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A brief story about Castro's scientific life: Professor Castro scientific journey started when he was still an undergraduate student in a course named Molecular Sciences (with the goal of forming interdisciplinary researches) at University of Sao Paulo and solved a technological problem related to the stability of SnO2 in suspensions. The answer of the technological problem was, as usual, in science. Castro designed a polymer that fitted the need to attach to the surface of the oxide and generate surface charges. The work opened the opportunity for him to join the Ph.D. program in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. During his Ph.D. he faced nanoparticles synthesis methods, phase transformation and sintering working with Dr. Douglas Gouvea, and became a thermochemistry specialist joining Dr. Alexandra Navrotsky research group for half a year. He worked with SnO2, ZrO2 and Al2O3, always focusing in the control of interface energies by the usage of dopants and specific atmospheres.
Life after Ph.D.: After his Ph.D. he assumed a Professor position at FEI University Center (Ignatius Pe. Saboia de Medeiros Education Foundation), a Catholic engineering school in Brazil focused in technological and automotive research and education. He founded the Center for the Development of Nanoceramic Materials, where he coordinated research in nanoceramics sintering and electrophoretic deposition. He had projects with important Brazilian agencies, such as FAPESP (State of Sao Paulo Research Foundation), AEB (Brazilian Spatial Agency) and FINEP (Project and Studies Financial Assistance), involving both technological and scientific works. At that time he was also coordinator of the Metallurgical and Materials Division of the Institute of Engineering in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Castro research brougth international visibility and he started a collaboration with UC Davis and UNAM in Mexico. He was invited to apply for a position at UCDavis in 2008 during a collaborative meeting.
At UC Davis:Castro joined the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materilas Science on March of 2009. He is an Associate Professor since 2012, and as a faculty member of the Peter A. Rock Thermochemistry Laboratory and NEAT ORU, he coordinates research in thermochemistry of nanosintering, controlling the nanoscale via interface energetics using specially designed procedures, and in the development of nanotech application researches. His group is composed of postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students, many foreign, in a healthy and exciting environment of work. He has recently been awarded the two highly competitive NSF Career Award and the DOE Early Career Award in 2011. Castro also received the Young Faculty Award from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, an award reserved for young scientis with Latino heritage with outstanding achievements in their early stage of the career. Recently, he received the 2012 Outstanding Junior Faculty Award from the College of Engineering at UC Davis and was honored as 2013-2014 Chancellor’s Fellow. In 2014 he received the Robert L. Coble Award by the American Ceramic Society and received in the 2015 Global Young Investigator Award by the Engineering Division of the American Ceramic Society. Castro also has active projects with Brazil and collaborations with other US institutions and China universities.


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