Maria dos Santos Morais

Advanced Functional Materials for Micro and Nanotechnologies
PhD Student
1.18 11613
Lab. 2 11617


Maria Morais completed an Integrated Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2021 at Nova School of Science and Technology. The aim of her master thesis entitled “Glucose biosensor using nano-enzymes based on ZnO nanostructures” was to develop non-enzymatic methods to quantify glucose. These methods relied on the ability of specific nanostructures (such as metal oxides) to mimic enzymes. After finishing her master’s degree, Maria started working as a researcher at CENIMAT|i3N, where she works in the areas of biosensors and metal oxide-related applications, including photocatalysis and energy harvesting. She has experience in characterization techniques, including X-ray diffraction, optical and thermal measurements.

Main scientific interests: Solution-based synthesis of oxide nanostructures, metal oxide related applications, biosensors, nano-enzymes. 

Main publications

Ferreira, S. H., Morais, M., Nunes, D., Oliveira, M. J., Rovisco, A., Pimentel, A., Águas, H., Fortunato, E. and Martins, R., “High UV and Sunlight Photocatalytic Performance of Porous ZnO Nanostructures Synthesized by a Facile and Fast Microwave Hydrothermal Method,” Materials (Basel)., vol. 14, no. 9, p. 2385, May 2021 (DOI: 10.3390/ma14092385)

Marques, A. C., Pinheiro, T., Morais, M., Martins, C., Andrade, A. F., Martins, R., Sales, M. G. F., Fortunato, E., “Bottom-up microwave-assisted seed-mediated synthesis of gold nanoparticles onto nanocellulose to boost stability and high performance for SERS applications,” Appl. Surf. Sci., vol. 561, p. 150060, Sep. 2021 (DOI: 10.1016/j.apsusc.2021.150060)