The director of the COMPASS Research Group from CICECO will receive the insignia and title on December 12, 2019.

Professor João Mano received the title of Doctor Honoris causa from University of Lorraine, Nancy, France, on December 12, 2019. University of Lorraine is one of the biggest universities in France, and a reference institution in the East region. This year, this honorary title, the highest an individual can receive from a university, was also awarded to two other scholars, from Belgium and Australia, from the areas of literature contemporary literature and electrical engineering.

The interaction of João F. Mano with the University of Lorraine started in 2013, with scientific collaborations that initiated at the Institut Jean Lamour, in the area of soft-matter and nanotechnologies applied to advanced biomedical applications. On the educational side João Mano was able to interact with engineering students from École des Mines of University of Lorraine, where he was involved in the creation of a new course on “Biomimicry: from life to nanotechnological innovations” that has been functioning since 2014. For that, he received a position of International Invited Professor, in the context of the fund “Ambition 2016” followed by the title of Professor@Lorraine in 2018. He was awarded with a prestigious Gutenberg Chair in 2019, supported by the Great East Region of France, that will allow to enhance the collaborative efforts with Univ. of Lorraine during 2020.

The session took place in Nancy, and was attended by Paulo Jorge Ferreira, Rector of Univ. of Aveiro, Armando Silvestre, director of the Department of Chemistry, João Rocha, director of CICECO – Aveiro Institute of Materials, and 8 researchers from the COMPASS Research Group.


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