Since October 2008 I am PhD student in the Quantum Systems and Nanomaterials Group at University of Exeter. My supervisor is Professor Robert Jones and my research at the moment is concerned with studying of defects in diamond.

From September 2007 to August 2008 I was working on my Master thesis in the Computational and Theoretical Physics Group at University of Minho. I studied the physical properties of titanium oxicarbide thin films using ab-initio methods.

From September 2006 to August 2007 I was working on the European project Termoglaze (COOP-CT-2005-017761) at Agilus Institute studying the optical properties of vanadium oxide thin films for thermochromic applications. In my graduation thesis at University of Aveiro, 2005-2006, I had work on the calculation of the formation energy of vacancies in germanium using the density functional theory.

During my graduation I developed a 3D mesoscopic model of thin film growth within the project DeCsI - Degradation of RICH CsI Detectors, in collaboration with CERN. In 2003 I was Summer Student in the (ALICE/HMPID) group at CERN in the developement and characterization of large-area, thin-film Cesium Iodide photocathodes for the Ring Imaging Cherenkov (RICH) detector in the ALICE experiment.


Honorable mention in the VI National Meeting of Physics Students (2004), Aveiro-Portugal.

Prize for the best presentation in the IV National Meeting of Physics Students (2002), Braga-Portugal.

Participation in projects

Project nr. PTDC/CTM/69362/2006
Supported by: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Project nr. COOP – CT – 2005 -017761
Supported by: European Union

DeCsI - Degradation of RICH CsI Detectors
Project nr. POCI/FP/63442/2005
Supported by: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia