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

Wood inspired biobased nanocomposite films composed of xylans, lignosulfonates and cellulose nanofibers for active food packaging

José M. Silva, Carla Vilela, Ana Violeta Girão, Pedro C. Branco, João Martins, Mara G. Freire, Armando J. D. Silvestre, Carmen S.R. Freire
2024, Carbohydrate Polymers, 337, August.

Biobased ternary films of thermoplastic starch, bacterial nanocellulose and gallic acid for active food packaging

Tânia Almeida, Anna Karamysheva, Bruno F. A. Valente, José M. Silva, Márcia Braz, Adelaide Almeida, Armando J. D. Silvestre, Carla Vilela, Carmen S. R. Freire
2023, Food Hydrocolloids, 144, November.

A Guide to Polysaccharide-Based Hydrogel Bioinks for 3D Bioprinting Applications

Teixeira, MC; Lameirinhas, NS; Carvalho, JPF; Silvestre, AJD; Vilela, C; Freire, CSR
2022, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SCIENCES, 23, 12.

Advanced Nanocellulose-Based Materials: Production, Properties, and Applications

Freire, CSR; Vilela, C
2022, NANOMATERIALS, 12, 3.

Alginate-Lysozyme Nanofibers Hydrogels with Improved Rheological Behavior, Printability and Biological Properties for 3D Bioprinting Applications

Teixeira, MC; Lameirinhas, NS; Carvalho, JPF; Valente, BFA; Luis, J; Pires, L; Oliveira, H; Oliveira, M; Silvestre, AJD; Vilela, C; Freire, CSR
2022, NANOMATERIALS, 12, 13.

Bioactive Bacterial Nanocellulose Membranes Enriched with Eucalyptus globulus Labill. Leaves Aqueous Extract for Anti-Aging Skin Care Applications

Almeida, T; Moreira, P; Sousa, FJ; Pereira, C; Silvestre, AJD; Vilela, C; Freire, CSR
2022, MATERIALS, 15, 5.

Deep Eutectic Solvent Formulations and Alginate-Based Hydrogels as a New Partnership for the Transdermal Administration of Anti-Inflammatory Drugs

Pedro, SN; Mendes, MSM; Neves, BM; Almeida, IF; Costa, P; Correia-Sa, I; Vilela, C; Freire, MG; Silvestre, AJD; Freire, CSR
2022, PHARMACEUTICS, 14, 4.

Gelatin-Lysozyme Nanofibrils Electrospun Patches with Improved Mechanical, Antioxidant and Bioresorbability Properties for Myocardial Regeneration Applications

Carvalho, T; Ezazi, NZ; Correia, A; Vilela, C; Santos, HA; Freire, CSR
2022, ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS, 32, 21.

Improving the Processability and Performance of Micronized Fiber-Reinforced Green Composites through the Use of Biobased Additives

Valente, BFA; Silvestre, AJD; Neto, CP; Vilela, C; Freire, CSR
2022, POLYMERS, 14, 17.

Natural Polymers-Based Materials: A Contribution to a Greener Future

Silva, ACQ; Silvestre, AJD; Vilela, C; Freire, CSR
2022, MOLECULES, 27, 1.

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