Ana de Bettencourt-Dias

Ana de Bettencourt-Dias

Susan Magee and Gary Clemons Professor of Chemistry, Foundation Professor she/her/hers


Ana de Bettencourt-Dias received her ‘licenciatura’ (M.S. equivalent) in Technological Chemistry from the University of Lisbon in 1993, and her ‘Dr. rer. nat.’ (Ph.D. equivalent) in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Cologne in 1997 with Prof. Thomas Kruck. In her graduate work, she isolated new titanium complexes as single source precursors for the chemical vapor deposition of TiN thin layers. She joined the group of Prof. Alan Balch at UC Davis in 1998 as a Gulbenkian postdoctoral fellow, where she studied the electrochemistry and structure of fullerenes and endohedral fullerenes.

In 2001, she joined the faculty at Syracuse University and started her work on luminescent lanthanide ion complexes. She 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 and coordination chemistry of the f block of the periodic table. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts (h-index 32 with over 3,700 citations in Google Scholar, October 2021), six peer-reviewed book chapters and six invited editorials and edited two books in lanthanide photophysics. Her work has been funded by the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Petroleum Research Fund, the Department of Agriculture, the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technologic Development, and the Research Foundation of the State of São Paulo.

She served on the editorial advisory board for Inorganic Chemistry from 2013 to 2015, has been on the editorial advisory board for Comments on Inorganic Chemistry since 2016 and a managing member of the editorial board of the Journal of Rare Earths since 2014. She has given over 200 oral presentations and was plenary or keynote speaker at 11 international conferences. She was program chair of the 2011 and conference chair of the 2014 Rare Earth Research Conference and was the 2019 Chair of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry of the American Chemical Society. She also organizes the lanthanides and actinides symposia at the national meetings of the American Chemical Society.

She served as the Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Nevada, Reno from 2015 to 2019. She returned to being a full-time faculty member in July 2019, and is now the Susan Magee & Gary Clemons Professor of Chemistry. She received the 2006 Science & Technology Award of the Technology Alliance of Central New York and is a 2021 Fellow of the American Chemical Society.

About the Susan Magee and Gary Clemons Professorship

Mackay School of Mines graduate Gary Clemons '81 (earth science) and his wife, Susan Magee Clemons, established two endowed professorships in chemistry and physics to recognize professors who spark students' curiosity and creativity and motivate them to pursue careers in the fields of chemistry and physics. Established: 2012. (College of Science)

Research interests

  • Lanthanides coordination chemistry
  • Lanthanides photophysics
  • Luminescent compounds
  • Singlet oxygen photosensitizers


  • Licenciatura (M.Sc.) in Technological Chemistry, University of Lisbon, Portugal (1993)
  • Dr. rer. nat. (Ph.D.) in Inorganic Chemistry, University of Cologne, Germany (1997)


  • 2022, Foundation Professor, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2021, Fellow of the American Chemical Society
  • 2006, Science & Technology Award of the Technology Alliance of Central New York
  • 1999-2001, Gulbenkian Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 1992, ERASMUS Fellow
  • 1991, JNICT Young Investigator

Selected publications

Dr. de Bettencourt Dias's Google Scholar profile

Dr. Ana de Bettencourt-Dias in the news

Learn more about Dr. Ana de Bettencourt-Dias in these articles where she and her research are featured.

China’s Monopoly on Rare Earth Elements Tightens With Purchase of US Mine—Seeker
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A whole new world for rare earths—Chemical & Engineering News
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Robotics Day 2017 featuring Dr. Ana de Bettencourt-Dias

Prof. Dr. Ana de Bettencourt-Dias opens the main event of the Robotics Day organized by the Autonomous Robots Lab.