Guilherme Zepon


Guilherme Zepon, a materials engineer and lecturer at the University of São Carlos, completed his master’s and doctorate degrees at the same institution. During his doctorate, he spent six months at the University of Bremen in Germany and another six months at the Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble in France. Remarkably, by the age of 28, Guilherme had already become a university professor. His professional focus is on renewable energy sources, with a particular emphasis on hydrogen. He researches metal alloys to improve the storage efficiency of this gas. Outside his work, Guilherme cherishes his free time with his wife, enjoying movies and series at home. He also relishes hosting barbecues for family and friends.


Designing High Entropy Alloys for Efficient Hydrogen Storage
Science / Engineering

Brazil boasts a vast potential for generating energy from renewable sources. Hydrogen is deemed the perfect energy vector to fully harness the advantages of these renewable sources. The energy generated by these sources can be converted into hydrogen from water through various electrolysis techniques. One of the most urgent technological hurdles for the deployment of this novel energy system is devising mechanisms to store hydrogen in a safe, efficient, and cost-effective manner. High entropy alloys, a new class of metallic materials composed of multicomponent alloys with a minimum of five principal elements, could offer a solution. Recent studies have demonstrated that the TiVZrNbHf alloy can absorb a significantly higher hydrogen content compared to previously studied metallic hydrides. This research is focused on designing high entropy alloy compositions with optimized properties for hydrogen storage.

Amount invested

1st phase: R$ 100,000.00
2nd phase: R$ 973,800.00 (R$ 700,000.00 + R$ 273,800.00 optional bonus for the integration and training of people from underrepresented groups in science)

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  • Topics
  • Energy
  • Entropy
  • Hydrogen
  • Renewable energy