Curriculum Vitae

Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Nucleares (C2TN)


Name: Fernanda Maria
Surnames: Amaro Margaça
Born: 29-01-1956, Portugal
Nationality: Portuguese

Phone: +351 21 994 6053
Fax: +351 21 994 6285
E-mail: fmargaca (add @ctn.tecnico.ulisboa.pt)


Education

  • 1986 – D. Phil., Oxford University, UK.
  • 1979 – Graduation, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa.

Professional Employment Career

  • Since Sept/2013 – Principal Researcher, Group of Radiations, Elements and Isotopes (GREI), IST/CTN/C2TN.
  • February/2012-Sept/2013 – Principal Researcher, head of the Group of Ionizing Radiation Technologies and Coordinator of the Unit of Physics and Accelerators, ITN (ITN became part of the IST in March 2012, adopting the short name IST/ITN), Sacavém.
  • 1999 – Principal Researcher, Group Condensed Matter Physics of the Unit of Physics and Accelerators, of Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear (ITN), Sacavém.
  • 1987-1999 – Researcher, Group Condensed Matter Physics of LNETI (National Laboratory for Industrial Engineering and Technology) up to 1992. Then LNETI was renamed ICEN (Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering) until 1999 when it became ITN (Nuclear and Technological Institute).
  • 1985-1987 – Research Assistant, of LNETI (National Laboratory for Industrial Engineering and Technology), Sacavém.
  • 09/1981-02/1985 – PhD Student, Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford, U.K., with a LNETI grant and an OSR Award by the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the Universities of the United Kingdom.
  • 1979-1981 – Junior Research Assistant, LNETI (National Laboratory for Industrial Engineering and Technology), Sacavém.

Scientific Specialization

  • Ionizing Radiation Technologies.
  • Hybrid materials with controlled composition prepared by gamma irradiation.
  • Neutron spectrometry and small angle neutron scattering spectrometers design optimization.

Main Scientific Area of Research

  • Ionizing Radiation applications.
  • Characterization of organic-inorganic hybrid materials.
  • Preparation of new hybrid materials by environmental friendly methods, using high energy radiations.
  • Development of materials for biomedical applications.

Participation in Projects

In the last 5 years:

  • Project of consolidation of research skills and resources "Application of Ionizing Radiation for a Sustainable Environment" - ARIAS. Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia RECI/AAG-TEC/0400/2012. IST-ID. (June2013– May 2015). Principal Investigator.
  • Exploratory project "Inactivation Patterns of Enteric Virus by Ionizing Radiation" – Vrad. Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, contract EXPL/DTP-SAP/2338/2013. IST-ID. (Jun 2014- May 2015). Team member.
  • Research project "Radiation Treatment of wastewater for reuse with particular focus on wastewaters containing organic pollutants". International Atomic Energy Agency, contract 16513/R3. IST/ITN (Dec. 2013 – Dec. 2014). Principal Investigator.
  • Research project: "Hibrid Materials for Biomedical Applications". Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, contract PTDC/CTM/101115/2008. Universidade de Aveiro/ITN. (June 2010 – May 2013). Team member.
  • Research project "Hybrid Materials Prepared by Irradiation". Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, contract POCTI/CTM/44150/2002. ITN/Universidade de Aveiro. (Jan. 2004 – June 2008). Principal Investigator.
  • Re-equipment project "Upgrading of the Radiation Technology Unit UTR". Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, contract CONC-REEQ/996/2001. (June 2005 – Dec. 2008).

Scientific Works

  • PhD Thesis: "The Study of Molten Salts by Neutron Scattering", University of Oxford, U.K., 1986 .
  • Graduation Thesis: "Coherent scattering of thermalized polarized neutrons by a parity violating potential", Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal, 1979.
  • Author or co-author of more than forty original papers published in peer-reviewed international Journals and twice that number of communications among invited, oral and posters to international and national scientific meetings.

Selected Publications

  • The role of Zirconium as thermal stabilizer of PDMS-TEOS hybrids, M.M. Portela Marques, I.M. Miranda Salvado, F.M.A. Margaça, L.M. Ferreira, J. Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 100, 2 (2010) 557-561. DOI: 10.1007/s10973-009-0180-7.
    Times Cited: 3.
  • Hybrid PDMS-Silica-Zirconia materials prepared by gamma-irradiation, S.R. Gomes, ; F.M.A. Margaca, ; L. Ferreira et al., Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research Section B-Beam Interactions With Materials and Atoms,  265,  1 (2007) 114-117,  DOI: 10.1016/j.nimb.2007.08.035. 
    Times Cited: 8.
  • Small angle neutron scattering study of silica gels: influence of pH, F.M.A. Margaca, I.M.M. Salvado, J. Teixeira,  Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 258, 1-3  (1999)70-77, DOI: 10.1016/S0022-3093(99)00514-1. 
    Times Cited: 11.
  • SANS of ZrO2.SiO2 gels, F.M.A. Margaca, I.M.M. Salvado, J. Teixeira, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 209, 1-2 (1997) 143-148, DOI: 10.1016/S0022-3093(96)00550-9. 
    Times Cited: 16.
  • A SANS study of xTiO2-SiO2 gels with low Titania content, I.M.M. Salvado, F.M.A. Margaca, J. Teixeira, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 163, 2 (1993) 115-124.
    Times Cited: 13.