Mónica Mendes

PhD student at Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

Instituto de Física Fundamental (IFF)
Serrano 113-bis, 28006 Madrid, Spain
Tel. +34 91 5616800
Fax +34 91 5854894


and also


RaBBiT programme

Atomic and Molecular Collisions Laboratory

CEFITEC, Department of Physics

Universidade NOVA de Lisboa

P-2829-516 Caparica, Portugal
Tel:  (+351)-21 294 85 76 (ext. 10519)

Fax: (+351)-21 294 85 49





PHD Student

Radiation Biology and Biophysics (RaBBiT) Doctoral Training Programme, Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia (FCT/UNL) - School of Science and Technology, Lisbon, Portugal


2007 – 2012


Master in Biomedical Engineering

Faculty of Sciences and Technology, University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

Final classification of 15 (in 20)


Fellowships and Awards


Best paper in session “CT and CBCT” of the International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine, 30 May-2 June, 2014, Varna, Bulgaria


Other Activities


[COST] Action: CM1301 – Training School Title: FEBID fundamentals and technology, TU Vienna, Vienna, Austria



Training course “Scientific Text Processing with LaTeX”, Nova Doctoral School, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal



[COST] Action CM1401 Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM): The electronic state spectroscopy of acrylic acid and derivatives in ISA, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark



[COST] Action CM1301 STSM proposal: Electron induced irradiation of pyrimidine condensed on a Au substrate, CSIC, Madrid, Spain



Member of the Organisational Commission of XVIII International Workshop on Low-Energy Positron and Positronium Physics & the XIX International Symposium on Electron-Molecule Collisions and Swarms (POSMOL 2015), 2015, Lisbon, Portugal.


2014 Member of the Organisational Commission of Radiological Protection in Health Conference (PRS2013), 18-20 September, 2014, IST/CTN, Lisbon, Portugal.


2014 Training course “Protection and Radiation Safety”, by IST/CTN, University of Lisbon, Portugal


2013 Training course “The Physics of Medical Imaging – Image theory, perception and processing” by The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation and Institute of Cancer Research, London, UK


2011-2012 Internship (Master degree project) at IBILI, Biophysical Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Coimbra, Portugal



Intensive course “Safe Applications of Radiation and Radionuclides – SARA 2012” by CHERNE (Cooperation for Higher Education on Radiological and Nuclear Engineering); SCK-CEN, Mol, Belgium; Aachen University, Jülich, Germany



Summer internship – software development in signal and image processing of Optical coherence tomography examinations at AIBILI - Centre for New Technologies in Medicine (CNTM), Coimbra, Portugal;


Research interests

Electron transfer and dynamic collisions in gas phase

Medical physics

Molecular Physics

Radiation-matter interactions

Interactions of charged particle with matter: Atomic and molecular collision cross section determination

Photon interactions with matter: Photoionising processes (photoelectric and Compton scattering). Atomic and molecular excitation.

DNA damage in human cells after irradiation with heavy ions, protons and electrons.



[P1] A. Rebelo, T. Cunha, M. Mendes, F. Ferreira da Silva, G. García, P. Limão-Vieira. “Kinetic-energy release distributions of fragment anions from collisions of potassium atoms with D-Ribose and tetrahydrofuran”. Eur. Phys. J. D (2016) 70: 130. doi: 10.1140/epjd/e2016-70159-8


[P2] P. Teles, M. Mendes, M. Zankl, V. de Sousa, A. I. Santos, P. Vaz. “Assessment of the Absorbed Dose in the Kidney of Nuclear Nephrology Paediatric Patients using ICRP Biokinetic Data and Monte Carlo Simulations with Mass-Scaled Paediatric Voxel Phantoms”. Radiat Prot Dosimetry. (2016) doi: 10.1093/rpd/ncw096


[P3] M. Mendes, F. Costa, C. Figueira, P. Madeira, P. Teles, P. Vaz. “Use of Bismuth Shielding for the Assessment of Patient Dose Reduction in CT Using Measurements, GEANT4 And MCNPX Simulations”. Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 165(1-4):175-81 (2015). doi: 10.1093/rpd/ncv059.


[P4] C. Figueira, S. Di Maria, M. Baptista, M. Mendes, P. Madeira, P. Vaz. “Paediatric CT Exposures: Assessment of Organ Dose Reduction Using Measurements and Monte Carlo Simulations”. Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 165 (1-4): 210-215 (2015). doi: 10.1093/rpd/ncv100


[P5] A. F. Brito, M. Mendes, A. M. Abrantes, J. G. Tralhão, M. F. Botelho. “Positron Emission Tomography Diagnostic Imaging in Multidrug-Resistant Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Focus on 2-Deoxy-2-(18F)Fluoro-D-Glucose”. Mol Diagn Ther. Oct 18(5):495-504 (2014). doi: 10.1007/s40291-014-0106-3 (A. F. Brito and M. Mendes contributed equally to this work).