PhD. in Materials Science and Engineering (FCT/UNL, 2018); MSc. in Conservation and Restoration (FCT/UNL, 2007); Engineering Diploma in Metallurgy and Materials Science (IST/UTL, 1987).
Rui Borges earned his Ph.D in Portuguese silver from the 15 th to the 17 th century. His interests are mainly focused on ancient metals investigation: Research and characterization of cultural heritage materials; Archaeometallurgy studies; Investigation of production technologies and their relationship with older sources of raw materials; Provenance and identification of older production centers; and Diagnosis and Conservation of metallic objects. The most recent works focus on the study of Portuguese monetary silver alloys from the age of Discoveries.
Borges, R., Silva, R., Alves, L., Araújo, M., Candeias, A., Corregidor, V., Vieira, J., 2018. EuropeanSilver Sources from the 15th to the 17th Century: The Influx of “New World” Silver in Portuguese Currency. Heritage 1(2), 453-467; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage1020030.
Borges, R., Alves, L., Silva, R.J.C., Araújo, M.F., Candeias, A., Corregidor, V., Valério, P., Barrulas, P., 2017. Investigation of surface silver enrichment in ancient high silver alloys by PIXE, EDXRF, LA-ICP-MS and SEM-EDS, Microchemical Journal 131, 103-111, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.microc.2016.12.002.
Borges, R., Tissot, I., Seruya, A.I., Silva, R.J.C., Fragoso, S., Maduro, B., Pais, A., 2008. Gilding and silvering surface decoration techniques, and copper provenance studies of the tomb of D. Afonso of Portugal (15th century), X-Ray Spectrometry 37, 338-345, https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/xrs.1017.