Andreia Farinha, Ph.D.

Research Staff

Staff Scientist

Research Interest

Andreia’s main scientific interests are focus on the development of new methods for water characterization and treatment.  Making use of her background as an organic and supramolecular chemist, she aims to develop new (nano)technologies for selective recognition of water pollutants and posterior removal and physical degradation.

Selected Publications

  • A fundamental study of adsorption kinetics of surfactants onto metal oxides using quartz crystal microbalance with ... 
    S.C. Medina, A.S.F. Farinha, A.-H. Emwas, A. Tabatabai, T.O. Leiknes
    Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, Volum..., (2020)
  • The chemical reactions in electrosprays of water do not always correspond to those at the pristine air–water interf... 
    A. Gallo Jr., A.S.F. Farinha, M. Dinis, A. Emwas, A. Santana, R.J. Nielsen, W.A. Goddard I...
    Chemical Science, (2019)
  • Chromogenic anion molecular probes based on β, β’-disubstituted calix [4] pyrroles 
    A. S. F. Farinha, M. R. C. Fernandes, A. C. Tome
    Sensors and Actuators B, 200, 332, (2014)
  • Octatosylaminophthalocyanine: A reusable chromogenic anion chemosensor 
    A. S. F. Farinha , M. J. F. Calvetec, F. A. A. Paz , A. C. Tome, J. A. S. Cavaleiro, J. L....
    Sensors and Actuators B 201, 387, (2014)
  • New porphyrin derivatives for phosphate anion sensing in both organic and aqueous media 
    J. M. M. Rodrigues, A. S. F. Farinha, P. V. Muteto,S. M. Woranovicz-Barreira, F. A. A. Paz...
    Chemical Communications 50, 1359, (2014)


  • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal, 2010
  • B.S., Chemistry, Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon, 2005

Professional Profile

  • 2020- present: Staff Scientist, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2016-2020: Trace Organic Specialist, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2015-​2016: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2011-2015: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal​

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​Since 2007 - Sociedade Portuguesa de Química (Society Portuguese of Chemistry)
  • Since 2009 - Society of Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines


  • 2017 and 2016 - Nominated for the Safety Awards, KAUST
  • 2017 - Nominated for Service Excellence Award, KAUST
  • 2010 - Award a Post-doctoral Fellowship (SFRH/BPD/73060/2010)
  • 2005 - Award a Ph.D. Fellowship (SFRH/BD/32219/2006) 
  • 2005 - Best Poster Award – Glupor 6 (Portuguese Society of Chemistry (SPQ)

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)​

Research Interests Keywords

Water Treatment Organic pollutants Chromatography