Research Seminar in Surface Engineering and Nanomaterials

Academic year
Subject Area
Surface Engineering and Nanomaterials
Language of Instruction
Other Languages of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
3rd Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites


Teaching Methods

The organization of the curricular unit is a function of the profile of the students who attend it, in each academic year, and must be determined according to the objectives defined by the teachers. This organization determines the weight of each components of the syllabus, in each academic year. The following complementary activities will be developed:

1- Participation in lectures.

2- Master classes.

3- Presentation and discussion of scientific articles/research topics by students.

4- Preparation of a monograph and/or project, with presentation and discussion in a workshop.

Learning Outcomes

Students should be able to:

• Demonstrate a comprehensive view of the state-of-the art and the main research challenges of the scientific area of Surface engineering and nanomaterials;

• Demonstrate fundamental knowledge about the syllabus of the curricular unit, namely through its application in the critical analysis of scientific works, including those that take place in the DEM research groups in the area of Surface engineering and nanomaterials;

• Demonstrate autonomous learning, synthesis and scientific writing skills, in particular through their application in written reports and manuscripts;

• Demonstrate verbal communication skills, including proactive participation in lectures.

Work Placement(s)



1. Modification of surfaces. Surface modification processes – with and without changes in the chemical composition. Surface treatments for tribological applications – mechanical; thermal. Sputtering. Coatings for tribological applications – nucleation/structure. Wear – main wear types and mechanisms. Corrosion – the corrosion from the electrochemical point of view.

2. Nanotechnology and nanomaterials. Carbon nanotubes, inorganic nanowires, nanoparticles and nanocomposites. Manufacturing and synthesis. Thermodynamics of phase transformations. Aggregation. Stability of colloidal dispersions. Spontaneous condensation of nanoparticles. Morphology. Characterization techniques. Mechanical behaviour. Manufacturing of nanocrystalline materials. Chemical, electrical and optical behaviour. Applications: health care and energy storage and conversion. Manufacturing of nanocomponents, devices and NEMS. Self-assembly techniques. Toxicity of nanomaterials: detection and assessment.

Head Lecturer(s)

Bruno Miguel Quelhas de Sacadura Cabral Trindade

Assessment Methods

Report of a seminar or field trip: 50.0%
Synthesis work: 50.0%


Para cada tópico abordado na unidade curricular será fornecida aos alunos uma lista actualizada de referências bibliográficas relevantes e adequadas ao perfil do aluno.