About the Winner
Francisco Rangel was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He attended the Technical School Pandiá Calógeras in Volta Redonda, where he studied to be a mechanical technician. He is an expert in scanning electron microscopy, has experience in elemental analysis by EDS (Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy) and WDS (Wavelength Dispersive Spectroscopy), ESEM (Environmental Scanning Electron Microscope), and AFM (Atomic Force Microscope). His professional experience was gained working in renowned research centers linked to the steel industry, universities, and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI). Since 1996, Francisco has always worked in laboratories focused on multidisciplinary research, where he gained experience working with a wide variety of materials in SEM, including metals, ceramics, polymers, composites, and organics. Francisco currently works at the National Institute of Technology-INT / MCTI, in the Characterization Center for Nanotechnology Materials and Catalysis (CENANO), where he provides technical support to researchers and technologists of institutes and universities that have projects in partnership with the INT. With an advanced analytical capacity available to its customers, CENANO utilizes three Thermo Scientific microscopes: a QUANTA 450 FEG Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), an Inspect 50s Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), and (currently being installed) a Tecnai Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), making this lab one of the most up-to-date in the State of Rio de Janeiro.
Francisco has 4 children (2 sons and 2 daughters). His hobbies are jazz, wine, beer, movies, and books.