Daniel Valente


Daniel Valente

He graduated in physics from the State University of Campinas and earned a master’s degree. He received his doctorate from the University of Grenoble in France, where he also conducted postdoctoral research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the École Normale Supérieure de Paris.

Outside libraries and laboratories, his favorite hobby is eating pizza, followed by a glass of good wine. He also enjoys playing the guitar and riding his bicycle around Cuiabá, the city where he currently lives.

An adjunct professor in the physics department at the University of Mato Grosso, he often seeks respite from the heat of Cuiabá in the cooler climate of Chapada dos Guimarães, which reminds him of his hometown of Juiz de Fora.


The Physical Principles of Living Behavior
Science / Physics

Imagine a river. Its water is made up of countless particles with unpredictable trajectories. But all the particles have a preferential direction: that of the river’s flow. Now imagine a fish swimming in this river. The fish also comprises countless particles, each traveling along an unpredictable path. But together, they participate in an orderly orchestration that allows the fish to swim and maintain its shape. This orderly movement consumes energy: gravitational, in the flow of the river, and chemical, in the fish.

The analogy between river water and fish suggests a unifying principle capable of explaining living behavior in the same way as the flow of a river. What is this principle? Is it possible to encompass the long-term evolution of species, without similarities in non-living systems? This project aims to find answers to this type of problem in physics, particularly in the area of dissipative systems outside thermodynamic equilibrium.

Amount invested

R$ 100.000,00

Open Calls

Chamada 3
  • Topics
  • dissipative systems
  • living behavior