Jenni Jarju is a postdoctoral researcher. She has obtained a postdoctoral fellowship from the Magnus Ehrnrooth foundation (Finland) in 2018. She joined INL in July 2018 where she is involved in the preparation of porous organic cages (POCs) and covalent organic frameworks (COFs) for catalysis applications. Her research will be focused on design and synthesis of metallophthalocyanine-based POCs and COFs which can be used as catalysts in industrially important reactions, such as N-alkylation of amines with alcohols. She carried out her PhD research in the group of Prof. H. Lemmetyinen at Tampere University of Technology (Finland) studying design, synthesis and characterization of phthalocyanines, and phthalocyanine-fullerene dyads.
Natália joined INL in September 2018 as a Research Fellow and she is working on the functionalization of nanomaterials to mitigate the impact of the biofouling in membrane-based water treatment technology. Natália has a graduation in Biochemistry and MSc degree in Chemical Analysis and Characterisation Techniques from University of Minho. Natália did her PhD in the field of nanomedicine, working on the preparation and characterization of drug delivery systems based on zeolite structures to be used in breast and colorectal cancer treatment at the University of Minho and Institut de Science et d’Ingénierie Supramoléculaires – University of Strasbourg.
Nadia joined INL in June 2019 as a Research Fellow to work on X-Ray protective coatings for aerospace applications. She is a materials chemist (Catania University, Italy). She got her PhD in 2015 (University of Strasbourg) with a thesis on ultrasmall nanoparticles for cancer imaging. As PhD student she worked in the group of Prof. De Cola, first at Münster University then at ISIS Strasbourg with affiliation also to KIT Karlsruhe. After a postdoc experience in HZDR, Dresden, she joined the Technische Universität Dresden (Prof. Cuniberti’s group) as a Postdoctoral Researcher/Lecturer in 2017. There, she led the Environmental Nanotechnology research line of the group, developing nanomaterials for human and environmental health.
Soraia joined INL in May 2016 to work on the development of nanoporous materials (COFs – covalent organic frameworks) through the self-assembly of building blocks for the adsorption of waterborne toxins. At INL, she is a member of both the Nanochemistry Research Group and the Water Quality Group. She has a graduation in Biochemistry and a Master degree in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Minho (Portugal). During her Master’s thesis she worked on the synthesis of novel heterocyclic aromatic compounds (imidazole, and purine derivatives), their characterization and antiproliferative activity evaluation in cell line of colorectal cancer.
Orlando joined INL in July 2017 to work on the development of nanoporous materials (COFs – covalent organic frameworks) through self-assembly of building blocks. At INL, he works in close collaboration with the Nanochemistry group. He has a graduation in Chemistry and a Master degree in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Minho (Portugal). During his Master thesis he worked on the synthesis of new pyridine based ligands for luminescent lanthanide complexes and in the study of their photophysical properties.
Bruna joined INL in 2017 to work on her PhD at the University of Minho and INL on Novel printable photovoltaic systems based on Cu(In,Ga)Se(2) chalcopyrite.
She has degree in Chemistry and a Master degree in Characterization Techniques and Chemical Analysis both obtained at University of Minho. During her master thesis, she worked on the development of printed piezoresistive sensors, using chemical and physical characterization, screen and spray printing techniques and fabricating piezoresistive sensors prototypes.
Rajesh has joined INL in March 2019 as a Junior Fellow in the Nanochemistry Group. His work mainly focuses on purification of indoor air by developing a product with nano sized layered coatings of photocatalytic materials. He was involved in assessing droughts and desertification at National Institute of Hydrology, India. He has completed his masters in environmental science and engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Dhanbad, India. For his master’s thesis he worked on full solar spectrum harnessing photocatalyst for degradation of emerging pollutants in water. He has also completed his bachelor’s in civil engineering and worked as a structural designer before opting to enter environmental sciences.