Curriculum Vitae

Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear


Name: Nuno
Surnames: Rombert Pinhão
Born: 07-10-1959, Portugal
Nationality: Portuguese

Phone: +351 21 994 6067/6316
Fax: +351 21 994 6285
E-mail: npinhao (add
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  • 1997 – PhD in Physics (Atomic and Molecular Physics), Faculty of Sciences, Univ. of Lisbon.
  • 1988 – Examination to Research Assistant, INETI.
  • 1983 – Diploma in Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Univ. of Lisbon.

Professional Employment Career

  • 2005 – Appointed Head of the Measurement Unit, Radiological Protection and Nuclear Security Department, ITN (ITN became part of the Technical University in March 2012, adopting the short name IST/ITN).
  • 1997 – Research Officer, Group of Nuclear Methods and Instrumentation, Unit of Physics and Accelerators, Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear (ITN), Sacavém, Portugal.
  • 1988-1997 – Research Assistant, Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia e Tecnologia Industrial (LNETI).
  • 1985-1988 – Research Assistant Trainee, LNETI.
  • 1984-1985 – Compulsory Military Service.

Fellowships and Training

  • October 1994-March 1995 – Numerical techniques for modeling of gas discharges, Centre de Physique des Plasmas et de leurs Applications de Toulouse, France.
  • November 1990 – Industrial Application of Electromagnetic Computer Codes, Joint Research Center, ECC, Ispra, Italy.
  • 1987 – Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-ray Microprobe, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto, Portugal.
  • 1985 – Ceramic-Metal Bounding, The Center for Professional Advancement, Amsterdam, Holland.
  • 1981-1985 – Research fellow, LNETI, supervisor: Frederico Carvalho.

Membership of Professional Societies

  • Member of the "Sociedade Portuguesa de Física" and European Physical Society.

Scientific Specialization

  • Gas Discharge Physics.

Main Scientific Area of Research

  • The main research area has been the physics of gas discharges with special emphasis on numerical modeling of low temperature plasmas.
  • In the last two years he has divided his time with the management of the Measurement Unit in the Radiological Protection and Nuclear Security Department where an accreditation process of the techniques is under way.
  • The research work has covered the following areas: gas discharge physics and radiation measurement and detection.
  • Current research interests are focused on the application of dielectric barrier discharges for pollution control.

Teaching Activities

  • 2006 – "Identification and quantification of radionuclides in different matrices by gamma spectrometry" integrated on a PhD course program, Lisbon Univ..
  • 2006-2007 – Co-supervision a Master thesis.
  • 2000-2007 – Supervision of graduation thesis on Operational Mathematics / UNL (3) and Physics Engineering / Lisbon Univ. (1).
  • he has lectured 4 courses for undergraduate technicians in LNETI/ITN.
  • He routinely organizes science promotion activities in Summer holidays.

Current Participation in Projects

  • "Electron kinetics in gas mixtures used for Analytical Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectroscopy (AGDOES)", GRICES/Portugal and HAS/Hungary. Coordinator: IST. Partners: ITN; KFKI, Budapest, Hungary.

Scientific Works

  • PhD Thesis: "Discharge modeling in halogen quenched Geiger-Müller detectors", Lisbon Univ. (1997);
  • Author or co-author of 8 original publications in Refereed Journals;
  • 2 patent submissions;
  • 45 lectures, oral presentations and communications to national and international meetings.

Selected Publications

  • Comparison of kinetic calculation techniques for the analysis of electron swarm transport at low to moderate E/N values, N R Pinhao, Z Donko, D Loffhagen, M Pinheiro, and E A Richley, Plasma Sources Sci. Technol. 13 (2004), 719-728.
  • Progress on high-voltage pulse generators using low voltage semiconductors (<1 kV) designed for plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII), L M Redondo, N Pinhao, E Margato, and J Fernando Silva, Surface and Coatings Technology156 (2002), 61-65.
  • PLASMAKIN: A chemical kinetics package for plasma physics modeling, N R Pinhao, Computer Physics Communications, 135, 1 (2001) 105-131.
  • Comparison of calculated and measured optical emission intensities in a direct current argon-copper glow discharge, A Bogaerts, Z Donko, K Kutasi, G Bano, N Pinhao, and M Pinheiro, Spectrochimica Acta Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy 55, 9 (2000) 1465.
  • Design optimization of a high-temperature X-ray Diffractometer for In-Situ determination of lattice mismatch and residual stress - the Hotbird, F M A Margaça, N R Pinhao, and A D Sequeira, Material Science Forum 168 (2000) 321-324.