Filipe started his chemistry degree in 1995 at the University of Lisbon, Portugal and graduated in 2002 where he worked with Professor Susana Santos on “Synthesis and Reactivity of New N-(pyridil)Carbamates”. During this time he also took part in the IAESTE training network at the Technical University of Delft, Delft, The Netherlands, under the supervision of Professor Ulf Hanefeld working on enzymatic catalysis of organic reactions. In 2003 he moved to Dortmund, Germany and joined the Institute for Environmental Research and worked on molecularly imprinted polymers in the group of Professor Borje Sellergren.
From Spring 2004 until early 2007 Filipe completed his PhD at the WestChem School of Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland on “The Strathclyde Methodology in Suspension Polymerization - Synthesis of novel branched copolymers” under the supervision of Professor David C. Sherrington FRS and sponsored by Lucite International.
From May 2007 until December 2010 Filipe joined the group of Professor Peter J. Skabara as a EPSRC postdoctoral fellow at the WestChem School of Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland as a Post-doctoral fellow where he worked on the topical field of Organic Electronics.
From January 2011 until September 2013 Filipe became a Research Group Leader appointed by Professor Markus Antonietti at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (MPI), Potsdam, Germany, working on “Organic Energy Molecules - Development of Nanostructured Materials for Energy Storage, Conversion and Catalysis”. During this time he supervised 5 post-doctoral fellows.
In September 2013 Filipe was appointed as Lecturer in Chemistry at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK, continuing to develop materials for photocatalytic applications.