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
Arrefecimento; Nanoparticulas; Magnetocalorico; Local Themometers

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
retificadores térmicos; polioxometalatos híbridos; auto-organização; lock-key particles

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


Evidence of random magnetic anisotropy in ferrihydrite nanoparticles based on analysis of statistical distributions

Silva, NJO; Amaral, VS; Carlos, LD; Rodriguez-Gonzalez, B; Liz-Marzan, LM; Berquo, TS; Banerjee, SK; Bermudez, VD; Millan, A; Palacio, F
2008, PHYSICAL REVIEW B, 77, 13.

A mean-field scaling method for first- and second-order phase transition ferromagnets and its application in magnetocaloric studies

Amaral, JS; Silva, NJO; Amaral, VS

Nanoscopic photoluminescence memory as a fingerprint of complexity in self-assembled alkyl/siloxane hybrids

Carlos, LD; Bermudez, VD; Amaral, VS; Nunes, SC; Silva, NJO; Ferreira, RAS; Rocha, J; Santilli, CV; Ostrovskii, D
2007, ADVANCED MATERIALS, 19, 3, 341-+.

Surface effects in maghemite nanoparticles

Millan, A; Urtizberea, A; Silva, NJO; Palacio, F; Amaral, VS; Snoeck, E; Serin, V

Structural and magnetic studies in ferrihydrite nanoparticles formed within organic-inorganic hybrid matrices

Silva, NJO; Amaral, VS; Carlos, LD; Rodriguez-Gonzalez, B; Liz-Marzan, LM; Millan, A; Palacio, F; Bermudez, VDZ

Iron oxide and oxide-hydroxide nanoparticles in organic-inorganic matrices

Silva, NJO; Millan, A; Amaral, VS; Palacio, F; Fu, LS; Carlos, LD; Bermudez, VDZ
2006, ADVANCED MATERIALS FORUM III, PTS 1 AND 2, 514-516, 142-146.

Structure-photoluminescence relationship in Eu(III) beta-diketonate-based organic-inorganic hybrids. Influence of the synthesis method: carboxylic acid solvolysis versus conventional hydrolysis

Fu, LS; Ferreira, RAS; Silva, NJO; Fernandes, JA; Ribeiro-Claro, P; Goncalves, IS; Bermudez, VD; Carlos, LD
2005, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS CHEMISTRY, 15, 30, 3117-3125.

Synthesis, characterisation and magnetic properties of cobalt (II) complexes with 3-hydroxypicolinic acid (HpicOH): [Co(picOH)2(H2O)(2)] and mer-[N(CH3)(4)][Co(picOH)(3)] center dot H2O

Girginova, PI; Paz, FAA; Nogueira, HIS; Silva, NJO; Amaral, VS; Klinowski, J; Trindade, T
2005, POLYHEDRON, 24, 4, 563-569.

Synthesis, characterisation and magnetic properties of copper(II) complexes with 3-hydroxypicolinic acid (HpicOH): the crystal structure of [Cu(picOH)(2)(BPE)](2)center dot[Cu(picOH)(2)(BPE)(2)]center dot 8H(2)O

Girginova, PI; Paz, FAA; Nogueira, HIS; Silva, NJO; Amaral, VS; Klinowski, J; Trindade, T
2005, JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR STRUCTURE, 737, 2-3, 221-229.

Local structure and near-infrared emission features of neodymium-based amine functionalized organic/inorganic hybrids

Goncalves, MC; Silva, NJO; Bermudez, VDZ; Ferreira, RAS; Carlos, LD; Dahmouche, K; Santilli, CV; Ostrovskii, D; Vilela, ICC; Craievich, AF
2005, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY B, 109, 43, 20093-20104.


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