BioSIM welcomes a new visiting PhD student, Ana Furtado, from the PhD Program in Sustainable Chemistry from NOVA School of Science and Technology | FCT NOVA, Lisbon (Portugal).
Ana Furtado has a MSc degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry Engineering from NOVA School of Science and Technology (FCT NOVA), Lisbon (Portugal).
Ana is currently a PhD student in Sustainable Chemistry from NOVA School of Science and Technology (FCT NOVA), and she holder a PhD grant in the aim of The Emerging Periodic Table from the International Year of the Periodic Table – Protocol Established between the Portuguese Chemical Society (SPQ) and the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT-MCTES), with a project entitled as “Sustainable development of hybrid nanomaterials for catalysis and biopurification”.
Ana’s PhD project focus on the development of cheap, green and smart polymeric materials, namely molecular imprinted polymers (MIPs) towards biomolecules through the use of different synthetic strategies, such as supercritical carbon dioxide and mechanochemistry, for application in biopurification field. She is performing most of her research work in a collaboration from CleanMIPTech Group, Associated laboratory for Green Chemistry (LAQV), (https://sites.fct.unl.pt/clean-mip-tech/) at NOVA School of Science and Technology (FCT NOVA), and Institute for Bioengineering and Biosciences (iBB) / Institute for Health and Bioeconomy (i4HB) at Instituto Superior Técnico University of Lisbon (IST/UL), under supervision of Dr. Raquel Viveiros (FCT NOVA), Dr. Vasco D.B. Bonifácio (IST/UL) and Dr. Teresa Casimiro (FCT NOVA). She has also been involved as CleanMIPTech Group team member in the project “Green strategy on the development of plastic antibodies for bio-recognition” (PTDC/EQU-EQU/32473/2017).
Her mobility period at BioSIM will involve the application of molecular dynamics simulations studies of her MIP systems in a supercritical carbon dioxide model.