I graduated with a M.Sc degree in Chemistry from Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon, Portugal in 2008. My four-year adventure with polymers started in 2006, working in a CQFM group led by Prof José Gaspar Martinho, Prof José Paulo Farinha and in collaboration with Prof Carlos Afonso. During this time I developed monomers and nanostructured and responsive materials. I then tested these materials for application in coating, labeling, pollutant remediation and optimisation of DNA hybridisation.
In 2010, I moved to France, where I started my PhD in physical-chemistry. In this project I experimentally determined important molecular contributors for the application of Ionic Liquids for the Separation of Gaseous Hydrocarbons“, financed by the Rhône-Alpes region and the IFP Energies Nouvelles. My works were developed between the groups of Dr Catherine Santini in CPE, Lyon and Prof Margarida Costa Gomes in ICCF, Clermont-Ferrand.
In January 2015, I moved to Dunkirk, France to work in the group of Prof Sophie Fourmentin in the UCEiV, in a project financed by ADEME. For this project, DESCOV, I successfully used deep eutectic solvents in the removal of a variety of pollutant volatile organic compounds.
In January 2016, I joined Dr John Holbrey’s group at QUILL, Queen’s University Belfast with a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship financed by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. For two years I worked on the HyLITE project, or Hydrophobic Ionic Liquid Technologies and developed a new family of ionic liquids presenting rare LCST behaviour with water, for important applications in separation processes.
Since January 2018, I am proudly leading the experimental work and commercialisation of @P_Sense_ for the environmental monitoring of phosphate in soils and water.
My main research interests include the design and development of sensors and products for a variety of pollutants or contaminants found in the environment and the development and optimisation of technology for gas-liquid and liquid-liquid separations.
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