Andreia Fernandes de Sousa

Assistant Researcher


Short CV

ANDREIA F SOUSA is an Assistant Researcher at CICECO, the University of Aveiro Institute of Materials, Portugal, since 2020, where she leads a multidisciplinary team on the design of sustainable polymers (renewable, biodegradable, recyclable & recycling), within a circular economy mind-set. She also has an invited appointment as researcher at CEMMPRE from the University of Coimbra. Her background is in Polymer Chemistry and sustainable chemistry, having completed a PhD in Chemistry (2011).

Sousa is a distinguished scientist with >50 papers, 2 are actually Highly Cited, 5 are covers and 2 are 2022 HOT Green Chemistry papers, accumulating over 2900 citations. Also based on her scientific contributions, she became Associate Editor for Reactive and Functional Polymers (Elsevier) besides being member of several other editorial boards (such as Sustainable Chemistry and Pharmacy and, Sustainable Chemistry for the Environment, both from Elsevier). Very recently, Sousa was distinguished, from hundreds of applications, as an Early Career Board member of the ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering journal.

She coordinates/participates in several EU projects focusing different aspects of her research interests, including Hop On ABSolEU HE, CEEC Grant (2020.02322.CEECIND), CICECO award (POWER, 2022) MIT- Portugal project (MIT¬EXPL/ISF/0021/2017). Since 2019, she Chairs the European interdisciplinary network FUR4Sustain (CA18220) with >100 experts, 59 institutions and 30 countries.

Finally, she is the proud mother of 3 young children!


I have the pleasure to collaborate with a wide number of renown Researchers worldwide. A non-exhaustive list includes Prof. Katja Loos (University of Groningen, The Netherland), Prof. Anna Szymczyk and Prof. Magdalena Kwiatkowska (West Pomeranian University of Technology in Szczecin, Poland), Prof. Nathanael Guigo and Prof. Nicolas Sbirrazzuoli (Université Côte d'Azur), Dr. Shanmugam Thiyagarajan (Wageningen University & Research, The Netherland), Prof. Dr. Michael A. R. Meier (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany), Dr. Tobias Robert (Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Germany), Prof. Tobias Stern (University of Graz, Austria), Prof. Rupert Kargl (Graz University of Technology, Austria), Prof. Abid Majdi (Jouf University, Saudi Arabia), Prof. Prof. Ruoyu Zhang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China), among many other international collaborations. I also collaborate, for a long time now, at National level, with Prof. Jorge Coelho and Prof. Ana Clotilde Fonseca (University of Coimbra), Prof. Paulo Ribeiro-Claro (CICECO, University of Aveiro) and Dr. Teresa Rocha Santos (CESAM, University of Aveiro).

Selected Publications

We have a large number of publications in each of the outlined R&D focus areas, including numerous highly-cited review articles.

B Agostinho, AJD Silvestre, JAP Coutinho, AF Sousa,* Synthetic (bio)degradable polymers - when does recycling fail?, Green Chem., 2023, 25, 13-31 (DOI: 10.1039/d2gc02726g)

2022 HOT Article for Green Chemistry


K Rihab, A Bougarech; S Zaidi, I. O. Althobaiti, M Abid, AJD Silvestre; AF Sousa,* S Abid, ACS Sustain Chem Eng, 2023, 11, 28, 10344–10351 (DOI: 10.1021/acssuschemeng.3c01301)