Daniela Rodrigues

PhD student

Daniela Rodrigues is a PhD student in PolySyc group since 2017. She obtained is a Degree and Master’s degree in Biochemistry from University of Coimbra (2013 and 2014, respectively). Daniela developed her Master’s Thesis at Bluepharma – Indústria Farmacêutica, S.A., studying the biological activity of photosensitizer molecules to apply in Photodynamic Therapy. In PolySyc group, she integrated the Flexivinil project that was dedicated to the study of the development of new PVC-based materials, synthesized by Single Electron Transfer – Degenerative Transfer Living Radical Polymerization, with flexible behavior, without the use of external plasticizers, with application in the automotive industry. Her current PhD research focuses on the synthesis of polymers by RAFT (Reversible addition−fragmentation chain-transfer) polymerization to apply on Dye-sensitized solar cells to improve the energy conversion efficiency of these cells. The PhD project is in collaboration with Professor Adélio Mendes’ group at LEPABE (Laboratory for Process Engineering, Environment, Biotechnology and Energy) of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto.