Carla Bittencourt

Dr. Bittencourt received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Mons (Belgium). Her research is focused on designing and tuning properties of surfaces and interfaces through post-growth treatments such as cold plasmas and low-energy ion implantation. In addition, she has studied different aspects of bulk and surface of novel materials, investigating the electronic structure of thin films and nanostructures using synchrotron-based advanced surface analysis techniques. She has been an FNRS researcher since 2014 at the laboratory Chimie des Interactions Plasma – Surface (ChIPS). More details can be found at

Main research topic

Research in nanostructured materials focuses on studying and manipulating materials at the nanoscale. Nanostructured materials hold great promise for enabling new technologies due to their unique properties associated with their size and high surface-to-volume ratio. Researchers in this field investigate the synthesis, characterization, and applications of materials with tailored nanostructures. They explore various techniques to fabricate materials with controlled nanoscale features, such as nanoparticles, nanowires, nanotubes, and thin films. Advanced techniques such as electron microscopy, synchrotron-based spectroscopies, and computational modeling are used to characterize and understand their unique properties. The field holds promise for technological advancements and innovation across multiple sectors. Some areas of research in nanostructured materials include nanoelectronics, nanophotonics, nanomedicine, and energy applications. At ChIPS we focus on the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials for chemical sensors.

TXM image of TiO2:Ce,N nanoribbons. N K-edge spectrum was recorded on a selected region of a single ribbon