Research Group Leader
Paulo Ferreira is currently a Group Leader and the Scientific Coordinator of the Advanced Electron Microscopy, Imaging and Spectroscopy Center at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), Portugal, as well as a Full Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at IST, University of Lisbon, Portugal. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. Before joining IST and INL in Portugal, he was Robert & Jane Mitchell Endowed Faculty in Engineering and Full Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, USA and the Director of Electron Microscopy at the Texas Materials Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. He has a Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois, USA and has done his Post-doctoral work at MIT in Materials Science and Engineering. He concentrates his scientific research in the areas of Materials Science, Nanomaterials and Electron Microscopy applied to alternative energy materials and 2D materials. At the educational level, he teaches graduate courses in Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, Structure of Materials and Electron Microscopy. In parallel, he has been involved in initiatives with various American and Portuguese institutions in the areas of Education and Higher Education, Systems of Innovation, and Science and Technology. He is co-author of three books, namely “Materials 2000”, IST Press, 2003, “Investing in the Future: University-Industry Collaborations in USA and Portugal”; and “Nanotechnology for Architects, Designers and Engineers” with co-authors D. Schodek (Harvard University) and Michael Ashby (University of Cambridge, UK). He is also the author of more than 220 scientific articles published in international journals, conference proceedings and book chapters. Prof. Ferreira has also acted as a special advisor to the Minister of Economics and Innovation, Portugal, on Government Strategy for Science & Technology, and he is part of the Selection Nomination Committee of the Japan Prize. He is also one of Area Directors of the UT Austin-Portugal Program and the Vice-President of the Portuguese Society for Microscopy.