Associate Professor at University of Aveiro
President of the Portuguese Materials Society (SPM)
Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering
Centre for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials (CICECO)
Paula Vilarinho is Associate Professor at the University of Aveiro since 2000 and member of the Associate Laboratory, Centre for Research in Ceramics and Composite Materials (CICECO).
Paula Vilarinho is:
- The leader of the Electroceramics Group, within CICECO
- President of the Portuguese Society of Materials (SPM)
- Coordinator (Portugal) of the Emerging Technologies Program within The University of Texas at Austin – Portugal Program (Collaboratory for Emerging Technologies, CoLab)
- Director of Undergraduate Studies of Materials Engineering of the University of Aveiro
- Member of the Scientific Committee of the Doctoral Program in Materials Science and Engineering of the University of Aveiro.
She was Visiting Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of North Carolina State University, USA, in 2001 and Visiting Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom in 2008.
Her present R&D interest include synthesis and characterization of nanoparticles, nanostructures, composites, thin and thick films of dielectrics, piezoelectrics and ferroelectrics for microelectronic and biomedical applications, engineering of thermoelectric oxides towards high figures of merit and adding value to traditional ceramics. In a current project, on “Electric field driven Nano-Assembly involving Ferroics”, Vilarinho´s group is exploiting the electric field driven properties of ferroics for biodevices. In particular to exploit the unique properties of ferroelectrics, such as “permanent” polarization and polarization switching, for applications in biomedicine and bioengineering.
She has published over 250 papers, 4 book chapters, with ca. 3120 citation (h-index 30), 7 patent applications and edited 4 books. She has given over one hundred scientific and technical talks at international conferences and 69 invited talks. She has(is) supervised(ing) 18 post-docs, 19 PhD students and 31 Master students. She has been involved and coordinating more than 20 R&D projects and in more than 20 European R&D actions, networks and projects on the development and characterization of dielectric, piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials. She has been collaborating with more than 10 Portuguese R&D groups and 10 foreigner groups, within Europe and USA. She organized 6 International Scientific Meetings and 4 National and International workshops on Materials Science topics. She was distinguished with the prize “Estímulo à Excelência” (Stimulus to Excellence) in February 2007 awarded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). She was a former President of the Portuguese Society of Microscopy (2010-2012) and vice – President of the Portuguese Society of Materials (SPM).
The other interest of Professor Paula Vilarinho is related with Activities of Outreach aiming to contribute to promoting public awareness and understanding of materials science and engineering and to science education. She has been involved in many different programs and projects. And currently she is the PI of the project LinkinMat (Projecto Ciência Viva, PEC38).