Livia Mesquita Dias Loiola, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow




B4 L3 W3288-WS09

Research Interests

My research interests are focused in Polymer Science, studying the physical chemistry behind stimulus-responsive polymeric systems and their use for membrane technology, with emphasis on biomolecules separation and on biological processes mimicking.

Selected Publications

  • Macromolecular viral entry inhibitors as broad-spectrum first-line antivirals with activity against SARS-CoV-2, R. Groß, L. M. D. Loiola, M. B. Cardoso, C. Conzelmann, T. Weil, J. A. Müller, J. Lawrenz, L. R. Olari, A. Gilg, L. Rauch, O. Larsson, U. Höglund, L. Issmail, S. A. Pålsson, T. Grunwald, A. S. Tvilum, K. B. Løvschall, M. M. Kristensen, A.-L. Spetz, F. Bidossessi, M. Galloux, J. Münch, A. N. Zelikin, accepted at Advanced Science (2022)
  • Green self-immolative polymer: molecular antenna to collect and propagate the signal for zymogen activation, M. C. Montasell, P. Monge, S. Carmali, L. M. D. Loiola, D. G. Andersen, K. B. Løvschall, A. B. Søgaard, M. M. Kristensen, J. M. Pütz, A. N. Zelikin, under revision (2022).
  • Gram-Negative Bacteria Targeting Mediated by Carbohydrate–Carbohydrate Interactions Induced by Surface-Modified Nanoparticles, L. B. Capeletti, J. F. A. de Oliveira, L. M. D. Loiola, F. E. Galdino, D. E. da S. Santos, T. A. Soares, R. de O. Freitas, M. B. Cardoso, Advanced Functional Materials 29 (2019) 1904216.
  • Shielding and stealth effects of zwitterion moieties in double-functionalized silica nanoparticles, L. M. D. Loiola, M. Batista, L. B. Capeletti, G. B. Mondo, R. S. M. Rosa, R. E. Marques, M. C. Bajgelman, M. B. Cardoso, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 553 (2019) 540-548.
  • Amphiphilic polylactide-poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(propylene oxide) block copolymers: self-assembly behavior and cell affinity, L. M. D. Loiola, M. A. de Farias, R. V. Portugal, M. I. Felisberti, Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry 56 (2018) 2203-2213.
  • Sucrose Methacrylate-Based Amphiphilic Block Copolymers, P. de Almeida, L. M. D. Loiola, C. L. Petzhold, M. I. Felisberti, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics 218 (2017) 1600452.
  • Amphiphilic electrospun scaffolds of PLLA-PEO-PPO block copolymers: preparation, characterization and drug-release behavior, L. M. D. Loiola, P. R. C. Tornello, G. A. Abraham, M. I. Felisberti, RSC Advances 7 (2017) 161.
  • Thermal and mechanical properties of nanocomposites based on a PLLA-b-PEO-b-PLLA triblock copolymer and nanohydroxyapatite, L. M. D. Loiola, L. A. Fasce, L. C. E. da Silva ,M. C. Gonçalves, P. M. Frontini, M. I. Felisberti, Journal of Applied Polymer Science 133 (2016) 44187.
  • Amphiphilic multiblock copolymers of PLLA, PEO and PPO blocks: Synthesis, properties and cell affinity, L. M. D. Loiola, B. A. Más, E. A. R. Duek, M. I. Felisberti, European Polymer Journal 68 (2015) 618.
  • Enhancing in the performance of dye-sensitized solar cells by the incorporation of functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes into TiO2 films: The role of MWCNT addition, A. de Morais, L. M. D. Loiola, J. E. Benedetti, A. S. Gonçalves, C. A. O. Avellaneda, J. H. Clerici, M. A. Cotta, A. F. Nogueira, Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry 251 (2013) 78-84.


  • Ph.D. Chemistry, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil, 2017
  • Visitor Ph.D., MPIP, Mainz, Germany, 2015
  • Visitor Ph.D., INTEMA, Mar del Plata, Argentina, 2014
  • B.Sc. Chemistry, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil, 2011

Professional Profile

  • 2022 - now: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • 2019 - 2021: Postdoctoral Fellow, Kemi, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
  • 2017 - 2019: Postdoctoral Fellow, LNNano, CNPEM, Campinas, Brazil


Best Poster Award (as co-author) at Groundwater Remediation using Nano/biotechnology with a focus on the Contaminated Resources in Brazil (GRUN – CNPEM) (2019)

Green Chemistry Poster Prize at Brazilian Humboldt Kolleg (2016)

Best Poster Award at 2nd International Conference on Bio-based Polymers and Composites (2014)

KAUST Affiliations

BESE - Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division

AMPM - Advanced Membranes and Porous Material Center

Research Interests Keywords

Polymer science Polymer Membranes Nanotechnology Biomimetic Membranes Biomaterials