Catarina Novo studied Chemical Engineering at University of Aveiro. After her graduation, Catarina worked as a researcher at University of Porto on a Chemical Engineering Project related to the pulp and paper industry and later on at University of Aveiro and Instituto de Telecomunicações (Aveiro), widening the scope of the research embracing optical fibre sensors projects. In 2014, Catarina moved to Edinburgh to do her PhD at Heriot-Watt University. The scope of the research was based on microstructured optical fibres and ways to functionalize the fibres to use as optical fibre sensors. In October 2018, Catarina initiated a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in Precision Laser Machining at Heriot-Watt University and in May 2019 in Quantum Communications, within the Institute of Photonics and Quantum Sciences. Catarina returned to Portugal in 2021 to join a Postdoctoral Research position at Universidade de Aveiro in the Ceramic and Materials Engineering Department, to work on the formulation and characterization of geopolymers. Later, Catarina joined Instituto de Telecomunicações, Aveiro to work on Photonic Integrated Circuits for Optical Communications. Catarina is now a Researcher within the Optical Devices and Sensors group working on chemical optical fibre sensors. Catarina has been involved in science outreach activities since 2015. From June 2015 until 2019 she was a volunteer with Native Scientist by organising and/or participating in workshops to promote science and language literacy among pupils. In February 2018, she wrote a blog post for Native Scientist blog, sharing her experience of moving from Chemical Engineering to Physics and presenting concepts such as lasers, light and applications. In June 2020 she created her science outreach blog Words About Science.

Personal identification

Full name
Catarina Cardoso Novo

Citation names

  • Novo, Catarina
  • Cardoso Novo, Catarina

Author identifiers

Ciência ID


Knowledge fields

  • Exact Sciences - Physical Sciences - Optics
  • Engineering and Technology - Chemical Engineering


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Portuguese (Mother tongue)
English Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2)
Degree Classification
Catarina Cardoso Novo (Doktor (PhD))
Major in Physics PhD
Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
"Precision Laser Micromachining of Hollow Core Negative Curvature Fibres" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
Mestrado Integrado em Engenharia Química (Mestrado integrado)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
"Cozimento e Branqueamento da Pasta Kraft da Paulownia" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)


Host institution
2022/04 - Current Contracted Researcher (Research) Instituto de Telecomunicações Campus Universitário de Santiago, Portugal
2021/08/01 - 2022/03/31 Postdoc (Research) Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2019/05/01 - 2020/09/29 Contracted Researcher (Research) Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
2018/09/22 - 2019/04/22 Contracted Researcher (Research) Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
2014/04/01 - 2014/06/30 Researcher (Research) Instituto de Telecomunicações Campus Universitário de Santiago, Portugal
2011/11/01 - 2013/10/31 Researcher (Research) Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2010/08/01 - 2011/10/31 Researcher (Research) Universidade do Porto, Portugal


Designation Funders
2021/08/01 - 2022/03/31 SMART G Project
2014/04/01 - 2014/06/30 Transfibra Project
ADI Nº 23148
2011/11/01 - 2013/10/31 ESTUFA - Madeira Wine ESTUFAgem Monitorization with Novel Optical Fibre Sensors
2010/08/01 - 2011/10/30 BIIPP - Biorrefinaria Integrada na Industria de Pasta e Papel
QREN - I&D em Co-Promoção


Designation Funders
2023/06 - Current Mar2Protect
2022/04/01 - 2023/05 POWER Project - Empowering a digital future
070365 (POCI-01-0247-FEDER-070365)
2019/05/01 - 2020/09/29 QuChaps and 3QN project - Applied free space Quantum Communications
not applicable
2018/10/22 - 2019/04/22 Safe Target and eFinger Projects
not applicable


Conference abstract
  1. Leitão C.; Novo C.; Yang G.; Tang C.; Pinto J. L.. "Bragg Sensors in Engineering Education". Paper presented in SEFI: 40th Annual Conference, Thessaloniki,, 2012.
Conference paper
  1. Tello, Alfonso; Novo, Catarina; Donaldson, Ross. "Prospects of time-bin quantum key distribution in turbulent free-space channels". 2020.
  2. Novo, C. C.; Urich, A.; Choudhury, D.; Carter, R.; Hand, D. P.; Thomson, R. R.; Yu, F.; et al. "Negative curvature fibres: exploiting the potential for novel optical sensors". 2015.
  3. Novo, C.; Bilro, L.; Alberto, N.; Antunes, P.; Nogueira, R.; Pinto, J. L.. "Plastic optical fibre sensor for Madeira wine monitoring". 2014.
  4. Novo, C.; Bilro, L.; Ferreira, R.; Alberto, N.; Antunes, P.; Leitão, C.; Nogueira, R.; Pinto, J. L.. "Plastic optical fibre sensor for quality control in food industry". 2013.
  5. Novo, Catarina; Pinto, Joao L.; Bilro, Lucia; Antunes, Paulo; Alberto, Nelia; Pereira, Vanda; Marques, Jose; Mon-chu Chen. "Madeira wine online quality control". 2013.
  6. Novo, C.; Bilro, L.; Ferreira, R.; Alberto, N.; Antunes, P.; Nogueira, R.; Pinto, J. L.. "Optical fibre monitoring of Madeira wine estufagem process". 2013.
  7. Pinto J.L.; Novo C.C.; Leitão C.; Yang G.; Tang C.. "Carbon based sensing nanostructures in engineering education". Paper presented in 41st SEFI Conference, 2013.
  8. Marques J.; Pereira V.; Pereira A.; Chen M.; Novo C.; Bilro L.; Alberto N.; Antunes P.; Pinto J.. "Automatic Pilot Plant Facility Designed for the Controlled Ageing of Madeira Wines". Paper presented in Controlo’12: 10th Portuguese Conference on Automatic Control Conference, 2012.
  9. Leitão, C.; Novo, C.; Yang, G.; Tang, C.; Pinto, J. L.. "Fiber Bragg grating sensors novel applications". 2012.
  10. Mota I.; Pinto P.; Novo C.; Sousa G.; Guerreiro O.; Guerra A.; Duarte M.; Rodrigues A.. "Eucalyptus globulus bark as source of polyphenolic compounds with biological activity". Paper presented in 45th ABTCP International Pulp and Paper Congress and VII IberoAmerican Congress on Pulp and Paper Research, 2012.
Journal article
  1. Vilarinho, Inês Silveirinha; Gameiro, Tânia; Capela, Marinélia N.; Carvalheiras, João; Caetano, Ana P. F.; Novo, Catarina; Novais, Rui M.; Seabra, Maria Paula; Labrincha, João António. "Review of recycling alternatives for paper pulp wastes". Frontiers in Materials 9 (2022): http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmats.2022.1006861.
  2. Catarina C. Novo; Luciano Senff; Maria P. Seabra; Rui M. Novais; João A. Labrincha. "The Role of an Industrial AlkalineWastewater in the Alkali Activation of Biomass Fly Ash". Applied Sciences 12 3612 (2022):
  3. Novo, Catarina C.; Choudhury, Debaditya; Siwicki, Bartlomiej; Thomson, Robert R.; Shephard, Jonathan D.. "Femtosecond laser machining of hollow-core negative curvature fibres". Optics Express 28 17 (2020): 25491. http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/oe.394100.
  4. Mota I.; Pinto P.; Novo C.; Sousa G.; Guerreiro O.; Guerra A.; Duarte M.; Rodrigues A.. "Eucalyptus globulus bark as A source of polyphenolic compounds with biological activity". O Papel 74 1 (2013): 57-64. https://www.eucalyptus.com.br/artigos/2013_Bark+Source+Phenols.pdf.
  5. Mota, Inês; Rodrigues Pinto, Paula C.; Novo, Catarina; Sousa, Gabriel; Guerreiro, Olinda; Guerra, Ângela R.; Duarte, Maria F.; Rodrigues, Alírio E.. "Extraction of Polyphenolic Compounds from Eucalyptus globulus Bark: Process Optimization and Screening for Biological Activity". Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 51 20 (2012): 6991-7000. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ie300103z.
Online resource
  1. Pereira V.; Marques J.; Carvalho M.; Chen M.; Sol R.; Novo C.; Bilro L.; et al. Multiparameter Optical Monitoring of Madeira wine. 2013. https://online-journals.org/index.php/i-joe/article/view/3389/2920.
Thesis / Dissertation
  1. "Novo C., Precision Laser Micromachining of Hollow Core Negative Curvature Fibres". PhD, Heriot-Watt University, 2019.
  2. Novo, Catarina. "Cozimento e Branqueamento da Pasta Kraft da Paulownia". Master, 2009.

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2020/06 - Current I created my own sciece outreach blog to write about science, Words About Science where I write about research topics. (2020)
2015/06 - 2019/06 I volunteered with Native Scientist - an organisation that aims to connect migrant pupils and scientists - by participating and organising workshops designed to promote science and language literacy among pupils. I was mentor (performed the science activity). Later I was Project Manager for Portuguese in Edinburgh for 3 years. During the 4th year I mentored the next Project Manager. In 2018, I wrote a blog post to Native Scientist about my experience of moving from a Chemical Engineering background to Photonics. (2015/06/01)
2016 - 2017 Scotland Ambassador of PARSUK - Portuguese Association of Researchers and Students in the UK. I organised social activities to promote the union, represent and defend interests of the Portuguese students and researchers in the UK, strengthening their integration and visibility. (2016)
2015 - 2017 Research Group Social Secretary - During the PhD I had the opportunity to be Social secretary within the research group, Applied and Photonics group, at Edinbrugh, where I organised several social activities to promote team building (2015)