Durval Rodrigues Junior

Durval Rodrigues Junior

Full Professor

:email: durval@demar.eel.usp.br
:telephone_receiver: +55 12 3159 9926

Academic background

DURVAL RODRIGUES JUNIOR completed his Ph.D. in Physics from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, SP, Brazil, in 1997, after completing the experimental part at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, USA. He is currently Associate Professor MS-5.1 at the Lorena Engineering School (EEL) at the University of São Paulo (USP), working in the Department of Materials Engineering (DEMAR) where he teaches Basic and Applied Physics, Electromagnetism, Structure of Materials, Electronic Microscopy and X-Ray Microanalysis, Superconductivity, and Materials Science. He has served as DEMAR Head from 1997 to 2001, and from 2009 to 2013. He has been a member of the Institutional Councils since 1995 and is the Coordinator of the DEMAR-EEL-USP Electronic Microscopy Laboratory. He has published 82 articles in specialized periodicals, 358 papers in annals of events and 11 chapters of books. He supervised 7 doctoral theses, 12 master’s dissertations, 40 scientific initiation works, 15 TCCs/specialization, 44 internships and 4 postdoctoral fellowships. He co-advised a master’s degree in international collaboration with the US and Puerto Rico. He is advising 3 doctoral theses, 4 master’s dissertations, 1 post-doctorate and 3 students of Scientific Initiation in the areas of Materials Engineering and Metallurgy, Engineering Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Education. He participated in 171 assessment boards for postgraduate and undergraduate works, and 30 public tender boards or selective processes. He is an accredited professor at PPG-EM and PPG-PE at EEL-USP and was an accredited professor at PPG-EM at the University of Taubaté from 2004 to 2006. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Cryogenics (Elsevier), IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity, Brazilian Journal of Vacuum Applications and The Open Electrical and Electronic Engineering Journal. He is a reviewer of 15 international indexed journals. He conducted research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, USA, from February 1992 to August 1994 as a visiting researcher, at the Electrotechnical Laboratory, Tsukuba, Japan, in February and March 1988 as a visiting researcher, and at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA, from August 2006 to January 2008 as a visiting professor. He obtained a his lecturer degree in Matter Structure (Quantum Physics) in February 2009. He has been the Coordinator of the Undergraduate Course in Engineering Physics at EEL-USP since October 2013.

Classes taught in the department



  • PEM5111: Electronical Microscopy and Microanalysis
  • PEM5121: Applied and Experimental Superconductivity
  • PEM5116: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
  • PPE6408: Special Topics in Physics

Research topics

  • Microstructural characterization of materials
  • Development and characterization of superconducting materials
  • Superconducting Applications and Cryogenics
  • Flux pinning mechanisms in superconducting materials
  • Development of Biomaterials based on titanium and magnesium
  • Development of projects applied to the Fundamental and Middle Schools