Curriculum Vitae

Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Nucleares (C2TN)


Name: Elsa Maria Simões
Surnames: Branco Lopes
Born: 18-04-1962, Tomar, Portugal
Nationality: Portuguese

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  • 1998 – PhD, Physics, FCUL, Lisbon, Portugal.
  • 1986 – Graduated, Physics, FCUL Lisbon, Portugal.

Professional Employment Career

  • 1998 Auxiliary Researcher, ITN, Sacavém, Portugal.
  • 1991 Research Assistant,ICEN, Sacavém, Portugal.

Scientific Specialization

  • Condensed Matter Physics, Materials Science, Thermoelectricity.

Main Scientific Areas of Research

  • The main activity of Elsa Branco Lopes involves the study of low dimensional conductors with interesting transport properties and their correlation to structural data. The transport properties studied are the electrical resistivity, thermoelectric power, thermal conductivity and magnetoresistance. The type of solids studied include low dimensional molybdenum bronzes and organic conductors and high temperature superconductors. More recently she became involved in the study of transport in the d and f intermetallic compounds in the search for compounds with unconventional transport properties like superconductivity, heavy fermion and high ZT thermoelectric materials.

Scientific Works

  • Author or co-author of more than 88 original publications in Refereed Journals.
  • Co-author of 2 chapters in books.
  • 1 national patent.
  • 141 oral presentations and communications to national and international conferences.

Selected Publications

  • A. Casaca, E.B. Lopes, A.P. Gonçalves, M. Almeida, Electrical transport properties of CuS single crystals, J. Phys. Condens. Matter 24 015701 (2012).
    Journal impact factor: 2.36, Citations: 1.
  • E. Steven, J.G. Park, A. Paravastu, E.B. Lopes, J.S Brooks, O. Englander, T. Siegrist, P. Kaner, R.G. Alamo, Physical characterization of functionalized spider silk: electronic and sensing properties, Sci. Technol. Adv. Mat. 12 055002 (2011).
    Journal impact factor: 3.75, Citations: 1.
  • A.P. Gonçalves, E.B. Lopes, O. Rouleau, C. Godart, Conducting glasses as new potential thermoelectric materials: the Cu-Ge-Te case, J. Mater. Chem. 20 1516-1521 (2010).
    Journal impact factor: 6.11, Citations: 9.
  • E.B. Lopes, H. Alves, I.C. Santos, D. Graf, J.S. Brooks, E. Canadell, M. Almeida, The family of molecular conductors [(n-Bu)4N]2[M(dcbdt)2]5, M = Cu, Ni, Au; band filling and stacking modulation effects, J. Mater. Chem. 18 2825-2832 (2008).
    Journal impact factor: 6.11, Citations: 9.

Other Publications

  • R.A.L. Silva, A.I.S. Neves, J.T. Coutinho, L.C.J. Pereira, I.C. Santos, E.B. Lopes, C. Rovira, D. Belo, M. Almeida, (a-DT-TTF)2 [Au(mnt)2]; a weakly disordered organic spin-ladder, Inorganic Chemistry 52, 5300-5306 (2013).
  • A.P. Goncalves, E.B. Lopes, G. Delaizir, B. Lenoir, A. Piarristeguy, A. Pradel, J. Monnier, P. Ochin, C. Godart, Semiconducting glasses: A new class of thermoelectric materials?, Journal of Solid State Chemistry 193, 26-30(2012).
  • C. Godart C, A.P. Goncalves, E.B. Lopes, B. Villeroy, Role of Structures on Thermal Conductivity in Thermoelectric Materials, in NATO ASI Series B "Properties and Applications of Thermoelectric Materials", ed. V. Zlatić and A. Hewson, Springer, 19-49 (2009).
  • J. C. Dias, X. Ribas, J. Morgado, J. Seiça, E. B. Lopes, I. C. Santos, R. T. Henriques, M. Almeida, K. Wurst, P. Foury-Leylekian, E. Canadell, J. Vidal-Gancedo, J Veciana, and C. Rovira, Multistability in a family of DT-TTF organic radical based compounds (DT-TTF)4[M(L)2]3 (M=Au, Cu; L=pds, pdt, bdt), Journal of Materials Chemistry, 15, 3187-3199 (2005).
  • D. Belo, H. Alves, E.B. Lopes, M.T. Duarte, V. Gama, R.T. Henriques, , M. Almeida, A. Pérez-Benítez, C. Rovira and J. Veciana, Gold complexes with dithiophene ligands: A Metal Based on a Neutral Molecule, Chemistry A European Journal, 7, 511-519 (2001).