Wrapping Up 2022: Our People

December 29, 2022

2022 has been a busy year for the INL Community. This week we take a look at some of this year’s highlights and achievements regarding our people, our projects, and the latest research developments. Join us on this ride and remember all the interviews carried out throughout the year.

We have come to the end of yet another successful year that brought with it fantastic achievements, along with its own challenges and uncertainties.

The war in Ukraine, the continuing pandemic, and the rising inflation combined with an energy crisis. This has been a difficult year for all. Fighting such tough challenges is only possible when we come together when we perform interdisciplinary work and people from all backgrounds come together to find new solutions. INL is a proud and truly talented community.

Thank you all for your hard work, enthusiasm and perseverance. You are what INL is made of.


2022 interviews started with Andrea Gouvêa, Research Engineer in the Micro and Nanofabrication facility at INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory providing technical and hands-on expertise on advanced systems and techniques. Read the full interview >>


Jennifer Teixeira

Research Fellow at the Nanofabrication for Optoelectronic Applications (NOA) group since June 2019. In the group, I’m involved in the research line for the development and fabrication of high-performance substrates, based on passivation and light management strategies, for photovoltaic (PV) applications. Read the full interview >>


Jana Nieder

The Ultrafast Bio- and Nanophotonics research group under her leadership develops three synergistic photonics research lines: 1) Innovative Bioimaging Methodology Development for the health sciences, 2) Integrated Photonics Technologies, e.g. for biosensing and neuromorphic, and 3) Quantum Photonics methodologies for metrology, bioimaging and computation.

As Head of the Nanophotonics and Bioimaging Corporate Laboratories at INL, Jana Nieder has the ambition to provide the latest technologies and excellent service and access to the community of internal and external researchers via the established open-access programme. Jana Nieder Ultrafast Bio- and Nanophotonics Research Group Leader. Read the full interview >>


António Oliveira

Student of the Doctoral Program in Physical Engineering at the University of Aveiro (UA), who has just received a Fulbright Scholarship. The Fulbright Program offers international educational and cultural exchange programs for passionate and accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers, and professionals of all backgrounds to study, teach, or pursue important research and professional projects and is one of the most prestigious in the United States of America (USA), that will take António Oliveira to the Institute of Energy Conversion (IEC) at the University of Delaware.

António concluded the Integrated Master’s degree in Micro and Nanotechnologies Engineering at the NOVA School of Science and Technology | FCT NOVA in November 2019. His Master’s thesis was performed at the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) where he developed novel light management structures for ultra-thin chalcogenide solar cells at the Nanofabrication for Optoelectronic Applications Research Group. Read the full interview >>


Alejandro Garrido-Maestu

He joined INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory in 2015 as a Marie Curie COFUND Research Fellow. Within this project, his research aimed to develop a fast multi-pathogen detection lab-on-a-chip based on DNA amplification by loop-mediated isothermal amplification combined with gold nanoparticles.

Alejandro is now a Staff Researcher in the Food & Quality Research Group and his work is focused on the development, and application, of molecular methods for the detection and quantification of foodborne pathogens, the implementation of bacteriophages as fast detection tools, and discrimination among viable and dead microorganisms. To this end, he is working with different DNA amplification techniques such as PCR/ qPCR, LAMP, LCR and RPA. Read the full interview >>


José Pedro Rodrigues

Facility Manager, is currently a member of the Micro and Nanofabrication Facility at INL. Among his facility management responsibilities, José focuses on cleanroom processes and equipment performance management.

José joined INL in 2016 with already 19 years of significant industrial background. He worked for international semiconductor companies having roles in Operations, Equipment and Process Engineering departments. More recently, he worked in a Swiss MEMS and Sensors company as an Equipment Specialist. Read the full interview >>


Sarah Azinheiro

PhD student at the INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory as an FCT Research Fellow in the Food Quality and Safety Research Group. Sarah won the “Testing for Life” Student Award from the AOAC/Eurofins Foundation and she is involved in several projects related to the development of innovative and faster detection methods for pathogenic microorganisms and allergens,  based on DNA analysis. Read the full interview >>


Catarina Moura

Science Communicator Officer at INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory within the Communication, Conferences and Marketing unit.

Catarina has an active role in supporting the INL research community to carry out research and innovation-oriented activities of relevance for communication. She also coordinates science communication initiatives that range from the organisation of scientific events to the establishment of relationships with the media, scientific experts, universities, and other research organisations. Read the full interview >>


António Vilanova

Research Fellow working on the Nanofabrication Optoelectronic Application’s Research Group at INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory. António obtained an MSc Degree in Environmental Engineering, in 2014, from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), being awarded a Scholarship for Exceptional Academic Merit. In 2016, António was awarded a competitive individual FCT fellowship to carry on his PhD studies in chemical and biological engineering at FEUP. He obtained his PhD degree in February 2021. Read the full interview >>


Edoardo Sotgiu

Research Engineer in the group of Microfabrication and Exploratory Nanotechnology (iMINA) at INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory. He focuses his research on the field of haptics and his research interests vary from biomechanics and human movement analysis, to control of exoskeleton robotic devices, and robot-assisted neurorehabilitation to the pedestrian navigation system for blind people. Read the full interview >>


Carlos Marques

Research Engineer of the Systems Engineering Research Group. Carlos holds an Industrial Electronics and Computer Engineering Integrated Master Degree and completed his PhD in Electronics and Computer Engineering in 2016 at the University of Minho.

His research and work are focused on almost all aspects of electronics, but his preferences are in analogue instrumentation, signal processing, power electronics, and everything that involves electromagnetism. Read the full interview >>


Michael González-Durruthy

He joined INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory this year and he is currently working in the Nanosafety research group. He graduated in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Havana Cuba with an M.Sc. in Experimental Toxicology. And he holds two PhDs – one in Physiological Sciences from the Federal University of Rio Grande, Brazil and a second PhD in Materials Science from the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Department of Applied Physics. Read the full interview >>


Lars Montelius

Lars Montelius completed his 8-year mandate as Director-General of INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory last August and has been in service for eight years. In these last INL has matured both from its research activities and from an organizational point of view. Today, INL is, as you know, home to more than +400 passionate people from about +30 different countries.

In his own words “it has been a real pleasure to serve as Director-General of INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory throughout these years, being able to be part of INL in all its areas of activity. I am grateful to all INLers, present and former ones, that so passionately have been part of this amazing journey – and of course to all partners and friends worldwide that we have been engaged with. I wish INL – and the new Director-General – soon to be appointed, all the best success”.


2023 looks to be even bigger, better, and busier and we will face strong goodwill and our usual stamina. INL is a proud and truly talented community. Thank you all for your hard work, enthusiasm and perseverance.

To all our partners and friends, thank you for being here and for supporting our work and our path.

We wish you all an amazing 2023!

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