Narcizo M. Souza Neto


Physicist Narcizo Souza Neto is dedicated to the study of superconducting materials at ambient temperatures. His project involves the use of high-intensity X-rays to identify new materials that could potentially exhibit superconductivity. Narcizo earned his master’s degree in physics from the State University of Campinas and his PhD in physics from the University of São Paulo. Outside of work, Narcizo enjoys cycling with his son and has taken on the role of the family’s official pizza chef. Another regular activity that brings the family together is walking the dogs, a fitting pastime given just how many canines there are in the physicist’s household.


An X-ray Look at Superconductivity
Science / Physics

Superconducting materials, discovered in 1911, have found widespread applications, such as in magnetic resonance imaging in hospitals. However, a comprehensive model for these materials is still elusive. A superconducting material capable of operating at room temperature could significantly reduce costs across all electricity applications, given the absence of losses due to zero electrical resistance. The project aims to leverage high-brightness X-rays to devise new spectroscopic techniques for studying materials under extreme conditions, with the ultimate goal of discovering a room-temperature superconductor. If successful, this would provide the most favorable conditions to date for microscopically understanding the phenomenon of superconductivity and observing it at room temperature. Such a breakthrough can potentially revolutionize all technological applications in our society, thereby fundamentally transforming the world as we know it.

Amount invested

1st phase: R$ 100,000.00
2nd phase: R$ 999,500.00 (R$ 700,000.00 + R$ 299,500.00 optional bonus for the integration and training of people from underrepresented groups in science)

Open Calls

Science Call 1
  • Topics
  • Materials
  • Particle accelerator
  • Superconductivity
  • X-ray