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Materials and Devices for Energy Harvesting and Storage

Code: PRODEF032     Acronym: MDRAE

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Physics Engineering

Instance: 2022/2023 - 1S Ícone do Moodle

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Department of Engineering Physics
Course/CS Responsible: Doctoral Program in Engineering Physics

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PRODEF 4 Syllabus since 2009/2010 1 - 6 28 162

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Joana Cassilda Rodrigues Espain de Oliveira

Teaching - Hours

Tutorial Supervision: 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Tutorial Supervision Totals 1 2,00
Joana Cassilda Rodrigues Espain de Oliveira 2,00

Teaching language

Portuguese and english


The goal of this CU is that student develop theoretical and applied knowledge on materials engineering, especially those dedicated to energy harvesting and storage. Some examples of advanced materials are those used in electrodes, electrolytes, separators, collectors, catalyzers, photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, piezoelectrics and magnetocalorics with applications in batteries, capacitors, fuel cells, photovoltaic panels, sensors, magnetic coolers, etc.

Learning outcomes and competences

Students in this course unit should acquire advanced research skills in a field of Engineering Physics, by definition, an area of ​​high transdisciplinary dynamics that operates on the frontier between concepts of advanced physics and engineering practices in order to transform ideas of science and innovation into potential market products. Thus students should be able to:

1) Identify problems associated with scientific and societal challenges for which they will develop their research approach. In this case, challenges related to the need to free modern society from dependence on fossil fuels associated with a rapid transition to energy harvesting and energy storage of alternative energy sources.

2) Acquire theoretical knowledge and intuition in physics that allow them to structure the research problem they face.

3) Acquire advanced experimental skills, resulting from work in a research laboratory to test the various solutions designed.

4) Achieve the ability to articulate a research problem in Engineering Physics, from its theoretical conception to a final prototype capable of contributing to its resolution.

Working method



The syllabus are constituted by a component of numerical simulation and a component of laboratorial work applied to case studies, including.

1 – Numerical simulation and optimization of materials and devices;

2 – Materials synthesis and characterization;

3 – Fabrication of devices for energy harvesting and storage;

4 – Prototype circuits for devices’ testing.

Mandatory literature

David Sholl, Janice A Steckel; Density Functional Theory: A Practical Introduction, Wiley, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-470-37317-0
Francois Beguin (Editor), Elzbieta Frackowiak (Editor); Supercapacitors: Materials, Systems, and Applications, WILEY-VCH, 2013. ISBN: 978-3-527-32883-3
Robert A. Huggins; Advanced batteries. ISBN: 978-1-4419-4550-1
I. Prigogine Stuart A. Rice ; Advances in Chemical Physics, 1987. ISBN: 9780470142967

Teaching methods and learning activities

During the tutorial guidance sessions, the syllabus content will be discussed and guidance will be given to students on their laboratorial work as well as on the project to develop.

Type of assessment: Distributed evaluation without final examination


Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation without final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Trabalho prático ou de projeto 45,00
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 30,00
Trabalho laboratorial 25,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Apresentação/discussão de um trabalho científico 40,00
Trabalho escrito 60,00
Trabalho laboratorial 62,00
Total: 162,00

Eligibility for exams

Does not apply

Calculation formula of final grade

Evaluation Formula: 0.65 TF + 0.35 TL
where TF is the final project grade, TL is the laboratory component evaluation.
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