Diana Leitão ∙ IST outstanding Faculty Member ∙ 2017
Distinction attributed to the faculty members of IST that were given the maximum grade in the Quality System of the courses (QUC). 
May 2017

https://2017.spaceappschallenge.org/challenges/planetary-blues/water-water-everywhere/teams/rahat/projectIST student awarded at the Space Apps Challenge Lisbon (hosted by NASA)

One of the two global awards of the Space Apps Challenge Lisbon, hosted by the US Space Agency - NASA - was awarded to Instituto Superior Técnico Physics Master student, Abhishek Gupta. The IST student was one of the distinguished participants in this first phase of the competition and became one of the selected for the final round. For 48 hours in cities around the globe, around 25,000 participants were responding to challenges that can directly help change the world, using robotics, data visualization, hardware, design, or any other area.

Abhishek Gupta has developed a mobile application that enables real-time information exchange by linking communities, authorities and protection teams in sudden flood situations.
May 2017

INESC MN team at the INTERMAG 2017 in Dublin, Ireland (24 - 28 April)

Invited oral presentations
BA-04. TMR sensors for the smart grid
Paulo Freitas; Susana Cardoso; Ricardo Ferreira; Diego Ramirez; Jianguo Wang

Oral Presentations
BB-02. On-chip magnetic nanoparticle manipulation and trapping for biomedical applications
Vania Silverio; Raju Kumar; Miguel Amaral; Joao Gaspar; Susana Cardoso; Paulo Freitas

BB-06. Local recordings of the magnetic signature of neurons with GMR sensors
Vincent Trauchessec; Thomas Wunderle; Laure Caruso; Christopher M. Lewis; Joao Valadeiro; Josué Tréjo-Rosillo; José Pedro Amaral; Jianguang Ni; Claude Fermon; Susana Cardoso; Paulo Freitas; Pascal Fries; Myriam Pannetier Lecoeur

FF-01. A miniaturized force sensor based on hair-like flexible magnetized cylinders deposited over a giant magnetoresistive sensor
Pedro M. Ribeiro; Ahmed Alfhadel; Jürgen Kosel; Fernando Franco; Susana Cardoso; Alexandre Bernardino; Lorenzo Jamone; José Santos-Victor

FF-07. Improved guiding efficiency of magnetic flux concentrators through a double layer architecture with vertical tapering

Poster communications
AN-10. Spectral characterization of in-plane MgO magnetic tunnel nanojunctions
Ana V. Silva; Ricardo Ferreira; Elvira Paz; Diana C. Leitao; Thibaut Devolder; Susana Cardoso; Paulo Freitas

AP-01. Metrology for Accurate Via Opening While Defining Nanometric Magnetic Tunnel Junctions on Large Area Wafers

GP-15. Novel magnetic tactile sensor design using flexible magnetoresistive sensor array
Miguel Neto; Rosana Dias; João Gaspar; Alexandre Bernardino; Susana Cardoso; Paulo Freitas

HP-04. Revival of AlOx magnetic tunnel junctions: balancing moderate magnetoresistance with process simplicity

May 2017

KET (Key Enabling Technology)

INESC MN has been included as a KET Technology Center (see profile) by the European Commission. The mapping of KET Technology Centers allows SMEs in Europe to find Technology Centers that can help innovation through access to Key Enabling Technologies.

May 2017


Euripedesand Penta · May 18, CCIB - Barcelona

Dr. Susana Freitas will be representing INESC MN at Euripedes2 and Penta Consortium building event.

May 2017

INESC MN Seminars

May 2, 11h30 
Presentation of Neocera (USA) : state-of-the-art surface imaging in semiconductor | Dr. Antonio Orozco

May 17 - 12h30 and May 18 -  16h00
Special lectures on spintransfer and nano-oscillator devices | Dr. Bertran Lacoste

May 2017

http://museufaraday.tecnico.ulisboa.pt/ Faraday Museum at night, 15 May from 6 - 8 p.m. 

All students are invited to join a VIP guided tour through Faraday Museum with Professor Moises Piedade. Registration deadline is April 30 (you can apply here) and it's limited to 20 students.

April 2017


Susana Cardoso, invited speaker at Sensors Expo and Conference 2017, San Jose - USA
Dr. Susana Cardoso Topic - Integration Challenges of Flexible Magnetoresistive Sensor (more details here)

April 2017

Summer internships at INESC-MN
INESC MN offers the opportunity to IST students of all courses to perform a summer internship (1 to 2 months). 
The applications should be done via the students organizations at https://istsi.org/ 
The Topics are listed here
April 2017

INESC MN at PhD Open Days (5 and 6 April, IST, Lisbon)

IST has launched the third edition of the PhD Open Days an initiative with the main goal of offering the opportunity to PhD students of socializing and sharing their research, skills and expertize. 

INESC MN students participated on this event (from left to right: Fernando Franco, Hua Lv, Marília Silva, João Valadeiro, Ana Rita Soares; Alexandre Chícharo - INL).

April 2017

BEST Inside View - BEST Lisbon

BEST Inside View Program gave 4 students the opportunity to spend a day at INESC MN. They watched closely the work developed by our researchers and Phd Students.

On the picture we have a Biomedical Engineering student: Carolina Barata.

March 2017

 Dirkjan Verheij's Poster | Title: GaN nanosensors for radiation detection
Tiago Costa's Poster | Title: Advanced magnetoresistive sensors for industrial applications
Jornadas de Engª Física 4th edition

INESC MN master students participated on 4th edition of Jornadas de Engenharia Física at IST.Our thanks to Tiago Ventosa, Luís Macedo and Paulo Gomes who represented the Institute. 
Tiago Costa was awarded 1st prize on the Poster Contest and Dirkjan Verheij has received an honorable mention. 

March 2017

AIM Doctoral Program 2017
The 2017 Call for applications to the AIM Doctoral Program PhD grants has opened. The period for application is 1 March to 30 April. More information here.

March 2017

INESC MN signs protocol within the Program INTERFACE

INESC-ID, INESC-MN, INOV INESC Inovação and INESC TEC signed a protocol with the National Innovation Agency (ANI - Agência Nacional de Inovação), under the Interface Program, integrated into the National Reform Program (PNR, Programa Nacional de Reformas).

The participation of various INESC institutions in this program, as Technological Interface Centers, will allow to promote joint activities on knowledge valorization and collaborative innovation with companies and thus contribute to creating value to the Portuguese economy.

This initiative is of strategic relevance to the INESC group, representing the impact and value that these institutions possess in the national context of R&D and innovation, as well as their increasing role in transferring scientific and technological knowledge to the companies.

The participation of the INESC groups was remarkable: INESC-ID, INOV INESC Inovação and INESC TEC are also part of the INTERFACE community.

More information here
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  February 2017

INESC MN at XX Physics week

INESC MN is one of the Institutional sponsors of this event. 
On this week, from 20-25 February, students will be able to visit INESC MN clean room facilities.
                                                                                                                                                                                        February 2017

INESC-MN Reflection Day @TagusPark

The Spintronics and Magnetic Biosensor group of INESC-MN organized a reflection day. 
On the 11th February, the team joined at Tagus Park for a day revising the scientific activities and career plans.
The group could also visit the Nanophysics Lab and the sputtering machine. 

 February 2017

INESC MN is currently recruiting to fill two BI-Mestre positions within FCT projects

(1)  BI-M in the FCT project “Sensory innervation in the complex orchestration of bone regeneration: interplay in microfluidics platforms” (MiNerv) - Application Period: 2 February - 17 February 2017; (more information here);

(2)  BI-M in the FCT project “Thin-film silicon MEMS electronics for ubiquitous sensors applications” (u-MEMS) – Application Period: 17 February  - 3 March 2017; (more information here).

                                                                                                                                                          January 2017

3rd AIM Workshop
The 3rd AIM Workshop will take place on February 2, 2017, 14h -17h in Qa1.1 – South Tower of IST. The Workshop is aimed at stimulating new interactions and collaborations within the AIM Doctoral Program and is open to the public. 
The Program of the Workshop can be found here.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      January 2017

Virginia Chu has joined the Editorial Board of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering (http://iopscience.iop.org/journal/0960-1317). The journal is a leading journal in the field of MEMS and microfabrication.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           January 2017

Meeting Point Functional Layers is a Student Exchange Network funded by the German DAAD involving groups in Germany, Belgium and Portugal. Students from University of Lisbon can apply to study, work or do research in one of the participating institutions. For more information see: http://www.mpfl.eu/

January 2017

Microfluidics Lab provides solutions for external users

This platform of INESC MN labs deliver the fabrication of microfluidic chips, platforms and probes, with customized designs.
For more information go to page MICROFLUIDICS LAB.

December 2016 

IF2015 Starting Grant awarded to Diana Leitao

INESC MN researcher Diana Leitao was awarded a 5 year FCT Investigator Starting Grant in the IF2015 call. Her proposal targeting alternative strategies for fabrication of new medical devices ranked 2nd in the Engineering and Technology panel.
December 2016

Paper by José L. Martins reaches milestone of 10,000 citations

The paper Efficient pseudopotentials for plane-wave calculations by N. Troullier and José Luís Martins published in Physical Review B in 1991, overcomes the 10,000 citations in ISI Web of Knowledge.  
The periodic table tells us that the chemical bond is dominated by valence electrons. If in a calculation of the properties of materials or molecules we focus on those electrons by using a pseudopotential approximation to mimic the effect of the core electrons we simplify the computational problem. Furthermore, pseudopotentials allow us to use computationally efficient plane waves as a basis set. 
Pseudopotential theory was extensively researched in the eighties, but pseudopotentials are not uniquely defined, and at the end of that decade generating a "good" pseudopotential was still more an art than science. In the article of José Luís Martins with his PhD student Normam Troullier, the characteristics that made a pseudopotential efficient were identified and a recipe to generate efficient pseudopotentials was proposed. 
Since it allowed a very large savings in computing time, sometimes even allowing calculations that were previously deemed impossible to do, that pseudopotential has been extensively used in the calculation of properties of a wide range of materials in the 25 years since the article was published.

December 2016


New PD-FCT AIM Fellows starting their PhD studies

In the Fall of 2016 8 new PhD Fellows have started their PhD studies within the Doctoral Program FCT AIM - Advanced Integrated Microsystems. INESC MN is one of the institutions that participate in this Doctoral Program. Rita Soares, Eduardo Brás and Marília Silva are the new PhD Fellows directly advised by INESC MN researchers. INESC MN researchers also co-advise 4 other AIM 2016 Fellows - Diogo Caetano, Inês Iria, Patrícia Zoio and Tatiana Arriaga - in collaboration with INESC ID/Técnico/Universidade de Lisboa, iMed:ULisboa/Faculdade de Farmácia/Universidade de Lisboa, IBB/Técnico/Universidade de Lisboa and ITQB/Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

We wish all the new Fellows the greatest success in their PhD studies!

December 2016

INESC MN was present at the Physics Department Evaluation 

INESC MN was present at the Physics Department of Técnico Lisboa, University of Lisbon, review. Institute researchers, also belonging to the Técnico faculty, ensure several classes for the Physical engineering and Physics degrees. Our graduated students Fernando Franco, Filipe Richheimer and Joao Valadeiro presented their work. 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    November 2016

Semana da Ciência e da Tecnologia 2016 no INESC MN

· Microlaboratório Portátil: como controlar fluídos à escala micrométrica;
mais informação aqui
· Dos materiais aos dispositivos finais: micro e nanofabricação de sensores.
mais informação aqui

                                                                                                                                                                                November 2016

 Inês Pinto
Poster award
 Ruben Soares
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Magnomics at websummit - Lisbon 2016

Magnomics an INESC-MN and INESC ID startup, is one of the 66 selected for websummit Lisbon 2016.

October 2016

INESC 35 Years commemoration

On October 11 2016, IST (Salão Nobre) hosted a ceremony to commemorate INESC 35 years of history.

The book '80 15 35was released on this day.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      October 2016



INESC MN is a partner of the recently founded SpinTronicFactory

"The SpinTronicFactory is a European network founded in 2016, with mission to promote research and innovation in Europe based on spintronics. It is based on a legal Memorandum of Understanding involving academic and industrial actors all across Europe." - more information here.

Seminar on 'High-resolution Kelvin-probe Force Microscopy' · 30 September · IST, Lisbon

"The work function is the energy needed to remove an electron from a sample and bring it
to the vacuum level. In Kelvin-probe Force Microscopy, the work function difference between the tip and the sample of a scanning force microscope (SFM) is determined by applying a voltage between tip and sample." Read more
Dr. Regina Hoffman-Vogel
September 2016

Eurosensors 2016 Conference · 4-7 September · Budapest, Hungary

 INESC-MN  work presented at Eurosensors 2016:

Oral Presentations

Point-of-use ultrafast single-step detection of food contaminants: a novel microfluidic fluorescence-based immunoassay with integrated photodetection
R.R.G. Soares, D.R. Santos, I.F. Pinto, A.M. Azevedo, V. Chu, M. R. Aires-Barros, J.P. Conde

Poster Presentations

I.F. PintoD.R. SantosR.R.G. Soares, M.R. Aires-Barros, V. Chu, A.M. Azevedo and J.P. Conde

D.R. SantosR.R.G. SoaresV. Chu, M.R. Aires-Barros and J.P. Conde

September 2016

Honorable Mention in Scientific Awards University of Lisbon 

September 2016