Curriculum Vitae

Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Nucleares (C2TN)


Name: António Manuel da Silva de
Surname: Nazareth Falcão
Birth place and date: Lisbon 06-07-1954
Nationality: Portuguese

Tel: (+351) 21 994 6151
Fax: (+351) 21 994 1039
E-mail: falcao (add @ctn.ist.utl.pt)
 

Academic degrees

  • 1996 – PhD in Condensed Matter Physics, Classical University of Lisbon. Thesis: Scaling of Structural Parameters in Cross-Linked Polydimethylsiloxane Networks, [classification: "unanimidade com distinção e louvor" (approved unanimously with distinction and laud)].
  • 1981 – Graduation in Solid State Physics, FCT, University of Coimbra, Portugal (classification: 16/20). Degree Thesis: Determination of the Structure of the Vanadium Oxide VO2, classification 18/20.
  • 1972-1976 – Four years Electrical Engineering, I.S.T., Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal (classification: 16/20).

Scientific and/or professional activities

  • Fellowship CEE Brite-Euram, Risø National Laboratory, Denmark (July 1992 – February 1994).
  • Research Officer, Nuclear and Technological Institute (ITN), Lisbon (June 1995 – December 2001).
  • Senior Research Officer, ITN, Lisbon (Since December 2001).
  • Member of the Coordinating Commission of the Scientific Council, ITN (January 2003 – January 2005).
  • President of the Scientific Council, ITN (Since January 2005).
  • Coordinator of the Training Center, ITN, Lisbon (Since January 2005).
  • Member of the Executive Secretariat of the Forum of the Scientific Councils of the State Laboratories (June 2005 – June 2006).
  • President of the Forum of the Scientific Councils of the State Laboratories (June 2006 – June 2007).
  • Invited Coordinator Professor at the Physics Section, E. S. T. S. L. of the Lisbon Polytechnic (Since October 2002).
  • Expert under contract, International Atomic Energy Agency, (June 1995, December 2002, November 2005)

Area of scientific activity

  • Polymer physics. Radiation induced changes in the properties of bybrid (glass-polymer) and polymer systems. Radiation induced synthesis of new polymer based systems for bioapplications. Neutron scattering techniques (small-angle scattering, two-axis diffractometry), instrument development and data analysis. Monte-Carlo computer simulation techniques.

Other skills/activities

  • Computer simulation techniques, and their application to the solution of optimization problems. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) technique. SANS data analysis and interpretation. Optimization and design of neutron scattering instrumentation (neutron guides, mechanical velocity selectors, choppers, collimators). Optimization and design of neutron scattering instruments (two-axis, time-of-flight and SANS instruments). Use of irradiation processes to modify mechanical and optical properties of materials (polymeric materials, hybrid glass-polymer systems and natural crystals). Microscopic structural characterization of polymer melts, solutions, networks (dry networks, networks swollen in a good solvent, and uniaxially stretched networks), and hybrids. Theory of polymer networks and gels.

Supervising experience

  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa, co-supervisor of Carlos Marques da Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Degree thesis: Characterization od color centres created by ionic implantation and neutron irradiation of natural Topaz, presented in Novembro de 1999.
  • Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, co-supervisor of Miguel Carrapiço, Degree thesis: Creation and characterization of color centres in natural Topaz crystals.
  • Supervisor of Jorge Luís, FCT fellowship, re-installation of the ITN time-of-flight diffractometer ETV (1995, 1996).
  • Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Supervisor of the PhD thesis of the research assistant Luís Ferreira, 2003-2007.
  • Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Supervisor of the Master thesis of Miguel Carrapiço.
  • Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, supervisor of the Degree thesis of Miguel Carrapiço: Color centres in natural Topaz.
  • Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Master Course in Physical Engineering (Applied Nuclear Physics), supervisor of the final work submitted by Orlando Reis and Miguel Carrapiço: Neutron guide simulation of a neutron guide system for the FRM-II reactor of the Technische Universität München.
  • Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, supervisor of the Degree Thesis of David Silva: Installation of the two-axis diffractometer of ITN, DIDE.

Participation in research projects

  • INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY 11361/R1, (Team member) Study and Design of a new generation of SANS instruments: smaller, modular, with enhanced capabilities and low servicing requirements.
  • INSTITUTO TECNOLÓGICO E NUCLEAR (Team member) Design, construction and installation of neutron scattering spectrometers for the Portuguese Research Reactor, RPI.
  • INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY, IAEA POR/1/008 (Team member) External Input for Development of Local Neutron Beam Work.
  • INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY, IAEA 7284/RB (Team member) Microstructure Investigation by the SANS technique of two-component silicate materials prepared by sol-gel.
  • POCTI/1999/FIS/34449 (Coordinator) Development of a Variable Geometry Neutron Multichannel Collimator (Team Leader).
  • EC Program HCM, ERB CHGECT 920001 (Team member).
  • EU TMR Programme – Access to large scale facilities.
  • PRAXIS/P/CTM/12212/98 (Team member) Microstructure Investigation of Organic-inorganic hybrid materials.
  • CONC-REEQ/996/2001 (Team member) Re-shufling and modernization of the Unidade de Tecnologias de Radiação (UTR).
  • Design and supply of in-pil.e beam extraction assemblies for the Greek Research Reactor, NRC Demokritos, Athens, IAEA Purchase order GRE1040-80877J (Coordinator).
  • Design, supply and installation of Aluminum Irradiation Tubes and Stainless Steel Shielding Structures for the GRR-1, NRC for Scientific Research DEMOKRITOS, Athens. Contract No 015/7/B125/5.2 (Coordinator).
  • POCTI/CTM/44150/2002 (2004-2006) (Team member) Hybrid Materials Prepared by Irradiation.

Selected Publications

  • Gomes, S.R.; Margaca, F.M.A.; Ferreira, L.M.; Salvado, I.M.M.; Falcão, A.N., Thermal analysis of hybrid materials prepared by gamma-irradiation, JOURNAL OF THERMAL ANALYSIS AND CALORIMETRY, 95, 99-103 (2009). DOI:10.1007/s10973-008-9223-8.
    Journal impact factor: 1.982, Citations: 3.
  • Gomes, S.R.; Margaca, F.M.A.; Salvado, I.M.M.; Falcão, A.; Almasy, L.; Teixeira, J., SANS investigation of PDMS hybrid materials prepared by gamma-irradiation, NUC.INST.& METH. IN PHY. RES B-BEAM INTERACTIONS WITH MATERIALS AND ATOMS, 266, 5166-5170 (2008). DOI:10.1016/j.nimb.2008.10.007.
    Journal impact factor: 1.266, Citations: 3.
  • Gomes, S.R.; Margaca, F.M.A.; Silva, D.F.; Ferreira, L.M.; Salvado, I.M.M.; Falcão, A.N., Novel way to control PDMS cross-linking by gamma-irradiation, NUC. INST. & METH. IN PHY. RES B -BEAM INTERACTIONS WITH MATERIALS AND ATOMS 266, 1105-1108 (2008). DOI:10.1016/j.nimb.2008.03.046.
    Journal impact factor: 1.266, Citations: 3.
  • Gomes, S.R.; Margaca, F.M.A.; Salvado, I.M.M.; Leal, J.P.; Marques, C.; Alves, E.; Ferreira, L.M.; Falcão, A.N., Elemental and RBS analysis of hybrid materials prepared by gamma-irradiation, NIM IN PHY. RES B BEAM INTERACTIONS WITH MATERIALS AND ATOMS, 266, 88-294 (2008). DOI:10.1016/j.nimb.2007.11.007.
    Journal impact factor: 1.266, Citations: 4.

Communications

  • 72 communications (8 oral, 1 invited)