João Paulo Leal

Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal


João Paulo Leal scientific interests include molecular energetics. On the condensed phase the molecules studied range from uranium organometallic species to "simple" alkaline metal alkoxides. On the gas phase the reactivity of lanthanides with organic molecules and the acidity of functionalized phenols and other antioxidants have been studied using FT-ICR mass spectrometry. Although the values of thermodynamic properties are known for several thousands of molecules, there are much more (millions) that have not been accessed experimentally until now. So, the development of prediction methods for these properties is of crucial importance. During the last years an estimation method for hydrocarbons based on a modified Laidler scheme was developed, allowing the estimation of enthalpies of formation, both in gas and in liquid phase. For some years Leal is also involved in studying the relevance of new technologies on the chemistry teaching. The recovering of critical elements from various kinds of scraps using various techniques is also in Leal's scope of study in recent years. Scientific works include obtaining the Ph.D. degree with thesis "Estudos Termoquímicos de Complexos Organometálicos de Urânio, Sódio, Lítio e Alumínio," IST, Lisbon, 1993, being author or coauthor of 63 original publications in refereed journals and author or coauthor of 30 national publications, orienting or coorienting 8 finished Ph.D. thesis, being coauthor of a book: Química: Princípios e Aplicações (Ed. Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon, 1st edition 1997, 2nd edition 2010), being coauthor of thermochemical database (, and receiving 2 national patents. Leal conducted more than 200 lectures, invited talks, oral presentations, and communications to national and international meetings.

Biography Updated on 18 October 2016

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