Érico M. M. Flores has a permanent position at Federal University of Santa Maria/UFSM-Brazil (since 1991) withteaching and research activities on sample preparation and speciation analysis using atomic spectrometry (ICP-MS, ICP-OES, AAS), solid sampling analysis, use of microwaves and ultrasound, ion chromatography applications, and industrial process control. He has published more than 300 peer reviewed international papers and many patents in these fields.