Dr Juliana ARISTÉIA DE LIMA (Brazil)

Juliana’s academic approach focuses on the development of biodegradable polymers blends, which are ubiquitous in modern-day life, most notably in the form of plastics.

PhD in Polymer Chemistry

Current position: Senior Research at RISE (Research Institutes of Sweden)

Research focus: sustainable management in the chemical industry

In addition, Juliana has deep experience, skills, and knowledge in the production and characterisation of nanocomposites, block copolymers, polymer blends, materials structuring, materials interfaces, microscopy, and spectroscopy.

Juliana has more than 15 years dedicated to material science and deep experience and knowledge in topics as elastomeric polymer blends and nanocomposites with an emphasis in morphology and thermal properties. Extensive experience in transmission (TEM); and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX/EDS). Always focusing on the use of biocompatible and/or biodegradable materials aiming to reduce the damage to the environment and with dedication on issues related to rubber degradation and polymer recycling. This knowledge brought a new perspective in relation to the approaches that have already been made in terms of microplastics, especially the tire roads wear particles (TRWP).

CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2009):

State University of Campinas, Brazil

Research focus: sustainable management in the chemical industry

Juliana Aristéia de Lima holds a PhD in Chemistry and is currently conducting research at the State University of Campinas, located in the state of São Paulo in Southeast Brazil. She works on the development of biodegradable polymers blends (biopolymers). Polymers are ubiquitous in modern everyday life, most notably in the form of plastics. Because of that, it is essential for the future that they don’t constitute a waste problem in the way they often have in the past, but instead degrade in the way natural materials like paper or food would.

With her research, Juliana Aristéia de Lima addresses an important topic in the area of sustainable resource management. In the future, the Brazilian researcher also hopes to work on conductive ionic liquids, which could serve as solvents for preparation of polymer membranes. She is aspiring to a postdoctoral research position in Germany and wants to make new contacts with German experts in industry and academia for that purpose.