Elvira Fortunato

Advanced Functional Materials for Micro and Nanotechnologies
Full Professor
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Elvira Fortunato is Vice‐Rector at Nova University since September 2017, Director of the Materials Research Center (CENIMAT) and the integrated Associate Laboratory i3N, the Institute of Nanostructures, Nanomodeling and Nanofabrication (The only Portuguese research centre (1998-…) classified as Exceptional in the Advanced Materials and Nanotechnologies area in the last national evaluation); Invited Professor at Universidade Federal de Lavras, Brazil (2013-…). 

She has held other Institutional Responsibilities, such as, Deputy Director of FCT NOVA (2014-17); Coordinator of Research Centers of FCT NOVA (2006-17); Member of the Executive Board of the Materials Science Department (2009-17); Coordinator of the Doctoral Programme in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology, FCT NOVA (2009-18); Member of the Scientific Committee of the PhD Program in Biomaterials (UFLA, Brasil) (2014-…). Participation in several academic examination referees board (PhD juries in and abroad Portugal).

She has received her Bachelor´s degree in Physics and Materials Engineering in 1987, obtaining, in 1995, the PhD in Microelectronics and Optoelectronics.

Elvira Fortunato pioneered European research on transparent electronics, namely thin-film transistors based on oxide semiconductors, demonstrating that oxide materials may be used as true semiconductors. She is co-inventor of the paper electronics concept worldwide: Paper-e®. In 2008 she wins an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for the project “Invisible” and in 2018 she received the second one ERC, with the amount of € 3.5 million. The project is entitled "Multifunctional Digital Materials Platform for Smart Integrated Applications | DIGISMART".

She has been distinguished with several National and International Prizes, among those it is worth mentioning the title of Doctor Honoris Causa, in 2009, by University of Galati, and the denomination of Grand Officer of Order of Prince Henry the Navigator, acknowledged by the President of the Republic of Portugal in 2010, the Blaise Pascal Medal conferred by the European Academy of Sciences, 2016, the Czochralski Medal (Science of Materials) assigned by the Polish Academy of Sciences in 2017, Award women of the year Science Category LUX in 2018,  and the Honourable Mention of the Scientific Prize of City of Almada in 2019.

She is an elected member of the Materials Research Society (1987), Portuguese Materials Society (1990), Portuguese Professional Engineering Association (1990), Portuguese Engineering Academy (2008), European Academy of Sciences (2016), Portuguese Physics Society (2017), Lisbon Academy of Sciences (2018), Member Academia Europaea (2019). She belongs to the Board of Trustees of the Luso‐American Development Foundation (2014).
Since 2016, she is one of the members of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors from the European Commission.

Editorial Advisory Board Member of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces ACS-AMI (2020-2022), Editorial Board of IEEE Electron Device Letters (2020).
Among these years, she has participated as Plenary, Keynote and Invited Speaker, in several International and National events.

In September 2020, Elvira Fortunato received the European Commision's  Horizon Impact Award 2020.

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