The research conducted at CQM is divided between two groups: Materials and Natural Products and it complies with the highest standards of quality which have lead to many publications in International Journals, books and chapters.



The CQM team comprises over 60 researchers from diverse nationalities spanning various fields. CQM is managed by the Executive Committee, led by the CQM Scientific Coordinator. The core body of CQM is the Scientific Council, consisting of all the Ph.D. members who have been part of the unit for over a year. They hold the responsibility of electing the Scientific Coordinator, providing an opinion on the budget, and on the annual activities plan of CQM.

Additionally, CQM is overseen by the External Monitoring Committee, which consists of five external experts to CQM and the University of Madeira. This committee is accountable for evaluating CQM's activities, results, and plans, as well as offering advisory opinions on the strategic research lines, research and human resources policies, and internal dynamics of the Center.

Organizational Structure

Scientific Coordinator | João Rodrigues

Executive Committee | João Rodrigues (Scientific Coordinator), Paula Castilho, and Pedro Pires (Committee Members)

Gender Equality Officier | Catarina Luis

Management and Comunnication Office | UMa staff/CQM: Emília Pimenta, Énio Freitas, and Paula Andrade

Services and Support Unit | Rosa Perestrelo, and Rita Castro

External Monitoring Committee

CQM’s activities are monitored by the External Monitoring Committee which is made up of worldly renowned and established scientists:

Professor Helena Pereira from Lisbon University (Portugal)
Professor Makoto Fujita from Department of Applied Chemistry, University of Tokyo (Japan)
Professor Abhay Pandit, from CÚRAM, Centre for Research in Medical Devices, National University of Irland
Professor John Beutler, from National Cancer Institute – Center for Cancer Research (USA)
Professor Jean-Pierre Sauvage (2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry) from Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires, University of Strasbourg (France)

Funding Agencies

Ongoing Projects

  • SELECTFIGHT - New Agents For The Selective Fight Against Pathogens: Quorum Sensing Inhibitors And Target-Directed Antimicrobial Peptides”, Ref. PID2020-116688RB-C2 (PID2020-116688RB-C2). Funded by: Proyectos I+D+i Retos Investigación 2020, Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, Spain (01/09/2021 - 31/08/2024). Main contractor: Instituto De Productos Naturales Y Agrobiologia (IPNA). Total funds: € 134 310. CQM (Team member): € 0.
  • RPMABTI - Research on the Personalized Mechanical Adaptive Bioactive Titanium Implants (N/R). Funded by: Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality (STCSM), China (01/08/2021 - 30/08/2024). Main contractor: Shanghai Jiao Tong University (School of Medicine) (SJTU), Shanghai, China. Total funds: € 58 884. CQM (Team member): € 0.
  • Inv2Mac - Inv2Mac - Potencial aprovechamiento de biomasa generada a partir de especies vegetales invasoras de la Macaronesia para uso industrial (MAC2/4.6d/229). Funded by: INTERREG MAC 2014-2020 FEDER (01/01/2020 - 31/12/2023). Main contractor: University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Host institution: Universidade da Madeira - Centro de Química da Madeira. Total funds: € 896 678.07. CQM (Team member): € 93 771.47.
  • CQM 20-23 Financiamento base - Financiamento Base UID - 2017/2018 - 6817 - DCRRNI ID - Química (UIDB/00674/2020). Funded by: FCT- Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (01/01/2020 - 31/12/2023). Total funds: € 340 500.
  • CQM 20-23 Financiamento programático - Financiamento Programático UID - 2017/2018 - 6817 - DCRRNI ID - Química (UIDP/00674/2020). Funded by: FCT- Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (01/01/2020 - 31/12/2023). Total funds: € 490 000.
  • MACBIOPEST - Biopesticidas Botánicos de la Macaronesia: Investigación y Saber Popular (MAC2/1.1a/289). Funded by: INTERREG (01/10/2019 - 31/12/2023). Main contractor: Universidad de La Laguna – Canarias, Spain. Total funds: € 1 022 529. CQM (Team member): € 114 694.66.
  • Tumor Theranostics - Construction of Functional Dendrimer-Based Nanogels For Ultrasound-Enhanced Tumor Theranostics (n/r). Funded by: Shanghai 2020 - Science and Technology Innovation Action Plan, Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality (STCSM), China (01/10/2020 - 30/09/2023). Main contractor: Donghua University (DHU), Shanghai, China. Total funds: € 57 833. CQM (Team member): € 0.