Andreia Fonseca de Faria

Ph.D. Food Science, University of Campinas, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
B.S. Chemistry, Federal University of Viçosa, Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil


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Andreia is a postdoctoral researcher with the Elimelech research group in the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department at Yale University. She arrived at the Elimelech group supported by the Science without Borders Program in Brazil. Her research is focused on the synthesis, characterization, and application of nanoparticles and nanocomposites for biofouling control.

Andreia received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from the Federal University of Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil. She conducted research at the Biology Department working on production of biosurfactant and bioremediation of environments contaminated with hydrocarbons. She also investigated the use of biosurfactants as non-toxic surfactants for oil recovery from fuel oil storage tank sludge. Andreia received her Ph.D in Food Science from University of Campinas, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. Her doctoral studies were focused on the chemical characterization and environmental applications of biosurfactants. At that time, she also had the opportunity to apply the biosurfactants as natural and eco-friendly surfactants for dispersing multi walled carbon nanotubes. It was her first experience working on nanotechnology.

Prior coming to Yale, Andreia attended to the Chemistry Institute at University of Campinas for a year and half postdoctoral research. Her research was focused on the modification of graphene nanomaterials with metallic nanoparticles. Her project aimed to understand the toxicological aspects of graphene nanocomposites toward microorganisms. She also has collaborated with other research groups on the synthesis, characterization, and application of silver nanoparticles.

At Yale, Andreia is studying the toxicological effects of nanomaterials on microorganisms. Her research at Elimelech research group is focused on the development of novel antibacterial nanocomposites with potential application in membrane science and the biomedical field.

Beyond the lab, Andreia likes to spend her free time dancing at Zumba classes and cooking delicious Brazilian recipes.