What people say about the CNPEM

Paul Walton

Professor of Chemistry, University of York, United Kingdom

The Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials is known worldwide for using state-of-the-art scientific methods. Its publications are influential in the highest-quality periodicals, and are changing the way that academia and industry think about the use and potential of biorenewables in an environmentally sustainable world. One example of this work was recently published in Nature Chemical Biology (vol. 16, 920-929, 2020); in it, a team of researchers at the CNPEM revealed an impressive structural and functional relationship between GH124 enzymes and their action on linked beta-1,3- glucans (some of the most abundant polysaccharides).

This study involved researchers from several different disciplines and can be described as a tour-de-force of the scientific method. In fact, it is a hallmark of how science is organized and conducted at the CNPEM, where the power of various groups is harnessed to face some of the most complex problems found in biology, especially those associated with greater use of biorenewables. In many ways, the working practices at the CNPEM point toward a future of scientific research and how it should be conducted so that humanity can successfully face some of the most challenging problems. In other words, the CNPEM is a global example of how we all should be conducting academic research.

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Pedro Wongtschowski
Board President, Ultrapar Participações

The laboratory infrastructure, state-of-the-art equipment, and a qualified team are available to promote business innovation by developing new processes, products, and working methods.
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Glauco Arbix
Professor in the Department of Sociology, Innovation Observatory, University of São Paulo (USP)

We are talking about cutting-edge science, which is more necessary than ever in today’s world, where knowledge is key to constructing an educated, fair, and decent country.
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Paul Walton
Professor of Chemistry, University of York, United Kingdom

The Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials is known worldwide for using state-of-the-art scientific methods. Its publications are influential in the highest-quality periodicals, and are changing the way that academia and industry think about the use and potential of biorenewables in an environmentally sustainable world.
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Salvatore Mele
Senior Advisor for International Relations, CERN – European Organization for Nuclear Research

Brazil’s association with CERN will create opportunities for Brazilians in our laboratory and will make it possible for Brazilian companies to become our suppliers. The talent of the CNPEM community that I have seen first-hand is an extremely good sign for this exciting future!
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Rita de Almeida
Professor, Department of Physics, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)

(Ilum) is a cutting-edge idea, built on a solid foundation that will result in a unique education for the scientists that graduate from the school: they will make a difference in the places where they eventually work.
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Gianna Sagazio
Director of Innovation at the Brazilian National Confederation of Industry (CNI)

The CNPEM is an example of successful public policy, of cooperation between the public and private sector linking science, technology, and innovation with companies. I consider the CNPEM to be a disruptive innovation in Brazil`s ICT ecosystem, strengthening industry and boosting the country’s economy.
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Marcelo Knobel
Former director of LNNano and former dean of the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP)

I can affirm the excellence of the research conducted at the laboratory complex and what they represent within the context of Brazilian and international science. The national laboratory model is essential for the future of science.
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