25 years of Science and Innovation

Gabriel Bernardo

Assistant Researcher

Background: PhD in Materials Science – Oxford University, United Kingdom

Major research topics

  • Structural Characterization using Small Angle Neutron Scattering (SANS)
  • Organic Photovoltaics
  • Carbon Molecular Sieve Membranes
  • Polymers for Energy Applications
  • Polymer Nanocomposites
  • Nanotechnology

Selected Publications

Yiwei Zhang, Andrew J. Parnell, Fabio Pontecchiani, Joshaniel F. K. Cooper, Richard L. Thompson, Richard A. L. Jones, Stephen M. King, David G. Lidzey, Gabriel Bernardo, "Understanding and controlling morphology evolution via DIO plasticization in PffBT4T-2OD/PC71BM devices", Nature Scientific Reports 7, 44269 (2017), http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep44269

Gabriel Bernardo, Adam. L. Washington, Yiwei Zhang, Stephen. M. King, Daniel. T. W. Toolan, Michael P. Weir, Alan D. F. Dunbar, Jonathan R. Howse, Rajeev Dattani, John Patrick A. Fairclough, Andrew J. Parnell, “Does 1,8-Diiodooctane (DIO) Affect the Aggregation State of PC71BM in Solution?”, Royal Society Open Science 5 (2018) 180937, http://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.180937

Yiwei Zhang, Andrew J. Parnell, Oskar Blaszczyk, Andrew J. Musser, Ifor D. W. Samuel, David G. Lidzey, Gabriel Bernardo, "Effect of Fullerene Acceptor on the Performance of Solar Cells based on PffBT4T-2OD", Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 20 (2018) 19023-19029, http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/C8CP02195C

Hugo Gaspar, Paulo Teixeira, Raquel Santos, Liliana Fernandes, Loic Hilliou, Michael P. Weir, Andrew J. Parnell, Kerry J. Abrams, Christopher J. Hill, Wim G. Bouwman, Steven R. Parnell, Stephen M. King, Nigel Clarke, José A. Covas, Gabriel Bernardo, "A Journey Along the Extruder with Polystyrene:C60 Nanocomposites: Convergence of Feeding Formulations into a Similar Nano-Morphology", Macromolecules 50 (2017) 3301–3312, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.6b02283

Alexandre Rodrigues, M. Cidália R. Castro, Andreia S. F. Farinha, Manuel Oliveira, João P.C. Tomé, Ana V. Machado, M. Manuela M. Raposo, Loic Hilliou, Gabriel Bernardo, "Thermal stability of P3HT and P3HT:PCBM blends in the molten state", Polymer Testing 32 (2013) 1192-1201, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.polymertesting.2013.07.008


Selected Projects

“NEUTRONOPV - New neutron techniques to probe bulk heterojunction solar cells with graded morphologies – understanding the link between processing, nanostructure and device performance”, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship funded by European Commission FP7/H2020 (Grant agreement number: 658391). Started: July 2015. Duration: 24 months. Role: Principal Investigator

“NANODISPERSE - Dispersion of Functionalized Fullerenes in Polymer Nanocomposites”, funded by FCT (EXPL/CTM-POL/0933/2012). Started: July 2013. Duration: 12 months. Role: Principal Investigator

“Pressure Induced Mixing and Crystallization Effects in Materials for Polymer Photovoltaic Cells”, funded by FCT (PTDC/CTM-POL/120843/2010). Started: June 2012. Duration: 36 months. Role: Principal Investigator




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