Born in São Paulo, 1943. Chemistry B.Sc. (1964) and Ph.D. (1970, University of São Paulo), postdoc in the Universities of Colorado and California (1972-4) and in the Unilever RPSL (1976). Career: from Instructor to Professor in the Universities of São Paulo and Campinas, from 1965 to 2011. Vice-Rector of the University of Campinas (1998-2002), Director of the Brazilian National Nanotechnology Laboratory (2011-5), focused on projects for materials and energy production from biomass, targeting the use of residues from agriculture. Advisor to funding agencies and consultant with companies from different industrial sectors and agribusiness, on product and process development. Received many prizes for his research and technological innovations, including the Alvaro Alberto prize, the most important for a Brazilian researcher. Member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and TWAS, Fellow of the RSC.