João F. Mano (CEng, PhD, DSc) is a full professor at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Aveiro (Portugal). During his career he has been teaching courses related to biomaterials science and technology, tissue engineering and physical chemistry of polymers and materials, in both undergraduate and graduate levels. He is the director of the Master Degree in Biotechnology at the Univ. of Aveiro. He published educational-related papers in peer-reviewed international journals and was involved in several training/educational activities.
He belongs to the associate laboratory CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials where he is directing the COMPASS Research Group. His current research interests include the use of biomaterials and cells towards the development of transdisciplinary concepts especially aimed at being used in regenerative and personalised medicine. In particular, biomimetic and nano/micro-technology approaches have been applied to natural-derived biomaterials and surfaces in order to obtain biomedical devices with improved structural and (multi-)functional properties, or in the engineering of microenvironments to control cell behaviour and organization, to be used in therapies or in drug screening.
João F. Mano is author of 550+ original research or review papers in international journals (18000+ citations, ISI h=67), about 40 book chapters, and three patents as senior inventor. João F. Mano co-edited 7 special issues in international journals and three books. João F. Mano has been invited to review manuscripts from 250+ different international journals and to routinely evaluate projects from numerous private and state funding agencies from different countries. João F. Mano supervised or co-supervised 37 MSc, 19 PhD students, and 20+ post-doctoral fellows. He has been part of a series of scientific societies and editorial boards of international journals, including Tissue Engineering (parts A, B and C), Advanced Healthcare Materials, Advanced Engineering Materials, Materials Letters, Polymers, Materials Today Chemistry, and Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers. He has been coordinating or involved in many national and European research projects and participated in the organization of scientific events in the area of polymer/materials science and biomaterials/tissue engineering.
Professor João F. Mano has been member of scientific committees, organizing committees, referee and chairman in different international meetings. He was invited to present ca. 70 invited/keynote/plenary talks in international conferences including EUROMAT, ESTAC, TERMIS (EU and AP chapters and World conferences), BIOMED, FBPS, NANOMED, COLAOB, ESB, SFB, World Biomaterials Conference, E-MRS, ESAO, EPF or ACS.
João F. Mano has received different honours and awards: (i) fellow of the IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) since 2004; (ii) the Stimulus to Excellence Award by the Portuguese Minister for Science and Technology in 2005; (iii) the Materials Science and Technology Prize, attributed by the Federation of European Materials Societies (FEMS) in 2007 (iv) UNESCO Chair on Biomaterials attributed in 2008 from the University of Havana (Cuba); (v) the major BES innovation award in 2010 (at that time, one of the most recognised innovation prize in Portugal); (vi) recipient of an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC-AdG), in 2015; (vii) recipient of an Proof of Concept Grant from the European Research Council (ERC-PoC), in 2018