We are glad to announce that Paulo Limão-Vieira has joined the Web of Conferences Editorial board with particular responsibility for EPJ Web of Conferences. Paulo Limão-Vieira is Professor of Molecular Physics at the NOVA School of Science, Lisbon, Portugal, and full researcher at the Centre of Physics and Technological Research, CEFITEC, also in Lisbon.


Professor Limão-Vieira moved to University College London in 2001 as a PhD student working on the electronic state spectroscopy of molecules probed by photons and electrons. He returned to Portugal in 2004 to the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa where he taught classical mechanics, and an introduction to radiation, atomic and molecular physics to undergraduates, as well as molecular spectroscopy for post-graduates. His teaching experience led him to deliver different undergraduate and post-graduate lecture courses in overseas universities, including as a regular visiting professor at Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan.

At CEFITEC, Professor Limão-Vieira was head of research from 2008 to 2020. In 2004, he founded the Atomic and Molecular Collisions Laboratory focusing on electron transfer processes in atom-molecule collisions and electron scattering from polyatomic molecules. He has developed a unique crossed molecular beam experiment and led several research grants training post-docs and allowing different generations of students to obtain their PhD degrees.

Professor Limão-Vieira is a member of several international scientific and steering committees. From 2019-2021, he has served as chair of the Electron International Advisory Committee for Electron-Molecule Collisions and Swarms (EMS). He is involved in several international collaborations, particularly with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Aarhus University, Denmark, Flinders University, Australia and the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil.

The professor’s current research interests include: the electronic state spectroscopy of biomolecules, aeronomic, interstellar medium and plasma processing molecules by interaction with photons and electrons; charge transfer processes in atom-(bio)molecule and anion-molecule collisions and the role of negative ions; and surface induced chemistry, especially the reactivity of co-adsorbed molecular species and the formation of ices in the Earth’s upper atmosphere and in the interstellar medium, that might be in the origin of some microorganisms. We can appreciate that Professor Limão-Vieira is an expert in his field and well-suited to looking after EPJ Web of Conferences which covers the whole spectrum of pure and applied physics.

We would like to thank Professor Limão-Vieira for joining our dynamic editorial team and feel sure that he will contribute to the further development of EPJ Web of Conferences.