Short CV

Higher Education

PhD at the Institute of Physics, State University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Brazil), under the supervision of Prof. Marco Aurélio Pinheiro Lima (2001). Six-month exchange program at the Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, CALTECH (USA) under the supervision of Prof. Vincent McKoy (1999).

PostDoctoral Experience

Postdoctoral periods at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo, Japan (2002 and 2005-2006) supervised by Prof. Kazuo Takatsuka; Institute of Physics, UNICAMP, Brazil (2003-2004) supervised by Prof. Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz; Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, CALTECH, USA (2005) supervised by Prof. Vincent McKoy; Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo, Brazil (2007) supervised by Prof. Antônio José Roque da Silva. Sabbatical period at the ICR, Aix-Marseille University, France, visiting Prof Mario Barbatti's group (2019).


Assistant Professor at the Center for Natural and Human Sciences, Federal University of ABC, Brazil (2008-2010).
Assistant Professor at the Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo, Brazil (2011-2015)
Associate Professor at the Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo, Brazil (2015-present)

Research interests

Molecular interactions with electrons, positrons and photons. Most of the research on electron-molecule interactions is devoted to transient negative ions. The formation of these species by electron attachment often initiates dissociative reactions relevant to materials science and technology, astrophysics, atmospheric sciences, pre-biotic stages of life evolution, and biological processes, such as radiation damage to DNA, chemo-radiation cancer treatment and cell respiration. The research on positronic interactions is largely motivated by the fascinating experimental advances that made possible the manipulation of positrons and positronium atoms at very low energies. Apart from the fundamental processes and the production of novel positronic atoms and molecules, there are also applications in materials sciences (positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy, PALS) and medicine, such as hadron and positron-beam cancer therapies, and also positron emission tomography (PET). Finally, our group is interested in developing molecular models for photo-initiated processes relevant to material sciences, in particular organic solar cells. Those challenging problems, on the interface between Physics, Chemistry and Biology, are addressed with a combination of computational methods, including Quantum Chemistry techniques and their multicomponent generalizations, Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics (QM/MM) techniques, quantum scattering methods, and molecular dynamics approaches to adiabatic and non-adiabatic processes. Some of the computational codes are home-made or developed by collaborators.


As in February 2024:
- 102 articles published in peer-reviewed scientific journals
- 1,633 citations and H-index 23 in the Publons platform
- 2,154 citations and H-index 26 in the Google Scholar platform
- CNPq research fellowship 1C
- ResearcherID F-5300-2012
- CV Lattes

Peer reviews

- Physical Review A and Physical Review Letters
- Journal of Chemical Physics and Journal of Applied Physics
- Journal of Physics B
- European Physical Journal D
- Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physical Research B
- Journal of Physical Chemistry A and Nano Letters
- RSC Advances and PCCP
- International Journal of Quantum Chemistry
- International Journal of Mass Spectrometry
- Journal of Computational Chemistry

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