|Institution||Instituto Pedro Nunes|
|Key Words / Areas of Interest||Thin films, diamond-like carbon, tribology, green lubricants|
|Expertise Sought||I am looking for collaborators in computational methods for materials science, especially in the area of tribological interface modeling between carbonaceous thin films and new green lubricants. The main objective is to complement our experimental program in the development of DLC thin films and their tribological study under several conditions. The goal is to apply to Nano Materials for New Markets.|
Sandra M. A. Cruz became a specialist in graphene (G) related materials, with her PhD in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, from the University of Aveiro, PT. These nanomaterials were the basis for substrates development used for certain molecules determination (up to 10-10 M) by the Enhanced Surface Raman Scattering (SERS) technique. The knowledge gained from G nanomaterials has led Sandra to become interested in other applications of these 2D materials. Sandra graduated and holds a master’s degree in Industrial Chemistry and Advanced Chemistry from the University of Coimbra. Since her Ph.D., she has worked in various thematic areas related to nanomaterials, chemistry and modelling in different laboratories of the University of Coimbra and Aveiro. Sandra is currently a senior researcher at the Pedro Nunes Institute and is responsible for an M-ERA-NET project about the development of new interfaces between green lubricants and thin coatings, namely doped and non-doped diamond-like carbon.