The European Ceramic Society

YCN representative - Brazil

Mateus Mota Morais

YCN representative for the Brazilian Ceramic Society

University of São Paulo (Brazil) - University of Padova (Italy)




My name is Mateus Mota Morais. I am a PhD student of Mechanical and Material Engineering in double degree agreement between the University of São Paulo (Brazil) and the University of Padova (Italy). I have completed my Bachelor's and Master's in Mechanical Engineering at the São Carlos School of Engineering (EESC-USP). During this time, I worked on the topic of ceramic powder compaction, simulation with finite element method, and ceramic green machining. I also had the opportunity to work for one and a half years as an engineer intern in the ceramic sensors unit of MTE-Thomson, a Brazilian automotive parts company. Now, in my PhD, I am researching how to produce artificial porous rocks for petrophysical studies using conventional techniques and additive manufacturing.

During my stay in Europe for my PhD, I had the wonderful experience of having closer contact with the events and activities of ECerS and YCN. I was amazed by the number of opportunities offered to young ceramists by ECerS, including travel grants to conferences and summer school (I benefited from one) and funding for mobility and events. Furthermore, the YCN events were an excellent opportunity to get to know other young ceramists and expand my network in a friendly and informal atmosphere (usually with food and drinks – which made these moments even better).

Although the academic career might be challenging and exhausting sometimes (especially near deadlines), it is so much better when we can interact and discuss with others with similar goals but different backgrounds, expertise, and personalities. For this purpose, YCN is a wonderful network that connects young researchers from all over the world.  Because of all these excellent experiences with YCN, I wish other young researchers in Brazil could also have this opportunity and be part of this exciting network.


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