Janaína ACCORDI JUNKES, PhD in Materials Science and Engineering (Brazil)

Janaina Accordi Junkes

Janaína holds a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering and is currently Professor and Researcher at the Centro Universitário Tiradentes in Brazil.

Current position: Professor and Researcher at Centro Universitário Tiradentes, Brazil

Research focus: The reuse of waste as an alternative raw material to ceramic products

Janaína´s academic approach focuses on waste treatment; the reuse of waste material, conserving resources, particularly raw materials, and offers a solution to the problem of waste disposal. Together with her team, she found a way to reuse mineral waste from industrial processes, such as sludge from water treatment within the ceramic industry.

For her achievements, Janaína was honored as a Green Talent in 2010. The jury was impressed by her very active research work and her numerous scientific publications on the subject. After the award she completed three postdoctoral research programs in Germany and Brazil and was hired as a Professor by a private university in her home country. Janaína also conducts engineering classes for undergraduate and graduate students and is a coordinator for the ethics committee on research at her university.

2011 Post-Doctoral Scholarship at Friedrich Alexander University from the Brazilian government
2007 Patent for Production of amorphous silica from rice husks


CV as submitted for the Green Talents award (2010):

Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil

Research focus: Waste management – reuse of mineral waste

Ms Junkes’ PhD work is related to waste treatment, a topic that has figured prominently since her undergraduate studies. Her current work focuses on the reuse of mineral wastes from industrial processes such as sludge produced during the crushing of gneiss rock. Her research team has managed to manufacture ceramic tiles from such ceramic waste materials. Reusing waste material in this way conserves resources, specifically raw materials, while also providing a solution to the problem of waste disposal. Ms Junkes impressed the jury with her very active research work and especially the numerous scientific publications she has already authored on the subject. The jury was equally intrigued by her research on the use of sludge from the process of filtration/ clarification of potable water as raw materials in the ceramic industry.

Ms Junkes says she wanted to participate in the Green Talents Competition because “German universities offer a number of waste management courses and training for professions in the waste disposal sector.” She hopes to learn more about this subject from the scientists that she will meet during her visit to Germany.