f- ELEMENT CHEMISTRY (QEf)
Coordinator: Dr. João Paulo Leal
Earth Systems, Radioactivity and Cultural Heritage
MISSION and OBJECTIVES
The research activities of the QEf Group are centered in the study of the chemistry of lanthanides and actinides at fundamental and applied levels, with focus on topics of relevance in environmental, nuclear and materials sciences.
The activities comprise the synthesis of new f-element compounds and materials, the study of their structural, optical, and magnetic properties, and reactivity and catalysis studies in order to eliminate/activate major gaseous pollutants such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide. Different aspects of the chemistry of elementary lanthanide and actinide species are examined using molecular mass spectrometry. Investigation of the thermodynamic properties of key species in condensed and gas phases is conducted and methods for their prediction are also developed.
The QEf Group has active collaborations with other research groups within C2TN and outside the Center with IPFN, CQB-FCUL, and other external research groups in the framework of the Portuguese Mass Spectrometry Network (RNEM - ROTEIRO/0028/2013), the FCT Doctoral Programme CATSUS-Catalysis and Sustainability, the European f-Element Network (EUFEN – COST CM1006), and the European Project “ENVIronmentally friendly and efficient methods for extraction of Rare Earth Elements from secondary sources” (ENVIREE).