06-07 October 2021

Welcome Message

We are very pleased to announce that Jornadas CICECO 2021 will take place on the 6th-7th October. The stage for Day 1 (6th October) will be the Auditorium Renato Araújo, at the Rectory Building. On Day 2 (7th October), we will take Jornadas outside the University and meet in the Auditorium of Aveiro’s Congress Center.

‘Advancing Science, Shaping Society’ is the underlying theme of this year’s edition. The COVID-19 pandemic has put science under the spotlight and showed that scientific knowledge is one of the most valuable resources of humankind to face large-scale disrupting challenges. As responsible researchers, we are all called to define and communicate the social relevance of our work. As committed citizens, we must remember that science is not a closed box, but rather a dynamic force that touches all aspects of life.

The programme of Jornadas 2021 comprises six scientific talks where senior and junior researchers from each CICECO group will jointly present their research work. They will tell us about different problems in the field of materials science and engineering, share their approaches to those problems and discuss the implications of their work in economic, technological and/or societal dimensions. Furthermore, PhD students are once again invited to tell us the story of their projects, while all CICECO members are encouraged to share their latest research questions and results through poster communications. As usual, we expect Jornadas to be a privileged platform to exchange ideas, refresh scientific interests and establish new collaborations.

This year’s edition also represents a distinctive occasion to celebrate the 20 years of CICECO. We will have the honor to attend a lecture by Robert Langer, Professor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Director of its biomedical engineering laboratory. We are also thrilled to announce that the ceremony to award Prof. Clément Sanchez the title of honorary member of CICECO will take place during Jornadas. On top of that, we will have time to remember our history and to reinforce our future together.

And, as there is more to working in science than science itself, we hope that you will enjoy a session on leadership and teamwork, to be conducted by an experienced professional in behavioural training. Moreover, we will devote some time to talk about employment and funding opportunities, at the National and European levels, in the years to come. Finally, we will close our 2021 event with a session where we are invited to look at materials from historical, artistic, and cultural perspectives.

As we prepare for the big event, we look forward to receiving your posters, from which ten flash oral communications will be selected by a scientific committee. Also, you are kindly invited to participate in our photo contest, in the categories materials@CICECO and materials@AVEIRO

We truly hope that you share our enthusiasm for this year’s Jornadas and we thank you in advance for participating.

Carlos Brites, Iola Duarte & Paula Seabra

Jornadas CICECO 2021 Organizing Committee








How Can I Participate?


‘Jornadas CICECO 2021’ will take place on the 6th-7th October in two different venues: Day 1 (6/10) - Auditorium Renato Araújo, UA Rectory Building; Day 2 (7/10) - Auditorium of Aveiro’s Congress Center.

The event is open to all the scientific community and the general public at no charge. Registration is mandatory and will give access to a ticket line for in-presence attendance and the links to attend remotely. Most sessions will also be transmitted online.

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To participate in the poster session, please follow the instructions detailed in this file.
In brief, you need to take the following steps, until 13th September:
• Publish your poster on Twitter, using the hashtag #JornadasCICECO2021Poster, plus #ICT or #energy or #sustain or #health.
• Use the form below, ‘Poster Details’, to enter the following information about your poster: title and authors, a summary text (max 250 words), a representative image or graphical abstract, and the link for the poster tweet.
Engage with your peers via questions, comments and likes on Twitter.
You will also be able to browse the poster gallery at Jornadas website.

Poster Details

Poster Gallery

Flash Oral Presentations

Between the 13th and 23rd September, a scientific committee will select the 8 best posters to be presented as flash oral communications during Jornadas.
Jornadas participants will select the 3 best flash presentations.

PhD Student Video

All CICECO PhD students are invited to submit a 5-minute-long video about the goals, challenges and impact of their research project. The only rule is the video duration, all the rest is up to you and your imagination!
Eight videos will be selected by a scientific committee to be presented during Jornadas CICECO 2021, in the session “The Tale of my PhD”.
Prizes will be awarded to the 3 best videos, selected by the participants.

Video Submission


There are two categories in this year’s photo contest:
• materials@CICECO: Collecting images during lab work, experimental setup, or instrumental measurements is often an important part of our research. Please share your best pictures and contribute to CICECO’s portfolio of science photographs.
• materials@AVEIRO: The city and region of Aveiro harbor a rich variety of elements where materials blend with history, traditions, arts and culture. We invite you to discover and capture those elements with your camera, and to share your photos with all of us.
Prizes will be awarded to the best photo in each category, to be selected by a panel of photography experts/enthusiasts.

Photo Submission

Photo Gallery

Vote & Engage

Participants will be asked to vote for the best:
• PhD student video.
• Flash oral presentation.
• Photo in each category.
Engage and interact with poster authors using Twitter.

Important Dates

  • 13th September

    Poster tweeting and submission deadline

  • 16th September

    Poster gallery publication

  • 19th September

    Photo submission deadline

  • 22nd September

    PhD video submission deadline

  • 24th September

    Notification of flash oral presentations

  • 01st October

    Registration deadline


Wednesday • October 6 • Morning
Auditorium Renato Araújo, Rectory Building

08:45Welcome to participants
09:15Opening of Jornadas CICECO 2021
Prof. Artur Silva, Prof. João Rocha and Prof. João Coutinho
Chairs: Prof. Helena Nogueira and Dr. Filipe Figueiredo
09:30Computer modelling, a versatile tool to understand materials: from 2D to 3D covalent organic frameworks
Dr. Manuel Melle-Franco & Dr. Karol Strutyński (G6)
10:00 Best posters I
10:30 Overviewing the processes to reach a marine biorefinery: new materials and applications
Prof. Sónia Ventura & Mariam Kholany (G4)
11:00Break & Poster Slideshow
Chairs: Prof. M. Helena Fernandes and Dr. Richard Gomes
11:30 Sintering in the design of the microstructure and materials properties: overview and the case of FLASH sintering
Prof. Ana Senos & Dr. Ricardo Serrazina (G3)
12:00Best posters II
12:30Imaging and motion with magnetic micro- & nano-objects: the development of colloidal motors
Dr. Nuno J. Silva & Eduardo Coimbra (G1)
13:00Lunch Break

Wednesday • October 6 • Afternoon
Auditorium Renato Araújo, Rectory Building

15:00 Chairs: Prof. João Mano and Dr. Mara Freire
Chemistry in support of human health: From the discovery of the first angiogenesis inhibitors to the development of controlled drug delivery systems and the foundation of tissue engineering
Prof. Robert Langer (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Session exclusively online, via Zoom
16:15 Chairs: Prof. Joaquim Vieira and Prof. Luís Carlos
CICECO Honorary Member Ceremony
Prof. Clément Sanchez (Collège de France & Université de Strasbourg, France)
17:45Celebrating our History
Prof. Júlio Pedrosa, Prof. Joaquim Vieira, Prof. João Rocha, Prof. João Coutinho.
Testimonials and Musical Moment
19:30Closing of Day 1

Thursday • October 7 • Morning
Auditorium of Aveiro Congress Center

Chairs: Prof. Armando Silvestre and Prof. Vitor Amaral
09:15Current challenges in the bioceramics field: the case of InterLynk as a recent H2020 project
Dr. Susana Olhero & Dr. Tiago Correia (G5)
09:45 The Tale of my Ph.D.
10:30Magnetic materials for energy: an overview and recent work on power transformers in collaboration with EFACEC
Dr. João Amaral and Dr. Carlos Amorim (G2)
11:00 Coffee Break & Poster Slideshow
Session in Portuguese, without online transmission
Chair: Prof. João Rocha
11:30Team work – critical success factors
Prof. Jorge Araújo (President of Team Work Consultants)
13:00Lunch Break

Thursday • October 7 • Afternoon
Auditorium of Aveiro Congress Center


Chair: CICECO Ph.D. Students’ Council
14:30 Round Table on employment of Ph.D. graduates
Eng.º Nelson Ferreira (Bosch Termotecnologia, S.A.), Dr. Raquel Saborano (Hovione), Prof. António Teixeira (EDUA)
Session in Portuguese
Chair: Prof. Paula Vilarinho
15:30 Inovação como motor para a recuperação económica
Prof. Joana Mendonça (ANI - Agência Nacional de Inovação)
16:00 O que esperar do Horizonte Europa?  
Dr. Sofia Azevedo (ANI - Agência Nacional de Inovação)
16:30 Aveiro d’Honra / Coffee Break
Session in Portuguese
Chair: Prof. João Coutinho
17:15 Conservação e Restauro e a “Imagem Original”
Dr.  Teresa Serra e Moura (Conservadora-Restauradora, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga)
17:35 Objectos Frágeis: Perspectivas sobre a História da Porcelana, das Matérias-primas à Prática Social
Dr. Filipa Quatorze (Coordenadora do Museu da Vista Alegre)
17:55 Design com Materiais Sustentáveis
Dr. Irena Übler (Designer de Produto & COMO & Precious Plastic Portugal)
18:15 Conversa com o Público
18:45Break & Photo Slideshow
Chair: Prof. Rute André
19:00 Young Researcher Awards
Flash Oral Presentation Awards
My Ph.D. Tale Awards
materials@CICECO Photo Award
materials@AVEIRO Photo Award
19:30Closing of Jornadas CICECO 2021

External Speakers

Robert Langer

Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Robert Langer is one of 12 Institute Professors at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); being an Institute Professor is the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member. He has written over 1,500 articles, which have been cited over 348,000 times; his h-index of 291 is the highest of any engineer in history and tied for the 4th highest of any individual in any field. His patents have licensed or sublicensed to over 400 companies; he is a cofounder of a number of companies including Moderna. Dr Langer served as Chairman of the FDA’s Science Board (its highest advisory board) from 1999-2002. His over 220 awards include both the United States National Medal of Science and the United States National Medal of Technology and Innovation (he is one of 3 living individuals to have received both these honors), the Charles Stark Draper Prize (often called the Engineering Nobel Prize), Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Albany Medical Center Prize, Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, Kyoto Prize, Wolf Prize for Chemistry, Millennium Technology Prize, Priestley Medal (highest award of the American Chemical Society), Gairdner Prize, and the Dreyfus Prize in Chemical Sciences. He holds 35 honorary doctorates and has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors.

Clément Sanchez

Professor of Chemistry at Collège de France

Clément Sanchez Clément Sanchez is Professor Emeritus at the Collège de France, Chair of Chemistry of Hybrid Materials, and Professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Strasbourg. He was Director of the “Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris” (UPMC‐Collège de France‐CNRS) (1999‐2013). He did a large part of his career as CNRS Director of Research and Professor at École Polytechnique. He is specialized in the field of nanochemistry of nanostructured transition metal oxide-based gels and hybrid organic-inorganic materials shaped as monoliths, microspheres, and films. He has created a new school of thought in materials chemistry and opened a new disciplinary field with both fundamental and technological impact. He has pioneered the development of functional inorganic-organic hybrid materials, synthesized via “chimie douce” coupled with green processing methods. He was able to implement many of his fundamental concepts into technologies for hybrid materials, applied nowadays in adsorption, catalysis, protection, waste recycling, and optics. He was the recipient of national and international awards and is member of several Academies of Sciences. The cooperation of Clément Sanchez with CICECO, where he is member of the scientific advisory board, started in 2004 in the context of the "Functionalized Advanced Materials Engineering" Network of Excellence (FP6 FAME NoE, 2004-2008), later on the European Multifunctional Material Institute.

Júlio Pedrosa

Retired Professor of the Chemistry Department, University of Aveiro

Júlio Pedrosa de Jesus, PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from Cardiff University, is a retired Full Professor of the Chemistry Department, University of Aveiro, where he developed numerous research projects in the field of Bioinorganic and Materials Chemistry. He was actively engaged in the creation and development of the Research Unit and Associate Laboratory CICECO. He was Rector of the University of Aveiro (1994-2001), President of the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities (1998-2001), Minister of Education of Portugal (2001-2002) and President of the National Council of Education (2005–2009). Since 2017, he works as senior researcher in GOVCOPP – Public Policy, Institutions and Innovation Research Group, University of Aveiro. He devotes much of his time to the collaboration with Portuguese and International institutions in programs to evaluate and improve higher education in Europe, and has been a member of the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education, nominated by EUA – European University Association. He is a curator member of the University of Aveiro Foundation, Chair of the General Council of Lisbon University Institute (ISCTE), chair of the Fiscal Board of Bial Foundation, and member of a Program of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation for Qualifying the New Generations.

Jorge Araújo

President of Team Work Consultores

Jorge Araújo has been President of Team Work Consultores since 1997 and has been a professional basketball coach for 38 years, several times Champion in the Professional League in Portugal, winner of several other basketball competitions. He has several specializations in the areas of Change Management and Executive Coaching (namely, in the United States, Great Britain and Belgium). He also attended the advanced training program “Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence” at Disney Productions, in Orlando (USA). He directs seminars about motivation, leadership, management and teamwork for top and senior managers and has developed the Coaching subject with a close relation with the sport’s metaphor. He also teaches Graduate Programs, MBA’s and Masters Degrees at Porto Business School. Jorge Araújo wrote more than 20 books in the areas of leadership and teamwork and is completing a doctorate in Philosophy of Behavior.

António Teixeira

Dean of the University of Aveiro Doctoral School of the University of Aveiro

Antonio Teixeira, got his PhD from the University of Aveiro in 1999, partly developed at the University of Rochester, USA. He holds an Executive Certificate in management and leadership from MIT Sloan School and a post graduation in quality management in Higher Education. He has joined UA in 1999 and is presently a full professor. From 2014, he is the Dean of the University of Aveiro Doctoral School of the University of Aveiro. In industry he has worked in Nokia Siemens Networks, Coriant as a standardization expert and co-founded PICadvanced, a startup in photonics, presently employing more than 40 highly skilled persons. He holds more than 400 papers, 11 patents, tutored successfully more than 70 MSc’s and 15 PhD’s, and participated in more than 35 projects (national, European and international).

Nelson Ferreira

Bosch Thermotechnology 

Nelson Ferreira graduated in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Aveiro and completed a postgraduate degree in Business Management at Porto Business School. In September 1995, he started working at Bosch Termotecnology SA as a software development engineer in the area of microcontrollers, ERP systems and database architecture development. After an internationalization in 2008, at Bosch Stuttgart-Feuerbach, as responsible for the architecture and management of SAP systems for the Bosch Termotecnologia division, he returned to Portugal, being appointed in 2014 as advisor to the vice president of Bosch Termotecnologia SA, a function accumulated with the project management for the development and industrialization of new products (PMO). In September 2018, he became responsible for the international coordination of the Manufacturing Digitalization area (Industry 4.0) for the Bosch Thermotechnology factories.

Raquel Saborano

R&D Lead Analytical Chemist at Hovione

Raquel Saborano has a biochemistry degree from the University of Aveiro and, in 2019, she completed a PhD in NMR spectroscopy to study liver diseases from the University of Birmingham, UK. Since then, she has been working at Hovione (Lisbon) as an analytical chemist supporting R&D and GMP activities of drug substance and drug product projects from research and development to commercial phase.

Joana Mendonça

President of Portuguese National Innovation Agency (ANI)

Credit: Revista INGENIUM, OE Joana Mendonça, PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management from the University of Lisbon, is Associate Professor in the Department of Engineering and Management at Instituto Superior Técnico, where she teaches Innovation Management and Design Thinking, Entrepreneurship, Economic Engineering and Project subjects. She develops research at the Center for Studies in Innovation, Technology and Development Policies, IN+, where she has directed the Laboratory for Technology and Public Policy Management. She is co-coordinator of the Masters program in Engineering and Management of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Doctoral program in Engineering and Public Policy. Her research focuses on processes of commercialization and adoption of new technologies and on the role of skills and human capital in these processes. She has been part of the scientific direction of the international partnership Carnegie Mellon Portugal since 2014 and has been scientific coordinator at CEiiA since 2018.

Sofia Azevedo

Portuguese National Innovation Agency (ANI)

Credit: Revista INGENIUM, OE Sofia Azevedo is the national representative and contact point for the Horizon Europe Framework Programme at the National Innovation Agency for the areas of Digital and Industry. She holds a Materials Engineering Master’s degree from University of Minho and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Information Management at NOVA Information and Management School. Author of several peer reviewed articles and book chapters, has more than 10 years of experience in implementing European collaborative projects, contribution to the definition of innovation public policy, promotion of university-industry collaboration and mobilization of national ecosystems for European Initiatives.

Teresa Serra e Moura

Conservator-Restorer of Ancient Painting at the National Museum of Ancient Art

Teresa Serra e Moura has a Master's Degree in Conservation and Restoration and has specialized in Ancient Painting. As a Conservator-Restorer of Ancient Painting at the National Museum of Ancient Art (MNAA, Lisbon), she participated in several intervention projects for paintings belonging to the collection, some of them in partnership with international institutions.

Irena Übler

Plastic Expert Researcher at ECOS

Irena Übler is a product designer and researcher on sustainable methods for the creation of products. Since graduating in 2010 from the University of Applied Science FH Joanneum in Graz, Austria, with a degree of Industrial Design she is working as a freelance designer for various companies and she is the creative mind behind COMO - modular cork furniture brand and designer, maker and educator of Precious Plastic Portugal. Irena is interested in discovering design territories within cultural and sustainable background - open for new creative requirements and challenges in the field of Product Design, Design Thinking and Creative Consultancy from ideation, design process and concept development. Recently Irena is working on the project Replay - creating a recycling system of kids toys and developing the set up of a Precious Plastic Lab in Aveiro in the framework of the application for the European Capital of Culture Aveiro 2027.

Filipa Quatorze

Vista Alegre's Museum Manager

Filipa Quatorze has a degree in History from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Coimbra and, in 2004, she completed a postgraduate degree in Museology and Cultural Heritage from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto. She has been Coordinator of the Vista Alegre Museum since 2005 and has developed work in the field of management and interpretation of collections. In 2011 she completed the Master of Arts in Interpretation, Representation and Heritage at the University of Leicester, UK.

CICECO Speakers

João Rocha

Department of Chemistry

João Rocha is Full Professor of Chemistry and Director of the University of Aveiro Institute of Materials (CICECO), the largest Materials Science Institute in Portugal. He is an ‘officer’ of the Chemistry Division of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC), member of the Lisbon Academy of Sciences (Chemistry), and Fellow of both the Royal Society of Chemistry and Chemistry Europe. He has received the prize Ferreira da Silva (highest distinction bestowed by the Portuguese Chemical Society), the Madinabeitia-Lourenço award from the Real Sociedad Española de Química, and the prize Franco-Portugais from the French Chemical Society. In 2005, he received the prize for Scientific Excellence from the Portuguese Science Foundation, and in 1990 a prize from Emmanuel College, Cambridge. He has supervised 32 PhD thesis and 43 Post-Docs. He has published ca. 520 papers that received ca. 21,000 citations, h-factor 66 (Scopus) and 4 patents.

João Coutinho

Department of Chemistry

João A. P. Coutinho is Full Professor at the Chemistry Department of the University of Aveiro, and the recently elected Director of CICECO. He leads a multidisciplinary research team that focuses on the development of green solvents and novel separation processes for biorefinery and circular economy. Currently he strives to apply biobased solvents, DES and ionic liquids to these processes and attempts to better understand their physical-chemical behavior. He supervised over 50 MSc, 35 PhD thesis and 25 Post Doctoral Fellows, authored over 600-refereed papers (h-factor 81, > 25000 citations) and 12 patents.

Joaquim Vieira

Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering

Full Professor at the University of Aveiro since June 1, 1999, in the Department of Ceramic and Glass Engineering, University of Aveiro, Campus de Santiago, Aveiro. Vice-Director of the Associated Laboratory CICECO-Centre for Research in Ceramic and Composite Materials since 16-02-2002. Aggregation in Materials Science and Engineering, University of Aveiro, (20/05/1997). PhD in Materials Science and Engineering by equivalence granted in 1982 by the University of Aveiro to the PhD. in Materials Science and Engineering, Leeds University, England, 1981. Degree in Physics from the Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon, 1976.

Manuel Melle Franco

Department of Chemistry

Manuel graduated in Physical Chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain, 96) and obtained an M.Sc. in Materials Chemistry from the University of Kent (UK, 97). After that, Manuel took a PhD in Chemical Physics under Alan Chadwick from the University of Kent (UK, 2001) with a year abroad with Gianfranco Pacchioni at the Department of Materials Science in Milan (Italy).After his PhD, Manuel joined the group of Francesco Zerbetto at the Chemistry Department of University of Bologna (Italy) to later move to Portugal to work at University of Porto (2008) and University of Minho (2011) in high-performance computing (2011). He works in CICECO since 2016 leading the Applied Computer Modelling Laboratory.Manuel uses multiple models to understand experiments in molecular biology, organic chemistry, materials science and nanotechnology from a fundamental, chemical and physical, perspective.

Karol Strutinsky

Department of Chemistry

Karol was born in Białystok, Poland. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemistry from Nicolaus Copernicus University (Toruń). He continued his education under Prof. José A.N.F. Gomes in University of Porto (Portugal), where he obtained his Ph.D. in Sustainable Chemistry (2014). Later for two years he worked as a freelancer on environmental impact reports. In late 2016 Karol returned to academia in the Aveiro Institute of Materials (CICECO) as a postdoctoral researcher within the FET-open European project 2D-INK. This project was aimed to develop novel soluble Covalent Organic Frameworks for electronics printing. In CICECO he joined an applied computer modelling group led by Dr Manuel Melle-Franco.Karol"s main topic of interest is the electronic and structural properties of organic semiconducting materials with focus on COFs. His work is theoretical, utilizing methods from quantum chemistry.

Sónia Ventura

Department of Chemistry

Sónia P.M. Ventura has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. She is an Assistant Professor, and Vice-director for Internationalization, dissemination and cooperation in the Chemistry Department of University of Aveiro, Portugal, and Coordinator of Group 4 of CICECO−Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, Portugal. Her main research interests comprise the development of sustainable separation platforms for value-added compounds obtained from marine and freshwater raw materials and residues, contributing for the development of the biorefinery concept supported by a circular economy strategy.

Mariam Kholany

Department of Chemistry

Mariam Kholany is currently working as a PhD grantee at the research group PATh - CICECO, University of Aveiro. Her major interest is the development of integrated processes for the purification of bio-active compounds derived from marine biomass.

Ana Senos

Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering

Ana Senos is Associate Professor in the Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering and develops research at CICECO - Aveiro Institute of Materials on processing and properties of ceramic and composite materials. She coordinates/participates in fundamental and applied research projects with industrial partnership and has several collaborations at national and international level. Her research interests focus on the development of nanostructured ceramics and composites for structural, electrical, biomedical and nuclear applications, with the study of grain boundary phenomena in microstructural evolution and properties, and investigation of new processing technologies with potential for industrial application. She has published over 150 scientific papers supervised 26 master"s and 10 doctoral students. She has performed editorial functions and participated in the organization of various conferences, seminars and workshops. She is an active member of six professional associations, namely Portuguese Materials Society-SPM and European Powder Metallurgy Association-EPMA.

Ricardo Serrazina

Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering

Master in Materials engineering with developed work in porcelain-based production and YSZ-cermets mechanosynthesis. Doctoral program in Advanced Materials and Processing finished in 2021, with recognized experience and expertise in alternative sintering techniques, such as FLASH sintering. Ricardo has five published papers on the FLASH sintering topic, including the processing and simulation of this technique to sinter Potassium Sodium Niobate. The work developed under this topic has been presented throughout 12 oral presentations and 6 poster presentations in more than 10 different international meetings.

Nuno Silva

Department of Physics

Nuno performed a PhD at the University of Aveiro, focused on the magnetism of antiferromagnetic nanoparticles. Since then, based at the University of Zaragoza first and then at the University of Aveiro, he has been exploring new perspectives for magnetic nanoparticles, including exploring and controlling their rotational response in “dry liquids” and exploring classic magnetic recording concepts inside living cells.

Eduardo Coimbra

Department of Chemistry

Eduardo Coimbra’s PhD “Creating and exploring non-reciprocal colloidal microparticles as swimmers” focuses on the development of polyoxometalate (POM) colloids with exotic shapes and unique properties, at University of Aveiro. The collaborative research with the New York University aims at assembling the anisotropic POM microparticles into supracolloidal architectures, creating a new class of materials for cargo delivery.

Susana Olhero

Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering

Susana Olhero is a Principal Researcher at CICECO/ University of Aveiro (UA) and member of the Executive Board of the Department of Materials Engineering and Ceramics (DEMaC)/UA. The focus of her research has been the development of 3D structures by near net shaping colloidal-based techniques and additive manufacturing of various functional ceramics for several applications, including bioceramics for bone regeneration. In this field, Susana Olhero supervised/Co-supervised PhD and master students and is/was involved in several national, co-promotion and European projects as PI, Co-PI, member of coordination team or team member. Her research has already resulted in several publications in peer review international journals, book chapters and patents, with over 1750 citations (h-index 26).

Tiago Correia

Department of Chemistry

Tiago R. Correia is a Junior Researcher of the COMPASS Group at CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro, Portugal since 2019. He obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from University of Beira Interior, Portugal, in 2017. He specialized in the design of biomaterials for Tissue Engineering applications. Currently, he studies the development of 3D printed biomaterials and the microfabrication of innovative inorganic-based microplatforms for bottom-up tissue engineering applications. He is also deeply involved on the coordination of an European consortium in the scope of the project InterLynk: Human Platelet Lysates-based Scaffolds for Interfacial Multi-tissue Repair.

João Amaral

Department of Physics

João Amaral is a physicist with a research career focused on magnetic materials for energy applications. João obtained his PhD degree at the University of Aveiro in December 2009, and is currently an Assistant Researcher at CICECO. He was the main supervisor of two PhD. students (finished 2020 and 2021), and is currently the main supervisor of two others, and the co-supervisor of another. João has coordinated one FCT exploratory project, and is now the PI of one FCT exploratory project, an advanced computational research project, and an FCT-DAAD bi-lateral project with partner TU Darmstadt Germany. João has published over 85 peer-reviewed papers, with over 1300 citations (~1200 no self-citations), with an h-factor of 17. João was the invited Editor of Special Issues in AIP Advances (American Institute of Physics), Frontiers in Energy Research (Frontiers) and Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (Elsevier). He was an invited researcher at the EXSS group at Imperial College London, from 2013-2015.

Carlos Amorim

Department of Physics

Carlos O. Amorim obtained his joint MAP-Fis PhD in Aveiro, on Experimental and DFT studies of multiferroics heterostructures in 2019. He is currently a Postdoctoral researcher at CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials. His main research themes involve the combined experimental and DFT studies of magnetic materials, particularly in multiferroic mechanisms in advanced metal-oxide interfaces, magnetocalorics, soft magnets, and magnetic nanoparticles for application in Hyperthermia. He also has been working periodically in hyperfine studies using PAC spectroscopy, and sorption characterization using radioactive trackers spectroscopy at CERN since 2011.


Poster & Flash Oral Presentation Awards

1st award

Waiver of publication fee in the journal Molecules (MDPI)

2st award

Voucher of 300 euros to use in the UA bookstore /stationary shop

3st award

Voucher of 150 euros to use in UNAVE training courses

Poster Gallery

Photo Awards

materials@CICECO Award

Fnac Voucher of 250€

materials@AVEIRO Award

Fnac Voucher of 250€

Additionally, a selection of the best photos of each category will be exhibited at the XV Bienal Internacional de Cerâmica 2021

The Tale of my PhD Awards

Sponsored by Fundação Jacqueline Dias de Sousa
1st award

Creative Pen Tablet - Wacom Intuos CTL6100W M

2st award

Headphones Sennheiser HD25

3st award

Presentation Remote - LOGITECH Professional R700

Video Submission