Manuel João de Moura Dias Mendes

Professor Auxiliar
2.19 / Ed. CEMOP
(+351) 21 294 85 25

Prof. Manuel J. Mendes was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1982. He received the Engineering degree in Physics in 2005 from Instituto Superior Técnico, Univ. de Lisboa (IST-UL), the Master of Science degree in Applied Physics in 2008 from Rice University (Houston, USA), and the Ph.D. in Photovoltaic Solar Energy in 2012 from Instituto de Energía Solar (Madrid, Spain) on the topic of Nanophotonics for Multi-Band Photovoltaics.

He has led and has been involved in several national and European projects mainly in the areas of photonic-enhanced thin-film solar cells, quantum- structured semiconductors and building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV). He is author of >50 publications in top journals and conference proceedings, and co-inventor of 2 U.S. Patents. The first patent was distinguished with an award from NASA Inventions and Contributions Board, and the second opened a research line in plasmonic intermediate-band solar cells. He has also been awarded with 2 prestigious Marie Curie Experienced-Research Fellowships related with photonic-enhanced solar cells, and acts as regular reviewer for >30 scientific journals.

Áreas de Investigação

Solar Energy, Photonics for Photovoltaics, OptoElectronics 

Interesses Científicos

The current research interests are in the areas of light management and quantum physics for photovoltaics, BIPV, and solar fuels (artificial photosynthesis).

Publicações Representativas

1. Photonic-structured TiO 2 for high-efficiency, flexible and stable Perovskite solar cells.
S. Haque, M. J. Mendes, O. S. Sobrado, H. Águas, E. Fortunato, R. Martins

Nano Energy, 59, 91–101 (2019)


2. Prediction of sunlight-driven CO2 conversion: Producing methane from photovoltaics, and full system design for single-house application.
F. Vieira, B. Sarmento, A. S. Reis-Machado, J. Facão, M. J. Carvalho, M. J. Mendes, E. Fortunato and R. Martins.
Materials Today Energy, 14, 100333 (2019)


3. Multifunctional cellulose-paper for light harvesting and smart sensing applications
A. T. Vicente, A. Araújo, M. J. Mendes, D. Nunes, M. J. Oliveira, O. Sanchez-Sobrado, M. P. Ferreira, H. Águas, E. Fortunato, R. Martins.
J. Mat. Chem. C, 6, 3143-3181 (2018)

4. Design of optimized wave-optical spheroidal nanostructures for photonic-enhanced solar cells.
M. J. Mendes, A. Araújo, A. Vicente, H. Águas, I. Ferreira, E. Fortunato, R. Martins.
Nano Energy, 26, 286-296 (2016)

5. Colloidal plasmonic back reflectors for light trapping in solar cells.
M. J. Mendes, S. Morawiec, F. Simone, F. Priolo and I. Crupi.
Nanoscale, 6, 4796 (2014)



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