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Institut des Sciences Analytiques et Physico-Chimique pour l'Environnement et les Matériaux (IPREM)
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Susana De Matos FernandesIndependent Researcher in Functional Bio-based Materials

  • TREMPLIN-ERC Project Coordinator IPREM - Université de Pau & Pays Adour, France
  • Future Research Leaders Project Coordinator Ångström Laboratory – Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Parcours
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  • Thèmes de recherche
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Academic Education

Academic Positions

Positions in Innovation & Technology Centers, and Industry

(in Paper Science and Technology)

Fellowships, Grants and Prizes


  • Scientific project coordinator (ANR, France & FORMAS, Sweden)

  • PhD & master students supervisor and Post-doc advisor (UPV/EHU, Spain; UPPA, France and UU, Sweden)

  • Since 2015: PhD dissertations examinator (Opponent and Examination Committee Member)

  • 2016: Guest Editor for Materials

  • Since 2014: Member of the International Scientific Committee of BiPoCo - International Conference on Bio-based Polymers and Composites

  • Member of the Evaluation Committee for the Best Poster Prize of  BiPoCo

  • Since 2013: Regular evaluator of scientific papers for major international journals


  • Development of methodologies for the extraction of biopolymers and biomolecules (isolation, purification and characterization of biopolymers through green and sustainable technologies)

  • Biosynthesis of bacterial cellulose-based materials (membranes, particles and fibers) for biomedical applications

  • Chemistry of polymers from renewable resources namely chitin, chitosan, cellulose, starch, pullulan and collagen

  • Mimic the bioactivity of living organisms to provide new functionalities to materials - often via the chemical modification and processing of biomacromolecular-based systems, essentially carbohydrate-based and proteins (for instance, antibacterial and antifungal properties, UV-absorbing properties, etc)

  • Sustainable nanochitin and nanocellulose biocomposites, by desinging and processing films, nanoparticles, 3D pouros structures and hydrogels for biomedical, food and food packaging applications

Thèmes de recherche

  • Blue and red biotechnologies conjugation, by aiming the development of marine biomaterials for regenerative, preventive and therapeutic medicine (i.e. cartilage tissue engineering) and strategies

  • Biomimetic approaches in tissue engineering and functional materials to improve cell culture efficiency and cell behaviour

  • Study of the hierarchical structure and bioactivity of materials synthetized by marine organisms


  • Co- or Supervior of 2 PhD Students (2012-2015 ; 2017-2021)

  • Supervisor of 2 Master Students (2011 ; 2012)

  • Research Advisor of 2 Postdoctoral Researchers (2015-2017 ; 2017)

  • Academic & Research Advisor of 1 undergraduate student (2017)

  • Host of visiting students : 2 PhD students (2014 at EHU/UPV, Spain; 2015 & 2016 at KTH, Sweden, 2017 at IPREM-UPPA, France) and 1 master  (2017 at IPREM-UPPA, France)

  • Research Mentor of 7 PhD Students and 1 Postdoctoral Researcher (since 2011 in Spain, Sweden and France)


I have been able to build research projects and attract funding to develop my own research as PI or Coordinator with a total of 989k€ obtained from international and national bodies (Portugal, Sweden, France and Spain). Also, I have participated in the proposal preparation and research teams of 7 R&D projects, including 2 European projects (FP7) and 5 national granted projects corresponding to a budget of more than 600k€. As supervisor or as co-supervisor I have been awarded 1 PhD and 1 PhD visiting scholarships, an amount of about 107k€.


On going projects