A focus on our students – Thais Caroline de Almeida da Silva


Seven years ago, I stepped into a laboratory of Chemistry for the first time I had made a choice that would greatly impact my life. Pursuing chemistry was never my childhood dream. I dreamt of becoming a doctor, then a great journalist, and later on, a renowned historian – the kind of historian who studies dinosaurs and makes ground-breaking discoveries in the middle of the desert.

During the two years of aspiring to be a historian, I had the opportunity to follow (join) a popular preparatory course offered by the university that would become my home for six years – CUCA, the Unified Preparatory Course of Araraquara Campus. For us Brazilians, a preparatory course is nothing more than a program designed to prepare students for access to the top public and state universities in the country. In the preparatory course, I had excellent teachers and I must confess that I was captivated by chemistry. 

In 2016, I made the decision to embark on my journey of becoming a scientist. I obtained my B.Sc. degree in Chemistry in 2019 and my M.Sc. degree in 2021, both from the Institute of Chemistry at São Paulo State University (UNESP) under the supervision of Professor Sidney José Lima Ribeiro. My passion for chemistry and materials science opened to me to me further research opportunities, and in January 2022, I joined Universitat Jaume I in Spain.

Currently, I am a Doctoral Candidate (Santiago Grisolia Program) at the Department of Inorganic and Organic Chemistry, and I am proud to be an active member of the Institute of Advanced Materials (INAM) under the supervision of Professor Beatriz Julián López. Throughout my academic journey, I have gained valuable experience in inorganic chemistry, materials chemistry, synthesis and characterisation of functional materials, sol-gel process, and heterogeneous photocatalysis. 

My research interests are focused on the exciting field of metal halide perovskite based nanomaterials. These materials hold tremendous potential for various applications in optics, energy, lighting, ceramics, and catalysis. By exploring their unique optoelectronic properties and investigating their structural and functional behaviour under different synthetic and processing conditions, I aim to contribute to the development of innovative and high-performance materials for LEDs displays and other optoelectronic devices (photodetectors, solar cells, etc).

I am driven by a strong desire to deepen our understanding of these materials and harness their capabilities to address real-world challenges. Through my research, I aspire to make meaningful contributions to the advancement of science and technology, pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the field of advanced materials. 

I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given and the support of my academic mentors and colleagues. I am excited about the journey ahead and look forward to the discoveries and accomplishments that lie ahead in my doctoral studies.