Cpt. Monique Cardozo, Technological Center of the Brazilian Army, Brazil

Chemical Defense Section, CBRN Defense Institute

Cpt. Monique Cardozo is a Chemical engineer specialized in analytical chemistry, appointed as technical manager of the Chemical Analysis Laboratory (LAQ) in the Chemical area of the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense Institute (IDQBRN) since 2012. She has been responsible for leading analysis and research involving dangerous compounds such as chemical products listed in the Chemical Weapons Convention, their precursors, degradation products and study their interactions with the environment and living beings using advanced analytical techniques. As a member of the Brazilian Army, she is also responsible for evaluating, testing and developing detection devices, protective equipment and integrated solutions for personal use in first response. In addition, he has worked in scientific advice to assist in national security decisions, as an analyst in second and third response (doing confirmatory analyzes in national and mobile reference laboratories) and as an instructor in emergency response courses (chemical defense specialist). . Currently, she works as Head of the Chemical Defense Section and as Technical Manager of the LAQ / IDQBRN contributing to the designation, by the OPCW, as the first laboratory in Latin America and the Caribbean with proven competence in the analysis of CWC-related compounds. He has also participated in global events organized in Brazil, such as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO +20, 2012), World Youth Day (2013), FIFA World Cup Brazil (2014) and Games Rio Olympics and Paralympics (2016).
Academic Training
 Doctorate degree in Chemistry with Emphasis on Natural Products | 2015 –2020 | Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) – Rio de Janeiro – Brasil
 Master´s degree in Chemistry with Emphasis on Spectrometry | 2010 – 2012 | Military Institute of Engineering (IME) – Rio de Janeiro – Brasil
 Graduation in Chemical Engineering | 2002 – 2006 | Military Institute of Engineering (IME) – Rio de Janeiro – Brasil
OPCW Courses
 Instructor of the First online Basic Course on Assistance and Protection in Chemical Emergencies for Female Personnel in the Armed Forces of the Member States of the OPCW | Online | 2021
 Participant of the Course for the Competence Tests within the Project on Evaluation and Improvement of the Capacity of Laboratories of Analysis of States Parties to Africa and GRULAC | Chemical Weapons Verification Laboratory of the Technological Institute La Marañosa, Madrid, Spain | 2020
 Instructor of the VI Regional Assistance and Protection Exercise for the States Parties of Latin America and the Caribbean | Brazilian Government, Rio de Janeiro, Rj, Brazil | 2017.
 Instructor of the First Exercise for Portuguese Speaking States Parties | Brazilian Government, Rio de Janeiro, Rj, Brazil | 2015
 Participant of the OPCW Proficiency Testing Advanced Training | OPCW Laboratory, Rijswijk, Netherlands | 2015
 Participant of the Course on the Analysis of Chemical Compounds Related to the Chemical Weapons Convention in the Framework of the OPCW Proficiency Tests | Chemical Weapons Verification Laboratory of the Technological Institute La Marañosa, Madrid, Spain | 2014
 Instructor of the V Regional Course on Assistance and Protection for Responses to Chemical Emergencies | Brazilian Government, Rio de Janeiro, Rj, Brazil | 2013.
 Participant of the IV Regional Course on Assistance and Protection for Responses to Chemical Emergencies | Brazilian Government, Rio de Janeiro, Rj, Brazil | 2012.

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