Carla Vilela
  Post-Doc Fellowship  
  extension: 33542  
  department: Chemistry  
  supervisor: Carmen Sofia da Rocha Freire Barros  
  co-supervisor: Filipe Miguel H Lebre R Figueiredo  
  group: 4 - biorefineries, biobased materials and recycling
  line: 3 - sustainability and health
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Short CV

Carla Vilela has a graduation in Chemical Engineering (2004), master in Materials Science and Engineering (2008) and PhD in Chemistry (2012) by the University of Aveiro (UA, Portugal). During 4 years (2004-2008), she was a laboratory technician responsible for the laboratory management and organization, as well as for the technical and laboratorial support to graduation and post-graduation students and R&D projects at UA. Between 2009 and 2011 she was a volunteer assistant lecturer of the laboratory classes of Elements of Physical Chemistry and General Chemistry in the Chemistry Department of the same university. Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher at CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials holding a postdoctoral fellowship from the Portuguese Foundation from Science and Technology (FCT). Her main research interest includes the sustainable use of biopolymers for the development of novel functional nanostructured materials for both biomedical and technological applications. She is the author/co-author of 1 book, 3 book chapters, 35 articles in international peer reviewed multidisciplinary high impact journals (ISI, h-index 15, citations: 807), and several oral and poster communications in national and international conferences.

Scientific Interests

- Sustainable use of renewable resources (e.g., polysaccharides, proteins, vegetable oils) for the development of novel monomers, polymers and functional (nano)composite materials.


- Development of bacterial cellulose based materials for polymer electrolyte fuel cells.


- Design of nanostructured and multilayered membranes based on biopolymers for drug delivery


Selected Publications

C. Vilela, A.R.P. Figueiredo, A.J.D. Silvestre, C.S.R. Freire, Multilayered materials based on biopolymers for drug delivery, Expert Opinion in Drug Delivery 2017, 14, 189-200.

A.F. Sousa, C. Vilela, A.C. Fonseca, M. Matos, C.S.R. Freire, G.-J. M. Gruter, J.J. Coelho, A.J.D. Silvestre, Biobased polyesters and other polymers from 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid: a tribute to furan excellency, Polym. Chem. 2015, 6, 5961-5983 (Journal cover: inside front cover of issue 33/2015).


T.D.O. Gadim, A.G.P.R. Figueiredo, N.C. Rosero-Navarro, C. Vilela, J.A.F. Gamelas, A. Barros-Timmons, C.P. Neto, A.J.D. Silvestre, C.S.R. Freire, F.M.L. Figueiredo, Nanostructured bacterial cellulose–poly(4-styrene sulfonic acid) composite membranes with high storage modulus and high protonic conductivity, ACS Applied Mater. Interf. 2014, 6, 7864-7875.

N.H.C.S. Silva, C. Vilela, A.J.D. Silvestre, I.M. Marrucho, C.S.R. Freire, C.P. Neto, Protein-based materials: from sources to innovative sustainable materials, J. Mater. Chem. B 2014, 2, 3715-3740.

C.Vilela, A. F. Sousa, A. C. Fonseca, J. F. J. Coelho, A. C. Serra, C. S. R. Freire, A. J. D. Silvestre, The quest for sustainable polyesters – insights into the future, Polym. Chem. 2014, 5, 3119-3141.

C. Vilela, A. J. D. Silvestre, M. A. R. Meier, Plant oil-based long-chain C26 monomers and their polymers, Macromol. Chem. Phys. 2012, 213, 2220-2227, (front cover of issue 21/2012; featured on


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