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


Effect of consolidation technique on the sintering ability and thermal properties of AlN processed from aqueous suspensions

Olhero, SM; Ferreira, JMF
2006, ADVANCED MATERIALS FORUM III, PTS 1 AND 2, 514-516, 1531-1535.

AIN ceramics processed by aqueous slip casting

Olhero, SM; Miranzo, P; Ferreira, JMF
2006, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS RESEARCH, 21, 10, 2460-2469.

Influence of the de-waxing atmosphere on the properties of AlN ceramics processed from aqueous media

Olhero, SM; Miranzo, P; Ferreira, JMF

Technical features evaluation of an alumina powder prepared by combustion synthesis

Tavares, AP; Olhero, SM; Ferreira, JMF
2006, ADVANCED MATERIALS FORUM III, PTS 1 AND 2, 514-516, 1546-1550.

Definitive replacement of organic solvents by water in the colloidal processing of aluminium nitride

Ferreira, JMF; Olhero, SMH; Oliveira, MILL
ISBN: 1-57498-187-0

Rheological characterisation of water-based AlN slurries for the tape casting process

Olhero, SM; Ferreira, JMF

Rheological properties of paraffin suspensions of surface-modified alumina powder for low-pressure injection moulding

Novak, S; Olhero, SMH; Ferreira, JMF; Zupancic, A
2004, RHEOLOGICA ACTA, 43, 5, 559-566.

Effect of different oxide additives on colloidal processing and sintering of alumina

Olhero, SM; Ferreira, JMF
2004, ADVANCED MATERIALS FORUM II, 455-456, 216-220.
ISBN: 0-87849-941-5

Influence of particle size distribution on rheology and particle packing of silica-based suspensions

Olhero, SM; Ferreira, JMF
2004, POWDER TECHNOLOGY, 139, 1, 69-75.

A thermo-chemical surface treatment of AlN powder for the aqueous processing of AlN ceramics

Olhero, SM; Novak, S; Oliveira, M; Krnel, K; Kosmac, T; Ferreira, JMF
2004, JOURNAL OF MATERIALS RESEARCH, 19, 3, 746-751.


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