Prof. Sandra Carvalho
Prof. Sandra Carvalho is Professor at Physics Department at University of Minho. She was Vice-Director of Physics Department (Azurém) between 2011 –2013 and 2015-2016. She received her B.A.Sc. Physics and Chemistry at the University of Minho, Portugal in 1994, where she obtained also her PhD degree in Physics in 2004, with a work carried out in Portugal, France, Netherlands and Germany, in the field of hard PVD coatings. Presently, she is Coordinator of the Research Sur face Modification and Functionalization Group of the “Centre Physics of University of Minho. Her research activity is focused on the development of new decorative, protective and functional coatings for many different parts and components made of metals, plastics, glass, textiles, leathers, and other materials. She is deeply involved in innovative nanoscale coating architectures for functional and smart surfaces such as flexible devices and bio-sensors, low friction and wear nanostructured coatings, nanostructured materials with barrier and antimicrobial properties, nanoparticles and 3D nanostructures. She is head of the Laboratory of Corrosion and Electrochemical studies. She participated in more than 34 projects at National and European levels, 15 of them as coordinator. She supervised/co-supervised 7 Post Docs, 37 MSc (27 concluded) and 12 PhD students (6 concluded). She has 1 submitted patent, more than 80 papers published in international ISI journals, 2 book chapters, and more than 1000 citations, h-index 19 (scopus). She is member of the European Actions COST 1206 and 1105 and member from European Joint Committee on Plasma and Ion Surface Engineering. She belongs to the executive committee of the Portuguese Materials Society since 2015.