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

Startup develops reusable mask with enhanced protection against novel coronavirus

Developed by this spin-off from RIDC CDMF, the N95-type respirator is made of material containing silica-silver microparticles with antimicrobial and antifungal properties that hinder surface adhesion by SARS-CoV-2.

Researchers develop rapid tests to diagnose COVID-19

Research groups who previously developed low-cost rapid tests for Zika fever and other viral diseases - the CDMF-devised electrochemical sensor with ZnO nanoparticles being one of them - are adapting these models for use in detecting SARS-CoV-2.

Digital platform simplifies application and correction of tests

Tool developed by a firm founded as a spin-off from RIDC CDMF is being used to assess student learning in primary and secondary schools in the state of São Paulo.

Brazilian and Indian scientists produce crystal with many potential applications

Developed in a study featuring participation of RIDC CDMF, the material – zinc-doped manganese chromite – can be used in a range of products, from gas sensors to data storage devices, thanks to its magnetic properties.

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.