Curriculum Vitae

Laboratory of Accelerators and Radiation Technologies (LATR)


Name: Rui Manuel
Surnames: Coelho da Silva
Born: 02-03-1959, S. Vicente, Cabo-Verde
Nationality: Portuguese

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  • 1993 – PhD in Physics, Physics of the Condensed Matter by Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisboa).
  • 1987-1988 – FOM fellowship at the Laboratorium voor Algemene Natuurkunde of the University of Groningen, the  Netherlands.
  • 1983-1984 – Compulsive Military Service. Served as Infantry Officer at the Army Infantry School.
  • 1982 – Graduation in Physics, Physics of the Condensed Matter by Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisboa).

Professional Employment Career

  • 2013 - Principal Researcher, Group of Advanced Materials Research, Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear (IPFN), Laboratory of Accelerators and Nuclear Technologies (LATR).
  • 02/2006 – Principal Researcher, Group of Advanced Materials Research, Ion Beam Laboratory (IBL), Unit of Physics and Accelerators, ITN (ITN became part of the Technical University in March 2012, adopting the short name IST/ITN).
  • 1994 – Invited Professor, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the New University of Lisboa). Classes: Vibrations and Waves in Physics and Introductory Nuclear Physics.
  • 09/1994 – Research Officer, ITN
  • 1987 – Research Assistant, ITN, Sacavém, Portugal.
  • 1985 – Research Trainee, Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear (ITN), then LNETI-Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia e Tecnologia Industrial.

Main Scientific Area of Research

  • The scientific activity of Rui Silva has been in nuclear condensed matter physics, mainly using ion implantation to modify and form materials – metals and insulating oxides – with novel properties, either localized or extended, and ion beams to characterize and study those and other materials.
  • Main subjects of study are  the formation and characterization of nanostructures by ion implantation, with emphasis in intermetallic compounds in metals, and on the electrical and magnetic properties of nanosized metallic structures in oxides, e.g. MgO and TiO2 or ZnO. Combination of ion beam analysis with other structural characterization techniques e.g. XRD and Electron Microscopy, and transport measurements, e.g. electrical conductivity and magnetization measurements M(H) and M(T), yield fundamental information about the relationship of the electronic and spin properties with the structure dimensions and crystalline structure.

Teaching Activities

  • He has been mentoring the thesis of 2 post-doctoral students, 6 PhD students, 5 MSc students, and a great number of graduation students of engineering physics courses.

Scientific Works

  • Research works are documented in 100 publications where the more relevant are listed below. Running projects and collaborations with colleagues from IST and foreign Institutions cover a wide range of subjects and activities.
  • The major research interests are focused in studying the properties of reduced dimensionality structures at the nanometer level, produced by ion implantation in different materials.

Selected Publications

Oxides and Nanostructures

  • Nanoparticles of Ni in ZnO single crystal matrix, R.P. Borges, B. Ribeiro, A.R.G. Costa, C. Silva, R.C. da Silva, G. Evans, A.P. Gonçalves, M.M. Cruz, M. Godinho, U. Wahl, European Physics Journal B, 86 (2013) 254.
    DOI: 10.1140/epjb/e2013-40008-5.
  • Formation of oriented nickel aggregates in rutile single crystals by Ni implantation, M.M. Cruz, R.C. da Silva, J.V. Pinto, R.P. Borges, N. Franco, A. Casaca, E. Alves, M. Godinho, Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 340 (2013) 102-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.jmmm.2013.03.032.
  • Magnetic and transport properties of transition-metal implanted ZnO single crystals, R.P. Borges, B. Ribeiro, A.R.G. Costa, C. Silva, R.C. da Silva, G. Evans, A.P. Gonçalves, M.M. Cruz, M. Godinho, European Journal of Physics B, 79 (2011) 185-195. DOI:10.1140/epjb/e2010-10512-3.
  • Influence of structural transitions of BaTiO3 on the magnetic properties of Fe nanoparticles, R.P. Borges, R.C. da Silva, M.M. Cruz, M. Godinho, Journal of Physics: Conference Series 200 (2010) 072014. DOI:10.1088/1742-6596/200/7/072014.
  • Nitrogen and argon doped zinc oxide, C. Silva, A.R.G. Costa, M.M. Cruz, R.C. da Silva, R.P. Borges, L.C. Alves, M. Godinho, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 22 (2010) 346005. DOI:10.1088/0953-8984/22/34/346005.
  • Magnetism in wide band gap semiconductors implanted with non-magnetic ions, R.P. Borges, M.M. Cruz, R.C. da Silva, F. Bern, P. Venezuela, M. Dionízio Moreira, A.T. Costa, M. Godinho, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 153 (2009). DOI:10.1088/1742-6596/153/1/012044.
  • Ferromagnetism induced in rutile single crystals by argon and nitrogen implantation, M.M. Cruz, R.C. da Silva, J.V. Pinto, N. Franco, M. Godinho, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 21 (2009) 206002. DOI:10.1088/0953-8984/21/20/206002.
  • Magnetism in Ar implanted ZnO, R.P. Borges, R.C. da Silva, S. Magalhães, M.M. Cruz, M. Godinho, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 19 (2007) 476207. DOI: 10.1088/0953-8984/19/47/476207.
  • Magnetic behaviour of Co and Ni implanted MgO, M.M. Cruz, R.C. da Silva, R. Gonzáles, E. Alves and M. Godinho, J. of Magnetism and Magn. Materials, 272-276 (2004) 840-3.
  • Conductivity behaviour of Cr implanted TiO2, R.C. da Silva, M.M. Cruz, E. Alves, Nucl. Instr. and Meth. B, 191 (2002) 158-162.

Metals and Metal Alloys

  • Electrochemical behaviour of chromium implanted magnesium in hydroxide, chloride and sulphate solutions, M. Vilarigues, J.C.S. Fernandes, L.C. Alves, R.C. da Silva, Surface and Coatings Technology, 202, Vol.17 (2008) 4086–4093. DOI:10.1016/j. surfcoat.2008.02.018.
  • Formation of Al-Fe surface alloys by ion implantation of Fe in Al, L.M. Prudêncio, I.D. Nogueira, J.C. Waerenbourgh, A.P. Gonçalves, O. Conde, R.C. da Silva, Surf. and Coatings Technology, 158-159 (2002) 338-341.
  • Characterisation of corrosion products in Cr implanted Mg surfaces, M. Vilarigues, L.C. Alves, I.D. Nogueira, N. Franco, A. Sequeira, R.C. da Silva, Surf. and Coatings Technology, 158-159 (2002) 327-332.
  • Investigation of Al-Cr intermetallic phase formation in Al surfaces implanted with Cr ions, L.M. Prudêncio, M.F. da Silva, J.C. Soares and R.C. da Silva, O. Conde, R. Vilar, Surf. and Coatings Technology, 128-129 (2000) 166-169.

Multilayers and Coatings

  • Colouring glasses using nanoparticles synthesized within polyelectrolyte layer by layer films, M.G. Ventura, D. Krasilnikova, T. Silva, R.C. da Silva, A.J. Parola, A.P. Matos, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, 379 (2013) 80-88.
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2013.07.030.
  • Phase growth control in low temperature PLD Co:TiO2 films by pressure, S. Routa, N. Popovicia, S. Daluia, M.L. Paramês, R.C. da Silva, A.J. Silvestre, O. Conde, Current Applied Physics, 13(2013) 670-676. DOI: 10.1016/j.cap.2012.11.005.
  • High temperature phase transitions and critical exponents of Samarium orthoferrite determined by in situ optical ellipsometry, B. Berini, A. Fouchet, E. Popova, J. Scola, Y. Dumont, N. Franco, R.M.C. da Silva, N. Keller, Journal of Applied Physics 111, 053923 (2012). DOI: 10.1063/1.3692088.
  • Structural and magnetic properties of thin films of BaFeO3- deposited by pulsed injection pulsed injection metal-organic chemical vapour deposition, B. Ribeiro, R.P. Borges, R.C. da Silva, N. Franco, P. Ferreira, E. Alves, B. Berini, A. Fouchet, N. Keller, M. Godinho, Journal of Applied Physics, 111, 113923 (2012). DOI: 10.1063/1.4729269.
  • Strain and interface effects on the magnetic and transport properties of La0.7Ca0.3 MnO3/CaO multilayers, A. Casaca, R.P. Borges, P. Ferreira, A. Saraiva, M.A. Rosa, R.C. da Silva, W.C. Nunes, S. Magalhães, M. Godinho, Journal of Physics: Conference Series, 153 (2009) 012045. DOI:10.1088/1742-6596/153/1/01204 5.
  • Tuning magnetic properties with off-stoichiometry in oxide thin films: An experiment with Yttrium Iron Garnet as a model system, Y. Dumont, N. Keller, E. Popova, D.S. Schmool, M. Tessier, S. Bhattacharya , B. Stahl, R.C. da Silva and M. Guyot, Physical Review B 76, 104413 (2007). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.76.104413.
  • Reversible phase transformation of LaNiO3-x thin films studied in-situ by spectroscopic ellipsometry, B. Berini, N. Keller, Y. Dumont, E. Popova, W. Noun, M. Guyot, J. Vigneron, A. Etchberry, N. Franco, R.C. da Silva, Physical Review B, 76, 205417 (2007). DOI:10.1103/PhysRevB.76.205417.

Heritage Materials

  • Chemical characterisation of Hispano-Moresque azulejos: Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha in Coimbra, Portugal, Susana Coentro, R.C. da Silva, Rui A.A. Trindade, António Candeias, José Mirão, Vânia S.F. Muralha, Journal of the Archaeological Science, 41 (2014) 21-28. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2013.07.031.
  • Corrosion of 15th and early 16th Century Stained Glass from the Monastery of Batalha Studied with External Ion Beam, M. Vilarigues, P. Redol, A. Machado, P.A. Rodrigues, L.C. Alves, R.C. da Silva, Materials Characterization, 62 (2011) 211-217. DOI:10.1016/j.matchar.2010.12.001.
  • Characterisation of Medieval Yellow Silver Stained Glass from Convento de Cristo in Tomar, Portugal, J. Delgado, M. Vilarigues, A. Ruivo, V. Corregidor, R.C. da Silva, L.C. Alves, Nuclear Instrum. and Methods B, 269 (2011) 2383-2388. DOI:10.1016/j.nimb.2011.02.059.
  • The effect of Mn, Fe and Cu ions on potash-glass corrosion, M. Vilarigues, R.C. da Silva, Journal of Non-crystalline Solids 355 (2009) 1630-1637. DOI:10.1016/j.jnoncrysol.2009.05.051.
  • Stained glasses under the microprobe: a window into history, M. Vilarigues, P. Fernandes, L.C. Alves, R.C. da Silva, Nuclear Instrum. and Methods, B, 267 (2009) 2260-2264. DOI:10.1016/j.nimb.2009.03.049.
  • Ion beam and infrared analysis of medieval stained glass, M. Vilarigues and R.C. da Silva, Applied Physics A, 79 (2004) 373-78.
  • KrF pulsed laser deposition of chromium oxide thin films from Cr8O21 targets, N. Popovici, M.L. Paramês, R.C. da Silva, O. Monnereau, P. Sousa, A.J. Silvestre and O. Conde, Applied Physics A, 79 (2004) 1409-11.
  • Structure of MCrAlY coatings deposited on Single Crystal Turbine Blades by Laser Cladding, P.N. Ferreira, R. Vilar, J.P. Pina, R.C. da Silva, A.D. Sequeira, F.D. Marquis, in Proceedings of Materials Science & Technology 2003, Fernand Marquis (Ed.) Powder Materials: Current Research and Industrial Applications III, 9-12 de Novembro de 2003, Chicago, Illinois, 2003.
  • Characterisation of YBaCuO-PrBaCuO multilayers grown by pulsed injection MOCVD, V. Galindo, J.P. Senateur, E. Alves, R.C. da Silva, M.M. Cruz, M. Godinho, A. Casaca, G. Bonfait, Journal of Low Temperature Physics 117, 3-4 (1999) 657-661.

Projects Participation

  • Nitretos Magnéticos Nanostruturados: Proj. PTDC/FIS/102270/2008, Duration: 3 years, starting Jan. 2010. Partners: Univ. de Lisboa, ITN.
  • Revestimentos anti-corrosão com tolerância a falhas para ligas de magnésio: Proj. PTDC/CTM-MET/112831/2009, Duration: 3 years, starting April. 2011. Partners: ICEMS-IST, ITN, CICECO-Univ. Aveiro, EADS.
  • Tomografia com microssonda nuclear com discriminação em profundidade: Proj. PTDC/FIS/115089/2009, Duration: 3 years, starting May 2011.
  • Nobly Decorated Crystal: Proj. AdI/23274/2012, Duration: 3 years, starting Oct. 2012. Partners: VAA/Atlantis, CICECO-Univ. Aveiro, IST/ITN/UTL.