Felipe Lopes da Silva

Research group: Environmental and Chemical Engineering
Research subject: In situ and operando spectroscopy in the development of clear-air-catalyst materials
Researcher profile: Coming soon ...


Official interview

Who are you?
My name is Felipe Lopes da Silva, currently 32 years old and a Master of Technology (engineering) in environmental engineering.

Where do you come from?
I come from Sao Paulo - Brazil

What you have done before coming to Oulu?
Before coming to Oulu, I did my bachelor in Production engineering in Sao Paulo where I have worked in different organizations from supply chain engineer until compensation and benefits analyst.

Why did you decide to come to Oulu?
I came to Oulu to do my Master's degree in environmental engineering and pursue an academic career.

What is the name of your research project? 
"In situ and operando spectroscopy in the development of clear-air-catalyst materials"

What is the expected main outcome from your research project?
To be able to improve or develop new catalytic materials that can reduce the harmful emissions from the combustion of fossil fuels in stationary and automotive sources. 

What you would like to do after you have got PhD degree?
I am very interested in remaining in the academic world, especially with some teaching responsibilities. I am also interested in doing research in close cooperation with the industry and research institutes.

What I4 Future program has so far given to you? What has been good? Have you missed something?
I4Future has been a great source of information and skill-developing courses. I have learned a lot about entrepreneurship and how to bring research ideas into business, presentations skills, innovation thinking and much more. The network of professionals that we have been establishing, because of I4Future, I believe it is also very important.

What kind of the atmosphere /weather in Oulu has been in your opinion?
The weather in Oulu is quite cold! Specially for a Brazilian, but I like it. There is no snow in my city, so just that by itself already makes for a very unique environment for me. Getting familiar with the Finnish culture and values has been quite interesting and meaningful for me. In the university the atmosphere is super friendly and relaxed, and everyone is willing to help if needed.

Have you already published results? If yes, where?
Unfortunately, not yet.


On my own words
My name is Felipe Lopes da Silva, bachelor of industrial engineering from Mackenzie Presbyterian University in Brazil, with a Master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Oulu. My research for the I4future programme started in January 2017 and it will last until December 2020.

My research topic is the “In situ and operando spectroscopy in the development of clean-air-catalyst materials”. It comprises two different departments at the University of Oulu, the Environmental and Chemical engineering research group at the Faculty of technology and the Nano and Molecular systems at the Physics department. There are also two partner institutions from Lund – Sweden, the MAX IV Laboratory and the Division of Synchrotron Radiation Research unit at the Physics department in Lund University.

My project’s goal is to achieve a better understand of the molecular and atomic processes that undertake at the surface of the catalysts during the reaction. Therefore, the operando and in-situ techniques are essential to reach that knowledge and the Synchrotron Radiation is a vital part for the project. My work will lead to a double degree between University of Oulu (Engineering) and Lund University (Physics).

My main goal during this project is to develop myself in a new field (Physics, Spectroscopy) and help achieve better understanding of well stablished catalytic processes which could lead to improvement of material and processes that would help reduce the environmental impacts of humankind activities. The combination of these two fields will yield a powerful framework for development of many environmental catalysis processes based on the physics and chemistry of surfaces in the future.

The possibilities and collaborations that I4Future programme provides are unprecedented and it will allow me to perform a truly international, interdisciplinary and inter-sectoral research.


Last updated: 25.9.2018

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