Maria Elisabete Jorge Vieira Costa
  Assistant Professor  
  phone: 234 370 354  
  extension: 22 921  
  department: Materials and Ceramic Engineering  
  office: 9.2.22  
  group: 2 - multifunctional ferroic ceramics and nanostructures
1 - information and communication technology
3 - sustainability
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Scientific Interests

Chemical synthesis of nano- and micro-sized powder particles (oxides or precursors, calcium fosfate) for advanced applications (electronic and biomedical applications).

Preparation and characterization of porous scaffolds (ceramic, polymer and composites) for tissue engineering.


Processing of nanostructured calcium phosphate particles for controlled drug delivery.

Preparation and characterization of ferroelectric thin films using chemical solution deposition methods.


Semi-conductor oxide thick films for gas sensing

Growth and characterization of ferroelectric single crystals.

Preparation and characterization of piezo and ferroelectric bulk ceramics for high temperature transducers.

Investigation of dielectric, piezoelectric and ferroelectric properties of materials.

Present projects

·      1- Eucermat

       (European Ceramics Materials) Strategic Partnership


       2-Proteus- Produtos e Tecnologias para o Sector do Eucalyptus Globulus (POCI-01-0247-    FEDER-017729).


       3-Newgen- COST Action MP 1301 – "New Generation Biomimetic and Customized Implants  for Bone Engineering" 



Selected Publications (2008/2017)

C. Santos,  P. Gomes, J. A. Duarte,M.M. Almeida, Almeida, MM, M.E.V. Costa, M.H. Fernandes, Development of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles loaded with folic acid to induce osteoblastic differentiation, International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 516 (2017) 185-195.DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpharm.2016.11.035


A. Mahajan, R. Pinho,  M. Dolhen, M. E. V. Costa, P. M. Vilarinho, Unleashing the full sustainable potential of thick films of lead free Potassium Sodium Niobate (K0.5Na0.5NbO3) byaqueous Electrophoretic Deposition, Langmuir 32(2016) 5241−5249. DOI: 10.1021/acs.langmuir.6b00669A.

Rafiq, M. E. V Costa, P. M Vilarinho, Pairing high  piezoelectric coeficiente d33 with high Curie temperature, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 8 (2016) 33755-33764  DOI: 10.1021/acsami.6b08199

M. Kamali, T. Gameiro, M.E. Costa, I. Capela, Anaerobic Digestion of Pulp and Paper Mill Wastes - An Overview of the Developments and Improvement Opportunities, Chemical Engineering Journal, 298 (2016) 162–182. DOI:10.1016/j.cej.2016.03.119

 C. Santos, M. M. Almeida, M. E. Costa, Morphological Evolution of Hydroxyapatite Particles in the Presence of Different Citrate:Calcium Ratios, Crystal Growth & Design,15 (2015) 4417−4426. DOI: 10.1021/acs.cgd.5b00737

 C. Santos, P. S. Gomes, M. M. Almeida, M.-G. Willinger, R.-P. Franke, M. H. Fernandes, M. E. V. Costa, Gold dotted hydroxyapatite nanoparticles as multifunctional platforms for medical applications, RSC Advances, 5(85),(2015)69184-69195.DOI: 10.1039/C5RA11978B

M. A. Rafiq, A. Tkach, M. E. V. Costa, P. M. Vilarinho, Defects and charge transport in Mn-doped K0.5Na0.5NbO3 ceramics, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 17 (2015) 24403-24411. DOI: 10.1039/C5CP02883C

Muhammad Asif Rafiq, Maria Elisabete Costa, Alexander Tkach , Paula Maria Vilarinho, Impedance analysis and conduction mechanisms of lead free potassium sodium niobate (KNN) single crystals and polycrystals: a comparison study, Crystal Growth & Design, 15,1289−1294, 2015. (DOI: 10.1039/C4RA11058G).

Morgane Dolhen, Amit Mahajan, Rui Pinho, M. Elisabete Costa, Gilles Trolliard, Paula M. Vilarinho, Sodium Potassium Niobate (K0.5Na0.5NbO3, KNN) thick films by Electrophoretic Deposition, RCS Advances, 5(6), (2015)4698-4706. DOI: 10.1039/c4ra11058g

J. Costa-Rodrigues, A. Silva, C. Santos, M. M. Almeida, M. E. V. Costa and M. H. Fernandes, Complex Effect of Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticles on the Differentiation and Functional Activity of Human Pre-Osteoclastic Cells, Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology, 10 (2014) 1–11.DOI: 10.1166/jbn.2014.1873

A. Rafiq, P. Supancic, M.E.V. Costa, P. M. Vilarinho, M. Deluca, Precise determination of phonon constants in lead-free monoclinic (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3  single crystals , Applied Physics Letters, 104 (2014) 011902-1-2.

M. A. Rafiq,M. E. Costa,,P. M. Vilarinho , Establishing the domain structure of (K0.5Na0.5)NbO3 (KNN) single crystals by piezoforce-response microscopy, Science of Advanced Materials, 6 (2014).426-433.

C. Santos, P.S. Gomes, J.A. Duarte, R.P. Franke, M. M. Almeida, M. E. V. Costa and M.H. Fernandes, Relevance of the sterilization-induced effects on the properties of different hydroxyapatite nanoparticles and assessment of the osteoblastic cell response, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 9 (2012) 3397-3410.

S. Jin, I.M.Miranda Salvado, M.E.V.Costa, Structure, dielectric and ferroelectric anisotropy of Sr2-xCaxBi4Ti5O18 ceramics, Materials Research Bulletin, 46(2011) 432–437

S. Zlotnik, P.M. VilarinhoM.E.V. Costa, J.A. Moreira, A. Almeida, Growth of Incipient Ferroelectric KTaO3 Single Crystals by a Modified Self-Flux Solution Method, Crystal Growth & Design, 10 (2010) 3397-3404.

M. Martins, C.Santos, M.M.Almeida and M.E.V Costa, "Hydroxyapatite micro- and nanoparticles: nucleation and growth mechanisms in the presence of citrate species", J. Colloid and Interface Science, 318 (2008)210-216.

H. Amorín, A. L. Kholkin, M. E. V. Costa, "Templated Grain Growth of SrBi2Ta2O9 Ceramics: Mechanism of Texture Development", Materials Research Bulletin, 43(2008)1412-1419.









Short CV

Since 1997: Professor Auxiliar, Department of Ceramic and Glass Engineering, U. Aveiro.

1988-1997: Assistente, Department of Ceramic and Glass Engineering, U. Aveiro.

1984-1988: Assistente Estagiária, Department of Ceramic and Glass Engineering, U. Aveiro.

1980-1984: Assistente Estagiária, Department Chemical Engineering, U. Coimbra.