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1. Supervisor: Optoelectronic memristive devices based on oxide semiconductors for the next generation of information technology (Granted by FCT, Ref. 2020.08335.BD), DCM, i3N/CENIMAT, Maria Pereira. 2. Supervisor: Metal Oxide memristive-based devices for large-scale artificial neural networks (ANNs) applications (Granted by FCT, Ref. 2021.07840.BD), DCM, i3N/CENIMAT and Nanoelectronics Department of Liverpool John Moores University, Carlos Silva. 3. Co-supervisor: TCAD simulation to physical analysis of thin film transistors and memristor (Granted by FCT, Ref. SFRH/BD/122286/2016), DCM, i3N/CENIMAT, Jorge Martins. Concluded PhD. 4. Co-supervisor: Integration of thin film memristors and transistors for a neuromorphic hardware computational framework, (SFRH/BD/144376/2019), Guilherme Carvalho, INESC TEC, DCM and CENIMAT/I3N. 5. Co-supervisor: Biocompatible printed memoristor design on flexible substrate- (Granted by FCT, Ref. SFRH/BD/145741/2019), Miguel Franco, Braga university Physics department, CENIMAT/i3N and DCM. 6. Mentoring: Solution-based dielectrics for wide application printable electronics- FCT granted PhD. CENIMAT/i3N and DCM. Emanuel Carlos. Concluded PhD.

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Research interests

I did my PhD research in Electronics and Optoelectronics at University of Algarve (2010-2013) in collaboration with Philips Research Laboratories in the Netherlands, coordinated by Prof. Dago de Leeuw. My PhD degree was classified very good with highest distinction. Currently, I am   researcher of distinction at i3N/CENIMAT of Nova de Lisboa University (recognized by competitive contest of CEEC, 4th edition- ref.2021.03386.CEECIND) on memristor topic towards Energy-efficient internet of medicatl things (IoMT). I am principal investigator (PI) of the project NeurOxide. I am orienting a multidisciplinary research team consisting of 4 PhD students (granted by FCT under my supervision), one Post-doc researcher contracted in my project and one junior researcher whose work is related to solution-processed memristors. I have supervised 14 Master theses (3 master students ongoing). Concerning international collaborations, currently I supervise a Master student who is going to conduct a research stay at Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany, with Prof. Andreas Klein. I also collaborate with Prof. Weidong Zhang from Nanoelectronics Department of Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) for on-line training of AOS-based memristor cross bars. With Prof. Weidong Zhang, we are aiming at coordinating shared PhD grants between UNL and LJMU (in progress). I also collaborate with SINTEF in Norway for STEM measurements [9].

In 2015, I introduced the lecture Electronic Information Storage to Master students of Micro and Nanotechnology and Electronics, which I am lecturing since then. 

I am regularly presenting my research at international conferences via oral communication. I have published more than 30 peer-reviewed and conference papers, of which 80% of them were published in the scope of new class of memory devices, models, and systems (mostly based on metal oxide nanostructures). In most of the papers, I am either first author or last author and corresponding author as supervisor of the students. I am also first author of a book chapter entitled: “Flexible and transparent RRAM devices for System-On-Panel (SOP) application” in the 2nd editions of Advances in Non-Volatile Memory and Storage Technology, editor from Stanford University. Currently we are in the process of another book chapter entitled: “Amorphous oxide semiconductor memristors: devices, models and circuits” in book of “Advanced Memory Technology,” editor from Royal Society of Chemistry (My Phd student Maria Pereira as first author). My h-index in Google Scholar is 15 with citations: 580 (starting at jan.2014).

Concerning international recognition, I collaborate with Prof. Weidong (Wei) Zhang from Nanoelectronics Department of Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). He works at IMEC with the world leading IMEC memory device consortium, whose partners include Intel, Micron and Samsung etc., and since 2007 has led a successful collaboration with the consortium for over 10 years on developing future generation memory devices. With Wei, we are aiming at coordinating shared PhD grants between UNL and LJMU. Currently we supervise a PhD student (Carlos Silva).

I also collaborate with from University Medical Center Utrecht through prof. Nick Ramsey (leading founder of the Brain-Computer Interface Society, hosts the Brain-Computer Interface Implant Research Program that has already achieved breakthroughs in providing means of autonomous communication to severely paralyzed individuals. 

I have a strong collaboration with Radboud University through Dr. Julia Berezutskaya and Prof. Marcel van Gerven director of the European network of excellence in machine learning (European Lab for Learning and Intelligence Systems,, to establish a model for neural classification methods to be used in an edge device based on memristor.

Recently, with prof. Pedro Barquinha we establish a multi-dimentional collaboration with  

PragmatIC Semiconductor ( to build periphery circuits by using the FlexIC Foundry service. PragmatIC Semiconductor is a world leader in ultra-low-cost AOS flexible electronics.

In the current year (2022) I have submitted an EU project as main coordinator. The project aims to design a Neuronal Signal Processing Edge Computation In Flexible Implantable Classifiers, entitled “Neuro SPECIFIC”. If funded, it will be carried out by an interdisciplinary and competent consortium going beyond current mainstream cooperation in joint science and technology research with a deep exchange between Materials Science, Electronics, Medicine and Neurology, Artificial Intelligence, Circuit Design and Industry-scale fabrication.

Concerning national recognition, I have a strong collaboration with INESC TEC in two categories: 1. I am PI of NeurOxide project in collaboration with prof. Vitor Tavares (as Co-PI). The project aims to Integrate amorphous oxide thin film transistors and memristors on single substrate for neuromorphic networks. With Vitor, we also supervise one Phd student (Guilherem Carvalho). 2. I work with Dr. Luis Pessoa to build a memristive-based RF device for communication purposes. This work initiated in March 2022 with already participation in two European projects (in one of them I am PI from i3N/CENIMAT). Furthermore, I have a close collaboration with prof. Nikoali Sobolov from i3N/Aveiro in direction of building a physical model for interface-type memristor devices. We have already applied for national project funding (for the second time in 2022).

Education/Academic qualification

Electronics, Doctorate, Universidade do Algarve

1 Oct 200917 Dec 2013

Award Date: 17 Dec 2013


  • QC Physics
  • Flexible electronic
  • Physics
  • Nanotechnology
  • resistive switching
  • memristors
  • Oxide Semiconductors
  • internt of things
  • neuromorphic computing
  • brain-inspired processing


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