Meet our team

We have a true passion for science! Each and every one of our team members represents the committed spirit of our research activities!



Yury V. Kolen’ko
Principal Investigator




Laura M. Salonen
Staff Researcher




Udayabhaskararao
Thumu

Research Fellow



Juliana Sousa
Research Fellow




Sara Barros
Research Fellow




Olumide Ayodele
Research Fellow




Vanesa Romero
Scientific Associate




Jenni Jarju
Scientific Associate




Natália Vilaça
Research Fellow




Liliana Gonçalves
PhD Student




Soraia Fernandes
PhD Student




Orlando Oliveira
PhD Student




Yasmine Ziouani
Research Laboratory
Assistant



Viviana Sousa
Scientific Associate




Bruna Gonçalves
Scientific Associate




Ana Lima
Scientific Associate




Tiago Marinho
Scientific Associate




About us:
We explore nanochemistry for the development and characterization of advanced catalytic, adsorption, thermoelectric, and electronic materials, addressing key challenges in clean water, low-carbon economy, and clean energy technology. We use a diverse range of methods, combining creative chemistry with cutting-edge nanofabrication.

We aim at understanding fundamental aspects of the synthesized nanoscale objects, specifically finite-size, surface and confinement effects, chemical doping, as well as their formation, nucleation and crystal growth. As experimentalists, we are also interested in testing the limitations of computational prediction.







Yury V. Kolen’ko

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Yury is currently the leader of the NANOCHEMISTRY RESEARCH GROUP at International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL). His 15+ years of work in Inorganic Chemistry and Material Science has centered on synthesis, functionalization, and assembly of inorganic and hybrid nanomaterials for clean energy technology applications, such as catalysis, electrocatalysis, and thermoelectrics. Particular emphasis is placed on structure–property relationships in functional nanocrystals. Before joining INL, he spent 2 years at Tokyo Institute of Technology, 3 years at Fritz-Haber-Institute of Max-Planck-Society, and 2 years at University of Santiago de Compostela. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2004 from M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University.




Laura M. Salonen

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Laura joined the INL in 2013 to work on the design and synthesis of covalent organic frameworks for adsorption applications. She is also involved in developing new organic chemistry strategies for the functionalization of nanoparticles. She carried out PhD research in the group of Prof. F. Diederich at ETH Zurich studying non-covalent intermolecular interactions in protein–ligand complexes. During her postdoctoral stay at LMU Munich she worked on the design and synthesis of different aromatic scaffolds with biological activity with the group of Prof. D. Trauner and with the group of Prof. T. Bein on the preparation of building blocks for covalent organic frameworks for photovoltaic applications.






Udayabhaskararao Thumu

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Udayabhaskararao Thumu joined INL in 2017 and currently is serving as a research fellow through Marie Curie action (NanoTRAINforGrowth II). He is studying the optical properties of nanodevices based on colloidal semiconductor and perovskite nanocrystals for photovoltaic applications. Prior to joining INL, his postdoctoral research was focused on the thermodynamic control of phase transformations and photophysics of perovskite nanocrystals at Department of Physics of Complex System at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. His first postdoctoral research was conducted on the self-assembly of binary nanocrystals at the Department of Organic Chemistry, Weizmann Institute of Science . He obtained PhD degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, India.



Juliana Sousa

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Juliana joined INL in 2015 and is currently working on the development of adsorption technologies for the recovery of metals from industrial wastewater. She did her PhD in the field of heterogeneous catalysis, working on the preparation and characterization of carbon materials for environmental catalysis at the Associated Laboratory LSRE/LCM group at the Faculty of Engineering in Porto University. After her PhD, she joined the Functional Materials & Solutions team at Centre for Nanotechnology and Smart Materials, and gained strong experience in various scientific fields, such as synthesis and functionalization of inorganic materials and their incorporation onto several substrates, and the development of polymer coatings for automotive and construction industries.




Sara Barros

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Sara Barros is currently a research fellow at INL working on advanced antibacterial coatings for dentistry application. Sara has a graduation in Chemical Engineering from ISEP, Portugal and a MSc degree in Industrial Safety and Environment from Technical University of Valencia (UPV), Spain. Her master thesis focused on the tribocorrosion study of biomedical alloy Ti6Al4V manufactured by powder metallurgy and forging. In 2016, Sara finished her PhD in Materials Science from University Jaume I, Spain. During her PhD she worked with hybrid coatings synthesized via sol-gel for osseointegration improvement of metal dental implants. At University Jaume I she joined PIMA research group and was enrolled in several projects working on bioactive coatings for biocompatibility improvement of metal dental implants.



Olumide Ayodele

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Olumide is presently a Research Fellow at INL. His research focus is synthesis, functionalization and characterization of inorganic and hybrid nanocatalysts for clean energy technology applications. Prior to joining INL, he was a Senior Lecturer at the Chemical Engineering Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), Malaysia. During his Postdoctoral study he was a visiting Research Scientist to the Clean Energy Research Center, University of Yamanashi, Kofu, Japan. He is presently founding Associate Editor of Malaysian Journal of Catalysis and Editorial Member of The Open Materials Science Journal. He received his PhD, MSc, BEng from the University of Malaya, Malaysia, University of Science Malaysia and Federal University of Technology Minna, Nigeria, respectively.




Vanesa Romero

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Vanesa Romero is a postdoctoral researcher. She has obtained a postdoctoral fellowship from the Xunta of Galicia (Spain) in 2017. She joined INL in July 2017 where she is involved in the development of nanoporous materials (COFs-covalent organic frameworks). At the INL she is a member of both the Nanochemistry Research Group and the Water Quality Group. Her research will be focused on the preparation of highly accessible porous COFs with specific functionalities as active surfaces for the selective absorption of pollutants in the marine environment, such as biotoxins. She obtained her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry, which received the extraordinary doctorate award, from the University of Vigo in 2016.





Jenni Jarju

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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 Vilaça

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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.






Liliana Gonçalves

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Liliana joined INL in 2016 to work on the development of adsorption technologies for the recovery of metals from industrial wastewater. She holds the degree of Integrated Master in Biological Engineering (2016) from the University of Minho. During her Master’s thesis she worked at INL, focusing on the synthesis of magnetic nanorods and their coating, physical and chemical characterization, and biofunctionalization for hyperthermia applications. While being a student, she took part in two research projects at the Biological Engineering Department at the University of Minho, related to effluent treatment with generation of energy and nanoparticle development for drug delivery applications.





Soraia Fernandes

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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 Oliveira

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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.










Yasmine Ziouani

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Yasmine joined INL in 2018 to work on the characterization and the testing of novel catalytic materials. She holds a bachelor degree in Chemistry from University of Science of Algiers in Algeria and a master degree in Organic and Polymer Chemistry from University of Bordeaux in France. During her master thesis, she worked on magnetic nanoparticles surface functionalization to develop translational nanoemulsions for medical imaging techniques. She also worked on the synthesis of plasmonic particles for ecotoxicological studies, and in the field of nanocatalysis for biomass conversion.








Viviana Sousa

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Viviana joined INL in April 2017 to work on the development of nanoinks for photovoltaics integrating the project “Large-scale printing of novel photovoltaics based on Cu(In,Ga)Se(2) chalcopyrite” (PrintPV). She has a MSc in Environmental Engineering from Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP). During her Master’s thesis she worked on perovskite solar cells fabrication, optimization and characterization at the Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy (LEPABE). She has also experience in outreach activities related with environmental and engineering awareness.







Bruna Gonçalves

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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.









Ana Lima

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Ana joined INL in 2017 to work on the development, optimization and «green» printing of inks for electronic components and sensing devices, in the scope of her PhD. She has a bachelor's degree in Physics and a master's degree in Bionanosystems, both obtained by the University of Minho (Braga). Before joined INL, she worked at CeNTI (Centre of Nanotechnology and Smart Materials) as a researcher fellow in the project «WINNER: Smart window for zero carbon energy buildings».











Tiago Marinho

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Tiago joined INL in May 2017 to work on the development and characterization of printing photovoltaics solar cells integrating the project “Large-scale printing of novel photovoltaics based on Cu(In,Ga)Se2 chalcopyrite” (PrintPV). He took a graduation in Physics and a Master degree in Applied Physics both at University of Minho. During his master thesis, he worked on the production and optimization of electromagnetoactive nanostructures for miniaturized biomedical systems. While being a student, he had the opportunity to work in partnership in scientific projects involving polymer-based magneto-dielectric, piezo-resistive materials and piezoelectric transducers.








Alumni:


Francesca Scalerandi




Elena Igonina




Anneloes Berghuis




Marek Piotrowski




Diogo Abreu




Vanessa Cardoso




Miguel Franco




Renato Gonçalves




Noelia González




Bryan Owens-Baird




Luiz Felipe Souza




Alice Boarino





Carlo Resini


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