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Thesis Award

Thesis Award

PPGFís-UFC Thesis Award – Best PhD Thesis

The PPGFís-UFC Thesis Award will be awarded annually to the best PhD thesis defended and approved at PPGFís-UFC considering the originality and quality requirements. The Award has been instituted in 2012. The awarded thesis will be automatically nominated by the PPGFís-UFC for the CAPES Thesis Award in Engineering and Exact and Earth Sciences area.

Requirements for the thesis to compete for the PPGFís-UFC Thesis Award

  • It must have been defended in Brazil and at PPGF-UFC, even in cases of co-tutelage or other forms of double diplomacy;
  • It must be available at the Thesis Bank of the Physics Library of the UFC Physics Department;
  • It must have been defended in the year prior to the year of the award, provided that at least five PPGF-UFC theses were defended that year. Otherwise, the defended theses will compete for the award the following year;
  • Have the application been submitted by the author of the thesis or have been pre-selected by the PPGF-UFC coordination.

Criteria for judgment

  • The evaluation criteria are originality of the work, relevance to scientific, technological, social, cultural and innovation development and added value to the educational system.


  • Certificates and / or medals;
  • Financial aid to be defined year by year due to agreements and partnerships that enable this type of expenditure.

Judging Committee

  • the judging commission will consist of three members, all CNPq level 1 scholarship researchers (or equivalent qualification) of Brazilian or foreign nationality;
  • members of the judging committee may not have a history of collaborating in scientific work with the prize candidate;
  • The members of the judging committee will be appointed by the PPGF-UFC coordinator and approved by the PPGF-UFC collegiate;
  • It is forbidden to participate in the judging committee of supervisors and co-supervisors of competing theses, or co-authors of published works related to theses;

Deadline and form of registration

  • the application deadline will be defined at the discretion of the graduate commission;
  • interested parties should send to the program coordination (by e-mail, CD, or pendrive) a single file (in pdf format) containing the following information: i) Thesis Title; ii) Lattes link; iii) Published and accepted articles directly linked to the thesis (published during the period of the thesis and until the registration date); iv) Articles not related to the thesis (published during the thesis period and until the registration date); v) Brief description of the activities carried out by the author (maximum 2 pages); vi) Justification of the relevance and originality of the thesis to merit the award (maximum 1 page); vii) Other information deemed relevant for the award;
  • the registered theses will be pre-selected by the PPGF-UFC collegiate and these will be forwarded to the judging committee of the Thesis-PPGF-UFC Award.


  • only one thesis among those entered will be nominated as a winner;
  • the judging commission may decide not to award the prize, if no thesis reaches a level of qualification that justifies the award;
  • at the end of the judgment process, the judging commission will issue the final minutes containing, necessarily, the following information: a) total number of registered theses; b) name of all members of the judging committee; c) indication of the winning thesis with the justification for the choice.

Latest instructions

  • There is no appeal against the decisions taken by the judging commission;
  • Failure to comply with any of the instructions mentioned above implies disqualification of the thesis;
  • Omitted cases will be analyzed by the graduate committee.

Thesis Award

Former Winners

2017: Davi Monteiro Dantas (General aspects of the confinement of fields in non-factifiable six-dimensional brana worlds with a focus on the location of Dirac, Rarita-Schwinger and Elko fermions)

The research carried out during the development of the Thesis resulted in 6 articles published in international journals of relevance in Physics.

Publications related to Thesis

  • D.M. Dantas, Roldao da Rocha, C.A.S. Almeida. Exotic Elko on String-Like Defects in Six Dimensions.  Europhys.Lett. 117 (2017) no.5, 5100. DOI:10.1209/0295-5075/117/51001
  • W.T. Cruz, R.V. Maluf, D.M. Dantas, C.A.S. Almeida. Multiresonance modes in sine–Gordon brane models. Annals Phys. 375 (2016) 49-64. DOI: 10.1016/j.aop.2016.09.015
  • R.A.C. Correa, D.M. Dantas, C.A.S. Almeida, Roldao da Rocha. Bounds on topological Abelian string-vortex and string-cigar from informationentropic measure. Phys.Lett. B755 (2016) 358-362 DOI:10.1016/j.physletb.2016.02.038
  • D.M. Dantas, D.F.S. Veras, J.E.G. Silva,C.A.S. Almeida. Fermionic Kaluza-Klein modes in the string-cigar braneworld. Phys.Rev. D92 (2015) no.10, 104007. DOI:10.1103/PhysRevD.92.104007
  • L.J.S. Sousa, C.A.S. Silva, D.M. Dantas, C.A.S. Almeida. Vector and fermion fields on a bouncing brane with a decreasing warp factor in a string-like defect. Phys.Lett. B731 (2014) 64-69. DOI:10.1016/j.physletb.2014.02.010.
  • D.M. Dantas, J.E.G. Silva, C.A.S. Almeida. Fermions in a warped resolved conifold. Phys.Lett. B725 (2013) 425-430. DOI:10.1016/j.physletb.2013.07.021

2014: Nádia Ferreira de Andrade (Vibrational and structural properties of linear carbon chains)

The research carried out during the development of the Thesis resulted in 4 articles that were published in the prestigious Carbon magazines, Journal of Physical Chemistry C and Physical Review B.

Publications related to the Thesis

  • N. F. Andrade,  T. L. Vasconcelos, C.P. Gouvea, B. S. Arcanjo, C. A. Achete, Y. A. Kim, M. Endo, C. Fantini, M. S. Dresselhaus and A. G. Souza Filho, Linear carbon chains encapsulated in multiwall carbon nanotubes: Resonance Raman spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy studies. Carbon 90, 172-180 (2015).
  • N. F. Andrade, A. L. Aguiar, Y. A. Kim, M. Endo, P. T. C. Freire, G. Bruneto, D. S. Galvão, M. S. Dresselhaus and A. G. Souza Filho. Linear Carbon Chains Under High Pressure Conditions. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 119, 10669-10676 (2015).

Outras Publicações

  • V. Carozo, C. M. Almeida, B. Fragneaud, P. M. Bede, M. V. O. Moutinho, J. Ribeiro-Soares, N. F. Andrade, A. G. Souza Filho, M. J. S. Matos, B. Wang, M. Terrones, R. B. Capaz, C. Achete, A. Jorio, L. G. Cançado. Resonance effects on the Raman spectra of graphene superlattices. Physical Review B 88, 085401-085410 (2013)
  • J. R. A. Cunha, C. Fantini, N. F. Andrade, P. Alcantara, G. D. Saraiva, A. G. Souza Filho, M. Terrones, M. C. Santos. Enhanced Solubilization of Carbon Nanotubes in Aqueous Suspensions of Anionic-Nonionic Surfactant Mixtures. Journal of Physical Chemistry C 117, 25138-25145 (2013).

2013: José Euclides Gomes da Silva (About modifications in the geometric structure in Brana scenarios)

The research carried out during the development of the Thesis resulted in 4 articles that were published in the prestigious magazines Physical Review D, Classical and Quantum Gravity and Physics Letters B.

Publications related to the Thesis

2012: Saulo Davi Soares e Reis (Local and global effects on navigation in small-world networks and explosive percolation)

The research carried out during the development of the Thesis resulted in 3 articles that were published in the prestigious magazines Physical Review Letters and Physical Review E.

Publications related to the Thesis

Other Publications not related to the Thesis

  • J. S. Andrade, Jr.; S. D. S. Reis; E. A. Oliveira; E. Fehr; H. J. Herrmann, Ubiquitous Fractal Dimension of Optimal Paths. Computing in Science & Engineering 13, 74-81 (2011).
  • S. D. S. Reis; N. A. M. Ara´ujo; J. S. Andrade, Jr.; H. J. Herrmann, How dense can one pack spheres of arbitrary size distribution?. Europhysics Letters 97, 18004 (2012).
  • H. F. Credidio; E. N. Teixeira; S. D. S. Reis; A. A. Moreira; J. S. Andrade, Jr., Statistical patterns of visual search for hidden objects. Scientific Reports 2, 920 (2012).

2011: Eduardo Costa Girão (Electronic and Transport properties of carbon nanostructures)

The research carried out in the development of the Thesis resulted in 7 articles published in a prestigious journal in the area of ​​Physics and Nanoscience.

  • L. Liang, E. Cruz-Silva, E. C. Girão, V. Meunier. “Enhanced thermoelectric figure of merit in assembled graphene nanoribbons”. Physical Review B, 86, 115438 (2012).
  • E. C. Girão, E. Cruz-Silva, V. Meunier. “Electronic Transport Properties of Assembled Carbon Nanoribbons”. ACS Nano 6, 6483 (2012).
  • E. C. Girão, E. Cruz-Silva, L. Liang, A. G. Souza Filho, V. Meunier. “Structural and Electronic Properties of Graphitic Nanowiggles”. Physical Review B, 85, 235431 (2012).
  • M. Pan, E. C. Girão, X. Jia, S. Bhaviripudi, Q. Li, J. Kong, V. Meunier, M. S. Dresselhaus. “Topographic and Spectroscopic Characterization of Electronic Edge States in CVD Grown Graphene Nanoribbons”. Nano Letters 12(4), 1928 (2012).