Ricardo Castro is an associate professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Sciences at University of California, Davis. He joined UC Davis in 2009 and is the lead of the Laboratory of Thermochemistry of Nanoceramics, a lab dedicated to provide fundamental understanding, using experimental thermodynamics, of ceramic nanomaterials and their behavior under processing conditions and operation at extreme environments, such as high temperatures and radiation.
Castro has a PhD in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and a Bachelor in Molecular Sciences from the same University. He has published more than 40 scientific articles, and is an active member of The American Ceramic Society, being the vice-president of the National Institute of Ceramic Engineering, and affiliated with the Basic Science Division. He is also a member of the Materials Research Society and the creator of the Materials Magic Show at UC Davis.
Prior to joining UC Davis, Castro was a professor at FEI (Fundação Educacional Inaciana Pe. Saboia de Medeiros), a catholic university in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil. FEI is an engineering school responsible for educating engineers for the biggest automotive complex in Latin America.
Castro has been awarded the Department of Energy Early Career Program award and the National Science Foundation Career Award, two of the most competitive awards for young researchers, both in 2011. He was also awarded the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineering Young Investigator Award, the 2012 Outstanding Junior Faculty Award by the UC Davis College of Engineering. More recently, Castro was honored as 2013-2014 UC Davis Chancellor’s Fellow.