UCL Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering


Adriana Bernardes

CNIE Researcher

Email: adriana.bernardes.21@ucl.ac.uk 


Membrane-based filtration processes are being employed increasingly in industrial environments due to their energy-saving and cost-effective qualities. However, there are still some drawbacks associated with these processes, mainly membrane fouling, which introduces costly cleaning and regeneration processes.

Adriana’s project will be focused on scrutinizing the mechanisms behind nature’s filtration processes, such as kidney’s blood filtration, cell’s proteins transport and xylem’s water and nutrients transport, on a macroscopic scale and apply them on membrane technologies.

Adriana’s industrial background will be helpful in understand the applicability of the processes in a larger scale. Her experience with graphene-related materials also might be valuable.


Integrated Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, University of Aveiro — 2013-2018


R&D Engineer and Project Manager, Graphenest, S.A.; Sever do Vouga, Aveiro — 01/2021- 08/2021

R&D and Innovation, Graphenest, S.A.; Sever do Vouga, Aveiro — 2018-2020


  1. Bohdan Kulyk, Maria A. Freitas, Nuno F. Santos, Farzin Mohseni, Alexandre F. Carvalho, Kiryl Yasakau, António J. S. Fernandes, Adriana Bernardes, Bruno Figueiredo, Rui Silva, João Tedim & Florinda M. Costa (2021) A critical review on the production and application of graphene and graphene-based materials in anti-corrosion coatings, Critical Reviews in Solid State and Materials Sciences, DOI: 10.1080/10408436.2021.1886046
  2. Franco, M., Correia, V., Marques, P., Sousa, F., Silva, R., Figueiredo, B. R., Bernardes, A., Silva, R. P., Lanceros-Mendez, S., Costa, P., Environmentally Friendly Graphene-Based Conductive Inks for Multitouch Capacitive Sensing Surfaces. Adv. Mater. Interfaces 2021, 8, 2100578. https://doi.org/10.1002/ admi.202100578