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Carlos Silva

Head of New Product Development at INCM (President)

Short Bio

Carlos has an Executive MBA from AESE Business School, a post graduate degree in information systems and a degree in management and public administration from the University of Lisbon.

Since 2016 he assumed the role of head of new product development at INCM  (Portuguese Mint and Official Printing Office), one of Almascience’s main associates,  focusing on security printing and digital security solutions areas and on global product portfolio management.

With the launch Almascience, he assumed the role of CEO focusing on the set-up of this ambitious institution and on guaranteeing the onboarding of new industrial profile associates with relevant R&D challenges in line with Almascience’s R&D program and business development roadmap.

Previously, accumulated more than 10 years of experience in IT management and IT governance in the public sector, namely in the implementation and dissemination of IT shared services, which he helped transform into a bottom line contributing business area.

Elvira Fortunato

Vice-Rector for Research at Universidade Nova de Lisboa

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Elvira Fortunato is Vice‐Rector at NOVA and Director of the Materials Research Center (CENIMAT) of the Associated Laboratory i3N, the Institute of Nanostructures, Nanomodeling and Nanofabrication.
Elvira Fortunato pioneered European research on transparent electronics, namely thin-film transistors based on oxide semiconductors, demonstrating that oxide materials may be used as true semiconductors.

She is co-inventor of the paper electronics concept worldwide: Paper-e®. In 2008 she wins an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for the project “Invisible” and in 2018 she received the second one ERC, with the amount of € 3.5 million. The project is entitled "Multifunctional Digital Materials Platform for Smart Integrated Applications | DIGISMART".

Her research team is exploring novel active properties in advanced and sustainable multifunctional materials, including oxides as well as novel electronic-active materials including alternative deposition methods, with the main objective of developing eco-friendly technologies and devices to be used and exploited in electronic circuits made of stable amorphous semiconductors able to serve large area smart flexible and conformable surface electronics.

She is an elected member of: Academy of Engineering (2008); European Academy of Sciences (2016); Lisbon Academy of Sciences (2017) and Academia Europaea (2019). She belongs to the Board of Trustees of the Luso‐American Development Foundation (2014).
Since 2016, she is one of the members of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors from the European Commission.

She is coordinating since 2019 at NOVA University the SPEAR project, an European platform for supporting and implementing plans for gender equality in academia and research.


Carlos Clara

CEO at Clara Saúde 

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Carlos Clara is currently the CEO of Grupo Clara Saúde and Specialist Doctor in Clinical Pathology at the Labocentro laboratory.

He graduated in Medicine at the University of Coimbra in 1989 and later obtained the degree of Specialist in Clinical Pathology. He has completed several post graduation studies (Management of Health Units, Business Management) and is a trained quality control auditor. His professional path included positions as Director of Clinical Pathology Service (Centro Hospitalar Barreiro Montijo), a period in the Military Unit where he worked as a military General Physician and headed the Health Service and all its health support activity and teaching activity in different HEIs.

He collaborated(es) with several professional associations and organizations, namely he was the president of APOMEPA (Associação Portuguesa dos Médicos Patologistas ,2004 -2012), was the Vice-President of ANL (National Association of Laboratories, 2006 -2008), is member of AMGUS (Association of Medical Managers of Health Units) and Ambassador of the Shared Services of the Ministry of Health at the Centro Hospitalar Barreiro Montijo.

Carlos Pascoal Neto

General Director at RAIZ- Forest and Paper Research Institute

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Carlos Pascoal Neto, is Full Professor (“Professor Catedrático”) of the University of Aveiro (UA) and RAIZ / The Navigator Company, Director.

He started his academic career in 1992. On October 2015, he left the University of Aveiro to join The Navigator Company (former Portucel Soporcel Group), as General Director of RAIZ – Forest and Paper Research Institute, the R&D Centre of the Company.

He has been Vice-Rector of the University of Aveiro for Cooperation with Society, Innovation, Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship (2010-2015). Formerly, he has been Director of the Chemistry Department of UA (2007-2010). Carlos teaching and research activities at UA have been focused on Forest Products Chemistry and Technology.

He is graduated in Chemistry by UA, “Docteur” (PhD) by the Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble (INPG), France, and has the“Agregação” degree in Chemistry by UA.

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Manuel Monteiro

New Business Development Group Leader 

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Manuel Campos Monteiro is currently the New Business Development Group Leader of Fraunhofer Portugal Research Centre for Assistive Information and Communication Solutions (AICOS). 

Manuel holds an M.Sc. in Electrical and Computers Engineering from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto. He graduated in 2012 after presenting his work on wireless-optical interfaces, developed at INESC-TEC. 

Manuel joined Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS' research team in 2012, conducting research activities in sensors' data acquisition, analysis, and processing, in the scope of several projects. In 2018, he became Innovation Lead for Cognitive Connected Solutions. 

In 2019, he joined ACLImpex. After working as the Director for Technology Innovation and as a Member of the Executive Board for one year, Manuel returned to Fraunhofer Portugal AICOS for his current role. 

Since 2017, he has been cooperating with different organisations as an Innovation Consultant. 

Rodrigo Martins

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Rodrigo Martins is Full Professor of Faculty of Sciences and Technology of New University of Lisbon (FCT-NOVA), Portugal and the running President of the European Academy of Sciences as well as the nominated President of the International Union of Materials Research Societies for the period 2021-2023.

He is member of several boards and associations (Portuguese Academy of Engineering, Portuguese Order of Engineers, EIT KIC Raw Materials).

He founded and is the director of the Centre of Excellence in Microelectronics and Optoelectronics Processes of Uninova, being also the leader of the Materials, Optoelectronics and Nanotechnologies group of I3N/CENIMAT.

He is expert in the field of advanced functional materials, nanotechnologies, microelectronics, transparent electronics and paper electronics, with more than 570 papers published in WoK and has editorial and reviewing activity in many Q1 journals.

Rodrigo Martins has been involved in the pioneer European research on amorphous silicon semiconductors and is a pioneer - together with his group - in worldwide activity related to passive and active oxides, the so called transparent electronics and he is one of the inventors of the so-called paper electronics, where paper is exploited not only as a substrate but also as a functional component in active devices.

He got more than 17 international and national prizes and distinctions for his work (e.g.: gold medal of merit and distinction by the Almada Municipality, 2016; Lisbon Energy Live Expo, Innovation prize, 2012 (Solar tiles); European Patent Office Innovation nomination 2016 (paper electronics); Exame Informática Innovation prize 2016 (paper solar cells).

Liliana Ferreira

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Liliana Ferreira is the director of the Fraunhofer Research Center for Assistive Information and Communication Solutions (AICOS) in Portugal and Full Professor Invited at Department of Informatics of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto.

Her research focuses mainly on the areas of Natural Language Processing, Medical Knowledge Representation, Information Extraction, and Health Informatics. Liliana holds a degree in Applied Mathematics and Technology by the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (2002), an MSc in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, University of Aveiro (2005), and a Ph.D. in Informatics (2011) also from the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

Liliana has developed her research in industry and research organizations as Philips Research Eindhoven (NL), IBM Research and Development Böblingen (DE), the Institute of Electronics and Telematics Engineering of Aveiro (PT), the Ubiquitous Knowledge Lab of the Technical University of Darmstadt (DE) and the University of Tübingen (DE).


Silvia Garcia

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Silvia Garcia, is Head of the Innovation Lab at INCM (Portuguese Mint and Official Printing Office). 

She holds a Ph.D. in Biotechnology with a post graduate degree in industrial management and a degree in chemical engineering from FCT-NOVA.

She has more than 10 years of experience in industry, regarding her experience in coordination and execution of R&DI and engineering projects. In the last years she has been working on the innovation field, focused in developing ideas and its implementation through multidisciplinary R&DI projects (national and international) in order to promote new technological areas.

During its activity she has been supervising PhD students and master's degree, as company adviser, and reviewing scientific articles for peer reviewed journals.

Carlos Silva

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Carlos has an Executive MBA from AESE Business School, a post graduate degree in information systems and a degree in management and public administration from the University of Lisbon.

Since 2016 he assumed the role of head of new product development at INCM  (Portuguese Mint and Official Printing Office), one of Almascience’s main associates,  focusing on security printing and digital security solutions areas and on global product portfolio management.

With the launch Almascience, he assumed the role of CEO focusing on the set-up of this ambitious institution and on guaranteeing the onboarding of new industrial profile associates with relevant R&D challenges in line with Almascience’s R&D program and business development roadmap.

Previously, accumulated more than 10 years of experience in IT management and IT governance in the public sector, namely in the implementation and dissemination of IT shared services, which he helped transform into a bottom line contributing business area.

Luís Pereira

Scientifical and Technical Director

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Prof. Luis Pereira was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1977. He received the Engineering degree in Materials Science in 2001 and has finished the PhD in Microelectronics and Optoelectronics in 2008 at Universidade Nova de Lisboa. The PhD work was focused on polycrystalline silicon and high k dielectrics for TFT’s application.

The pos-doc activities were focused on the development of printed inorganic nanostructured materials for chromogenic, electronic and electrochemical devices on paper and plastic substrates. He was involved in the team that demonstrated for the first-time transistors made of oxides with paper acting as gate dielectric. He has authored and co-authored more than 180 publications in peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of the ISI with more than 10000 citations.

He was Professor at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia/Universidade Nova de Lisboa (FCT/UNL) from 2012 to 2020 where he has coordinated and participated in several R&D projects under different funding schemes, including industry direct funding ones. He has been granted in 2015 with a Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) on the development of cellulose nanocomposites for paper electronics (New-Fun, project 640598). Recent research interests were on the design and synthesis of 1D, 2D and 3D inorganic and hybrid nanostructures, chiral cellulose nanocomposites, functional micro and nanofibers and its integration on chromogenic, electronic and electrochemical devices.

Nowadays he is member of the board of Portuguese Professional Engineer Association – South Region, Vice-president of the TCM-Net (Transparent Conductive Materials Network), and member of the board of the Portuguese Materials Society (SPM), invited Associate Professor at FCT/UNL, and associate researcher at CENIMAT/I3N.

Soraia Ismael

Financial and Administrative Technician

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Soraia Ismael is since July 2021 Financial and Administrative Technician at ALMASCIENCE. She was born in Mozambique and lives in Lisbon since her 10 years old. She has a master in Auditing (2012) and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Administration (2010), both acquired at ISCAL and she has more than 20 years working experience in administrative and financial departments for public and private sector. Her main personal interests are related with books and travels.
 

Tatiana Lima Costa

Innovation, IP and Funding Manager

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Tatiana Lima Costa is the Innovation, IP and Funding Manager at AlmaScience. She holds a PhD in Biochemistry (University of Aveiro, UA), a Post-Graduation in Industrial Property Law (University of Lisbon) .

For the past 5 ½ years, she worked as Science and Technology Manager/Funding Advisor at the Research Support Office of UA, mainly supporting pre-award, post-award/project management and internationalization activities.

Previously she integrated UA technology transfer office (2011-2014), where she dealt with intellectual property issues, knowledge and technology transfer and University-enterprise cooperation.

During the last years she has been invited for lecturing on different courses and has been collaborating with the European Commission as independent expert as well as with the European Association of Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA) and its UK counterpart ( ARMA).

She has also interest in research in the field of Research Management, Technology Transfer, Entrepreneurship, Technology and Innovation Management, Science and Innovation Politics, University- Enterprise Relations.


Yoni Engel

Vice President of Business Development

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Dr. Yoni Engel is an experienced Technology oriented business and product manager, with broad scientific and technical expertise across multiple industries in global markets. He has served as the head of process engineering R&D for the Potash division of ICL (Israel Chemicals) and later worked as the director of product and as Vice President of Business Development for a high tech company which specialized in smart-packaging, brand protection and anti-counterfeiting technologies.

 

Dr. Engel was a post-doctoral fellow in the University of Massachusetts (2013) holds an M.Sc in Organic chemistry (2007), and a Ph.D in Physical Chemistry from Tel-Aviv University (2012), as well as an M.Sc in Energy engineering from the Technion Institute of Technology (2014). He is the author and co-author of 15 scientific publications and patents in the field of chemistry and nanotechnology.


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Ana Peres

Marketing Communication Specialist

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Ana Peres is a Senior Designer and Marketeer with an extensive experience of more than 14 years in the area.
After a short period in Biochemistry, Ana graduated in 2017 in Industrial Design at Universidade Lusíada de Lisboa and her professional career evolved into different areas of Design and Marketing, which lead Ana to different organizations from Non-profit to Private as well different business core, over the years.
Since September of 2021, Ana is Marketing Communication Specialist at Almascience.

Senior Researchers

Marta Lopes

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Marta Lopes is a Senior Researcher at AlmaScience on paper manufacturing. She has a PhD in Chemistry, in the field of structural characterization of lignocellulosic materials.

Later, she worked as a Post-Doc Research Fellow at the University of Aveiro in solid state NMR characterization of zeolites. In late 2001, she joined Celbi Pulp Mill, former StoraEnso unit and later Altri unit, where she developed applied research related with kraft pulping, pulp bleaching and papermaking properties.

Between 2017 and 2019, she worked as R&D Project Manager at RISE INNVENTIA (Sweden) in process simulation and techno-economic evaluation of new value chains integrated with pulp mills, such as production of regenerated cellulose fibers for textiles, cellulose nanofibrils for paper and lignin-based biofuels.

Her current interests are paper engineering and cellulose functionalization for sustainable applications in paper electronics, biosensors and energy harvesters.

Cristina Gaspar

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Cristina Gaspar is a Senior Researcher at AlmaScience on Printed Electronics. She received her PhD in the field of Printed Intelligence, from Aalto University, with work performed at VTT Research Institute, mainly focusing on developing mass manufactured printed components and devices, using cellulose-based substrates and tailored functional inks.

Currently, at Cemop, Portugal, she has been working as a researcher at the FunPaper lab, following the same line of research.

Her main interests are related with using printing technologies as tools for fast prototyping, together with green inks, creating more sustainable and environmentally friendly devices, for various applications, such as paper diagnostics, wearables, smart packaging, among others.


Diana Gaspar

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Diana Gaspar is a Senior Researcher at AlmaScience on paper electronics. 

She has a PhD on Advanced Materials and Processing ; whose topic was cellulose-based substrates for applications in electronic devices.

Moreover, she was a researcher in the CENIMAT/i3N (FCT-NOVA) and CEMOP (since 2009), with particular focus on materials development and paper electronics, being involved in activities related to the production of paper transistors and electronic circuitry on paper.

Her current interests are on oxide-based thin films (ZnO-based, In-based and In-free), paper and flexible electronics and solid-state electrolytes and their integration in devices.

João Resende

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Dr. Joao Resende is a Senior Researcher on Materials for Electronics at AlmaScience.

His main research is focused on new materials for microelectronics and energy harvesting technologies, aiming to improve the human development in a sustainable way. 

Previously, he developed functional transparent materials, as oxide semiconductors and emergent metal based electrodes, for light detection and emission devices.


Sumita Goswami

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Sumita Goswami is a Senior Researcher at AlmaScience with the principal responsibility of developing building blocks for cellulose based smart electronics. 

She is a materials researcher with more than 10 years of admirable research experience. She did her Ph.D.(2014) from Jadavpur University (India) in the field of Materials Science and Nanotechnology.

During her research career (including Post-Doc in CENIMAT|i3N group of Portugal), she has published in several high-impact peer-reviewed journals and proceedings of the ISI and worked for several international and national projects. 

She has competences on: Development, processing and functionalization of polymer materials and its hybrids/composites (nanostructures or thin films) on any kind of substrates using solution based cost-effective methods; Designing polymeric materials for multifunctional applications like energy harvester, sensors, data storage, supercapacitor, TFT, electrorheology; Developing and designing devices/prototypes for Wearables and Paper based electronics while projecting sustainable green technology and Zero E-Waste Challenge; Characterizing and analysing relevant process data and identifying scientific/technological solutions to process problems.

Bruno Veigas

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Bruno Veigas is a Senior Researcher at AlmaScience focused on the development of cellulose-based biosensing schemes, with a special emphasis on multiplexed, on-site-enabled technologies for early detection/screening of diseases.  

For the past 10 years he has been trying to incorporate novel concepts in biosensing and biomimetic architectures into molecular diagnostics platforms.

 His research has been pioneering at the interface between molecular genetics, nanomedicine and microelectronics. 

Some of these concepts have been focused on the development of electrochemical-based real-time gene expression methods for cancer diagnostics, nanotechnology-based infectious disease detection technologies, nano-optical principles for early detection of autoimmune diseases; together with the development of traditional and digital microfluidic devices and their application for DNA detection.


Bruno Ravanello

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Bruno Ravanello is from Santa Maria, Brazil, where he got his bachelor degree in Industrial Chemistry and his master's degree in Organic Chemistry. In 2014 he moved to Germany and obtained his PhD in Natural Sciences from Martin-Luther University in cooperation with the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, working with the functionalization of carbon nanomaterials such as fullerenes and carbon nanotubes. From 2019 to 2021, Bruno worked as a researcher in the pulp and paper industry on the topics of biorefinery, chemical modifications of forest-based materials and developing new applications for bio-based products.

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Felisberto Pereira

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Felisberto Pereira is a Senior Researcher on Electronics and Telecommunications at AlmaScience. He has a PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Aveiro and a Master in Management from Católica Porto Business School. Felisberto started is profissional carrear at Lapa Studio as hardware developer, and then worked as a researcher at Instituto de Telecomunicações developing systems in passive, semi-passive and active technologies for IoT applications. Nowadays, his main research is focused on solving the energy and communications challenges faced by IoT devices that are preventing this technology from being widely deployed and more sustainable.

Fausto Queda

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Fausto Queda is a Senior Researcher at AlmaScience on Chemistry/Biochemistry.
He has a PhD in Sustainable Chemistry, whose topic was chemical modification of chitin and chitosan.
Later, he worked as a Post-Doc Researcher at the University of Lisbon, Faculty of Pharmacy, developing new synthetical methods to functionalize biopolymers.
His research has always been at the interface of sustainable chemistry, material chemistry and organic chemistry.

Junior Researchers

Andreia dos Santos

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Andreia dos Santos is a Junior Researcher at AlmaScience focused in Sensor Development.

She is a biomedical engineer and is finishing her PhD from the MIT-Portugal Doctoral Program. She developed skills related to the production (micro-structuration based in laser engraving, synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles, and thin films production through spin-coating, spray coating, and electron-beam evaporation), and morphological (scanning electron microscopy, profilometry, and contact angle measurement) and electrical characterization of pressure sensors, temperature sensors, and energy harvesters.

Catarina Fernandes

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Catarina Fernandes is a Junior Researcher at AlmaScience focused in Sensor Development .

She was born in Lisbon, and obtained her graduation in Chemical and Biochemical Engineer at the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade  NOVA de Lisboa (FCT/UNL).   Her background experience was at industry, where Catarina was engineering project designer, and she was also involved in the certification process, based on the implementation of the Integrated Management System.


Mariana Matias

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Mariana Matias is a Junior Researcher at AlmaScience in printed electronics . She was born in Covilhã and obtained her Master's degree in Micro and Nanotechnologies Engineering at the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa (FCT/UNL), Portugal in 2019.

She worked as a researcher at CENIMAT. She has experience in the production of nanoparticles with solvothermal synthesis assisted by microwave and in the development of inks with nanoparticles for printing by different methods on paper substrate.

Tomás Freire

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Tomás Freire is a junior researcher in security at AlmaScience . He is from Lisbon’s suburban area and graduated in 2018, obtaining his master’s degree in Materials engineering at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

 After this, he worked as research fellow at CENIMAT, contributing to several projects and gaining experience in nanoparticle doping and synthesis.


Bruna Ramos

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She is from Pinhal Novo (Setúbal) has a MsC in Biochemistry from University of Évora. During her BsC she had the opportunity to work with edible films, and at her Msc she embraced the electrochemistry field with an innovative theme whose objective was to find toxic components in tattoo ink through electrochemical methods. She also had the opportunity to work with this theme for two more years, exploring the use of new electrodes and new techniques.

Sónia Alves

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Sónia Alves is a Junior Research at Almascience in paper technology. She was born in Barcelos (Braga) and she finished her master´s degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Aveiro in the end of 2020. She worked with luminescent solar concentrator, such as the rare earth complexes, in polymers matrix as CMC and PMMA.


Rita Baptista

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Rita Baptista is a Junior Researcher at AlmaScience in the fields of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She obtained her Master's degree in Biochemistry at NOVA School of Science and Technology (FCT NOVA). Her research interests are centered in the synthesis and characterisation of nanoparticles and polymers, and the use of biomolecules for sensing and energy harvesting applications.

Wilson Santos

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Wilson Santos is a Junior Researcher at AlmaScience focused on printed and hybrid electronics. In 2021, he received his master's degree in biomedical engineering from Nova School of Science & Technology.Throughout his master thesis that took place at CENIMAT|i3N, he worked in the field of flexible hybrid electronics, combining flexible membranes of parylene-C with conventional hard electronics. This work involved thin-film microfabrication techniques and the integration of hard electronics onto the substrate as well as microcontroller programming to develop a wireless skin patch for temperature monitoring, based on RFID technology.


Alexandra Lopes

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Alexandra Lopes is a Junior Researcher at AlmaScience in Electronics and Embedded Systems. She completed her master’s degree in biomedical engineering at NOVA School of Science and Technology, where she developed her thesis in Bio-Radar Applications for Remote Vital Signs Monitoring by the year 2020. She describes her journey as a combination of theoretical and practical experience in multiple areas from physics, instrumentation, bio-signals processing, and others related with the medicine area.
She enjoys meeting the balance between academic research and its application on the business side. During her 5-years course journey, she could develop external projects integrated into real-world problems where she co-founded one of the most promising Portuguese start-ups focused on cough monitoring tools. There, she developed a lot of entrepreneurship and R&D competences from day zero to the integration of a complete medical device on the market. Moreover, consciously about Biomedical Engineering importance in clinical practice, Alexandra joined several projects for promoting this recent and futuristic field in Portugal. She co-founded and actively participated in large national communities such as the National Biomedical Engineering Student Association, Tec2Med Conference, and others where she could maintain direct contact with the authors of the greatest biomedical research trends and tech topics of the last years.

Criton Jose Kallukkaran

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Criton Kallukkaran is from Kerala, the southern part of India. He holds a master’s degree in Mechatronics from the University of Glasgow U.K and a bachelor’s (Mechatronics Engineering) degree from VTU, Belgaum, India. The boundless possibilities and instant outcomes are the characteristics that he finds more stimulating and appealing about Mechatronics Engineering. His interests are in the field of embedded systems, Robotics and Control. His master's thesis was on the design and development of a satellite emulator board that can be used to test and develop satellite payloads.



Shubham Das

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Shubham Das is a Junior Researcher at AlmaScience focused on the field of Electronics and Embedded Systems.
He obtained his Dual Master Degree in the field of Control & Embedded Instrumentation and Embedded Systems & Instrumentation in France and India in the year 2020; 2021 respectively. During his master's, he completed an internship in The Sii Group, France where he worked on a project based on robotics. He later worked for Ausy – A Ranstand Company for 6 months as an Embedded Developer on a project in Airbus, Toulouse.
He has a great understanding of the concepts related to Embedded Systems and their Development and has gained significant experience in the domain of electronics and programming through various projects. He is passionate about technology and also has the curiosity and motivation to explore new fields.