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 
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 ( 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:

January 2017