Prof. Padilha received his BSc. in Physics in 2001 and his PhD in 2006 from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas. The main topic of his thesis research was nonlinear optical processes in CdSe and CdTe quantum dots. After his PhD, he worked as post-doctoral researcher at CREOL - University of Central Florida, working on nonlinear optcial materials, and at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, ehre the research was focused on multiexciton interaction in semiconductor nanostructures.
Currently, Prof. Padilha is an Assistant Professor at the Instituto de Física "Gleb Wataghin", at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas
Understanding novel physical phenomena in quantum confined structures through advanced spectroscopy techniques, going from the fundamental studies to the device testing, is the main interest of the Ultrafast Spectroscopy Laboratory led by Prof. Padilha, within the Ultrafast Phenomena and Optical Communications Group - GFURCO.
The group main tool is based on ultrafast laser systems, with pulses down to 20 fs, which allows the monitoring of most of the recovery processes involved in electron dynamics.