Issue 19 – August 24, 2022



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Issue 19 – August 24, 2022


Free registration is now open to attend the CINE scientific conference, which will be held in person on October 18th and 19th this year in the city of Campinas (SP, Brazil) at the Vitória Hotel Concept. In oral and poster sessions, CINE members will present their latest research results and discuss the role of these studies in the development of new technologies for the current energy transition. The event will also feature prominent speakers from Brazil and abroad.Spaces are limited! Learn more about the program and register on the conference page.

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CINE researchers and collaborators present a way to produce chemical compounds for the industry using a polymeric electrolyte fuel cell as a reactor, a copper-based coordination complex as a catalyst and, as raw materials, carbon dioxide, hydrogen and water. The work was carried out within the Methane to Products division.



Rodrigo Szostak won a honorable mention at the Brazilian National CAPES Dissertation Award 2022, Chemistry area, for his doctoral thesis on the use of techniques based on synchrotron radiation for the characterization of perovskites for solar cells, defended in 2021 at IQ-UNICAMP. The award-winning research was carried out in the context of the CINE´s Dense Energy Carriers division, with the supervision of Professor Ana Flávia Nogueira (UNICAMP), researcher and director of the center, and co-supervision of the LNLS-CNPEM researcher Hélio Tolentino.


Professor Lucia Helena Mascaro (UFSCar), a researcher at CINE’s Dense Energy Carriers Division, is the new associate editor of the journal Química Nova, edited by the Brazilian Chemical Society. Created in 1978, the journal publishes articles on original research results, reviews, education, new methods or techniques and other topics in the Chemistry area.

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This article contributes to the quest to improve the stability of perovskite films and perovskite solar cells. The authors elucidate the formation mechanisms of perovskites treated with two different cations, and explain the influence of this on the performance of solar cells. The work resulted from a collaboration between members of CINE’s Dense Energy Carriers division and researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA).

Prediction of Effective Photoelectron


This computational study may offer new directions for extracting charge carriers – a fundamental aspect in the operation of solar cells and other energy generation devices. The article presents a charge separation mechanism in semiconductor heterostructures formed by transition metal dichalogenides. The work was carried out by researchers from the Computational Materials Science and Chemistry division at CINE and collaborators.

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This article discusses a promising material for solar-driven water splitting: tungsten trioxide (WO3). In addition to showing the advantages of the material as a low-cost, efficient and stable photoanode, the authors, members of the Dense Energy Carriers division, review the recent scientific literature in search of strategies that further increase the photoelectroactivity of WO3 films to enable their use outside the laboratory.

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This theoretical work carried out within the CINE´s Computational Science division describes the complete dehydrogenation that occurs with the methane molecule when interacting with a cerium oxide nanocluster, as well as the formation, during the process, of molecules of interest in the energy field, such as methanol and hydrogen. The study shows the possibility of generating new chemical compounds through this process.

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This paper by researchers from CINE’s Methane to Products division and collaborators addresses platinum- and antimony-based catalysts. In addition to reporting the synthesis and characterization of these materials, the authors investigate their use in the oxidation reaction of glycerol (a compound obtained as a residue in the production of biodiesel) and the consequent formation of other substances of industrial interest. The authors use a fuel cell as a reactor.



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CINE had two visits to its headquarters in July. On the 13th and 14th, Diego Bagnis, scientific director of Onnin (former CSEM), visited research laboratories and met with the CINE director Ana Flavia Nogueira and other members of the Dense Energy Carriers division. Onnin has two recent partnerships with CINE. In the first one, which also involves a laboratory at UFSC, CINE will contribute to the development of new formulations of perovskites suited to the climatic conditions in Brazil. The second partnership involves researchers from UFRN and aims to investigate the use of graphene and niobium oxide in solar cells within a FINEP project.
On the 27th, the president of Nissan Mercosul, Airton Cousseau, and other representatives of the vehicle manufacturer were received by professors Hudson Zanin and Gustavo Doubek, members of the Advanced Energy Storage division, and visited laboratories of batteries, supercapacitors and fuel cells. The objective was to learn more about the ethanol-based transport electrification program for carbon emissions reduction that is being developed at UNICAMP with the participation of CINE members.


nagao talks

Prof. Raphael Nagao (UNICAMP), researcher at the Dense Energy Carriers division, will talk about the use of electrochemistry to produce molecules that can be used as sustainable fuels. Free registration, here. Reminder on CINE YouTube.

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Prof. Thomas Anthopoulos (KAUST, Saudi Arabia) will present recent advances in the development of organic photovoltaic cells that can be good strategies to improve the performance of these promising clean and renewable energy generation devices. Free registration here. Reminder, on CINE YouTube.

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Prof. Renato Garcia de Freitas Sobrinho (UFMT), a collaborating researcher at the CINE´s Advanced Energy Storage division, will analyze various energy conversion and storage systems using computational modeling tools. This talk wil be in Portuguese. Free registration, here. Reminder on YouTube, here.

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The ninth edition of the workshop fo the CINE’s Computational Materials Science and Chemistry division (CMSC) will be held from August 29 to September 2 on the Zoom platform (with no broadcast nor recording on YouTube). The event will address computational techniques for the study of materials and the results obtained with them in the area of new energies within the CMSC. Free registration deadline ends today, August 24, and can be done in this form. The program can be consulted here.



In the first week of August, 33 members of CINE, most of them graduate students, participated in the entrepreneurship course organized by the innovation agency Inova UNICAMP in partnership with CINE. Held at the UNICAMP Science and Technology Park, the course consisted of presentations about the concepts of innovation and spinoff, business model, business presentation to investors, building successful teams, intellectual property and resources and legislation for the creation of startups. In addition, participants performed two hands-on activities guided by mentors: business modeling using the Canvas tool and preparation and presentation of pitches.


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Prof. Lucia Helena Mascaro (UFSCar), researcher at the Dense Energy Carriers division, presented on July 6th an online lecture on new materials for the production of green hydrogen, in the context of the XI Chemistry Week organized by the Brazilian Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Maranhão – Campus São Luís.


Scientific Initiatio

CINE has two vacancies for undergraduate students at the Electroceramics Laboratory at IPEN to work on a project on sintering functional ceramics using unconventional techniques. More information on the website.



On August 19, a TV report on education challenges in São Paulo state with the participation of CINE aired on Globo Play. Our laboratories and researchers can be seen from 20:47 onwards. Watch the video.

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