Maria Rute Ferreira André

Maria Rute de Amorim e Sá Ferreira André

Associate Professor with Aggregation

Department of Physics
Universidade de Aveiro
Campus Universitário de Santiago
 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal

1.    What are your personal perspectives as a researcher?
As researcher, I aim to strength the R&D activities in the area of photonics, in the framework of the Group of Functional Organic-Inorganic Hybrids of the University of Aveiro at the national and international levels. In particular, R&D activities related with the development of new materials for the areas of lighting, photovoltaic conversion (luminescent solar concentrators) and integrated optics.
In what concern my R&D, I highlight our contribution to the field of lighting where the recent development of a white LED prototype with enhance light emission properties compared with that of commercial white LEDs made of natural, abundant and recyclable hybrid nanoparticles placed organic-inorganic hybrids as new down-converter phosphors for white light. Are we able to combine other materials in order to further improve their performance as white light emitters?

2.    In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges in your area of research?
The challenges for the field of photonics are well illustrated by the two recent events related with the attribution of the Nobel Prize in Physics to the three Japanese scientists (I. Akasaki, H. Amano e S. Nakamura) "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources" and the proclamation by UNESCO of the 2015 as the International Year of Light emphasising that light is a key cross-cutting discipline of science and engineering with impact in a myriad of applications that have revolutionized society through medicine, communication, entertainment and culture. Big challenges include, therefore, the demonstration to policymakers and stakeholders of the light potential towards a sustainable technological development, in parallel with the recruitment and formation of young people in this field.

3.    Where are the strengths of the UA in your opinion?
The University of Aveiro is a multi-disciplinary campus that favours the collaboration between distinct groups in related and complementary areas. The existence of several Associated Laboratories provides the presence of new researchers that have been contributing with knowhow and new ideas and to the attraction of diverse funding. Also, it enables the synergy between teaching (and human resources formation) and research activities that improve the quality of the Masters and Ph.D. programs lectured at UA.

4.    Could you give one idea to improve research in the UA?
Establish the map of the research that have contributed to the effective growing of UA at the national and international levels and establish the road map for the permanent recruitment of high-level senior researchers, avoiding the migration of consolidated R&D activities.

última atualização a 30-01-2015

Maria Rute Ferreira André (born 1974) got her Ph.D. in 2002 from the Department of Physics, University of Aveiro (UA), working on the characterization and modelling of the photoluminescence properties of lanthanide-doped organic-inorganic hybrids. In 2003, she joined the Associated Laboratory CICECO as an Assistant Researcher, keeping simultaneously teaching activities as invited Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics of UA. In 2012, she got the Habilitation (Agregação) in Physics-UA. In the present, she is an Associated Professor at the Physics Department in UA. Over the last years, she has authorized 5 book chapters, 250 articles published in peer-reviewed journals with around 5500 citations (h-index is 39). In the period 2008-2011, she was a member of the scientific board of CICECO and since 2014 she is Vice-President of the Scientific Council for Exact Sciences and Engineering of the Portuguese National Science Foundation.

Her main scientific interests are focused on the optical properties of sol-gel derived organic/inorganic hybrids without metal activator centres and doped with dyes or lanthanide ions, processed as bulk and nanostructured monoliths and thin films. In the last 5 years, she extended her research interests to crystalline and amorphous nanoparticles of semiconductor and oxide materials functionalized with organic cappings. In 2005, her research activities were expanded to a new research line, in collaboration with Institute of Telecommunications at University of Aveiro, addressing the synthesis of organic-inorganic hybrids to produce low cost substrates for integrated optics, with emphasis on the characterization of their local structure and on the extensive knowledge of their light guidance properties. Her research interests also include the experimental technique of ellipsometry as thin film characterization tool, including optimization of modelling algorithms. Her research aims at establishing the chemical/physical phenomena responsible for the optical features of organic-inorganic hybrids and at studying the energy transfer processes, foreseeing applications in the fields of optoelectronics and photonics (phosphors, solid-state lighting, and integrated optics) and photovoltaics (luminescent solar concentrators).

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