Pedro Da Costa, PhD

Principal Investigator
Laboratory for Carbon Nanostructures (LCN)
Assistant Professor, Materials Science & Engineering
Physical Sciences and Engineering Division (PSE)​

Research Interests

Dr. Da Costa's research interests embrace a range of synthesis and characterization techniques for one- and two-dimensional materials, with particular focus on carbon nanostructures, semiconductor materials and electron microscopy. He is also engaged in the manipulation of discrete nanoscaled structures and the study of their response to externally applied stimuli. The aim of this work is to understand how novel materials behave at minute scales under near-operational conditions and use that information to optimize their design for specific technological applications.

Selected Publications

  • Nanomaterials engineering and property studies in a transmission electron microscope
    D. Golberg, P.M.F.J. Costa, M.S. Wang, X.L. Wei, D.M. Tang, Z. Xu, Y. Huang, U.K. Gautam, B.D. Liu, H. Zeng, N. Kawamoto, C. Zhi, M. Mitome, Y. Bando
    Advanced Materials, 24, 177, (2012)

  • Direct imaging of Joule heating dynamics and temperature profiling inside a carbon nanotube interconnect
    P.M.F.J. Costa, U.K. Gautam, Y. Bando, D. Golberg
    Nature Communications, 2, 421, (2011)
  • Effect of crystalline filling on the mechanical response of carbon nanotubes
    P.M.F.J. Costa, U.K. Gautam, M.S. Wang, Y. Bando, D. Golberg
    Carbon, 47, 541, (2009)

  • Stepwise current-driven release of attogram quantities of copper iodide encapsulated in carbon nanotubes
    P.M.F.J. Costa, D. Golberg, M. Mitome, S. Hampel, A. Leonhardt, B. Buchner, Y. Bando
    Nano Letters, 8, 3120, (2008)
  • Direct force measurements and kinking under elastic deformation of individual multiwalled boron nitride nanotubes
    D. Golberg, P.M.F.J. Costa, O. Lourie, M. Mitome, X. Bai, K. Kurashima, C. Zhi, C. Tang, Y. Bando
    Nano Letters, 7, 2146, (2007)
  • Education

    • Ph.D., Chemistry, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, 2004
    • Licenciatura, Chemistry, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal, 1999

    Professional Profile

    • 2014-Present: Adjunct Assistant Professor MSE, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
    • 2013-present: Assistant Professor MSE, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
    • 2010-2013: Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, IFW-Dresden, Dresden, Germany
    • 2008-2013: Junior research group leader, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal
    • 2006-2008: Postdoctoral fellow, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan
    • 2004-2006: Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

    Scientific and Professional Memberships

    Materials Research Society (MRS)
    Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
    Royal Microscopical Society (RMS)
    European Microscopy Society (EMS)


    AvH Experienced Researcher Fellowship
    MANA WPI Short Term Visiting Research Fellowship
    J.W.T. Jones Travelling Fellowship RSC
    Japan Carbon Award for Young Researchers
    University of Coimbra Chancellor’s medal

    KAUST Affiliations

    Division of Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE)