*** KEYNOTE Speaker ***

Dr. Susana Cardoso de Freitas

Professor, INESC MN - Microsytems and Nanotechnologies at IST - Lisboa


Spintronic sensors: a successful path from magnetic storage to biochips


Nanoelectronics combines physical principles of materials with the amazing capability of engineering ultrasmall devices at the nanoscale. Magnetic field sensors (in particular, magnetoresistive sensors and spintronic devices) were driven by the technological push from computers and information storage in the early 1990's, and have presently a mature level of implementation in the market. In this talk, the spintronic sensor development and challenges towards commercialization are described, supported with the key requirements for some technological applications from power electronics to biomedical and lab-on-chip applications. The discussion will address the important role the research institutes have in supporting industry to qualify emerging technologies and demonstrate prototypes prior to commercialization.


Susana Cardoso de Freitas (born in 1973) received the M.S. and PhD degrees in technological physics engineering from the Instituto Superior Tecnico (IST), University of Lisbon in 1996 and 2002.

In 2002 she was a "Co-op Pre-Professional Engineer" at IBM, T.J.Watson Research Center (USA). Since 2002 she is a researcher at INESC-MN and the co-leader of the Magnetics & Spintronics group since 2006 with intensive collaborations with industrial partners for technology transfer related with sensors. She is an Associated Professor at the Physics Department (IST) since 2015, and is responsible for student coordination (over 46 master students, 4 PhD students and 10 post-doctoral fellows). She is co-author of over 280 publications. Her research interests include advanced thin films, microfabrication processes in large area wafers, and sensors for robotics, biomedical and industrial applications.