B-MRS Newsletter. Year 8, issue 5.


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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 8, issue 4. June 10, 2021.

Featured Paper

A team of Brazilian researchers produced nanocomposites of graphene oxide and ultra-small quantum dots whose electrical response can be easily adjusted. This discovery opens possibilities for the development of more sensitive devices in the energy and health field. The study was reported in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. Saiba mais.

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XIX B-MRS Meeting + IUMRS ICEM 2021 (virtual)


– Submissions. The XIX B-MRS Meeting received more than 1,100 abstracts from 31 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as from all regions of Brazil!

– Important dates. Revised abstracts may be resubmitted until June 21st. Final notification to these authors will be sent by June 28th.

– Symposia. See list, here.

– Guidelines for presenters. Instructions for oral and poster presentations, as well as general guidelines for the virtual event, are now available. See here.

Awards for undergraduate and graduate students. The Bernhard Gross Awards, from B-MRS, will distinguish the best poster and best oral presentation of each symposium. The American Chemical Society’s ACS Publications Prizes will award cash prizes to the best works from the event. The RSC Award, from the Royal Society of Chemistry, will award the top 6 posters with vouchers to purchase books. Submission of extended abstracts to participate in the awards can be made after abstract approval, until July 19th. Know more.

– Plenary and memorial lectures. Eight world-renowned scientists will speak on bioinspired materials, characterization of materials with high degree of structural disorder, superconductors, microfluidic technologies, bioelectronics, inverse design, organic semiconductors and plasmonic nanocomposites. See names and bios, titles and abstracts on the website´s home page.

– Other activities. In addition to the symposium and plenary sessions, the event will feature workshops and discussion panels on writing and presenting scientific papers; under-representation of gender, race and geographic distribution in science; perovskites and photovoltaic industry. Know more.

Registration. Early registration discount is available until July 30th. Check the fees, here.

– Support and sponsorship. This virtual edition of the event offers several possibilities for companies and entities interested in connecting with the community and exhibiting their products and services. Interested parties can contact Alexandre Alves at comercial@sbpmat.org.br.

Event website: https://www.sbpmat.org.br/19encontro/

News from B-MRS Members

Professor Hellmut Eckert (IFSC-USP), B-MRS member, was honored in early May with a special issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, which pays tribute to his scientific work in the area of nuclear magnetic resonance applied to materials. Know more.


Note of Condolences

B-MRS expresses deep regret for the death of Sérgio Mascarenhas Oliveira, retired Professor at the University of São Paulo (USP). Mascarenhas passed away on May 31, at the age of 93. In 2012, B-MRS honored him with the “Memorial Lecture Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro” for his impact on the Brazilian Materials research community. At this moment, the B-MRS Board would like to remember him as a great scientist who encouraged new talents and believed in collaborative work and in the entrepreneurial and creative capacity of the Brazilian people.

To know more about Prof Sergio Mascarenhas, read the text written by Prof Roberto Mendonça Faria (IFSC-USP), former B-MRS president of B-MRS.


– B-MRS subscribed the letter to the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations, requesting a series of measures for the release of FNDCT resources.

– B-MRS and dozens of entities endorsed a letter to Paulo Guedes, Minister of Economy, requesting information on the additional R$ 5 billion to the budget that, according to him, were received by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations.

– B-MRS was present at the Forum of Scientific Societies Affiliated to SBPC, which brought together, virtually, the representatives of 120 scientific societies to discuss actions and strategies for 2021. President Mônica Cotta and scientific director Andrea de Camargo represented B-MRS.

Reading Tips

– Scientists synthesize, for the first time, two-dimensional biphenylene sheets, a flat network of carbon atoms with electronic properties that are different from graphene properties (Science). Know more.

– Scientists break a resolution record in the visualization of atoms by solving limitations of a technique developed in 2018. The solution allows to locate individual atoms in the 3 dimensions of a sample (Science). Know more.

– Materials against water scarcity: Scientists create hydrogel microstructures inspired by the shape of cactus spines, which collect water from the air 24 hours a day (Nature Communications). Know more.

– Scientists are able to “turn on” and “turn off” the antiferromagnetism of a material, opening possibilities for the development of faster, more compact and safer memories than the current ones for data storage (Physical Review Letters). Know more.

– The United Nations General Assembly announced that 2022 will be the International Year of Glass. The initiative celebrates the social, technological, scientific, economic and artistic importance of this material. Know more.


VIRTUAL. 4th International Conference on Applied Surface Science. June 29 – 30, 2021. Site.

– VIRTUAL. International Conference on Materials for Humanity (MH 21). July 6 – 9, 2021. Site.

VIRTUAL. XIX B-MRS Meeting (Encontro da SBPMat) + IUMRS ICEM (International Conference on Electronic Materials). August 30 – September 3, 2021. Site.

– 7th International Polysaccharide Conference (EPNOE 2021). Nantes (France). October, 11 – 15, 2021. Site.

7th Meeting on Self Assembly Structures in Solution and at Interfaces. Bento Gonçalves, RS (Brazil). November 3 – 5, 2021. Site.

4th Workshop on Coated Tools & Multifunctional Thin Films. Campinas, SP (Brazil). March 29 – April 1, 2022. Site.

XVIII International Small Angle Scattering Conference. Campinas, SP (Brazil). September 11 – 16, 2022. Site.

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