B-MRS newsletter. Year 4, issue 5.


The newsletter of the Brazilian Materials Research Society News update from Brazil for the Materials community
English edition. Year 4, issue 5.

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

Approximately 2,000 abstracts were submitted to the XVI B-MRS Meeting! 

Authors. The authors will be notified by June 20 on the acceptance, modification or rejection of submitted papers.

Registration – discounts. Registrations are open. All categories have discounts until August 31st. See here the different values for B-MRS members (you can become a member during registration) and for non-members. And see here other advantages of joining SBPMat. 

Students Awards.  Contributions submitted by authors who are undergraduate or graduate students can apply for the students awards (the Bernhard Gross Award from B-MRS and other awards from partner entities). 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, 

Plenary lectures. Seven internationally renowned scientists will speak about cutting edge research on subjects such as materials for biomedical and environmental applications; biomimetic surfaces;
heterogeneous catalysis; materials and technologies for miniaturized electronic circuits; piezoelectric films and their energy, optics and electronics applications. Learn more by clicking on the speakers’
photos, here.

Memorial lecture. At the opening of the event, SBPMat will pay homage to Professor João Alziro H. da Jornada, from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), who will deliver the
traditional Memorial Lecture “Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro”.

Venue. The FAURGS event center is in the center of Gramado, within walking distance of restaurants, shops, tourist attraction spots and hotels.

City of the event. Gramado is a charming tourist town, with a wide and qualified chain of hotels, gastronomic restaurants and shops. This attractive city is also the starting point for a series of
sightseeing highlights that explores the area’s natural florid beauty, its history marked by German and Italian immigration, and the theme parks around the city.

Organization. Meet the organizing committee. Here.

Exhibitors. 21 companies have already confirmed their participation in the industrial exhibition. Some booths are available. 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.  

Mini-interviews with the plenary speakers of the event. Professor Hans-Joachim Freund, known as Hajo Freund, is a German scientist who heads, since 1996, a prestigious research institute in Berlin dedicated to the study of surfaces and interfaces. There, he also heads a group of more than 40 people devoted to understanding heterogeneous catalysis through the study of model catalysts. In Gramado, this scientist, who has a 97 h-index, will share with the audience his knowledge on heterogeneous catalysis, a theme of broad academic and industrial impact. See our mini-interview. 

B-MRS news

Young Research Award. B-MRS announced the results of its post-doc award, this year in partnership with E-MRS. The four young winners, selected from 20 candidates, will take part in international events in Strasbourg (France). Learn more about this.

Save the date. B-MRS announces that the 17th edition of its annual event (XVII B-MRS Meeting) will be held in the city of Natal (Rio Grande do Norte state), at the Convention Center of Praiamar Hotel, on September 16 – 20, 2018, under the coordination of Professor Antonio Eduardo Martinelli (UFRN).

Featured paper

A team of scientists was able to produce a hybrid material made of graphene oxide nanosheets and iron oxide nanoparticles with a special 3-dimensional morphology. The work was carried out at the Center for Semiconductor Components at UNICAMP and at an Indian university. When the material performance in electricity storage was tested, the hybrid proved to be promising as a flexible micro-supercapacitor for wearable electronics. The research was reported in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. See our news story.

People from our community

We interviewed the new director of the Brazilian Nanotechnology National Lab (LNNano), Adalberto Fazzio, former president of SBF, former pro tempore president of the Federal University of ABC and former coordinator of micro and nanotechnologies of the Brazilian Ministry of Science, among other management positions. Fazzio was a Professor at the Physics Institute of USP from 1979 until his retirement in 2015, and made significant contributions to the understanding of various materials (from semiconductors to topological insulators) using computational methods. In the 1980s and 1990s, Fazzio pioneered the use of ab initio calculations in Brazil and is currently exploring the use of machine learning techniques to study materials properties. In the interview, Prof. Fazzio spoke about his professional trajectory and the perspectives in nano research in light of today`s Brazilian budget situation. He also left a message for the readers who are starting their scientific careers. See the interview.

Reading tips

  • Method that aggregates real-time observation and computational modeling of piezoelectric material reveals details of nano-scale power generation mechanism (based on paper from Nano Letters). Here.
  • Nanoparticle functionalized with antibiotic developed in Brazil kills bacteria resistant to this antibiotic (based on paper from Scientific Reports). Here.
  • Sensor created in Brazil evaluates ethanol fuel quality in seconds with more precision than the sensors currently used (based on paper from Scientific Reports). Here.
  • Technology: Brazilian company develops electrostatic protection materials applicable to flooring, packaging, soles, carpeting and other products. 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.
  • 2º Ciclo de Minicursos de Cristalografia. Juiz de Fora, MG (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.
  • 23a Reunião da Associação Brasileira de Cristalografia. Vitória, ES (Brazil).  September 5 – 9 2017. Site.
  • XVI Encontro da SBPMat/ XVI B-MRS Meeting. Gramado, RS (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. 

  • 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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