Carla Vilela
  Investigador Auxiliar  
  extensão: 34724  
  departamento: Química  
  gabinete: 29.2.25  
  grupo: 4 - biorrefinarias, materiais de origem biológica e reciclagem
  linha: 3 - sustentabilidade
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  grupo de investigação: BioPol4fun - Innovation in BioPolymer based Functional Materials and Bioactive Compounds  
Perfil biográfico

Carla Vilela, born in Aveiro (Portugal), graduated in Chemical Engineering in 2004 and obtained a MSc degree in Materials Science and Engineering (EMMS) in 2008 at the University of Aveiro (UAVR, Portugal). During her MSc studies, she was awarded with a merit grant from the Joint European Masters Programme in Materials Science (EMMS).

In 2008, CVilela started working as a grant holder on a National project (034/7.1/ADI/NOR) with Association Network for Competence in Polymers (Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, FEUP, Portugal), which set the stage for the beginning of her PhD studies at UAVR (PhD grant SFRH/BD/44884/2008 awarded by the Portuguese Foundation from Science and Technology (FCT)) concerning the valorisation of vegetable oils as sources of novel macromolecular materials derived from renewable resources.

After finishing her PhD in 2012, she participated as a grant holder in the National project PTDC/QUI-QUI/120982/2010 – Creating value from bio-wastes: suberin extraction and biotransformation in biocompatible ionic liquids aiming on novel biomaterials and compounds (University NOVA of Lisbon, Portugal). From June 2013 to December 2018, she was a post-doctoral researcher at CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials holding a postdoctoral fellowship (SFRH/BPD/84168/2012) awarded by FCT.

Currently, she is an Assistant Researcher (reasearch contract CEECIND/00263/2018 awarded by FCT) and her main research interests include the engineering of eco-friendly nanocellulose-based nanostructured conductive membranes for polymer electrolyte fuel cells, and the development of macromolecular-based materials containing biopolymers and bioactive molecules for diverse applications (e.g., drug delivery, wound healing and active packaging). She already supervised 7 BSc, 7 MSc and 3 PhD Erasmus students, and 1 post-doctoral researcher. Her current research team includes 1 research fellow, 2 MSc and 3 PhD students.

CVilela is the author of 59 SCI papers (h-index: 21; citations: +1500), 1 book, 5 book chapters, 2 datasets, 8 abstracts of papers of the American Chemical Society, 5 conference proceedings, and more than 75 communications in national and international conferences . She has acted as invited Guest Editor for Applied Science (2018), Materials (2019-2020) and Nanomaterials (2019-2020) journals (MDPI), and is an active reviewer for international journals (e.g. Carbohydr. Polym., Sci. Reports, Environ. Sci. Technol., ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., ACS Nano).

CVilela is an Editorial Board Member of the open access journals Cogent Chemistry (Taylor & Francis Group) and Polysaccharides (MDPI), Associate Editor of Chemisrty Africa (Springer Nature) and Topic Editor of Nanomaterials (MDPI). She was a participant of the COST Action FP1405 (ActInPak, 2015-2019), and is a member of the European Polysaccharide Network of Excellence (EPNOE) and the Portuguese Materials Society (SPM).

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