Nuno João Silva

Investigador Principal

Perfil biográfico

Nuno Silva is an accomplished physicist working among chemists with a strong research profile in magnetic nanoparticles, nanothermometers and hyperthermia. He obtained his degree in physics from the School of Sciences at the University of Porto, Portugal (1999), and his M.S. degree in Materials Sciences and Engineering from the University of Aveiro (2003). He performed research on magnetic nanoparticles towards his Ph.D. in Physics at University of Aveiro and received his degree in 2006. He then earned a Spanish Research Council Grant to develop magnetic nanoparticles for biomedical applications at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. In May 2009 Nuno decided to join CICECO at the University of Aveiro, after earning a Ciencia2008 Grant from the Portuguese Science Foundation. He gained international recognition in the field by measuring for the first time temperature at the surface of magnetic nanoparticles used as local heaters (Adv. Mater. 2010 and ACS Nano 2015), receiving an Award for encouragement of Research by The Materials Research Society of Japan in 2014. Nuno Silva has continuously made significant contributions to his field and has an outstanding track record in obtaining external funding through the national research funder FCT. Presently, he leads a group devoted to the development of magnetic nanoparticles applied to nanosensing.

Nuno co-authors 3 book chapters, 2 international patents and about 75 papers (> 2400 times cited without self-citations; h=24, ISI).

In 2001, Nuno concluded Piano and Composition studies at the Music Conservatoire of Porto.

Interesses científicos

Magnetic properties and modelling of ferrofluids, dry fluids and nanoparticles.

Magnetic nanothermometers.

Magnetic properties of nanoparticles at high pressure and high magnetic fields.

Neutron diffraction of magnetic nanoparticles.

Small Angle X-ray Scattering of nanohybrids, nanoparticles and ferrofluids.

Publicações seleccionadas

“Temperature-switch nanomagnetic logic gates for cellular hyperthermia”, R Oliveira-Silva, R.A. Pereira, F. M. Silva, V.M. Gaspar, A. Ibarra, A. Millán, F.L. Sousa, J.F. Mano and N.J.O. Silva*, Mater. Horiz.  (2019),  

PCT/IB2018/053697, Probe Element and Methods for Separation and Sensing of Analytes Controlled by Temperature, Inventors: de Oliveira e Silva, Nuno João; Oliveira-Silva, Rui Pedro.


“Implementing Thermometry on Silicon Surfaces Functionalized by Lanthanide-Doped Self-Assembled Polymer Monolayers” M. Rodrigues, R. Piñol, G. Antorrena, C.D.S. Brites, N.J.O. Silva, J. L. Murillo, R. Cases, I. Díez, F. Palacio, N. Torras, J. A. Plaza, L. Pérez-García, L. D. Carlos,* and A. Millán* Adv. Funct. Mater. 26, 200–209 (2016)

 “Joining Time-Resolved Thermometry and Magnetic-Induced Heating in a Single Nanoparticle Unveils Intriguing Thermal Properties” R. Piñol, C.D.S. Brites, R. Bustamante, A. Martínez, N.J.O. Silva, J.L. Murillo, R. Cases, J. Carrey, C. Estepa, C. Sosa, F. Palacio, L.D. Carlos* and A Millan*, ACS Nano 9, 3134 (2015).  111acsnano_cells.png

"Magnetically responsive Dry Fluids" F. L. Sousa*, R. Bustamante, A. Millan, F. Palacio, T. Trindade and N.J.O. Silva*, Nanoscale, 2013 (communication)

 "Shell pressure on the core of MnO/Mn3O4 core/shell nanoparticles" N.J.O. Silva*, M. Karmaoui, V. S. Amaral, I. Puente-Orench, J. Campo, I. da Silva, A. Ibarra, R. Bustamante, A. Millán and F. Palacio, Phys. Rev. B 87, 224429 (2013)

 "Synthesis of cobalt aluminate nanopigments by non-aqueous sol-gel route" M. Karmaoui*, N.J.O. Silva*, V.S. Amaral, A. Ibarra, A. Millán and F. Palacio, Nanoscale 5, 4277 (2013)  

 “Thermometry at the Nanoscale”, C.D.S. Brites, P.P. Lima, N.J.O. Silva, A. Millán, V.S. Amaral, F. Palacio*, and L.D. Carlos*, Nanoscale, 2012 (invited review)  
 “Magnetic and Relaxation Properties of Multifunctional Polymer-Based Nanostructured Bioferrofluids as MRI Contrast Agents” H. Amiri, R. Bustamante, A.Millan, N.J.O. Silva, R. Pinol, L. Gabilondo, F. Palacio, P. Arosio, M. Corti, and A. Lascialfari, Magn. Res. Med. 66, 1715-1721 (2011)  
 “Shifted loops and coercivity from field imprinted high energy barriers in ferritin and ferrihydrite nanoparticles” N.J.O. Silva*, V.S. Amaral, A. Urtizberea, R. Bustamante, A. Millán, F. Palacio, E. Kampert and U. Zeitler, S. de Brion, O. Iglesias and A. Labarta, Phys. Rev. B 84, 104427 (2011)  
 "A Luminescent Molecular Thermometer for Long-Term Absolute Temperature Measurements at the Nanoscale" C.D.S. Brites, P.P. Lima, N.J.O. Silva, A. Millan, V.S. Amaral, F. Palacio* and L.D. Carlos*" Adv. Mater. (2010)  


 "Remanent magnetization in CoO antiferromagnetic nanoparticles" N.J.O. Silva*, A. Millán, F. Palacio, M. Martins, T. Trindade, I. Puente-Orench and J. Campo, Phys. Rev. B 82, 094433 (2010) 10.1103/PhysRevB.82.094433  
 “Surface and core magnetic anisotropy in maghemite nanoparticles determined by pressure experiments” Y. Komorida*, M. Mito, H. Deguchi, and S. Takagi, A. Millán, N. J. O. Silva* and F. Palacio, Appl. Phys. Lett. 94, 202503 (2009)  
 “Temperature dependence of antiferromagnetic susceptibility in ferritin”, N.J.O. Silva*, A. Millan, F. Palacio, E. Kampert, U. Zeitler, and V. S. Amaral, Phys. Rev. B 79, 104405 (2009).  


 “Nanoscopic photoluminescence memory as a fingerprint of complexity in self-assembled alkylene/siloxane hybrids” L.D. Carlos*, V. de Zea Bermudez*, V.S. Amaral, S.C. Nunes, N.J.O. Silva, R.A. Sá Ferreira, J. Rocha, C.V. Santilli, D. Ostrovskii, Adv. Mater. 19, 341-348 (2007).  
















































Principais colaboradores

A. Millán and R. Piñol (Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón/CSIC, Zaragoza

A. Lascialfari (University of Milan and University of Pavia, Italy)

V. M. Gaspar (CICECO, Universidade de Aveiro)

S. Ohkoshi (School of Sciences, University of Tokyo)

I. Puente-Orench Institut Laue-Langevin and Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón CSIC - Universidad de Zaragoza) 

M. Mito (Kyushu Institute of Technology, Kitakyushu, Japan)


Nanodevices and Nanomagnetism


Propriedades físicas dos materiais



Supervisões em Curso


Controlo da escala de tamanho através de "Chimie Douce": de materiais funcionais inorgânicos a hìbridos orgânicos-inorgânicos (POCTI/CTM/46780/2002)

ParticipanteFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Materiais Funcionais Inorgânicos Chimie Douce HÌbridos Orgânicos-Inorgânicos Luminescente

Desenvolvimento de fontes de arrefecimento controladas remotamente para uma nanotermodinâmica aplicada (CoolPoint)

CoordenadorFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
We propose to prepare and develop micro- and nanometer-structured materials acting as local cooling sources operating at near room temperature, i. e., materials able to locally absorb heat and in which the absorption process is triggered and controlled from a distance. We also propose to develop a proof of concept device able to manipulate heat ...

Desenvolvimento e aplicação de nanomagnetes e ferrofluidos com variação on-to-off da magnetização em torno da temperatura ambiente. (On2OffNanoMagnets)

CoordenadorFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Enfrentando os desafios da caraterização de novos materiais e procesos térmicos (RECI/CTM-CER/0336/2012)

ParticipanteFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Propriedades térmicas de materiais Processos térmicos Termometria Estudos à nano-escala

Híbridos Orgânicos-Inorgânicos com Propriedades de Emissão Optimizadas Para Aplicação na Nova Geração de Comunicações Ópticas (PTDC/CTM/101324/2008)

ParticipanteFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Híbridos orgânicos-inorgânicos Dispositivos emissores de luz Filtragem óptica Amplificação óptica

Retificadores Térmicos Multidimensionais baseados na organização de polioxometalatos anisotrópicos (THERMOPOMs)

ParticipanteFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Herein, we propose to prepare and develop micro- and nanometer organic-inorganic hybrid structures acting as two dimensional (2D) thermal rectifiers, i. e., materials exhibiting anisotropic morphology and having a thermal conductivity that depends on the direction of the heat flow.

Síntesis, caracterización magnética y modelización atomística de nanopartículas de óxidos metálicos (Acção integrada Luso-Espanhola E-42/11)

CoordenadorOther National

Um dispositivo para mapeamento sub-micrométrico da temperatura sob campo magnético (EXPL/CTM-NAN/0295/2012 )

CoordenadorFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
nanotermómetro materiais luminescentes nanomagnetismo dispositivo


Carrageenan-grafted magnetite nanoparticles as recyclable sorbents for dye removal

Daniel-da-Silva, AL; Salgueiro, AM; Creaney, B; Oliveira-Silva, R; Silva, NJO; Trindade, T

Joining Time-Resolved Thermometry and Magnetic-Induced Heating in a Single Nanoparticle Unveils Intriguing Thermal Properties

Pinol, R; Brites, CDS; Bustamante, R; Martinez, A; Silva, NJO; Murillo, JL; Cases, R; Carrey, J; Estepa, C; Sosa, C; Palacio, F; Carlos, LD; Millan, A
2015, ACS NANO, 9, 3, 3134-3142.

Contact angles and wettability of ionic liquids on polar and non-polar surfaces

Pereira, MM; Kurnia, KA; Sousa, FL; Silva, NJO; Lopes-da-Silva, JA; Coutinhoa, JAP; Freire, MG

Cobalt aluminate nanoparticles supported on MIL-101 structure: catalytic performance investigation

Granadeiro, CM; Karmaoui, M; Correia, E; Juliao, D; Amaral, VS; Silva, NJO; Cunha-Silva, L; Balula, SS
2015, RSC ADVANCES, 5, 6, 4175-4183.

Multifunctional micro-and nanosized metalorganic frameworks assembled from bisphosphonates and lanthanides

Vilela, SMF; Ananias, D; Fernandes, JA; Silva, P; Gomes, AC; Silva, NJO; Rodrigues, MO; Tome, JPC; Valente, AA; Ribeiro-Claro, P; Carlos, LD; Rocha, J; Paz, FAA
2014, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY C, 2, 17, 3311-3327.

Cobalt(II)-pyrazine-chloride coordination polymers: synthesis, reactivity and magnetic properties

de Campos, EA; Silva, NJO; Shi, FN; Rocha, J
2014, CRYSTENGCOMM, 16, 45, 10439-10444.

Thermometry at the nanoscale using lanthanide-containing organic-inorganic hybrid materials

Brites, CDS; Lima, PP; Silva, NJO; Millan, A; Amaral, VS; Palacio, F; Carlos, LD
2013, JOURNAL OF LUMINESCENCE, 133, 230-232.

Pressure effects in hollow and solid iron oxide nanoparticles

Silva, NJO; Saisho, S; Mito, M; Millan, A; Palacio, F; Cabot, A; Iglesias, O; Labarta, A

Synthesis of cobalt aluminate nanopigments by a non-aqueous sol-gel route

Karmaoui, M; Silva, NJO; Amaral, VS; Ibarra, A; Millan, A; Palacio, F
2013, NANOSCALE, 5, 10, 4277-4283.

Magnetically responsive dry fluids

Sousa, FL; Bustamante, R; Millan, A; Palacio, F; Trindade, T; Silva, NJO
2013, NANOSCALE, 5, 16, 7229-7233.


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