Description of legal entity the legal entity and its main tasks

Since its beginning, University of Aveiro (UAVR) has transformed itself into one of the most dynamic and innovative universities in the country, considered as one of the best universities of the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings for the world’s universities that are aged 50 years or under.
The University has now around 13700 students distributed in 16 Academic Departments and 4 Polytechnic Schools which work together in an inter-disciplinary manner according to their academic and research affinities. UAVR is a place for research, where innovative products and solutions are developed to contribute to the advance of science and technology. It is a privileged partner for companies and other national and international organisations with which the University cooperates in numerous projects and for which it provides important services.
In 2018, 604 research and technology transfer projects were active in UAVR, of which 14 were ERANET or JPI Actions and 126 were funded by International and European Programmes (including 31 ERASMUS+ and 40 Horizon 2020). In total, 13 of the projects are coordinated by UAVR. Among these projects are three ERC Grants, one TWINNING and one TEAMING projects. The projects are developed under the 20 research centres hosted by UAVR which act in many different scientific areas Almost 100% of these research centres have been classified as very good or excellent in the evaluation promoted by the National Foundation for Science and Technology in 2017/2018.

Tasks and justification in INSTABAT

The contributions of UAVR in the project is described below:

  • WP2: UAVR will lead the WP2 to develop/adapt four innovative sensors. UAVR will particularly dedicate efforts to optical Fiber Bragg Gratings (FBGs) embedded into a single battery cell (pouch cell, Gen 3a, 300mAh). FBGs will be recorded in silica fibers to monitor internal and external temperature and strain/pressure shifts on the battery cell surface. FBGs will be inscribed in different type of silica high birefringent fibers, such as PANDA, bow-tie and internal elliptical cladding, in order to internal discriminate temperature and strain/pressure.
  • WP3: Participation on the accelerated tests on instrumented cells and identification of degradation mechanisms by in-operando and post-mortem analysis.
  • WP4: Participation in the electro-chemical and thermal modelling and simulation as well as in virtual sensor development and in-silico test.
  • WP5: Participation in the cell prototype fabrication and multi-sensor platform integration, data post-processing and data logging and lab-scale tests on cell prototype.
  • Other minor contributions: UAVR will participate in the definition of requirements, dissemination and communication, as well as on the management activities.

CV of the persons

Prof João Lemos Pinto

UAVR, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal

Prof João Lemos Pinto is currently a Full Professor at UAVR, Portugal, where he has been lecturing many different theoretical and practical courses, namely Applied Optics, Optoelectronics, Lasers and Photonics. His current research interests include fiber Bragg sensors, polymer fiber sensors, and optical communications. He has participated in more than 40 research projects and several with the industry.

ORCID number : Prof João Lemos Pinto
Scopus Author ID: Prof João Lemos Pinto

Dr Micael Nascimento

UAVR, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal

Dr Micael Nascimento is graduated in Materials and Biomedical Devices. In 2019, he received the PhD degree in Physical Engineering from UAVR, Portugal, on optical fiber sensors networks for in-situ lithium-ion batteries monitoring. He is currently a Post-Doc researcher with a strong background in the field of nanophotonic and optoelectronic, namely in the development of fiber optic sensing technology for application in future challenges related to energy, sustainability and environment at Institute for Nanostructures, Nanomodelling and Nanofabrication (i3N/UAVR) group.

ORCID number : Dr Micael Nascimento
Scopus Author ID: Dr Micael Nascimento

Dr Carlos Marques

UAVR, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal

Dr Carlos Marques received in 2013 a PhD degree in Physics Engineering from UAVR, Portugal. He was a Marie Curie Fellow in the Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies, Aston University, UK, until March 2016. Currently, he is a senior researcher at Physics Department & I3N at UAVR, Portugal. His main interests include optical fiber devices for sensing, data acquisition and processing and optical transmission data. He authored or co-authored 200+ journal/conference papers and 1 prototype with emphasis on optical communications and sensing. He has participated in 18+ national and European research projects.

ORCID number : Dr Carlos Marques
Scopus Author ID: Dr Carlos Marques

LIST of relevant publications

  • M. Nascimento, M. S. Ferreira, J. L. Pinto, “Temperature fiber sensing of Li-ion batteries under different environmental and operating conditions”, Applied Thermal Engineering, 2019, 149, 1236-1243, DOI: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2018.12.135
  • M. Nascimento, S. Novais, M. Ding, M. S. Ferreira, S. Koch, S. Passerini, and J. L. Pinto, “Internal strain and temperature discrimination with optical fiber hybrid sensors in Li-ion batteries”, Journal of Power Sources, 2019, 410-411, 1-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.jpowsour.2018.10.096
  • A. Leal-Junior, J. Casas, C. Marques, M. J. Pontes, A. Frizera-Neto,0“Application of Additive Layer Manufacturing Technique on the Development of High Sensitive Fiber Bragg Grating Temperature Sensors”, MDPI Sensors, Vol. 18, No. 12, December, 2018. DOI:
  • M. Nascimento, T. Paixão, M. S. Ferreira, and J. L. Pinto, “Thermal Mapping of a Lithium Polymer Batteries Pack with a Network of FBGs”. Batteries, 2018, 4(4), 67, DOI: 10.3390/batteries4040067
  • M. Nascimento, M. S. Ferreira, and J. L. Pinto, “Real time thermal monitoring of lithium batteries with fiber sensors and thermocouples: A comparative study”, Measurement 2017, 111, 260 - 263, DOI: 10.1016/j.measurement.2017.07.049

List of relevant previous projects

  • SIRBATT project: Stable Interfaces for Rechargeable Batteries; Grant agreement ID: 608502; FP7-ENERGY-2013. (01-09-2013/31-08-2016)
  • SAICTPAC/0036/2015 project: FIBR3D European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs), P2020, FEDER; Additive manufacturing based hybrid processes for long or continuous fiber reinforced polymeric matrix composites (01-09-2016/31-08-2020).
  • PTDC/CTM-CTM/30186/2017project: High-performance plastic fiber luminescent solar concentrators for flexible waveguiding photovoltaics. (01-06-2018/31-05-2021)
  • Nucleus of Research and Innovation in Photonics and Advanced Sensing (01-02-2019/31-01-2021)
  • Grant number: 84336650; Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (Espirito Santo) – FAPES.
  • UAVR team has successfully achieved a leading position in the area of nanophotonics and optoelectronics The Nanophotonics and Optoelectronics Group (inserted in i3N/UAVR) is currently focused on two main areas: one oriented towards optical modeling/simulation and the other towards the development and application of advanced micro-/nano-optical sensors. The main facilities include a fs laser system (795nm, 1mJ), Nd:YAG laser system (266 nm, 120mJ), radiometric platform (UV-VIS & NIR, 5nm resolution), MIR, thermal fiber deposition chamber, sputtering systems, HPLC, GCMS, LCMS and 7L bio reactor, which are very useful for INSTABAT success.