Juliana Manso

Chemistry Tutor
Email: J.MansoDeOliveiraSilva@leeds.ac.uk 

My role

I am a Chemistry Tutor in the Lifelong Learning Centre where I have been responsible for tutoring the Module Industrial Chemistry in the 21st Century since the beginning of 2021. 

My educational background

I finished my BA in Chemistry at the Federal Rural University of Pernambuco (Brazil) in 2004, and immediately afterwards I started my MA in Organic Chemistry at the Federal University of Pernambuco (Brazil) developing research in total synthesis of natural products. During that time, I had one of the most incredible experiences in my life: teaching Chemistry and Physics in a Brazilian state secondary school. I had the opportunity to teach both young and mature students from different social backgrounds. This big adventure in education lasted for nine years when I decided to spend one year abroad at the University of Manchester as a PhD visiting fellow.  

I hold a PhD in Organic Chemistry from one of the leading universities in Brazil and, as part of my PhD, I spent one year as a PhD visiting fellow at the University of Manchester in 2009. After completing my PhD at the Federal University of Pernambuco, I gained a prestigious Brazilian scholarship to work as a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Oxford in 2011. After my stay at the University of Oxford, I returned to Brazil to work in one of Brazil's leading research groups on Catalysis in one of Latin America's leading universities for Chemistry, the State University of Campinas in Sao Paulo. I have worked as a research associate in the field of palladium promoting catalysis, but I was also involved in teaching postgraduate chemistry students. I stayed in that position until 2017, when I become a mother of a lovely girl and moved to Leeds to continue my journey here. 

My research interests 

Education in Chemistry, asymmetric metal catalysis, natural products synthesis and synthetic methodologies development.