Paula M. Vilarinho is Professor of Materials Engineering at the University of Aveiro, in Portugal, Director of the Master Course on Additive Manufacturing of the University of Aveiro and a Member of the Executive Committee of the Federation of the European Materials Societies (FEMs).
She is a ceramics engineer and materials science expert, who is known for her contributions to the Electroceramics area (materials for electronics and microelectronics), through the understanding of the physico-chemistry of non linear dielectrics and lead free ferroics and to their development. And more recently for the the development of the Seeded Photosensitive Precursor Method (Vilarinho & Calzada) for the low temperature fabrication of ferroelectric oxides on flexible substrates and Electric Field Driven Assembly Platforms Involving Ferroics for Biodevices. She is the author of over 330 manuscripts, 10 book chapters and 10 patent applications (national and international) and editor of 5 books. Vilarinho has been recognized for her accomplishments with the prize “Estímulo à Excelência” (Stimulus to Excellence), 2007 awarded by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT). Her profile and scientific career were recently distinguished in the book “Successful Women Ceramic and Glass Scientists and Engineers: 100 Inspirational Profiles” by Lynnette Madsen, Willey, 2016.
Vilarinho served as President of the Portuguese Society of Materials (SPM), from 2013 to 2019. She was vice-president of the Portuguese Materials Society (SPM), from 2009 to 2013. She was a former President of the Portuguese Society of Microscopy (2010 to 2011). She was Coordinator (Portugal) of the Emerging Technologies Program within The University of Texas at Austin (USA) – Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) Portugal Program (Collaboratory for Emerging Technologies, CoLab), from 2013 to 2017. In addition, and within her university duties she was coordinator of the Scientific Commission of the Department of Ceramics and Glass Engineering (former Department of Materials and Ceramic Engineering) of the University of Aveiro, from 2002 to 2006. Vilarinho served also as the Director of the Undergraduate Course in Ceramics and Glass Engineering of the University of Aveiro, from 1999 to 2001, and Director of the Undergraduate Course in Materials Engineering of the University of Aveiro, from 2009 to 2016.
Vilarinho is Fellow of the Portuguese Materials Society (SPM), Portuguese Ceramics and Glass Society (SPCV), European Ceramic Society (ECerS), American Ceramic Society (ACerS) and Materials Research Society (MRS, USA). She has served on the Editorial Advisory Boards of Scientific Reports (from Nature Publishing Group), Processing and Application of Ceramics and Materials (MDPI). She has served as referee in the selection of Portuguese and European R&D projects (European Research Council and various European States Research Agencies) and National Science Foundation (NSF) USA, as well as a frequent referee of various SCI journals.
Vilarinho has an extended international collaboration, that includes long standing activities with the University of Sheffield, UK, Brown University, USA and CSIC, Madrid, Spain (to name some). She was Visiting Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering of North Carolina State University, USA, in 2001, Visiting Professor at the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom in 2008 and Visiting Professor at McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA, in 2015. Vilarinho holds a B.S. degree in Ceramics and Glass Engineering from the University of Aveiro (1983) and a Ph.D. degree in Materials Science and Engineering also from the University of Aveiro (1994).