Research Interests

I have broad research interests in the areas of "Physical Chemistry of Polymers" and "Polymer Physics" and in the application of polymer materials in advanced smart technologies. My current research places an emphasis on the use of neutron and x-ray scattering as important advanced characterization tools.
My current research interests are the following:
- Morphological characterization and upscaling of polymer photovoltaics;
- Polymer-based carbon membranes for gas purification;
- Thermodynamics of "polymer blends" and "polymer-solvent mixtures";

Background

I hold a BSc ("Licenciatura") and a MSc in Chemistry from the University of Porto and a PhD in Materials Science (Polymer materials) awarded by the University of Oxford in November 2005. After the PhD, I gained postdoctoral experience in the department of Materials Science at New University of Lisbon (2005-2006) and in the department of Chemical Engineering at Technical University of Lisbon (IST) (2006-2009).
From July 2009 to June 2015, I worked as Assistant Researcher in the Institute for Polymers and Composites (IPC), Polymer Engineering department at the University of Minho. Meanwhile, in 2010 I was awarded a Fulbright scholarship that led me to the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, USA), where I worked from October 2010 to March 2011. In 2015 I was awarded a Marie Sklodowska-Curie (MSC) individual fellowship, by the European Commission, that led me to the U.K. where I worked for 2 years in the department of Physics at the University of Sheffield and in the ISIS Neutron Spallation Source at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. During my MSC fellowship I specialized in the use of neutron scattering techniques to probe nano-structures.
I am currently working at LEPABE (Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy) in the department of Chemical Engineering at University of Porto. I have been recently awarded an Assistant Researcher position in the Portuguese 2018 FCT Individual Call to Scientific Employment (CEEC) - overall success rate ~8%.