Marcelo Knobel is the Executive Director of the Brazilian National Nanotechnology Laboratory (LNNano), Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM). He is also Full Professor in the Gleb Wataghin Physics Institute (IFGW), University of Campinas (Unicamp). His research interests are in the field of magnetism and magnetic materials in the popularization of science and technology and in higher education.
He has published more than 250 articles in international journals and 15 book chapters; He presented 80+ invited seminars in several institutions and 50+ invited talks at international conferences. His scientific papers have received more than 6,500 citations in the literature. Knobel coordinated the Creativity Development Center and was the Executive Director of the Exploratory Science Museum - Unicamp. He was a member of the Advisory Committee on Physics and Astronomy (CNPq) and was a member of the Physics Coordination (FAPESP). He was Young Affiliate of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), received the "Young Scientist Prize" of TWAS-ROLAC (2007), and Commander of the Order of Scientific Merit (2010) of the Brazilian Presidency. He was Vice-President of Undergraduate Programs at Unicamp (2009-2013), where he was responsible for the implementation of the Interdisciplinary Higher Education Program (PROFIS), which combines social inclusion with general education, for which he received the Peter Muranyí Prize in Education (2013). He obtained an honorable mention in Mercosur Science and Technology Award 2015 (category Integration) for the NanoAventura project.
Knobel is an Eisenhower Fellow (2007), Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2009) and Lemann Fellow (2015). He is General Secretary of the Brazilian Society of Physics (SBF). He is a Special Advisor to the Scientific Director for Scientific Collaborations (FAPESP). He is editor of the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (Elsevier) and Scientific Reports (Nature). He is Editor-in-Chief of the Ciência & Cultura magazine of the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science (SBPC).