Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering (DEMaC),
Centre for Research in Ceramics and Composites, CICECO,
University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Paula Maria Vilarinho, Professor at the University of Aveiro (UA), Portugal, is currently President of the Portuguese Society of Materials (SPM), Coordinator (Portugal) of the Emerging Technologies Program within The University of Texas at Austin – Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) Portugal Program (Collaboratory for Emerging Technologies, CoLab), Member of the Scientific Committee of the Doctoral Program in Materials Science and Engineering, UA and leader of the Electroceramics Group, within the Associated Laboratory CICECO. Paula Vilarinho Research Group is engaged in fundamental and applied research in the synthesis, properties and processing of functional materials for electronics, microelectronics and related applications. Her Research Group has been mainly focused on electrical polarization phenomena in solids, aiming to understand mechanisms that control electrical polarization at the macroscopic and nanoscale level, and applying such understanding to the development of advanced nano and microelectronic devices.
Paula Vilarinho published over 280 papers, 6 book chapters, with ca. 4921 citations (h-index 37), 9 patent applications and edited 4 books. She has given over one hundred scientific and technical talks at international conferences and 127 invited talks. She has(is) supervised(ing) 20 post-docs, 24 PhD students and 44 Master students. She has been involved and coordinating more than 20 R&D projects and in more than 20 European R&D actions, networks and projects on the development and characterization of dielectric, piezoelectric and ferroelectric materials.
She was distinguished with the prize “Estímulo à Excelência” (Stimulus to Excellence) in February 2007 awarded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). Her profile and scientific career were recently distinguish in the recent book “Successful Women Ceramic and Glass Scientists and Engineers: 100 Inspirational Profiles” by Lynnette Madsen, Willey, 2016.