Elvira Fortunato

Elvira Fortunato

Elvira Fortunato

Professor in Materials Science Department of Faculty of Science and Technology of New University of Lisbon

Elvira Fortunato is full professor in Materials Science Department of Faculty of Science and Technology of New University of Lisbon, a Fellow of the Portuguese Engineering Academy since 2009 and decorated with the grade of Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator by the President of the Republic in 2010, due to her scientific achievements worldwide. In 2015 she was appointed by the Portuguese President Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the Celebrations of the National Day of Portugal, Camões and the Portuguese Communities.

She was also a member of the Portuguese National Scientific and Technological Council between 2012-2015 and a member of the advisory board of DG CONNECT (2014-2015).

Currently she is the director of the Institute of Nanomaterials, Nanofabrication and Nanomodeling and of CENIMAT. She is member of the board of trustees of Luso-American Foundation (Portugal/USA, 2013-2020).

Fortunato pioneered European research on transparent electronics, namely thin-film transistors based on oxide semiconductors, demonstrating that oxide materials can be used as true semiconductors. In 2008, she earns in the 1st ERC edition an AdG for the project “Invisible”, considered a success story. In the same year she demonstrated with her colleagues the possibility to make the first paper transistor, starting a new field in the area of paper electronics.

Fortunato published over 500 papers and during the last 10 years got more than 18 International prizes and distinctions for her work (e.g: Elvira Fortunato was awarded with the Blaise Pascal Medal from the European Academy of Sciences (2016); IDTechEx USA 2009 (paper transistor); European Woman Innovation prize, Finland 2011).

In 2017 (September 20) Elvira Fortunato will receive the Czochralski award from E-MRS in recognition of her achievements in the field of the Advanced Materials Science. Since November 2016 she integrates the High Level Group for the Scientifc Advise Mechanism of the European Commission.

Read more about Elvira and her work here.

Abstract Title: Sustainable materials applied to electronics

Abstract: 10 years ago it was pure science fiction the notion of fully transparent, flexible and conformable displays, like those used by T. Cruise in the Minority Report movie fully based on materials away from silicon! Thanks to the Hollywood vision and the hard work of scientists this is now a reality. After the huge success and revolution of transparent electronics where we must highlight the low process temperatures that turn possible the use of low cost eco-friendly materials and substrates such biopolymer or paper, where CENIMAT is pioneer and with the worldwide interest in displays/smart interfaces where sustainable materials like metal oxide thin films have proved to be truly semiconductors, display backplanes have already gone commercial due to the huge investment of several high profile companies such: SHARP, SAMSUNG, LG, BOE, in a very short period of time. Recently IDTechEx estimated that 8 km sqr of metal oxide-sbased backplanes will be used in the OLED and LCD industry by 2024, enabling a 16 billion USD market at the display module level alone. In this presentation we will show some of the developments done in terms of metal oxide based-TFTs as well as TCOs produced either by conventional PVD techniques as well as by new low temperature solution processes.

We can anticipate that the metal oxide based industry will be in the near future a so-called multi billion euro market similar to what is observed with the pharmaceutical industry, due to the number of different applications that can serve, ranging from information technology, biotechnology/life sciences and energy to food/consumer products.