Curriculum Vitae

Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Nucleares (C2TN)


Name: José Manuel
Surnames: da Cunha Oliveira Figueira Carretas
Born: 05-01-1965, Luanda, Angola
Nationality: Portuguese

Phone: +351 21 994 6218
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  • 2002 – PhD in Chemistry, FCUL, Portugal.
  • 1987 – Graduation in Technological Chemistry, FCUL, Lisbon.

Professional Employment Career

  • 06/2003 – Auxiliary Researcher, Group of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry, Unit of Chemical and Radiopharmaceutical Sciences, Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear (ITN), Sacavém, Portugal.
  • 01/1995-06/2003 – Senior Research Assistant, ITN, Sacavém.
  • 10/1990-01/1995 – Research Assistant, ICEN/INETI, Sacavém.

Fellowships and Training

  • 10/1997 – Training, Universidade de Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Nice-France, Prof. Serge Géribaldi.
  • 01-02/1996 – Fellowship "Mass Spectrometry Instrumentation, Applications and Interpretation", Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
  • 08/1995 – Fellowship “Fundamentals and Applications of Gas Phase Ion Chemistry”, NATO/ASI, Grainau-Germany.
  • 07/1994 – Training, Universidade de Sussex, Brighton-England, Prof. F. G. N. Cloke.
  • 07/1992 – Training, Universidade de Sussex, Brighton-England, Prof. F. G. N. Cloke.
  • 03/1987 – Fellowship "Introdução à Informática e Ciência de Materiais", ICEN/INETI, Sacavém.
  • 11/1986-10/1987 – Training, ICEN/INETI, Sacavém, Doctor Noémia Marques.

Scientific Specialization

  • Inorganic Chemistry.

Main Scientific Area of Research

  • The main research activity has been essentially related to the synthesis and characterization of lanthanide alkoxides and aryloxides. The reactions of lanthanide metals with alcohols and phenols were studied by new synthetic methods, namely by metal vapour synthesis (MVS), by dissolution in liquid ammonia and by direct reactions. The gas phase reactions of lanthanide cations with alcohols, phenols and alkylorthoformates by Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICR/MS) were also studied.
  • Presently works in the area of the synthesis, characterization and reactivity of organocompounds of lanthanides and actinides, developing new studies concerning the chemistry of f-elements supported by multidentate donnor ligands (oxygen and nitrogen), namely bis(phenolate)diamines. The utilization of electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI/MS) in the study of the interactions of lanthanide and actinide cations with several types of ligands is also under investigation.

Membership of Professional Societes

  • 1988 – Portuguese Society of Chemistry, Lisbon.

Scientific Works

  • PhD Thesis "Alcóxidos e Arilóxidos de Lantanídeos", Faculdade de Ciências de Lisboa.
  • Author or co-author of 13 original publications in refereed journals.
  • 35 Communications to national and international meetings.

Participation in Projects

  • "Imobilização de Arilóxidos de Terras Raras e Actinídeos. Activação de Pequenas Moléculas (CO2, CH4, C2H6)", POCTI/QUI/42919/2001 (2002-2005).Coordinator: M. T. Gashe.
  • "O Vidro em Arte: A Luz e a Cor", POCI/EAT/60496/2004, (2006-2008). Coordinator: A. Pires de Matos.

5 Relevant Publications

  • "Gas Phase Reactivity of Rare Earth Cations with Phenol: Competitive Activation of C-O, O-H and C-H Bonds", J. M. Carretas, A. Pires de Matos, J. Marçalo, M. Pissavini, M. Decouzon and S. Géribaldi, J. Am. Soc. Mass. Spectrom., 1998, 9, 1035.
  • "Gas Phase Reactivity of Rare Earth Metal Cations with Trialkylorthoformates: Synthesis of Neutral Rare Earth Alkoxides", N. Marchandé, J. M. Carretas, S. Breton, S. Géribaldi, A. Pires de Matos and J. Marçalo, Int. J. Mass Spectrom., 2000, 195/196, 139.
  • "Synthesis and Characterization of Polynuclear Lanthanide Aryloxides". J. M. Carretas, J. Branco, J. Marçalo, P. C. Isolani, A. Domingos and A. Pires de Matos, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, 2001, 323-324, 169.
  • "Europium(II) and Ytterbium(II) Aryloxide Chemistry: Synthesis and Crystal Structure of [Eu(OC6H3But2-2,6)2(THF)3].0.75C7H8 and [Yb(OC6H3But2-2,6)2(NCMe)4]". J. M. Carretas, J. Branco, J. Marçalo, A. Domingos and A. Pires de Matos, Polyhedron, 2003, 22, 1425.
  • "Gas Phase Reactions of Lanthanide Cations with Alcohols". J. M. Carretas, J. Marçalo and A. Pires de Matos, Int. J. Mass Spectrom., 2004, 234, 51.