University Academic Fellow
Nanoengineering & Surface Chemistry Research Group
School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Birmingham
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Paula M Mendes received her MSc (1997) and PhD (2002) degrees in Chemical Engineering
from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal. In 1997, she
was awarded a competitive University Fellowship to carry out research in computational
chemical engineering at the National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine (INPL),
After working for a year in the Lameirinho Textile Industry, Guimarães,
Portugal as an Engineer-Assistant, she joined the Laboratory of Process, Environment
and Energy Engineering at University of Porto to pursue a doctorate under the
supervision of Professor Carlos Costa and Professor Naceur Belgacem.
While a postgraduate student, she received a competitive University Research
Fellowship to perform part of her PhD studies in the University of Manchester
Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK. She undertook post-doctoral
research firstly (2002-04) in the Research group of Professor Jon Preece, School
of Chemistry, University of Birmingham, UK, and subsequently (2004-06) at the
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles
(UCLA), USA in the research group of Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart.
In October 2006, she became a University Academic Fellow in the Department
of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK. She is a Chartered Scientist,
Corporate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, a member of the University
of Birmingham Advisory Committee on Nanoscience and European editor of Journal
of Experimental Nanoscience.
The research in the Mendes group lies in the interdisciplinary area of nanoscience
and nanotechnology, and currently focuses on the development of biomimetic materials
for studies of cell behaviour, and bio- and nanomaterials with applications
in medical imaging and catalysis.