Manuela Fernandes, Ph.D student of the Advanced Materials and Processing doctoral program (AdvaMTech) at the Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering, was awarded by Alemnis GmbH at the 13th FEMS Junior Euromat Conference, as the best oral presentation in the area of functional materials. The conference was held in Lausanne, Switzerland, from 10 to 14 July, 2016.
Junior Euromat is the main event for young materials scientists organized by the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS). Junior Euromat takes place every two years and joins master and Ph.D students, post-docs and young scientists from all over the world. The conference is divided in 6 different areas: Functional Materials; Structural Materials; Design, Processing, Manufacturing & Recycling; Energy, Transportation and Environment; Life Science and Health; and Modelling and Characterization. Also a panel discussion with stakeholders from industry, research and european organizations takes place in the end of the conference.
The awarded work entitled “Microstructural evolution of K0.5Na0.5NbO3 thin films by in-situ TEM sintering”, was developed between the University of Aveiro, with supervision of Ana Senos and Paula Vilarinho, and the University of Texas at Austin, with supervision of Paulo Ferreira, within the UT Austin|Portugal program. The aim of this work is to study a lead-free material to substitute Lead Zirconate Titanate (PZT) for piezoelectric applications. The advanced characterization by in-situ Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) was performed in the University of Texas at Austin.