ML Afonso graduated in Technological Chemistry from Faculdade de Ciências, Uniiversidade de Lisboa in 1997, got an Msc in Applied Electrochemistry from the same university in 2001 and completed a PhD degree in chemistry (corrosion of metallic implants) from University of São Paulo, Brazil (USP) in 2006. During PhD work she collaborated regularly with the Orthopedic Department of the School Hospital FCMSC-SP interfacing materials electrochemistry with clinical procedures, with Villares Metals (steel industry) and with the Open University for the Third Age, USP, Brazil. Since obtaining her PhD, ML Afonso performed research in the field of the oil Industry in Brazil (2007- 2008). After returning to Portugal she was a Post-doc researcher at Instituto Tecnológico Nuclear in Solid State Group (2008-2012), working in the fields of electrodeposition of intermetallics and electrocristallization of molecular conductors where she supervised research students, PhD students and other researchers in the field of electrochemistry. She has also worked as a Postdoc Researcher at Instituto de Telecomunicações in Lisbon from March of 2013 to October 2014 (Organic Electronics group) designing, fabricating and testing electrochemical transistors. From February to june 2016 she performed research in the field of fuel cells in Materials Electrochemistry Group at Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisbon. From june 2016 till date she started a post-doc in FEUP in the field of fuel cells in LCM.

Supervisors: José Luís Figueiredo


Fuel cells
Electrochemical/ organic bioelectronics
conducting polymers
Corrosion of metallic alloys


M. Afonso, J. Morgado, L. Alcácer. Inkjet printed organic electrochemical transistors with highly conducting polymer electrolytes. Journal of Applied Physics, 120, 165502-06, 2016 M. L. Afonso, A. I. S. Neves, M. Almeida. Dimerisation of Fe bisdithiolene complexes: An electrochemical study. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 426, 160-164, 2015 M. L. Afonso, R. F. Jaimes, P. Nascente, S. Ota Rogero, S. M. L. Agostinho. Surface characterization, electrochemical behaviour and cytotoxicity of UNS S31254 stainless steel for orthopaedic applications. Materials Letters, 148, 71-75, 2015 S. Oliveira, M. L. Afonso, S. I. G. Dias, I. C. Santos, S. Rabaca, R. T. Henriques, M. Almeida. An electropolymerisable pyridine-functionalised gold bis(dithiolene) complex. European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry, 3133-3136, 2013 M. L. Afonso, R. A. L. Silva, M. Matos, E. B. Lopes, J. T. Coutinho, L. C. J. Pereira, R. T. Henriques, M. Almeida. Growth of (Perylene)2 [Pd(mnt)2] Crystals. Journal of Crystal Growth, 340, 56-60, 2012 M. L. Afonso, R. A. L. Silva, M. Matos, R. T. Henriques, A. Viana, M. F. Montemor, M. Almeida. Studies on the Electrochemical Growth of (Per)2[Au(mnt)2]. Langmuir, 28, 4883-4888, 2012 M. L. Afonso, A. Gomes, A. Carvalho, L. Alves, F. Wastin, A. Goncalves. Electrochemical behavior of Uranium (IV) in DMF at vitreous carbon. Electrochimica Acta, 54, 7318-7323, 2009 M. L. C. A. Afonso, R. F. V. V. Jaimes, E. P. G. Areas, R. M. Capri, E. Oliveira, S. M. L. Agostinho. The influence of albumin on the anodic dissolution of chromium present in UNS S31254 stainless steel in chloride environment. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 317, 760-763, 2008
Mónica Afonso
Postdoctoral Researcher