The Department of Engineering Physics of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP) has been responsible for the undergraduate physics courses in the engineering study plans since 2007. The Department is also responsible for graduate and postgraduate courses in the Engineering Physics Master Program and coordinates the Doctoral Program in Engineering Physics, both jointly offered by FEUP and the Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto.
The Department of Engineering Physics staff is actively involved in research and development in Physics and Physics Engineering. They participate in different research groups funded by the Science and Technology Foundation of Portugal and collaborate with other international scientific organizations and research groups. The Department’s infrastructures include laboratories for undergraduate physics courses, laboratories for materials and energy research, and advanced laboratories. The research fields relate closely with the Master’s and Doctoral programs in Engineering Physics, both in the courses’ syllabus and the thesis topics.
The current main research topics include:
- Physics of materials, with an emphasis on energy harvesting and storage;
- Plasma physics and technological applications, including nuclear fusion;
- Instrumentation for space;
- Computational physics, including projects with the industry;
- Engineering education.
The Physics Engineering Department also offers services to the community. It regularly promotes and participates in activities aimed at the scientific community and the wider public, namely high school students and teachers.