Ana Patrícia Correia Almeida

Soft and biofunctional materials group
Postdoctoral Researcher – Membro Colaborador
Edif. DCM Gab. - 223 10636
Lab 107d - Edi. DCM 10617


PhD. In Materials Science and Engineering in 2021; BSc. degree in Applied Chemistry in 2007 and MSc. degree in Biotechnology in 2009, from Nova University.

Experience in the study of molecular and macroscopic properties and behaviour of soft materials, mainly cellulose-based systems and the development and design of materials inspired by Nature. Fibre and non-woven membrane production by electrospinning and 3D printing, fibre and membrane coating by dip-coating and screenprinting, physical (Scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, polarized optical microscopy, Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and chemical (Infrared and diffraction Spectroscopy, mechanical properties) characterization of cellulosic materials.

Current research interests are focus on several aspects of the molecular, mesoscopic (nano and micro scale) and macroscopic properties and behaviour of soft materials and complex fluids, mainly liquid crystals and cellulose-based systems and interested Organic synthesis of liquid crystals and cellulose derivatives.

She is a founding member of the Social Bodies of SPCL (Sociedade Portuguesa de Cristais Líquidos) and she is involved in the organization of the 2022 International Conference on Liquid Crystals, to be held in Lisbon (

Main publications

1. Ana P. C. Almeida, João Oliveira, Susete Fernandes, Maria Helena Figueiredo Godinho, João Canejo, “All-cellulose composite membranes for oil microdroplet collection”, Cellulose, 2020, 4665-4677. (DOI:

2. Ana P. C. Almeida, João P. Canejo, Pedro L. Almeida, Maria Helena Godinho, “Cholesteric-type cellulosic structures: from plants to applications”, Liquid Crystals, 2019, 1-13. (DOI:

3. Ana P. Almeida, João Canejo, Urban Mur, Simon Copar, Pedro L. Almeida, Slobodan Žumer, Maria Helena Godinho, “Spotting plants’ microfilament morphologies and nanostructures”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 11627, 2019, 13188-13193. (DOI:

4. Ana P. C. Almeida, João P. Canejo, Susete N. Fernandes, Coro Echeverria, Pedro L. Almeida, and Maria H. Godinho, Cellulose-Based Biomimetics and Their Applications, Advanced Materials, 2017, 1703655. (DOI: This paper was selected by the Editor for the Inside Front Cover DOI: .

5. Ana P. C. Almeida, Lara Querciagrossa, Pedro E. S. Silva, Filipa Gonçalves, João P. Canejo, Pedro L. Almeida, Maria Helena Godinho, Claudio Zannoni, “Reversible water driven chirality inversion in celulose-based hélices isolated from Erodium awns”, Soft Matter, 2019, 15, 2828-2847. (DOI:

6. A. C. Trindade, A. P. C. Almeida, J. P. Canejo, P. Patrício, P. Pieranski, M. H. Godinho, Elastomeric patterns probed by a nematic liquid crystal. Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals 657, 2017, 136-146. (DOI:

7. A. C. Trindade, R. Craveiro, A. P. C. Almeida, J. P. Canejo, A. Paiva, S. Barreiros, M. H. Godinho, Tuning surface wrinkles of Janus spheres in supercritical carbon dioxide. The Journal of Supercritical Fluids 120, 2017, 125-131. (DOI:

8. Ana C. Baptista, Alexandre M. Botas, Ana P.C. Almeida, Ana T. Nicolau, Bruno P. Falcão, Manuel J. Soares, Joaquim P. Leitão, Rodrigo Martins, João P. Borges, Isabel Ferreira. Down conversion photoluminescence on PVP/Ag-nanoparticles electrospun composite fibers. Optical Materials 39, 2015, 278–281. (DOI:

9. A. P. Almeida, S. Rodríguez-Rojo, A. T. Serra, H. Vila-Real, A. L. Simplicio, I. Delgadilho, S. Beirão da Costa, L. Beirão da Costa, I. D. Nogueira, C. M. M. Duarte, Microencapsulation of oregano essential oil in starch-based materials using supercritical fluid technology. Innovative Food Science & Emerging Technologies 20, 2013, 140-145. (DOI: