Exploratory Research Projects 2017

The Exploratory Research Projects 2017 are short-term, goal-oriented scientific projects, developing collaborative research work involving several institutions and targeting strategic areas of the program, including research activities of strategic relevance in relation to the Scientific Areas defined in the context of Atlantic International Research Center (AIR Center), in the areas of Space Science, Clean Tech Energy, Environment, Atmospheric Science and Climate Change, Ocean Science, and Data Science, Cyber Infrastructure and e-Science.

In 2018, 14 exploratory projects were selected among 47 submitted proposals, for a total funding available of €1,400,000, for Portuguese research institutions and a match up to 75% to UT Austin principal investigators.

Each project involves at least two research teams from different research institutions in Portugal and a research team from The University of Texas at Austin.

Selected projects

Advanced Computing

Skeletal TRacking Enhanced with Anatomically Correct Kinematics for Exergames and Rehabilitation
Daniel Lopes (INESC ID/INESC/IST/ULisboa) and Richard Neptune (UT Austin)


Nanostructured transition Metal Phosphides for Electrochemical Energy Storage
Lifeng Liu (INL) and Guihua Yu
(UT Austin)

Drug delivery nanosysteM for HPV infection therapy Nanotechnologies
Carla Cruz (UBI) and Andrew Ellington 
(UT Austin)

Large scale blue energy harvesting using hybrid triboelectric/photovoltaic systems for the long term deployment of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles
João Ventura 
(FCUP/UP) and Edward Yu (UT Austin)

TAMs-targeted and externally controlled nanotheranostics of triple-negative-breast-cancer
Manuel Bañobre 
(INL) and Zhengrong Cui (UT Austin)

Two dimensional magnetic semiconductors
Joaquín Rossier (INL) and Xiaoqin Li (UT Austin)

Unconventional Thermoelectrics Based on Self-Organized Binary Nanocrystal Superlatices
Yury Kolen'ko 
(INL) and Brian Korgel (UT Austin)

From the mechanobiology of the glial scar to the management of multiple sclerosis
Ana Pêgo 
(INEB Porto) and Laura Suggs (UT Austin)

ELECTROWetting heat pipes for cooling Applications in Electric Vehicles
Ana Moita 
(IST-ID) and Vaibhav Bahadur (UT Austin)

Self lubricant coatings for high temperature applications with controlled release of the lubricious agent
Albano Carvalho 
(UC) and Yuanyue Liu (UT Austin)

Space-Earth Interactions

Mapping of Underwater Soil of the Azores using Sdr based in-sas Ocean Science
Sérgio Cunha 
(FE/UP) and Preston Wilson (UT Austin)

Atmosphere - Ocean - Solid Earth Coupling: Seismic Tools to Explore and Monitor the Oceans
Susana Custódio (Fciências.ID) and Tan Bui (UT Austin)

Modeling and Analysis of Coastal Hydrodynamics and Erosion Mathematics

Juha Videman (IST-ID) and Clint Dawson (UT Austin)

Immersive virtual reality environments to evaluate audience attitudes about science communication projects: a pilot study of deep sea ecosystems

Carla Morais (FCUP/UP) and Lucy Atkinson (UT Austin)