B-MRS newsletter. Year 4, issue 4.


The newsletter of the Brazilian Materials Research Society News update from Brazil for the Materials community
English edition. Year 4, issue 4.

XVI B-MRS Meeting (Gramado, Brazil, September 10-14)

Abstract submission. The submission of abstracts for oral or poster was extended until May 19. Submit here.

Symposia.  See the 23 approved symposia, here.

Bernhard Gross Award.  Contributions submitted by authors who are undergraduate or graduate students can apply for the SBPMat award. To participate in the selection, the author must submit an extended abstract in addition to the conventional abstract. The deadline is August 14. Additional information in the instructions for authors, here.

Organization. Meet the organizing committee. Here.

Exhibitors. The event website shows the 18 companies that have already confirmed their participation. Companies interested in participating in the event with booths and other means of dissemination should contact Alexandre via this e-mail: comercial@sbpmat.org.br.   

Featured paper

A catalyst made from earth-abundant and metal-free materials enables efficient generation of  electricity through hydrazine fuel cells. The study was reported by an international scientific team in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A. See our news story.

People from our community

We interviewed Angelo Fernando Padilha, professor at the Polytechnic School of USP.  Padilha graduated in the first group of Materials Engineering in Latin America (UFSCar) and continued his research career in Brazil and Germany. Since the 1970s he has worked in research, development and innovation in materials for nuclear reactors and in metals. He recently chaired the Brazilian National Nuclear Energy Commission (CNEN). He is the author of textbooks in the field of materials that are well known in the country. In the interview, Padilha, who belongs to SBPMat’s group of founders, spoke about the challenges of the nuclear segment for the materials area, besides speaking about his career and lefting a message for the young researchers. See the interview.

Victor C. Pandolfelli (UFSCar) received for the third time the ACerS award (United States) for the best paper on refractory ceramics. Learn more.

Marcelo Knobel (Unicamp) took office as president of Unicamp. Learn more.

Reading tips

  • New method of nanofabrication based on self-organized materials has potential for mass production of wires of less than 10 nm wide (based on paper from Nature Nanotechnology). Here.
  • Quantum dot transistor developed with Brazilian participation makes complex operations (sees, counts, remembers) without complementary memory (based on paper from Nano Letters). Here.
  • 1-D materials manufacturing method allows precise control of the morphology and composition of one-dimensional objects (based on the paper from Small). Here.
  • Video shows real-time imaging of the growth and self organization a carbon nanotube population. Here.
  • Report in the MRS Bulletin (USA) about cuts in science funding in Brazil, with statements from the president and members of B-MRS. Here.


  • 9th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies. Suntec (Singapore). June 18 – 23, 2017. Site. 
  • 10th International Conference on Nanophotonics (ICNP 2017). Recife, PE (Brazil). July 2 – 5 2017. Site.
  • 1ª Escola Brasileira de Síncrotron (EBS). Campinas, SP (Brazil). July 10 – 21 2017. Site.
  • XI Brazilian Symposium on Glass and Related Materials (XI Brazglass). Curitiba, PR (Brazil). July 13 – 16 2017. Site.
  • VIII Método Rietveld de Refinamento de Estrutura. Fortaleza, CE (Brazil). July 24 – 28, 2017. Site.
  • XXXVIII Congresso Brasileiro de Aplicações de Vácuo na Indústria e na Ciência (CBRAVIC) + III Workshop de Tratamento e Modificação de Superfícies (WTMS). São José dos Campos (Brazil). August 21 – 25, 2017. Site.
  • IUMRS-ICAM 2017. Kyoto (Japan). August 27 – Setember 1, 2017. Site.
  • International Conference on Luminescence (ICL-2017).  João Pessoa (Brazil). August 27 – September 1, 2017. Site.
  • 23a Reunião da Associação Brasileira de Cristalografia. Vitória, ES (Brazil).  September 5 – 9 2017. Site.
  • XVI Encontro da SBPMat/ XVI B-MRS Meeting. Gramado (Brazil). September 10 – 14, 2017. Site.
  • 18th International Conference on Internal Friction and Mechanical Spectroscopy (ICIFMS-18). Foz do Iguaçu, PR (Brazil). September 12 – 15 2017. Site.
  • 2ª Conferência Nacional em Materiais Celulares (MatCel’2017) + Conferência Internacional em Dinâmica de Materiais Celulares (DynMatCel’2017). Aveiro (Portugal). September 25 – 27, 2017. Site. 
  • 1st Pan American Congress of Nanotechnology. Fundamentals and Applications to Shape the Future. Guarujá, SP (Brazil). November 7 – 30 2017. Site.

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