CEPID 2001-2013
CEPID 2013-2024

About the Center for Research and Development of Functional Materials (CDFM) 


Principal Investigator: Elson Longo da Silva

Education and Knowledge Diffusion Coordinator: Antonio Carlos Hernandes

Technology Transfer Coordinator: Edson Roberto Leite

Centro de Ciências Exatas e de Tecnologia (CCET/UFSCAR)
Rodovia Washington Luis, km 235
13565-905 - São Carlos, SP - Brasil

Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM)
Center for Information Technology Renato Archer (CTI)
Energetic and Nuclear Research Institute (IPEN)
Federal University of ABC (UFABC)
Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCAR)
Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Foundation for Research Support in Information Technology (FACTI)
University of São Paulo (USP)


Research projects supported in this Center at FAPESP's Virtual Library

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Center for Research and Development of Functional Materials

Biofilm can double egg shelf life

Coating made of chitosan – a natural polymer obtained from shellfish exoskeletons – and developed at RIDC CDMF enhances mechanical strength, protects against microorganisms, and prevents mass loss due to evaporation. It can also be used to coat food packaging.

Study refines computer simulation of crystal solids

Research led by a Brazilian scientist facilitates the analysis of materials comprising a large number of three-dimensionally structured atoms, such as barium molybdate, with potential applications in luminescence and organic compound degradation.

Novel material with strong action against fungi and tumors

Researchers at the Center for Research and Development of Functional Materials have created a composite with antifungal properties that are 32 times greater than those of silver by irradiating a metallic tungstate with electrons and femtosecond laser light.

Biosensor uses molecule derived from bee venom to detect bacteria in food and drink

Presented at a symposium held by the Center for Development of Functional Materials, the device is capable of identifying the presence of different pathogens more quickly and cheaply than standard methods.

Shape influences the properties of nanomaterials

Researchers at the Center for Development of Functional Materials developed a method to identify the ideal shape of nanoparticles with specific properties or characteristics.

Novel method converts light into heat to kill cancer cells

Technique developed in Brazil uses infrared light to release photoactive material and cancer drug inside tumor cells and kill them with hyperthermia.

Sensor detects carbon monoxide to avoid cases of CO poisoning

Use of a device created by the FAPESP-funded Center for Development of Functional Materials, could be made compulsory in Argentina, where 250 deaths from CO poisoning are reported each year.

Novel technique achieves 32-fold increase in bactericidal capacity of nanoparticles

Researchers affiliated with the Center for Research and Development of Functional Materials in São Paulo have developed a new method to obtain nanometric silver particles, currently used in various products