Carlos Jose TAVARES

Professor at Department of Physics, Researcher at Center of Physics, University of Minho, Portugal


Carlos Jose TAVARES is a Professor of Physics at the Department of Physics, and researcher from the Center of Physics, at the University of Minho in Portugal. Has an expertise in thin films for almost 30 years. In particular, in the synthesis of nanostructured thin films by magnetron deposition (Physical vapor deposition – PVD) technologies; Production of transparent conductive oxide thin films for photovoltaic and thermoelectric applications; Study of photocatalytic thin films; Controlled release of insecticides/repellents from solar activated microcapsules; Design of wear resistant and very hard nano layered coatings for automobile motor parts. He is the author of 5 patents, and principal investigator of more than 20 funded research projects. Currently, is the Director of SEMAT/UM lab (, President of the Portuguese Vacuum Society ( He is also the representative of SOPORVAC in the Applied Surface Science division of the International Union for Vacuum Science, Technique and Applications (IUVSTA). Currently, supervises several PhD students (5), MSc students (4), Research Assistants (5).

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