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Paulo Jorge Da Silva Bartolo, BEng, MSc, PhD, FCIRP


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Paulo Bartolo holds a PhD degree in Polymer Physics from the University of Reading (UK, 2001), a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (1996) and a Licenciatura in Mechanical Engineering (1993), both from the Technical University of Lisbon (Portugal).

Paulo Bartolo is Chair Professor on Advanced Manufacturing at the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE), University of Manchester (UK); Visiting Professor at Nanyang University (Singapore), Professor of Biomaterials (Cathedra UNESCO) at the University of Habana (Cuba); Collaborator Professor of both the Advanced Manufacturing Group at the Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico) and CIAUD (The Research Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Design) a Centre of Excellence of the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology based at the University of Lisbon (Portugal). At the School of MACE, he is the Head of the Manufacturing Group.  At the University of Manchester is the Industry 4.0 Academic Lead, member of the Management Board of the EPSRC & MRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Regenerative Medicine and theme leader of the “Industry 4.0” Societal Challenge area within the Digital Futures.

He is a Fellow of CIRP (The International Academy of Production Engineering), Chairman of the CIRP Scientific Technical Committee on Electro-Physical and Chemical Processes (STC E) and served as Vice-Chairman of STC E (2013-2016) and Vice-Chairman of the CIRP Collaborative Working Group on Biomanufacturing (2010-2012). Paulo Bartolo is also Advisor of the Brazilian Institute of Biofabrication (INCT-BIOFABRIS) funded by the Brazilian Government, and member of the Manufuture High Level Group the governing body of the MANUFUTURE Platform responsible for set-up the strategy related to maintaining European leadership in Maufacturing. He was also member of the Additive Manufacturing Platform (a sub-platform of the MANUFUTURE Platform).

Paulo Bartolo has been member of the evaluation panels of several International funding agencies, such as the European Research Council,UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (Portugal), Portuguese Agency for Innovation (Portugal), Italian Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (Italy), Dutch Arthritis Association Reumafonds (The Netherlands), Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (FWO), Flanders Research Foundation (Belgium), Agence Nationale de la Recherche (France), Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada  (Canada), Swiss National Science Foundation (Switzerland), Flanders Strategic Initiative Materials (Belgium), A*Star (Singapore) and South Africa Science Foundation (South Africa). He was also member of the EPSRC panel of “Manufacturing Futures: Adventurous Manufacturing Research”.

Since 2002, Paulo Bartolo has been engaged in around 90 research projects funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Innovate UK, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Royal Society, the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, the Portuguese Agency for Innovation, the European Commission and Industry. 

Relevant awards:Commendation and public recognition from the Portuguese Government, published in the Portuguese Government’s Law Journal (Diário da Republica), for the outstanding work as advisor of the Government in the area of Research and Innovation; Commendation from the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, published in the Portuguese Government Journal (Diário da Republica), for the outstanding work carried out (2014); Council award Afonso Lopes Vieira in the area of Innovation, Leiria Town Council, Portugal (2009). 

Research interests

  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Biomanufacturing
  • Product Development

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Advanced materials
  • Aerospace Research Institute
  • Manchester Regenerative Medicine Network
  • Advanced Materials in Medicine
  • Digital Futures
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Thomas Ashton Institute


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