Dr. Paula E. Colavita received a Laureate in Chemistry from the University of Trieste (Italy) in 1998. Dr. Colavita completed her PhD in physical chemistry in 2005 at the University of South Carolina (USA) where she worked under the direction of Prof. Michael Myrick on interfacial studies of thin organic films.
After obtaining her PhD she carried out postdoctoral research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA) in the laboratory of Prof. Robert Hamers where she started her work on carbon materials and carbon/organic interfaces. In 2008 she joined the School of Chemistry at Trinity College Dublin as an Assistant Professor in Physical Chemistry and in 2014 was elected College Fellow and promoted to Associate Professor.
Prof. Colavita is the recipient of research funding from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), the Environmental Protection Agency Ireland (EPA), Irish Research Council (IRC), Enterprise Ireland (EI) and EU FP7 Access funding. She has been a National Science Foundation (NSF) Postgraduate Research Fellow and a visiting researcher at Livermore National Laboratories (USA).
Prof. Colavita’s work focuses on understanding chemical reactions and achieving control of interfacial chemical processes at functional surfaces, particularly carbons, for diverse applications including adsorbent materials, electrodes, catalyst supports, biodevice and bioprocessing coatings.