_ Synthesis and characterization of new oxide materials (bulk ceramic and thin films) for the technologic development of electronic devices and renewable energy

Synthesis of structured nanomaterials, characterisation and application as catalysts for CO, NOx or VOC’s oxidation reactions

Applications of novel graphene- and C dots-based nanostructures in fuel cells and energy storage

Synthesis of novel (nano)catalysts containing a metal element alloyed to a non-metal element for application in fuel cells

Synthesis of novel multifunctional hierarchically structured ordered (non-doped and doped) organic/inorganic nanohybrids exhibiting complex behaviour and tuneable properties for application in optical devices and sensors

Bio-inspired biomineralization of scaffolds with calcium carbonate for bone regeneration and drug delivery

Green nanohybrid electrolytes for electrochromic devices using amorphous biopolymer/siloxane electrolytes doped with salts, acids and/or ionic liquids


Verónica Bermudez

Hybrid Materials

Principal Investigator

Pedro Tavares


Cristina Oliveira


Rosa Rego


Cristina Gonçalves

Hybrid Materials

Mariana Fernandes


Nuno Cristelo

Alkali Activation


Paula Luisa Silva 

PhD and Master Students

Eugénia Queirós

Ernesto Paulo Lucas

Lisete Fernandes

Leonor Caldeira Ferreira

Marita Alves Cardoso

Sónia de Jesus Salomé



University of Lisboa (XPS and EIS analysis)

University of Aveiro (pholuminescence studies, low-angle XRD, variable temperature XRD, 13C CP/MAS NMR and 29Si MAS NMR, HR-TEM, FE-SEM)

University of Minho (complex impedance measurements, bioactivity tests)

University of Beira Interior (electrospinning, SEM, ATR, DSC)

IPATIMUP- Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology at the University of Porto (bioactivity tests)

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto, Physics Department (SQUID, VSM, Thin film depostion by RF-Sputtering)

Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade do Porto, Chemistry and Biochemistry Department (catalytic activity, synthesis of nanoparticles)

Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials, LSRE/LCM, Departamento de Engenharia Química (TPR, BET, DRUV, DRIFT, catalytic activity)

University of Minho, Physics Department (IR spectroscopy, PLD deposition)



IK4-CIDETEC Research Technological Centre of Parque Tecnológico de San Sebastián, Spain (fuel cell tests)

University of Barcelona, Spain (CO determination, consultant)

Yokohama National University, Japan (fuel cell tests)

École Polytechnique de Montréal, LaNoMat, Canada (preparation methods of nanoparticles)

University of Postdam (Germany) (biohybrids synthesis, TEM Tomography)

École de Chimie de Montpellier (France) (HR-TEM, HR-SEM)

Institut Néel Grenoble (France) (synthesis of hybrid precursors)

Department of Materials of the Imperial College London (UK) (electrospinning, XRD computed tomography, FIB/SEM, FEG/SEM, SEM/STEM)

University of Barcelona, Spain (calcium carbonate precipitation using supercritical CO2)

Waseda University, Tokyo (Japan) (HR-TEM)

The University of Tokyo (Japan) (biomineralization)

University of Tartu (Estonia) (modelling)

Instituto de Química da Universidade Estadual Paulista (Araraquara, Brazil) (EXAFS and SAXS)

Laboratory of Physical Chemistry & Chemical Processes, Department of Sciences, Technical University of Crete, University Campus, 73100 Chania, Greece (catalytic studies)

GRUMA-Grupo de Magnetoeletricidade, Physics Department, Universidade Estadual do Maranhão, Brazil (magnetoelectric effect).

Laboratoire Matériaux et du Genie Physique, CNRS, Grenoble, France

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Centro de Nanociencias y Nanotecnologia, Baja California, Mexico (HR-TEM)

Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragón, Universidad de Zaragoza, 50009 Zaragoza, Spain (HR-TEM, magnetocaloric effect)

Laboratoire CRISMAT, CNRS UMR 6508, ENSICAEN, Caen, France (magnetodielectric measurements)

Department of Nanostructured Materials, Ljubljana, Slovenia (HR-TEM)