25 years of Science and Innovation




Phone: +351 22 041 4567

Room: E218

Laboratory: E143

Senior Researcher

Research position: Assistant Researcher

Background: PhD in Chemical and Biological Engineering – Faculty of Engineering of Porto, Portugal

Diana Paiva

Major research topics

  • Thermoplastic starch
  • Adhesives for cork and wood composites
  • Natural adhesives
  • Composites based on natural fillers
  • Cationic nano-systems for DNA transfection
  • Science and Technology management


Selected Publications

Tita, S.P.S., Magalhães, F.D., Paiva, D., Bertochi, M.A.Z., Teixeira, G.F., Pires, A.L., Pereira, A.M., Tarpani, J.R. "Flexible Composite Films Made of EMAA−Na+ Ionomer: Evaluation of the Influence of Piezoelectric Particles on the Thermal and Mechanical Properties". Polymers, 2022, 14, 2755.

Paiva, D., Pereira, A.M., Pires, A.L., Martins, J., Carvalho, L.H., Magalhães, F.D. “Reinforcement of thermoplastic corn starch with crosslinked starch/chitosan microparticles”. Polymers, 2018, 10, 985.

Paiva, D., Magalhães, F. D. “Dynamic mechanical analysis and creep-recovery behavior of agglomerated cork”. European Journal of Wood and Wood Products, 2018, 76, 133-141.

Paiva, D., Gonçalves, C., Vale, I., Bastos, M.M.S.M., Magalhães, F.D. "Oxidized xanthan gum and chitosan as natural adhesives for cork". Polymers, 2016, 8, 259.


Selected Projects

"2SMART - engineered Smart materials for Smart citizens", funded by CCDR-N . Beginning: 2021. Duration 27 months. Role: Researcher.

“LEPABE-2-ECO-INNOVATION: Innovative lignocellulosic composites”, funded by CCDR-N (P2020|Norte2020-Projetos Integrados ICD). Beginning: 2016. Duration 40 months. Role: Researcher.

“Natural binders for cork composites” (GlueCork), promoted by Amorim & Irmãos and funded by Agência de Inovação (QREN project co-promoted with industrial partners). Beginning: 2013. Duration 30 months. Role: Researcher.

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