Susana Maria Henriques Olhero

Assistant Professor

Short CV

Susana Olhero (SO) is nowadays a Principal Researcher in CICECO (Aveiro Institute of Materials)/UA (University of Aveiro) and member of the Executive Board of Department of Materials Engineering and Ceramics (DEMaC)/CICECO/UA. SO has a Doctorate degree in the field of Material Science and Engineering from University of Aveiro (2006). From 2006-2014 was a pos-doc researcher at University of Porto and University of Birmingham, in strong collaboration with CICECO/University of Aveiro. From 2015-2018, SO was Assistant Researcher at CICECO/UA (FCT grant (IF/00951/2014). The focus of her research has been the development of 3D structures by near net shaping colloidal-based techniques, including additive manufacturing of various functional ceramics for several applications, including biomaterials for bone regeneration. Susana Olhero is author of 73 publications in peer review international journals, 2 book chapters and 1 national patent, with over 1650 citations, h-index 25. Susana Olhero supervised/Co-supervised 2 PhD, 11 Master Thesis and several research fellows (Pos-doc and PhD) from her Projects.



Present Research group

Susana Olhero - Principal Researcher

Paula Torres - Junior Researcher

Nilza Ribeiro - Researcher

Manuel Silva- Researcher

José Carlos Almeida - Researcher


Supervisions (since 2018)

Manuel Barros, grant of Project 2BBone (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029940)

Joana Baltazar, grant of Project TAMAZ3D (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-030493)

Tânia Santos, grant of Project MulBioImplant (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-032486)

Ana Filipa Rodrigues, grant of Project FlexMicroDerm (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029274)

Teaching Activity

Courses of (i) Integrated Master in Materials Science and Engineering,  Masters in (ii) Materials and Biomedical Devices and (iii) Additive Manufacturing.

Scientific Interests

- Additive manufacturing of ceramics and multimaterials (dense and porous devices)

 - Biomaterials for tissue engineering applications, mainly focused in bone regeneration.

 - Colloidal processing of ceramics 

Ongoing Supervisions


Additive manufacturing meets mechanobiology – design and fabrication of osteogenic-stimulating implants (ADD2MECHBIO)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
Over the years, the number of patients undergoing total hip and knee arthroplasties has been increasing. Due to the lengthened life expectancy and aging population this trend is expected to continue and the number of patients that will outlive their first prosthesis will also rise (patients that will need revision surgeries). These implants impa...

Desenvolvimento de biomateriais não sinterizáveis à base de fosfatos de cálcio com bi-funcionalidade: regeneração e tratamento de cancro ósseo (2BBone)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Desenvolvimento de microdispositivos flexiveis a base de microagulhas de biocimento composito para administracao transdermica de fármacos; (FlexMicroDerm)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Development of a Decision Support Tool for Additive Manufacturing of Alumina-Zirconia 3D structures (Tamaz3D)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Development of microelectromechanical systems by gelcasting - GELMEMS (PTDC/CTM/099489/2008)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia
microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) gel casting piezoelectric submicron particles dispersion

FABIMED - Fabrication and Functionalization of BioMedical Microdevices (FaBiMed)

Local CoordinatorEuropean Comission
The aim of FaBiMed proposal is to improve and develop new manufacturing techniques, based on micromoulding, specific for biomedical microdevices. The project will be to reducing the cost of mass production of diagnosis and therapeutic micro devices which have a common problematic: medium sized batches, customization needs, micron-scale geometric...

Manufatura aditiva de compósitos de base cerâmica para componentes mecânicos (3DCompCer)

Local CoordinatorIndustry National
Promovido por um consórcio composto pela PALBIT,S.A.(promotor líder), pelas Universidades de Aveiro e de Coimbra, o projeto 3DCompCer visa o desenvolvimento de ferramentas de maquinação complexas através de técnicas inovadoras de manufatura aditiva, nomeadamente fresas, com sistem...

Multifunctional and bio-inspired implant to improve bone integration (MulBioimplant)

PartnerFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Projeto de Investigação Exploratória: Susana Olhero (IF/00951/2014)

CoordinatorFundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia


Influence of setting liquid composition and liquid-to-powder ratio on properties of a Mg-substituted calcium phosphate cement

Pina, S; Olhero, SM; Gheduzzi, S; Miles, AW; Ferreira, JMF
2009, ACTA BIOMATERIALIA, 5, 4, 1233-1240.

Incorporation of river silt in ceramic tiles and bricks

Torres, P; Manjate, RS; Fernandes, HR; Olhero, SM; Ferreira, JMF
2009, INDUSTRIAL CERAMICS, 29, 1, 5-12.

Chemisorption of phosphoric acid and surface characterization of as passivated AIN powder against hydrolysis

Ganesh, I; Olhero, SM; Araujo, AB; Correia, MR; Sundararajan, G; Ferreira, JMF
2008, LANGMUIR, 24, 10, 5359-5365.

Formation and densification behavior of MgAl2O4 spinel: The influence of processing parameters

Ganesh, I; Olhero, SM; Rebelo, AH; Ferreira, JMF

Influence of processing route and SiO(2) on sintering ability, CTE, and dielectric constant of beta-Si(4)Al(2)O(2)N(6)

Ganesh, I; Thiyagarajan, N; Jana, DC; Sundararajan, G; Olhero, SM; Ferreira, JMF
2008, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS RESEARCH, 23, 9, 2305-2311.

A non-aqueous processing route for phosphate-protection of AlN powder against hydrolysis

Ganesh, I; Thiyagarajan, N; Sundararajan, G; Olhero, SM; Ferreira, JMF

Surface passivation of MgAl2O4 spinel powder by chemisorbing H3PO4 for easy aqueous processing

Olhero, SM; Ganesh, I; Torres, PMC; Ferreira, JMF
2008, LANGMUIR, 24, 17, 9525-9530.

Development of porous ceramics for gas burners

Olhero, SMH; Delgado, JMPQ; Ferreira, JMF; Pinho, C

Thermodynamic studies on the AlN sintering powders treated with phosphate species

Olhero, SM; Jensen, ZS; Einarsud, MA; Grande, T; Ferreira, JMF

Effect of sodium hexametaphosphate and ageing on the rheological behaviour of kaolin dispersions

Andreola, F; Castellini, E; Ferreira, JMF; Olhero, S; Romagnoli, M
2006, APPLIED CLAY SCIENCE, 31, 1-2, 56-64.


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