João Pedro Botelho Veiga

Associate Professor
Structural Materials
Lab 3 - FRX


Associate Professor, Council Member of the Department of Conservation and Restoration, Nova School of Science and Technology | FCT NOVA, NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal. 

Integrated Member of CENIMAT/i3N Research Center in the Structural Materials Group,  responsible for the XRF-WDS Analytical Laboratory, was Group Responsible between 2019-2024.

Portuguese National Delegate at the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF, Grenoble, France).

Elected E-MRS (European Materials Research Society) Scientific Council member, and Member of the Working Group on Cultural Heritage of E-MRS.

Main research area is crystal chemistry and structural analysis using X-rays of mineralogical, ceramic, vitreous and petrous materials (with an emphasis on cultural heritage). Main characterization techniques include X-ray diffraction, X-ray fluorescence and X-ray absorption spectroscopies (XANES and EXAFS using synchrotron radiation).

Author/co-author of more than 60 articles in scientific journals and conference proceedings. 

Participant in several National and European projects, currently is the responsible researcher of the RawMatters@Schools4.0 project, related to the dissemination of scientific culture, and the AMIR-LIH project, supporting a master’s degree program in advanced materials innovative recycling, both funded by EIT Raw Materials (European Institute of Innovation and Technology). Until 2021 he was coordinator of the MineHeritage project on European mining heritage supported by the EIT Raw Materials. Until 2019 he was responsible researcher in the H2020 HERACLES project on cultural heritage and climate action.

Co-organizer of 7 Symposia at E-MRS (Spring Meetings 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2022, 2023 and 2024), International Materials Congress2019, and responsible for CENIMAT/i3N dissemination activities on the European Researchers Night.

Member of the Editorial Board of the Heritage journal (MDPI) and Guest Editor of 5 special issues in materials and characterization techniques applied to cultural heritage (Heritage, Nanomaterials, Coatings and Minerals). Reviewer of several scientific journals and evaluator of national and European projects.


F. Carvalho, A. Nunes, A. Pagará, I. Costeira, T.P. Silva, M.M. Lima, J.P. Veiga (2024) Historical Lime-based flooring mortars from the Church of Santa Maria de Alcobaça Monastery (12th century), Portugal: a multi-analytical approach. Archaeometry 1-14.

M.L. Coutinho, J.P. Veiga, A. Ruivo, T. Pereira da Silva, S. Bottura-Scardina, M.M.R.A. Lima, C. Pereira, A.C. Dias, A.C.; L. Dias, P. Vandenabeele, J.C. Roeseiro (2024) Characterization of Tableware from Fábrica de Loiça de Sacavém—Linking Analytical and Documental Research. Minerals, 14, 324.

F. Carvalho, M.M.R.A. Lima, E. Kavoulaki, N. Leal, J. Simão, C. Galhano, H. Águas, G. Padeletti, J.P. Veiga (2023) Decay products of historical cements from the Palace of Knossos, Crete, Greece, Journal of Cultural Heritage 64, 113-119.

A.P. Rodrigues, P.M.P. Santos, J.P. Veiga, M.H. Casimiro, L.M. Ferreira (2023) Electron Beam Irradiation on the Production of a Si- and Zr-Based Hybrid Material: A Study by FTIR and WDXRF. Materials 16(2) 489.

R.C Chaves, J.P. Veiga, A. Monge Soares (2022) Characterization of Chalcolithic Ceramics from the Lisbon Region, Portugal: An Archaeometric Study. Heritage, 5(3) 2422-2443.