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N. Tavares Costa MSc (Nathalia)

PhD Candidate

About Me

I am a passionate person looking for development and knowledge. Proactivity, teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving are my best skills. I hold my BSc. in Chemistry in 2013 at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil. During this period, I had the opportunity to develop a new niobium-based catalyst that was able to actuate in biphasic systems to perform desulfurization reactions. During my Master’s (2014 - 2016) I have continued in the field of heterogeneous catalysis, focused on selective oxidation reactions (SELOX) using platinum-niobium-based nanomaterials, at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (COPPE/UFRJ), also in Brazil.

Currently, I am a Ph.D. student in the PhotoCatalytic Synthesis Group, working on developing novel conversion pathways and related catalytic materials to remove various harmful and unpleasant odorous substances from indoor environments. This will be done by photocatalytic degradation of these chemical compounds, ensuring a long-lasting effect of the purifying capacity. The focus will be on nanostructured perovskites. The most promising systems will be incorporated into paint systems. This research field will be expanded to and combined with paint and coating technology, the specialism of the ARC-CBBC industrial partner AkzoNobel.

Research

Indoor air quality regulation is expected to become much more stringent in the upcoming years. The envisioned outcome of this research is functional paint, which is capable of destroying minute amounts of indoor pollutants. Various harmful and/or odorous molecules, called volatile organic compounds (VOCs), will be removed from indoor environments, with long-lasting activity and full mineralizing potential towards CO2. The aim of this research is to synthesize nanostructured, visible light-sensitive particles for photochemical conversion of air-born pollutants. The focus will be on nanostructured perovskite. The most promising systems will be incorporated in paint content formulation. The resulting functional paints will be tested for their activity in air purification, and their performance will be optimized by careful paint formulation.

Contact Details

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Horst - Meander (building no. 27), room 147
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Mailing Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Science and Technology
Horst - Meander  147
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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