Prof. César Augusto Correia de Sequeira



        César Augusto Correia de Sequeira was born in Peso da Régua, Portugal, in 1943. On graduation in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon in 1968, he joined the staff of Instituto Superior Técnico as lecturer of Electrochemistry, Electrometallurgy and Electrothermy. In 1971 he started high temperature chemistry research in the Nuffield Research Group at Imperial College, obtaining a PhD from London University in October 1974. In the same year he returned to Lisbon and joined the University teaching staff, where he has been teaching and supervising research for more than 30 years. He spent one year (1982) with the Materials Development Division of the Atomic Energy Research Establishment (Harwell, U.K.), where he performed a fruitful research work on the development of all solid state polymer- based rechargeable lithium cells. He spent another year (1985-86) at the University of Utah, where he joined the research group of Prof. J. Janata on ion selective field effect transistors. He has directed several international projects on electrochemistry of hot corrosion, microbial corrosion, metal extraction, conducting polymers, energy storage and conversion. He is author/co-author of over 200 technical papers, editor/ co-editor of 12 books, a frequent lecturer or panellist at scientific meetings, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials (U.K.), a Fellow of the Institute of Corrosion (U.K.), an Active Member of the Electrochemical Society (U.S.A.), a Founder Member of the Portuguese Electrochemical Society, the Portuguese Materials Society, and the Moscow International Energy Club. His present research interests include electrical and electrochemical properties of nanomaterials, hydrogen production and storage, and low temperature fuel cells.

Dr. Diogo Miguel Franco dos Santos


        Diogo M.F. Santos was born in Torres Vedras, Portugal, in 1977 and graduated in Chemical Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico (TU Lisbon) in 2001. He received his M.Sc. degree in 2006 and his Ph.D. degree in 2009 in Electrochemistry. His Ph.D. thesis was devoted to the development of the direct borohydride fuel cell. Currently he is working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Instituto Superior Técnico, studying new electrocatalysts for hydrogen production by alkaline water electrolysis. D.M.F. Santos authored more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed journals and over 30 conference proceedings. He has presented more than 15 oral communications and 25 posters in international conferences. He is a member of several renowned international societies and serves as a reviewer for many scientific journals. He is currently the Assistant Director of Science & Technology of Materials” (Ciência & Tecnologia dos Materiais) (SPM, Portugal). His main research interests are related to electrochemical energy storage and conversion.

Dr. Biljana Sljukic


        Biljana Sljukic received her undergraduate degree in physical chemistry from the University of Belgrade in 1999. She started working at the Faculty of Physical Chemistry as a teaching assistant and enrolled Master studies in the following year. After obtaining M.Sc. degree Biljana spent one year as a visiting student at the University of Oxford. She enrolled PhD studies at the same University in 2004 and received her PHD degree three years later. Thesis “Novel carbon materials and their application in electrochemistry and electroanalysis” was done under the supervision of Professor Richard Compton. She returned to the University of Belgrade in 2007 and started working as assistant professor at the Faculty of Physical Chemistry in 2009. Biljana is currently working as post-doctoral research fellow at the Instituto Superior Técnico, TU, Lisbon, with present research focusing on direct borohydride fuel cells.

Dr. Luís Amaral


        Luís Amaral was born near Viseu, Portugal in 1978. He graduated in Materials Engineering in 2004 in the University of Aveiro. After enrolling in the European Master in Materials Science, he received his MSc degree in 2007. In 2008, he got a FCT PhD grant and worked under the supervision of Professor Paula Vilarinho and Professor Ana Senos in CICECO in the University of Aveiro on the microstructure design of electroceramics, with emphasis on the constrained sintering of functional materials and on the kinetic and dielectric properties of grain boundaries. This work was performed within a bilateral action with Dr. Olivier Guillon, from the Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany, where Luís Amaral stayed in 2009 for three months as a guest scientist. He got his PhD diploma from the University of Aveiro in December 2012. With the project ThinFilmTec, Luís Amaral and Professor Paula Vilarinho won the technological entrepreneurship contest of University of Aveiro in January 2011, got the 2nd place of the Idea to Product (I2P) Portugal national competition in February 2011, held in Porto, and the 4th place in the I2P Europe in Aachen, Germany, in June 2011. Luís Amaral co-authored several papers in international scientific journals and presented more than 13 oral presentations and 6 posters in international conferences. He is currently working as post-doctoral research fellow at the Instituto Superior Técnico, TU, Lisbon, on functional materials for electrolytic hydrogen production from water electrolysis in alkaline media and on the development of an optimized water electrolyser.

David dos Santos Paulino Cardoso


        David S. P. Cardoso was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1989. Graduated in chemical engineering and received his MSc Degree in 2012, which thesis was about development of laboratory scale antibiotics making use of analytical methods. He worked during his graduation on nanocomposites surface characterisation using AFM tools. Presently, David is working in functional materials for electrolytic hydrogen production.

Marta de Jesus Oliveira Martins


        Marta Martins was born in Porto, Portugal, in 1984. She obtained a BS degree in Chemistry Engineering (2008) and MS degree in Chemistry Engineering – Energy Optimization in Chemical Industry (2010) by School of Engineering, Polytechnic of Porto (ISEP). She started as a researcher in the Biomaterials and Nanotechnology Group of CIETI at ISEP, from 2008 until 2011. In this period, her work was focused in several areas: inclusion complexes with cyclodextrins and characterization of antioxidants for novel applications in industry (2008), efficiency of antioxidants to inhibit the autoxidation of linoleic acid and biodiesel (2009-2010) and by the end nanotechnology applied to pesticides (2011). Then, she moved to 3B’s group - University of Minho where developed an innovative process to design novel biopolymers for biomedical devices and bone tissue engineering combining green technology (ionic liquids and supercritical fluid foaming). Recently, she works in Instituto Superior Técnico of Lisbon with different kind of electrode materials for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) to application in renewable energy technology devices such as fuel cells and water electrolysers.

Prof. Paulo Brito

        Born in Lisbon in 1967, is a Chemical Engineer by the Instituto Superior Técnico; master in "Corrosion Science and Engineering" at UMIST, Manchester University, and doctorate in Chemical Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico in the field of electrochemistry. He has also a Master in Business and Administration by the ISCTE. He is currently Coordinator Professor of Technology and Management School of the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre, where currently has the functions of President of the Technology and Design Department and Institutional Coordinator for Scientific Research. The main areas of research are related to environmental waste treatment, bioenergy, corrosion, materials, galvanic energy production, electrolysis. He has about 150 papers published between scientific journals, book chapters, and conference presentations."

Dr. Luiz Filipe Frechaut Trepa Rodrigues

        Luiz Rodrigues was born in Mozambique. He received his MsC degree in Science and corrosion engineering at University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in 1994, and his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico in 2012. He is co-author of 2 patents about a monitoring device for concrete corrosiveness applications and author of numerous researches about materials durability for civil construction. Actually he is a teacher in Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestão in Portalegre of several disciplines such as: Materials and corrosion, Thermodynamics, biosensors, biomaterials. Since 2004 he works in several projects related to energetic use from biomass residues.

Joana Raquel Brandão Lourenço


        Joana Raquel Brandão Lourenço was born in Paredes de Coura, Portugal, in 1990. She graduated on Renewable Energy Systems Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo, in 2012. After her graduation, she did professional intership in dst renováveis company, where she worked in solar energy and energy efficiency. Currently Joana is finishing her master degree in Bioengineering and Nanosystems, at the Instituto Superior Técnico, whose thesis is about the development of alcohol fuel cells using ethanol and wine.

José A. S. B. Cardoso


        José A. S. B. Cardoso was born in Tomar, Portugal, in 1992. Graduated in 2014 in Engineering Physics in Instituto Superior Técnico. He is currently working on his MSc thesis in Bioengineering and Nanosystems by studying the electrolytic production of hydrogen using a variety of electrocatalysts as the cathode, namely Pd alloys on different types of supports.

Eurico Yung Ferreira Moutinho


        Born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1984. Master degree in Chemical Engineering in IST. Worked for the electrochemistry department of IST as an intern, to finish the M.Sc. degree with a thesis about the kinetics studies of hydrogen evolution reaction from domestic effluent.

Raisa Costa Paes Oliveira

       Raisa Costa Paes Oliveira was born in Jacobina, Bahia, Brazil, in 1990.Graduated in 2013 in Chemical Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico. Same in 2013, she worked as scientific research trainee in ITQB (Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica) in Coordination and Supramolecular Chemistry's group. Currently, Raisa is working in her MSc thesis in Chemical Engineering that consistis in electrolysis of black liquor, an effluent of pulp mills, for energy recovery.

Former collaborators

Prof. Rui Lobo

        Rui Filipe dos Reis Marmont Lobo was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1957. On graduation in Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Lisbon in 1982, he joined the Molecular Beams Laboratory of Molecular Physics Center (Complexo I-INIC) at Instituto Superior Técnico, and also the staff of Physics Department at New University of Lisbon as lecturer of Atomic and Molecular Physics. In 1985 he got his MSc in Physics from New University of Lisbon and then started a experimental research collaboration in electron-transfer double differential cross sections for atom-molecule collisions, at Hahn-Meitner Institute Berlin (Lasers and Molecular Beams Division) where he spent a one-year stay. In 1991 he obtained his PhD in Physics from New University of Lisbon, in the subject of electron-transfer in atom-polyatomic molecules. He has been teaching at the Physics Department of FCT-UNL and supervising research at the Molecular Beams Group. In 1997 he pioneered the lectures in Nano-engineering at FCT-UNL and in 2001, as Associate Professor founded a new research laboratory in Nanotechnology and Molecular Beams at Caparica-Campus. He has been leading this laboratory, now with the name of Group for Nanotechnology and Nanoscale Science (GNCN) and got his Aggregation in Engineering Physics (Nanophysics and Nanotechnology) at FCT-UNL in 2008. Also as a member of ICEMS he integrates the Electrochemistry of Materials Group since 2005. He has been fellow researcher at several international institutions (Universidade Complutense de Madrid-Spain, Universidade de São Paulo-Brazil, Max-Planck Institut Goettingen-Germany, Ulm University-Germany, Rice University-USA, University of Houston-USA, Osaka-University) spending an average of 6 months stay in each of them. Fruitful research production came out of all these works, namely respectively: Laser Photodynamics of van der Waals Clusters, Lasers and Molecular Beams Nano-analysis by REMPI, Atomic Force Microscopy of Self-Assembled Polymer Ultra-thin Films, Laser Production and Fluorescence of Nanoparticles, Plasmon Detection by SNOM, Hexapole Orientation of Molecular Beams, Fullerenes and Single Wall Carbon Nanotubes Production, Carbon Nanotechnology in Composite Materials, and Oriented Molecular Beams for Oxidation at the Nanoscale. He has directed several projects on nanophysics/nanotechnology, molecular physics and laser spectroscopy and collaborating in electrochemistry activities. He is author of one book, co-author of five book chapters and author/co-author of over 100 scientific and technical papers. He is a member of the International Molecular Beams Committee since 1995 and of IUVSTA International Nanometer Scale Division since 1996. His present research interests are focused in laser and molecular beam techniques, reactive dynamics and laser spectroscopy, nanophysics of materials, clean energy production and storage, including hydrogen and fuel cells.

Tiago Gomes


        Tiago F.B. Gomes was born in Bombarral in 1987 and graduated in 2010 on Materials engineering science from Instituto Superior Técnico (TU Lisbon). He has worked for a year on surface texturing in Ti alloys during his graduation. Tiago is currently finishing his master’s degree on Materials Engineering at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University Lisbon on Prussian Blue electrocatalysts for hydrogen peroxide reduction in direct borohydride fuel cells.

Ana Lúcia Nunes Morais

       Ana Lúcia N. Morais graduated in Chemistry from Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon, in 2005. During her undergraduate studies she worked in two polymer industries: Unalbor - União Industrial de Borracha, S.A. in rubber artefacts and at Robbialac, S.A. in coatings. She enrolled Master studies at the same University in 2007 and received her M.Sc. degree 2 years later. After this she became a member of YDream’s S.A. team, where she worked in the field of electrochemistry of conductive polymers. Ana is currently a PhD student at the Instituto Superior Técnico, Technical University Lisbon, with present research focussing on different electrocatalytic materials for direct borohydride fuel cells.

Joao Luis Duarte Alves