J.R.A. Fernandes was born in Guiné-Bissau in 1970. He graduated in Physics at the Faculdade de Ciências at Porto University in 1994 and has a Master degree in Optoelectronic and Lasers from Faculdade de Ciências from Porto University. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Porto University in 2005. He is, currently, a Assistant Professor in the Physics Department of Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro. He is specialized in the deposition of thin films of functional materials using laser ablation and sputtering techniques for sensor applications.
He has participated in 9 scientific projects (FCT financed) as a team member and, since 2001, he co-authored 37 scientific articles published in international journals with peer review.