Ir. F. (Fernando) Mendonca Filho


Current Position

  • PhD Student at Microlab, Section Materials&Environment, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, TU Delft, The Netherlands (Dec 2018-)

Work Experience

  • Doctoral student, Laboratoire des Fluides Complexes et leurs Réservoirs, France (Oct 2017 – Oct 2018)
  • Junior Researcher, BAS Research and Technology, Netherlands (May 2017 – Aug 2017)
  • Structural Engineering Intern, TNO, Netherlands (Oct 2014 – Feb 2015)

Education and Training

  • Master’s Degree in Structural Engineering , Specialization in Materials and Environment, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands (2017)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, University of Amazonia, Brazil (2013)


I’m a structural engineer focused on materials performance and durability. I have particular interest in microscopy techniques (such as SEM-EDX, microtomography and optical microscopy) applied to the characterization of building materials.

Currently I’m doing my PhD project on the effects of sudden temperatures shifts on building materials, in particular to cases of temperatures above 1000°C. Within this project, heavy emphasis is given to experimental work and protection strategies.

Lecturer on the yearly PhD course:
CMC – Concrete Microscopy Course

  • Mendonça Filho, F. F., Morillas, H., Derluyn, H., Maguregui, M., & Grégoire, D. (2019). In-situ versus laboratory characterization of historical site in marine environment using X-ray fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy. Microchemical Journal, 147(December 2018), 905–913. 2019.02.014

  • Mendonça Filho, F. F., & Copuroglu, O. (2019). Re-curing of calcium aluminate cements post contact with molten slag. In 17th Euroseminar on Microscopy Applied to Building Materials (Vol. 50, pp. 236–243). Retrieved from

  • Mendonça Filho, F. F., Pacheco, J., & Copuroglu, O. (2015). Semi- and full quantitative EDS microanalysis of chlorine in reinforced mortars subjected to chloride ingress and carbonation. In O. Copuroglu (Ed.), 15th Euroseminar on Microscopy Applied to Building Materials (pp. 417–424). Delft: Delft University of Technology.

Fernando Mendonca Filho

PhD student

Materials, Mechanics, Management & Design (3Md)

Materials and Environment