My background and training is materials science, mostly in the field of technical porous and dense ceramics. My current research interest right now is focussed on freezing pretty much anything I can get my hands on, and see how it applies to domains beyond materials science.
Cecilia Mortalò completed her PhD at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy) in 2005. Since 2005 she has been a researcher at the Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry and Technologies for Energy of the Italian National Research Council. The scientific and technological skills are in the field of chemistry and technology of materials. In particular, she has expertise in the preparation and study of a variety of advanced functional ceramic materials for different applications, i.e. in the energy field (solid oxide fuel cells, energy storage systems (ZEBRA batteries), hydrogen separation and purification, protective coatings (protection against corrosion, anti-dirty and antifreeze treatments), phosphors with luminescent properties and colloidal suspensions (inks and nanofluids).
In these areas, she has competences in different conventional and un-conventional synthetic approaches such as sol gel techniques, solid state synthesis (SSR), microwave-assisted syntheses (sol-gel and hydrothermal) and sintering, classic and reactive sintering, wet-based deposition techniques (spin coating, dip coating, air-spray, drop-casting, solvent-casting, EPD). The most recent research activity focuses on high entropy metal alloy (HEA) materials for extreme conditions applications and corrosion resistance in the marine environment.
She has been involved as participant and senior investigator in several national and international projects focused on development of advanced materials for extreme conditions and energy applications and she has published 37 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed ISI journals. She is referee for various international scientific journals and she has been involved as co-guest editor for some special issues and topics.
Dr. António Pereira Gonçalves is a Coordinator Researcher of the Department of Engineering and Nuclear Sciences of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), Lisbon University. He obtained his PhD in Chemistry in 1996 at IST, on intermetallic uranium compounds. His research interests are in the fields of Solid State Chemistry, Materials Science, Exploratory synthesis, Phase diagram studies, Crystal growth, Design of new materials, Nanostructured materials, Actinide and Rare Earth Intermetallics, Oxides, Pnictide and Chalcogenide compounds, Strongly Correlated Electronic Systems, Thermoelectric materials and Nuclear materials for peaceful applications. Currently, he is working on uranium compounds for fundamental and applied studies and on compounds and thermoelectric systems for waste heat recovery. Dr. António Pereira Gonçalves has authored or co-authored more than 250 publications in peer review journals, having more than 350 conference presentations (22 invited). Since 2017 he is the President of the Center for Nuclear Sciences and Technologies (C2TN), a Research Unit of IST.
Professor of Physics, head of the nanomat group, quantum materials center (Q-MAT) of the CESAM research unit.
Chair of Steering Committee, European Theoretical Spectroscopy Facility. Elected Fellow APS, Young Academy of Europe.