The Young Chemists Group (GQJ) of the Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ) was created in December, 8th, 2007. The GQJ represents a scientific platform that gathers chemists’ until 35y with the following objectives:

    Promotion of networks within the young chemists in Portuguese research centers;
    Link the chemical community both in research and industry;
    Represent the Portuguese young chemists in international affairs, such as the European Young Chemists Network (EYCN).
The GQJ concentrates its efforts in the following activities:
    PYCheM, the biennial conference of young chemists in Portugal;
    PYCA, a biennial award for the best PhD thesis of a young chemist;
    ChemRus, an annual competition of scientific videos based on chemical knowledge for high school students.
If you want to be part of GQJ, please send an email to, presenting your name, filiation, SPQ associate number and email address.

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The Portuguese Young Chemists Meeting, PYCheM, is a biennial conference dedicated to the science produced by the Portuguese young chemists. PYCheM represents the main event in the calendar for chemists under 35y, in an intellectual and stimulant environment. Since the 1 PYCheM in Lisbon, this conference is growing in the number of participants and in the quality and relevance of international scientists present (3 Nobel Prize Winners).


15-18 May, 2018, Setúbal


26- 29 April, 2016, Guimarães


April - 1st May, 2014, Coimbra


9-11 May, 2012, Porto


21-23 April, 201, Aveiro


15-17 October, 2008, Lisboa

ChemRus is an annual competition for chemistry students up to the high school. This competition intends to reward a chemistry experience developed by the students and uploaded as a Youtube® video. The winner’s school is awarded new portfolio of laboratory equipment and the group elements receive an individual prize.

The GQJ is not responsible for the video content, namely scientific errors or imprecisions and safety issues.

GQJ Videos - 2018


"Eletrólise da água"
Guilherme Gusmão e Leandro Banha
orientação da Professora Laura Charneca
Escola Secundária Gabriel Pereira
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"The Journey of Mr. Copper"
Miguel Xavier Teixeira Rangel e Pedro Afonso da Silva Cardoso Dias
orientação da Professora Márcia Cristina Moreira Alves
Colégio de Gaia
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Menção Honrosa

"From sugar to ethanol"
António Palma, Catarina Couquinha e Vasco Queiroga
orientação da Professora Laura Charneca
Escola Secundária Gabriel Pereira
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Menção Honrosa

"We made it! - Nylon 6.6 "
Margarida Gomes, Mariana Coelho e Nayara Pacheco
orientação da Professora Jessica Justino
Salesianos de Lisboa
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The Portuguese Young Chemists Award (PYCA) intends to promote the PhD thesis developed by a young researcher - in Chemistry area at a Portuguese University - with the highest scientific and social impact. This award is assigned in each PYCheM to newly PhD’s. The winner as the opportunity to write an article for the SPQ’s magazine, in addition to a monetary prize.
Lucília Graciosa de Sousa Ribeiro (FEUP)
Catalytic conversion of lignocellulosic biomass by hydrolytic hydrogenation

Honourable mention
Luís Pinto da Silva (FCUP)
Investigation of the firefly bioluminescent system for the development of in vivo and in vitro applications
Ângelo Salvador (UA)
Chemical characterization and biological evaluation of Sambucus nigra L. berries and flowers in view of their valorization Regulamentation :: PYCA 2018

European Young Chemists Network - EYCN

The EYCN is the division of young chemists of the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) and was created in April, 1st, 2007 in Berlin. The young chemists of EuCheMS member states are represented by their national delegates.

The GQJ represents the Portuguese young chemists in all the activities promoted by the EYCN. The development and marketing of these activities across Europe requires an annual Delegates Assembly, which the GQJ had the honor to organize in Aveiro, between 6 and 9 of May, 2012.

All the EYCN activities can be found at or followed in facebook and twitter. For further comments or suggestions, please use!

GQJ leadership

  • 2018-2020

    Currently, and until 2018, the leadership of GQJ consists:

    André Miguel Lopes Seco
    Carina Isabel Correia Crucho
    José Virgílio Santulhão Pinela
    Maria Inês Moreira Figueiredo Dias
    Carla Susana Correia Pereira

  • 2016-2018

    Ana Rita Araújo
    Artur Moro
    Catarina Custódio
    João Borges
    Sara Amorim

  • 2014-2016

    Inst. Superior Técnico, Univ. Lisboa
    Fac. de Ciências e Tecnologia, Univ. Coimbra

    César Augusto da Silva Henriques
    David Soares Conceição
    Diana Sara Pereira Ferreira
    Gonçalo Fernando Ferreira de Sá

  • 2012-2014

    Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade do Porto

    Inês Maria Valente
    Luís Moreira Gonçalves
    Marisa Rocha

  • 2010-2012

    Universidade de Aveiro

    Vânia Calisto
    Sérgio Santos
    Mariana Sardo

  • 2008-2010

    Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa

    Carlos Baleizão
    Frederico Ferreira
    Pedro Góis

  • 2007
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Chemistry on wheels

Chemistry in Portugal – what it is and what you can become
The Youth Chemists Group aims to promote a nationwide action to promote Chemistry, as a successful professional decision and a relevant scientific area. The GQJ plans to perform workshops in major schools across the highly populated districts, but also in the municipalities of the interior. We call this initiative “Chemistry in Portugal – what it is and what you can become""

Young Chem

number 1

July 2015

number 2

March 2016