionalization', J. Wiley & Sons, 2019),  co-authored 17 book chapters and over 380 research publications and 13 patents.  
Was awarded the Scientific Prize Universidade de Lisboa / Caixa Geral de Depósitos (2017), as the scientifically most productive member of this University in Chemical and Chemical Engineering Sciences in the last quinquennial; the Scientific Prize of the Portuguese Electrochemical Society (SPE2013) by this Society within the celebrations of its 30 years anniversary, recognizing the scientific achievements in the Electrochemistry science and the role played for the development of the Society; the Excellence in Teaching Diploma, IST (2017)

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