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



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.

Instantaneous ballistic velocity of suspended Brownian nanocrystals measured by upconversion nanothermometry

Brites, CDS; Xie, XJ; Debasu, ML; Qin, X; Chen, RF; Huang, W; Rocha, J; Liu, XG; Carlos, LD
2016, NATURE NANOTECHNOLOGY, 11, 10, 851-+.

Implementing luminescence thermometry at 1.3 mu m using (GdNd)(2)O-3 nanoparticles

Balabhadra, S; Debasu, ML; Brites, CDS; Rocha, J; Carlos, LD
2016, JOURNAL OF LUMINESCENCE, 180, 25-30.

Nanoplatforms for Plasmon-Induced Heating and Thermometry

Debasu, ML; Brites, CDS; Balabhadra, S; Oliveira, H; Rocha, J; Carlos, LD
2016, CHEMNANOMAT, 2, 6, 520-527.

A New Generation of Primary Luminescent Thermometers Based on Silicon Nanoparticles and Operating in Different Media

Botas, AMP; Brites, CDS; Wu, J; Kortshagen, U; Pereira, RN; Carlos, LD; Ferreira, RAS

Cryogenic Nanothermometer Based on the MIL-103(Tb,Eu) Metal-Organic Framework

Ananias, D; Brites, CDS; Carlos, LD; Rocha, J

Implementing Thermometry on Silicon Surfaces Functionalized by Lanthanide-Doped Self-Assembled Polymer Monolayers

Rodrigues, M; Pinol, R; Antorrena, G; Brites, CDS; Silva, NJO; Murillo, JL; Cases, R; Diez, I; Palacio, F; Torras, N; Plaza, JA; Perez-Garcia, L; Carlos, LD; Millan, A

Lanthanide Organic Framework Luminescent Thermometers

Rocha, J; Brites, CDS; Carlos, LD
2016, CHEMISTRY-A EUROPEAN JOURNAL, 22, 42, 14782-14795.

Visible-Light Excited Luminescent Thermometer Based on Single Lanthanide Organic Frameworks

Li, L; Zhu, YL; Zhou, XH; Brites, CDS; Ananias, D; Lin, Z; Paz, FAA; Rocha, J; Huang, W; Carlos, LD
2016, ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS, 26, 47, 8677-8684.

Lanthanide-Organic Framework Nanothermometers Prepared by Spray-Drying

Wang, ZP; Ananias, D; Carne-Sanchez, A; Brites, CDS; Imaz, I; Maspoch, D; Rocha, J; Carlos, LD
2015, ADVANCED FUNCTIONAL MATERIALS, 25, 19, 2824-2830.


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