Robert Carlyle PULLAR

Associate Professor
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Scientific sector (SSD)
Fondamenti chimici delle tecnologie [CHEM-06/A]
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Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems
Where: Campus scientifico via Torino

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Professional History:
2020-Present:    Dipartimento di Scienze Molecolari e Nanosistemi (DSMN), Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy. Professore Associato.

2009–2020:     Dept. Engenharia de Materiais e Cerâmica / CICECO, Universidade de Aveiro (UA), 3810-193 Aveiro, PORTUGAL. Investigador Principal. Now a Visiting Professor at the University of Aveiro.

2008-2009:      IESL, Foundation for Research & Technology - Hellas (FORTH) P.O. Box 1385, Vassilika Vouton, 711 10 Heraklion, Crete, GREECE. Marie Curie Research Fellowship.
2007-2008:      Department of Materials, Imperial College London (IC), Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2AZ, UK. Research Fellow. Now Visiting Fellow in Materials at Imperial College London.

2000-2007:      Faculty of Engineering, Science and the Built Environment, London South Bank University (LSBU), London, SE1 0AA, UK. 2004 - 2007 Senior Research Fellow, 2000 - 2004 Research Fellow.
1994-2000:      Warwick Manufacturing Group, School of Engineering, University of Warwick (UW), Coventry, CV4 7AL, UK. Research Associate.
Academic History:
1995-1999:      School of Engineering, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.
PhD in Materials Engineering.
1991-1993:      Department of Chemistry, Bangor University (UCNW), Bangor, Gwynedd, UK.
MSc by research in Inorganic Chemistry.
1987-1991:      Department of Chemistry, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
BSc (Hons) in Chemistry.
Publications, Conferences and Invited Lectures:
Prof Pullar has published 187 papers. He is first author, lead writer and principal contributor on 51 of them, and last author on another 30 articles. 104 of these papers are published in JCR SCI journals in the top quartile in their areas (Q1), 69 are in the top 10%, and 37 are in journals in the top 3 of their areas, with 49 in the top 5.
He has a large number of citations (>8750), an h index of 47 (Scopus), and a g index of 87. His most cited research paper, on cobalt ferrite nanoparticles, has >300 citations, one has >200 citations, and he has another 13 with >100 citations and a further 29 with >50 citations. His papers have over 150,000 views on Mendley/Science Direct, and have been averaging ~16,000 views per year since 2016, with over 18,000 in 2019 (last year available).
In 2012 he published a major invited review on hexaferrites in Progress in Materials Science, which has an Impact Factor of 33.6 (vol 57, p.1191-1334). This was the 3rd most cited PMS article over its first 5 years, and has over 33,000 views. It has already been cited more than 2000 times, and is ranked as a Highly Cited Paper from Essential Science Indicators on Web of Science. It is now the most cited hexaferrites publication of the last 60 years. He has also recently published a review on geopolymer foams in Prog. Mat. Sci. In 2009 he published an invited review on columbite niobate ceramics for the Journal of the American Ceramic Society (vol 92, p.563-77, then the premier ceramics journal). His work on cork-based Ecoceramics was selected as the cover image for Materials Today (IF = 21.1) Vol. 20, Issue 1, 2017, and the work on wastes-derived geopolymer spheres was on the cover of Materials Today Vol. 23, Issue 2, 2019.

Other high IF journals (IF>6) include Appl. Cat. B (IF = 20.3), Chem. Eng. J. (13.3), J. Hazard. Mater. (12.3), Cem. Concr. Compos. (10.8), J. Mater. Chem. A (10.7), J. Clean. Prod. (9.7), Acta Biomater. (9.4), NPJ Comput. Mater. (9.4), Acta Mater. (8.3), Mater. Sci. Eng. C (8.1), J. Environ. Manage. (8.0), Sensor. Actuat. B (8.0), Int. J. Biol. Macromol. (7.7), Mater. Des. (7.6), J. Environ. Chem. Eng. (7.4), Constr. Build. Mater. (7.4), J. CO2 Util. (7.2), Appl. Surf. Sci. (6.3), Mater. Chem. B (6.1) and Mater. Chem. Front. (6.0).
He has published five book chapters, on "Solar-thermal catalytic CO2 splitting" (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2023), “Applications of Magnetic Oxide Nanoparticles in Hyperthermia” (Materials Research Forum LLC, 2023),  "Combinatorial Materials Science, and a Perspective on Challenges in Data Acquisition, Analysis and Presentation" in “Information Science for Materials Discovery and Design" (Springer, 2016), “Hexagonal Ferrite Fibres and Nanofibres” in “Solid State Phenomenon – Ferrites and Ceramic Composites Vol II” (TransTech, 2016), and “Multiferroic and Magnetoelectric Hexagonal Ferrites” in “Mesoscopic Phenomena in Multifunctional Materials” (Springer, 2014). He has also co-authored seven further book chapters, for Springer, Wiley, Nova and Materials Research Forum LLC.

Ranked N° 10,997 globally for 2020 (top 0.11%), N° 12,787 globally for 2021 (top 0.13%), %), N° 13,840 globally for 2022 (top 0.14%) and N° 31,960 globally for career (top 0.32%), in Stanford University standardized citation indicators (a publicly available database of 210,000 top scientists, the top 2% out of over 10 million in total, that provides standardized information on citations, h-index, co-authorship-adjusted hm-index, citations to papers in different authorship positions, and a composite indicator. Separate data are shown for career-long and single-year impact, and exclude self-citations). DOI: 10.17632/btchxktzyw.3, 10.17632/btchxktzyw.4, 10.17632/btchxktzyw.6

Ranked N° 381 globally for career (top 0.14%), and N° 235 globally for 2022 (top 0.08%), out of 281,605 scientists in total in the field of Materials in the Stanford University standardised citation indicators (5th highest nationally).

Ranked N° 7,856 globally and N° 41 nationally for Materials Science in the rankings with a D-index of 47 ( in 2022.
He has presented at over 100 conferences on five continents (>90 oral, >35 invited), and has given 38 invited lectures in the UK, Italy, Portugal, Germany, Sweden, Turkey, Morocco, USA, Japan, Brazil, Argentina, Dubai and India. He was a Keynote Speaker at the V Congreso Hispano-Luso de Cerámica y Vidrio (5th Joint Congress of the Spanish and Portuguese Ceramic Societies) in October 2018, was a Keynote Speaker at the Green Conservation of Cultural Heritage 2017 conference, was a Keynote Speaker at the Bioceramics 32 conference in 2022, and was a Keynote Speaker at the 6th International Conference on Nanomaterials Science and Mechanical Engineering (ICNMSME-2024) in 2024. He has chaired >20 sesions, has organised sessions and symposia, and has been a poster judge.

He was Publications Chair for the 21st International Symposium on Applications of Ferroelectrics / 11th European Conference on Polar Dielectrics / 4th Conference on Piezoresponse Force Microscopy and Nanoscale Phenomena in Polar Materials – ISAF-ECAPD-PFM-2012, 9th-13th July 2012, University of Aveiro, Portugal (>500 abstracts submitted). He was also Publications Chair for the Materiais2017 conference in Aveiro in 2017 (>400 abstracts submitted). He was on the Scientific Committee of the 2nd Green Conservation of Cultural Heritage Conference 2017 in Palermo, Italy (, and was on the Scientific Committee of the 3rd Green Conservation of Cultural Heritage Conference 2019 in Porto, Portugal ( He was the General Co-Chair of the CICMT2018 conference in Aveiro (, and also acted as Moderator for the Debate on Processing Towards Room Temperature. He was on the Organising Committee of the 2nd International Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 2018 in Budapest, Hungary, and for the 3rd International Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials 2019 in Barcelona, Spain ( Member of the Scientific Committee of the 1st International Conference on Unconventional Catalysis, Reactors & Applications (UCRA), 16th-18th October 2019, Zaragoza, Spain (  Member of the Academic Committee for the 12th International Conference on High-Performance Ceramics (CICC-12), Suzhou, China, 14th-18th November 2021 ( Co-Chair of the Virk International Symposium (Intl Symposium on Physics, Technology and Interdisciplinary Research for Sustainable Development) at the SIPS 2020 &2021 Conference, 28th November-2nd December 2021, Phuket, Thailand (9 Nobel laureates speaking). Advisory Committee for Recent Advancements in Materials science And Nanotechnology (RAMAN-2022) conference, 4th-5th February 2022, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India ( Organising Committee member of the Global Meeting on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (GMMMM2022), August 25th-27th 2022, Paris, France, and invited as a Plenary Speaker ( Member of the International Scientific Committee of the 2nd International Conference on Unconventional Catalysis, Reactors & Applications (UCRA), 21st-23rd September 2022, hosted by University of Warwick at Leamington Spa, UK ( Member of the International Scientific Committee of the International Conference on Condensed Matter and Device Physics 2023 (ICCMDP2023), 27th-29th September 2023, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India ( Co-Chair of the Virk International Symposium (Intl Symposium on Physics, Technology and Interdisciplinary Research for Sustainable Development) at the SIPS 2023 Conference, 27th November-1st December 2023, Panama City, Panama (9 Nobel laureates speaking) ( He is a member of the International Advisory Board for the Microwave Materials and their Applications (MMA) conferences.

International Board and Scientific Committee Member of Masters Course in Nanotechnology and Nanotech for Cultural Preservation, Universitá degli Studi di Palermo, Italy.

He has established a wide circle of national and international collaborations leading to many publications, joint proposals, and visits. He has also obtained Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering, FCT (Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia) and FLAD (Fundação Luso-Americana para o Desenvolvimento) travel grants to give invited lectures overseas, in Asia, Africa and the Americas.
He has reviewed well over 300 papers for many journals (, including Nature Physics, Prog. Mat. Sci., Adv. Mat., Adv. Energy Mat., ACS Appl. Mat. Interf., ACS Appl. Energy Mat., J. Amer. Ceram. Soc., J. Euro. Ceram. Soc., J. Mat. Chem., Dalton Trans., Appl. Phys. Lett., ACS Sus. Chem. Eng., RSC Adv., ACS Combi. Sci., NPG Asia Mat., Sci. Rep., J. Phys. Chem. C, Appl. Phys. Lett., CrystEngComm, Acta Mat., J. Electroceram., J. Appl. Phys., J. Phys. D & CM, Mat. Design, J. Mat. Res., Mat. Chem. Phys., Mat. Sci. Bull., Mat. Sci. Eng. A & B, Mat. Lett., J. Magn. Mag. Mat., J. Alloy Comp., J. Mat. Sci., J. Nanotechnology, etc. He has also reviewed proposals, and sometimes acted as Raporteur/Consolidator, for the ERC, EU H2020, EPSRC, EU COST programmes, LEaDing Fellows Programme for Delft and Leiden Universities, Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS), Latvian Post-Doc grants, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), the Academy of Finland and the Czech Science Foundation, and several book proposals for Elsevier. Monitor for several large EU HORIZON and PATHFINDER  projects since 2023.
He is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Nano-Micro Letters (Springer, IF = 26.6,, is on the Frontiers Editorial Board as Associate Editor in Dielectric Materials for Frontiers in Electronic Materials and Review Editor in Ceramics and Glass for Frontiers in Materials (IF = 3.2 ), and is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Composite Materials ( and the journal Ceramics (IF = 2.8, He was an Associate Editor of the Royal Society of Chemistry journal RSC Advances (IF = 3.9) for three years. He was the Guest Editor of special issues of IEEE Trans. UFFC (Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics and Frequency Control), Ferroelectrics, Ciência e Tecnologia dos Materiais and a special section of Materials Research Bulletin, and was the Editor of Multiferroic Materials.

Prof. Pullar was the winner of a highly prestigious Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship. This is awarded to the best scientists in Europe to establish themselves as fully independent researchers.

Winner of the Materials Today cover competition 2016 for his image of cork-derived ecoceramics:

Winner of the Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical & Engineering Sciences cover competition 2018 for his image of cork-derived magnetic ecoceramics:

Winner of the Materials Today cover competition 2018 for an image of wastes-derived geopolymer spheres:

Winner of the National Wiki Science Competition for Portugal in 2019, in the microscopy section, for the image "Micropear" - pear-shaped crystal (5 microns high) made of hydroxyapatite (HAp) nanoparticles grown on Si-Ca-Na-P bioglass.

He was the University of Aveiro Researcher of the Month on their website in November 2016:

He is a Visiting Fellow at Imperial College, London.

He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).