|Institution||University of Coimbra|
|Key Words / Areas of Interest||Sputtering, HiPIMS, thin films, tribology, material characterization|
|Expertise Sought||Expertise in structural, chemical and micro-structural characterization of materials by techniques such as Electron-Probe microanalyses (EPMA), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Transmission Electron microscopy (TEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Raman Spectroscopy and X-ray Photo-electron Microscopy (XPS).|
Fábio Ferreira completed his Integrated Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2013 at the University of Coimbra. After this the researcher completed his Ph.D.’s degree (in 2018) in Mechanical Engineering, in Surface Engineering Specialization. During his Ph.D., Fábio Ferreira started to work in a new domain, the deposition of thin films by High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HiPIMS), a recently developed magnetron based deposition technique that allow the ionization of the sputtered materials by using very high powers (above 100 kW) during very short pulses (µs to ms duration). The main advantage of HiPIMS is the additional control of the film forming species that allow the production of thin films with unprecedented structures and microstructures. Thus, completely new materials can be synthetized by HiPIMS mainly by avoiding the detrimental effect of atomic shadowing which is inevitable in traditional magnetron sputtering deposition techniques.