Dachamir Hotza is a full professor in the Department of Chemical and Food Engineering, supervisor of the Laboratory of Ceramics Processing, and of the Laboratory for the Development of Nanostructures, at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), Brazil.

Hotza holds a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the Hamburg University of Technology (Germany), an M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, and a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from UFSC (Brazil). He has been a visiting professor at the University of Queensland (Australia), the University of California at Davis, the University of Limoges (France), and the University of Aveiro (Portugal).

He has supervised more than 80 M.Sc. and 50 Ph.D. works. He has published more than 400 papers, which have around 8,000 citations. One of his co-authored papers “Tape casting of preceramic polymers toward advanced ceramics” was the most downloaded article in 2019 in all American Ceramic Society journals. He also co-authored the book “Manufacturing Technology of Ceramic Tiles” (in Portuguese).

Hotza is a co-author of 6 patents and was awarded the Caspar Erich Stemmer Prize for Innovative Researcher, edition 2021. Among other recognitions as a teacher and researcher, he was awarded as the coordinator of the best graduate interchange program Brazil-Europe, in 2013, sponsored by the European Commission.

He is a member of ACerS since 2002, in the Basic Science and Manufacturing Divisions. He is an associate editor of ACerS International Journal of Ceramic Engineering and Science, and belongs to the editorial board of other 9 journals. Currently, he is engaged as a co-organizer of symposia at the Pan-American Ceramics Congress and expects to continue building bridges between ceramists in different countries, particularly in the Latin America region.