Dr Paula Mendes

University Academic Fellow

Nanoengineering & Surface Chemistry Research Group

School of Chemical Engineering, The University of Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom
PH: +44 (0) 1214145343
Fax: +11 (0) 1214145324
Email: [email protected]


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), Nancy, France.

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.

Research Interests

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.

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