Curriculum Vitae

Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Nucleares (C2TN)


Name: Joaquim Miguel
Surnames: Badalo Branco
Born: 08-10-1961, Guiné-Bissau
Nationality: Portuguese

Phone: +351 21 994 6116
Fax: +351 21 994 6185
E-mail: jbranco (add


  • 1994 – PhD in Chemistry (Catalysis), UPS, Toulouse (Monography, Pub. ANRT-Grenoble 50643 (94/tou3/0094).
  • 1989 – Masters in Catalysis, IST, Lisbon (Monography, National Library, BN S.A.67143V).
  • 1985 – Graduation in Chemistry (Physical Chemistry), FCUL, Lisbon.

Professional Employment Career

  • Since 1995 – Researcher, Group of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry, Unit of Chemical and Radiopharmaceutical Sciences, Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear (ITN), Sacavém, Portugal.
  • 1990-1994 – Grant EEC (PhD), Univ. Paul Sabatier - Toulouse, France.
  • 1989-1994 – Research Assistant , ICEN-INETI, Sacavém.
  • 1988-1989 – Grant JNICT (Masters), LCC/CNRS - Toulouse, France.
  • 1986-1988 – Researcher Trainee, ICEN-LNETI, Sacavém.
  • 1985-1986 – Grant (Graduation), ICEN-INETI, Sacavém.

Scientific Specialization

  • Catalysis.

Other Scientific Areas of Research

  • Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry of Actinides and Lanthanides.
  • Intermetallic Compounds.

Participation in Projects

  • Consortium ITN/PLASTVAL/SPV: Treatment and valorization of plastic waste residues (2000-2002); Team Member.
  • POCTI/QUI/35394/2000: Oxidative coupling of methane using f block element intermetallic compounds as catalytic precursors (2000-2003); Responsible.
  • POCTI/QUI/42919/2001: Immobilised surface rare earth and actinide aryloxides [M(OC6H2tBu-2,6-Me-4)3], M= La, Pr, Nd, Sm, Dy, Ho, Er, Yb, Th, U. Activation of small molecules (CO2,CH4, C2H6) (2001-2004); Team Member .
  • IAEA RCP-17025 (2002): Impact of electron-beam and gamma radiation in wastewater treatment: comparative studies (2002-2005, renewed until Nov. 2006);  Team Member.
  • IAEA POR/8/010 (2003): Implementation of wastewater treatment by radiation in Portugal (2003-2006), Team Member.
  • FCT CONC-REQ/996/2001: Upgrading of Radiation Technology Unit (UTR) (2005-2007);  Team member
  • IDEA (ADI 2005-2008): Programa de Aquisição de Competências em Construção de Aparelhos de Análise Térmica Diferencial (PCA-ATD); Team Member.
  • PTDC/EQU-EQU/65126/2006: Coupling catalysts and non thermal plasma for low temperature decomposition of organic volatile compounds (2007-2010); Responsible.
  • PTDC/QUI/72290/2006: Potassium - Lanthanide molten salt catalysts (2009-2010); Responsible.

4 Selected Publications

  • Electrochemical conversion of CO2 to C2 hydrocarbons using different ex situ copper electrodeposits; Goncalves, MR; Gomes, A; Condeco, J; Fernandes, TRC; Pardal, T; Sequeira, CAC; Branco, JB; ELECTROCHIMICA ACTA, 102 (2013) 388-392.
    Journal impact factor:  3.777, Citations: 0.
  • Conversion of Methane over Bimetallic Copper and Nickel Actinide Oxides (Th, U) Using Nitrous Oxide As Oxidant; Branco JB; Ferreira AC; do Rego AMB; Ferraria AM; Almeida-Gasche T; ACS CATALYSIS, 2 (2012) 2482-2489.
    Journal impact factor:  5.265, Citations: 0.
  • Catalytic oxidation of methane over KCl-LnCl(3) eutectic molten salts; Branco, JB; Lopes, G; Ferreira, AC; CATALYSIS COMMUNICATIONS, 12 (2011) 1425-1427.
    Journal impact factor:  2.915, Citations: 1.
  • Partial oxidation of methane over bimetallic copper-cerium oxide catalysts; Ferreira AC, Ferraria AM, do Rego AMB, Goncalves, AP, Almeida-Gasche T, Branco JB; JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR CATALYSIS A-CHEMICAL, 320 (2010) 47-55 Journal impact factor:  3.187, Citations: 14.

Other Publications

  • M.R. Gonçalves, A. Gomes, J. Condeço, R. Fernandes, T. Pardal, C.A.C. Sequeira, J.B.Branco, Selective electrochemical conversion of CO2 to C2 hydrocarbons, Energy Conversion and Management 51 (2010) 30–32.
  • Ana C. Ferreira, A.M. Ferraria, A.M. Botelho do Rego, António P. Gonçalves, M. Rosário Correia, T. Almeida Gasche, Joaquim B. Branco, Partial oxidation of methane over bimetallic nickel–lanthanide oxides, Journal of Alloys and Compounds 489 (2010) 316–323.
  • Ana C. Ferreira, A.M. Ferraria, A.M. Botelho do Rego, António P. Gonçalves, A. Violeta Girão, Rosário Correia, T. Almeida Gasche, Joaquim B. Branco,Partial oxidation of methane over bimetallic copper–cerium oxide catalysts,  Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical 320 (2010) 47–55.
  • J.B. Branco, C.J. Dias and A.P. Gonçalves, Thermal Studies on Oxidation-Reduction of LnCu2 Intermetallic Compounds and their Catalytic Behavior for 2-Propanol Decomposition, J. Alloys Comp. 478 (2009) 687-693.
  • J.B. Branco, D. Ballivet-Tkatchenko and A. Pires de Matos, Gas-Phase Hydrogenation of Propionitrile on Copper-Lanthanide Oxides, J. Mol. Catal. A 307 (2009) 37–42.
  • J. B. Branco, D. Ballivet-Tkatchenko, A. Pires de Matos, Gas-Phase Hydrogenation of Propionitrile Catalyzed by LnCu2
  • J.B. Branco, D. Ballivet-Tkatchenko, A. Pires de Matos, Reduction and catalytic behaviour of heterobimetallic copper–lanthanide oxides, J. Alloys Compd., 464 (2008) 399-406.
  • R. Melo, S. Cabo Verde, J. Branco, M. Luisa Botelho, Gamma radiation induced effects on slaughterhouse wastewater treatment, Radiation Physics and Chemistry 77 (2008) 98–100.
  • (Ln = La, Ce, Pr, Nd), J. Phys. Chem. C 111 (2007) 15084-15088.
  • J.B. Branco, A.P. Gonçalves, A. Pires de Matos, Isoprene gas phase hydrogenation catalyzed by ThNi2 and UNi2, J. Alloys Compd., 465 (2008) 361-366.