2022 Archives - Materiais 2023

CDRSP | Polytechnic of Leiria

Paula Faria is a Lecturer of the Mathematics Department at the School for Technology and Management of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria and a Research Member of the Centre for Rapid and Sustainable Product Development (CDRSP) of the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria. Master of Science in Pure Mathematics (Numerical Analysis and Computational Mathematics) and with a PhD in Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering by the University of Lisbon (Thesis: Numerical Modelling in Transcranial Neuronal Polarization: Clinical Application to Epilepsy) . She is the Head of the R&D Computational and Mathematical Methods Research Team at the CDRSP.


Jorge F. J. Coelho

Full Professor – Chemical Engineering
University of Coimbra

Jorge Coelho, (CEng., Ph.D.,), is a professor at the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Coimbra. His research interests include reversible deactivation radical polymerization, bio-based and biodegradable polymers, novel pharmaceutical products, scale-up approaches for reversible deactivation radical polymerization, and polymer characterization methods (in particular dynamic mechanical thermal analysis and size exclusion chromatography). He is co-author of several international patents (WO2020089807; WO2019239266; WO2017130094A1; WO2014027910A1, EP2890747B1, US9603935B2, WO2021053529), and he has more than 190 Scopus scientific refereed documents (h-index = 41; >5900 citations).


Paulo B. Lourenço

Full Professor
University of Minho

Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, Portugal. Head of the Institute in Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering.

Experienced in the fields of non-destructive testing, advanced experimental and numerical techniques, innovative repair and strengthening techniques, and earthquake engineering. Specialist in structural conservation and forensic engineering, with work on 100+ monuments including 17 UNESCO World Heritage.

Leader of the revision of the European masonry code (EN 1996-1-1). Coordinator of the European Master on Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions, with alumni from 70+ countries and Europa Nostra Award. Editor of the International Journal of Architectural Heritage and advisor of the Conference Series on Structural Analysis of Historical Constructions. Supervised more than 50 PhD theses and coordinate multiple national and international research projects.

He is the coordinator of an Advanced ERC Grant and a MSCA ETN with 15 PhD students across Europe.


Caterina Biscari

Director of ALBA
ALBA Synchrotron

Director of the ALBA Synchrotron, the Spanish national light source, since 2012, has managed its development as a large multidisciplinary research facility with international projection, and is now planning the upgrade to 4th generation light source. Experimental physicist with experience in accelerator physics, recognized for her important contributions in the design, construction and operation of particle accelerators. Worked in the past at CERN and at LNF-INFN. Member of several international advisory committees and boards, including CERN Scientific Policy Committee. Vice-chair of LEAPS, the League of European Accelerator-based Photon Sources.


Jules Harings

Associate Professor
Maastricht University

Jules Harings is associate professor and group leader Macromolecular Physics & Technology at the Aachen Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials at Maastricht University. He received his PhD in Polymer Technology from Eindhoven Technical University under supervision of Prof. S. Rastogi and Prof. P.J. Lemstra (2009). After a four year’s period as research Scientist and project leader fiber physics and new product development at Teijin Aramid, where he received the Teijin global best R&D award in 2011, he returned to academics at Maastricht University in 2013. Currently he chairs the board of examiners of the Masters Systems Biology and BioBased Materials and coordinates several BioBased Master courses. His focus as principle investigator in the Aachen Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials is studying, understanding and technically exploiting the intrinsic functionality of biobased (macro)molecules like polarity and chirality in steering bio-inspired processing-structure-function relationships in (i) additive manufacturing and fiber spinning in e.g. regenerative medicine, and (ii) water actuated structural refinement, functionalization and biodegradability for timed polyamide performance.


Hélder Almeida Santos

Full Professor in Biomedical Engineering
The University Medical Center Groningen
University of Groningen

Prof. Santos (D.Sc. Tech., Chem. Eng.) is a Full Professor in Department of Biomedical Engineering and Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University Medical Center Groningen/University of Groningen. He was previously Full Professor in Pharmaceutical Nanotechnology, Director of Doctoral Program in Drug Research (University of Helsinki), Fellow Member of Helsinki Institute of Life Science, Director of the FinPharmaNet in Finland, and Chair of CRS Focus Group in Nanomedicine and Nanoscale Delivery. He is also Research Director and Head of Nanomedicines and Biomedical Engineering Group at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Pharmacy. Prof. Santos is also the Chairman and co-founder of Capsamedix Oy, and Coordinator of H2020 EU MSCA-ITN P4 FIT network. He holds Visiting Professorships at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (China) and University of Tartu (Estonia). Prof. Santos research interests include the development of nanoparticles/nanomedicines and biomaterials for biomedical applications, particularly cancer and heart diseases. His lab makes the unique bridge between medical engineering, pharmaceutical nanotechnology and tissue engineering by combining unique techniques to develop novel therapeutic formulations, including industrial scale-up validation, batch-to-batch reproducibility, and controllability of the biomaterials’ physicochemical properties for translation into the clinic. He is co-author of +400 publications (+14600 citations; h-index = 72) and 4 patents. He has +181 invited talks around the world. Prof. Santos has received prestigious awards/grants, e.g., the “Talent Prize in Science” in 2010 attributed by the Portuguese Government, ERC Starting Grant in 2013 and ERC Proof-of-Concept Grant in 2018, Young Researcher Award in 2013 attributed by Faculty of Pharmacy, the Academy of Finland Award for Social Impact in 2016, and the CRS Young Investigator Award 2021.