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Dr. Mauro Ferreira

Associate Professor (Physics)

Mauro Ferreira is a Mathematical Physicist in the School of Physics of Trinity College Dublin and also a member of the scientific staff of CRANN/AMBER. He obtained his PhD in the Mathematics Department of Imperial College, London, and worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at the Applied Physics Department of Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands. He has been in TCD since 2002 and leads the Theory and Modelling Group within the School of Physics, where the focus of the research is on understanding and controlling the physical properties of nanomaterials. As a Mathematical Physicist, Mauro has the natural enthusiasm for modelling the physical world in mathematical terms and this is reflected both in his research and in his teaching philosophy. Some of his recent achievements are in contributing to the understanding of mechanical, electronic and magnetic properties of carbon nanostructures. A more recent addition to his research portfolio, neuromorphic computing is a field still in its infancy and onto which he has already published a number of high impact papers in a relatively short period of time. He has an extensive body of work published in high impact-factor peer-reviewed journals such as Physical Review Letters, Nanoletters, ACS Nano, and Science, to name but a few, and maintains a wide network of collaborations with scientists worldwide. With outstanding teaching skills, Mauro has been nominated for the Excellence in Teaching Award in numerous occasions, having also been shortlisted for the 2017 edition of the Award. He is a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin (elected in 2010) and has been awarded the Global Engagement Award 2016 in recognition for his prominent role in advancing the internationalisation strategy of Trinity College Dublin.
  Computational Physics   Condensed matter, electronic, magnetic and superconductive properties   Magnetism and spin electronics   Mathematical physics   Nanotubes   Quantum mechanics   Solid State Physics   THEORY   THEORY & MODELLING   Theory and computational physics
 Physical properties of doped molecular wires: Interaction of carbon nanotubes with foreign objects
 Investigator Programme Grant
 International Collaboration Programme (Enterprise Ireland)
 UREKA Grant
 Strain-induced enhancement of the magnetic response in low-dimensional carbon-based materials

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Referee of several scientific Journals such as Physical Review Letters; Physical Review B; 2D Materials; Nanoletters, ACS Nano, etc
TCD-Director of the Dublin Graduate Physics Programme 2011-2017
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Member of the Institute of Physics
Member of the American Physical Society
Jakub Jadwiszczak, Colin O'Callaghan, Yangbo Zhou, Daniel S Fox, Eamonn Weitz, Darragh Keane, Conor P. Cullen, Ian O'Reilly, Clive Downing, Aleksey Shmeliov, Pierce Maguire, John J. Gough , Cormac McGuinness , Mauro S. Ferreira, A. Louise Bradley , John J. Boland, Georg S. Duesberg, Valeria Nicolosi & Hongzhou Zhang, Oxide-mediated self-limiting recovery of field effect mobility in plasma-treated MoS2, Science Advances, 4, (2), 2018, peaao5031-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
C. G. Rocha, A. R. Rocha, P. Venezuela, J. H. Garcia and M. S. Ferreira, Finite-size correction scheme for supercell calculations in Dirac-point two-dimensional materials, Scientific Reports, 8, 2018, p9348-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Hugh G. Manning, Fabio Niosi, Claudia G. Rocha, Allen T. Bellew, Colin O'Callaghan, Subhajit Biswas, Patrick Flowers, Ben J. Wiley, Justin D. Holmes, Mauro S. Ferreira and John J. Boland, Emergence of Winner-takes-all Connectivity Paths in Random Nanowire Networks, Nature Communications, 2018, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
R. M. Tromer, M. G. E. da Luz, M. S. Ferreira and L. F. C. Pereira, Atomic adsorption on nitrogenated holey graphene, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 121, 2017, p3055-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
M. S. Ferreira, C. G. Rocha, J. A. Lawlor, P. Venezuela, R. G. Amorim and A. R. Rocha, Commensurability effect in the electronic structure calculation of graphene-based nanostructures, Europhysics Letters, 117, 2017, p27005-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
J. A. Lawlor, C. G. Rocha, V. Torres, A. Latge and M. S. Ferreira, The influence of Gaussian strain on sublattice selectivity of adsorbates in graphene, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter, 28, 2016, p235001-, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
J. Duffy, J. A. Lawlor, C. Lewenkopf and M. S. Ferreira, Impurity invisibility in graphene: Symmetry guidelines for the design of efficient sensors, Physical Review B, 94, 2016, p045417-1 - 045417-8, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
C. O'Callaghan, C. G. Rocha, H. G. Manning, J. J. Boland and M. S. Ferreira, Effective medium theory for the conductivity of disordered metallic nanowire networks, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 18, (59), 2016, p27564 - 27571, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
J. A. Fairfield, C. G. Rocha, C. O'Callaghan, M. S. Ferreira and J. J. Boland, Co-percolation to tune conductive behaviour in dynamical metallic nanowire networks, Nanoscale, 8, (43), 2016, p18516 - 18523, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
C. S. Boland, U. Khan, G. Ryan, S. Barwich, R. Charifou, A. Harvey, C. Backes, Z. Li, M. S. Ferreira, M. E Möbius, R. J. Young and J. N. Coleman, Sensitive Electromechanical Sensors Using Viscoelastic Graphene-Polymer Nanocomposites, Science, 354, 2016, p1257 - 1260, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI

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Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2010
Recipient of the Global Engagement Award 2016
Shortlisted for the Excellence in Teaching Award 2017
Nominated for the "Excellence in Teaching" Award of Trinity College Dublin 2011, 2012, 2016
My research interests can be classified in the broad area of Condensed Matter Theory. More specifically, in the physical properties of low-dimensional systems such as surfaces, thin films, multilayers and nanowires. Many of the physical properties displayed by these systems are not observed in the bulk, but are exclusive of the reduced dimensionality of their structures. Besides the obvious scientific interest in these materials, technological applications are the ultimate motivation for studying the so-called low-dimensional physics. There has been intensive investment in the field of nanotechnology and this trend is likely to continue for years to come. In addition to the impressive development in the applied aspect of the science of low-dimensional systems, this prolific field of study is also very fertile ground for fundamental science. A few of my recent research achievements worth mentioning are: - Demonstration of the long-ranged magnetic interaction in doped carbon nanstructures; - Understanding of the physical mechanism for the mechanical reinforcement in carbon-based composite materials; - Enhancement of the magnetic interaction through spin pumping; - Demonstration that the widely accepted view that magnetically doped carbon materials can be computationally described by periodic supercells is incorrect; - Explanation of the sublattice asymmetry conundrum, which makes impurities to prefer one of the sublattices of graphene even though they are absolutely equivalent; - Demonstration that scattering may vanish and impurities become transparent in doped graphene; - Established the ideal conditions for creating high-sensitivity chemical and strain sensors; - Proof that graphene networks provide the most sensitive strain sensor ever produced; - Demonstration that memristor networks are the ideal building blocks for neuromorphic computing