Sandra Carvalho - Group Leader
Prof. Sandra Carvalho develops her research activity in the Functional Coatings Group (GRF), from the centre of Physics from University of Minho. Her research activity is focused on the development of new decorative, protective and functional coatings for many different parts and components made of metals, plastics, glass, silicon, and other materials. Her main challenge is associating basic and applied research to gain fundamental knowledge for the synthesis of thin coatings from the vapor phase which can enable the development of new material concepts, design of multilayers at the nanosize level, and deposition processes. Emphasis is placed on those aspects of Materials Science that are concerned with the relationships between synthesis, structure/composition, properties, and modeling/simulation of thin functional nanostructured coatings.