B-MRS Newsletter. Year 11, issue 2.




Year 11, issue 2. March 4st, 2024.

Papers by the community


Zirconia, a very resistant and biocompatible ceramic, has been used in cutting tools, dental implants and several other applications. However, producing high-quality zirconia pieces with complex shapes and using low-cost and sustainable processes is still a challenge. In this study, researchers from USP and UERJ, together with collaborators from the University of Aveiro (Portugal), combined advanced additive manufacturing and sintering techniques to obtain dense zirconia samples in times and temperatures significantly lower than conventional ones. The article, published in Ceramics International, can be accessed here.


A team of researchers from UFRN and Unesp showed that it is possible to treat effluents and, at the same time, produce green hydrogen and chemical products. In the laboratory, they decontaminated water from a washing machine. To do this, they used an electrochemical system developed by them and powered by electrical energy from a solar plant. In the same process, the team converted contaminants into hydrogen and carboxylic acids, which can be used as fuel and industrial chemicals. The full scientific article, published in Electrochemistry Communications, is available here.


Silicon solar cells are efficient at converting visible light into electricity, but not at converting other types of light that come from the Sun. A little explored strategy to improve this situation is to cover the top of the devices with photonic materials capable of managing solar radiation. In this article, researchers from CEETEPS, UPE and USP review the scientific literature on the subject and provide proof of concept with different glasses that, when placed on top of silicon solar cells, can increase their efficiency by up to 18%. The open access article is available here.

XXII B-MRS Meeting
Santos (SP), September 29th to October 3rd, 2024

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Submissions. The submission of abstracts for presentation in oral and poster sessions within the symposia is open until April 8th. See the instructions to submit your work.

Symposia. 29 thematic symposia were approved to make up the XXII B-MRS Meeting. This is a record in the history of our annual event. The symposia cover the most diverse topics in Materials research. See the list of symposia.

Registrations. The registration fees for the different categories and conditions are available. Check the values.

Exhibitors. 18 companies and startups have already confirmed their participation in our booth exhibition. Meet the exhibitors. Organizations interested in the exhibition and other forms of sponsorship can contact comercial@sbpmat.org.br.

Venue. The event location is the Blue Med Convention Center in the city of Santos. More information about the city and the convention center.

Chairs. The general coordinators of the event are Prof. Laura Oliveira Péres, from the Chemistry Department of the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp) and Prof. Lucas Fugikawa Santos, from the Physics Department of the São Paulo State University “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” (Unesp).



Yvonne Primerano Mascarenhas (USP) was the winner of the 5th Carolina Bori “Science & Woman” Award, from the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science (SBPC), in the area of Engineering, Exact and Earth Sciences. The distinction recognizes the talent and dedication of Brazilian female scientists, strengthening the role of women in national scientific advancement. Prof. Yvonne was a pioneer in Brazil with international prominence. She ceated the first structural crystallography laboratory in the country, was the first person to direct the Brazilian Crystallography Association and the São Carlos Institute of Physics at USP and trained around 200 crystallographers throughout her career. B-MRS as a society affiliated to SBPC, was one of the entities that nominated Prof. Yvonne for this award.


– Applications for Newton International Fellowships are open until March 13th (grants for non-British scientists in the early stages of their careers to carry out research in the United Kingdom). Know more.

– Special issue of the journal Coatings (MDPI) dedicated to films and optical coatings receives articles until March 30th. Guest editors are B-MRS members. Know more.

– Call for articles (papers, reviews and perspectives) is open for the Materials Advances (RSC) collection on advances in materials and devices for the energy transition, with a focus on Latin America. Guest editor is a member of the B-MRS Council. New submission deadline: March 31. Know more.

To follow opportunities in the area, be part of the B-MRS group on Linkedin.

Upcoming events

2nd School on Glasses and Glass-ceramics. São Carlos (SP, Brazil). April 29 to May 4, 2024. Website.

IEEE International Magnetics Conference (INTERMAG 2024). Rio de Janeiro (RJ, Brazil). May 5th to 10th, 2024. Website

50th International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF 2024). San Diego (USA). May 19 to 24, 2024. Website

101st IUVSTA workshop on high performance SIMS instrumentation and machine learning / artificial intelligence methods for complex data. Maresias (SP, Brazil). May 19 to 24, 2024. Website

I International Workshop on Applied Biosensing + IEEE Women in Sensors Day. Joinville (SC, Brazil). June 3 to 6, 2024. Website

6th International Conference on Applied Surface Science (ICASS). Wuzhen (China). June 17th to 20th, 2024. Website

17th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes (ICIM 2024). Florianópolis (SC, Brazil). July 1 to 5, 2024. Website

29th International Liquid Crystal Conference (ILCC 2024). Rio de Janeiro (RJ, Brazil). July 21 to 26, 2024.Website

4th Workshop on Coated Tools & Multifunctional Thin Films. Campinas (SP, Brazil). August 19 to 23, 2024. Website

19th International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering (PSE 2024). Erfurt (Germany). September 2nd to 5th, 2024. Website

XXII B-MRS Meeting. Santos (SP, Brazil). September 29 to October 3, 2024. Website

VI Iberoamerican Conference on Advanced Oxidation Technologies (CIPOA). Florianópolis (SC, Brazil). October 7th to 11th, 2024. Website



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