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Dr Marcelo da Silva

Franklin-Wilkins Building
150 Stamford Street
London, SE1 9NH

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About Dr da Silva

Marcelo completed his PhD in physical-chemistry at Universidade de São Paulo,  São Paulo, Brazil in 2006. The PhD project was centred on solvent-induced  protein gelation. After that, he undertook a 2-year post-doc position at  Universidade de Campinas (Campinas, Brazil) studying the use of self-assembly  surfactants as drag-reducing additives. At King's, he was employed in a  Leverhulme funded project covering design of enzymatically cross-linked  bipolymeric hydrogels for tissue engineering applications and on a MRC-funded  project focused on the use of polymeric micelles to both improve the delivery of  sleeping sickness drug to the brain and trypanosomes, whilst reducing its side  effects. He concluded his work at King's in January 2015 and then moved to Leeds University to take up an ERC funded post-doctoral position with Dr Lorna Dougan.


His principal research interests lie in the field of self-assembly phenomena in  soft matter. The principal research tools involve the combination of macroscopic  and microscopic characterization, both structure and dynamics, by means of  rheological, spectroscopic (Raman and FT-IR) and scattering (SAXS, SANS)  studies.

Publications  (recent)

  1. da Silva, M. A. ; Bode, Franziska ; Drake, A. F. ; Goldoni, S. ; Stevens, M. M. ; Dreiss, C. A. Enzymatically Cross-Linked Gelatin/Chitosan Hydrogels: Tuning Gel Properties and Cellular Response. Macromolecular Bioscience, 14, 817-830, 2014. DOI: 10.1002/mabi.201300472
  2. Garcia-Perez, A. ; da Silva, M. A. ; Eriksson, J. ; Gonzalez-Gaitano, G. ; Valero, M. ; Dreiss, C.  A. Remarkable Viscoelasticity in Mixtures of Cyclodextrins and Nonionic Surfactants. Langmuir, 30, 11552-11562, 2014. DOI: 10.1021/la503000z
  3. Bode, F. ; da Silva, M. A. ; Smith, P. ; Lorenz, C. D. ; McCullen, S. ; Stevens, M. M. ; Dreiss, C. A. Hybrid gelation processes in enzymatically gelled gelatin: impact on nanostructure, macroscopic properties and cellular response. Soft Matter, 9, 6986-6999, 2013. DOI: 10.1039/c3sm00125c
  4. da Silva, M. A. ; Weinzaepfel, E. ; Afifi, Hala ; Eriksson, J. ; Grillo, I. ; Valero, M. ; Dreiss, C. A. Tuning the Viscoelasticity of Nonionic Wormlike Micelles with β-Cyclodextrin Derivatives: A Highly Discriminative Process. Langmuir, 29, 7697-7708, 2013. DOI: 10.1021/la4015338
  5. Wiikmann, C. ; da Silva, M. A. ; Arêas, E. P. G. ; Tsuji, D. H. ; Sennes, L. U. Dynamic Viscosity of Implantable Autologous Materials Into the Vocal Fold. Journal of Voice, 26, 502-505, 2012. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2011.03.008
  6. Afifi, H. ; da Silva, M. A. ; Nouvel, C. ; Six, J. ; Ligoure, C. ; Dreiss, C. A. Associative networks of cholesterol-modified dextran with short and long micelles. Soft Matter, 7, 4888-4899, 2011. DOI: 10.1039/c1sm05416c
  7. Bode, F. ; da Silva, M. A. ; Drake, A. F. ; Ross-Murphy, S. B. ; Dreiss, C. A. Enzymatically cross-linked tilapia gelatin hydrogels: physical, chemical and hybrid networks. Biomacromolecules, 12, 3741-3752, 2011. DOI: 10.1021/bm2009894
  8. Francisco, K. R. ; da Silva, M. A. ; Sabadini, E. ; Karlsson, G. ; Dreiss, C. A. Effect of Monomeric and Polymeric Co-solutes on Cetyltrimethylammonium Bromide Wormlike Micelles: Rheology, Cryo-TEM and Small-Angle Neutron Scattering. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 345, 351-359, 2010. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcis.2010.01.086 
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