Mark Your Calendar: Optiras Project Results Event on April 19th

Mark Your Calendar: Optiras Project Results Event on April 19th

The OPTIRAS project (PT-INNOVATION-0076) is making waves in the aquaculture industry with its mission to optimize water quality control in Aquaculture Recirculation Systems (RAS). By focusing on the terrestrial cultivation of Atlantic sole and salmon, OPTIRAS aims to revolutionize productivity, animal health, production conditions, environmental benefits, and sustainability within the industry. Key to the project’s success is the development and testing of new technologies for water treatment and quality monitoring. Among these innovations are ozonation, advanced oxidation processes, and superoxygenation, designed to enhance water quality and create optimal conditions for fish growth and well-being. Additionally, OPTIRAS introduces state-of-the-art sensors for in situ monitoring of critical parameters such as hydrogen sulfide (H2S), nitrite (NO2), and nitrate (NO3). These sensors provide real-time data, allowing for proactive management of water quality and immediate response to any deviations. To share their findings and engage with stakeholders, the OPTIRAS team invites industry professionals, researchers, and interested parties to join them on April 19th for a discussion on the project’s results. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in aquaculture technology and contribute to shaping the future of sustainable fish farming. Don’t miss your chance to be part of the conversation – […]

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MAY 15: European Neuromorphic Computing Event Aims to Bridge Gap Between Research and Innovation

MAY 15: European Neuromorphic Computing Event Aims to Bridge Gap Between Research and Innovation

In a bid to foster collaboration and innovation in the field of neuromorphic computing, the INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory is set to host a one-day research event bringing together coordinators, participants, and collaborators from various European projects and industry partners. Scheduled to take place on May 15, in Braga – Portugal, the event will serve as a platform for representatives from ten ongoing European research projects on neuromorphic computing. Additionally, two representatives from leading companies leveraging neuromorphic computing in their technologies will be in attendance. The event aims to stimulate discussion on bridging the gap between scientifically sound technologies and practical innovation in neuromorphic computing. By merging discussions on technologies at different stages of maturity, the organizers hope to identify common approaches and best practices for advancing these technologies in Europe. Key topics of discussion will include exploring available tools and addressing challenges that artificial neural networks and systems face in the realm of neuromorphic computing. Representative examples from participating projects will cover a spectrum of neuromorphic approaches, including electronics, spintronics, photonics, and other emerging materials often integrated with CMOS. These technologies find applications in diverse fields such as computer vision, edge AI, sensing, computing, high-frequency data processing, […]

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João Braga, working on the valorisation of mining by-products and used batteries

João Braga, working on the valorisation of mining by-products and used batteries

Meet João Braga. He joined the Nanochemistry research group at INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory as a Research Engineer in January 2024 and is currently working on the Electrochemical investigation and valorization of lithium hydroxide and carbonate from mining. He holds a B.Sc. degree (2016) in Bioengineering from Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro and an M.Sc. degree (2020) in Biomedical Engineering from the same university. Could you provide some insights into your background and primary focus in your field of work? I have a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering oriented towards biomaterials. My master’s thesis consisted of using electrochemical techniques to implement room-temperature prepared gold nanoparticles as enhancing agents in an aptasensor. These particles showed a very promising behaviour in oxygen a hydrogen peroxide reduction, which could be an added value to optimize mining techniques. I joined the INL Nanochemistry group aiming towards the valorisation of mining by-products and used batteries through the recovery of metals such as lithium, cobalt and nickel, which have been gaining market value due to the growing battery industry, to effectively reintroduce these materials in the chain of value and thus minimize the environmental footprint of their […]

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Detecting objects without any physical interaction – reality or science fiction?

Detecting objects without any physical interaction – reality or science fiction?

INL researchers have explored a fascinating quantum ability which lacks a classical explanation: the capacity to detect objects without traditional physical interaction. Rafael Wagner and Anita Camillini, INL PhD candidates, alongside the research group-leader Ernesto F. Galvão, have published a paper describing the revolutionary approach that challenges conventional concepts of detection. Imagine being able to identify something without actually touching it – similarly to diagnosis a hidden fracture without an X-ray or recognising a distant voice without hearing it directly. This study explores how quantum computers can achieve that, and detect objects without direct interaction. Rafael Wagner explains “It has been known for a long time that it is possible to detect things without interactions, as a result of the famous thought experiment introduced by Elitzur and Vaidman. They imagined an extreme situation where either there is a bomb in one of the arms of an interferometer, or there is no bomb.” Interferometers are tools used in many fields of science and engineering. The working principle of interferometry consists on splitting the light into two beams that travel different optical paths and are then combined to produce an interference pattern. Their scenario presents an unusual premise: within an interferometer setup, […]

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INL hosts the 3-Minute Thesis competition, showcasing Doctoral Research talent

INL hosts the 3-Minute Thesis competition, showcasing Doctoral Research talent

Last week, INL organised its highly anticipated Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, providing an exciting showcase of doctoral research excellence. The 3MT is an initiative that celebrates the exciting research conducted by INL PhD candidates. The 3MT aims to develop early stage researchers’ presentation and research communication skills. It provides support for PhD candidates to effectively explain their research and its significance in just three minutes, using language suitable for a non-specialist audience. Embracing the challenge of condensing months/years of rigorous study into a mere three minutes, 24 PhD candidates from diverse research areas at INL stepped up to the INL auditorium, aiming to captivate the audience of 100+ attendees. The three rounds were held on March 26th, 27th, and 28th. After intense deliberation, the top five candidates were nominated, with their presentations showcasing both academic rigor and compelling storytelling. Alexandra Alves, PhD candidate in the Quantum and Linear-Optical Computation group, highlighted the significance of accessible science communication, stating, “As PhD students we often present our work to expert audiences, but more approachable science communication is lacking. So it was both challenging and fun to try to condense my research topic into 3 minutes and for a diverse crowd.” For […]

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#ISFGM2024 – International Symposium on Functionally Graded Materials at INL

#ISFGM2024 – International Symposium on Functionally Graded Materials at INL

Excitement is building as the 17th International Symposium on Functionally Graded Materials – #ISFGM2024 prepares to convene at the INL – International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory in Braga, Portugal. Mark your calendars for September 29 to October 2, 2024, as this groundbreaking event promises to bring together leading experts, researchers, and industry professionals from around the globe. Functionally Graded Materials (FGMs) represent a revolutionary approach to material science, where the micro- and/or nanostructure is manipulated to create non-uniform distributions of different phases. This innovative technique enables the development of materials with diverse spatial or time-dependent properties within a single component, offering multi-functionality and sensitivity to various external stimuli. With applications spanning biomedical, automotive, aerospace, mechanical, civil, nuclear, and naval engineering, FGMs have garnered immense interest from both academia and industry. #ISFGM2024 serves as a vital platform for scientists and engineers from diverse disciplines, including engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine, to exchange ideas, share experiences, and explore the latest advancements in this dynamic field. The symposium will feature keynote presentations, panel discussions, technical sessions, and poster presentations, providing ample opportunities for networking, collaboration, and knowledge sharing. Attendees can expect to engage in discussions on state-of-the-art techniques, recent developments, and emerging trends […]

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