Carla Vilela

Assistant Professor

Biography

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 a Principal Researcher (research contract awarded by FCT, CEECIND/00263/2018) and a Principal Investigator of two national R&D projects (PTDC/BII-BIO/1901/2021 and CENTRO-01-0247-FEDER-113565) at CICECO, 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 30 students (at BSc, MSc and PhD levels), 1 post-doctoral researcher and 3 research fellows. Her current research team includes 1 post-doctoral researcher, and 1 MSc and 6 PhD students.

CVilela is the author of 79 SCI papers (h-index: 28; citations: +2900), 3 books, 5 book chapters, 2 datasets, 6 patents, 8 abstracts of papers of the American Chemical Society, 10 conference proceedings, and more than 100 communications in national and international conferences . She has acted as invited Guest Editor for Applied Science (2018), Materials (2019-2021) and Nanomaterials (2019-2021) journals (MDPI), and is an active reviewer for international journals (e.g. Nature Commun., Carbohydr. Polym., Sci. Reports, Environ. Sci. Technol., ACS Sustainable Chem. Eng., ACS Nano).

CVilela is an Associate Editor of Chemisrty Africa (Springer Nature), Editorial Board Member of Cogent Chemistry (Taylor & Francis Group) and Polysaccharides (MDPI), and Topical Advisory Panel Member 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).

Research group

BioPol4fun - Innovation in biopolymer based functional materials and bioactive compounds

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Follow the group activities at:

https://pt.linkedin.com/in/biopol4fun-group-1398a315b

https://twitter.com/BioPol4 

Selected Publications

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Ongoing Supervisions

Projects

Bioeconomia para Têxtil e Vestuário (BE@T)

PartnerIndustry National
Apoiada pelo Plano de Recuperação e Resiliência (PRR), a indústria têxtil nacional vai investir 138 milhões de euros na bioeconomia sustentável, procurando a mudança de paradigma para o setor e a criação de produtos de alto valor ...

Engineering self-propelled cellulose-based Janus microrobots (Cell4Janus)

CoordinatorFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

From Fossil To Forest (FF2F (Biocomposites))

PartnerIndustry National
This Innovation Pact is aimed at developing cellulose-based packaging and products to replace fossil-based plastics. In this context, it comprises the following six work packages: (1) high yield pulp and brown paper; (2) paper with increased mechanical strength; (3) paper with barrier properties; (4) biocomposites; (5) paper sensors for...

Inovação na Fileira da Resina Natural para Reforço da Bioeconomia Nacional (RN21)

PartnerIndustry National
A transição para uma economia mais sustentável, oferece inúmeras oportunidades para revitalizar os setores mais tradicionais da economia portuguesa, onde destacamos a produção e transformação da resina natural.O Projeto Integrado RN21 – Ino...

Pacto da Bioeconomia azul (BIOECOAZUL (Termoendurecíveis))

PartnerIndustry National
The world needs a new business model capable of economic growth decoupling raw materials from natural resources. Thus the Blue Bioeconomy Pact has embraced the challenge of reindustrialising Portuguese industries with the integration of blue biotechnology solutions in the value chains, enhancing the sustainable use of marine bio-resourc...

Pacto da Bioeconomia azul (BIOECOAZUL (Termoplásticos a desenvolver))

PartnerIndustry National
The world needs a new business model capable of economic growth decoupling raw materials from natural resources. Thus the Blue Bioeconomy Pact has embraced the challenge of reindustrialising Portuguese industries with the integration of blue biotechnology solutions in the value chains, enhancing the sustainable use of marine bio-resourc...

Pacto da Bioeconomia azul (BIOECOAZUL (Plásticos já existentes))

PartnerIndustry National
The world needs a new business model capable of economic growth decoupling raw materials from natural resources. Thus the Blue Bioeconomy Pact has embraced the challenge of reindustrialising Portuguese industries with the integration of blue biotechnology solutions in the value chains, enhancing the sustainable use of marine bio-resourc...

Desenvolvimento de rolhas de cortiça produzidas por processos mais verdes e sustentáveis (GCORK)

PartnerIndustry National
"O Projeto GCORK tem por objetivo capacitar a Amorim Cork a ser a primeira empresa a lançar no mercado uma gama de rolhas de cortiça aglomerada com colas e tratamentos de superfície Bio, produzidas por processos mais verdes e mais sustentáveis. Este produto será extremamente inovador po...

Engenharia de nanofibras de origem biológica para o desenvolvimento de biotintas nanoestruturadas de elevada performance para bio-impressão 3-D (NANOBIOINKS)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

FLUI - Sistemas de extrusão duplo paralelo de ácido polilático com injeção modular de compostos bioativos para a produção de filmes flexíveis mono e multi-camada biofuncionais para embalagens de produtos alimentares a partir de resíduos lenho-celulós (FLUI)

Local CoordinatorIndustry National
A solução apresentada pelo projeto FLUI visa o sucesso da obtenção de equipamentos inovadores e disruptivos com as soluções presentes no mercado (TRL6) para a produção de filmes flexíveis biofuncionais com flexibilidade, mono e multicamada...

Green chemicals and technologies for the wood-to-textile value chain. (GRETE)

PartnerEuropean Comission
The GRETE project will tackle the challenges caused by increased global demand for sustainable textile fibres by offering new breakthroughs in the wood-to-textile value chain. The substitution of cotton by man-made cellulose fibres is also necessary because of sustainability issues. Currently the raw material base for the production of man-made ...

Publications

Polysaccharide-based films of cactus mucilage and agar with antioxidant properties for active food packaging

Makhloufi, N; Chougui, N; Rezgui, F; Benramdane, E; Silvestre, AJD; Freire, CSR; Vilela, C
2022, POLYMER BULLETIN, 79, 12, 11369-11388.

Water in Deep Eutectic Solvents: New Insights From Inelastic Neutron Scattering Spectroscopy

Nolasco, MM; Pedro, SN; Vilela, C; Vaz, PD; Ribeiro-Claro, P; Rudic, S; Parker, SF; Freire, CSR; Freire, MG; Silvestre, AJD
2022, FRONTIERS IN PHYSICS, 10.

Bacterial nanocellulose-hyaluronic acid microneedle patches for skin applications: In vitro and in vivo evaluation

Fonseca, DFS; Vilela, C; Pinto, RJB; Bastos, V; Oliveira, H; Catarino, J; Faisca, P; Rosado, C; Silvestre, AJD; Freire, CSR
2021, MATERIALS SCIENCE & ENGINEERING C-MATERIALS FOR BIOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS, 118.
ISBN: 1873-0191

Bacterial Nanocellulose toward Green Cosmetics: Recent Progresses and Challenges

Almeida, T; Silvestre, AJD; Vilela, C; Freire, CSR
2021, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SCIENCES, 22, 6.
ISBN: 1422-0067

Special Issue: Advanced Biopolymer-Based Nanocomposites and Hybrid Materials

Silvestre, AJD; Freire, CSR; Vilela, C
2021, MATERIALS, 14, 3.
ISBN: 1996-1944

Bio-based sustainable films from the Algerian Opuntia ficus-indica cladodes powder: Effect of plasticizer content

Makhloufi, N; Chougui, N; Rezgui, F; Benramdane, E; Freire, CSR; Vilela, C; Silvestre, AJD
2021, JOURNAL OF APPLIED POLYMER SCIENCE, 138, 20.
ISBN: 1097-4628

Biobased films of nanocellulose and mango leaf extract for active food packaging: Supercritical impregnation versus solvent casting

Bastante, CC; Silva, NHCS; Cardoso, LC; Serrano, CM; de la Ossa, EJM; Freire, CSR; Vilela, C
2021, FOOD HYDROCOLLOIDS, 117.
ISBN: 1873-7137

Cellulose Nanocrystals/Chitosan-Based Nanosystems: Synthesis, Characterization, and Cellular Uptake on Breast Cancer Cells

Pinto, RJB; Lameirinhas, NS; Guedes, G; da Silva, GRH; Oskoei, P; Spirk, S; Oliveira, H; Duarte, IF; Vilela, C; Freire, CSR
2021, NANOMATERIALS, 11, 8.
ISBN: 2079-4991

Effect of the Micronization of Pulp Fibers on the Properties of Green Composites

Valente, BFA; Silvestre, AJD; Neto, CP; Vilela, C; Freire, CSR
2021, MOLECULES, 26, 18.
ISBN: 1420-3049

Spherical Cellulose Micro and Nanoparticles: A Review of Recent Developments and Applications

Carvalho, JPF; Silva, ACQ; Silvestre, AJD; Freire, CSR; Vilela, C
2021, NANOMATERIALS, 11, 10.
ISBN: 2079-4991

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