Ana de Bettencourt-Dias

Ana de Bettencourt-Dias

Susan Magee and Gary Clemons Professor of Chemistry


Ana de Bettencourt-Dias received her ‘licenciatura’ in Technological Chemistry from the University of Lisbon in 1993, and her ‘Dr. rer. nat.’ in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Cologne in 1997 with Prof. Thomas Kruck. She joined the group of Prof. Alan Balch at UC Davis in 1998 as a Gulbenkian postdoctoral fellow. In 2001 she joined the faculty at Syracuse University, and moved to the University of Nevada, Reno, as associate professor in 2007 and was promoted to professor in 2013. Her research centers on light-emitting compounds of the f block of the periodic table. She served as the university’s Associate Vice President for Research from 2015 to 2019. She served as editorial advisory board member of the journal Inorganic Chemistry from 2013 to 2015, as 2018 chair-elect and 2019 chair of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society and has been a managing member of the editorial board of the Journal of Rare Earths since 2014. She completed Leadership Development programs at the Center for Creative Leadership in 2017 and at HERS in 2019.

Research interests

  • Coordination chemistry and photophysical properties of lanthanide ions
  • Singlet oxygen generation
  • Separation chemistry of lanthanides
  • Luminescent compounds


  • 1993 - Licenciatura (MSc) in Technological Chemistry from the University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • 1997 - Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Cologne, Germany

Selected publications

Dr. de Bettencourt Dias's Google Scholar profile

  • (74) de Bettencourt-Dias, A.; Beeler, R.M.; Zimmerman, J.R. 'Secondary Sphere Chloro-LnIII Complexes with a 1,3,5-Triazine-based Ligand Supported by Anion-p, p-p and Hydrogen-bonding Interactions' Inorganic Chemistry, DOI: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.9b01804, 2019.
  • (73) de Bettencourt-Dias, A.; Beeler, R.M.; Zimmerman, J.R. 'Anion-p and H-Bonding Interactions Supporting Encapsulation of [Ln(NO3)6/5]3-/2- (Ln=Nd,Er) with a Triazine-based Ligand' Journal of the American Chemical Society, 141, 15102-15110, 2019.
  • (72) Johnson, K.R.; de Bettencourt-Dias, A. '1O2 Generating Luminescent Lanthanide Complexes with 1,8-Naphthalimide-based Sensitizers' Inorganic Chemistry, 58, 13471-13480, 2019.
  • (71) Yang, W., Monteiro, J.H.S.K., de Bettencourt-Dias, A., Catalano, V.J., Chalifoux, W.A. 'Synthesis, Structure, Photophysical Properties, and Photostability of Benzodipyrenes', Chemistry - A European Journal, 25, 1441-1445, 2019.
  • (70) Monteiro, J.H.S.K, Dutra, J.D.L., Freire, R.O., Formiga, A.L.B., Mazali, I.O., de Bettencourt-Dias, A., Sigoli, F.A. 'Estimating the individual spectroscopic properties of three unique EuIII sites in a coordination polymer', Inorganic Chemistry, 57, 15421-15429, 2018.
  • (69) de Bettencourt-Dias, A., Hahm, J.-I. 'Editorial for the Virtual Issue on 'Women in Nanotechnology: Toward Better Materials through a Better Understanding of Low-Dimensional Systems', ACS Nano 2018 12, 7417-7420 (not peer-reviewed).
  • (68) de Bettencourt-Dias, A., Berben, L.A., Prieto, A.L. 'Editorial for the Virtual Issue on 'Women in Inorganic Chemistry: Synthetic Chemistry Adressing Challenges in Energy and the Environment', Inorganic Chemistry 2018 55, 3199-3202 (not peer-reviewed).
  • (67) de Bettencourt-Dias, A., Tigaa, R.A. 'Sensitization of near-infrared LnIII [Ln = Yb or Nd] ions using water-soluble, band gap tuneable 3-MPA-capped CdS nanoparticles' Journal of Materials Chemistry C 2018 6, 2814-2821.
  • (66) Monteiro, J.H.S.K., Sigoli, F.A., de Bettencourt-Dias, A. 'A Water-soluble TbIII Complex as Temperature-sensitive Luminescent Probe' Canadian Journal of Chemistry 2018 96, 859-864. Invited contribution for special issue of the Electron Donor-Acceptor Interactions Gordon Research Conference.
  • (65) Chen, S., Zaeimian, M., Monteiro, J.H.S.K., Zhao, J., Mamalis, A.G., de Bettencourt-Dias, A., Zhu, X. 'Mn doped AIZS/ZnS nanocrystals: Synthesis and optical properties; Journal of Alloys and Compounds 2017 725, 1077-1083.
  • (64) Monteiro, J.H.S.K., Machado, D., de Hollanda, L.M., Lancellotti, M., Sigoli, F.A., de Bettencourt-Dias, A. 'Selective cytotoxicity and fluorescence imaging of cancer cells with a dipicolinato-based EuIII complex' Chemical Communications 2017 53, 11818-11821.
  • (63) Tigaa, R.A., Aerken, X. Fuchs, A., de Bettencourt-Dias, A. 'Coordination and sensitization of EuIII and TbIII ions by functionalized polycarbonate-based materials' European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry 2017 44, 5310-5317. Invited contribution for special issue on Luminescent Materials.
  • (62) Tigaa, R.A., Monteiro, J.H.S.K., Silva-Hernandez, S., de Bettencourt-Dias, A. 'Sensitized LnIII-centered emission using fluorescent carbon dots' Journal of Luminescence 2017 192, 1273-1277.
  • (61) Tigaa, R.A., de Bettencourt-Dias, A. 'Synthesis and characterization of two tritylthio-derivatives: 1-bromo-3-tritylthiopropane and 2-(tritylthio)-ethanediol' Journal of Chemical Crystallography 2017 47, 233-240.
  • (60) Guino-O, M.T., Bustrom, B., Tigaa, R.A., de Bettencourt-Dias, A., 'Microwave-Assisted Synthesis of Ternary Lanthanide(2-Thenoyltrifluoroacetonate)3(Triphenylphosphine Oxide)2 Complexes' Inorganica Chimica Acta 2017 464, 23-30.
  • (59) Tigaa, R.A., Lucas, G.J., de Bettencourt-Dias, A. 'ZnS Nanoparticles Sensitize Luminescence of Capping-Ligand-Bound Lanthanide Ions' Inorganic Chemistry 2017 56, 3260-3268.
  • (58) Monteiro, J.H.S.K., de Bettencourt-Dias, A., Sigoli, F.A. 'Estimating the Donor-Acceptor Distance To Tune the Emission Efficiency of Luminescent Lanthanide Compounds' Inorganic Chemistry 2017 56, 709-712.
  • (57) Yang, W., Monteiro, J.H.S.K., de Bettencourt-Dias, A., Chalifoux, W.A. 'A New Thiophene-Functionalized Pyrene, Peropyrene, and Teropyrene via a Two- or Four-Fold Alkyne Annulation and Their Photophysical Properties' Canadian Journal of Chemistry 2017 95, 341-345.
  • (56) de Bettencourt-Dias, A., Rossini, J.S.K. 'Ligand design for luminescent lanthanide-containing metallopolymers' Inorganic Chemistry 2016 55, 9954-9963.
  • (55) de Bettencourt-Dias, A. 'Extension of Two-Photon Excitation to Bone Imaging: A New Application for Lanthanide Luminescence', Chem 2016 1, 342-343.
  • (54) de Bettencourt-Dias, A. 'Editorial for the Virtual Issue on Photochemistry and Photophysics of Lanthanide Compounds', Inorganic Chemistry 2016 55, 3199-3202 (not peer-reviewed).
  • (53) Bosshard, G.Z., Brito, G.A., Monteiro, J.H.S.K., de Bettencourt-Dias, A., Mazali, I.O., Sigoli, F.A. 'Photophysical properties of asymmetric and water-soluble dinuclear lanthanide complexes of poly glycol chain functionalized benzoic acid derivative: Experimental and theoretical approaches' RSC Advances 2016 6, 101133-101141.
  • (52) Khatri, N.M., Pablico-Lansingan, M.H., Boncher, W.L., Mertzman, J.E., Labatete, L.M., Wunder, D., Prushan, M.J., Zhang, W., Halasyamani, P.S., Monteiro, J.H.S.K., de Bettencourt-Dias, A., Stoll, S.L. 'Luminescence and Nonlinear Optical Properties in Copper(I) Halide Extended Networks' Inorganic Chemistry 2016, 55, 11408-11417.
  • (51) Hammoud, H., de Bettencourt-Dias, A., Monteiro, J.H.S.K., Rossini, J.S., Schmitt, M., Bourguignon, J.-J., Welter, R., Mameri, S. 'Unusual O-Bridged Symmetric Quinoline-Based Ligand for the Formation of Luminescent Mono-Aqua Lanthanide Complexes' ChemistrySelect 2016, 1, 6618-6622.
  • (49) Yang, W., Monteiro, J.H.S.K., de Bettencourt-Dias, A., Catalano, V.J., Chalifoux, W.A., 'Pyrenes, Peropyrenes, and Teropyrenes: Synthesis, Structures, and Photophysical Properties', Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2016 55, 10427-10430.
  • (48) Duncan, A.K., McBride, C.N., Benjamin, T.G.R., Madsen, M.P., Bowers, K.T., de Bettencourt-Dias, A., Werner, E.J., 'Tuning the structural and lanthanide luminescence properties of macrocyclic tetraiminodiphenolate europium(III) complexes', Polyhedron 2016 114, 451-458.
  • (47) Monteiro, J.H.S.K., de Bettencourt-Dias, A., Mazali, I.O., Sigoli, F.A., 'The effect of 4-halogenobenzoate ligands on luminescent and structural properties of lanthanide complexes: experimental and theoretical approaches', New Journal of Chemistry 2015 59, 1883-1891.