George Mason University
Nanobiotecnology reasearcher associate
Liana Soares Almeida Chafran is a nanobiotechnology reseacher associate at George Mason University (VA). She was graduated in Chemistry Sciences from the University of Brasilia (UnB) in 2010. She completed her Masters degree in Chemistry with specialization in heterogeneous Catalysis in 2012 and the Doctorate in Chemistry in 2016, focusing on the application of green catalysts in polymerization reactions. She was professsor at the Union of the Central Plateau for five years and postdoctoral student in nanobiotechnology attached to the National Institute of Science and Technology of Nanobiotechnology (INCT- NANOBIOTECNOLOGIA) – EMBRAPA. With extensive experience in the synthesis and characterization of supported heterogeneous acid catalysts and in its application in the production of biomaterials derived from alpha-hydroxy acids, she published a patent in 2012 in the process area, for developing a cheaper and cleaner way to produce poly (lactic acid) with high teor of poly (L-lactic acid) in the polymer chain through the use of a racemic mixture as starting material. Currently she develops projects aimed at the synthesis of functionalized biomaterials for application in systems of sustained release of bioactive as well as polymer matrix in processes of bioprinting -3D.