Research Lines

Research activities at IFSC – USP

The São Carlos Institute of Physics (IFSC) has developed itself over 3 decades into a highly multidisciplinary institution, now with the teaching staff comprising, in addition to physicists, chemists, biochemists, biologists, engineers, computer scientists and other professionals. This interdisciplinary nature is manifested in the broad areas of research activity, as will be mentioned here. In this document, the topics and sub-areas were classified according to larger areas, where some connections with other fields have been highlighted. Of particular relevance worth mentioning are research projects associated with innovation and technology transfer to industries. In the list, different levels of detail were used: in some cases, we simply list the sub-area to which the research projects belong, while in others a short description of the research is provided. Though risking losing consistency, we believe that this approach makes it easier for the reader to quickly grasp the main thrust of the research carried out at IFSC.

The program is divided into two main areas: Basic Physics and Applied Physics, including the sub-areas of Biomolecular Physics and Computational Physics. The first area includes theoretical projects (e.g. statistical physics and cosmology), experimental (e.g. atomic physics, optics, and magnetic resonance), as well as overlapping areas (e.g. quantum computation and structural biology). The second area includes projects related to the detailed investigation and generation of novel materials, including biological materials, the development of new equipment, software and technologies.

The choice of major areas below serves only as a guide, since several of the topics are transdisciplinary. Research in some of the topics involves professors and lecturers from different research groups working in close collaboration.


Atomic and molecular physics

Biophysics and biomolecular sciences

Computational Physics

Innovation and technology transfer

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

Nanomedicine and Nanotoxicology

Optics and photonics

Particle Physics and Field Theories

Polymers and organic nanostructured films

Quantum information and spintronics

Science Teaching and History of Science

Solid State Physics

Statistical Physics