WARP – Health & Biotech Accelerators Conference and Tech. Exhibition
INESC-MN was present at WARP-Oporto on the 11th of December, showcasing its technology and services portfolio. The event merged accelerators, investors, research groups and technology providers from the biomedical and health related fields, with the aim of exploring synergies and fostering innovation actions.

December 2017

AIM Doctoral Program
The 2018 Call for the AIM Doctoral Program will open between 1 February 2018 and 31 March 2018.  Click here for Call Flyer

For more information about the AIM Doctoral Program go to:http://aim.tecnico.ulisboa.pt 

December 2017

Eduardo Bras next to his awarded Poster
Microbiotec'17 - Congress of Microbiology and Biotechnology 2017

INESC MN was present at Microbiotec 17 represented by the students Ricardo Fradique and Eduardo Brás.

Poster Presentations
  • Ricardo Fradique et al  "Continuous Cell Concentration and  Lysis using Inertial Microfluidics"
  • Eduardo Bras "Affinity driven aqueous-two phase extraction of antibodies: a microfluidic approach" - AWARDED BEST POSTER

December 2017

INESC-MN was present at MMM 2017 · Pittsburgh · 6-10 Nov.

Oral Presentations
    Reading magnetic ink patterns with magnetoresistive sensors. Karla J. Merazzo, Tiago Costa, Fernando Franco, Marko Zander, Michael Turr, Torsten Becker and Susana C.Freitas
    Innovative compact design for ultra low field detection based on magnetoresistive sensors. Marília Silva, Diana C. Leitao, Susana C. Freitas, Paulo P. Freitas

Poster Presentation
    Barrier breakdown mechanism in nano scale perpendicular magnetic tunnel junctions with ultra thin MgO barrier. Hua Lv, Diana C. Leitao, Z.Hou, Paulo P. Freitas, Susana C. Freitas, T. Kampfe, J. Muller, J. Langer and J. Wrona

Awards and Appointments
Marília Silva received a 2017 MMM Student Travel Grant;
Karla Merazzo  is a co-chair of the Next Generation Magneticians Advisory Board.

December 2017

Advanced Materials, 25 September 2017
INESC MN researchers and collaborators co-author a paper on Advanced Materials Journal entitled 'Highly Efficient Rubrene–Graphene Charge-Transfer Interfaces as Phototransistors in the Visible Regime'.

Access the full text here

Science and Technology week 
· 20 - 26 November
On November 22 INESC MN will have an Open Day:
From 10h00 - 12h00 am and 3h00 to 5h00 pm
To apply please send an email to sbaptista(@)inesc_mn.pt

More information here 
November 2017

Prof. Paulo Freitas at Lisbon Science Academy
Professor Paulo J.P.Freitas was elected as one of the effective associates of the Physics Science Class at the Lisbon Science Academy. Each section includes typically 4 to 5 members. 

The professor of the Department of Physics of Instituto Superior Técnico maintains a reputed scientific activity at INESC-MN and since 2012 at INL (where he is the deputy director) and was one of the national correspondents of the Physics section of the Academy since 2009. His career has been recognized nationally and internationally, always in line with the values of the Academy of Sciences in the development of science and promotion of scientific excellence.

November 2017

INESC MN Project: one of the 6 European finalists
The Project "Stay on Target | Automated 5D Positioning System for Biomedical Applications" submitted by Fernando Franco, Marília Silva, Miguel Neto and Pedro Ribeiro was highlighted as one of the 6 european finalists under the scope of the IEEE International “Sensors and Measurement” Student Contest sponsored by STMicroelectronics, being the project presented at IEEE Sensors 2017 conference, Glasgow, UK.

The competition consisted in the development of an innovative prototype integrating a SensorTile module from STMicroelectronics as common platform for Bluetooth communication and as sensing/feedback system.

November 2017

Prototype device
Sensor Tile module from STMicroelectronics  
Fernando Franco at IEEE Sensors 2017 Conference - Glasgow, UK

Physics Tech-Day · 16 November, IST
INESC MN was present at Physics Technology Day – IST , showcasing the work in research and development.

November 2017

Article on ACS Nano
Magnomics and INESC MN researchers published a paper on ACS Nano Perspectives (IF= 13.9), entitled "Lab-on-Chip Devices: Gaining Ground Losing Size".

Access the full text here

November 2017

Ruben Soares awarded 1st Prize
Congratulations to Ruben Soares, a PhD student at INESC MN,  who has received the First Prize in the Life Science Award of Merck  in the category of Food and Beverage Safety. Ruben received his award in Burlington, MA, USA on 18 October.

Announcements of this award was tweeted by Merck: https://twitter.com/Merck_lifesci/status/920749963059126272  

Ruben (left) is pictured with the winners in the other categories (3D printing and Bioseparations, respectively).

October 2017

Thales Project Arduino
INESC MN students Rafael Girão and Nuno Milhomens won a place at the Thales Project Arduino workshop.

October 2017

MEFT meeting 1st edition · 23 September - IST 

INESC MN was present on the 1st MEFT meeting  'A Alargar os Limites da Ciência e Tecnologia'.  

Neuron,  13 September 2017 

INESC MN researchers co-author a paper in the journal Neuron, entitled “In Vivo Magnetic Recording of Neuronal Activity

Access the full text here

October 2017

Academic activities reinforcement

INESC MN reinforces the academic activities at Técnico with new lectures starting this semester.
This year of 2017/18 researchers from INESC MN are the responsible professors in:
  • Nanotechnologies 
  • Nanotechnology and Nanoelectronics
  • Physics and Technology of Magnetic Materials (NEW)
  • Microfluidics (NEW)
  • Micro and Nanofabrication Techniques
  • Spintronics

INESC MN also supports
  • Condensed Matter Physics Laboratories 
  • Advanced Experimental Physics Laboratories
  • Characterization Methods in Solid State Physics (NEW)

People involved: Susana Cardoso, Diana Leitão, João Pedro Conde, Vânia Silvério and Ana Silva.

October 2017

Visiting INESC MN Laboratories 

Last Tuesday, October 3, Danish students had the opportunity to visit INESC MN laboratories. 

October 2017

INESC MN recruiting 3 Research Associates

Within the Micro&NanoFabs@PT Project funded by the Program “Roteiro Nacional de Investigação de Interesse Estratégico”, INESC MN is seeking to recruit 3 contracted Research Associates with PhDs.
Applications are now open - Deadline: 16 November 2017
More information can be found here

October 2017

INESC-MN work presented at MNE2017:

Oral Presentations

• Microfabrication strategies for magnetic nanoparticle manipulation on continuous bio-flows. Vania Silverio, Maria J. López-Martínez, João Gaspar, Susana Cardoso de Freitas, Paulo P. Freitas

Poster Presentations

• Silicon groove etching for ASPIC encapsulation. A. V. Silva, R. Bastos, J. Santos,T. S. Monteiro, S Cardoso

• Monolithical integration of GMR sensors with CMOS. J. D. Santos, C. Reig, S. Cardoso

• Through Silicon Vias defined by wet etch micromachining for vertical architectures. J. D. Santos, T. Monteiro, S. Cardoso

• Patterning of organic single crystals for optical micro-devices. B. Pires, S. Sequeira, J. Serra , S. Cardoso, H. Alves, D.C. Leitao

• Spin Torque Oscillators based magnetic tunnel junctions. K. J. Merazzo, A. Ruiz-Calaforra, J. Hem, A. Purbawatil, D. Leitão, R. Ferreira, L. Vila, E. Jimenez, M.-C. Cyrille, U. Ebels

• Integrated spintronic platforms for Flow Velocity Measurement. Ana R. Soares, Tomás Ribeiro, Rúben Afonso, Paulo P. Freitas, Susana Cardoso

• Hybrid Integration of Magnetoresistive Sensors with Flexible Electronics. Miguel Neto, João Gaspar, Alexandre Bernardino, Susana Cardoso, Paulo P. Freitas

INESC MN at MNE Conference 2017 represented by: Ana Rita Soares, Joana Santos and Miguel Neto (from left to right)

September 2017

European Night of Researchers 2017 Edition · 29 September
INESC MN participated in the 2017 edition of the European Night of Researchers.
The event took place at the Museu Nacional de História Natural e da Ciência. Researchers from INESC MN, showed to visitors, work from INESC MN including: microfabricated wafers, sensors, MEMS, biomedical devices and microfluidic chips. 

September 2017

Merck - Life Science Food and Beverage Safety award

Ruben Soares, a PhD student at INESC MN (jointly with iBB) has been selected as one of 4 finalists in the Life Science Award of Merck for Food & Beverage Safety for the work he is doing for his PhD thesis on Microfluidic Platforms for Mycotoxin Detection. As a finalist, Merck will pay for Ruben to travel to Burlington, MA, USA on 17-18 October for the award ceremony where one of the finalist will be selected to receive the award.

September 2017


Honorable Mention - Scientific Awards 

Awarded to Dr. Susana Isabel Pinheiro Cardoso de Freitas on the 2017 Edition of Prémios ULisboa/Santander Universidades

September 2017

INESC MN researcher at CoHiTec

The IMAGIC team of CoHiTec, comprised of our researcher Pedro Ribeiro (INESC MN), Diogo Caetano (INESC-ID), Nuno Rodrigues (JANZ, S.A.) and João Serra (NOVA SBE) presented MagCyte, a compact circulating tumour cell detection device, at the the final session of the CoHiTec programme.

July 2017

INESC MN students in the Top20 
INESC MN students are in the top20 of Sensors and Measurement Student Contest. 

The Project "Stay on Target | Automated 5D Positioning System for Biomedical Applications" submitted by Fernando Franco, Marília Silva, Miguel Neto and Pedro Ribeiro is within the selected top-20 for the final that will occur at IEEE Sensors conference, Oct 29th - Nov. 1st 2017, Glasgow, UK.

Simon Knudde defended his PhD Thesis · Congratulations!

Simon was awarded his PhD degree in Technological Physics Engineering on 5th July 2017. The thesis is entitled Annealing-Free Alox Magnetic Tunnel Junction Sensors was developed at INESC MN. Best of luck to your next challenges!
July 2017

Summer Tutorial 

The first summer tutorial took place at INESC MN meeting room!

July 2017

INESC MN welcomes all summer students
This year INESC MN is hosting 20 summer interns. Welcome to all! 

July 2017

Encontro Ciência 2017 · 4 July · Lisbon Congress Center

Susana Cardoso gave an invited presentation at the session "Nanotechnology: Enabling disruptive innovations by combining scientific convergence with transversal divergence" – under the title “Spintronic applications and its impact in society" 

July 2017

6th MEFT Meeting · IST · 28 - 29 July
Ana Silva (Nanotecnologia: nova física e novas aplicações ) and Paulo Freitas (Desafios em micro e nanotecnologias ) presented at the event in IST: Desafiar os limites , 28-29 June.
In the afternoon several students visited our labs.

July 2017

IST Physics students at INESC MN

Students from Physics at IST used INESC MN magnetoresistive sensors to help develop their project of a new 3D board game.
The project New Cube was developed by Bruno Silva, Guilherme Soares, João Cunha, Simão Correia for the class LID – Laboratories of Research and Development.

July 2017

INESC MN at SensorsExpo Conference · San Jose, USA

The Institute was represented at the SensorsExpo conference in San Jose, California, USA from 26-28 June.
Dr. Susana Cardoso was invited to present our work on flexible solutions for magnetic sensors.  Dr. Diana Leitao presented a poster entitled Highly Sensitive Magnetic Sensors awarded 3rd place.

June 2017

AIM Doctoral Program Workshop
The 4th AIM Doctoral Program Workshop will take place on 6-7 July 2017 in the Auditorium of the Complexo Interdisciplinar on the Instituto Superior Técnico Alameda campus. The theme of the presentations on 6 July is Industrial applications, industrial research and research with industry. On 7 July, there will be a class on Data Analysis. Sessions on both days are open to the public.

The program can be found

June 2017

INESC MN work led by Dr. Susana Cardoso features in JPhys+ blog

Recently published INESC MN work entitled 'Challenges and trends in magnetic sensor integration with microfluidics for biomedical applications' (Cardoso et al 2017 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 50 213001) is featured in J Phys+ blog. The complete news can be found here

June 2017

INESC MN at IST Day 2017

INESC MN was present at the 2017
IST day in the Keep in touch session.

More details here


                                                                                                                                                              May 2017

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

INESC MN 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

Euripedes2 and 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

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
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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 joins Editorial Board of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering (JMM)

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.

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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

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