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SDG 9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Researchers investigate energy storage solution for electric vehicles and homes
SDG 7, SDG 9
Researchers investigate energy storage solution for electric vehicles and homes

Study by FAPESP-Shell Engineering Research Center hosted at University of Campinas set out to develop supercapacitors that store more energy and batteries that charge faster.


Plastic film used to protect foods and surfaces inactivates novel coronavirus
SDG 3, SDG 9
Plastic film used to protect foods and surfaces inactivates novel coronavirus

In laboratory tests, the material eliminated 79.9% of SARS-CoV-2 particles in three minutes and 99.99% in up to 15 minutes.


3D skin created in the laboratory can eliminate animal testing of cosmetics and sunscreens
SDG 9, SDG 12
3D skin created in the laboratory can eliminate animal testing of cosmetics and sunscreens

Model developed by startup supported by FAPESP enables scientists to assess efficacy and safety of sunscreens and anti-aging products under conditions closely resembling real life.


Research produces intense light beams with quantum correlations
SDG 9
Research produces intense light beams with quantum correlations

Potential applications of research conducted at the University of São Paulo include high-precision metrology and information encoding.


Brazilian synchrotron light source helps scientists look for COVID-19 drugs in first experiment
SDG 3, SDG 9
Brazilian synchrotron light source helps scientists look for COVID-19 drugs in first experiment

Sirius’s protein crystallography beamline analyzed more than 200 protein crystals from the novel coronavirus as they were exposed to tiny fragments of widely used drugs. If a compound fits perfectly into a target protein, its action can be blocked in the virus.


Ultraviolet light to inactivate novel coronavirus
SDG 3, SDG 9
Ultraviolet light to inactivate novel coronavirus

Devices developed by Brazilian startup BioLambda decontaminate face shields, surfaces, workspaces and air.


Center for Artificial Intelligence supported by FAPESP, IBM and USP starts operating
SDG 9
Center for Artificial Intelligence supported by FAPESP, IBM and USP starts operating

The newest Engineering Research Center will initially focus on challenges relating to health, the environment, food production chains, the future of work, and the development of natural language processing tools for Brazilian Portuguese.


Beekeeper-farmer connection app receives capital injection and scales up pollination service
SDG 9, SDG 12
Beekeeper-farmer connection app receives capital injection and scales up pollination service

Brazilian startup Agrobee signs agreement with Agroven, an investment club run by family farmers who want to promote technological development in the sector.


Plastic film protects surfaces against novel coronavirus on contact
SDG 9, SDG 12
Plastic film protects surfaces against novel coronavirus on contact

Laboratory tests showed film containing silver-silica nanoparticles to be capable of eliminating 99.84% of SARS-CoV-2 particles after exposure for two minutes.


Owl wings inspire aerospace industry to design quieter aircraft
SDG 9
Owl wings inspire aerospace industry to design quieter aircraft

Brazilian researchers studied the morphology of owl wings in search of characteristics that enable these birds to fly silently.


Brazilian firm develops ultra-fast method to test tenderness of beef cuts
SDG 9
Brazilian firm develops ultra-fast method to test tenderness of beef cuts

Portable nuclear magnetic resonance device designed with FAPESP’s support will inform consumers regarding value added to beef products.


An inexpensive technique to display 3D images of novel coronavirus in cells
SDG 3, SDG 9
An inexpensive technique to display 3D images of novel coronavirus in cells

Protocol developed by Brazilian researchers shows SARS-CoV-2 replicating near cell nucleus. Methodology helps scientists understand coronavirus’s action mechanism and could also be used to study other viruses.


Microbiome-based technologies drive multibillion-dollar market
SDG 9, SDG 12
Microbiome-based technologies drive multibillion-dollar market

New research field promises to transform food production and treatment of diseases. A global panel of experts unified concepts to define research priorities and offer basis for legislation.


Brazilian high-tech startup develops molecule that promotes muscle mass growth
SDG 9
Brazilian high-tech startup develops molecule that promotes muscle mass growth

The startup’s founders were researchers at the University of São Paulo and adjusted their marketing strategy to focus on regenerative, veterinary and sports medicine thanks to training provided by PIPE, FAPESP’s program for Innovative Research in Small Business.


Brazilian researchers develop saliva-based COVID-19 diagnostic test
SDG 3, SDG 9
Brazilian researchers develop saliva-based COVID-19 diagnostic test

Designed by the Human Genome and Stem Cell Research Center, the novel test may cost a quarter of those based on RT-PCR, considered the gold standard for diagnosis of the disease.


System monitors presence of novel coronavirus in air
SDG 3, SDG 9, SDG 12
System monitors presence of novel coronavirus in air

Integrated with the air quality management tool created by startup Omni-electronica, a collector captures viruses suspended in the environment and submits the air samples to RT-PCR testing. Monitoring of crowded locations combined with indicators created by the firm can contribute to a safer economic reopening.


Brazilian researcher creates an ultra-simple inexpensive method to fabricate optical fiber
SDG 9
Brazilian researcher creates an ultra-simple inexpensive method to fabricate optical fiber

The conventional process requires costly large-scale equipment. The novel method can be executed in a single step by a device no larger than a microwave oven.


Technique uses artificial intelligence to diagnose COVID-19 and predict risk of complications
SDG 3, SDG 9
Technique uses artificial intelligence to diagnose COVID-19 and predict risk of complications

The automated system developed by Brazilian researchers is based on an analysis of patterns of molecules in patient blood plasma.


Brazilian technology is used in several countries to treat COVID-19 patients
SDG 3, SDG 9
Brazilian technology is used in several countries to treat COVID-19 patients

An electrical impedance tomography system was developed by a São Paulo-based startup to monitor the lungs of patients on mechanical ventilation uninterruptedly and noninvasively.


Researchers develop flat lens a thousand times thinner than a human hair
SDG 9
Researchers develop flat lens a thousand times thinner than a human hair

The lens can be used to produce high-resolution images with a wide field of view. It can serve as a camera lens in smartphones and can be used in other devices that depend on sensors.


Wearable sensors printed on natural materials analyze substances present in sweat
SDG 3, SDG 9
Wearable sensors printed on natural materials analyze substances present in sweat

Applied to skin as a piece of sticking plaster, the device developed by Brazilian researchers can be used to monitor human metabolism and administer drugs.


Startup helps cut the cost of molecular testing to diagnose COVID-19
SDG 3, SDG 9
Startup helps cut the cost of molecular testing to diagnose COVID-19

Through a project supported by FAPESP, the São Paulo-based firm is developing an RT-qPCR diagnostic kit in which all reactions take place in a single tube.


Enzyme cocktail developed in Brazil powers production of second-generation ethanol
SDG 7, SDG 9
Enzyme cocktail developed in Brazil powers production of second-generation ethanol

Brazilian researchers used genetic engineering to develop a low-cost platform for the production of enzymes that break down sugarcane trash and bagasse for conversion into biofuel. The novel molecules have many potential industrial applications.


University of São Paulo-bred mechanical ventilator already in use at the institution’s general hospital
SDG 3, SDG 9
University of São Paulo-bred mechanical ventilator already in use at the institution’s general hospital

Ten units of the device developed at the university’s Engineering School (POLI-USP) began operating at Hospital das Clínicas in July.


Group produces materials via self-organization in chemical systems
SDG 9
Group produces materials via self-organization in chemical systems

Possible applications range from sensors to fuel cells. The researchers are affiliated with the University of Campinas, and their work is featured on the cover of the current issue of ChemElectroChem.


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