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Antonio Feteira

Dr Antonio Feteira



Dr Feteira joined Sheffield Hallam in 2012 as a Senior Lecturer and was elevated to Reader in 2015. He holds a PhD in Materials Engineering from The University of Sheffield, where he is a Visiting Fellow since 2017. He is also a Visiting Professor at UFPEL (Brazil). His primary area of research is in advanced functional oxides for electronic, energy and biomedical applications. He has authored more than 70 articles in those areas, which accrued more than 2400 citations and he also holds an h-index of 26.

  • About


    2015-2017 Science Without Borders Senior Visiting Fellow in the Department of Materials at The State University of Ponta Grossa (Brazil) and Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul-UFRGS (Brazil).

    2013 Academic Lead for the Science Without Borders Programme at Sheffield Hallam University.

    2012/15 Senior Lecturer in Materials Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University.

    2010/14 Director of Christian Doppler Laboratory for Multiferroics. (Research consortium between U. of Birmingham/Sheffield Hallam University, TUGraz and TUWien in collaboration with TDK Corporation).

    2010/13 Advanced Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Engineering at the Uni. of Sheffield.

    2009/14 Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of Physics at the University of Warwick.

    2009/11 Senior Research Fellow/Lecturer in the School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham.

    2008/09 Materials Development Engineer in the Corporate Materials and Research Development Department TDK/EPCOS and Senior Post Doc (secondment from TDK) at TUGraz.

    2008/09 Visiting Lecturer in Advanced Ceramics in the Dep. of Eng. Materials at the U. of Sheffield.

    2004/07 Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Dep. of Engineering Materials at the U. of Sheffield.

    2007 Marie Curie Visiting Fellow, in the Dep. of Chemistry at the Complutense University of Madrid.

    2006 Visiting Research Scholar, in the Materials Research Institute at Penn State University (USA).

    2004 Visiting Research Associate, in the Materials Research Institute at Penn State University (USA).

    2003 Microscospist, at Health and Safety Laboratory (UK), 4th December-15th January 2003.

    2002 Marie Curie Training Fellow, at The Max Planck Institute (Germany), 1st Sept- 30th November.   

    2002 Adjunct Research Assistant, in the Materials Research Institute at Penn State University (USA), February. Characterisation of Frequency Agile Materials for Electronics (FAME). February-March.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Dr. Feteira's research focuses simultaneously on the establishment of composition-structure-property relationships in new advanced functional oxides, and on the fabrication of prototype devices via 3D integration of these materials. His work in this area has developed through a series of pure and applied projects, several of which have involved direct collaboration with industrial groups (TDK EPC, AVX Ltd, Morgan Electroceramics, Powerwave Ltd, Straumann). His latest research has focused on bandgap engineering of ferroelectrics for solar energy harvesting and environmentally friendly Pb-free piezoelectric actuators and energy storage devices. In the area of biomaterials he works on glass-ceramics for dental applications,  

  • Teaching

    Department of Engineering and Mathematics

    Science, Technology and Arts

    MSc Advanced Engineering Materials

    MSc Advanced Engineering Materials

    Module Leader for

    Materials Processing and Manufacture, Level 6

    Microstructural Engineering of Materials, Level 6

    Advanced Investigatory Techniques, Level 7

    Teaching on

    Advanced Metallic Materials, Level 7
  • Research

    • Polymers, Nanocomposites and Modelling Research Centre
    • Materials and Engineering Research Institute

    2014-2017 Energy conversion using nano- and meso-crystalline perovskites: a theoretical and experimental approach. Funded by CNPq (Brazil) Grant number 401431/2014-2 Team: Dr. Feteira (SHU), Dr. Pianaro (State University of Ponta Grossa), Drs. Cava and Moreira (Federal University of Pelotas

    The geographical location of Brazil combined with its large Niobium and Iron reserves are the two main motivations for this project. First, Brazil is a country located mostly in the intertropical region. Values of global solar radiation incidence on any region of Brazil (4200-6700 kWh.m-2) are higher than in most European Union countries such as Germany (900-1250 kWh.m-2), France (900 -1650 kWh.m-2) and Spain (1200-1850 kWh.m-2), where projects focused on solar energy harvesting, some relying on strong government incentives, are widely disseminated. Hence, solar energy is one of the most promising sources of renewable, clean energy to replace the current dependence on fossil fuels. Nevertheless, to make solar energy viable, it is necessary to find inexpensive and non-toxic photovoltaic materials that can efficiently convert solar radiation into electricity. Crystalline silicon has long been the most widely employed photovoltaic material, with cells now achieving 25% efficiency. However, these cells are expensive to produce and operate - the unit cost of energy produced from a Si solar cell is nearly 4 times that of energy produced from fossil fuels. Conventional solid-state photovoltaics also suffer a limitation in that their maximal photovoltages are set by the relevant semiconductor electronic band gaps. These photovoltages, which are established at semi-conductor junctions, are used to separate the electron-hole pairs generated when light is first absorbed by the photovoltaic material. Optical band gaps of ferroelectrics can be tailored into the visible region while preserving their intrinsically high spontaneous polarisation, which then will enable their use in the fabrication of non-expensive, clean and efficient solar cells. Hence, the overall aim of this project is the establishment of the underlying mechanisms that control the band gap in KNbO3 ferroelectrics with robust polarisation. The proposed research is also guided by sustainability criteria in terms of the choice of non-toxic and non-expensive raw materials available in Brazil, and it combines ideas from defect chemistry in ferroelectrics, local distortions to the average crystal structure and their impact in orbital overlapping, size effects and domain wall dynamics. In summary, it is focused on the understanding of different parameters that may be employed in band gap engineering of ferroelectrics.

    2015-2016 Photoferroelectric devices based on Potassium Niobate. Funded by CNPq (Brazil). PhD student Carolina Elicker.


    Best student work by the American Chemical Society at Brazil MRS meeting 2017.

    Best poster at MERI symposium

    October 2014-October 2015 “Mechanical properties of glass ceramics for dental applications” Funded by CNPq (Brazil) PDRA: Dr. L. Lauro Lima

    Every year millions of people seek dental treatment in order to either repair damaged, unaesthetic and dysfunctional teeth or to replace missing natural teeth. This treatment is driven by the simultaneous pursuit of rehabilitation of the oral functions and improvement of the oral aesthetics. Several dental materials have been developed to meet the stringent requirements in terms of mechanical properties (strength, fracture toughness and wear resistance), aesthetics (colour, translucency) and chemical durability in the oral environment. In addition, commercial prosthetic dental materials are also required to be compatible with computer aided design–computer aided manufacture (CAD/CAM) technology. Indeed, CAD/CAM technology is used in the fabrication of several dental prosthetic restorations such as inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns, fixed partial dentures and implant abutments. Such fabrication can take place either at the dentist’s chairside or away in a dental laboratory.

    In this project the mechanical properties of lithium aluminodissilicate glass-ceramics will be evaluated and dental crowns will be manufactured.

    Output: Successful manufacture of crowns suitable for application. Work presented the 7th World Congress on Biomechanics. 2 publication under preparation. A new PhD student join the group to further investigate LAS glasses.


    2010-2014 International module of the Christian Doppler Lab on Advanced Ferroic oxides. Funded by Christian Doppler Research Association (Austria). PhD students: Giorgio Schileo and Luke Luisman

    Outputs: 9 research articles, 6 conference talks

    September 2010-August 2011 “Environmentally friendly Lead-free piezoelectric ceramics for current electronic applications and future energy harvesting technologies” Funded by The Royal Society.

    Piezoelectric devices are mainly fabricated from ceramics based on Pb(Zr,Ti)O3, because this compound exhibits unrivalled large field-induced strains with little temperature dependence. Recent European legislation regulating the use of hazardous materials in electronic equipment has call for the substitution of Pb(Zr,Ti)O3-based devices by environmental friendly alternatives, as soon they become scientifically and technically practicable. Hence, Pb-free piezoceramics will replace Pb(Zr,Ti)O3-based ceramics, in applications such as pressure sensors, actuators, ultrasonic transducers. In collaboration with the Graz University of Technology, we reported a large field-induced strain in (Bi0.5Na0.5)TiO3-SrTiO3 based ceramics, which drops suddenly at 160°C due to depolarisation. Origins of this large strain and depolarisation are not understood yet; however they can be clarified by the characterisation of the intrinsic and extrinsic contributions to the strain.

    REF 2014 Output: D Schütz, M Deluca, W Krauss, A Feteira, T Jackson, K Reichmann “LonePairInduced Covalency as the Cause of Temperatureand FieldInduced Instabilities in Bismuth Sodium Titanate”

    Advanced Functional Materials 22 (11), 2285-2294 (2012)


    Professor Reaney and Professor Sinclair, University of Sheffield
    Dr Tim Jackson and Dr Joe Hriljac, University of Birmingham
    Professor Michael Lanagan, Penn State University
    Dr Klaus Reichmann, TUGRAZ
    Dr Changrong Zhou, Guilin University
    Institute of Materials of Madrid
    Professor Liliana Mitoseriu, A I Cuza University
    Dr Sergio Cava, University of Pelotas
    Professor Roberto Moreira, Federal University of Minas Gerais


    CNPq (Brazil)
    Straumann AG
    Christian Doppler Research Association
    Royal Society
    The Royal Academy of Engineering

  • Publications

  • Other activities

    Since 2016 Member of the EPSRC Associate Peer Review College

    Editorial Positions

    Associate Editor: Journal of The American Ceramic Society (John Wiley & Sons, Inc)

    Editorial Board: Recent Patents in Material Science, Journal of Ceramics (Hindawi Publishing Corporation)

    Guest Editor: 2014 Topical Section: Ceramic Interconnect and Ceramic Microsystems Technologies in the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, vol. 11, issue 3, p.413-501 (2014), (John Wiley & Sons, Inc)

    Ad Hoc Reviewer: Journal of The European Ceramic Society, Journal of The American Ceramic Society, Materials Letters, Materials Science and Engineering B, Journal of Materials Science, Journal of Electronic Materials, Materials Chemistry and Physics, Journal of Alloys and Compounds, Journal of Materials Research, The Journal of Physical Chemistry, Journal of Crystal Growth and Design, Journal of Applied Physics, Solid State Communications, Applied Physics Letters, Bulletin of Materials Research, Advanced Functional Materials

    Reviewer of Grant for External Organisations


    COSTAction, European Commission, Reviewer and Rapporteur

    Analysis of technical and scientific merit of project submitted to the INCT (Brazil)

    Leverhulme Trust- Research Project Grants

    Reviewer for Romanian National Council for Scientific Research

    Joint Research Projects-ROFR-2015

    Projects for Young Research Teams - RUTE 2014

    Joint Applied Research Projects - PCCA 2013

    Joint Applied Research Projects - PCCA-2011

    Postdoctoral Research Projects - PD-2011

    Exploratory Research Projects - PCE-2011

    Academic and Technical Committees

    2015 - Technical Programme Committee, International Conference on Ceramic Science and Technology (CST 2015) in Shanghai, China

    2014 - Technical Committee for the 2014 MERI Symposium, Sheffield Hallam University

    2013 - Technical Session Co-Chair for International Ceramic Interconnect and Ceramic Microsystems Conference, Orlando, USA

    2012 - Technical Session Co-Chair for International Ceramic Interconnect and Ceramic Microsystems Conference, Erfurt, Germany

    2008 - Technical Session Co-Chair for International Ceramic Interconnect and Ceramic Microsystems Conference, Munich, Germany

    2006 - Sorby Center for Microscopy and Microanalysis at the University of Sheffield

    2005 - Local Organizing committee member of the European Solid State Chemistry Meeting (ECSSX), Sheffield, UK
  • Postgraduate supervision

    [5] Zaid Abdulkhadim, Mechanical properties of glass-ceramics for dental applications, (submission 2019)

    [4] Anees Aziz, Structure-property relationships in hexagonal and cubic perovskites. (submission 2018)

    PhD supervision

    [3] Carolina Elicker, Photoferroelectric devices based on Potassium Niobate, joint PhD supervision with Drs. Cava and Moreira from UFPel in Brazil (2017)

    [2] Cristina Pascual-Gonzalez “Processing-composition-structure effects on the optical band gap of KNbO3-based ceramics (PhD, 2017)

    [1] Giorgio Schileo, “Synthesis and Characterisation of Composite Multiferroic Ceramics” (PhD, 2014)

    MSc Student Supervision

    [13] F. Amadi, Processing and Characterisation of Lithium Aluminosilicate (LAS) glass-ceramics (2018)

    [12] M. Al-dhaher, Impact of Erbium (Er) on the Electro-mechanical Properties of BNT-BKT-BT Ceramics (2018)

    [11] WC Sung, Impact of Erbium on the Electromechanical Properties of BNT-BKT-BT Ceramics. (2017)

    [10] S. Aal-Kaeb Effect of Stoichiometry on the Electromechanical Properties of Nb-doped BNT-BKT-BT Ceramics (2017).

    [9] Z. Rashad, Effect of 2 mol% Erbium doping (A and B site) on the Electromechanical Properties of BNT-BKT-BT ceramics. (2017)

    [8] S. Obilor, Fabrication and Characterisation of Pure and Doped BNT-BKT-BT Piezoeceramics (2017)

    [7] J. Ayabina, LAS glass-ceramics. (2017)

    [6] U. Amin, Thermal Processing and Characterisation of Lithium Aluminosilicate Glass-ceramics. (2017)

    [5] B. Khairye, Processing and Characterisation of Trialaxial Porcelains. (2016)

    [4] X. Gao, BaTiO3 Ferroelectrics.(2013)

    [3] C. Niu, Mechanical Properties of Glass-Ceramics (2013)

    [2] C. Garapon, Mechanical and Optical Characterization of a Glass-ceramic for Dental Implants. (2013)

    [1] T. Strathdee, Synthesis and Characterisation of BaTiO3-BiYbO3 Ferroelectrics. (2011)

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