Curriculum Vitae

Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Nucleares (C2TN)


Name: João Paulo
Surnames: Leal
Born: 14-10-1963, Portugal
Nationality: Portuguese

Phone: +351 21 994 6219/6357
Fax: +351 21 994 6185
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  • 2012 – Habilitation on Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 1993 – PhD, Chemistry, IST, Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 1986 – Graduation in Chemical Engineering, IST, Technical Univ. of Lisbon.

Professional Employment Career

  • Since 2013 – Auxiliary Researcher, Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Nucleares, Instituto Superior Técnico, Bobadela, Portugal.
  • Since 2000 Invited Teacher, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal.
  • 1994-2013 Auxiliary Researcher, Group of Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry, Unit of Chemical and Radiopharmaceutical Sciences, Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear (ITN), Sacavém, Portugal.
  • 1991-1994 Senior Research Assistant, ICEN, Sacavém.
  • 1987-1991 Research Assistant, ICEN, Sacavém.

Scientific Specialization

  • Chemistry, Thermochemistry, Mass spectrometry, Ambient, Technological Resources for Chemistry Teaching.

Main Scientific Area of Research

  • Molecular energetics is the centre of my research interests. In the present it focuses on four topics: (1) f-element processes energetics; (2) thermochemical and thermophysical properties of ionic liquids and new materials; (3) thermochemical properties databases and properties prediction; and (4) the use of new technologies for teaching chemistry.

Other Research Areas

  • Mass Spectrometry;
  • Thermal Analysis;
  • Ionizing Radiation Applications;
  • Chemistry Teaching.

Teaching Activities

  • Invited teacher at Departamento de Química e Bioquímica, Faculty of Sciences, Lisbon University.

Theses orientation (concluded)

  • Orientation or co-orientation of 4 Ph.D theses.
  • Orientation or co-orientation of 15 Master theses.

Membership of Professional Societies

  • Member of Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ) since 1983.
  • Deputy General Secretary of SPQ 2007-2009.
  • Member of Advisory Council of GAVE (2011-2013).
  • President of Scientific Council of IAVE (since 2013).

Participation in Projects

  • Application of Ionizing Radiation for a Sustainable Environment: RECI/AAG-TEC/0400/2012 (2013-2015).
  • Energetics of metal polialkoxides: PTDC/QUI/65507/2006 (2009-2011). Coordinator (J. P. Leal).
  • Kinetic study of biorecalcitrant compounds degradation by pulsed radiolysis: PTDC/QUI-QUI/104229/2008 (2010-2013).
  • Hybrid materials for biomedical applications: PTDC/CTM/101115/2008 (2010-2013).

Scientific Works

  • Author or co-author of 56 original publications in International Journals.
  • Author or co-author of 30 original publications in National Journals.
  • Co-author of a book: "Química: Princípios e Aplicações", Ed. Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, 1st ed. 1997; 2nd ed. 2010.
  • PhD Thesis: "Estudos Termoquímicos de Complexos Organometálicos de Urânio, Sódio, Lítio e Alumínio", IST, Lisbon, 1993.
  • 1 portuguese patent.
  • 25 talks or invited communications.
  • More than 165 oral presentations and communications to national and international meetings.
  • Co-author of the database and properties prediction facility Therminfo (

Selected Publications

  • Leal JP, Piedade MEM, Lopes JNC, Tomaszowska A, Esperança JMSS, Rebelo LPN, Seddon KR; Bridging the Gap Between Ionic Liquids and Molten Salts: Alkali Metal Salts of Bis{(trifluoromethyl)sulfonyl}amide in the Gas Phase; J. Phys. Chem. B, 2009, 113, 3491-3498.
    Journal impact factor: 3,607, Citations: 12
  • Melo R, Leal JP, Takács E, Wojnárovits L; Radioytic degradation of gallic acid and gallic acid derivatives in aqueous solution; J. Hazard. Mat., 2009, 172, 1185-1192.
    Journal impact factor: 3,925, Citations: 7
  • Vitorino J, Leal JP, Piedade MEM, Lopes JNC, Esperança JMSS, Rebelo LPN; The Nature of Protic Ionic Liquids in the Gas Phase Revisited: Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry Study of 1,1,3,3-Tetramethylguanidinium Chloride; The J. Phys. Chem. B, 2010, 114, 8905-8909.
    Journal impact factor: 3,607, Citations: 12
  • Santos RC, Leal JP; A Review on Prediction Methods for Molar Enthalpies of Vaporization of Hydrocarbons - The ELBA Method as the Best Answer; J. Phys. Chem. Ref., 2012, 41, 043101.
    Journal impact factor: 3,500, Citations: 0.

Other Publications

  • Bond Dissociation Enthalpies in U(IV) Complexes. An integrated view, J. P. Leal, N. Marques, J. Takats, J. Organomet. Chem. 2001, 632, 209-214.
  • Bonding Energetics in Alkaline Metal Alkoxides and Phenoxides, P. Nunes, J. P. Leal, V. Cachata, H. Raminhos, M. E. Minas da Piedade, Chemistry – A European Journal 2003, 9, 2095-2101.
  • Toward the prediction of the activity of antioxidants: Experimental and theoretical study of the gas-phase acidities of flavonoids, H. F. P. Martins, J. P. Leal, M. T. Fernandez, V. H. C. Lopes, M. N. D. S. Cordeiro, J. of the American Society for Mass Spectrometr.  2004, 15, 848-861.
  • Determination of the ionization energy of NpO2 and comparative ionization energies of actinide oxides, J. K. Gibson, R. G. Haire, J. Marçalo, M. Santos, A. Pires de Matos, J. P. Leal, J. Nuclear Materials 2005, 344, 24-29.
  • Additive methods for prediction of thermochemical properties.  The Laidler method revisited.  1. Hydrocarbons, J. P. Leal, J. Phys. Chem. Ref. Data 2006, 35, 55-76.
  • Upon the Nature of Ionic Liquids in the Gas Phase, J. P. Leal, J. M. S. S. Esperança, M. E. Minas da Piedade, J. N. Canongia Lopes, L. P. N. Rebelo, K. R. Seddon, J. Physical Chemistry A 2007, 111, 6176-6182.
  • Suitability of gamma irradiated chitosan/pHEMA membranes to be used as matrix in drug release system, M. H. Casimiro, M. H. Gil, J. P. Leal, International Journal of Pharmaceutics 2010, 395, 142-146.
  • On the way to understand antioxidants: Chromanol and dimethoxyphenols gas-phase acidites, P. J. A. Madeira, M. Faddoul, M. B. Afonso, P. D. Vaz, M. T. Fernandez, J. P. Leal, J. Mass Spectrometry 2011, 46, 640-648.
  • Chemical elements: what’s in a name?, J. P. Leal, Science 2011, 334, 176-176.