Joana Ribeiro


CENIMAT/I3N, Departamento de Ciência dos Materiais, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT/UNL), Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Campus da Caparica, Portugal

MSc. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (FCT/UNL, 2015)


Joana completed the Integrated Master in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at FCT/UNL, with the final project entitled “The influence of Y2O3 in 8%Ni/α-Al2O3 catalysts during Partial Oxidation of Methane for Hydrogen production”. She performed the experimental work at Recat-UFF, in Niterói, Brasil, where she was supervised by Professor Fábio Passos and co-supervised by Professor Isabel Fonseca from FCT/UNL.

After graduated, Joana applied to INOVContacto internships and was hosted by RISE in Gothenburg, Sweden, where she worked as a researcher within a multidisciplinary team. Here, she contributed for the development of multifunctional components, including a cathode and a solid polymer electrolyte for a Lithium-ion composite structural battery, following the project management of Dr. Vasan Churchill and Dr. Maciej Wysocki. Back to Portugal, Joana got a position as fellowship researcher at UMEC/INEGI in Porto, in the scope of the European project SmartFan. Within the work-package named “Design & Characterization of composite materials with smart properties”, she was mainly responsible for the preparation and characterization of modified and unmodified resins for nanocomposite and glass fiber reinforced polymer materials.

Since December 2019, Joana is working at the Energy Materials Lab. of CENIMAT/I3N within the project CAPSEL - Cellulose aluminum polymer multi-ions composite solid-electrolyte, an ERC Proof of Concept grant of Professor Isabel Ferreira. Aiming to develop an innovative technology for energy storage applications, Joana has been participating on the preparation and electrochemical characterization of functionalized cellulosic substrates, creating a multifunctional component for an Aluminum-ion composite device.


R&D interests: materials preparation, characterization and processing; energy storage applications; efficient and sustainable solutions;