Paula M Mendes is a Professor of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology and EPSRC Leadership Fellow in the School of Chemical Engineering.
Her research interests lies in the interdisciplinary area of nanoscience and nanotechnology, and in particular on the development of novel methods for controlling the structure and functionality of materials at the molecular and nanometer scale.
Her research is driven by both fundamental scientific questions and potential applications in the energy, and in particular, biomedical field.
The impact of her research is in two main areas:
development of surface materials with stimuli-responsive and novel biofunctional properties
synthesis and Characterisation of Functional Inorganic Nanoparticles
She has published more than 70 papers, reviews and book chapters, with several invited lectures and keynote presentations at leading academic institutions, conferences and companies across UK and internationally. She is an editor of Journal of Experimental Nanoscience, as well as editor of a book on Nanotechnology.
She has received major grants from EPSRC, Wellcome Trust, Leverhulme Trust, Royal Society and European Research Council. She has also been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the SMART.idea Award, The Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining, UK.
Higher Education Academy (HEA) Associate Fellow, 2009
Chartered Scientist and Corporate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (CSci MIChemE), 2007
PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal, 2002
MSc in Chemical Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal, 1997
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 School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2011 and Professor in 2013. She is a Chartered Scientist, Corporate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and editor of Journal of Experimental Nanoscience. She acts as a referee for the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA), EPSRC, Leverhulme Trust, Wellcome Trust and Royal Society.
BEng Chemical Engineering
MEng Chemical Engineering
Paula M Mendes is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:
Design and Fabrication of Micro- or Nanostructured Biological Surfaces
Design and Fabrication of Switchable Biological Surfaces
Synthesis and Characterisation of Functional Nanoparticles
If you are interesting in studying any of these subject areas please contact Paula Mendes on the contact details above, or for any general doctoral research enquiries, please email: email@example.com or call +44 (0)121 414 5005.
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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.