B-MRS Newsletter. Year 11, issue 6.



Year 11, issue 6. July 2nd, 2024.

Papers and patents by the community


Photoluminescent nanoparticles can play a crucial role in diagnostic imaging methods used in medicine due to their ability to emit light inside living organisms and cells. They can also be used in theranostic medicine, which combines diagnosis and treatment in the same procedure. In this recently published article, a group of researchers from IFSC-USP and UFSCar presents new photoluminescent and biocompatible nanoparticles, made from carbonated calcium phosphate and functionalized with citrate. Using simple, low-cost methods, the team was able to optimize the luminescence of these nanoparticles, in addition to increasing their stability. The work highlights the potential of this material for bioimaging and theranostics. Access the paper.


This paper reports an innovative approach to degrading the glyphosate molecule – a herbicide widely used in agriculture, which ends up polluting water and soil. In this proposal, glyphosate powers a fuel cell based on a photoanode that captures sunlight and promotes spontaneous reactions capable of degrading the molecule and, at the same time, generating electricity. The authors of the work, researchers from UFMS and LNNano-CNPEM, carefully developed the photoanode materials in order to increase their efficiency. Access the paper.


In this article, a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Unesp, Unicamp and PUC-Rio presents an new antenna for satellite communication with better performance than conventional ones. The team developed an innovative design based on mathematical models and was able to manufacture it thanks to the use of metal additive manufacturing. The authors made adjustments to the design of the classic helical antenna, invented in the 1940s. By proposing wires with variable diameters throughout the antenna, they managed to bring together the main advantages of thick-wire and thin-wire antennas. Additive manufacturing was essential to enable the precise manufacturing of a device with complex geometry using high-quality steel. Access the paper.

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Recently granted to UFRN by the Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), this letter patent protects the invention of a material with high sensitivity to deformation that could be used as a touch sensor. The technology is based on the use of magnetostrictive films, which change their magnetic properties when subjected to some degree of deformation. To maximize the effect, the authors carried out a detailed study to transfer these properties, already well studied in rigid substrates such as glass, to flexible substrates. Using the magnetron sputtering technique, they deposited nanostructures based on cobalt alloys on flexible polymeric substrates. The material obtained allows controlling the level of sensitivity through external magnetic fields and variations in the frequency of electrical current. This possibility may be interesting for technological applications, such as, for example, touch systems on car steering wheels, where sensitivity control must be rigorous to avoid accidents.


– B-MRS signs a letter to Brazilian federal science agencies CNPq and Capes asking for resources for mobility of students from institutions in Rio Grande do Sul affected by the climate catastrophe, so that they can continue their research in other institutions in the country, if they wish. Read the letter.



Reginaldo Muccillo (IPEN), former administrative director of B-MRS, joined the body of associate editors of Ceramics International, Elsevier’s prestigious magazine dedicated to advanced ceramic materials. Muccillo’s trajectory in this area of ​​research has international prominence, including his election as a member of the World Academy of Ceramics and awards from the American Ceramic Society. We wish our member success in this new assignment!

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

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Next important date. Extended abstracts to compete for event prizes and awards must be sent by July 10th. Know more.

Accommodation. The hotels that offer a special discount to participants of the XXII B-MRS Meeting are listed on the event website. By clicking on the links, the promotional values ​​are accessed. Check here.

Plenary talks. Seven internationally renowned scientists, from universities and companies in Brazil, Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom and Singapore, will speak about scientific topics of broad interest. The Memorial Lecture Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro will be given by Prof. Marília Junqueira Caldas (USP) and the José Arana Varela Award Lecture, by Prof. Bluma Guenther Soares (UFRJ). Know more.

Student awards and prizes. The B-MRS Bernhard Gross Awards will recognize the best poster and best oral presentation by undergraduate and postgraduate students at each symposium. Among the finalists, the works with the best evaluations will receive cash prizes from scientific publishers ACS and RSC. To compete for the prizes it is necessary to submit an extended abstract by July 10th. Know more.

Early career woman researcher prize. The B-MRS Young Researcher Award will recognize the best oral presentation of the entire event made by a woman who defended her doctorate between 2015 and 2024. The winner will receive a cash prize from the scientific publisher MDPI. To compete, you must submit an extended abstract by July 10th. Know more.

Registration. The registration fee for the event is available for the different categories and conditions. The early registration discount for all categories ends on August 10th. See registration fees.

Exhibitors. 31 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 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).


– The submission of scientific articles for a special edition of a new IOP magazine on science and technology for sustainability is open until October 31st. The issue is dedicated to solutions for Latin America and has two B-MRS members as guest editors: Ana Flavia Nogueira (Unicamp) and Caue Ribeiro (Embrapa). The publication will be open access and free of charge. Know more.

– Alexander von Humboldt Foundation + CAPES program offers scholarships for scientific visits to Germany for recent doctors or experienced researchers. Know more

Upcoming events

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

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

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

– VI Escola de Inverno em Física Aplicada à Medicina e Biologia (EIFAMB). Ribeirão Preto (SP, Brazil). July 29 to August 2, 2024. Website.

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

– XIV Rietveld Method Course. Fortaleza (CE, Brazil). August 26 to 30, 2024. Website.

– III Simpósio Multidisciplinar em Materiais do Centro-Oeste (SMMCO). Caldas Novas (GO, Brazil). August 26 to 28, 2024. Website.

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

– VI Latin American Crystallographic Association Meeting. Montevideo (Uruguay). September 23-26, 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.

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

– Biomaterials and Novel Technologies for Healthcare (4th BioMAH). Rome (Italy) October 15 to 18, 2024. Website.

– 8th International Workshop on Flow and Fracture of Advanced Glasses. Tóquio (Japan). October 27 to 30, 2024.Website.

– XXIII B-MRS Meeting. Salvador (BA, Brazil). September 28 to October 2, 2025. SAVE THE DATE!


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