Sara Isabel Laiginha Silvestre

PhD student
Materials for Electronics, Optoelectronics and Nanotechnologies
Open Space


Sara completed her Master’s in Micro and Nanotechnology Engineering from NOVA School of Science and Technology in 2018. She then worked as a research fellow at Cenimat-i3N – Materials Research Center, gaining experience in 3D prototyping, laser systems, clean room processes, and materials characterization. Her skills include X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, profilometry, electrical characterization, among others. In 2019, she received a PhD scholarship in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. Her doctoral research at NOVA focused on renewable materials and advanced fabrication processes for electronic devices, particularly high-performance and smart platforms. In 2023, she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship, working with top nanotechnology experts at Iowa State University of Science and Technology. Sara has extensive experience in flexible and wearable electronics, low-cost fabrication processes, and laserinduced graphene technology.


Silvestre, S.L. et al. Green fabrication of stackable laser-induced graphene micro-supercapacitors under ambient conditions: Towards the design of truly sustainable technological platforms. Adv Mater. Tech. (2024)

Silvestre, S.L. et al. Cork derived laser-induced graphene for sustainable green electronics. Flex. Print. Electron. (2022)

Silvestre, S.L. et al. Microneedle Arrays of Polyhydroxyalkanoate by Laser-Based Micromolding Technique. ACS Appl. Bio Mater. (2020)