In recognition of his many scientific contributions, Chemistry Europe has named Mário Berberan e Santos, Técnico professor (DEQ) and IBB researcher, one of its Fellows. “I am very pleased that my work has been recognised and I am thinking, of course, of all those people who contributed to it” says professor Mário Berberan e Santos.
This Fellowship is the highest award given by Chemistry Europe and recognises chemists for their outstanding support as authors, advisors, guest editors, referees as well as services to their national chemical societies. The Chemistry Europe Fellows Program was established in 2015. The Fellowships were awarded in 2015, in 2018 and in 2020. “Fellows are chosen and named by Chemistry Europe (editors and scientific societies)”, explains professor Mário Berberan e Santos.
The Técnico professor believes that his authorship of scientific articles and also his book “Molecular Fluorescence”, co-authored with Bernard Valeur, as well as his role as a member of editorial teams (ChemPhysChem and ChemPhotoChem journals). “For six years, I was also an active representative of the Portuguese Society of Chemistry, which was one of the founding scientific societies”, he adds.
“It is expected that Fellows will continue to strengthen the European scientific spirit”, highlights the Técnico professor. “For now, I am committed to the organisation of the next European Chemistry Congress, which will be held in Lisbon, and which, unfortunately, we had to postpone due to COVID-19”, shares professor Mário Berberan e Santos.
Besides the Técnico professor, only two other Portuguese chemists or working in Portugal were honoured this year: Anthony J. Burke, professor at the University of Évora, and Amélia Pilar Rauter, professor at the Faculty of Sciences of Universidade de Lisboa.
Founded 25 years ago, Chemistry Europe is an association of 16 chemical societies from 15 European countries, including the Portuguese Society of Chemistry, representing over 75,000 chemists. In collaboration with Wiley-VCH, Chemistry Europe publishes sixteen high-quality scholarly chemistry journals, covering a very broad range of disciplines, including “Chemistry, A European Journal”.