Alexandre José da Costa Velhinho

Assistant Professor
Structural Materials


Alexandre Velhinho earned his Ph.D in Materials Science – Composite Materials – from Nova School of Science and Technology, where he is currently an Assistant Professor at the Materials Science Department.

There, he teaches courses on Mechanical Behaviour of Materials, Composite Materials, Materials Processing Technologies and the role of Materials on Sustainability. Also, he mentored over 50 Bachelor, Master and PhD students.

His scientific activity delves on hybrid / heterogeneous materials. He has published works on Functionally Graded Composites fabricated through different techniques (Centrifugal Casting, Friction-Stir Processing, Accumulative Roll-Bonding). His current focus is on Cellular Structural Metamaterials (Auxetics and Anepectics) obtained through Additive Manufacturing processes.


Frederico T. Páscoa, Carla M. Machado, João O. Cardoso, João Paulo Borges, Alexandre Velhinho, “Methodology for modelling and simulation of 3D functionally graded auxetic metamaterials”, The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 125 (2023) 4647-4661;

João Cardoso, Patrícia Almeida, Gonçalo Catatão, Guilherme Cândida, Frederico Páscoa, Daniela Silva, Carla Machado, João P. Borges, Alexandre Velhinho, “Designing Structural Metamaterials”, Mater. Proc., 8 (2022), 55. DOI: 10.3390/materproc2022008055

J.O. Cardoso, João Paulo Borges, Alexandre Velhinho, “Structural metamaterials with negative mechanical/thermomechanical indices: a review”, Progress in Natural Science: Materials International, 31 (2021) 801-808 – DOI: 10.1016/j.pnsc.2021.10.015

J.S. Raminhos, A. Velhinho, J.P. Borges, “Development of Polymeric Anepectic Meshes: Auxetic Metamaterials with Negative Thermal Expansion”, Smart Materials & Structures, 28 (2019) 045010 – DOI: 10.1088/1361-665X/ab034b

J. Gandra, P. Vigarinho, D. Pereira, R. M. Miranda, P. Vilaça, A. Velhinho, “Wear characterization of Functionally Graded Surface composites produced by Friction Surfacing”, Materials & Design, 52 (2013) 373-383 – DOI: 10.1016/j.matdes.2013.05.059

J. Gandra, R. Miranda, P. Vilaça, A. Velhinho, J. Pamiès Teixeira, “Functionally Graded Materials Produced by friction stir processing”, J. Mater. Processing Technol. 211 (2011) pp. 1659-1668 – DOI: 10.1016/j.jmatprotec.2011.04.016

A. Velhinho, L.A. Rocha, “Longitudinal centrifugal casting of metal-matrix functionally graded composites: an assessment of modelling issues”, J. of Mater. Sci. 46 (2011) 3753-3765 – DOI: 10.1007/s10853-011-5289-y