Pedro E. S. Silva, PhD

in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology

NOVA University Lisbon


Pedro E. S. Silva is a physicist with a strong background in computer simulations. His interests include the mechanisms ruling the actuation in diverse biological systems. In particular, he studied the shapes adopted by plant tendrils and, using similar structural modifications, he simulated and produced elastomeric fibres that adopt diverse geometries.


  • MD Simulations
  • Elastic Filaments
  • Structural Colours


  • PhD in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology, 2018

    University of Aveiro

  • MSc in Physics, 2010

    University of Aveiro

  • BSc in Physics, 2008

    University of Aveiro



Research fellow - CellColor: Fabricating cellulose nanocomposites for structural coloration

NOVA University Lisbon

Jul 2018 – Present Caparica

MSc fellow - Fibers networks: Design and Computational simulations

NOVA University Lisbon

Jan 2016 – Jul 2018 Caparica

MSc fellow - Production of non-woven with physical pseudo-knots

University of Aveiro

Jul 2010 – Dec 2011 Aveiro

Recent & Upcoming Talks

2020 Spring Meeting of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS)

Chirality inversion in cellulose-based materials

28th International Liquid Crystal Conference (ILCC2020)

Chirality inversion in cellulose-based materials

Recent Publications

Playing the blues, the greens and the reds with cellulose-based structural colours

"Structural vivid colours can arise from the interference of light reflected from structures exhibiting periodicity on scales in the …

Flexible and Structural Coloured Composite Films from Cellulose Nanocrystals/Hydroxypropyl Cellulose Lyotropic Suspensions

"Lyotropic colloidal aqueous suspensions of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) can, after solvent evaporation, retain their chiral nematic …

Computational Design of Superhelices by Local Change of the Intrinsic Curvature

"Helices appear in nature at many scales, ranging from molecules to tendrils in plants. Organisms take advantage of the helical shape …

Handedness in Plant Tendrils

Reversible Water Driven Chirality Inversion in Cellulose-Based Helices Isolated from Erodium Awns

"Among the movements observed in some cellulosic structures produced by plants are those that involve the dispersion and burial of …