I graduated in Materials Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico - Universidade de Lisboa (IST-UL), Lisbon, Portugal, in 2000 and obtained my Ph.D. degree in Materials Sci. & Eng. from the same institution in 2005. I was a post-doc at the International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass of Lehigh University, USA, before joining the chemical company Dow Corning in Belgium, as an R&D Chemist, from 2007 to 2011. At Dow Corning, I was the leader of R&D projects, aiming at new chemical products development (e.g. halogen-free flame retardant additives) for large-scale production.

This was followed by R&D Coordination roles at Ynvisible S.A. and Greenseal Research Ltd., for the development of electrochromic displays and greener components for polyurethane foams, respectively. 8 international patents and numerous papers have resulted from my collaboration with the industry. In 2014, while holding a FCT Post-Doc grant, I started a Technology Platform on Microencapsulation and Immobilization, my main current research interest, aimed at customized solutions for enabling active materials and advanced products. Currently I am Assistant Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department, at IST and belong to the research unit CERENA.

Basic Information
Ana Clara Lopes Marques
Lisbon, Portugal
Assistant Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department, Instituto Superior Técnico (IST)
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(+351) 218 417 335
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Researcher Interests
  • Innovative materials-based approaches, processing and characterization techniques.
  • Organosilanes and siloxanes, polymers, multiphasic systems (emulsions), sol-gel derived materials.
  • Microencapsulation and immobilization of active agents.
  • Polymers with self-healing properties.
  • New bio-sourced molecules for engineered flame retardant systems and other applications.
Scientific Highlights








Consulting Services
  • Greenseal Research, Ltd. (2014-2016): new product development for PU OCF systems.
  • ICL IP (2016): Evaluation of new halogen-free flame retardants from ICL IP in PU OCF systems.
  • Victor Guedes, S.A. (2016): Study of the creep behaviour of a polymeric component.
  • Nestlé S.A. (2017): Chemical and structural analysis of coffee capsule components.