Giovanna Machado was born in the State of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). She gained her PhD in Materials Science from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (2002) under the supervision of Prof. Dimitrios Samios, and after postdoctoral research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT (Professor Robert Cohen). She was appointed in 2009 to a Research Fellow at the Northeast Center for Strategic Technologies (CETENE) (Brazil). She was subsequently promoted to Associate Researcher (2013) and Titular Researcher (2016).
She has over 15 years of experience developing competence at the frontier of knowledge in strategic areas of photocatalyses and nanotechnology. Machado group research has focus in materials that can present a real commercial alternative solar energy conversion into electricity. The use of nanotubes is a very interesting alternative for producing the photocatalytics system to Hydrogen production using water-splitting method as a way to produce clean energy and environmentally friendly using solar energy.
She has published over 100 publications with 3.407 Citations by Web of Science and Factor H 29. Giovanna Machado has been contributing strongly to qualify Human Resources in the area Material Science through orientation of more than 50 students of Masters and PhD degrees in period 2009-2019. She serves as Scientific Referee of several journals (Journal of Materials Science, Catalysis Today, The Journal of Physical Chemistry, Nanoscale, Materials Chemistry and Physics, Química Nova, Polymer, Langmuir, Surface & Coatings Technology, Journal of Polymer Science. Part B, Polymer Physics).
Dr. Machado has collaborated at different universities abroad as well as enabling students, who work with her, to scientific exchange in other countries. She is a committed scientist not just with science and technology, but also with the cause of valuing women in the scientist field. She is responsible for a program called Futuras Cientistas, which has as an aim to encourage interest and promote participation of female high school students and teachers of secondary education in state schools in Recife.