Monica Jung De Andrade

Favourite Thing: To always discovery new things that can make a small contribution to increase resources or for the cure of some disease so that next generations can have a better world.




Materials engineering and Master at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at Université Paul Sabatier (France) and Universidade Federal do Rio Grande o Sul (Brazil) with period at Max-Planck Institute (Germany).

Work History:


University of Texas in Dallas (USA)

Current Job:

Post-doc (associate researcher)

Me and my work

Over the shoulders of giants, to make small contributions for science by producing building blocks in the nanoscale (ex: nanotubes, nanowires, nanospheres).

My Typical Day

In research each day can be quite different because you are always working with new materials and structures and trying to find out which are their properties, how can I modify these properties by changing their morphology at the (sub-)microscopic level. It’s like being in a science fiction movie, always trying to learn something new, but of course from time to time we have some meetings, presentations and have also to write down and plot all the things you observed with these new materials.

What I'd do with the money

I would like to invest it in ways to aid to promote science for society. This can be done not only by taking part as a volunteer in this event, but also by producing didatic materials for schools. I already did an interview documentary with a professor I admire while I was in the master and I am writing a new book. However, I would like to bring alive science inside the schools by interactive performances and demonstrations! I think a good camera would help on that.

It is already to be released one of the books dedicated for students in which I took part with a great team in order to promote nanostructured materials in the field of engineering. The book is here:

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Curious, dedicated and affectionated.

Who is your favourite singer or band?

I love the musics from Tom Jobim, the composer of “bossa-nova” who wrote the music “The girl from Ipanema”. I also like some Frank Sinatra’s music.

What is the most fun thing you've done?

To go to the train station and pick up a destination for a 4-day holiday. Many funny things occured during that trip!:D

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

To make a family near my family, to have my own company and to make all society more aware about science and its discoveries.

What did you want to be after you left school?

I didn’t know exactly. I just knew I love maths, physics, biology and chemistry.

Were you ever in trouble in at school?

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Tell us a joke.