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Personal information

 

First name(s) / Surname(s)

Luís Miguel de Almeida Amaral

Address

Av. Doutor António Rodrigues Manito, nº 28, 1º DT, 2900-059 Setúbal (Portugal)

Mobile

+351 914622406

E-mail(s)

luis.m.amaral@ist.utl.pt

Nationality

Portuguese

Date of birth

29/09/1978

 

 

Work experience

 

 

 

Dates

June 2014 - May 2017

Occupation or position held

FCT Post-doctoral grant (SFRH/BPD/97453/2013)

Main activities and responsibilities

Scientific research on electrolytic hydrogen evolution in alkaline media using RTILs and Schiff bases

Name and address of employer

Materials Electrochemistry Group, Institute of Materials and Surfaces Science and Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, TU Lisbon, Lisboa (Portugal)

 

 

Dates

December 2012 - May 2014

Occupation or position held

Research grant

Main activities and responsibilities

Scientific research on the project “Functional materials for electrolytic hydrogen production”

Name and address of employer

Materials Electrochemistry Group, Institute of Materials and Surfaces Science and Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico, TU Lisbon, Lisboa (Portugal)

 

 

Dates

March 2012 - July 2012

Occupation or position held

Research grant

Main activities and responsibilities

Scientific research on the project "Multiferroics and magnetoelectrics for spintronic: barriers and interfaces”

Name and address of employer

Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering, CICECO – Centre for Research in Ceramics & Composite Materials, University of Aveiro, Aveiro (Portugal)

 

 

Dates

March 2008 - February 2012

Occupation or position held

FCT PhD grant

Main activities and responsibilities

Preparation and characterization of ceramic functional materials, bulk ceramics and films. Microstructural design and study of constrained sintering. Dielectric properties characterization.

Elaboration of reports and scientific papers, oral and poster presentation of scientific results in national and international conferences, co-supervision of undergraduate students.

Name and address of employer

Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering, CICECO – Centre for Research in Ceramics & Composite Materials, University of Aveiro, Aveiro (Portugal)

 

 

Dates

April 2010 and May 2011

Occupation or position held

Guest scientist

Main activities and responsibilities

Analysis of experimental results and writing of scientific papers

Name and address of employer

Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Darmstadt (Germany)

 

 

Dates

26 August 2009 - 26 November 2009

Occupation or position held

Guest scientist

Main activities and responsibilities

Scientific research on constrained sintering of functional materials

Name and address of employer

Technische Universität Darmstadt, Darmstadt (Germany)

 

 

Dates

September 2005 - February 2008

Occupation or position held

Research grant (BIC)

Main activities and responsibilities

Preparation and characterization of ceramic functional materials, bulk ceramics and films.

Name and address of employer

Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering, CICECO – Centre for Research in Ceramics & Composite Materials, University of Aveiro, Aveiro (Portugal)

 

 

Dates

September 2005 – December 2005

Occupation or position held

Internship

Main activities and responsibilities

Market study on the commercial viability of lead-free electroceramics

Name and address of employer

Rauschert Portuguesa, S.A.

Lisbon (Portugal)

Type of business or sector

Technical ceramics industry

 

 

Dates

February 2004 - June 2004

Occupation or position held

Internship

Main activities and responsibilities

Quality management, corrosion tests in stainless steel.

Name and address of employer

Teka Portugal, S.A., Ílhavo (Portugal)

Type of business or sector

Metalomechanic industry

 

 

Education and training

 

 

 

Dates

31 August 2013 - 14 September 2013

Title of qualification awarded

Erasmus Intensive Program: Environmental Remediation and Energy production Technologies

Principal subjects / occupational skills covered

Environmental protection and energy conversion technologies, with a strong incidence in electrochemistry and photocatalysis. Fundamental principles of electrochemistry and aspects of industrial electrochemistry, including electrochemical thermodynamics, kinetics, catalysis, and corrosion. Electrochemical energy conversion systems (fuel cells, batteries, photovoltaic cells) and environmental protection situations (sensors, photocatalysis, pollutants removal, bioelectrochemistry).

Institution

Instituto Politécnico de Portalegre, Escola Supeior de Tecnologia e Gestão

 

 

Dates

March 2008 - February 2012

Title of qualification awarded

Doctoral Program on Materials Science and Engineering

Principal subjects / occupational skills covered

L. Amaral, “Microstructural design of titanate-based electroceramics”, PhD thesis, supervision of Profª Ana Senos and Profª Paula Vilarinho.

Institution

University of Aveiro, Aveiro (Portugal)

Level in national or international classification

Approved

 

 

Dates

March 2010 - July 2010

Title of qualification awarded

COHITEC program

Principal subjects / occupational skills covered

Development of a Business Plan with real technologies of high growth potential

Institution

COTEC and Porto Business School, Porto (Portugal)

 

 

Dates

October 2004 - May 2007

Title of qualification awarded

Master in Materials Science and Engineering

Principal subjects / occupational skills covered

L. Amaral, “Sintering studies of nonstoichiometric strontium titanate ceramics”, Master thesis. Supervision of Profª Paula Vilarinho and Profª Ana Senos.

Institution

University of Aveiro, Aveiro (Portugal)

Level in national or international classification

Approved

 

 

Dates

October 1996 - July 2004

Title of qualification awarded

Degree in Materials Engineering

Institution

University of Aveiro, Aveiro (Portugal)

Level in national or international classification

14

 

 

Personal skills and competences

 

 

 

Mother tongue(s)

Portuguese

 

 

Other language(s)

 

Self-assessment

European level (*)

English

                                              French   

 

Understanding

Speaking

W r i t i n g

Listening

Reading

Spoken interaction

Spoken production

 

C2

Proficient user

C2

Proficient user

C1

Proficient user

C1

Proficient user

C2

Proficient user

B1

Independent user

B1

Independent user

A2

Basic User

A2

Basic User

A2

Basic User

(*) Common European Framework of Reference (CEF) level

 

 

Social skills and competences

Team spirit and adaptation skills to multicultural environments acquired through work in scientific context with professionals of different nationalities, cultures and organizations. Good communication, leadership and interpersonal relationship skills.

 

 

Organisational skills and competences

Good coordination, project management, prioritizing and deadline management skills.

- Assistance to organization of international scientific conferences “Materiais 2005” and “COST 2009” in the University of Aveiro

 

 

Technical skills and competences

- Authorized user of Scanning Electronic Microscopes (SEM) Hitachi S4100 e Hitachi SU-70 of Department of Materials & Ceramics Engineering of CICECO / University of Aveiro.

- Authorized user of X-Ray Difractometer (XRD) Philips X’pert of Central Laboratory of Analysis of the University of Aveiro.

 

 

Computer skills and competences

Good skills in information and communication technologies (ICT): Microsoft Office, Outlook, Internet.

Endnote, ImageJ, Photoshop, ZView.

 

 

Artistic skills and competences

Good writing skills, poetry and prose.

Writing, reading, cinema, photography and sports as hobbies.

 

 

Driving licence(s)

A1, A, B, B1

 

 

Publications

 

[1] D. M. F. Santos, L. Amaral, B. Šljukic, D. Macciò, A. Saccone, and C. A. C. Sequeira, "Electrocatalytic Activity of Nickel-Cerium Alloys for Hydrogen Evolution in Alkaline Water Electrolysis”, Journal of The Electrochemical Society, 161 (4) F386-F390 (2014)

 [2] C. A. C. Sequeira, L. Amaral, "Strengthening mechanisms of materials for high temperature application", Corrosão e Protecção de Materiais, Vol. 32, Nº 3 (2013) 78-84

[3] D. M. F. Santos, L. Amaral, B. Sljukic, D. Macciò, A. Saccone, and C. A. C. Sequeira, "Nickel-Cerium Electrodes for Hydrogen Evolution in Alkaline Water Electrolysis”, ECS Transactions 58 (2) 113-121 (2013)

[4] D. M. F. Santos, B. Sljukic, L. Amaral, D. Macciò, A. Saccone, and C. A. C. Sequeira, "Nickel-Cerium Alloys for Borohydride Oxidation", ECS Transactions 58 (1) 1893-1901 (2013)

[5] Luís Amaral, M. Fernandes, I. M. Reaney, M. P. Harmer, A. M. R. Senos, P. M. Vilarinho, “Grain Growth Anomaly and Dielectric Response in Ti-rich Strontium Titanate Ceramics”, Journal of Physical Chemistry C 117 (47) (2013) 24787-24795.

[6] César A. C. Sequeira, Luis Amaral, “Role of the Kirkendall Effect in Diffusion Processes in Solids”, Transactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China (2013) accepted.

[7] César A. C. Sequeira, Diogo M. F. Santos, Biljana Šljukić, Luis Amaral, “Physics of Electrolytic Gas Evolution”, Brazilian Journal of Physics 43,199 (2013).

[8] Luis Amaral, Christine Jamin, Ana Senos, Paula Vilarinho, Olivier Guillon, “Constrained sintering of BaLa4Ti4O15 thick films: Pore and grain anisotropy”, Journal of the European Ceramic Society 33 (10) 1801 (2013).

 

[9] A. E. Souza, G. T. A. Santos, B. C. Barra, W. D. Macedo Jr., S. R. Teixeira, Cássio M. Santos, A.M.O.R. Senos, L. Amaral, E. Longo, “Photoluminescence of SrTiO3: Influence of particle size and morphology”, Crystal Growth & Design 12 (11) 5671 (2012).

 

[10] Luis Amaral, Christine Jamin, Ana Senos, Paula Vilarinho, Olivier Guillon, “Effect of the substrate on the constrained sintering of BaLa4Ti4O15 thick films”, Journal of the American Ceramic Society 95 (12) 3781 (2012).

 

[11] L. Amaral; A.M.R. Senos; C. Jamin; O. Guillon, P.M. Vilarinho, “Stress Assisted Grain Growth and Dielectric Properties of BaLa4Ti4O15 Thick Films”, Proceedings CICMT 2012 (2012).

 

[12] L. Amaral, M. Fernandes, A. M. R. Senos, P. M. Vilarinho and M. P. Harmer, “Grain Growth Anomaly in Ti-rich Strontium Titanate as Revealed by Electron Microscopy”, Microscopy and Microanalysis 18 (S5) 123 (2012).

 

[13] L. Amaral, A. M. R. Senos, P. M. Vilarinho, “Sintering kinetic studies in nonstoichiometric strontium titanate ceramics”, Materials Research Bulletin 44, 263 (2009).

 

[14] L. Amaral, A. M. R. Senos, P. M. Vilarinho, “Nonstoichiometry effects in SrTiO3 assessed by Transmission Electron Microscopy”, Microscopy and Microanalysis, 14 (S3) 5 (2008).

 

 

 

 

Oral Communications (Selected)

[1] Paula M. Vilarinho, Luis Amaral, Manuela Fernandes, Ana M. R. Senos, M. P. Harmer, “Retrograde Solubility: The Reason for the Grain Growth Anomaly in Ti-rich Strontium Titanate”, 2012 MRS Fall Meeting, November 2012, Boston, Massachusetts, EUA

 

[2] Ana M.R. Senos, Luís Amaral, Manuela Fernandes, Paula M. Vilarinho, Martin P. Harmer, Animesh Kundu, Interface transitions and retrograde solubility in Ti-rich strontium titanate, (Invited talk), Workshop on Interfaces, October 2012, Bear Creek Mountain Resort, USA.

 

[3] Ana M.R. Senos, Luís Amaral, Paula M. Vilarinho, Christine Jamin, Olivier Guillon, “Texturization of BaO-Ln2O3-TiO2 Thick Films: The Role of Constrained Sintering”, MS&T’12, October 2012, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, EUA

 

[4] Ana M.R. Senos, Luís Amaral, Christine Jamin, Olivier Guillon, Paula M. Vilarinho, Stress Assisted Grain Growth and Dielectric Properties of BaLa4Ti4O15 Thick Films., CICMT 2012 - IMAPS/ACerS International Conference and Exhibition on Ceramic Interconnect & Ceramic Microsystems Technologies, April 2012, Erfurt, Germany.

 

[5] Luis Amaral, Manuela Fernandes, Ana M. R. Senos, Paula M. Vilarinho, “Grain growth anomaly in Ti-rich strontium titanate as revealed by electron microscopy”, Microscopy at the Frontiers of Science, October 2011, Aveiro, Portugal

 

[6] Luís Amaral, Ana M.R. Senos, Paula M. Vilarinho, Christine Jamin, Olivier Guillon, “Microstructural anisotropy in BaLa4Ti4O15 EPD thick films sintered on Pt-foil substrates”, Materiais 2011, April 2011, Guimarães, Portugal

 

[7] Ana M.R. Senos, Luís Amaral, Paula M. Vilarinho, Christine Jamin, Olivier Guillon, “Constrained sintering of BaLa4Ti4O15 thick films”, MS&T’10, October 2010, Houston, Texas, EUA

 

[8] Luís Amaral, Ana M.R. Senos, Paula M. Vilarinho, Christine Jamin, Olivier Guillon, “Constrained sintering and dielectric properties of BaLa4Ti4O15 EPD thick films on Pt-foil substrates”, Electroceramics XII, June 2010, Trondheim, Norway

 

[9] Luis Amaral, Paula M. Vilarinho, Ana M. R. Senos, “Electrophoretic deposition of strontium titanate thick films: the role of suspension and processing parameters”, Materiais 2009, April 2009, Lisbon, Portugal

[10] L. Amaral, P. M. Vilarinho, A. M. R. Senos, “Relations between stoichiometry and dielectric response in strontium titanate ceramics”, COST 539 Workshop, February 2009, Madrid, Spain

 

[11] A. M. R. Senos, L. Amaral, P. M. Vilarinho, A. Tkach, I. M. Reaney, “Grain Boundary Structure and Dielectric Properties of Nonstoichiometric Strontium Titanate Ceramics”, Sintering 2008, November 2008, California, EUA

 

[12] L. Amaral, A. M. R. Senos, P. M. Vilarinho, “Grain boundary structures in nonstoichiometric SrTiO3 ceramics studied by electron microscopy and impedance spectroscopy”, INCOMAM’08, October 2008, Porto, Portugal

 

[13] P. M. Vilarinho, L. Amaral, A. M. R. Senos, “Impedance spectroscopy of nonstoichiometric strontium titanate ceramics”, Electroceramics XI, September 2008, Manchester, UK

 

[14] A. M. R. Senos, L. Amaral, P. M. Vilarinho, “Grain growth in free and constrained strontium titanate ceramics”, “ReX & GG III”, 2007, South Korea

 

[15] L. Amaral, A. Tkach, A. M. R. Senos, P. M. Vilarinho, “Sintering studies of nonstoichiometric strontium titanate ceramics”, “Electroceramics X” 2006, Toledo, Spain

 

 

Posters

 

[1] Manuela Fernandes, Luís Amaral, Ana M.R. Senos, Paula M. Vilarinho, Martin P. Harmer, Detailed scanning electron microscopy studies of nonstoichiometric strontium titanate ceramics, XLVI Congress of the Portuguese Society for Microscopy 2012, September 2012, Lisbon, Portugal.

 

[2] Paulo E. P. M. Filho, Agda E. Souza, Gleyson T. A. Santos, Silvio R. Teixeira, Luís Amaral, Ana M. R. Senos, Elson Longo, “Characterization of Strontium Titanate Synthesized by Microwave-Assisted Hydrothermal Method”, X SBPMat, September 2011, Gramado – RS, Brasil

 

[3] Ana M.R. Senos, Luís Amaral, Paula M. Vilarinho, Christine Jamin, Olivier Guillon, “Pore and grain anisotropy in BaLa4Ti4O15 and Ba4.5Nd9Ti18O54 EPD thick films sintered on platinum”, Sintering 2011, August 2011, Jeju Island, South Korea

 

[4] A. M. R. Senos, L. Amaral, P. M. Vilarinho, “Constrained sintering and microstructure development of strontium titanate thick films”, Sintering 2008, November 2008, California, EUA

 

[5] L. Amaral, A. M. R. Senos, P. M. Vilarinho, “Effect of nonstoichiometry on the structure of strontium titanate”, V CICECO Meeting, 2008, University of Aveiro, Portugal

 

[6] L. Amaral, A. Tkach, A. M. R. Senos, P. M. Vilarinho, “Nonstoichiometry effect in the sintering kinetics of strontium titanate ceramics”, IV CICECO Meeting, 2007, University of Aveiro, Portugal

 

[7] L. Amaral, A. M. R. Senos, P. M. Vilarinho, “Grain growth studies in nonstoichiometric strontium titanate ceramics”, “Materiais 2007”, Porto 2007, Portugal

 

 

 

Prizes and Awards

 

4th place in I2P Europe (Idea to Product Competition) with the project ThinFilmTec, June 2011, RWTH Aachen, Germany

 

2nd place in I2P Portugal (Idea to Product Competition) with the project ThinFilmTec, COTEC, Fevereiro 2011, Portugal (prize: 10.000€)

 

1st place in Empreende+, cathegory “Empreendedorismo de Base Tecnológica” with the project ThinFilmTec, UATEC, January 2011, University of Aveiro, Portugal (prize: 5.000€)

 

Merit scholarship in European Mater in Materials Science, 2005 and 2006, University of Aveiro, Portugal