Department Head's Message

Head of the Department: Prof. Dr. Antonio Domingues dos Santos

e-mail: adsantos@if.usp.br          Fone: (55)(11)3091-6886

Deputy Head: Prof. Dr. Valmir Antonio Chitta

e-mail: vchitta@if.usp.br         Fone: (55)(11)3091-7099

Secretary: Rosana Batista Gimenes Biz

e-mail: rgimenes@if.usp.br          Fone: (55)(11)3091-6979
 
Dear Visitor,

Welcome to the  Department of Mechanics and Materials Physics of the Institute of Physics of the University of São Paulo.
The department carries theoretical and experimental research programs in the areas of new materials, nanoscience, quantum devices, biomolecular physics, organic semiconductors and complex systems. Our goal is to investigate and understand the  fundamental properties of  materials in the solid state or in nanostructures, or in the  form of soft matter, and predict their applications.

The research activity of the theoretical group covers topics such as structural, electronic, magnetic and optical properties of different materials, from oxides to semiconductors to biomolecules, and includes development of new computational techniques and approaches for specific investigations.

The research activity of the experimental group includes synthesis of a large amount of novel materials (semiconductors, semicondutor heterostructures, superconductors, and magnetic materials), which are characterized by several experimental techniques available in the departament. The experimental research addresses the technical challenges that are facing the growth of these materials as well as the understanding of their basic physical phenomena.