I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and did my BSc (2011), MSc (2013) and PhD (2017) in Chemistry at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. Nowadays I am an Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Postdoctoral Researcher (Program CAPES-Humboldt) at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany (Hosts: Holger Braunschweig; Bernd Engels); and research collaborator of the Laboratory for Theoretical Chemistry and Molecular Modeling (IQ/UFRJ, PI: Marco Antonio Chaer Nascimento) and the Astrochemistry Group of the Valongo Observatory (UFRJ, PI: Heloisa Maria Boechat-Roberty). I was also a Visiting Researcher at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PNNL, Richland WA, USA (host: Simone Raugei) and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison WI, USA (host: Frank Weinhold). Up to now (March 2021) I published 46 articles, being the first author in 18 of these publications (Google Scholar citations: 276; h-index: 10). My major interests are: i. chemical bond theory; ii. main-group chemistry; iii. astrochemistry; iv. theoretical design of novel molecules and materials; and v. organometallic chemistry.


2018 - Award: Octávio Antunes Medal

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2018 - Grant: Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers

Julius-Maximilian-Universität Würzburg, Germany

2018 - Grant: Alternate Sponsored Funding

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

2017 - Grant: Junior Postdoctorate Fellow



2014 - Award: Poster Prize Winner

XL Congreso de Químicos Teóricos de Expresión Latina (QUITEL 2014)

2013 - Award: Poster Prize Winner

17o Simpósio Brasileiro de Química Teórica (SBQT 2013)

2013 - Grant: PhD Scholarship



2011 - Grant: MSc Scholarship



2010 - Award: Sylvio Canuto Award

III Simpósio de Estrutura Eletrônica e Dinâmica Molecular (SEEDMol 2010)


2008 - Grant: Undergraduate Science Program Scholarship



2007 - Award: Honorable Mention

XXIX Jornada Giulio Massarani de Iniciação Científica, Artística e Cultural (JIC-UFRJ 2007)


2007 - Otto Gottlieb Award

XX Semana Acadêmica de Química da UFF


2013 - 2017

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

PhD (Chemistry)

Thesis: Generalized Valence Bond Theory: From Chemical Bonding to Molecular Design

2011 - 2013

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

MSc (Chemistry)

Dissertation: The Quasi-Classical Nature of the Molecular Structure of Benzene (portuguese)

2007 - 2011

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

BSc (Chemistry)

Final Year Project: The Quantum Mechanical Interference Effect and the Nature of the Chemical Bond in Conjugated Systems (portuguese)


Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg

Institute for Inorganic Chemistry

Institute for Sustainable Chemistry & Catalysis with Boron

Am Hubland, 97074, Würzburg, Germany.


Institute for Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

Emil-Fischer Strasse 42, 97074, Würzburg, Germany.

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