José D. Fontana

Universidade Tecnologica Federal do Parana, Brazil

José Domingos Fontana graduated in pharmacy from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), Curitiba, PR, Brazil (1971), and received the M.S. degree in biochemistry from the same university (1975), while received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina (1980) under the advisoring of the Nobel Prize holder Dr. Luis F. Leloir, and the postdoctoral degree at the NRC National Research Council, Ottawa, ON, Canada (1986). He retired from UFPR (2001) as a Titular Professor, then became an Emeritus Professor at UFPR (2005) and a Visiting professor at UFPR (2002–2006, 2009–2011). After that he worked as a Visiting Professor PVNS-CAPES at UTFPR (2011–2014). He received the National Commendation of Pharmaceutical Merit from the Federal Pharmacy Council (FPC) (2001). He is an Ex-Technical Director of the Institute of Technology of Paraná (TECPAR), Curitiba, PR, Brazil (2003). He has deep experience in the field of applied biochemistry, with emphasis on macromolecules chemistry and phytobiomass biotechnology, doing research mainly in the following subjects: phytobiotechnology (hydrolytic enzymes; carotenoids; phytolarvicides; bacterial cellulose), biodiesel, and innovation, as well. He was an advisor of 22 Master dissertations and 15 Doctoral theses. He received a fellowship from CNPq (1A from 1996–2006; DTEI from 2010–2014). In the ISI-Web-of-Knowledge from June 18, 2011, the CR-Citation Record was 847 and H factor = 17. His publication “Acetobacter cellulose as a temporary skin substitute” (Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 24/25 : 253–264) has > 1130 citations. This project has been qualified as one the 10 best results amongst > 2,000 projects funded by the World Bank/CNPq. Fontana is author or coauthor of 7 patent deposits; he is also the author (2011) of the book Biodiesel for Readers from 9 to 90 Years (254 pages, 57 figures, 26 tables, 127 references). He is a Member of the Editorial Board for Journal of Medicine and Biotechnology (2012) and peer reviewer for Journal of Chromatographic Science, Process Biochemistry, Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, and Scientia Chromatographica, amongst others and a Member of the Fiscal Council of the International Institute of Chromatography (USP-SC, Brazil).

Biography Updated on 17 November 2012

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