Dr David D Rodrigues

Postdoctoral Research Assistant


He has undertaken a degree in Technological Chemistry at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL). After graduation, he has worked at the Organic Materials Division (NMO) at the Portuguese National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC) in the areas of research and development of polymeric materials (plastics, fibre reinforced polymers, paints, varnishes and other organic coatings) for structural, aesthetics and protection applications, through physical, chemical, mechanical and rheological characterization, and evaluation of the performance and durability of materials). Latter, he worked in the paint industry has a chemical engineer at HEMPEL – Portugal as responsible for quality control of the production line, as well, making direct contact with domestic and foreign clients, being responsible for the acquisition and maintenance of laboratory equipment and for management and development of pigment formulations. Over some years, he was at Timber Structures Division (LNEC) in the development of repair and reinforcement of timber structures, through adhesives and combination with other materials, e.g. fibre reinforced polymers and concrete. During that time, he performed an MSc at Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (DQB/FCUL) and National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (NEM/LNEC), entitled "Bonded Joints for the Rehabilitation of Heritage Building. Methodology to Evaluate and Select Adhesives Used in the Repair of Ancient Timber Structures. Lately, he has been involved in several projects involving adhesive bonding and composites at the Joining Technology Research Centre (JTRC/Oxford Brookes University) through surface analysis and surface treatments applied in different materials and experimental methods. He has also conducted a PhD entitled “Improved adhesion to Boron Carbide Using Organo-silanes” in collaboration with Advance Materials Group (AMG/Harwell Campus) of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

Research activities

  • Active disbonding system for structural applications
  • Development reversible adhesive bonded joints through different mechanisms and formulations
  • Adhesion phenomena and other surface properties
  • Adhesive bonded joints with different substrates or polymeric matrix composites
  • Surface treatments (grit blasting, acid etching, organosilane, plasma, corona, etc)
  • Surface analysis (surface free energy/wettability, ATR-FTIR, SEM, XPS and SIMS)
  • Formulation (resins, hardeners, catalysts, fillers and tougheners), chemical and kinetic characterization of structural adhesives (FTIR, DMTA, DSC, TG)
  • Physical-chemical characterisation and short- / long-term mechanical evaluation of polymer matrix composite
  • Mechanical performance and durability of joints or composites using artificial weathering (Xenon Arc and QUV)

Other activities

  • Assist / supervise students in their final's year / post-graduate projects and laboratory classes
  • Consultancy and short- and long-term research contracts in all areas of adhesion, adhesive bonding and sealant technology, and failure analysis for the university and Industry
  • Acquisition and maintenance of laboratory equipment
  • Develop research projects and business opportunities in collaboration with internal and external identities (DMO/LNEC, University of Surrey, AMG/STFC, DSTL, BegbrokeNano)
  • Publish papers and present in the most relevant journals and network events specially related to adhesives, materials, surface analysis and automotive industry

Other areas of interest

  • Colour control and pigment formulations of coatings
  • Evaluation of the performance and durability of paint products

Publications and Scientific Conference meetings

Rodrigues, D.D., Broughton, J.G., (2013), Surface Modification of Boron Carbide for Improved Adhesion in Epoxy Composites, International Journal of Adhesion and Adhesives, Submitted;

Rodrigues, D.D., Broughton, J.G., (2011), Surface modification of boron carbide for improved adhesion in epoxy composites, ADHESION ’11 - Eleventh International Conference on the Science and Technology of Adhesion and Adhesives, National Science Learning Centre, University of York, UK;

Rodrigues, D., Custódio, J., Rosa, A., Ferreira, J., Cruz, H., (2008), Thermal behavior of epoxy and polyurethane adhesives and bonded timber joints – preliminary results, COST ACTION E34, Final Conference on Bonding of Timber, Enhancing bondline performance Sopron, Hungary, May 2008;

Custódio, J., Rodrigues, D. and Cruz, H. ., (2008), Can Tg be used as a service temperature indicator for the selection of a structural adhesive?, WCTE 2008, Miyazakyi, Japan 2008;

Rodrigues, D., (2008). As Colagens Na Reabilitação Do Património edificado. Metodologia Para a Avaliação e Selecção De Colas Usadas Para a Recuperação De Estruturas Antigas De Madeira. Dissertação de Mestrado, Química Aplicada ao Património Cultural, Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa, 12/2008;

Rodrigues, D.; Custódio, J.; Cruz, H. (2006). Selection of adhesives and quality control of structural repairs by bonding on site. COST ACTION E34 – 4th Workshop, Larnaka, Cyprus, 03/2007;

Cruz, H.; Custodio, J; Rodrigues, D. (2006). Apreciação do trabalho de reforço da estrutura do tecto falso do grande auditório do edifício da Caixa Geral de Depósitos, na Avenida João XXI – Nota Técnica 12/2006 – NEM;

Cruz, H.; Custodio, J; Rodrigues, D. (2006). Parecer sobre a solução alternativa de reforço da estrutura do tecto falso do auditório. LNEC, Estruturas – Nota Técnica 11/2006 – NEM;

Rodrigues, D. (2002). Tintas de Base Aquosa e de Solvente Orgânico Para Protecção do Betão Armado. Estágio Profissionalizante, Laboratorio Nacional de Engenharia Civil, Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa, Dezembro de 2002.

David Rodrigues


Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Oxford Brookes University
Wheatley Campus
United Kingdom