Fabio Coral Fonseca


RCGI Project Coordinator

University of São Paulo / IPEN - Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares

Phone: +55 11 3133 9282 / +55 11 3133 92 85


Fabio Coral Fonseca graduated in Physics in 1993 and concluded the M.Sc. in 1996, both at University of São Paulo (USP). He completed his Ph.D. in 2001 at USP after a sandwich period at a Université Lille 1, in France. The Ph.D. work was focused on the relation between microstructural and electrical properties of ceramic oxygen ion conductors. Before joining the fuel cell project at the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN) in 2003, he was a Fapesp post-doc fellow at the Physics Institute of the University of Sao Paulo. Since 2005 he is a researcher fellow (PQ) of the Brazilian National Council of Research (CNPq).

He was a Fapesp post-doc fellow at the Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany (2008) and a visiting scientist at the University of California San Diego (2002), University of Grenoble Alpes in France (2008-2017) and Queensland University of Technology in Australia (2017-). Dr. Fonseca´s primary research interest involves materials for energy and lies at the interface between electrochemistry, solid state ionics, catalysis, and materials science aiming at enhanced performance of electrochemical energy conversion devices. Since 2012 he is the head of the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Center at IPEN dedicated to the development of materials for both polymeric and ceramic fuel cells. He coordinates Project 12 at RCGI and he is a principal investigator of Fapesp Thematic project at IPEN.