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Heberton Wender Luiz dos Santos

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Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovações (Brasil). Centro Nacional de Pesquisa em Energia e Materiais (CNPEM)  (Institutional affiliation from the last research proposal)
Birthplace: Brazil

Heberton Wender holds a Bachelor's degree (2006) and a Master's degree (2008) in Physics from the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS) and a Ph.D. in Physics (2011) from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS). He conducted postdoctoral research at LNLS/CNPEM (2011-2012), having been approved for a regular FAPESP project (#2011/17402-9) focused on implementing a laboratory for colloidal nanoparticle synthesis using magnetron sputtering. Since 2013, he has been a tenured professor at UFMS, working in the Institute of Physics and the Postgraduate Programs in Materials Science (PGCM) and Chemistry (PPGQ). He was the proponent and coordinator of the Master's and Ph.D. in Materials Science at UFMS, leading the PGCM from 2016 to 2018 and 2022. In 2018/2019, he was a Visiting Professor at the University of California/Davis. He is the initiator and internal coordinator of an international collaboration proposal under the CAPES/PrInt institutional call (2009-present), involving researchers from the United Kingdom, Germany, and the USA. His recent work has focused on solar energy conversion, including developing minimum viable products and proof of concepts with industrial relevance. He has coordinated various research projects funded by CNPq, the Foundation for Support of Mato Grosso do Sul (FUNDECT), and CAPES. He maintains close ties with the private sector, coordinating RD projects in partnership with the Mosaic Institute (Mosaic Fertilizers) and Aguas Guariroba (Fotojoule). He is a member of Sisfóton/MCTI-UFMS and coordinates SisH2/MCTI-UFMS, with the research laboratory being accredited in the National Hydrogen Laboratories System in 2023. He provides sporadic consulting services related to his expertise in the private sector. He is co-founder of a startup (FotoGEE) funded by MCTI/CNPq that focuses on developing devices to capture and convert greenhouse gases (CO2 and CH4).Professor Heberton has extensive experience in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, particularly in the synthesis, study, and control of the physicochemical, optical, electronic, and structural properties of materials for applications in photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical hydrogen generation (artificial photosynthesis), photo-reduction of CO2 into alcohols and value-added products, photo-oxidation of pesticides and CH4 in photocatalytic fuel cells, solar energy conversion for greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation, and photocatalytic degradation of pollutants/pharmaceuticals/pesticides. He is currently an Associate Professor II and invited editor for Catalysts (ISSN 2073-4344, IF = 3.9) and the Journal of Experimental Techniques and Instrumentation. He maintains strong and established international collaborations with the University of Essex - UK; the University of Nottingham - UK, the University of Peshawar - Pakistan; and the University of California, USA.He has delivered national and international invited talks (ICNMSME-2022 and Euro Catalysis-2020) and undertaken recent international scientific missions to the UK (2021) and Portugal (2022). He serves as a reviewer for leading international journals in his field (>111 certified peer-reviews) and national funding agencies (FINEP, FAPESP, FAPEPI, CNPq). He has held a CNPq PQ Level 2 fellowship since 2014 (#311798/2014-4) and has experience in training human resources at the undergraduate, Master's, doctoral, and postdoctoral levels. He currently has an h-index of 24 and over 1600 citations (Clarivate Analytics). (Source: Lattes Curriculum)

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