Dr Mario J.F. Calvete


Researcher at the Coimbra Chemistry Center in the Department of Chemistry of the University of Coimbra


Mario J. F. Calvete received his Industrial Chemistry diploma from University of Coimbra in 2000 and his Ph.D. in Natural Sciences − Chemistry in 2004, from Eberhard Karls University of Tubingen, Germany, supervised by Prof. Michael Hanack, with a thesis on the field of the synthesis of phthalocyanine derivatives for NLO (Optical Limiting). After a two-year stay at Tubingen as a postdoctoral fellow, working in related fields of Optical Limiting, he returned to Portugal for a postdoctoral stay at University of Aveiro, working on the synthesis of porphyrin−phthalocyanine dyads. In 2010 he was appointed as Auxiliary Researcher at University of Coimbra. Currently he is a researcher at the Coimbra Chemistry Centre and his current research interests are in tetrapyrrolic macrocycle design and other heterocyclic ligands and their uses in homogeneous/heterogeneous catalysis, theranostics, and light-driven applications.

He has published ca. 75 peer-reviewed papers in international journals, 2 books (1 as Author, 1 as Editor) and 8 book chapters.


  • Co-supervisor of ESR 7

Key publications:

  • Nonlinear Optical Materials for the Smart Filtering of Optical Radiation
    Danilo Dini, Mário J. F. Calvete, Michael Hanack, Chemical Reviews, 2016, 116, 13043-13233. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemrev.6b00033
  • Biologically Inspired and Magnetically Recoverable Copper Porphyrinic Catalysts. A Greener Approach for Oxidation of Hydrocarbons with Molecular Oxygen
    César A. Henriques, Auguste Fernandes, Liane M. Rossi, M. Filipa Ribeiro, Mário J. F. Calvete, Mariette M. Pereira, Advanced Functional Materials, 2016, 26, 3359–3368. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/adfm.201505405
  • The Quest for Biocompatible Phthalocyanines for Molecular Imaging: Photophysics, Relaxometry and Cytotoxicity Studies
    Sara M.A. Pinto, Vanessa A. Tomé, Mário J.F. Calvete, Mariette M. Pereira, Hugh D. Burrows, Ana M. S. Cardoso, M. Margarida C.A. Castro, Eva M. Tóth, Carlos F.G.C. Geraldes, Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, 2016, 154, 50-59. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jinorgbio.2015.10.013
  • Cost-efficient method for unsymmetrical meso-aryl porphyrins and iron oxide-porphyrin hybrids prepared thereof
    César A. Henriques, Sara M. A. Pinto, João Pina, Carlos Serpa, Auguste Fernandes, Liane M. Rossi, M. Filipa Ribeiro, Mariette M. Pereira, Mário J. F. Calvete, Dalton Transactions, 2016, 45, 16211-16220. http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C6DT02428
  • The first example of anomeric glycoconjugation to phthalocyanines
    Xavier Alvarez-Mico, Mário J. F. Calvete, Michael Hanack and Thomas Ziegler Tetrahedron Letters, 2006, 47(19), 3283-3286. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tetlet.2006.03.029



This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement n°764837