Coimbra University Press

Rui Fausto da Silva Lourenço

He is Full Professor in the Chemistry Department at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC). He coordinates the Molecular Biospectroscopy and Criospectroscopy Laborator of the Coimbra Chemistry Centre. He is a member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and Humanities (Paris) and is part of the editorial board of four international scientific journals and is part of the Management Committee of the World Association of scientists that carry out research on the study of isolated substances in the inert cryogenic matrix. He is also the Vice-President of the Permanent Scientific Commission of the European Molecular Spectroscopy Conference. He is the editor of the international scientific journal, “Journal of Molecular Structure” (Elsvier, Amesterdam). Throughout his career he has held several managerial and decision-making positions at the University of Coimbra, namely: President of the Pedagogical Council, vice-president of the Scientific and Management Council of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC) and was President of the Interdisciplinary Research Institute and the Chemistry department at FCTUC. He was also President of the Physical and Chemistry division of the Portuguese Chemistry Society. In 2000 he received the award “Journals Grant for International Authors” from the Royal Society of Chemistry and in 2004 and 2005 he was one of the 70 Portuguese people that won the Award for Scientific Excellence given by the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, being one of the 12 that won in chemistry. He is the author or editor of approximately 20 books on relevant scientific themes either for the general public or specialists, and he is also the author of approximately 250 articles published in scientific journals, having great impact in the world of Chemistry. His work has been quoted more than two thousand times and his books are used as university textbooks both in Portugal and abroad. He has organized more than 25 international scientific meetings (having being the Director of two Advanced Studies Institutes sponsored by NATO) and supervised approximately 30 Doctoral and Post-Doctoral theses and more than 50 Master’s degree theses and scientific internships at Degree level. Since 1994 he has worked on more than 20 international scientific research projects (leading 12 of them, including the coordination in Portugal of an Iberian-American network of laboratories including scientists from eight countries) that was granted more than €2,000,000 in research funding. His main scientific interests are in the areas of research of molecular structures, photo and thermochemistry reactivity and the process of relaxation of the intramolecular energy in isolated organic compounds in inert cryogenic matrixes and in a condensed phase and at low temperatures. His main research techniques are infrared and Raman spectroscopies and the quantum mechanic theoretical methods. He is also a member of the Honorary Commission of the Portugal-Latvia Association, the American Chemical Society, IUPAC, European Molecular Liquids Group and European Photochemistry Association. http://www.qui.uc.pt/~fausto/homepage