Dr. Clara Gomes is an Assistant Researcher at Laboratório Associado para a Química Verde (LAQV), NOVA School of Science and Technology (FCT NOVA), in the Molecular Synthesis group. Since November 2018, she is also the Service Responsible and Service Scientist in the Single Crystal X-Ray Crystallography Service, with duties of implementing and managing the Structure Determination Service and the X-Ray Facility (Department of Chemistry, FCT NOVA). She graduated in Chemistry from the University of Coimbra and finished a MSc in Organic Chemistry in 2003 at the same University, working on the synthesis of heterocyclic compounds. In 2009, she completed a PhD in Chemistry, with specialization in Organometallic Chemistry, at Instituto Superior Técnico (Universidade Técnica de Lisboa), under the supervision of Dr. Pedro T. Gomes. From 2010 to 2018, she was a postdoctoral researcher at Centro de Química Estrutural (IST), where she continued to work on the development of new organometallic/coordination catalytic systems for polymerization of olefins and in the application of boron molecules as luminescent materials, on mechanochemistry and crystallography (SCXRD).
Her research spans the areas of synthetic coordination/organometallic chemistry, whenever possible employing green chemistry synthetic methodologies, such as mechanochemistry, catalysis, and supramolecular chemistry, in the synthesis of flexible metal-organic frameworks and cages for structure elucidation of important non-crystalline target guests, such as oils, liquids or amorphous solids.
Citation metrics in Scopus (ID 24343503400) indicate 72 articles with citation data, 1 of them as corresponding author (>780 citations and h-index 16, August 2022), 2 book chapters, 1 encyclopedia entry and 2 datasets (as corresponding author), 2 patents, 26 oral communications (11 invited and 8 co-authored) and co-authored 55 poster communications.
She has been successful in obtaining financial funding. In 2018, she was awarded a 238k project (PTDC/QUI-QIN/31585/2017), as Principal Investigator. Currently, she is co-PI due to the change in her professional affiliation from IST-ULisboa to LAQV, FCT NOVA, but still assuming coordination duties. She is/was a team member in 13 other projects, including the recently approved Horizon Europe project IMPACTIVE (nr. 101057286) to be started in 2022. She is a Core Group (Gender Balance Coordinator and Grant Awarding Coordinator), Communications Team and a WG1 member of COST Action CA18112.
In the last 5 years, she supervised 14 students (2 MSc, 1 MSc research fellow, 3 internships, 7 BSc projects and 1 ongoing), and tutored 4 PhD students in XRD. In the last 5 years, she was in the jury in 18 academic examinations (including PhD), being the main examiner in 9. She is an Independent Expert for the European Commission (Expert ID: EX2021D410077, Chemical Sciences) and participates in international panels for evaluation of projects and individual grants (Poland, Czech Republic).