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The Centre for Nuclear Sciences and Technologies (C2TN) is a research unit of Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), created in 2013 after the integration of the former State Laboratory, ITN. C2TN performs R&D, Advanced Training & Education, Consulting and Services in Nuclear Sciences and Technologies, aiming to be a strategic Unit for the Portuguese R&D and innovation policies in this area. The quality of the research done at C2TN was recognised as Excellent by the national funding agency FCT in the latest evaluation exercise (2015-2020). 

Upcoming conferences and workshops

19 to 24 March 2018

48èmes Journées des Actinides (JdA2018) &
12th School on the Physics and Chemistry of the Actinides (12th SPCA)

IST/CTN & Hotel Golf Mar, Praia de Porto Novo, PORTUGAL

An informal meeting that covers all aspects related to the physics and chemistry of the 5f elements, their alloys and compounds.

Projects Bank - calls

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International and national funding opportunities for C2TN researchers. For further information see website

Upcoming seminars at C2TN

 October, 19  11:00 a.m.
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Vasco D. B. Bonifácio



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Polyurea Dendrimers: Life in a box

Full list (2015 - 2017) can be consulted here

Excellence Diploma in Education


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Dulce Belo, researcher at C2TN receives the "Excellence Diploma in Education" for the second consecutive year.

DiplomaExcelencia2015 100   DiplomaExcelencia2016 100

C2TN researcher leads two new EU projects

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Marta Almeida, a C2TN researcher, leads two new European projects.
ClimACT is a 1.37 M€ project approved within the Low Carbon Economy priority area of the Interreg Sudoe program. The project aims at promoting the transnational cooperation to solve common problems from the Southwest Europe region. More information in this link.
LIFE Index-Air is another 1.37 M€ project approved within the Environment and Resource Efficiency priority area of the LIFE Program. The main objective is to incorporate a database of outdoor and indoor air quality and a package of models to develop an innovative and versatile policy tool that will establish a relation between population exposure to mixtures of PM compounds and emission sources. More information in this link.

Upcoming training courses

Not scheduled.

Recruitment - open positions

Presently there are no positions opened.

Understanding Science (Portuguese version)

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 "The important thing in science is not to obtain new facts, but to discover new ways of thinking about them."

— Physicist William Lawrence Bragg


This link takes you to the Portuguese version of the Understanding Science Berkeley original site. If you want to collaborate, please contact us!





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News - awards

2017, Sept. 13
2017 PublonsPlatformAwards
Publons Platform has published its 2017 Peer Review Awards. In this classification the Universidade de Lisboa was ranked 7th overall in the world. It should be noted that at the level of the "Chemistry", "Energy" and "Physics and Astronomy" categories, the Universidade de Lisboa ranked first in the world. For their contribution to this performance, C2TN members Nuno Barradas, Nuno Canha, António Pereira Gonçalves, Ján Mihalik, João Paulo Leal, Catarina Galinha and Maria Helena Casimiro were awarded the distinction of "Top Reviewers for the University of Lisbon". It would be good that more colleagues, who certainly review articles, would participate in the future in this platform to enhance the prestige our University and the function of reviewer that is of major importance for the quality of Science.


2017, Jan. 12

EPJ 2016 CertificateNuno Barradas, researcher of C2TN, received a diploma and a badge as a EPJ Distinguished Referee in 2016 in recognition of his great assistance and commitment to the quality of scientific publishing of the "European Physical Journal" (www.epj.org).


2016, Nov. 30

NIMB2016 CertificateNuno Barradas, researcher of C2TN, received the Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing in recognition of the contributions made to the quality of the "Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, B" Journal (Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands).


2016, October

JASR2016 Certificate M. Isabel Dias, researcher of C2TN, received the Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing in recognition of the contributions made to the quality of the "Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports" (Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands).


2016, August

Salvatore Di MariaSalvatore Di Maria, researcher of C2TN, received the Certificate of Outstanding Contribution in Reviewing in recognition of the contributions made to the quality of the "European Journal of Medical Physics" (Elsevier, Amsterdam, The Netherlands).



2016, Feb. 2

Most cited article in the last two years of the "Physica Scripta journal"

The article "Surface analysis of tiles and samples exposed to the first JET campaigns with the ITER-like wall", JP Coad, E. Alves, NP Barradas, A. Baron-Wiechec, N. Catarino, K. Heinola, J. Likonen, M. Mayer, GF Matthews, P. Petersson, A. Widdowson, Physica Scripta T159 (2014) 014012, co-authored by C2TN members, is one of the most cited articles in the last two years of the prestigious Physica Scripta journal, published by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.


Pires de Matos receives the Romão Dias award


It was today announced that the "Alberto Romão Dias" award (2016 edition) was attributed to our colleague António Pires de Matos, senior researcher of the IST-UL (CTN) and invited Emeritus Professor of FCT-UNL. The award will be presented during the conference of the Chemical Division of Inorganic and Bioinorganic of the SPQ, which this year will take place in Sintra on 7 and 8 October (http://11icc.eventos.chemistry.pt), at which Prof. Pires de Matos will give a key note talk. Further information (in Portuguese).

News - C2TN in the media

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2017, October 10 (Youtube)

2016 INTROBOTSamplerProject ROBOSAMPLER – Development of a ground robotic system for radiological and heavy metals monitoring in estuarine environments.
It has the ability to collect mudflat samples for further radiological analysis. Its technology and configuration allow interventions in estuarine environments, giving it large versatility in the tasks and missions spectrum. See video.

Sponsorship: The Portuguese technological company Introsys, SA - Integrators for Robotic Systems (INTROSYS), in partnership with the Instituto de Desenvolvimento de Novas Tecnologias (UNINOVA) e o Instituto Tecnológico e Nuclear (IST/ITN). This project is patented.


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Nuno CanhaNuno Canha, researcher of C2TN, was interviewed for Indoor Air Quality Radio, an online and american based radio, regarding his last published scientific article that focused the subject of indoor air quality during sleep.  

See Interview and Resume of the interview.

Published scientific article:  N. Canha, S. Candeias, C. Alves, S.M. Almeida (2017) Indoor air quality during sleep: characterisation and variability under different ventilation patterns. Atmospheric Pollution Research (in press). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apr.2017.05.004


2017, Sic Mulher (Youtube)

Catarina GalinhaThe PhD Work of Catarina Galinha was subject of a television play in the program "Retratos de Saúde". 

“Selenium is an essential micronutrient for human health, but its deficiency may affect at least one billion people worldwide. Plants and plant-derived products transfer the soil-uptaken Se to humans through the food chain, which is hardly enough when soils have been always poor or already exhausted in bioavailable Se species. Other than agronomic methods for enhancing Se levels in cereals, such as soil and foliar supplements, seed enrichment may be viewed as an alternative Se-biofortification technique.”


2017, July

Pedro VazPedro Vaz, Researcher of C2TN, was recently appointed as the new National Liaison Officer (NLO) with the International Atomic Energy Agency. We believe that he will carry out this mission with commitment and contribute to the prestige of Portugal with the IAEA (FCT).

He became also a member of the Editorial Board of the "European Journal of Radiology" (ELSEVIER), since April 2017.


2017, April

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The IAEA has published online at Neutron/IBA Case Studies a set of 20 case studies about the use of neutrons and accelerators to solve problems of societal relevance. Three of these studies were based on the work of C2TN researchers. 1) Rescuing ancient glazed tiles using neutron tomography (Isabel Prudêncio et al.); 2) The air that we breathe (Marta Almeida et al.); 3) Alloying Kinetics in Contact Metallization for CMOS (Nuno Barradas et al.) These report recognize and reward the merit of C2TN Researchers Nuno Barradas, Marta Almeida and Isabel Prudêncio.


2017, March

Sandra Cabo-VerdeOfficial Cover of the Book "Food_Irradiation Technologies", currently in print, with the seal of the Royal Society of Chemistry, which prestige us. One of the authors is Sandra Cabo Verde, researcher of C2TN, and the theme of the book focuses on ionizing radiation technologies, one of the areas of unique competence in the national scientific system, installed in this Campus. Congratulations to Sandra! 


Catarina GalinhaTwo articles from Catarina Galinha were published on portuguese monthly health magazines. "O Poder do Selénio", on PREVENIR, Nº 137 and "Solo Mais São", on SABER VIVER, Nº 201 (both articles only available in portuguese).


2017, Fev. 07

João Carlos Bentes WaerenborghJoão Carlos Bentes Waerenborgh, researcher of C2TN of Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, was elected member representative of Portugal in the International Board on the Applications of the Mössbauer Effect (IBAME), by the active Mössbauer spectroscopists in Portugal. As defined in its constitution the objectives of IBAME are to advance the diffusion of knowledge in the field of the Mössbauer Effect and its applications, to promote the activities of the international community in this interdisciplinary field of basic and applied research, to attempt the harmonization of venues and dates of the various international and continental Mössbauer conferences in order to avoid duplications, and to encourage the participation of young research workers and research workers of weak resource countries. Furthermore IBAME elaborates recommendations for the nomenclature to be used in publications on results achieved by using Mössbauer spectroscopy. 

Horizon 2020 - Open Calls


Community Framework Programme for Research & Innovation, for 2014-2020

Relevant dates comunicated by CGPQ (“Gabinete de Promoção do Programa Quadro de I&DT” )


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