Pedro M. Da Costa

Assistant Professor, Material Science and Engineering

Physical Science and Engineering Division

Laboratory for Carbon Nanostructures


Education Profile

  • ​​​​​​​Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba, 2006-2008
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, 2004-2006
  • D.Phil., University of Oxford, 2004
  • Licenciatura, University of Lisbon, 1999

Research Interests

​Professor 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

  • D Golberg, PMFJ Costa, MS Wang, XL Wei, DM Tang, Z Xu, Y Huang, UK Gautam, BD Liu, H Zeng, N Kawamoto, C Zhi, M Mitome, Y Bando, "Nanomaterials engineering and property studies in a transmission electron microscope", Advanced Materials, 24 (2012), 177. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201102579.
  • PMFJ Costa, UK Gautam, Y Bando, D Golberg, "Direct imaging of Joule heating dynamics and temperature profiling inside a carbon nanotube interconnect", Nature Communications, 2 (2011), 421. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms1429.
  • PMFJ Costa, UK Gautam, MS Wang, Y Bando, D Golberg, "Effect of crystalline filling on the mechanical response of carbon nanotubes", Carbon, 47 (2009), 541-544. DOI: 10.1016/j.carbon.2008.11.031.
  • PMFJ Costa, D Golberg, M Mitome, S Hampel, A Leonhardt, B Buchner, Y Bando, "Stepwise current-driven release of attogram quantities of copper iodide encapsulated in carbon nanotubes", Nano Letters, 8 (2008), 3120-3125. DOI: 10.1021/nl8012506.
  • D Golberg, PMFJ Costa, O Lourie, M Mitome, X Bai, K Kurashima, C Zhi, C Tang, Y Bando, "Direct force measurements and kinking under elastic deformation of individual multiwalled boron nitride nanotubes", Nano Letters, 7 (2007), 2146-51.