Scientific Awards - Universidade de Lisboa
Two researchers from INESC-MN received the scientific award “Prémios Científicos Universidade de Lisboa/Caixa Geral de Depósitos - 2019 edition”. Susana Cardoso de Freitas  received the 1st place in the Electrical and Aerospacial Engineering panel and Katharina Lorenz received the 1st place in the area of Physics and Materials. These awards from the Universidade de Lisboa (ULisboa), with the support from Caixa Geral de Depósitos aim to promote scientific research activities and publication in top-level journals within the ULisboa community members.
More information here
July 2020



INESC Brussels HUB announces a Webinar Series on Gender and Diversity – 8, 9, 11 September

More details with program to come later.




July 2020





INESC celebrates its 40 year anniversary with “40 years of Science and Knowledge”
Events will be organized in Porto, Coimbra and Lisbon: 
  • Porto – “40 anos de Ciência e Conhecimento: capacitar as empresas para os novos desafios”  - 6 July at 14h30  at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. The session will be live streamed. To participate, register here
  • Coimbra – Details of event to be announced - October.
  • Lisboa - “40 anos de Ciência e Conhecimento: a capacidade de criação de novas empresas de base tecnológica” – 8 October at 17h in the Auditório II da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
See more details here
June 2020



INESC-MN winning project
The project “SARSChip - On-chip testing of SARS-CoV-2” led by INESC MN researcher Verónica Romão, was one of the winning projects of the 2nd Edition of the RESEARCH 4 COVID-19 competition, promoted by FCT. The project will develop a portable and universal diagnostic system that allows for the molecular detection of the virus and a serological analysis of the patients, both using the same device. The initiative counts with the collaborations of STABVIDA, INL, Department of Genetics and Biotechnology, University of Trás os Montes and Alto Douro, INESC-ID, CHTMAD (Clinical Pathology Service of Centro Hospitalar de Trás os Montes and Alto Douro) and CHUCB (Clinical Pathology Service of the Cova da Beira Hospital Center).
June 2020




INESC MN and the EMPIR Project

EMPIR project 18HLT08 MeDD II – Metrology for Drug Delivery, in which INESC MN is partner, is on the news here and here.
The project strives to improve the accuracy of intravenous drug delivery and is contributing to hospitals’ response to COVID-19.
Read more about 18HLT08 MeDD II – Metrology for Drug Delivery here.

June 2020




INESC MN is recruiting

INESC MN has opened recruiting for the following positions:
  • 2 positions on the project Moore4Medical “Accelerating Innovation in Microfabricated Medical Devices”, funded by the H2020-ECSEL programme. Details in English and Portuguese.
  • 1 position within an Industrial Contract to qualify magnetic thin films and magnetic sensor microfabrication for production in 200mm wafers. Details here.
May 2020





INESC MN Researchers in the fight against Covid-19

Our researcher Vania Silverio is involved in the improvement of dosing accuracy and traceable measurement of volume flow and pressure in existing drug delivery devices and in-line sensors at very low flow rates (18HLT08 MeDD II – Metrology for Drug Delivery).

The unprecedented conditions that Public Health Institutions are experiencing due to COVID-19 pandemic crisis has forced Hospital Administrations to take measures outside the usual work practices. To minimize dosing errors and consequently patient morbidity or mortality, the 18HLT08 MeDD II partners released the COVID-19 Crisis & Emergency Practices for Public Health Institutions (here), outlining potential dangers and recommending solutions to address them.

 Read more about 18HLT08 MeDD II – Metrology for Drug Delivery here

May 2020




IST launches "Explain it to me as if I were 5 years old"

ComunicaCiência group is launching an online biweekly talk called 'Explain it to me as if I were 5 years old' directed especially to children but also to curious minds. These talks will allow them to know more about Técnico's Research and give an opportunity to ask some questions to their Scientists.
  • 1st talk 'What if I want to build a robot?' will be on May 23 at 11h, live on IST Facebook page, with Isabel Ribeiro (Engineer and Teacher at IST);
  • 2nd talk 'Is zero an even or an odd number?' will be on June 6 at 11h, live on IST Facebook page, with Ana Moura Santos (from Centro de Análise Funcional, Estruturas Lineares e Aplicações Técnico CEAFEL)
May 2020














Test…Test…Tech
The fight against Coronavirus is taking many forms and involving all possible means. Research centers, laboratories, clinical entities, and industry partners are allying efforts to find solutions and the way out of this pandemic. INESC MN is not an exception, being involved in the reworking of an existing biosensing technology to serve the diagnosis of Covid-19. The main idea and the differentiating point sit in the combination of an infection diagnosis with an immunity assessment. In the same analytical tool, the molecular test based on viral RNA can be parallelly performed with the serological test for the interrogation of the immune system (anti-virus antibodies).
INESC MN and INESC ID technology has been under-development for a couple of decades now. Based on an array of magnetic field sensors, in the format of a microchip, and an electronic portable reader for sensors measurement, the system present remarkable performance for biological analysis. High sensitivity, easiness of operation and low cost are major assets.
A consortium with STABVIDA, UTAD, INESC ID, INL and Portuguese hospital centers from the SNS is in place and searching for funding to support the development of the presented technological solution. A glance of this initiative is presented in the TV show, Imagens de Marca, an initiative of SIC-Notícias in collaboration with ANI (Agência Nacional de Inovação).

Abril 2020



INESC Brussels HUB lauches a podcast “The Insider”
The INESC Brussels HUB is launching a Podcast called “The Insider” hosted by Ricardo Migueis, responsible for the INESC Brussels HUB.
The podcast will feature short interviews with guests from European Institutions, national governments or regional funding bodies, among others. The first 2 interviews are already online. Listen here
April 2020





Ricardo Fradique’s PhD Defense: - Monday, 2 March 2020 at 10h30
"Development of an integrated microfluidic platform for biomolecule production and purification"
Anfiteatro PA-3 (-1 Floor of the Mathematics Building at IST)

February 2020



Rui Pinto’s PhD Defense  - Friday, 28 February 2020 at 10h30
"Thin-Film Silicon Microelectromechanical Systems for Mass  Sensing and Biosensing Applications"
Anfiteatro PA-3 (-1 Floor of the Mathematics Building at IST)

February 2020





INESC MN is hiring!
INESC MN announces the opening of an international competition procedure for the recruitment of one doctorate within STARCHIP project - Smart tubular sensing and actuation devices for lab-on-chip platforms.
Application deadline: 12th march 2020 – 23:59 GMT. More information here

February 2020



Photo credits: www.90segundosdeciencia.pt 


"90 Segundos de Ciência" - Ep. 776
INESC MN researcher Susana Cardoso gives voice to episode #776 of Antena 1 radio show called '90 segundos de ciência' (90 seconds of Science).
She talks about how each electron has its own rotation direction, known as spin up or spin down, and how these characteristics of electrons can be filtered, in order to develop sensors able to detect small magnetic fields. 
Susana Cardoso's research group is studying how these sensors can be applied in common electronic devices from  Automotive industry to Biomedicine.
The interview is available in portuguese here
January 2020



INESC MN researcher involved in a Project at Carnegie Mellon University
Our researcher Vania Silverio was at Carnegie Mellon University sponsored by a CMU Portugal Mobility Grant.
During the 3 months she spent at the Soft Machines Lab she engaged in researching material properties of Liquid Crystal Elastomers in collaboration with Professor Carmel Majidi
Read more about this program here
On the news here and here
December 2019



INESC-MN has been awarded with PRACE preparatory access project A 2010PA5012 - "Opto-Electronic Properties of Epitaxial Ge-Si-C Superlattices"

"The mission of PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) is to enable high-impact scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines to enhance European competitiveness for the benefit of society".
The scalability tests of our pseudopotential-plane wave code will run in the MareNostrum supercomputer at Barcelona.

December 2019



AIM Doctoral Program Retreat,  8 - 9 November 2019
The FCT-funded Doctoral Program in Advanced Integrated Microsystems (AIM) held a retreat on 8 - 9 November at the Centro de Caparide. The dynamic event featured a session with 2 minute pitches from all AIM fellows; longer presentations by the first 3 fellows who will be defending their theses; presentations by members of the Advisory Board and invited speakers to talk about their research careers, a session on transversal skills in science communication and 3 breakout sessions to discuss Biosensors, Signal Acquisition and Bioprocessing. 
November 2019





Image from INESC MN work receives Special Art Award by RAITH

A SEM image taken with a RAITH 150 system of a self-rolling MEMS structure developed by INESC MN PhD student Rui Pinto was selected for a Special Art Award by RAITH.
The image 'Self-rolling beam tubes' is featured on the RAITH webpage.

October 2019





INESC MN presented 3 posters at the µTAS 2019 conference in Basel, Switzerland 27-31 October 2019

· “A microfluidic module for integrated lysis and genetic material detection of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria” – presented by Catarina Caneira , abstract here

· 
“Multiplexed detection of plant health biomarkers” – presented by Eduardo Brás, abstract here 

· 
“Microfluidic platform for targeted phage selection: in pursuit of personalized colorectal cancer treatments”, presented by Pedro Monteiro, abstract here

October 2019





INESC MN participates in European Night of Researchers' (27 September 2019)
The European Researchers’ Night 2019 (NEI 2019) took place on 27th September at the National Museum of Natural History and Science (MUHNAC-ULisboa) and Jardim do Príncipe Real.
INESC MN had a stand at the European Night of Researchers in Lisbon.
Colaborators of INESC MN presented demonstrations of work from INESC MN Research.

October 2019



MAGNETOFON Summer School
INESC-MN hosts 1st MAGNETOFON Summer School focused on ultrafast opto-magneto-electronics. 
It will take place at Abreu Faro Auditorium of IST, from 23 to 27 September 2019.
Program available here
September 2019




INESC MN hosts 1st MPFL Symposium 
INESC MN hosts the 1st MPFL Research Symposium to take place on 5-6 September.  On 5 September, a session of research talks will be open to the public. You can find the program of this session here
MPFL (Meeting Point Functional Layers) is a project financed by the DAAD with partners from INESC MN (Portugal), University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern (Germany), Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (Germany) and University of Hasselt (Belgium).  

August 2019



INESC MN is hiring!

INESC MN is currently accepting applications, from young engineers/researchers with Master degree in Engineering Physics or Electronics, for a contract work in projects related with sensors and microelectronics.
For more details please contact Susana Freitas


August 2019





INESC-MN Selected as finalist for Innovation Radar Prize 2019

O INESC-MN foi seleccionado como um dos 40 finalistas (entre os milhares de participantes em projectos europeus financiados) para o European Commission‘s “Innovation Radar Prize 2019”, na categoria de "WOMEN LED INNOVATIONS - recognising dynamic women developing and leading great innovations with EU-funding".
A decisão do vencedor em cada categoria será anunciada em Bruxelas, em Setembro.

July 2019



SEMINAR - Photonics from the Macroscale to the Nanoscale: Full spectrum solar energy conversion, two-dimensional semiconductors, and optical metasurfaces
Prof. Matthew Escarra, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, Tulane University | 26 July 2019 at 14h30 at Instituto Superior Técnico, Torre Sul, Qa1.1
Abstract and Bio here
July 2019





INESC MN at Carbon Based Photonics for (Aveiro, 9th July)

Oral presentations for OPELT project dissemination:
 Diana Leitão with “Overview of FCT Project OPELT - On-Chip Organic Crystal Photosensor with Enclosed Light Trapping";
 João Serra with “Design and Microfabrication of Rubrene Organic Single Crystals for Photosensors”;
 Sara Sequeira with “Non-Contact Printing: Next Generation Crystal Growth for Rubrene Photosensors".

July 2019




INESC-MN at Doctoral Congress in Engineering · 27 - 28 July, FEUP, Porto

João Serra awarded 1st Prize for Poster Presentation at Engineering Physics Symposium in 3rd Doctoral Congress in Engineering.


July 2019


INESC MN at Ciência 2019  
Rita Macedo and Verónica Romão presented INESC MN work at Ciência 2019, a national meeting of Portuguese Scientists that took place between 8-10 July at Centro de Congressos in Lisbon.

July 2019



INESC-MN participates in the European metrology project "Metrology for drug delivery"

The MeDDII project (2019-2022) aims to develop new calibration methods for traceable micro and nano flow measurements. The goal is to achieve a better understanding and reduction of the causes of medication dosing errors. More information here


July 2019


https://transducers-eurosensors2019.org

INESC MN was at Tranducers 2019 in Berlin with 2 posters:

“A PORTABLE MICROFLUIDIC SYSTEM FOR THE DETECTION OF HEALTH BIOMARKERS IN GRAPES AT THE POINT OF NEED”, 
Eduardo J. S. Brás, Rui M.R. Pinto, Ana Margarida Fortes, Virginia Chu, Pedro Fernandes and João Pedro Conde
- Presented by Eduardo Brás.

“THIN-FILM SILICON RESONATORS ON ULTRA-FLEXIBLE 10 MICROMETER-THICK POLYIMIDE SUBSTRATES”, 
Tiago G. Pestana, Rui M. R. Pinto, Rosana A. Dias, Marco Martins, Virginia Chu, João Gaspar, and João P. Conde.
- Presented by Rui Pinto.
June 2019
During the Transducers 2019

Poster presented by Eduardo Brás

Poster presented by Rui Pinto



INESC-MN now member of the European Technology Platform in Nanomedicine (ETPN)
The ETP Nanomedicine platform is an independent association, addressing applications of Nanotechnology in Healthcare. With more than 125 members from 25 different member states, it covers all relevant stakeholders operating in Nanomedicine, ranging from Academia, SME’s, Industry, to public agencies and representatives from both National Bodies and European Commission.  Strategic research priorities are centered on the topic areas of Regenerative Medicine, Biomaterials, Nanotherapeutics, Medical Devices, Nanodiagnostics and Imaging.
Click here for more information
May 2019 








INESC-MN was present at Condensed Matter Physics National Conference – Porto


Invited Talk
› Advances in spintronic sensor materials and architectures,  S.Cardoso


 Oral Contributions

› Practical band interpolation with a generalised Luttinger-Kohn method, Carlos L. Reis and José Luís Martins

› Optimization of electron beam lithography parameters for dense arrays of circular and hexagonally shaped antidots in magnetic thin films, Pedro D. R. Araújo, A. V. Silva, S. Cardoso and D. C. Leitao

› Design of a Microfabrication Protocol Adapting Reactive Ion Etching for Organic Single Crystalbased Photosensors, J. M. Serra, S. I. Sequeira, I.Domingos, A. P. Oliveira, E. Maçôas, S. Cardoso, H. Alves, D. C. Leitão

› Effects of oxygen ion implantation on the structural and electrical properties of ɑ-MoO3 lamellar crystals, D. R. Pereira, C. Díaz-Guerra, M. Peres, S. Magalhães, J. G. Correia, J. G. Marques, A. G. Silva, E. Alves, K. Lorenz, S. Cardoso, P. P. Freitas

› Ion beam induced current analysis in GaN microwires, D. Verheij, M. Peres, S. Cardoso, L.C. Alves, E. Alves, C.Durand, J. Eymery, J. Fernandes, and K. Lorenz





Poster Contributions

› Study of Spin-valve sensors grown in Polymeric Substrates, M. V. Ferreira, J. Mouro, M. Silva, V. Silverio, S. Cardoso and D. C. Leitao.

› Study of sub-volume activation in CoFeB/MgO memory devices near spin reorientation transition, J. Fidalgo, H. LV, A. V. Silva, D. C. Leitao, T. Kaempfe, J. Langer, J. Wrona, B. Ocker, S. Cardoso

May 2019




INESC MN is hiring!
INESC MN announces the opening of recruitment of a M. Sc. in the area of Microfluidics.
For more information see the announcement here

 Application deadline: 14 June 2019
May 2019




Susana Freitas at the European Physics Society (EPS) Council
Susana Freitas was elected Associate Member Delegate to the European Physics Society (EPS) Council for 2019-2022. 
The other delegates are Rolf Allenspach  (IBM - Zurich); Kerstin Borras (Desy - Hamburg); Ursel Fantz  (ITER - Garching); Monica Pepe-Altarelli (CERN - Geneva).
April 2019








INESC MN students awarded 1st Prize at IEEE International Contest of Sensors and Measurement Systems 

A team of four INESC-MN students (Pedro Ribeiro, Miguel Neto, Ana Rita Soares and Rafael Santos) have won the 2019 edition of the IEEE International Contest of Sensors and Measurement Systems.
This contest is jointly promoted and organized by IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society (IMS) and IEEE Sensors Council (SC) and is sponsored by STMicroelectronics. STMicroelectronics provided each team with a SensorTile® kit and awarded the team with the best project a 2000$ cash prize. 
In this competition, master and PhD student teams from Universities and Institutions around the world were expected to propose a project and build a prototype where the SensorTile functionalities and small form factor are used to their fullest potential.
The contest demonstration session took place during the 2019 IEEE Sensors and Applications Symposium, in the University of Côte D’Azur, Nice, France, during which the INESC-MN team presented their developed project, Spine Cop, a wearable and compact posture measurement and correction system, monitoring in real-time the back angle and curvature and providing the user with information of the quality of their posture during the day. Alongside their INESC-MN team project, 3 other teams (ETH Zurich in Switzerland, Rowan University in Texas, USA and Kitakyushu University in Japan) were selected to demonstrate their projects for this contest.
March 2019

Representing the team (from left to right): Rafael Santos and Pedro Ribeiro.
1st Prize award Rafael Santos wearing the Spine Cop




Sensitec MR-Symposium 19 - 20 March, Wetzlar, Germany

INESC MN was present at the 15th XMR-Symposium "Magnetoresistive Sensors and Magnetic Systems" which took place at the 'Stadthalle' in Wetzlar, Germany.
It was a rewarding opportunity to be a part of this international platform that allows the presentation of the latest technological developments and innovative applications in the field of magnetoresistive technology and magnetic systems.

March 2019



(Foto by Gonçalo F. Santos)

Women in Science 

Susana Freitas selected for the book "Women in Science", edited by the Ciência Viva to celebrate the impact of female presence on the scientific community in Portugal. In the book, the researchers were asked to describe the motivation for pursuing a career in science. 

For more details please click here


March 2019






PhD Defense of Hua Lv - 27 February 2019 at 2 p.m.

Hua Lv will be defending his PhD Thesis "Optimization of Perpendicular Anisotropy Materials for High Performance Spin Transfer Torque Devices" on Wednesday, 27 February at 2p.m. in Anf. PA3 (Mathematics Building, -1 floor) at IST.

February 2019




Diana C Leitao joins IOP’s Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics Editorial board
The INESC MN researcher has joined the J Phys D Editorial Board in the Applied Magnetism Section.

February 2019

Marilia's presentation

Fernando's presentation

Hua Lv Poster

INESC MN at the Joint MMM - Intermag 2019 in Washington, DC - Jan. 14-18, 2019

› Symposium presentation (Invited)
Magnetic biochip platforms: manipulating and detecting magnetic labelled bioanalytes in lab on chip devices.
Paulo Freitas, Veronica Romao, Sofia Martins, Elisabete Fernandes, Carla Carvalho, Susana Cardoso de Freitas, Vania Silverio, Tomas Sobrino, Jose Castillo, Alexandre Chicharo, Lorena Dieguez, Begona Espina.

› Oral Presentation
Reconfigurable Wheatstone Bridge spintronic sensors with Offset Voltage Compensation at Wafer Level, Fernando Franco, Susana Cardoso de Freitas, Paulo Freitas.

Optimization of the gap size of flux-concentrators: pushing further on low noise levels and high sensitivities in spin-valve sensors, Marilia Silva, Joao Silva, Diana Leitao, Susana Cardoso de Freitas, Paulo Freitas.

› Poster Presentation

The Seebeck Effect and Joule Heating in CoFeB/MgO/CoFeB-based Perpendicular Magnetic Tunnel Junctions with Low Resistance Area Product, Hua Lv, Joao Silva, Diana Leitao, Ana Silva, Paulo Freitas, Susana Cardoso de Freitas, Thomas Kämpfe, Stefan Riedel, Berthold Ocker, Juergen Langer, Jerzy Wrona.

January 2019





AIM Doctoral Program – Call for applications
The FCT funded Doctoral Program AIM (Advanced Integrated Microsystems) is opening a call for applications for 7 doctoral grants.
The application period is 1 February to 31 March 2019. More details can be found here 

January 2019





5th Workshop on Microfluidics Standards, 26-27 March 2019 hosted by INESC-MN
The workshop is the fifth in a row of prolific debates and gathering of ideas and expertise and anticipates a step further into the discussion of future developments towards the standardization in the microfluidics areas of Flow Control, Metrology and Testing, Interfacing and Connectivity and Modularity and Sensor Integration. This workshop will reinforce the great and exciting opportunity for stakeholders from all over the world to join in, meet their working groups face to face and make the difference. For more information see here or contact Vania Silverio 
January 2019




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