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Sandra Amaral

Research Fellow

Sandra joined the Nanochemistry Research Group at INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory – as a Research Fellow, where she is currently working on the development of novel nanomaterials with UV absorbing properties to be used as additives in sustainable coatings

Sandra holds an MSc in Organic Chemistry and a PhD in Chemical Science and Technology from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). During this period she worked on the synthesis of novel dendritic polymers and copolymers based on green and click chemistry approaches for the development of nanosystems such as micelles and polymersomes. Here she worked on the tuning of properties such as size, morphology, stability, sensitivity to external stimuli, as well as their capacity to encapsulate and deliver bioactive molecules. More recently, she joined the i3Bs Research Group – University of Minho (Portugal) as a postdoctoral fellow where she was focusing her research on the development of novel proteoglycan biomimetics based on biopolymers and green chemistry for cartilage repair.

Selected Publications

  • Amaral, S. P.; Tawara, M. H., Fernandez-Villamarin, M.; Borrajo, E.; Martínez-Costas, J.; Vidal, A.; Riguera, R.; Fernandez-Megia, E.
    Tuning the Size of Nanoassembles: A Hierarchical Transfer of Information from Dendrimers to Polyion Complexes
    Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 2018, 57, 5273
  • Amaral, S. P.; Fernandez-Villamarin, M; Correa, J.; Riguera, R.; Fernandez-Megia, E.
    Efficient Multigram Synthesis of the Repeating Unit of Gallic Acid-Triethylene Glycol Dendrimers
    Org. Lett. 2011, 13, 4522-4525
  • Al-Ni’mat, M.; Parcero-Bouzas; Amaral, S. P.; Fernandez-Megía, E.
    Self-assembly Dendritic Boronate Micelles as a Promising Delivery Strategy for Gemcitabine
    ChemRxiv preprint 2020