B-MRS Newsletter. Year 8, issue 7.


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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 8, issue 7. August 9, 2021.

Featured paper

A research team from UFMG achieved super-resolution using microwave microscopy technique, thanks to the effect of water meniscus between the microscope tip and the sample. The experimental tests were performed with twisted bilayer graphene. The article was published in Nature Communications. Know more.

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Papers suggested by the community

Twisting or untwisting graphene twisted nanoribbons without rotation. Alexandre F. Fonseca
Phys. Rev. B 104, 045401.

Computational work by author from UNICAMP proposes and proves a new method to adjust the real amount of twist of previously twisted graphene nanoribbons, without having to twist it again or rotate it.

Computational design of moiré assemblies aided by artificial intelligence. Georgios A. Tritsaris, Stephen Carr, and Gabriel R. Schleder. Applied Physics Reviews 8, 031401 (2021).
Authors from UFABC and Harvard show how artificial intelligence can be used to optimize the design of heterostructures of rotated 2D materials, a new area known as “twistronics.”

Would you like to suggest for dissemination articles of your authorship, of high impact and made in Brazil? Send the reference, a sentence and a non-copyright image about the paper to comunicacao@sbpmat.org.br.

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


– Our event has 1,176 works approved for presentation and more than 1,200 participants registered so far!

– Early registration discount was extended until August 20th to fulfill community requests.

– Workshops and panels. In addition to the symposia and plenary sessions, the event offers the following activities:
Young Researchers´ School. Sunday 29/08 from 2 pm to 6 pm. Registration (free), available in the event’s system.
Workshop on Scientific Presentations. Monday 30/08 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Registration (free), available in the event’s system
SBPMat Women: Scientific underrepresentation aggravated by race and geographic distribution, and the impacts of the pandemic on scientific production. Thursday 02/09 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
Perovskites in the photovoltaic industry: perspectives and opportunities. Tuesday 31/08 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm.
CBAN – Brazil-Argentina Nanotechnology Center Opportunities for bi-lateral cooperation in Nanotechnology and Nano Science. Monday 30/08 from 10:30 am to 10:45 am.
Know more about these activities.

– Program. See the general program, here.

– Guidelines for presenters. See instructions for oral and poster presentations, as well as general guidelines for the virtual event, 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. The winning works will be announced at the awards and closing ceremony of the event, on September 3rd.

– Plenary and memorial lectures. Ten internationally distinguished scientists will speak about bioinspired materials, characterization of materials with a high degree of structural disorder, superconductors, microfluidic technologies, bioelectronics, inverse design, organic semiconductors, plasmonic nanocomposites, sustainable piezoelectric materials and spintronics. See names and bios, titles and abstracts, on the website home page.

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

News from B-MRS members

Professor Mônica A. Cotta (UNICAMP), current president of B-MRS and the first woman in this position, became the first female director of the IFGW – UNICAMP. Know more.



Professor Yvonne Primerano Mascarenhas (USP), a pioneer in X-ray crystallography in Brazil, completed 90 years of life on July 21st. Read the interview with Professor Yvonne, held in 2019, when she was honored by B-MRS with the Memorial Lecture Memorial Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro, here.


B-MRS expresses deep sorrow for the passing of Professor Oswaldo Luiz Alves (UNICAMP), one of the pioneers of Solid State Chemistry in Brazil, which took place on July 10th. A B-MRS interview with Prof. Alves in 2015 can be accessed here.



– B-MRS signed an open letter from SBPC expressing disappointment and concern with the fragility of the infrastructure of CNPq and requesting immediate measures.

– B-MRS signed a note from entities that make up ICTP.br repudiating the additional cut in the CNPq budget and reaffirming the fight for the full release of FNDCT resources.

– B-MRS signed a letter from SBPC to the National Council of Education requesting an extension of the deadline for the resolution regarding the training of Basic Education teachers.

– B-MRS signed an open letter from SBPC against threats to the Rule of Law in Brazil.

University Chapters

The YouTube channel of the B-MRS University Chapter at UFCAT brings together seminars on various materials subjects. Discover the channel and subscribe.

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– Special issue of the Journal of The Electrochemical Society for works by women in Electrochemistry. Edited by 50 female scientists from around the world, including Brazil. Submission of articles until 03/11. Know more.

– Postdoc in Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy at the São Carlos Institute of Physics – USP (Brazil). Know more.


VIRTUAL. IX Encontro de Física e Astronomia da UFSC. 24 a 26 de agosto de 2021. Site.

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

– VIRTUAL. 21o Congresso Brasileiro de Catálise. 13 a 17 de setembro de 2021. Site.

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

– VIRTUAL. International Workshop of the Graduate Program on Physics Engineering at UFRPE. October 19 – 20, 2021. Site.

– VIRTUAL. 1° Congresso Fronteiras da Nanociência e Nanotecnologia: avanços realizados por jovens cientistas brasileiros. 27 a 29 de outubro de 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.

– 11th International Conference of the African Materials Research Society (AMRS2022 ). Dakar (Senegal). December 12 – 15, 2022. Site.

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