Rita Rodrigues, PhD.

E-mail: Email: rrita at chalmers.se

Brief BIO: R. Rodrigues graduated in 2004 (Universidade de Lisboa) and completed a PhD degree in 2010 (Instituto Superior Técnico), both in chemistry. Having started her scientific career in organic synthesis, as her graduation final project, she then steered her course into spectroscopy as a PhD student. During this period, her work led contributions with different systems: not only into the role of anthocyanins in biological systems (Chemistry 2009) but also in polymer dynamics (Macromolecules 2010). As a post-doctoral fellow at oe-it Lisboa, R. Rodrigues developed her work in the organic electronics field, establishing protocols in photovoltaic devices that lead to efficiency improvements using two different approaches: nanostructuration (Synthetic Metals 2014) and additive incorporation into photovoltaics (ACS San Francisco 2014, Materials 2014).

Current Research Activities::R. Rodrigues is presently a post-doctoral researcher at Chalmers Technical University within the Solar Initiative Project.

Selected Publications:

Rita F. Rodrigues R.F., Palmira F. da Silva, Karina Shimizu, Adilson A. Freitas, Sergey A. Kovalenko, Nikolaus P. Ernsting, Frank H. Quina, António Maçanita, “Ultrafast Internal Conversion in a Model Anthocyanin-Polyphenol Complex: Implications for the Biological Role of Anthocyanins in Vegetative Tissues of Plants” Chem. Eur. J. 2009, 15, 1397-1402.

Rita F. Rodrigues, Ana Charas, Jorge Morgado, António Maçanita., “Self-Organization and Excited-State Dynamics of a Fluorene-Bithiophene Copolymer (F8T2) in Solution” Macromolecules 2010, 43, 765-771.

Rita Rodrigues, Quirina Ferreira, Ana Luísa Mendonça, Jorge Morgado “Template role of polyhexylthiophene nanowires on efficient bilayer photovoltaic cells” Synthetic Metals 2014, 190, 72-78.

Rita Rodrigues, Rui Meira, Quirina Ferreira, Ana Charas, Jorge Morgado “Increased Efficiency of APFO-3:PCBM bulk heterojunction solar cells doped with PVP” Materials 2014, 7(12), 8189-8196.