World Materials Day 2019

World Materials day has been celebrated by our society since 2003 and this year, as usual, we celebrate it with the College of Materials Engineering.

The headquarters of the Order of Engineers in the city of Coimbra was the chosen place to hold this event.

The SPM and Order of Engineers Awards were assigned after two parallel sessions occured. This year 14 thesis we presented in the SPM Master Thesis Award Session and 10 in the Order of Engineers Award Session. This was the record so far regarding the number of participations in the competition.

SPM Award-Winning Thesis will compete for FEMS Master Thesis Award, that will take place during JUNIOR EUROMAT 2020 in Granada, with all costs covered by SPM, the Order of Engineers Award Prize is a cash prize of five hundred euros

The following theses we distinguished:

SPM Master Thesis Award

Ana Carina Ferreira Lopes, Universidade do Minho |Departamento de Engenharia de Polímeros

“Study and evaluation of different combinations of virgin and processed PA material for Selective Laser Sintering technology”

Honourable Mention SPM Master Thesis Award (ex-aequo)

Nuno Santos Ferreira, FCT/UNL | Departamento de Ciência dos Materiais

“In situ green synthesis of silver nanoparticles into bacterial cellulose for breast cancer diagnostic by SERS”


João Miguel Bogalho Duarte, IST | Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica

“Recycling of Rare Earth Elements Contained on Fluorescent Lamps by Hydrometallurgical Processing”



Order of Engineers Award

Alexandra Agostinho Gomes Fernandes, FCT/UNL | CENIMAT

“An electrochromic paper-based device as a diagnostic test for Cystic Fibrosis”

Honourable Mention Order of Engineers Awards (ex-aequo)

Ana Filipa Gomes Durão, Universidade de Aveiro | Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais e Cerâmica

“Processamento e caraterização de cermetos à base de Ti(CN) com ligantes de Ni/Co”

Melissa Bacatelo Guerra Martins Costa, IST | Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica

“Recycling of Li-ion batteries from electric vehicles”

The World Materials Day commemoration program also featured the following invited lectures:

Carlos Manuel da Silva | CEO of Amorim Isolamentos, SA.

“Cork – Technical and Sustainable Solutions”

Luís Gil | Studies, Research and Renewable Energy from Direção Geral de Energia

“Cork and Solar Energy: A bionomy for Energy Efficiency”