Background and activities

Rita Dias graduated in Chemistry by the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra, Portugal, with a B.Sc. in 1999 and completed a Ph.D. degree in Macromolecular Chemistry (thesis entitled "DNA-Surfactant Interactions") by the same institution in 2004, while holder of a grant from the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, FCT.

Rita Dias was awarded a Marie Curie Fellow within a MCRTN project and later a FCT scholarship to develop her post-doctoral work in the Division of Physical Chemistry of Lund University, Sweden.

In 2008 she returned to the University of Coimbra, as a Researcher (Investigador Auxiliar) at the Department of Chemistry within the FCT program Ciência 2007.

In 2012 she took up a position as an Associate Professor in the Physics Department in the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.


Research Interests

  • Control of DNA condensation using cationic surfactants and polyelectrolytes;
  • Adsorption and compaction of macromolecules onto model lipid membranes. MC simulations;
  • Nanoparticle - poly-acid interactions. MC simulations.

Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Dias, Rita de Sousa; Stokke, Bjørn Torger. (2014) Polyelectrolyte complexes. Bridging the ensemble average – single-molecule strategies. Polyelectrolytes. Thermodynamics and rheology.


  • Kleven, Sofie Rønningen; Bandyopadhyay, Sulalit; Dias, Rita. (2021) Monte Carlo Simulations of Protein Adsorption on Antifouling Surfaces. Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet. 2021.