Rodrigo Capaz

Director of LNNano/CNPEM. Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (1989), Master’s in Physics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (1991) and PhD in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1996). Full Professor at the Physics Institute of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. CNPq Researcher 1A. 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 Nanotechnology National Laboratory (LNNano) in 2020-2021. Coordinator of the Inmetro 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 Committee on Physics of Condensed Matter and Materials of the Brazilian Society of Physics. Vice President of the Brazilian Society of Physics (2021-2023). Has experience in Physics, with an emphasis on Condensed Matter Physics, acting on the following subjects: 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

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.


Manuella Pereira da Silva

Budget Manager

Elizabeth de Souza Oliveira

Personal Assistant

Janaina Oliveira Gonzaga da Silva

Administrative Assistant


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