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Departamento de Engenharia Química da FCTUC

Maria Margarida Figueiredo

Maria Margarida Figueiredo

Maria Margarida Lopes Figueiredo

Full Professor

Aggregation in Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 1997

PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Edinburgh, 1978

Diploma in Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, 1975

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Research group
Particles, Polymers and Biomaterials Technology (PPB)
Research interests

Pulp and Paper Technology

Physical characterization of woods, pulps and papers

Particle characterization (micro and nanoparticles)

Bone substitutes: alografts and xenografts

Injectable hydrogels: production and characterization

Funded research projects

NANOHYBRID- PTDC/EQU-EPR/114354/2009, Preparation of stimuli-responsive magnetic functionalized hybrid nanoparticles, 2011-2014 (team member).

PTDC/EQU-EPR/099226/2008, Development of new polymer-liposome complexes, 2010-2013 (team member).

NEWFILL - FCT PTDC/EQU-EQU/120578/2010, New Modified Fillers for Papermaking (team member).

Key publications

M. J. Moura; M. H. Gil; M. M. Figueiredo “Delivery of cisplatin from thermosensitive co-cross-linking chitosan hydrogels”, European Polymer Journal, 49(9), 2504-2510 (2013).

Margarida Figueiredo, “Sizing Nanoparticles in Liquids: An Overview of Methods” in Drug Delivery Systems: Advanced Technologies Potentially Applicable in Personalised Treatment, Advances in Predictive, Preventive and Personalised Medicine,  J. Coelho (Ed.) Springer Science, Volume 4,  87-107 (2013).

Moutinho I., Ferreira P. and Figueiredo M.,”Paper Surface Chemistry as a Tool to Improve Inkjet Printing  Quality”, BioResources, 6(4),4259-4270 (2011).

M.J. Moura, H. Faneca, M.P. Lima, M.H Gil, M.M. Figueiredo, “In Situ Forming Chitosan Hydrogels Prepared   via Ionic/Covalent  Co-Cross-Linking”, Biomacromolecules 12, 3275–3284 (2011).

M. Figueiredo, J.C. Henriques, G. Martins, F.A. Guerra, F. Judas, H. Figueiredo, “Physicochemical characterization o biomaterials commonly used in dentistry as bone substitutes- comparison with human bone”, J. Biomed. Mat. Res. part B, Appl Biomater, 92 (2), 409-419 (2010).

Theses supervision

"Development of Polymeric Particles to Enhance High Performance Textiles", PhD,  A. Carreira,  University of Coimbra (in progress) (co-supervision.)

“Biofabrication of Scaffolds for Bone Rgeneration", PhD, J. P. Almeida University of Coimbra (in progress) (co-supervision).

“In situ Injectable Hydrogels: preparation and characterization", PhD,  M. J.Moura, University of Coimbra (in progress) (co-supervision).

"Physical and Chemical Interation of Paper Surface - impact on printability", PhD , I. Moutinho, University of Coimbra (2009) (co-supervision).

"Fruit Drying: kinetics and modelling of the drying process of pears". PhD- R. Guiné,  University of Coimbra (2005) (co-supervision).

Other information
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-2868-8332