Elisabete R. Silva is a member within the Euro-MIC COST framework. This project is funded by the European Union and enables scientists to bridge knowledge and capabilities across countries and disciplines.

Summary of the experiences and competences of Elisabete R. Silva

Elisabete R. Silva (ERS) is an Assistant Researcher at the BioSystems & Integrative Sciences Institute (BIOISI), Head of the Bioactive and Multifunctional Materials laboratory, and an invited Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisboa, Portugal. She completed her PhD in Chemical Engineering in December 2009 and her degree in Chemical Engineering in 2002 (5 years programme) at the University of Lisboa/Instituto Superior Técnico (IST).
ERS started her research and development (R&D) activity (2003-2005) in national projects (IST) and in Chemical Industry sector, UNITECA- União Industrial Têxtil e Química S.A. and Navigator (former Portucel-Soporcel) companies. Since 2010, after her PhD, ERS has specialised in functional agents’ development (e.g., nano-catalysts, bioactive natural/synthetic compounds), mainly through surface functionalisation methodologies and immobilisation in materials, with scalability and applicability for the remediation of emerging pollutants. Since 2013 and motivated by the global need for environmentally friendly technologies for biofouling prevention, ERS embraced the design of (multi)functional agents and their chemical immobilisation in polymeric matrices to infer protective properties on industrial surfaces against waterborne biofouling and subsequent effects, such as MIC, mainly applied in the marine and water utility management sectors.
In her professional career, as a team member, Principal Researcher or Coordination member has been actively involved in competitive international and national R&D projects, mostly with industrial collaboration (e.g., technical coordinator of FP7-FOULXSPEL).
She disseminated and transferred her knowledge through 45+ peer-reviewed articles, books/book chapters, and 10+ patents. As a recognised scientific reviewer, ERS is a member of the Review Board of Environmental Degradation of Materials (specialty section of Frontiers in Materials, 2023) and Microorganisms (MDPI, 2020), and Guest Editor of Coatings (MDPI, 2018) and Nanomaterials (MDPI, 2021), being a frequent reviewer for other SCI journals (11). ERS is also devoted to mentoring post-doctoral fellows and students on PhD, master and bachelor graduation levels.

Looking for help? Elisabete R. Silva can help you with the following items

As the Lead for WG4 Elisabete is happy to assist you in any related activities regarding MIC mitigation, being also open for:

• Bring research and development ideas on Biofouling mitigation strategies in the marine industry, water utility management, renewable energy, and/or any other water-based engineering systems.
• Collaborative work and support in developing competitive consortiums for projects.
• Host young career researchers, including post-doctoral fellows and students on PhD, master and bachelor graduation levels.

Contact details

BioISI – Biosystems & Integrative Sciences Institute

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Campo Grande

Campo Grande, Edifício C8

1749-016 Lisboa




Further details

Here you will find Elisabete R. Silva’s detailed and up-to-date experiences and competencies (Ciência Vitae) and an overview of the main activities of the Bioactive and Multifunctional Materials laboratory (BMML):

Ciência Vitae: https://www.cienciavitae.pt/portal/9F18-E2D0-58B2

BMML Website: https://ersilva7.wixsite.com/ersilvaresearcher/the-lab-r-and-d