Manuel João de Moura Dias Mendes

Advanced Functional Materials for Micro and Nanotechnologies
Assistant Professor



Manuel J. Mendes received his PhD in 2012 by the Instituto de Energía Solar of Univ. Politécnica de Madrid. He is Professor at DCM/NOVA since 2019 and Senior Researcher at CENIMAT/i3N working in the fields of light management (nanophotonics) for photovoltaics and solar fuels, mainly for consumer-oriented applications in buildings and in flexible electronics (IoT). He has been involved in 15 national and 7 international projects, such as the EU project APOLO (H2020-LCE-2017-RES-RIA) aimed at developing photonic-enhanced flexible Perovskite solar cells for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), where he is WP leader and was co-writer of the proposal. In the past 5 years he has been PI of 1 national (SuperSolar) and 1 EU (Dielectric PV) project, as well as institution responsible and WP leader in 3 national and 1 H2020 projects. He is author of more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conference proceedings, and co-inventor of 2 U.S. Patents. The first patent was distinguished with an award from NASA Inventions and Contributions Board, and the second opened a research line in plasmonic intermediate band solar cells. Dr. Mendes has also been awarded with 2 prestigious Marie Curie Experienced-Research Fellowships related with photonic-enhanced solar cells, acts as regular reviewer for 30 scientific journals, and was co-editor of the journal Frontiers in Materials (Nature Publishing Group).

Main publications

Wave-optical front structures on silicon and perovskite thin-film solar cells. M. J. Mendes, O. S.-Sobrado, S. Haque, T. Mateus, H. Águas, E. Fortunato, R. Martins.  Book chapter in Solar Cells and Light Management, Elsevier, 315-354 (2020). 

Photonic-structured TiO 2 for high-efficiency, flexible and stable Perovskite solar cells. S. Haque, M. J. Mendes, O. S. Sobrado, H. Águas, E. Fortunato, R. Martins Nano Energy, 59, 91–101 (2019).

Prediction of sunlight-driven CO2 conversion: Producing methane from photovoltaics, and full system design for single-house application. F. Vieira, B. Sarmento, A. S. Reis-Machado, J. Facão, M. J. Carvalho, M. J. Mendes, E. Fortunato and R. Martins. Materials Today Energy, 14, 100333 (2019).

Design of optimized wave-optical spheroidal nanostructures for photonic-enhanced solar cells. M. J. Mendes, A. Araújo, A. Vicente, H. Águas, I. Ferreira, E. Fortunato, R. Martins. Nano Energy, 26, 286-296 (2016).

Colloidal plasmonic back reflectors for light trapping in solar cells. M. J. Mendes, S. Morawiec, F. Simone, F. Priolo and I. Crupi. Nanoscale, 6, 4796 (2014).