Meet The Team

I'm the group coordinator!

Dr. Maziar Montazerian

My academic background and four years of industrial working experience as a ceramic/glass engineer have prepared me to be a researcher and instructor. My doctoral dissertation was conducted in Iran and Brazil through the support of The World Academy of Science. We examined the effects of zirconia addition on the biological and mechanical properties of gel-derived bioactive glass-ceramics. In our research, we developed a glass-ceramic in which both radiopacity and bioactivity requirements were explicitly satisfied. Then, the areas that interest me for my future research stem from my goal of developing improved models and methods for design, evaluation, and upgrade of biomaterials, including bio-glasses and dental glass-ceramics. For example, one of the materials that we have recently developed is a novel enstatite-zirconia glass-ceramic for biomedical applications. My research also encompasses tests, improvement, or development of nucleation and growth models for glasses. We have published 16 research articles, 8 review papers, 3 invited book chapters, and more than 20 national publications. I have also presented 10 oral talks at international conferences. Some of our papers were published in highly prestigious journals such as Chemical Reviews, International Materials Review, Acta Biomaterialia and JACerS. Furthermore, I led the role of a lecturer in several workshops in the ceramic tile industry, such as digital printing technology and defect diagnosis and therapy. I found that my experience as an engineer provided me with a broad view that is useful in assisting researchers with scientific and industrial projects. These experiences have also built my confidence and sparked an interest in teaching and research. I was a recipient of a Ph.D. scholarship from The World Academy of Science (TWAS), Iran National Science Foundation (INSF) and a post-doctoral fellowship from the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). I work as a visiting professor at the northeast reference laboratory for the evaluation and development of biomaterials (CERTBIO) in the Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG) in Brazil. I am also the associate/guest editor of the "International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology", "Frontiers in Research Metrics and Analytics", "Iranian Journal of Materials Science & Engineering", and the associate member of the American Ceramic Society!


Dr. Murilo C. Crovace

Murilo has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (emphasis in technological development) from the Federal University of São Carlos (2013) and a Masters in Materials Science and Engineering (emphasis in ceramic materials) from the same institution (2009). He is the co-founder of the startup VETRA Bioceramics (2014), created during his Post Doc. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of the Department of Materials Engineering at UFSCar (DEMa/UFSCar), working mainly on the following topics: bioactive glass and glass ceramics, tissue engineering, additive manufacturing, and sintering. He has published about 27 articles in indexed journals and has five submitted patents (one is already approved in the USA and EU).

Dr. Shiv Prakash Singh

Shiv entered the world of glass and completed his Ph.D. on optical properties of glass and nano-metal doped glass nano-composites from Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute, Kolkata, India, in 2012. He has a wide range of experiences in glass science. He has worked on oxides, oxy-nitride, and metallic systems at the different high-reputation institutes. Moreover, he has hands-on experience in synthesizing glasses by melt-quenching, inert gas condensation, and sputtering techniques. He has also worked on glass-ceramics and their properties. At present, he is working as a scientist at the International Advanced Research Center for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI). His current area of research is on the synthesis of various types of glasses and their properties.

Dr. Benjamin J. A. Moulton

Ben is a geoscientist who works at the interface between geology, mineralogy, materials science and engineering. His focus in on silicate melt structure and its role in thermal expansion, compression and crystallization. Dr. Moulton’s experimental work is centered around Raman spectroscopy and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Ben grew up on the east coast of Canada and finished his Masters in physical volcanology at the University of Ottawa before turning to high pressure applications of spectroscopy at the University of Toronto. More recently, he has working on the role of structure in crystallization in barium silicates. This research into crystallization has been accelerated as a member of the Center for Research, Technology and Education in Vitreous Materials (CeRTEV) in São Carlos, SP, Brazil. Dr. Moulton is also an invited member of ICG’s Technical Committee #26 on Structure and Vibrations in glass.

Dr. Araceli de Pablos Martín

Araceli's research activities in glass and glass-ceramics are among her core competencies. She finished her studies in chemistry in 2007 in Madrid, Spain. Shortly afterwards (2008), she started her Ph.D. in the Glass department at the Ceramic and Glass Institute in Madrid. Her Thesis, "Transparent glass-ceramics in the system SiO2-Al2O3-Na2O-K2O-LaF3/YF3: Crystallisation mechanisms and optical properties," was developed in the frame of the FP7-EU-Project "Interface Controlled Nucleation and Crystallisation" (INTERCONY), in collaboration with international partners from academia and industry. The aim of INTERCONY was to investigate and determine the nano-crystallization mechanism of oxyfluoride glasses. During this period, she conducted several pre-doctoral stays in renowned research centres in Italy and Germany. Shortly after her PhD (2012), she joined the Optical Materials and Technologies business unit of the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems (IMWS) in Halle, Germany. During 8 years at IMWS, she was involved in academic and non-academic projects. In 2017 she became one of the three principal investigators for the DFG project "Visualising the evolution of crystallisation and mineralisation of bioactive glasses". In June 2020, she joined the bioactive glasses group at Otto-Schott Institute of Material Research (University Jena, Germany). She is currently Guest Researcher in this group. She is co-author of 37 publications in peer-reviewed journals, including two review papers. She has held several oral presentations at international conferences, including an invited talk at the 12th International Symposium on Crystallisation in Glasses and Liquids (Segovia, Spain, 2017), and two chaired sessions. She was Guest Editor of the MDPI Special Issue "Glass-Ceramics: Improving Glass Properties through Crystallization"(2020). She is a member of the Society of Spanish scientists in the Federal Republic of Germany (CERFA). Her interests and main topics of investigation are: Glasses and glass-ceramics, control of the nucleation and crystal growth processes to obtain (transparent) glass-ceramics, thermal and structural characterization, and material design through the microstructure.

Dr. Niravkumar J. Joshi

Niravkumar is a physicist, having completed his doctorate at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India. He is a researcher at the Institute of Physics of São Carlos, University of São Paulo. He has postdoctoral experience from South Korea, Brazil, and the United States, having most recently completed his tenure at the University of California Berkeley, USA, where he developed selective and sensitive microsensor by MEMS techniques. His present research focuses on the synthesis and characterization of oxide nanostructures and 2D material-based gas sensors. He has worked as a Guest Editor for Special Issues in Journal of Nanoscience & Nanotechnology and Sensor Letters. Currently, He has edited the Book: Functional Nanomaterials - Advances in Gas Sensing Technologies and also editing a new book: Silicon-Based Hybrid Nanoparticles. He is a member of Editorial Team-SN Applied Science. He was awarded twice by the Electrical Research and Development Association, India, for Best R&D Award.

Dr. Jeanini Jiusti

Jeanini graduated in Materials Engineering at the University of the Extremo Sul Catarinense (UNESC) in 2013 and received a Master’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering (2016) from the same institution. She has a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering (2020) with an emphasis on ceramic materials from the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) with a doctoral stay at The University of Tokyo, Japan. Currently, she is a postdoctoral researcher in the French Alternative Energies (CEA) in France. Her research topics are mainly glass viscosity and rheology, glass nucleation, crystal growth, and overall crystallization and glass-forming ability of oxide glasses. She has published her research in relevant scientific journals in this area, such as the Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids, Journal of the American Ceramic Society, and Ceramics International.


Glauber Rodrigues Cerqueira de Cerqueira

Glauber has recieved a mechanical technical degree from the Aureo de Oliveira Filho Educational Center for Professionals (CEEP- Feira de Santana, Brazil). Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from Universidade Salvador (UNIFACS – Salvador, Brazil). He is currently a Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering at the Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG - Campina Grande, Brazil). As an undergraduate, he researched metallic materials for use as orthopedic prostheses, which sparked his interest in the field of biomaterials. During his master's study, he worked in the field of polymeric materials, developing polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and chitosan scaffolds by solution blow spinning for application in bone tissue engineering. He is currently a scholarship holder from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPQ – Brazil) and works at the Northeast Laboratory for Development and Evaluation of Biomaterials (CERTBIO-UFCG) in the area of bioactive glasses and drug delivery to combat bone cancer.

Emanuela Coutinho Luna

Emanuela is graduated in Chemistry from the State University of Paraíba - UEPB (2017) and has a Master's degree in medicinal chemistry from the State University of Paraíba - UEPB (2019). During her studies, she was involved in several kinds of research such as quality control of medicines using near-infrared spectroscopy and chemical imaging, the use of experimental designs to optimize the synthesis and evaluation of photocatalyst, development of methodologies for removing cyanotoxins. She is currently a doctoral student and CNPq scholarship holder, in the Graduate Program of Science and Materials Engineering (PPGCEMat), at the Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG), where she is developing mesoporous bioactive glass for the treatment of osteosarcoma cancer.

Maria Eduarda Vasconcelos Barreto

Maria graduated in Materials Engineering at the Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG) in 2021 and is currently a Master's degree student at the same institution. She has also received a technical degree in Oil & Gas from the Federal Institute of Paraíba - IFPB (2016), where occurred her first contact with materials science. During her bachelor's degree, she joined the Northeast Laboratory for the Evaluation and Development of Biomaterials (CERTBIO - UFCG), actuating for four years as a researcher of materials applied to healthcare, publishing articles, and presenting works at conferences. She has experience in the synthesis and characterization of composites biomaterials, including the use of the sol-gel method. She works at CERTBIO as an analyst and member of the Bioglass research group, focused on developing composites based on bioactive glass and biopolymer for wound treatment.

Amirhossein Rakhsha

Amir is a graduate student in chemical engineering at McMaster University, Canada. Right now, he is focusing on developing advanced polymeric based materials for electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide. He also has a background in synthesizing and characterizing the nanostructures of ZnO for UV-detector devices and photocatalytic applications. He is very passionate about science and always open to expanding his research horizon. He has already published a paper with us and another one is about to be published.

Amirhossein Alaghmandfard

Amirhossein holds his master's and bachelor's degrees in the field of Advanced Materials Selection and Characterization in Materials Science and Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (SUT). His research concentrated on the synthesis, characterization, and applications of nanomaterials in biosensing and photocatalysis. He is so interested in being an effective team member of our group. He has already published a paper with us, and the other one is submitted in Progress in Materials Science journal (IF~40).

Rebeca Peixoto Medeiros

Rebeca is an undergraduate student in Materials Engineering at the Federal University of Campina Grande, Brazil. She is the current president of the Academic Center of Materials Engineering at UFCG and a Project Assistant at the CEMEPOL - a Junior Materials Company. At the beginning of her undergraduate studies, she worked with the development of glass-ceramics from the recycling of hollow glasses, at the Synthesis and Vitreous Materious Laboratory (LASMAV - UFCG). Next, she joined the Northeast Laboratory for the Evaluation and Development of Biomaterials (CERTBIO - UFCG), where she worked as an analyst of HPLC-DAD-MS and GC-FID-MS actuating in the evaluation of medical devices and biomaterials. Currently, she has focused on the synthesis and characterization of mesoporous bioactive glass for applications in bone tissue engineering. She loves to research, innovate and help everyone who works with her.