Leonardo Fraceto

Leonardo Fraceto

Full Professor

São Paulo State University
(UNESP)

Brazil

Leonardo Fernandes Fraceto PhD, has a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the State University of Campinas (1997), a master’s in Functional and Molecular Biology from the State University of Campinas (2000) and a PhD in Functional and Molecular Biology from the State University of Campinas (2003). He is currently na Associate Professor at the Institute of Science and Technology of São Paulo State University (UNESP), Campus Sorocaba at the Environmental Engineering undergraduate course and at the postgraduate in Environmental Sciences. He coordinated the Postgraduate Program in Environmental Sciences of Unesp/Sorocaba (from 2012 to 2016). Actually, he is Fellow from the Royal Society of Chemistry. He has experience in environmental nanotechnology, with an emphasis on health and environmental nanotechnology and applications of nanotechnology in agriculture.

Dr. Fraceto is currently working in the area of nano-materials, an emerging technology that is going to impact all aspects of human endeavour with a special reference to novel nano-biopesticide, botanical repellents, nano particle carrier in soil-water-animal continuum. For the last one decade, we have extensively worked on the several nanotechnology applications in the agricultural, food, and pharmaceutical sectors. We have in depth worked on the use of dispersion systems, monitoring chemical compounds, and climatological environmental properties comprise some applications aiming sustainable agriculture. Nanosensors, nanocapsules and nanospheres include additional applications of his research.

In 2007, Dr. Fraceto, starting his activities at São Paulo State University, developed carrier systems for herbicides and other compounds of interest for pest control in agriculture. From his works, patents have been deposited, of which one is licensed for the development of nano-herbicides for weed control. With this technology developed, it was possible to produce a more effective carrier system, since with 10 times less active compound the same effect of a commercial formulation was achieved and, in this context, promoting low environmental impacts. Also, from this technology, it was possible to develop other carrier systems for fungicides, as well as, for compounds of botanical origin (insecticides and repellents).

In addition, Dr. Fraceto has developed studies in the line of long-term repellents aimed at controlling arboviruses (such as Zika, yellow fever, dengue, etc.) and also acting in the line of encapsulation of organisms aimed at biological control of pests (such as fungi and bacteria). Also, from these studies, Dr. Fraceto has obtained grants from research fellow agencies, as well as, scientific/technological development partnerships with companies from different areas. It also highlights the effective performance in the training of human resources, through the supervision of students of under graduation, master’s, Ph.D and Post-docs.

Many of your former students now hold positions at public and private Universities and Research Centers. As such, Dr. Fraceto has developed high-level research and contributed to scientific and technological development at the national and international levels, with numerous internationally renowned scientific collaborators.

In summary, much of our research has demonstrated the potential application and benefits of nanotechnology to describe the physical properties of nano-scale particles provide useful functions that are being rapidly exploited in agriculture, medicine, biotechnology followed by effect of nanoparticles on soil, water, and agricultural products and the manner in which nanoparticles are eliminated from the body and the impact of these particles on health and their regulation. These interventions have brought substantial revolution in wide spectra of life and provides a frontier platform for the development of nano products and technologies suitable for agriculture, environment and health sector.