Aires Ferreira
Royal Society University Research Fellow



Licentiate Degree, PhD (Porto), ‘Auditeur’ (École Polytechnique, France)

  • 2014 Oct University of York, UK, Royal Society URF
  • 2011–2014 Graphene Research Centre, NUS, Singapore, Research Fellow
  • 2010-2011 U Minho, Portugal, Science & Technology Foundation Post-Doctoral Scholar
  • 2004 Oct – 2009 U Vienna, Austria, and U Porto, Portugal, PhD on “The Quantum-Classical Boundary: from Opto-Mechanics to Solid-State” (awarded by U Porto on Sept 2009)
  • 2004 École Polytechnique, France, Majeure de Physique 2 (awarded ‘Very Honorable with Praise’)
  • 2000 – 2004 U Porto, Portugal, Licentiate Degree in Physics



Research Group: Condensed Matter Physics

Summary of Expertise:

  • Condensed Matter Physics Theory
  • Quantum Optics Theory

I run a research group at the University of York, UK, investigating a variety of topics in theoretical condensed matter, ranging from mesoscopic physics to plasmonics. More recently, we have been looking at quantum transport and spin-related phenomena in novel atomically thin materials, such as graphene. We are interested in fundamental questions – e.g., related to random interference in disordered electron systems – and also in applied problems related to “green technologies”, such as energy harvesting and low-power activation of spin currents. To address these issues we combine analytical tools - quantum diagrammatic techniques and generalised semi-classical transport equations - and a new polynomial Green function method enabling the numerical evaluation of quantum-mechanical response functions in real size systems (> billions of atoms) for the first time. We work closely with laboratories based in the U.K. and abroad in the modelling and designing of new experiments. The Royal Society, London, and the EPSRC fund our research activities.

Dr Aires Ferreira


Department of Physics
University of York
YO10 5DD
Tel: +44 (0)1904 322224
Fax: +44 (0)1904 322214
Room: P/A013