Vice‐Rector at NOVA University of Lisbon; Director of the Associate Laboratory i3N, Institute of Nanostructures, Nanomodeling and Nanofabrication; Professor at Materials Science Department, FCT, NOVA University of Lisbon
Elvira Fortunato pioneered European research on transparent electronics, namely thin-film transistors based on oxide semiconductors, demonstrating that oxide materials may be used as true semiconductors. She is co-inventor of the paper electronics concept worldwide: Paper-e®. In 2008 she won an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for the project “Invisible” and in 2018 she received the second one ERC, with the amount of € 3.5 million. The project is entitled “Multifunctional Digital Materials Platform for Smart Integrated Applications | DIGISMART”.
Her research team is exploring novel active properties in advanced and sustainable multifunctional materials, including oxides as well as novel electronic-active materials including alternative deposition methods, with the main objective of developing eco-friendly technologies and devices to be used and exploited in electronic circuits made of stable amorphous semiconductors able to serve large area smart flexible and conformable surface electronics.
She is coordinating since 2019 at Nova University the SPEAR project, an European platform for supporting and implementing plans for gender equality in academia and research.