Upcoming: SYNERGY Webinar “Concept & design of electronics building blocks for autonomous green flexible power sources to serve smart platforms on foils”

This webinar will be held in the March 20th, by 14:00 GMT (15:00 CET)

Register now at: https://www.eventbrite.pt/e/859440398367?aff=oddtdtcreator

For several years, thin-film transistors (TFTs) have been widely adopted in the display industry (e.g., LCD, OLED, µ-LED, VR/AR) but more recently, other areas have emerged where this technology is relevant, from analog and digital integrated circuits to large-area electronics on low-cost flexible substrates, resulting in a paramount of applications that includes flexible/wearable devices, biosensors, and neuromorphic computation.

The work presented at this seminar is being developed within the European Project “Fully Oxide-based Zero-Emission and Portable Energy Supply”. FOXES project aims to establish a new eco-friendly paradigm for powering wireless devices of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the goal is to develop a compact   “Power Cube”, a device that combines a high-efficiency solar cell with a multilayer capacitor and an energy management circuit (EMC) able to ensure full energy-autonomous operation of an IoT sensor node. 

The seminar will be focused on the design of the oxide TFT based EMC which harvests energy from the solar cell, boost and stores it in the thin-film capacitor, and generates three regulated output voltages for the IoT node with an overall conversion efficiency above 50%.

This webinar will be hosted by Hugo Viana.

He is a Micro and Nanotechnology engineer, who obtained his degree from NOVA School of Science and Technology in January 2022. His master’s thesis is titled “Implementation of Active Inductors with Oxide Thin-Film Transistors and Integration into Oscillator Circuits”, under the supervision of Prof. Pedro Barquinha and Prof. Pydi Ganga Bahubalindruni.
In May 2022, Hugo started as Research Fellow at UNINOVA-CTS in collaboration with CENIMAT under the Portuguese national project, IDS-Paper (PTDC/CTM-PAM/4241/2020), with Prof. João Goes as his supervisor. He also cooperated with the European project FOXES (European Community’s H2020 program, grant agreement no. 951774). During this time, he had the opportunity to supervise BSc students on oxide TFT circuit design. Hugo has been developing multiple circuits using oxide TFT technology, such as oscillators, comparators, DC-DC converters among others.
At the beginning of 2024, he started his Ph.D. program in Electrical and Computer Engineering at NOVA University of Lisbon. This consists mainly of the design and experimental evaluation of an Incremental-Zoom Analog-to-Digital Converter for the Internet-of-things, under the supervision of Prof. João Goes and Prof. Pedro Barquinha. The goal is to develop this circuitry using deep-nanoscale and oxide TFT technologies.

Upcoming: Workshop “Sustainability in the Battery Value Chain”

SYNERGY is organising on 7th February the workshop “Sustainability in the Battery Value Chain” to be held at CENIMAT/i3N (FCT-NOVA) Portugal at 2pm (GTM).

The on-site workshop aims to explore the impacts of battery production, use and disposal. Additionally, the workshop will emphasise the best practices and innovations in materials and process selection, alternative chemistries, and end-of-life approaches such as second-life and recycling. This event offers an outstanding chance to connect with experts in this field. Please find below the full program.


14:00 – Welcome & Introduction

14:10 – Sam Mousavi (VTT, Finland): Sustainable next-generation batteries

14:50 – José Gonçalves (CENTI, Portugal): Flexible and sustainable batteries: A lab-to-pilot perspective

15:30 – Coffee break

15:50 – Silvia Bodoardo (POLITO, Italy): Sustainable battery cells – European overview (TBC)

16:30 – João Gomes (B. Again – DST Group, Portugal): Lithium-Ion Battery recycling processes: enabling circularity of the battery value-chain

17:10 – Q&A session and closing remarks

Join us on the 7th of February at 2 pm at CENIMAT/i3N (FCT-NOVA)!
Registration at: https://forms.gle/1XgtFma3Wa7aGRTr9

SYNERGY project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, under the Grant Agreement number 952169.

Upcoming: SYNERGY Webinar “Perspectives on Building Blocks for Wireless Mobile Communications on Flexible Foils”

The use of flexible foils in wireless mobile communication has a significant innovative potential across a range of applications, from IoT to security and healthcare. This presentation will address some of the technical aspects and challenges associated with the development of such systems. Adopting a top-down approach and after a general architecture overview, some details concerning the building blocks required for the wireless transceiver will be addressed, within a context of efficient energy storage and usage.

This webinar will be held in the February 5th, by 14:00 GMT (15:00 CET) and will be hosted by Professor João Pedro Oliveira.

Register now at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-blocks-for-wireless-mobile-communication-on-flexible-foils-tickets-813978771417

João Pedro Oliveira holds a M.Sc. (1996) and Ph.D (2010) degrees in Telecommunications and Microelectronics. He has accumulated over 28 years of professional experience in both industry and academia, specializing in IC design and telecommunications. Since 2003, he has been with the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of NOVA-FCT and he is also a senior researcher at the Centre of Technology and Systems-CTS UNINOVA. His research interests primarily focus on mixed-signal integrated circuit (IC) design for low-power RF applications and low-power analog-front ends for IoT sensing nodes, employing innovative techniques like MOS parametric-based signal processing. He co-founded two companies for smart interactive interfaces and RF, respectively. The most recent one, Koala Tech, is a startup recognized as a NOVA Spin-Off, focused on highly energy efficient RF power amplifiers for 5G and 6G mobile networks, using a new and patented technology, the Quantized Digital Amplification (QDA). He has published in international journals, leading conferences, two books, and 4 patents. João Pedro Oliveira is an IEEE member since 1994 and currently serves as the chair of the Portuguese IEEE Solid State Circuits Society (SSCS) Chapter Chair.

Upcoming: SYNERGY Webinar “Business Model Development for Researchers”’

Join Synergy EU Project for an insightful webinar on “Business Model Development for Researchers”!

We are excited to invite you to our upcoming virtual event, which will take place on Wednesday, 06th December, from 17:00 – 18:00 CET. This insightful webinar will be hosted by Jannis Bulla, Project Manager at futureSAX GmbH and will feature Dr. Isabel Schulze, Technology scout of Gründernetzwerk SAXEED of Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg as our esteemed speaker. Caroline and Isabel, experts in the field, will offer valuable insights on business model components and the process of developing your own. They will focus particularly on deep tech startups and spin-offs, providing expert guidance in this area.

While there are no specific participation requirements, we kindly request that you register prior to the event to secure your spot. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to expand your knowledge and network with like-minded professionals.

Register now at: https://www.futuresax.de/events/veranstaltung/innovation-konkret-innovationskraft-shared-revenue-transferprojekte-teilfinanzieren-durch-industrie-und-forschung

Upcoming: SYNERGY Webinar “Fostering Science-Based Entrepreneurship and Internationalization”’

Join Synergy EU Project for an insightful webinar on “Fostering Science-Based Entrepreneurship and Internationalization”!

We are excited to invite you to our upcoming virtual event, which will take place on Thursday, 22nd June, from 14:30-16:00 WEST. This insightful webinar will be hosted by Francisco Gama Rocha, Senior International Consultant at SPI – Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação. With his extensive expertise in innovation strategy and business development, Francisco will share valuable insights on leveraging science-based entrepreneurship and internationalization.

While there are no specific participation requirements, we kindly request that you register prior to the event to secure your spot. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to expand your knowledge and network with like-minded professionals.

Register now at: https://bit.ly/3MH5ME4

SYNERGY – Opportunities for Secondments – 2023

In the frame of the Synergy EU Project project (H2020-WIDESPREAD-2020-5), several opportunities for secondments are being promoted in four renowned European Research Institutes (Fraunhofer IKTS – Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme, POLITO – Politecnico di TorinoTyndall National Institute – University College Cork, and VTT-Technical Research Centre of Finland).

Each Institute is proposing different themes, directed at Masters Students, PhD Students and Post-Doc Students in Materials Sciences and Engineering, Micro- and Nanotechnologies, Energy Systems and Energy Power Control from the PT-Cluster (CEMOP-UNINOVA and associated lab I3N).

Deadline and submission: The call is open from 30-Jan-2023 to 10-Feb-2023. The applications must be sent by email to dgaspar@uninova.pt.

Find out more information concerning the proposed themes and how to get involved here!

Upcoming: Summer School “Materials for energy transition”

SYNERGY in collaboration with Sociedade Portuguesa de Materiais, Ordem dos Engenheiros, and with the support of INL, LNEG and DGEG, is organizing the summer school “Materials for energy transition”, to be held in Lisboa, Portugal, from 7th to 9th September 2022.

The on-site summer school will focus on the relevant matters related to the energetic transition and the role of materials science. Some topics to be addressed are hydrogen and renewable gases, photovoltaics, and energy storage. The target audience are MSc and PhD students and we encourage them to submit an abstract for poster presentation. There will be 20 slots for the students to present their work in fields related to the summer school topics.

Don’t miss this opportunity to network with Portuguese and international personalities if the field of energy transition

More information and registration at https://spmateriais.pt/site/materials-for-energy-transition/

Upcoming: Workshop “Climate Neutrality by 2050: the future of energy storage”

SYNERGY is organizing on 19th July the workshop “Climate Neutrality by 2050: the future of energy storage” as a satellite event of the Junior Euromat 2022, to be held in Coimbra, Portugal, from 19th to 22th July 2022.

The on-site workshop will be an excellent opportunity for networking and will have the contribution of speakers from the SYNERGY consortium, such as Prof. Federico Bella from Politecnico di Torino and Dr. Andre Clausner from Fraunhofer IKTS. We will have another two invited speakers coming from outside the SYNERGY consortium: Dr. João Gomes (CENTI) and Dr. Reza Younesi (Uppsala University).

Full programme can be found at https://junioreuromat.org/programme/

Registration can be done at https://junioreuromat.org/registration/

Join us in Coimbra on the 19th of July from 2 pm to 5.30 pm

VTT’s battery team is present in the #PRINSE22 7th PrintoCent Industry Seminar!

SYNERGY partner VTT participated in the 7th PrintoCent Industry Seminar and gave an insightful introduction to sustainable batteries in the roundtable discussions.

PRINSE’22 covered topics from printed intelligence to system-level reliable, sustainable and eco-friendly solutions for Future Products.

The inspiring international event hosted 300 participants around the world, while offered an excellent setting for networking and matchmaking in Oulu, Finland.

For more information about the event click here.

Watch the video with some highlights of battery manufacturing: https://bit.ly/3mGqWFM