Rui F. M. Lobo is a professor of physics and physics engineering at the NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University of Lisbon. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the NOVA University of Lisbon and obtained the Habilitation in Nano-Engineering at this University. He also holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico - University of Lisbon. He was among the pioneers working with single molecule experiments and the real physical interpretation of a chemical reaction. Presently he is leading research in experimental nanophysics and nanotechnology for clean energy, hydrogen technology and decarbonization. He is also a senior member of the Centre of Technology Systems -Uninova. He has authored more than one hundred scientific refereed publications in journals, books, book chapters, conference proceedings and also acted as a referee for some international jourals. He has been a senior member of some relevant national entities (Engineers Portuguese Order, Geographical Society of Lisbon, Portuguese Association for Hydrogen) and belonged to International Scientific Committees in molecular beams and nanometer-scale technology. He had been Fellow Researcher at Max-Planck Institute, Hahn-Meitner Institute, Rice University, Osaka University, Ohio University, Sao Paolo University, Complutense Madrid University, among others. He has carried out scientific and pedagogical works in the fields of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Nanophysics, Nanotechnology and Energy (Thermodynamics, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Hydrogen Technologies), and introduced the teaching of Nano-Engineering at a Portuguese University (UNL), at both theoretical and experimental levels, through the implementation of STM-AFM-SNOM techniques. In a brief chronological sequence, he was at the forefront in the fields of formation of polyatomic negative ions in collisions, molecular beam experiments, electron-transfer, and more recently in dealing with nano-carbons (fullerenes, graphene, and carbon nanotubes), hydrogen production and storage. Though with a dominant profile of experimentalist, he also has some publications in theoretical physics subjects (fractals, econophysics, non-equilibrium thermodynamics). From the vast experience accumulated through his career, he is given the ability to rethink what the contemporary physics and engineering communities have been achieving, so that he is presently committed in contributing to solve concrete pressing problems, in particular the energy sustainability in Europe.

Personal identification

Full name
Rui Filipe dos Reis Marmont Lobo

Citation names

  • Lobo, Rui
  • R F M Lobo
  • Rui Marmont Lobo
  • Rui F. M. Lobo

Author identifiers

Ciência ID

Email addresses

  • rfl@fct.unl.pt (Professional)


Mobile phone
  • 934463400 (Personal)


  • Departamento de Física, FCT - Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 2829-516, Monte de Caparica, Almada, Portugal (Professional)
  • NOVA SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY - Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, 2829-516, Monte Caparica, Almada, Portugal (Professional)


Knowledge fields

  • Engineering and Technology
  • Engineering and Technology - Nano-technology
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Exact Sciences - Physical Sciences
  • Exact Sciences - Physical Sciences - Molecular Physics
  • Engineering and Technology - Chemical Engineering
  • Exact Sciences - Physical Sciences - Chemical Physics
  • Exact Sciences - Physical Sciences - Chemical Physics
  • Exact Sciences - Physical Sciences
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Engineering and Technology


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
English Advanced (C1) Proficiency (C2) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
French Elementary (A2) Upper intermediate (B2) Beginner (A1) Intermediate (B1) Beginner (A1)
Spanish; Castilian Beginner (A1) Intermediate (B1) Beginner (A1) Upper intermediate (B2) Elementary (A2)
Portuguese (Mother tongue)
Degree Classification
2008 - 2008
Ciências da Engenharia - Engenharia Física (Título de Agregado)
Major in Nano-engenharia
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Departamento de Física, Portugal
Louvor e Distinção
Física (Doutoramento)
Major in Especialidade: Física Atómica e Molecular
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, Portugal
"Dissociação Directa e Estatística de Iões Negativos por Colisão Átomo-molécula" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
Física (Mestrado)
Major in Física Atómica e Molecular
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Departamento de Física, Portugal
Ciências de Engenharia - Engenharia Química (Licenciatura)
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal

Teaching in Higher Education

Host institution
1982 - Current Associate Professor (University Teacher) Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal


  1. RF Lobo; Mário J. Pinheiro. Advanced Topics in Contemporary Physics for Engineering. CRC Press Taylor & Francis. 2022.
  2. Rui F. M. Lobo. Nanophysics for Energy Efficiency. Springer International Publishing. 2015.
  3. RF Lobo. Nanotecnologia e Nanofísica. Escolar Editora. 2009.
  4. Alves, L.M.; Lobo, R.F.M.. A chaos and fractal dynamic approach to the fracture mechanics. 2006.
Book chapter
  1. RF Lobo; Mário J. Pinheiro. "Nanophysics and Nanotechnology". In From Quanta to Weak Forces Metrology, 215-291. CRC Press | Taylor & Francis, 2022.
  2. RF Lobo; Mário J. Pinheiro. "Lab-on-a-Tip and Plasmas for Sustainability". 293-352. CRC Press | Taylor & Francis, 2022.
  3. RF Lobo; Mário J. Pinheiro. "The World of the Tiniest Building Blocks". 161-213. CRC Press | Taylor & Francis, 2022.
  4. RF Lobo. "Local Probes in Energy Storage". 1-25. Springer, 2015.
  5. RF Lobo. "Emergent Local Probe Techniques". 27-67. Springer, 2015.
  6. RF Lobo. "Infrared Lasers in Nanoscale Science". edited by Dumitras, {Dan C., 325-353. InTech, 2012.
  7. V. N. Khabashesku; E. V. Barrera; RF Lobo. "Confined Tubular Carbon Nanostructures for Nanoreactors and Synthons". edited by Martin, {Delores A., 1-18. Nova Science Publishers, 2006.
  8. G. Ledoux; RF Lobo; F. Huisken; O. Guillous; C. Reynaud. "Photoluminescence Properties of Silicon Nanocrystals Synthetised by Laser Pyrolysis". edited by Eugene Dirote, 133-144. Nova science publishers, 2004.
  9. RF Lobo. "The Role of High Energy Chemical Physics in the Future Energy Industry". edited by C. Sequeira, 255-276. Elsevier, 1991.
Conference paper
  1. Manuel P. Alonso; Mario J. Pinheiro; RF Lobo; Joshua Spodek. "Improving the unreasonable University". 2018.
  2. RF Lobo; Valery Khabashesku. "Carbon Nanotube-Nanodiamond Hierarchical Nanostructures and Their Polyurea Nanocomposites". 2015.
  3. Valery Khabashesku; Merlyn Pulikkathara; RF Lobo. "Chemical design of nanodiamond-carbon nanotube hierarchical nanostructures and their effect on mechanical properties of polyurea nanocomposites". 2012.
Journal article
  1. RF Lobo; Noe Alvarez; Vesselin Shanov. "Hydrogen Nanometrology in Advanced Carbon Nanomaterial Electrodes". Nanomaterials (2021): https://www.mdpi.com/2079-4991/11/5/1079.
  2. Lobo, R.; Ribeiro, J.; Inok, F.. "Hydrogen uptake and release in carbon nanotube electrocatalysts". Nanomaterials 11 4 (2021): http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85103820134&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  3. Noe T. Alvarez; Peter Miller; Mark R. Haase; RF Lobo; Rachit Malik; Vesselin Shanov. "Tailoring physical properties of carbon nanotube threads during assembly". Carbon 144 (2019): 55-62. https://novaresearch.unl.pt/en/publications/235e7ae0-de09-4302-a767-133934f000a0.
  4. RF Lobo; Lucas Máximo Alves. "A New Integrated Approach for Fast Intrinsic Dielectric Breakdown". International Journal of Innovative Research in Science, Engineering and Technology 7 8 (2018): 1-16. https://novaresearch.unl.pt/en/publications/6099df98-146a-468d-bbe2-5cd631949a5c.
  5. Alves, L.M.; Lobo, R.F.R.M.. "The possibility to predict crack patterns on dynamic fracture". International Journal of Fracture 206 1 (2017): 11-33. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85014050113&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  6. Lobo, R.F.M.. "Dust deposition from air with anomalous characteristics". Rendiconti Lincei (2017): 1-11. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-85027352862&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  7. Marmont Lobo, R.F.; De Sousa, M.R.. "A macro-physics model of depreciation rate in economic exchange". Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 395 (2014): 269-274. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84889879176&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  8. Khabashesku, V.N.; Pulikkathara, M.X.; Lobo, R.. "Synthesis of carbon nanotube - Nanodiamond hierarchical nanostructures and their polyurea nanocomposites". Russian Chemical Bulletin 62 11 (2013): 2322-2326. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84906724546&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  9. RF Lobo. "¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿ «¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿—¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿» ¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿ ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿". Russian Chemical Bulletin 11 NA (2013): 2322-2326. https://novaresearch.unl.pt/en/publications/9dded8a0-20ea-4640-862c-28fcba789a72.
  10. Lobo, R.; Okada, M.; Moritani, K.; Kasai, T.. "Why the Great Buddha of Nara in Japan looks so younger?". Rendiconti Lincei 23 2 (2012): 187-194. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84864701794&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  11. Santos, D.M.F.; Saturnino, P.G.; Lobo, R.F.M.; Sequeira, C.A.C.. "Direct borohydride/peroxide fuel cells using Prussian Blue cathodes". Journal of Power Sources 208 (2012): 131-137. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84857477346&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  12. Lobo, R.F.M.; Santos, D.M.F.; Sequeira, C.A.C.; Ribeiro, J.H.F.. "Molecular beam-thermal desorption spectrometry (MB-TDS) monitoring of hydrogen desorbed from storage fuel cell anodes". Materials 5 2 (2012): 248-257. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84864380395&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  13. Chen, Y.; Santos, D.M.F.; Sequeira, C.A.C.; Lobo, R.F.M.. "Studies of modified hydrogen storage intermetallic compounds used as fuel cell anodes". Crystals 2 1 (2011): 22-33. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84901315530&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  14. Lobo, R.F.M.; Berardo, F.M.V.; Ribeiro, J.H.F.. "Molecular beam-thermal hydrogen desorption from palladium". Review of Scientific Instruments 81 4 (2010): http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-77952327423&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  15. Kuznetsov, O.V.; Pulikkathara, M.X.; Lobo, R.F.M.; Khabasheskua, V.N.. "Solubilization of carbon nanoparticles, nanotubes, nano-onions, and nanodiamonds through covalent functionalization with sucrose". Russian Chemical Bulletin 59 8 (2010): 1495-1505. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-79951761253&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  16. Santos, D.M.F.; Sequeira, C.A.C.; Lobo, R.F.M.. "Effect of alloys modified by sodium borohydride alkaline solutions on the kinetics of hydrogen evolution reaction at Mm(Ni3.6Co 0.7Mn0.4Al0.3)1.15 hydride electrodes". International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 35 18 (2010): 9901-9909. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-77956172494&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  17. Lobo, R.F.M.; Berardo, F.M.V.; Ribeiro, J.H.F.. "In-situ monitoring of lowermost amounts of hydrogen desorbed from materials". International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 35 20 (2010): 11405-11411. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-77957327178&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  18. J H F Ribeiro; R F M Lobo. "Optimization performance of a CO 2 pulsed tuneable laser". European Journal of Physics 30 4 (2009): 911-917. http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0143-0807/30/4/023.
  19. Chen, Y.; Lobo, R.F.M.; Santos, D.M.F.; Sequeira, C.A.C.. "Kinetic measurements during transient film growth on zinc". Quimica Nova 32 2 (2009): 387-390. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-66749158565&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  20. Santos, D.M.F.; Lobo, R.F.M.; Sequeira, C.A.C.. "On the features of ultramicroelectrodes". Defect and Diffusion Forum 273-276 (2008): 602-607. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-41049098872&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  21. RF Lobo; B. N. Vicente; F. V. Berardo; I. V. Gouveia; J. H. Ribeiro; P. Pereira. "Detection of negative fullerene conformers". Journal Of Experimental Nanoscience 1 3 (2006): 317-332. https://novaresearch.unl.pt/en/publications/4326d7fe-7bb9-4c96-af05-031fcfa89fd3.
  22. Lobo, R.F.M.; Silva, N.T.; Vicente, B.M.N.; Gouveia, I.M.V.; Berardo, F.M.V.; Ribeiro, J.H.F.. "Fragmentation and internal steric rearrangement of C60 - In electron transfer dynamics". European Physical Journal D 38 1 (2006): 35-45. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-33645005798&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  23. Lobo, R.F.M.; Sequeira, C.A.C.. "Nanostructuring beam-deposited fullerene layers". Nanotechnology 17 17 (2006): 4493-4496. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-33751111272&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  24. Lobo, R.F.M.; Costa, M.S.; Ribeiro, J.H.F.; Sequeira, C.A.C.; Pereira, P.. "Fluorescence in nanostructured fulleride films". Applied Physics Letters 89 20 (2006): http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-33751078544&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  25. Sequeira, C.A.C.; Lobo, R.F.; Anastassakis, G.. "Electrochemical reduction of AQ27DS in aqueous solution". Materials Science Forum 514-516 PART 2 (2006): 1338-1342. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-38049078854&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  26. Zhang, L.; Kiny, V.U.; Peng, H.; Zhu, J.; Lobo, R.F.M.; Margrave, J.L.; Khabashesku, V.N.. "Sidewall functionalization of single-walled carbon nanotubes with hydroxyl group-terminated moieties". Chemistry of Materials 16 11 (2004): 2055-2061. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-2542448174&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  27. Lobo, R.F.M.; Pereira-da-Silva, M.A.; Raposo, M.; Faria, R.M.. "The morphology of layer-by-layer films of polymer/polyelectrolyte studied by atomic force microscopy". Nanotechnology 14 1 (2003): 101-108. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0037257110&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  28. Lobo, R.F.M.; Vieira, P.L.; Godinho, S.S.M.C.; Calhorda, M.J.. "Mono-halobenzenes anion fragmentation induced by atom-molecule electron-transfer collisions". Journal of Chemical Physics 116 22 (2002): 9712-9720. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0037042649&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  29. Jia, B.; Laib, J.; Lobo, R.F.M.; Brooks, P.R.. "Evidence for orbital-specific electron transfer to oriented haloform molecules". Journal of the American Chemical Society 124 46 (2002): 13896-13902. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0037146036&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  30. González Ureña, A.; Gasmi, K.; Jiménez, J.; Lobo, R.F.. "Excitation laser fluence effects on the Ba ... FCH3 + hv t BaF + CH3 intracluster reaction". Chemical Physics Letters 352 5-6 (2002): 369-374. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0037028615&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  31. Lobo, R.F.M.; Silva, N.T.. "Neutral C60 effusive source for atomic collisions with fullerene". Review of Scientific Instruments 72 9 (2001): 3505-3506. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-21944445246&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  32. Montero, C.; Orea, J.M.; Soledad Muñoz, M.; Lobo, R.F.M.; González Ureña, A.. "Non-volatile analysis in fruits by laser resonant ionization spectrometry: Application to resveratrol (3,5,4'-trihydroxystilbene) in grapes". Applied Physics B: Lasers and Optics 71 4 (2000): 601-605. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0000493402&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  33. Lobo, R.F.M.; Pereira-da-Silva, M.A.; Raposo, M.; Faria, R.M.; Oliveira Jr., O.N.. "In situ thickness measurements of ultra-thin multilayer polymer films by atomic force microscopy". Nanotechnology 10 4 (1999): 389-393. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0033341347&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  34. Limão Vieira, P.; Lobo, R.F.M.. "Low energy electron beam for time-of-flight ionization measurements". Vacuum 52 1-2 (1999): 19-22. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-3242886528&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  35. Raposo, M.; Lobo, R.F.M.; Pereira-da-Silva, M.A.; Faria, R.M.; Oliveira Jr., O.N.. "Thickness and roughness measurements in poly(o-methoxyaniline) layer-by-layer films using AFM". Proceedings - International Symposium on Electrets (1999): 533-536. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0033340544&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  36. Lobo, R.F.M.; Moutinho, A.M.C.; Calhorda, M.J.. "Fragmentation pathways in the dissociation of fluoro-iodo-benzene negative ions". Chemical Physics 234 1-3 (1998): 265-275. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0032372075&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  37. Lobo, R.F.M.; Moutinho, A.M.C.; Los, J.. "Electron transfer in collisions of potassium atom with meta-fluoro-iodo-benzene". Chemical Physics 179 2 (1994): 179-182. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-21344497607&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  38. RF Lobo; A. M. C. Moutinho; K. Lacmann; J. Los. "Excitation of the nitro group in nitromethane by electron transfer". Journal of Chemical Physics 95 1 (1991): 166-175. https://novaresearch.unl.pt/en/publications/2ab115ec-afe7-4163-8419-2eeff27021b1.
  39. Lobo, R.F.M.; Moutinho, A.M.C.. "A classical study on the vibrational motion of a diatomic molecule in a collisional vibronic excitation". Chemical Physics 151 1 (1991): 95-101. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0003162641&partnerID=MN8TOARS.
  40. Lobo, R.F.M.; Moutinho, A.M.C.. "Multicapillary swivel-type McLeod". Vacuum 39 7-8 (1989): 809-810. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-0024899907&partnerID=MN8TOARS.


Other output
  1. The possibility to predict crack patterns on dynamic fracture. 2016. RF Lobo; Lucas Alves. https://novaresearch.unl.pt/en/publications/29ab6dcc-32d2-4310-bc2c-fd4cb362f503.

Other distinction

2009 Lisbon Statement for Hydrogen and Clean Energies
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia - Campus do Lumiar, Portugal