B-MRS Newsletter. Year 11, issue 3.


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Year 11, issue 3. April 2nd, 2024.

Papers by the community


In this work, a team of researchers from USP, UFSCar and UFPI, together with their collaborators from abroad, compared, for the first time, the effects of conventional sintering and flash sintering on the hydroxyapatite-zirconia composite, a material that can be used, for example, in implants, bone regeneration and dental restoration. The team analyzed the changes that occur in the composite during sintering. The results revealed major differences in the microstructure of the material obtained by the two techniques and demonstrated that flash sintering is promising for generating specific structures without the need for other elements such as catalysts. Access the scientific article.


Due to their ability to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy and vice versa, piezoelectric materials can be fundamental components of various sensors and other electronic devices. And more. In the form of thin films, they can be part of flexible electronic devices, which are increasingly used. In this review article, researchers from Mackenzie and ITA present a comprehensive and up-to-date look at the potential of piezoelectric thin films for building flexible devices and sensors. One of the focuses of the article is the use of sputtering in the synthesis of these films – a technique whose advances currently allow optimizing the composition, structure and performance of piezoelectric films. Go to the review paper.

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Seeking alternatives to the use of antibiotics in agriculture is important to reduce the presence of these drugs in the environment and to contain the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In this work, researchers from IFSC and IQSC at USP bring a contribution from nanotechnology and biotechnology to alternative methods against bacteria in agriculture. The authors studied a complex formed by silver nanoparticles (known for their antimicrobial effect) and endolysin (a protein capable of recognizing certain bacteria and breaking their cell walls). The research confirmed that the complex of nanoparticles and endolysin is capable of eliminating bacteria present in agriculture more efficiently than each of the components separately. Go to the paper.

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

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Abstract submission The abstract submission deadline for oral and poster presentation is April 8th. ​See our submission guidelines.

Symposia. 28 thematic symposia organized by more than 100 researchers from 17 countries make up the XXII B-MRS Meeting, covering the most diverse topics in materials research. See the list of symposia.

Registration. The registration fees for the event are available for the different categories and conditions. See registration fees.

Exhibitors. 19 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. See more information about the city and the convention center.

Chairs. The general coordinators of the event are Prof. Laura Oliveira Péres, from the Department of Chemistry at 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).



On March 13, Prof Cid de Araújo (UFPE), a B-MRS member, received an award from the National Council of State Research Foundations (CONFAP) for his contributions to the production of knowledge and the development of Brazilian populations. The scientist won 1st place in the Outstanding Researcher category (Exact Sciences area) at the 3º Prêmio CONFAP de Ciência, Tecnologia & Inovação “Johanna Döbereiner”. For this award, candidates are nominated by the research support foundation of their state. The evaluation committees are designated by CNPq, the federal research agency. In 2021, Prof Cid was distinguished by B-MRS with the Memorial Lecture “Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro”.


Prof. Lucimara Stolz Roman (UFPR), scientific director of B-MRS, was approved in her defense for progression to Full Professor on February 29th by an all-female committee (a fact probably unprecedented in defenses of this type in Physics departments in Brazil) . The panel included pioneers such as the first female Presidents of B-MRS, Mônica Cotta and SBF, Débora Peres Menezes, and the first woman to be Full Professor at the Department of Physics at UFPR, Alice Marlene Grimm.


– Fapesp scholarship for direct doctorate at Unifesp in biosensor technologies and controlled release systems. Applications until April 21st. Know more.

– Post-doctorate in biosensors and controlled release systems at Unifesp with a Fapesp scholarship. Applications by April 30th. Know more.

To follow opportunities in the area, enter the B-MRS group on Linkedin.

Upcoming events

Curso de outono de escrita científica da USP. Online. April 17 to 25, 2024. Website

2nd School on Glasses and Glass-ceramics. São Carlos (SP). April 29 to May 4, 2024. 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 19 to 24, 2024. Website.

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

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

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

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

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

24th International Conference on Photochemical Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy (IPS-24). Hiroshima (Japan). July 28 to August 2, 2024. Website.

4th Workshop on Coated Tools & Multifunctional Thin Films. Campinas (SP). 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). September 29 to October 3, 2024.Website.

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

– São Paulo School of Advanced Science on 4th Generation Synchrotron Techniques. Campinas (SP). October 14-25, 2024. Website.


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