Carlos Brites

Assistant Professor

Short CV

Carlos Brites was born in Nazaré, Portugal, in May 1981.
2019-present: Assistant Professor Physics Departament, University of Aveiro, Portugal
2017-2019: Researcher at CICECO/ Physics Department, University of Aveiro, Portugal

2013-2017: Post-Doctoral fellowship  (CICECO/ 
Physics Department, University of Aveiro, Portugal and Condensed Mateter Physics Department, University of Zaragoza, Spain) FCT Grant holder (SFRH/BPD/89003/2012) “Molecular Luminescent Thermometers”
2007-2012: Ph.D Student (CICECO/ Physics Department, University of Aveiro, Portugal and ICMA/ Physics of Condensed Matter Department, University of Zaragoza, Spain) “Self-Referencing Thermometry at the Nanoscale”
2004-2007: Master in Optoelectronics and Lasers (Faculty of Sciences, University of Oporto, Portugal)
“Integrated Optics Beam Combiners for Astronomical Interferometry”
1999-2004: Degree in Physics and Chemistry (University of Aveiro, Portugal)



Scientific Interests

Molecular logics using Phisycal Inputs

Luminescent Materials based on Trivalent Lanthanide Ions

Luminescent Materials as nanoscale thermal probes

Luminescence thermometry as a nanotool for materials' characterization


Research Group

University of Aveiro

Universidade de Aveiro

Photonic Hybrids and Nanomaterials Group



Main present collaborators

University of Aveiro

Luís D. Carlos

Rute André

Helena Oliveira

University of Zaragoza (Spain)

Angel Millan
Rafael Piñol

Centro de Energia Atómica (Argentina)

Eduardo D. Martínez

Ongoing projects

  • FCT Ref. PTDC/FIS-OUT/31469/2017 (Principal Investigator, 40%). Funding: 221,702.30 €. Period: July 2018 - June 2021.


  • FCT Ref. PTDC/BTM-MAT/31794/2017 (Team Member, 10%). Funding: 235,080.68 €. Period: August 2018 - August 2021.


  • FCT Ref. PTDC/CTM-NAN/4647/2014 (Team Member, 70%). Funding 183,945.00 €. Period: July 2016 - June 2019.

Ongoing Supervisions



Aggregation-induced heterogeneities in the emission of upconverting nanoparticles at the submicron scale unfolded by hyperspectral microscopy

Gonell, F; Botas, AMP; Brites, CDS; Amoros, P; Carlos, LD; Julian-Lopez, B; Ferreira, RAS
2019, NANOSCALE ADVANCES, 1, 7, 2537-2545.

Widening the Temperature Range of Luminescent Thermometers through the Intra- and Interconfigurational Transitions of Pr3+

Brites, CDS; Fiaczyk, K; Ramalho, JFCB; Sojka, M; Carlos, LD; Zych, E

[INVITED] Luminescent QR codes for smart labelling and sensing

Ramalho, JFCB; Antonio, LCF; Correia, SFH; Fu, LS; Pinho, AS; Brites, CDS; Carlos, LD; Andre, PS; Ferreira, RAS
2018, OPTICS AND LASER TECHNOLOGY, 101, 304-311.

Upconversion thermometry: a new tool to measure the thermal resistance of nanoparticles

Savchuk, OA; Carvajal, JJ; Brites, CDS; Carlos, LD; Aguilo, M; Diaz, F
2018, NANOSCALE, 10, 14, 6602-6610.

Radiation-to-heat conversion efficiency in SrF2:Yb3+/Er3+ upconverting nanoparticles

Balabhadra, S; Debasu, ML; Brites, CDS; Ferreira, RAS; Carlos, LD
2018, OPTICAL MATERIALS, 83, 1-6.

A cost-effective quantum yield measurement setup for upconverting nanoparticles

Balabhadra, S; Debasu, ML; Brites, CDS; Ferreira, RAS; Carlos, LD
2017, JOURNAL OF LUMINESCENCE, 189, 64-70.

Tethering Luminescent Thermometry and Plasmonics: Light Manipulation to Assess Real-Time Thermal Flow in Nanoarchitectures

Brites, CDS; Fuertes, MC; Angelome, PC; Martinez, ED; Lima, PP; Soler-Illia, GJAA; Carlos, LD
2017, NANO LETTERS, 17, 8, 4746-4752.

Upconverting Nanoparticles Working As Primary Thermometers In Different Media

Balabhadra, S; Debasu, ML; Brites, CDS; Ferreira, RAS; Carlos, LD
2017, JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY C, 121, 25, 13962-13968.

Tuning the sensitivity of Ln(3+)-based luminescent molecular thermometers through ligand design

Brites, CDS; Lima, PP; Carlos, LD
2016, JOURNAL OF LUMINESCENCE, 169, 497-502.

Unveiling in Vivo Subcutaneous Thermal Dynamics by Infrared Luminescent Nanothermometers

Ximendes, EC; Santos, WQ; Rocha, U; Kagola, UK; Sanz-Rodriguez, F; Fernandez, N; Gouveia-Neto, AD; Bravo, D; Domingo, AM; del Rosal, B; Brites, CDS; Carlos, LD; Jaque, D; Jacinto, C
2016, NANO LETTERS, 16, 3, 1695-1703.


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