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Rafaela Raupp da Rosa received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) in 2018 within the sub-area of organic synthesis and liquid crystalline materials, under supervision of Prof. Dr. Aloir A. Merlo. She was Assistant Professor at Physical Chemistry Department in the same University in 2013, teaching for undergraduate students from Chemistry, Geology, Chemical Engineering and Physical Engineering. In 2017 she received a Fellowship to research as Visiting PhD student at University of Colorado Boulder for four months at Chemistry and Biochemistry department, under supervision of Prof. Dr. David M. Walba. As part of Soft Materials Research Center (SMRC) she worked as well at Physics department doing XRD and eletrooptical analysis, with Prof. Dr. Noel A. Clark. One part of her Ph.D. research was presented at the International Liquid Crystal Conference (ILCC) in 2018 in Kyoto and was awarded with ILCC Kyoto Poster Award, considering the relevance, presentation, and scientific discussion of the work, showing our strong cooperation and innovative work. Since she started her major in Chemistry (2008) until her PhD defense (2018) she was always involved on projects using isoxazolines and isoxazoles heterocyclic cores as basic structure to synthesize new liquid crystalline compounds. While in Master's she synthesized a new series of liquid crystals with a rich polymorphism into high ordered smectic phases, very promising for organic electronic devices, due introduction of such heterocyclic units. Her mentor Merlo and Dr. da Rosa pioneered the synthesis of symmetric bent-core molecules containing heterocyclic rings laterally connected to the central core. She synthesized during her PhD four different groups of molecules which some cases showing polar smectic phases, promising for FLCD, for example. During the graduate course besides her synthetic skills she learned and improved some analytical ones such as NMR, DSC, UV and Fluorescence spectroscopy, GC-MS, XRD, triangular voltage and theoretical quantum calculations. In November 2018 Dr. da Rosa joined the Materials Research Center (CENIMAT), a hub of the Associated Laboratory Institute of Nanostructures, Nanomodelling and Nanofabrication (i3N) at the Faculty of Sciences and Technology, NOVA University Lisbon as a postdoctoral fellow within the project "Innovative Products and Technologies from Eucalyptus" developing new technologies from cellulose and its derivatives, under supervision of Prof. Dr. Maria H. Godinho at Soft and Biofunctional Materials Group (SBMG). Dr. da Rosa has extensive experience in materials science, organic chemistry, with emphasis in organic synthesis, and physical chemistry, working mainly in heterocycle chemistry, cellulosic materials, liquid crystals and OFETs.

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