Short CV/Education and training

  • Paula M Mendes received her MSc (1997) and PhD (2002) degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal. In 1997, she was awarded a competitive University Fellowship to carry out research in computational chemical engineering at the National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine (INPL), Nancy, France.

  • After working for a year in the Lameirinho Textile Industry, Guimarães, Portugal as an Engineer-Assistant, she joined the Laboratory of Process, Environment and Energy Engineering at University of Porto to pursue a doctorate under the supervision of Professor Carlos Costa and Professor Naceur Belgacem.

  • While a postgraduate student, she received a competitive University Research Fellowship to perform part of her PhD studies in the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), UK. She undertook post-doctoral research firstly (2002-04) in the Research group of Professor Jon Preece, School of Chemistry, University of Birmingham, UK, and subsequently (2004-06) at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA in the research group of Professor Sir Fraser Stoddart.

  • In October 2006, she became a University Academic Fellow in the School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham, UK. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2011 and Professor in 2013. She is a Chartered Scientist, Corporate Member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and editor of Journal of Experimental Nanoscience.

Selected publications

  • W. K.-W. Ho, S.-F. Lee, C.-H. Wong, X.-M. Zhu, C.-S. Kwan, C.-P. Chak, P. M. Mendes, C. H. K. Cheng, K. C.-F. Leung, “Type III-B rotaxane dendrimers”, Chem. Commun. 2013, 49, 10781-10783. (Featured on the cover of the issue)

  • P. M. Mendes, “Cellular nanotechnology: making biological interfaces smarter”. Chem. Soc. Rev., 2013, 42, 9207-9218. (Featured on the cover of the issue)

  • N.-C. Yip, F. J. Rawson, C. W. Tsang, P. M. Mendes, “Real-Time Electrocatalytic Sensing of Cellular Respiration”, Biosens. Bioelectron., 2014, 57, 303-309.

  • C. L. Yeung, X. Wang, M. Lashkor, E. Cantini, F. J. Rawson, P. Iqbal, J. A. Preece, J. Ma, P. M. Mendes, “Modulation of Biointeractions by Electrically Switchable Oligopeptide Surfaces: Structural Requirements and Mechanism”, Adv. Mat. Interfaces, 2014, 1, 1300085.

  • A. Pranzetti, M. Davis, S. Song, C. L. Yeung, J. A. Preece, P. Koelsch, P. M. Mendes, “Direct Observation of Reversible Biomolecule Switching Controlled By Electrical Stimulus”, Adv. Mat. Interfaces, 2014, 1, 1400026.

  • P. Iqbal, K. C.-F. Leung, A. Beri, J. A. Preece, P. M. Mendes, “Surface Molecular Tailoring using pH Switchable Supramolecular Dendron-Ligand Assemblies”, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2014, 6, 6264–6274.

  • M. Lashkor, F. J. Rawson, J. A. Preece, P. M. Mendes, “Switching Specific Biomolecular Interactions on Surfaces under Complex Biological Conditions”, Analyst, 2014, 139, 5400-5408.

  • M. Lashkor, F. J. Rawson, A. Stepheson-Brown, J. A. Preece, P. M. Mendes, “Electrically-driven modulation of surface-grafted RGD peptides for manipulation of cell adhesion”, Chem. Commun., 2014, 50, 15589 – 15592.

  • G. Gupta, P. Iqbal, F. Yin, J. Liu, R. E. Palmer, S. Sharma, K. C.-F. Leung, P. M. Mendes, “Pt diffusion dynamics on the formation Cr-Pt core-shell nanoparticles”, Langmuir, 2015, 31, 6917–6923.

  • A. Stephenson-Brown, J. S. Fossey, J. A. Preece, P. M. Mendes, “Selective glycoprotein detection through covalent templating and allosteric click-imprinting”, Chemical Science, 2015, 6, 5114-5119. (Featured on the cover of the issue)



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Differentiating Infection from Inflammation using a Synthetic Recognition Sensor Platform

  • Molecular Level Control over the Immobilization of Biomolecules on Surfaces

  • Switchable Nanostructured Surfaces as a Sophisticated Tool for Cell Biologists

  • Development of an Intracellular Nanosystem for Single-Cell Experimentation and Assays

  • Surface-Based Molecular Imprinting for Glycoprotein Recognition

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Royal Society of Chemistry

  • Institution of Chemical Engineers

Additional qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Birmingham, UK


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • I have 2 little girls (1 and 5 years old) and it has been a very challenging but highly rewarding experience to be able to coordinate family and working life.


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