Italo Silva

Italo is a third-year PhD student in the Dual Degree program between the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Department at CWRU and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has worked for five years as a drilling fluids engineer in oil companies, gaining experience in field operations (on-shore and off-shore), product development and quality control. His research in Dr. Rigoberto Advincula’s group is focused in environmentally friendly additives for drilling fluids, and superhydrophobic coatings for water/oil separation.  On campus, he is part of the Science and Human Rights coalition, and the Volleyball Club. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, travelling, photography, movies, and spending time with friends.