Rui F. M. Lobo is a professor of physics and physics engineering at the NOVA School of Science and Technology, NOVA University of Lisbon. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from the NOVA University of Lisbon and obtained the Habilitation in Nano-Engineering at this University. He also holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico - University of Lisbon. He was among the pioneers working with single molecule experiments and the real physical interpretation of a chemical reaction. Presently he is leading research in experimental nanophysics and nanotechnology for clean energy, hydrogen technology and decarbonization. He has authored more than one hundred scientific refereed publications in journals, books, book chapters, conference proceedings and also acted as a referee for some international jourals. He has been a senior member of some relevant national entities (Engineers Portuguese Order, Geographical Society of Lisbon, Portuguese Association for Hydrogen) and belonged to International Scientific Committees in molecular beams and nanometer-scale technology. He had been Fellow Researcher at Max-Planck Institute, Hahn-Meitner Institute, Rice University, Osaka University, Ohio University, Sao Paolo University, Complutense Madrid University, among others.

He has carried out scientific and pedagogical works in the fields of Atomic and Molecular Physics, Nanophysics, Nanotechnology and Energy (Thermodynamics, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Hydrogen Technologies), and introduced the teaching of Nano-Engineering at a Portuguese University (UNL), at both theoretical and experimental levels, through the implementation of STM-AFM-SNOM techniques. In a brief chronological sequence, he was at the forefront in the fields of formation of polyatomic negative ions in collisions, molecular beam experiments, electron-transfer, and more recently in dealing with nano-carbons (fullerenes, graphene, and carbon nanotubes), hydrogen production and storage.

Though with a dominant profile of experimentalist, he also has some publications in theoretical physics subjects (fractals, econophysics, non-equilibrium thermodynamics).

From the vast experience accumulated through his career, he is given the ability to rethink what the contemporary physics and engineering communities have been achieving, so that he is presently committed in contributing to solve concrete pressing problems, in particular the energy sustainability in Europe.