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São Paulo Excellence Chair (SPEC)

FAPESP São Paulo Excellence Chair (SPEC), in experimental stage, aims at providing the coming of top notch scientists from abroad to create research nuclei in São Paulo universities. The projects are developed under the responsibility of a Principal Investigator, associated with higher education or research institutions in the State of São Paulo. The selection is through a peer-reviewing system. 

Ongoing research grants (most recent)

  • The co-evolution of life and oxygen on early earth a South American perspective, AP.SPEC

    The co-evolution of life and oxygen on early ea...

    The objective of the proposed work is to move forward our understanding of the evolutionary adaptations of early life to the increasing atmospheric oxygen concentration. Our aim is to characterize the evolving biosphere and the changing environments across the 2.45 to 2.32 Ga old Great Oxidation Event and the ~0.8 to 0.54 Ga old Neoproterozoic Oxidation Event. To achieve this goal, we w...

  • Global Sustainable Bioenergy initiative: geospatial & environmental analysis of pastureland intensification for bioenergy, AP.SPEC

    Global Sustainable Bioenergy initiative: geospa...

    A research project is proposed focused on global-scale geospatial analysis relevant to bioenergy. This 3-year thematic project, conceived as a contribution to the Global Sustainable Bioenergy initiative, is structured into three tasks with objectives corresponding to targeted papers with tentative titles as follows: Task I. Potential for Pasture Intensification Subsequent Energy Crop Pr...

  • Innovation systems, strategies and policies, AP.SPEC

    Innovation systems, strategies and policies

    This is a proposal to undertake world-class research in innovation systems, strategies and policies with the intention of building up a sustainable research unit between the PI, the co-PIs, the AIs, doctoral students, and international visiting scholars in this field using the expertise and the combined global research networks of the PI and co-PIs. The main purpose is to enhance DPCT’s...

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Completed research grant (most recent)

  • Characterization of the protein phosphatase uis2 of Plasmodium as a new tool for malaria drug development, AP.SPEC

    Characterization of the protein phosphatase uis...

    We have previously shown that phosphrylation of eukaryotic initiation factor 2, more precisely a residue in the alpha subunit (elF2alpha), is a key regulatory process that arrests translation during the transition of Plasmodium parasites in the insect and during the intraerythrocytic stages. Preventing this phosphorylation by knocking down specific kinases prevents continuation of the p...

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Completed scholarships abroad ( A ) (most recent)

  • Obtainment of polymer nanocomposites based on graphene oxide by melt intercalation, BE.PQ

    Obtainment of polymer nanocomposites based on g...

    This project has the main objective of developing a route of insertion of graphene oxide (GO) in polymeric matrixes in order to obtain a good dispersion and maintain the structural integrity of the nanoparticle. Two polymeric matrices will be used: polypropylene (PP) and poly (ethylene terephthalate) (PET). Are being sought, especially, improvements in the mechanical and barrier propert...

  • Structural characterization of an essential protein complex for bacterial cell wall formation, BE.EP.DD

    Structural characterization of an essential pro...

    The biosynthesis of bacterial cell wall has been studied for several decades to identify targets for the development of antibiotics. However, the emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria has led to the need to discover and characterize new molecular targets. The synthesis of peptidoglycan, a major component of the bacterial cell wall, involves the participation of macromolecular comple...

  • CVD growth of graphene/h-BN layers, structural characterization and study of layers: water interaction, BE.PQ

    CVD growth of graphene/h-BN layers, structural ...

    Recently, graphene's interaction with water, ionic solutions and gases came into sharp focus. It was been argued that water could flow anomalously fast over graphitic surfaces, and that flow of aqueous ions and gases through defects in graphene and graphene oxide membranes have very high selectivity. This led to graphene application research in water desalinization, single-molecule DNA ...

Ongoing scholarships abroad ( A ) (most recent)

  • Structural characterization of a membrane protein complex involved in bacterial cell wall synthesis, BE.EP.DD

    Structural characterization of a membrane prote...

    The cell wall is an essential structure for bacterial survival, being responsible for several vital cellular functions such as division, elongation, secretion of virulence factors, and adhesion. Its main constituent is the peptidoglycan, a polymer formed by polymerized glycan chains cross-linked by stem peptides. The enzymes which participate in peptidoglycan synthesis act in an orchest...

  • Characterization of whole river suspended proteins and the quantification of target proteins involved in methane cycle, BE.EP.PD

    Characterization of whole river suspended prote...

    This is the work plan for the application of the post doctorate Henrique Oliveira Sawakuchi, at the Center of Nuclear Energy in Agriculture (CENA-USP), scholarship holder FAPESP 2014/21564-2. This research visit will be developed at University of Washington, Seattle, USA, supervised by Professor Richard Keil. The motivation of this internship is learning analytical procedures, data anal...

Completed scholarships in Brazil ( A ) (most recent)

Ongoing scholarships in Brazil ( A ) (most recent)

  • Manufacturing and characterization of polypropylene/graphene oxide nanocomposites, BP.IC

    Manufacturing and characterization of polypropy...

    The graphene oxide obtained by Hummers method, has been one of the most studied in nanocomposites literature, due to the increase thermal and mechanical properties that provides to the polymer matrix. However, it has been a challenge to obtain nanocomposites with high degree of interaction between reinforcement and matrix, providing a homogeneous distribution of graphene oxide (GO) on p...

  • Evaluation of interfacial phenomena between POLYMER-GRAPHENE that governing the CVD graphene dry transfer process to polymeric substrates, BP.IC

    Evaluation of interfacial phenomena between POL...

    Graphene obtained by Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) is the most appropriate one to industrial scale applications, since samples with dimensions on the order of centimeters are easily obtained. After the production of graphene, its transference is needed to the varied applications. Many techniques have been developed for that, but the only one to provide defect-free graphene (such as cr...

  • An analysis of the impact of publicly-funded R&D projects on innovation, BP.DD

    An analysis of the impact of publicly-funded R&...

    This Ph.D. dissertation will assess the impact of publicly funded research on innovation. The study will focus on the interface between research, technological advancement and innovation. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of R&D projects funded by recent programs for research, technological development and demonstration in the State of Sao Paulo in terms of promoting innovatio...

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