Estefania Boix, Ph.D., provides technical and scientific support to Keller and Heckman attorneys and their clients through her expertise in the chemical makeup of materials, including polymers and biopolymers, wood-related materials, and nanomaterials. She also provides her technical proficiency regarding the regulatory compliance of substances used in food-contact materials. In addition, she gives support to the attorneys when preparing Member State and EU food-contact opinion letters, as well as test protocols, to generate the required data to support such opinion letters or authorization applications.
While studying for her Chemistry degree in Catalonia (Spain), Estefania was a trainee for different industrial fields, including polymer, construction, pharmaceutical and heterogeneous catalysis. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry of Biomaterials as part of the EU Marie Curie Program between Nottingham Trent University (United Kingdom) and Mainz University (Germany), and in collaboration with the American Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The focus of her thesis was the synthesis and characterization of metalloid and metal oxide’ nanoparticles (e.g., silica, germania, titania, zinc oxide).
During Estefania’s Post-doctoral studies at Centre de Mise en Forme des Matériaux (CEMEF) in France, she explored lightweight bio-concrete materials. She also worked as an Experienced Researcher on a self-developed project sponsored by a Finnish foundation for technology promotion (TES), focusing on modified cellulose fibres for better mechanical and optical properties at Aalto University (Finland).
Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Estefania was a project manager and working group coordinator on hydrocarbon substance identification for Concawe (Belgium). Her primary focus was REACH compliance through the analysis of analytical chemistry data, as required for communication with the ECHA substance ID group of experts and for registration dossiers. All of Estefania’s studies and experience have enabled her to provide Keller and Heckman attorneys and their clients the scientific expertise required to understand the approach needed to work with European regulatory agencies.