Program Aims

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The Graduate Program in Nanosciences and Advanced Materials (PPG-NMA) began its activities in 2007, just one year after the beginning of the teaching activities of the Federal University of ABC. The course was conceived in accordance with the UFABC pedagogical project and, therefore, with an inter and multidisciplinary character. The proposed project aimed to give the student an interdisciplinary training and at the same time be adequate to the demands of the productive sector of the region. UFABC is located in the ABC region, an important industrial center in the greater São Paulo and Brazil and from the beginning, the course has been highly sought by candidates linked to local industries. However, the PPG-NMA has also been attractive to the most diverse foreign candidates and candidates with a strictly academic profile. As the course was one of the pioneers of UFABC, it has over the years a very positive evolution in relation to the diversity of research lines of its faculty, an important requirement within the interdisciplinarity proposal. The strong contribution of PPG-NMA to the international standard of excellence that UFABC has achieved is unquestionable. Today the course has two main lines of research, Nanoscience and Advanced Functional Materials, which cover the most diverse scientific and technological projects such as synthesis, characterization and application of metallic, organic and semiconductor nanostructures, development of conductive and magnetic materials , Development and characterization of recyclable and biodegradable materials, development and characterization of ceramic materials, synthesis characterization and application of polymers, development of materials for tissue repair, photonic and photochemical applied to nanoscience and materials, development of sensors and biosensors, development and characterization of Catalysts associated with nanostructures, development of materials for the capture and conversion of solar energy, development of nanostructures for biological action, nanotoxicology, nanomedicine, theoretical calculations such as molecular dynamics and quantum calculations applied to nanoscience and materials, among others. By joining one of the PPG-NMA’s faculty-led research groups, students have the opportunity to learn the most advanced techniques such as UV-visible light absorption spectroscopy, circularly polarized light, atomic force microscopy, resonance Electron paramagnetic, scanning electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, calorimetry, time resolved fluorescence, X-ray diffraction, static and dynamic light scattering, cell culture, protein purification, giant unilamellar liposomes and vesicles production, film growth Computational theoretical calculations, among others. The compulsory and elective courses are structured to provide the student with a comprehensive interdisciplinary training, so that, regardless of the specificity of the project developed during the Master or PhD, the student will acquire a broad vision of Science and be able to act in teams Multidisciplinary, a professional characteristic increasingly coveted by the labor market. In addition to the high-level, comprehensive and comprehensive training, the PPG-NMA student finds in the academic environment of UFABC ample opportunities for internationalization, contact with the productive sector, software registration, patent filing and entrepreneurship. The requirement of a teaching internship also provides a basis for those interested in teaching. In this way, the PPG-NMA presents itself as a modern, dynamic course of high scientific-technological value and social insertion.

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