I’m a blockchain researcher based in Porto, Portugal. I studied Physics and earned my Bachelor’s degree before dropping out to focus on my two passions: blockchain and artificial intelligence.
My strongest skill is in Mathematics, which I learned mostly during my Bachelor’s and then complemented with self-study on cryptography, information theory and computer science. I also learned, and am fluent in, Python and Rust.
From September 2018 to December 2019 I was the Chief Research Officer at Trinkler Software, a software company focused on cryptocurrency research and applications based in Switzerland. The research that I created during that time include Katal, a blockchain designed for deploying and running decentralized finance applications, and Albatross, a novel proof-of-stake consensus algorithm with a performance close to the theoretical maximum for single-chain consensus algorithms.
Starting from January 2020 I became a Blockchain Researcher at Nimiq, a blockchain for payments that focuses in simplicity and accessibility. As a Blockchain Researcher I am in charge of developing new technologies to improve the Nimiq blockchain and ecosystem.
Some of my main contributions at Nimiq were:
- Improving the design of the Albatross consensus algorithm, with a special focus on reducing syncing times and increasing the blockchain’s resiliency.
- Being the top contributor to the implementation of the Nimiq 2.0 blockchain, which uses the Albatross consensus algorithm to drastically improve the throughput and latency of the Nimiq blockchain.
- Researching and implementing from scratch the Nimiq 2.0 nano nodes, which are a type of light client that uses recursive zero-knowledge proofs to be able to sync in under a second.