Vitor Amaral was born in 1962 and obtained his PhD in Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Porto in 1993 and is presently Professor Catedrático (since 2009) at the Physics Department of the University of Aveiro.
His main research interests are related to magnetism and multiferroic phenomena in complex oxides, thin films and nanoparticles and on the application of nuclear solid state techniques. Recent topics are magnetothermal, and magnetostructural effects and their applications in refrigeration and thermal management processes.
He is a researcher at Laboratório Associado CICECO-Aveiro Institute of Materials and Coordinator of Group 2. “Multifunctional Ferroic Ceramics and Nanostructures” and also at ISOLDE-CERN (Switzerland), where he is spokesperson of projects on the application of radioactive isotopes for hyperfine studies on graphene, magnetic nanoparticles and multiferroic materials.
He was Vice-President of Portuguese Physical Society (2004-2007) and Coordinator of EMMS (Joint European Master on Materials Science) of the Erasmus Mundus Programme (2007-2013), a consortium of the Universities of Aveiro, Aalborg and Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg.
He is author/co-author of more than 240 scientific publications in SCI index and 1 patent.
Supervisor/co-supervisor of 12 PostDoctoral fellows (3 in course) and 19 PhD students (15 concluded)
Principal Researcher of over 10 Projects funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, and 5 projects at CERN-ISOLDE.
Coordinator of 6 bi-lateral collaboration projects (Brasil, India, Germany, Italy and 2 with Spain).