António Pires de Matos
Degree in Chemical Engineering, Technical University of Lisbon 1962. PhD in chemistry, Cambridge, U.K., 1970. Director of the Chemistry Department of the Portuguese Nuclear Institute from 1992 to 1996 and vice-president of the same Institute from 1996 to 1998.He is Emeritus Coordinator Researcher of the Portuguese Nuclear Institute (now part of the Universidade de Lisboa) and Emeritus Invited Professor of the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. He was responsible for the introduction in Portugal of the chemistry of coordination and organometallic compounds of lanthanides and actinides and for the introduction of Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry a technique with which the first kinetic studies of ion-molecule reactions with protactinium, neptunium, plutonium, americium and curium were made.
In 1995 started to be interested in art and science of glass and in 2002 with colleagues from fines arts founded the Research Unit Glass and Ceramics for the arts, VICARTE; was also responsible for the creation of a Master in Glass Art and Science which started in 2009. In the same year was nominated Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology, U.K..
Coordinated the organization of several meetings of glass and recently an exhibition in Palazzo Loredan, Venice, curated by Francesca Giubilei and Rosa Barovier.
Was co-author of over 100 peered reviewed publications in international journals and collaborated with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in the translation of three books of inorganic chemistry.
In October 2016, the Portuguese Chemical Society gave him the prize Alberto Romão Dias, an award for his career in chemistry.
His current research activities at the Research Unit Glass and Ceramic for the Arts, VICARTE, are the provenance studies of Portuguese glass and the science and technology of glass applied to contemporary glass art.
He was invited to the Round Table “Green Panel – The future of glass colour ” in the GAS meeting in Murano 2018. This Round Table was organized by the InMurano Association.
With colleagues from this Round Table he is now interested in an international project about the substitution of dangerous chemical compounds used in the glass industry, mainly the cadmium and arsenic. This was an initiative of the InMurano Association.