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Dr Santos is a physicist working at the interface between plasma physics, nanotechnology and bioengineering.

While a PhD candidate with the University of Sydney (awarded 2018), he developed novel biofunctional nanomaterials synthesised in reactive plasmas. He holds a MSc degree in plasma physics from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, where he developed comprehensive and self-consistent computational models to describe the physical-chemical mechanisms in plasma discharges.

Dr Santos joined HRI in 2013 to engineer plasma coatings that improve the clinical performance of coronary stents. He currently continues further research into a new class of multifunctional nanoparticles that he developed during his PhD.

Prizes and awards

2016 HRI Early-Career Researcher Award for Best Student Paper


2016 ANSTO Beam-time

2015 Postgraduate Research Support Scheme

2014 Postgraduate Research Support Scheme

2014 The Heart Research Institute Scholarship

2011 Scientific Initiation Grant

2010 Integration into Research Grant


M Santos, E C Filipe, P L Michael, M M M Bilek and S G Wise, "Nanoparticles", Australian Patent Application No. 2016905306, 21 December 2016