Research and Teaching Interests
Hometown: Campinas, Brazil; MSc (University of Campinas)
It has been recently shown that the nature, strength, and directionality of sulfur hydrogen bonds (SHBs) are still topics of debate in the literature. In this sense, my research project deals with the characterization of intra- and intermolecular SHBs in model compounds in the gas-phase using a combination of Fourier transform microwave spectroscopy and quantum mechanical calculations. Our technique allows the determination of precise structural and energetic parameters of molecules in isolation of crystal packing and solvent effects which is ideal for the study of SHBs.
Reason for coming to U.Manitoba:
I met my supervisor (Dr. van Wijngaarden) during a conference in Brazil, where she gave a talk about her research and introduced the U of M. At that moment, I was doing research on the conformational analysis of organic molecules in solution by NMR spectroscopy and after Dr. van Wijngaarden’s talk, I rapidly became interest in the study of molecules in the gas phase. Even though I had never heard about microwave spectroscopy, I had enough support from my supervisor and colleagues when I arrived in Canada, which certainly has been contributing to the development of my PhD.
I love playing my acoustic guitar, cooking, and learning new languages. Visiting new countries and experiencing new cultures are things that I will never be tired of.