Isabel M. D. Martins graduated in Chemical Engineering in 2006, at Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto (FEUP). In 2012, and also at FEUP, she obtained the Ph.D on Microencapsulation of Thyme Oil by Coacervation: Production, Characterization and Release Evaluation, followed by a Post-Doctoral scholarship until 2014. She joined the LSRE-LCM Associate Laboratory in 2006 where she was a member of the research team. Her research focused on the encapsulation of essential oils for textile and cosmetic applications. From 2014 to 2018, she worked at Devan Micropolis, SA as a strategic R&D scientist and she was responsible for the synthesis and characterization of new formulations for textiles applications with health and wellness benefits. In 2019, she returned to LSRE-LCM to work under the project Valor Natural - Valorização de recursos naturais através da extração de ingredientes de elevado valor acrescentado para aplicações na indústria alimentar.


Essential oils
High added value products
Health and wellness


M. Silva, I.M. Martins, M.F. Barreiro, M.M. Dias, A.E. Rodrigues. Functionalized textiles with PUU/limonene microcapsules: effect of finishing methods on fragrance release. Journal of the Textile Institute, 108, 361-367, 2017 A.C.G. Moreira, I.M. Martins, I. Fernandes, M.F. Barreiro, A.E. Rodrigues. Microencapsulation of red and white thyme oil in poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid: Assessment of encapsulation efficiency and antimicrobial capacity of the produced microcapsules. Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 94, 469-475, 2016 I.M. Martins, M.F. Barreiro, M. Coelho, A.E. Rodrigues. Microencapsulation of essential oils with biodegradable polymeric carriers for cosmetic applications. Chemical Engineering Journal, 245, 191-200, 2014 M.A. Teixeira, O. Rodriguez, S. Rodrigues, I. Martins, A.E. Rodrigues. A case study of product engineering: Performance of microencapsulated perfumes on textile applications. AICHE Journal, 58, 1939-1950, 2012 C. Teixeira, I.M.D. Martins, V.L.G. Mata, M.F.F. Barreiro, A.E. Rodrigues. Characterization and evaluation of commercial fragrance microcapsules for textile application. Journal of the Textile Institute, 103, 269-282, 2012 I.M. Martins, S.N. Rodrigues, M.F. Barreiro, A.E. Rodrigues. Polylactide-based thyme oil microcapsules production: Evaluation of surfactants. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 50, 898-904, 2011 I.M. Martins, S.N. Rodrigues, M.F. Barreiro, A.E. Rodrigues. Release of thyme oil from polylactide microcapsules. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 50, 13752-13761, 2011 I.M. Martins, S.N. Rodrigues, F. Barreiro, A.E. Rodrigues. Microencapsulation of thyme oil by coacervation. Journal of Microencapsulation, 26, 667-675, 2009 S.N. Rodrigues, I.M. Martins, I.P. Fernandes, P.B. Gomes, V.G. Mata, M.F. Barreiro, A.E. Rodrigues. Scentfashion®: Microencapsulated perfumes for textile application. Chemical Engineering Journal, 149, 463-472, 2009 S.N. Rodrigues, I. Fernandes, I.M. Martins, V.G. Mata, F. Barreiro, A.E. Rodrigues. Microencapsulation of limonene for textile application. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 47, 4142-4147, 2008


TexBioPro - Functionalization of textile substrates with biodegradable microparticles produced by continuous processes. Reference: POCI-01-0247-FEDER-003472. Funded by: ANI – Agência Nacional de Investigação, P2020|COMPETE - Projetos em Todos os Domínios Científicos. Starting Date: 2016/04/01. Duration: 36 months. ENRECOM - Encapsulation of reactive components in coatings. Reference: FEUP/DEVAN/2014. Funded by: Devan Micropolis S.A., Portugal. Starting Date: 2014/04/01. Duration: 24 months.
Isabel Martins
Investigador Doutorado