Carlos J. Dias graduated in Engineering Physics from Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 1982 and joined the Department of Physics of the same University in 1985. He received the PhD degree from the University of North Wales (Bangor) in 1994 working on ferroelectric polymer-ceramic composites. Since then he has been an Assistant Professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and is currently working in the Materials Science Department. His research includes characterization of dielectrics and their use in various applications such as sensors and actuators, acoustics and non-destructive testing.