Rodrigo de Souza

Associate Professor at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro


Since I started my independent career I have pursuit the development of new technologies in order to guide research by innovative ideas, which could be applied in industry. Over these years, I have published 166 articles, including reviews, original articles and perspectives, trying to establish our research line nationally and internationally. From all publications we have done along these years I can highlight a few of them, starting from our work published at the Chemistry an European Journal where we could monitor a reaction mechanism and intercept reaction intermediates by ESI-MS technique. At the same year, another work was published at the Journal of Organic Chemistry, in collaboration with Prof. Oliver Kappe group where I stayed as a visiting researcher in 2019, and the results presented on this manuscript have shown the absence of interference of microwave irradiation on biocatalyzed reactions. More recently, we have shown (article published on Green Chemistry) that continuous-flow technology can be an interesting tool for valorization of industry residues, combining chemistry and biotechnology. Again adding value to residual waste, glycerol, we have published our results at Catalysis Science Technology showing how glycerol could be converted on a more added value product by biotechnology and continuous-flow means. A series of articles published at Journal of Organic Chemistry and ChemCatChem have been very important for our group on the establishment of continuous-flow technology for active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) synthesis in Brazil, showing that is possible to reduce costs on production allowing the reduction of the final price of the medicine. I have been recognized as CNPq fellow (Level 2) since I started at the University being also honored to receive for two consecutive times the Young Scientist Fellowship from the State Foundation. A few years ago I received the Hanz Vietler prize for young scientist given by the Brazilian Chemical Society and also more recently the Innovation Prize in Industry, given by the Brazilian Association of Chemistry for a joint collaboration between our group and industry. Also, as a result from our international collaborations I was granted with the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for experienced researchers, which among other things, allowed 3 students from our group to take part of their research in one of the best laboratories in Germany.