Susana Maria Henriques Olhero

Assistant Professor

Short CV

Susana Olhero (SO) is nowadays a Principal Researcher in CICECO (Aveiro Institute of Materials)/UA (University of Aveiro) and member of the Executive Board of Department of Materials Engineering and Ceramics (DEMaC)/CICECO/UA. SO has a Doctorate degree in the field of Material Science and Engineering from University of Aveiro (2006). From 2006-2014 was a pos-doc researcher at University of Porto and University of Birmingham, in strong collaboration with CICECO/University of Aveiro. From 2015-2018, SO was Assistant Researcher at CICECO/UA (FCT grant (IF/00951/2014). The focus of her research has been the development of 3D structures by near net shaping colloidal-based techniques, including additive manufacturing of various functional ceramics for several applications, including biomaterials for bone regeneration. Susana Olhero is author of 73 publications in peer review international journals, 2 book chapters and 1 national patent, with over 1650 citations, h-index 25. Susana Olhero supervised/Co-supervised 2 PhD, 11 Master Thesis and several research fellows (Pos-doc and PhD) from her Projects.



Present Research group

Susana Olhero - Principal Researcher

Paula Torres - Junior Researcher

Nilza Ribeiro - Researcher

Manuel Silva- Researcher

José Carlos Almeida - Researcher


Supervisions (since 2018)

Manuel Barros, grant of Project 2BBone (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029940)

Joana Baltazar, grant of Project TAMAZ3D (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-030493)

Tânia Santos, grant of Project MulBioImplant (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-032486)

Ana Filipa Rodrigues, grant of Project FlexMicroDerm (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029274)

Teaching Activity

Courses of (i) Integrated Master in Materials Science and Engineering,  Masters in (ii) Materials and Biomedical Devices and (iii) Additive Manufacturing.

Scientific Interests

- Additive manufacturing of ceramics and multimaterials (dense and porous devices)

 - Biomaterials for tissue engineering applications, mainly focused in bone regeneration.

 - Colloidal processing of ceramics 

Ongoing Supervisions


Additive manufacturing meets mechanobiology – design and fabrication of osteogenic-stimulating implants (ADD2MECHBIO)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Over the years, the number of patients undergoing total hip and knee arthroplasties has been increasing. Due to the lengthened life expectancy and aging population this trend is expected to continue and the number of patients that will outlive their first prosthesis will also rise (patients that will need revision surgeries). These implants impa...

Desenvolvimento de biomateriais não sinterizáveis à base de fosfatos de cálcio com bi-funcionalidade: regeneração e tratamento de cancro ósseo (2BBone)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Desenvolvimento de microdispositivos flexiveis a base de microagulhas de biocimento composito para administracao transdermica de fármacos; (FlexMicroDerm)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Development of a Decision Support Tool for Additive Manufacturing of Alumina-Zirconia 3D structures (Tamaz3D)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Development of microelectromechanical systems by gelcasting - GELMEMS (PTDC/CTM/099489/2008)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) gel casting piezoelectric submicron particles dispersion

FABIMED - Fabrication and Functionalization of BioMedical Microdevices (FaBiMed)

Local CoordinatorEuropean Comission
The aim of FaBiMed proposal is to improve and develop new manufacturing techniques, based on micromoulding, specific for biomedical microdevices. The project will be to reducing the cost of mass production of diagnosis and therapeutic micro devices which have a common problematic: medium sized batches, customization needs, micron-scale geometric...

Human Platelet Lysates-based Scaffolds for Interfacial Multi-tissue Repair (INTERLYNK)

PartnerEuropean Comission
InterLynk aims to develop multi-tissue 3D patient-specific scaffolds by providing a portfolio of highly compatible and biofunctional composite inks and biomaterials, and streamlining their co-processing using an upgraded AM equipment. Unprecedented biofunctionality in the synthetic reconstruction of complex interfacial tissues is expected to be ...

Multifunctional and bio-inspired implant to improve bone integration (MulBioimplant)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Projeto de Investigação Exploratória: Susana Olhero (IF/00951/2014)

CoordinatorFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


Lead-free 0.5Ba(Zr0.2Ti0.8)O-3-0.5(Ba0.7Ca0.3)TiO3 powder surface treated against hydrolysis - a key for a successful aqueous processing

Kaushal, A; Olhero, SM; Ferreira, JMF
2013, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY C, 1, 32, 4846-4853.

Modeling the mechanical properties of optimally processed cordierite-mullite-alumina ceramic foams by X-ray computed tomography and finite element analysis

Zhang, LF; Ferreira, JMF; Olhero, S; Courtois, L; Zhang, T; Maire, E; Rauhe, JC
2012, ACTA MATERIALIA, 60, 10, 4235-4246.

Innovative fabrication of PZT pillar arrays by a colloidal approach

Olhero, SM; Garcia-Gancedo, L; Button, TW; Alves, FJ; Ferreira, JMF

Co-precipitation of a Ni-Zn ferrite precursor powder: Effects of heat treatment conditions and deagglomeration on the structure and magnetic properties

Olhero, SM; Soma, D; Amaral, VS; Button, TW; Alves, FJ; Ferreira, JMF

Application of gel-casting to the fabrication of 1-3 piezoelectric ceramic-polymer composites for high-frequency ultrasound devices

Garcia-Gancedo, L; Olhero, SM; Alves, FJ; Ferreira, JMF; Demore, CEM; Cochran, S; Button, TW

Hydrolysis-Induced Aqueous Gelcasting of Magnesium Aluminate Spinel

Ganesh, I; Reddy, GJ; Sundararajan, G; Olhero, SM; Torres, PMC; Ferreira, JMF

Influence of chemical composition on sintering ability of ZTA ceramics consolidated from freeze dried granules

Ganesh, I; Sundararajan, G; Olhero, SM; Ferreira, JMF
2011, CERAMICS INTERNATIONAL, 37, 3, 835-841.

Synthesis, mechanical and biological characterization of ionic doped carbonated hydroxyapatite/beta-tricalcium phosphate mixtures

Kannan, S; Vieira, SI; Olhero, SM; Torres, PMC; Pina, S; Silva, OABDE; Ferreira, JMF
2011, ACTA BIOMATERIALIA, 7, 4, 1835-1843.

Influence of processing route on microstructure and mechanical properties of MgAl2O4 spinel

Ganesh, I; Reddy, GJ; Sundararajan, G; Olhero, SM; Torres, PMC; Ferreira, JMF
2010, CERAMICS INTERNATIONAL, 36, 2, 473-482.

A novel colloidal processing route to alumina ceramics

Ganesh, I; Sundararajan, G; Olhero, SM; Torres, PMC; Ferreira, JMF
2010, CERAMICS INTERNATIONAL, 36, 4, 1357-1364.


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