Rodrigo Capaz

Director of LNNano/CNPEM. B.Sc. in Physics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (1989), M.Sc. in Physics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (1991), and Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1996). Full Professor at the Physics Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. CNPq 1A researcher. Guggenheim Fellow (2003) and Young Scientist Award TWAS-ROLAC, Physics (2009). Visiting researcher at U.C. Berkeley in 2003-2005 and 2009-2010, and at the Brazilian National Nanotechnology Laboratory (LNNano) in 2020-2021. Coordinator of Inmetro’s Theoretical Nanometrology Laboratory (2006-2016). Member of the CNPq Physics and Astronomy Advisory Committee (2014-2017). Member of IUPAP Commission C8 (Semiconductor Physics) (2017-2021). Member (2017-2019) and President (2019-2021) of the Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Area Committee of the Brazilian Physics Society. Vice-President of the Brazilian Physical Society (2021-2023). Experience in Physics, with an emphasis on Condensed Matter Physics, working mainly on the following topics: graphene and 2D materials, carbon nanotubes, semiconductors, organic devices, and surfaces.

  • Flat bands and gaps in twisted double bilayer graphene, F. J. Culchac, R. R. Del Grande, R. B. Capaz, L. Chico and E. Suárez Morell, Nanoscale 12, 5014 (2020).
  • Theory of hole-spin qubits in strained germanium quantum dots, L. A. Terrazos, E. Marcellina, Zhanning Wang, S. N. Coppersmith, Mark Friesen, A. R. Hamilton, Xuedong Hu, Belita Koiller, A. L. Saraiva, Dimitrie Culcer, and Rodrigo B. Capaz, Phys. Rev. B 103, 125201 (2021).
  • Franckeite as an Exfoliable Naturally Occurring Topological Insulator, W. S. Paz, M. G. Menezes, N. N. Batista, G. Sanchez-Santolino, M. Velický, M. Varela, R. B. Capaz, and J. J. Palacios, Nano Lett. 21, 7781 (2021).


Edson Roberto Leite

Deputy Director of LNNano. In 2012, Leite was named a member of the World Academy of Ceramics and the São Paulo State Academy of Sciences, and a full member of the Brazilian Academy of Science in 2019. Leite graduated in Materials Science and Engineering from the Federal University of São Carlos in 1988, at the same time working at 3M Brasil, where he focused on the research and development of electronic and telecommunications products. He completed his doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering at the Federal University of São Carlos in 1993. In January 1994, he joined the Chemistry Department at the Federal University of São Carlos. From 1998 to 1999, Leite was a Visiting Professor at the Materials Science and Engineering Department, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA/USA. His current research interests include the synthesis and growth process of inorganic nanoparticles by chemical methods, the characterization of materials by electron microscopy, the thermal stability of nanostructured materials, and materials for photoelectrochemical devices. He has won several awards, including the Scopus Award for outstanding scientific production from Elsevier / CAPES (2006) and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for the development of scientific research on the thermal stability of nanostructured ceramics from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2009).

  • Souza, J.B.; Schleder; G.R.; Colombari, F.M. ; de Farias, M.A. ; Bettini, J. ; van Heel, M. ; Portugal, R.V.; Fazzio, A. ; Leite, E.R. “Pair Distribution Function from Electron Diffraction in Cryogenic Electron Microscopy: Revealing Glassy Water Structure” Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 11(4): 1564, 2020.
  • Noqueira, A.E.; Soares, M.R.S.; Souza, J.B.; Ramirez, C.A.O; Sousa, F.L.; Leite, E.R.“Discovering a selective semimetal element to increase hematite photoanode charge separation efficiency” Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 27: 16992-16998, 2019.
  • Schleder; G.R.; Azevedo, G.M.; Nogueira, I.C; Rebelo, Q.H.F.; Bettini, J.; Fazzio, A.; Leite, E.R. “Decreasing Nanocrystal Structural Disorder by Ligand Exchange: An Experimental and Theoretical Analysis” . Physical Chemistry Letters 10:7, 1471–1476, 2019.


Manuella Pereira da Silva

Budget Manager

Bruno Cesar Cassani Medeiros

Project Manager

Elizabeth de Souza Oliveira


Janaina Oliveira Gonzaga da Silva

Administrative Assistant


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