B-MRS Newsletter. Year 10, issue 7.



Year 10, issue 7. August 7th, 2023.

Elections at SBPMat


B-MRS members will elect, in October this year, the next Executive Board and six members of the Council. The calendar for the electoral process was released. All active members can run for the Board or the Council. Know more.

Papers by the community


In this article, a scientific team from Unesp and USP makes a contribution to the development of implants that integrate better into the body. The authors studied in detail the possibility of adding bisphosphonates (organic molecules used in the treatment of bone diseases) to materials for dental implant coatings: titanium dioxide (a material with good adhesion to metals such as titanium) and hydroxyapatite (a compound with excellent biocompatibility). Bisphosphonates could make implants more bioactive by increasing their ability to induce bone growth. This work takes a first step in this direction, as it shows how the adsorption of these molecules on films occurs and how this affects surface properties. Check out the paper in Surfaces and Interfaces.


Micro and nanofibers that are both flexible and conductive are the subject of this review article signed by a team from UFBA, Embrapa Instrumentação and UFSCar. The authors address recent advances in the development of these materials produced by electrospinning, and their application in flexible electronic devices, from batteries to sensors, increasingly present in health and environmental monitoring. Check out the review in the Chemical Engineering Journal.


Researchers from Unicamp and CNPEM, together with a collaborator from Canada, investigated the modulation of acidity in catalysts and its impact on the hydrodeoxygenation reaction – one of the main processes used to add value to biomass derivatives in the production of biofuels. The results contribute to the development of more active, selective and stable catalysts that can be used to produce fuels and raw materials for industry from biomass. Access the paper in Applied Catalysis B: Environmental.


A team from UFABC developed a portable device that allows detecting the rabies virus in less than 1 minute. The work presents a new alternative to the current methods of diagnosing the disease, which require a laboratory structure and expensive reagents to be carried out. The authors produced different graphene derivatives from natural Brazilian graphite and tested their performance as biosensor electrodes. Reduced graphene oxide films showed the best performance in tests with respiratory secretions from bats. Functionalized with cDNA, the electrodes detected and quantified the RNA of the virus in the samples. The device is promising for diagnosing diseases in hard-to-reach places, as well as for field research. Access the scientific article in Biosensors and Bioelectronics.

If you are the author of a high-impact article in the Materials area and you wish to share it with our community, contact us.



Registrations for the JALCOM Award will close on the 15th of August. This award from B-MRS and the Journal of Alloys and Compounds (Elsevier) is devoted to researchers from Brazilian institutions with significant contributions in certain topics in the areas of Materials and Energy. Know more.

University Chapters


B-MRS launched a call to fund outreach projects of its University Chapters within the theme “Materials and Sustainable Development”. Application is open until the 31st of August. Know more.

XXI B-MRS Meeting
Maceió (AL), October 1st to 5th, 2023


Early Registration. The period for registration with discount in all categories ends on August 10th. See prices and register here.

Short Courses. On October 1st (Sunday), starting at 10:00 am, the program features 3 free short courses for XXI B-MRS Meeting attendees, on the themes: research in microfluidics, writing and publishing scientific articles and use of advanced materials in forensic science. To participate, it is necessary to register through the event system until August 31st, by clicking on “add/edit activities”.

Short Program: it is available on the website. See here.

Plenary Lectures. This edition of the event will have 6 plenary lectures given by distinguished scientists from France, Germany, India, Italy, Portugal and Spain. Learn more about the plenary sessions on the website.

Memorial Lecture. At the opening of the event, the traditional Memorial Lecture Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro will be given by Prof. Gilberto Fernandes de Sá (UFPE).

Lectureship Award José Arana Varela. Prof. Fernando Lázaro Freire Junior (PUC-Rio) will receive this distinction from B-MRS and will deliver a plenary lecture at the event.

Symposia. The event comprises 24 thematic symposia covering design, synthesis, characterization, processing and applications of various materials, from traditional alloys to bio-based polymers. More than 100 researchers from 15 countries organize our symposia.

Venue. The venue for the event will be the Ruth Cardoso Cultural and Exhibition Center, in the city of Maceió. Know more.

Chairmen. The general coordinators of the event are Professors at the Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL): Carlos Jacinto da Silva, from the Institute of Physics, and Mario Roberto Meneghetti, from the Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology.


– Research internship at IBM Research for PhD students in the field of molecular modeling. Know more.

– Joint call for (self) nominations from Applied Materials & Interfaces and ACS Applied Nano Materials to compose a collection of articles by authors from South America. Deadline: August 31. Know more.

– Jalcom Award, award from SBPMat and the Journal of Alloys and Compounds (Elsevier) for researchers from Brazilian institutions with contributions in topics of Materials and Energy, applications are open until August 15th. Know more.

– Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) Award, University of Waterloo (Canada), for emerging leader in nanoscience and nanotechnology aligned with WIN themes: smart and functional materials, connected devices, next-generation energy systems, therapeutics and theranostics. Registration until September 15th. Know more.

– Call for papers from the ACS Applied Nano Materials journal for the special issue “Women in Nano”, dedicated to articles by women working on nanomaterials with a focus on applications. Deadline for submission is August 31. Know more.

– Call for articles from the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, B and C (RSC) for the thematic collection on “functional framework materials”. Submissions by September 1st. Know more.

– Call for articles for thematic collection on injectable hydrogels in the RSC Journal of Materials Chemistry B and Biomaterials Science. Submissions by September 10th. Know more.

Upcoming events

– IV Brazilian Nanocellulose Summit. Sao Carlos (SP). August 9th to 11th, 2023. Website.

1st Brazilian Symposium on Nanotechnology Engineering at PENt-COPPE/UFRJ. Online. August 28th to 30th, 2023. Website.

Chip in Rio (International Congress in Microelectronics and Microtechnologies). Rio de Janeiro. August 28 to September 1, 2023. Website.

XXI B-MRS Meeting. Maceio (AL). October 1st to 5th, 2023. Website.

4th International Brazilian Conference on Tribology (TriboBR). Victoria (ES). November 26th to 30th, 2023. Website.

XLVI Congresso Internacional de Químicos Teóricos de Expressão Latina (Quitel 2023). Montevideo (Uruguay). November 26th to 30th, 2023. Website.

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

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

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