20 years of Science and Innovation

Diana Paiva

Junior Researcher

Background: PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering – Faculty of Engineering of Porto, Portugal

Major research topics

  • Thermoplastic starch
  • Adhesives for cork and wood composites
  • Natural adhesives
  • Composites based on natural fillers
  • Cationic nano-systems for DNA transfection


Selected Publications

Paiva, D., Pereira, A.M., Pires, A.L., Martins, J., Carvalho, L.H., Magalhães, F.D. “Reinforcement of thermoplastic corn starch with crosslinked starch/chitosan microparticles”. Polymers, 2018, 10, 985.

Paiva, D., Magalhães, F. D. “Dynamic mechanical analysis and creep-recovery behavior of agglomerated cork”. European Journal of Wood and Wood Products, 2018, 76, 133-141.

Paiva, D., Gonçalves, C., Vale, I., Bastos, M.M.S.M., Magalhães, F.D. "Oxidized xanthan gum and chitosan as natural adhesives for cork". Polymers, 2016, 8, 259.

Paiva, D., Ivanova, G., Do Carmo Pereira, M., Rocha, S. "Chitosan conjugates for DNA delivery". Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2013, 15, 11893-11899.

Paiva, D., Martín-Molina, A., Cardoso, I., Quesada-Pérez, M., Pereira, M.D.C., Rocha, S. "The effect of a fluorinated cholesterol derivative on the stability and physical properties of cationic DNA vectors". Soft Matter, 2013, 9, 401-409.


Selected Projects

“LEPABE-2-ECO-INNOVATION: Innovative lignocellulosic composites”, funded by CCDR-N (P2020|Norte2020-Projetos Integrados ICD). Beginning: 2016. Duration 40 months. Role: Researcher.

“Natural binders for cork composites” (GlueCork), promoted by Amorim & Irmãos and funded by Agência de Inovação (QREN project co-promoted with industrial partners). Beginning: 2013. Duration 30 months. Role: Researcher.




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