Rachel is a chemist and interested in the preparation and characterization of polymeric composites reinforced by lignocellulosic fibers. She is also interested in the preparation, characterization and application of electrospun fibers based on lignocellulosic sources and their major components, i.e., cellulose and lignin. Her current work is focused on the production of electrospun membranes based on commodity polymers and reinforced with cellulose to be used in aerosol filtration, aiming at the ideal combination between their porosity, permeability and mechanical strength.
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Rachel is from Brazil and received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the Federal University of São Carlos in 2010. She holds a Master’s degree (2012) and a Doctoral degree (2017) in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of São Paulo. After that she joined the Research Nucleus on Materials for Biosystems as a postdoc fellow and her current postdoc appointment is at MIT with Greg Rutledge.