Filipe José Alves de Oliveira
  Principal Research Associate  
  phone: 234 370 266 | 234 401 422  
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  departament: Materials and Ceramic Engineering (DEMaC)  
  office: 9.3.12  
  research line: L2 - Energy and Industrial Applications
  research group: G3 - Materials for Energy and Functional Surfaces
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Filipe, born on February 1967, is an Assistant Researcher at CICECO, Department of Materials Engineering and Ceramics, University of Aveiro. His first degree is in Ceramics and Glass Engineering, and following the military service he received a Master degree in Corrosion Science and Engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, UK, in 1995. With a FCT grant he then engaged in a full time PhD studies on Materials Science and Engineering at AveiroUniversity, on the subject of the high temperature interaction between iron alloys and silicon nitride ceramics, finished in 1999. After that, Filipe started a post-doc position at AveiroUniversity until March 2003 when he gained his present position as a researcher at the Associate Laboratory of Aveiro University, CICECO. During this period he also finished a course on Management, Management School of Oporto, 2008 and was involved in entrepreneurial activities supported by Cohitec and Neotec programmes.

His research has been focused on advanced ceramic-metal composites for structural applications as well as CVD micro and nanocrystalline diamond coatings for tribological and bio-tribological applications and more recently for microelectrodes used in corrosion studies. He is also involved in the production of carbon nanotubes using CVD techniques and on the application of laser floating zone for high-temperature materials. His research conducted to the co-authoring of 3 patents, more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed international journals and more than 60 communications in national and international conferences.

Over the last few years, he has been involved in more than 20 scientific, industry and international related projects funded by FCT, ICCTI, IDEIA and QREN. He is/was principal investigator of research projects funded by these agencies/programmes on themes such as ultramicroelectrodes for corrosion, CVD diamond coatings for tribological applications and cryogenic treatment of steels. He is also a lecturer of undergraduate and graduate courses at Aveiro and supervised several Master and post-doc students and co-supervised three on-going PhD theses.

Personally, Filipe is a compulsive reader, especially of historic fiction (e-books only, lately…), a huge fan of sci-fi tv shows, loves to mess around with malfunctioning home appliances and just found an interest on hydroponics (of all things!). Filipe is also a bike rider (MTB) where the combination of sports, nature and mechanics fits like a glove. The latest adventure (07/2013) was a 162km ride to his mother’s home village in northern Portugal. Nowadays a 70 to 90km ride fills out part of the weekends...

Scientific Interests

- CVD micro (MCD) and nanocrystalline diamond (NCD) coatings for tribological and bio-tribological applications; - HFCVD technique for diamond deposition; - Boron doped diamond coatings; - Microelectrodes for electrochemistry; - Cutting tools; - Ceramic-metal composites, structural ceramics; - Carbon nanotubes production and uses; - Development of production and characterization equipment; - Failure analysis of materials (for the industry)



Main present collaborators

- Rui Ramos Ferreira e Silva (CICECO); - Florinda Mendes da Costa (I3N); - Joaquim Manuel Vieira (CICECO); - Margarida Isabel dos Santos Amaral (I3N); - Gao MingXia (Zhejiang University, China); Carlos Achete (INMETRO-Brasil)

Teaching Activity

Supervision experience

1 Post Doc and 3 PhD on-going, and 9 MSc concluded.



 - From July 2010 to the present, co-lecturer of courses at Doctoral level: Transmission Microscopy Labs, Advanced Characterization Techniques; and at graduation level: Materials for Mechanical Construction, Structures and Phase Equilibria.

- October 2002 to September 2003, Invited Assistant Lecturer at Aveiro University (Courses: Mechanical Construction Materials, Materials and Technologies I, Properties of  Materials and Mechanics of Materials for graduation students of Mechanical Engineering, Glass and Ceramics Engineering, Materials Engineering and Industrial Design at Aveiro University and Mechatronic Technological Specialization Course at North-Aveiro University School, Oliveira de Azeméis).

- February 2002 to September 2002, Invited Assistant Lecturer at Aveiro University (Courses: Mechanical and Thermal Properties of Materials for Mechanical Engineering, Materials Engineering and Glass and Ceramics Engineering students).

Present projects

(principal investigator)

- PTDC/CTM-MET/113645/2009, “Nanocrystalline diamond SECM ultramicroelectrodes for biology and corrosion- BIOCORDIAN” (01-03-2011 to 28-02-2014). 

(Team member)

- Invest Natural Stone, Contrato de prestação de serviços no âmbito do projecto QREN individual “Revestimentos sol-gel nanohíbridos para protecção ambiental de superfícies de pedra calcária macro-texturada- OSMOSE” (end at 31-01-2014)

- PTDC/CTM-NAN/117284/2010 “Nanoestruturas híbridas de carbono em MEMS – NanoCarboMEMS” (01-04-2011 a 31-03-2015)

- PTDC/CTM-NAN/119184/2010 “Modulação da diferenciação de células estaminais pluripotentes induzidas por plataformas de nanotubos de carbono – StemCelCan” (01-03-2012 a 28-02-2015)

- PTDC/EME-PME/112910/2009 “Componentes cerâmicos de nitreto de silício revestidos por diamante CVD nanocristalino para prótese total da anca – HIPCERDIAM” (01-03-2011 a 28-02-2014)

Selected Recent Publications (2008-)

CVD diamond coatings –Tribology

- E. Salgueiredo, C.S.Abreu, M. Amaral, F.J. Oliveira, J.R.Gomes, R.F. Silva Self-mated tribological systems based on multilayer micro/nanocrystalline CVD diamond coatings. Wear 303 (2013) 225–234.

- S.P. Rodrigues, J.M. Paiva, S. De Francesco, M. Amaral, F.J. Oliveira, R.F. Silva, Artifact level produced by different femoral head prostheses in CT imaging: diamond coated silicon nitride as a future biomedical application, Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine. 24 (2013) 231-239.

- E. Salgueiredo, F.A. Almeida, M. Amaral, M.A. Neto, F.J. Oliveira, R.F. Silva, A multilayer approach for enhancing the erosive wear resistance of CVD diamond coatings. Wear 297 (2013) 1064-1073.

- M. Amaral, D.J. Carreira, a. J.S. Fernandes, C.S. Abreu, F.J. Oliveira, J.R. Gomes, R.F. Silva, A DLC/diamond bilayer approach for reducing the initial friction towards a high bearing capacity, Wear. 290-291 (2012) 18–24.

- F.A. Almeida, N. Derkaoui, F.J. Oliveira, F. Bénédic, R.F. Silva, A. Gicquel, "Erosive Wear Resistance of NCD Coatings Produced by Pulsed Microwave Discharges", Diam. Relat. Mater. 19 (2010) 484–488.

- M. Amaral, C.S. Abreu, A.J.S. Fernandes, F.J. Oliveira, J.R. Gomes, R.F. Silva, "Nanodiamond-based tribosystems", Surf. Coat. Techn. 204 (2010) 1962–1969.

- M. Amaral, F. Almeida, A.J.S. Fernandes, F.M. Costa, F.J. Oliveira, R. F. Silva, "The Role of Surface Activation prior to Seeding on CVD Diamond Adhesion", Surf. Coat. Techn. 204 (2010) 3585–3591.

- C.S. Abreu, M. Amaral, F.J. Oliveira, R.F. Silva, J.R. Gomes, “HFCVD nanocrystalline diamond coatings for tribo-applications in the presence of water” Diam. Rel. Mater. 18 (2009) 271-275

- C.S. Abreu, E. Salgueiredo, F.J. Oliveira, A.J.S. Fernandes, R.F. Silva, J.R. Gomes, “CVD diamond water lubricated tribosystems for high load planar sliding” Wear 265 (2008) 1023–1028

- M. Amaral, C.S. Abreu, F.J. Oliveira, J.R. Gomes, R.F. Silva, “Tribological characterization of NCD in physiological fluids”, Diam. Rel. Mater. 17 (2008) 848-852


CVD diamond coatings - Cutting tools

- F.A. Almeida, F.J. Oliveira, R.F. Silva, D.L. Baptista, A.B. Peripolli, C.A. Achete, “High resolution study of the strong diamond/silicon nitride interface”, Appl. Phys. Lett. 98 (2011) 171913.

- F.A. Almeida, F.J. Oliveira, J. Sacramento, R.F. Silva, “Nanocrystalline CVD Diamond Coatings for Drilling of WC-Co Parts”, Int. J. Ref. Metals Hard Mater., 29 (2011) 618-622.

- E. Salgueiredo, F.A. Almeida, M. Amaral, A.J.S. Fernandes, F.M. Costa, R.F. Silva, F.J. Oliveira, “CVD micro/nanocrystalline diamond (MCD/NCD) bilayer coated odontological drill bits”, Diam. Rel. Mater. 18 (2009) 264-270

- F.A. Almeida, F.J. Oliveira, J. Sacramento, R.F. Silva, “Micro- and nano-crystalline CVD diamond coated tools in the turning of EDM graphite”, Surf. Coat. Technol., 203 (2008) 271-276



 Conductive diamond coatings

- E.L. Silva, A.C. Bastos, M.A. Neto, R.F. Silva, M.L. Zheludkevich, M.G.S. Ferreira, F.J. Oliveira, Boron doped nanocrystalline diamond microelectrodes for the detection of Zn2+ and dissolved O2, Electrochimica Acta. 76 (2012) 487–494.

- M.A. Neto, E.L. Silva, C.A. Ghumman, O.M. Teodoro, A.J.S. Fernandes, F.J. Oliveira, R.F. Silva, Composition profiles and adhesion evaluation of conductive diamond coatings on dielectric ceramics, Thin Solid Films. 520 (2012) 5260–5266.

- M.A. Neto, E.L. Silva, A.J.S. Fernandes, F.J. Oliveira, R.F. Silva, Diamond/WC bilayer formation mechanism by hot-filament CVD, Surface and Coatings Technology. 206 (2012) 3055–3063.

- M.A. Neto, E.L. Silva, A.J.S. Fernandes, F.J. Oliveira, R.F. Silva, “Deposition of alpha-WC/a-C nanocomposite thin films by hot-filament CVD”, Surface and Coatings Technology 206 (2011) 103–106.

- E.L. Silva, M.A. Neto, A.J.S. Fernandes, A.C. Bastos, R.F. Silva, M.L. Zheludkevich, F.J. Oliveira, “Fast Coating of Ultramicroelectrodes with Boron Doped Nanocrystalline Diamond”, Diam. Relat. Mater. 19 (2010) 1330–1335.


Composite Materials

- D. Zhu, M.X. Gao, H. Pan, Y. Liu, X. Wang, Y. Pan, F.J. Oliveira, J.M. Vieira, Reactive infiltration processing of SiC/Fe-Si composite using preform made of coked rice husk and SiC powder, Ceramics International 39 (2013) 3831-3842.

- E. Soares, L.F. Malheiros, J. Sacramento, M.A. Valente, F.J. Oliveira, Solid and Liquid Phase Sintering of Submicrometer Carbides with Different Cobalt Contents, Journal of the American Ceramic Society. 95:6 (2012) 1822-1831.

- E. Soares, L.F. Malheiros, J. Sacramento, M.A. Valente, F.J. Oliveira, Microstructures and Properties of Submicrometer Carbides Obtained by Conventional Sintering, Journal of the American Ceramic Society. 95:3 (2012) 951-961.

- H. Wu, M.X. Gao, F.J Oliveira, Z. Dan, P. Yi, J.M. Vieira, Diffusion, Intrusion and Reaction between Al-Containing Intermetallics and TiC Sintered Body during Thermal Pressure Holding, Rare Metal Materials. 41:2 (2012) 203–207.

- H. Wu, S. Zhang, M. Gao, D. Zhu, Y. Pan, Y. Liu, H. Pan, F.J. Oliveira, J.M. Vieira, Microstructure and mechanical properties of multi-carbides/(Al, Si) composites derived from porous B4C preforms by reactive melt infiltration, Materials Science and Engineering: A. 551 (2012) 200–208.

- D. Zhu, M. Gao, S. Zhang, H. Wu, Y. Pan, Y. Liu, H. Pan, F.J. Oliveira, J.M. Vieira, A high-strength SiCw/SiC–Si composite derived from pyrolyzed rice husks by liquid silicon infiltration, Journal of Materials Science. 47 (2012) 4921–4927.

- E. Soares, LF. Malheiros, J. Sacramento, M.A. Valente, F.J. Oliveira, “Ethanol and water processing of submicrometer cemented carbide powders”, J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 94 (2011) 84-91.


Carbon nanotubes

- D. Mata, R.M. Silva, A.J.S. Fernandes, F.J. Oliveira, P.M.F.J. Costa, R.F. Silva, Upscaling potential of the CVD stacking growth method to produce dimensionally-controlled and catalyst-free multi-walled carbon nanotubes, Carbon. 50 (2012) 3585–3606.

- D. Mata, M. Amaral, A.J.S. Fernandes, F.J. Oliveira, PMFJ Costa, R.F. Silva, Self-assembled cones of aligned carbon nanofibers grown on wet-etched Cu foils”, Carbon 49 (2011) 2181–2196.

- D. Mata, M. Ferro, A.J.S. Fernandes, F.J. Oliveira, P.M.F.J. Costa, M. Amaral, R.F. Silva, "Wet-etched Ni foils as active catalyst towards carbon nanofibers growth by HFCVD", Carbon 48 (2010) 2839-2854.

- A.J.S. Fernandes, M. Pinto, M.A. Neto, F.J. Oliveira, R.F. Silva, F.M. Costa, “Nano carbon hybrids from the simultaneous synthesis of CNT/NCD by MPCVD”, Diam. Rel. Mater. 18 (2009) 160-163


Other cooperative work

- J. Perdigão, S.D. Fernandes, A.M. Pinto, F.J. Oliveira, Effect of Artificial Aging and Surface Treatment on Bond Strengths to Dental Zirconia, Operative Dentistry 38-2 (2013) 168-76. doi:

- R.G. Carvalho, M.S. Pires, A.J.S. Fernandes, F.J. Oliveira, T. Monteiro, R.F. Silva, F.M. Costa, Microstructure of Mullite-zirconia Fibres Grown by Directional Solidification, Microscopy and Microanalysis. 18 (2012) 103–104.

- D. Arcos, M. Vila, A. López-Noriega, F. Rossignol, E. Champion, F.J. Oliveira, M. Vallet-Regí, “Mesoporous bioactive glasses: mechanical reinforcement by means of a biomimetic process”, Acta Biomat. 7 (2011) 2952-2959.

- R.G. Carvalho, A.J.S. Fernandes, F.M. Costa, R.F. Silva, F.J. Oliveira, E. Alves, N. Franco, C. Louro, "Single and polycrystalline mullite fibres grown by laser floating zone technique”, J. Europ. Ceram. Soc. 30 (2010) 3311–3318.