Dr. Geraldo Nery

Chief of LACET-Laboratory of Energy Clean Technology
Assistant Professor of Physics
Department of Physics - São Paulo State University
P.O. Box
São José do Rio Preto, SP 15054-000
Phone: 55 17 3221-2490
Fax: 55 17 3221-2247


Feinberg Postdoctoral Fellow, Weizmann Institute of Science - Israel, 2002-2006 Sao Paulo Science Foundation (FAPESP) - Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), 1998-2000. University of Massachusetts - Armhest (UMass) - 2001-2002 PhD. Institute of Chemistry - University of São Paulo - (IQSC-USP) and University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSM-MRL) 1998


Dr. Geraldo Nery is an Assistant Professor of Physics at São Paulo State University-UNESP. He is a materials chemist with research interests in polymers for biomedical applications, inorganic nanoparticles for cancer treatment and advanced heterogeneous catalysts for the production of fine chemicals. He is also intensively involved on designing of new catalyst technology for clean energy production from biomass. After receiving an undergraduate degree on chemistry from the University of São Paulo, he completed his graduate studies at University of São Paulo – São Carlos (M.S. degree) and University of California-Santa Barbara (Ph.D. degree) working under the supervision of Professors Yvonne P. Mascarenhas (IQSC-USP) and Anthony K. Cheetham (UCSB-MRL) on the synthesis and characterization of molecular sieves and zeolites. After completing his Ph.D., he was awarded a Post-doctoral fellowship from São Paulo Science Foundation (FAPESP) to study the syntheses and physical-chemical characterization of new zeolitic materials obtained through the using of organic templates or structure directing agentes (SDAs) in the laboratory of Professor Mark E. Davis at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). After his post-doctoral research at Caltech, he joined Professor Michael Tsapatsis research group at the Chemical Engineering Department of University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass) where he did research on the syntheses and preparation zeolites films for industrial separation application. In 2002 he joined the Department of Materials and Interfaces Sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science in the group of Professor Meir Lahav to work on the synthesis of homochiral oligopeptides and pre-biotic chemistry.

In 2006, after 4 years working at the Weizmann Institute of Science - Israel, he returned to his home country, Brazil, and joined the Department of Physic of São State University (UNESP) at São Jose do Rio Preto Campus with financial support of Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) with a Young Investigators Award. He currently holds a permanent position as Assistant Professor at the same institution (UNESP) and his research group is conducting several research projects focused on the syntheses of new catalysts for production of biodiesel and biofuels from biomass, syntheses and characterization of new polymers and inorganic nanoparticles for use in drug delivery and cancer treatment respectively. Dr. Nery`s research is highly interdisciplinary, therefore his scientific team is composed by chemists, physicists, biologists and engineers. Dr. Nery is also committed to science education at both undergraduate and graduate level. He has directly supervised and oriented the final science project and dissertation of 14 undergraduate students. At graduate level he has supervised and oriented 5 Master of Science ( M.Sc.). Currently his research group is composed by 5 Ph.D. students , 4 M.Sc. students and 4 undergraduate students.

Research Statement

Dr. Nery’s scientific interests research are related to the syntheses of new materials for a wide variety of applications in biomedical, fine chemical and petrochemical industries. His group is working on the synthesis of inorganic nanoscale particles for potential application of these nanoparticles as drug delivery vectors for cancer treatment. A significant part of this research is conducting very closely with the medical scientific community of the Faculty of Medicine of S.J. Rio Preto (FAMERP).

His research also draws on both synthetic chemistry and physical chemistry for the preparation of new heterogeneous catalysts which can be used for the generation of clean and renewable energy from biomass, solar energy, hydrogen storage, production of fine chemicals and environmental remediation.

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