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Group of Crystallography

Research Areas:

Development and characterization of new solid multi-component forms of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredientes (API) with improved pharmacokinetic and pharmacotechnical properties

Design and characterization of Metalorganic Frameworks (MFO)

Study of Coordination complexes with catalytic and biological properties incluiding the the study of Matellodurgs

Experimental and theoretical studies of eléctron charge density of pharmacological compounds.


He graduated in physics from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina in 1993, received his doctorate from the same institution in the area of crystallography in 1998, and did his Free Teaching at USP in 2011. Currently Associate Professor A3 at the Institute of Physics of São Carlos da University of São Paulo where he coordinates the Postgraduate program. Vice-President of the Brazilian Crystallography Association. Coordinator of the Multi-User Structural Crystallography Laboratory at IFSC-USP (the oldest structural crystallography laboratory in the country). level 1B researcher at CNPq, Co-editor of Acta Crystallographica E and Coordinator of the Structural Chemistry Commission of the International Union of Crystallography (IUCr) and CSD Champion of the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Center. He works as a reviewer for international scientific journals, an ad hoc consultant for government institutions and an advisor to several national and international institutions and companies. He has over 472 publications in indexed journals with over 6100 citations and has an H-index of 36 (WoS) and 41 on Google Scholar. Among other areas, he has been dedicated to planning, developing, obtaining and characterizing new multicomponent solid forms of pharmaceutical ingredients with improved pharmacokinetic and pharmacotechnical properties. Within this area, he co-organized the I and II Latin American Symposium on Polymorphism and Crystallization in Drugs and Medications (LAPOLC 2007 and LAPOLC 2009) and was a consultant for ANVISA, INPI, SINDUSFARMA as well as a wide range of companies in the pharmaceutical and pharmochemical field. . Currently coordinates a PRONEX FAPESP/CNPQ Project in the area of Development of New Inorganic Chemotherapeutics. Other lines of activity include the design and characterization of 3D Metal-Organic Coordination Complexes (Metal Organic Frameworks, MOF) and the study and characterization of Natural minerals, currently being deputy coordinator of the Mineral Species Characterization Center (http://www He also has extensive experience in very varied topics such as the study of chelating ligand complexes with heavy metals, catalytic and biological properties of coordination complexes containing, for example, Ru, Cu, V, Ni, etc. He also researches in the area of theoretical and experimental analysis of the electronic charge density of compounds with biological activity or non-linear optical properties. He was a member of the X-ray Diffraction Committee of the National Synchrotron Light Laboratory, served as deputy coordinator of the IFSC Postgraduate program from 2016 to 2018. He has supervised 7 doctoral theses, 10 master's degrees and 38 Scientific Initiations.
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