Adalberto Fazzio

Director of LNNano / CNPEM. Full Professor of Physics at the University of São Paulo. Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC), of The World Academy of Science (TWAS), of the São Paulo Academy of Science (ACIESP) and fellow of the IOP (Institute of Physics). He is a CNPq 1A Researcher. He received the commendation from the National Order of Scientific Merit and, in 2010, he was promoted to the Grand Cross Class of Scientific Merit. He was Rector of the Federal University of ABC, Secretary of the Research Unit of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI), Deputy Secretary of the Secretariat of Technological Development and Innovation of the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. Director of the Physics Institute-USP, President of the Brazilian Physics Society, Member of the Board of the Brazilian Physics Society, President of the CNPq Physics and Astronomy Committee, Member of the Superior Council of CAPES. Currently a member of the CTI Council, Member of the CBPF Council and Member of the MCTI Committee on Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials. He holds a BSc and MSC in Physics from the University of Brasília and a PhD from the University of São Paulo. In 1983/84 he was Visiting Researcher at NREL-Colorado and in 1989 Visiting Researcher at the Fritz Haber Institute Max-Plank, Berlin. His area of expertise is in Condensed Matter Physics dedicated to Electronic, Structural, Transport and Magnetic Material properties, mainly using Density Functional Theory (DFT). Lately, he has dedicated his efforts to research 2D materials, Topological Insulators and applications of Machine Learning techniques for forecasting new materials and new properties, with more than 300 publications in the field. His research group has been working on the development of computational methods and algorithms to understand dynamic processes in interfaces, (FAPESP funded), being the coordinator of the thematic programme.

  • Mera Acosta, C.; Schleder G.R.; Nardelli M. B.; Lewenkopf, C.; Fazzio A. “Toward
    Realistic Amorphous Topological Insulators”, Nano Letters 19 (12): 8941-8946,
  • Mera Acosta, C., Fazzio A. “Spin-Polarization Control Driven by a Rashba-Type
    Effect Breaking the Mirror Symmetry in Two-Dimensional Dual Topological
    Insulators”, Physical Review Letters; 122:3 2019.
  • Mera Acosta, C.; Fazzio, A.; Dalpian; G.M. “Zeeman-type spin splitting in
    nonmagnetic three-dimensional compounds”, NPJ Quantum Materials. 4:41,


Edson Roberto Leite

Head of the Characterization Division. In 2012, he was named a Member of the “World Academy of Ceramics” and a Member of the Academy of Sciences of the State of São Paulo and in 2019 he was appointed a full member of the Brazilian Academy of Science. He graduated in Materials Science and Engineering from the Federal University of São Carlos in 1988, at the same time he worked at 3M Brazil, where he was dedicated to the research and development of electronic and telecommunications products. He received his doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from the Federal University of São Carlos in 1993. In January 1994, he joined the Department of Chemistry at the Federal University of São Carlos. From 1998 to 1999, he was a Visiting Professor at the Materials Science and Engineering Department, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA / USA. Currently, his research activities include synthesis and growth process of inorganic nanoparticles by chemical methods, characterization of materials by electron microscopy, thermal stability of nanostructured materials and materials for photoelectrochemical devices. He has already received several awards, including the Scopus Award, for the remarkable scientific production of Elsevier / CAPES (2006) and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, for the development of scientific research related to the thermal stability of nanostructured ceramics of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial (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.


Camila de Gusmões Siqueira Korber

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Elizabeth de Souza Oliveira

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