B-MRS newsletter. Year 4, issue 11.


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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 4, issue 11. December 6th, 2017.
B-MRS election process

The election of the Executive Board (president and directors) for the next two years and members of the Deliberative Council for the next 4 years will be held at the end of January. The process has already begun.

Who participates? All members in good standing can vote, can form boards for the Executive Board or express interest in being Council members. Good standing = registered membership and paid 2017 annuity.

How to regularize the membership situation? December 11 is the deadline to become a first-time member (registration + annuity 2017) or to regularize membership situation (annuity 2017) in order to participate in this important process of our society.

How to apply? To register an Executive Board or express interest in joining the Council, you must write to eleicoes2017@sbpmat.org.br.

Know more.


XVII B-MRS Meeting
(Natal, Brazil, September 16 – 20, 2018)

Call for symposium proposals. Researchers from the international scientific community may submit symposium proposals by January 31, 2018. Know more.

Exhibitors and sponsors. Companies interested in participating in the event with booths and other dissemination modes may contact Alexandre at comercial@sbpmat.org.br. Until December 22 there are discounts for the booths and for sponsorship quotas.

Chairman. The meeting chair is Professor Antonio E. Martinelli, from the Brazilian Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN).

Venue. The event will be held in the convention center of Hotel Praiamar, located a few meters from the famous beach of Ponta Negra.


Featured paper

A study carried out mainly in Brazilian institutions developed a method, based on XMCD, which allowed a unique experimental investigation of the distribution of electrons and magnetism of uranium-based compounds, which due to their toxicity have relatively little experimental data. In addition to the scientific results published in Nature Communications, this work leaves to the scientific community a research system for magnetic materials installed at the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS). Know more.

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Featured scientist

We interviewed Oscar Malta, a professor at UFPE, who recently received an honorary doctorate degree from the prestigious University of Wroclaw (Poland). In 4 decades of fundamental and applied research on lanthanide elements and their compounds, Malta has made a number of high impact contributions. His articles have about 7,000 citations. In the interview, the scientist spoke about his trajectory, the area of lanthanides and the importance of science and technology for humanity. He also left a message for the young audience, urging them to give importance to the study of the theoretical and historical foundations of their research topics. See interview.

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News from the community

  • Antonio Carlos Hernandes (IFSC-USP), founding member and former director of SBPMat, is the new Vice-Rector of the University of São Paulo (USP). Know more.

Reading tips

  • By combining materials with different reactions to infrared radiation, scientists have created a tissue that heats on one side and cools on the other (Science Advances). Know more.
  • Research conducted by Brazilian scientists shows that NbB, cited as an example of superconductivity for 65 years, is not a superconductor (Physical Review Materials). Know more.


  • Fellowships in sustainable energy. See here.
  • Postdoc at the Brazilian Federal University of Santa Catarina. See here.
  • Call for applications of foreign visiting professors/researchers for the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul. See here.


  • Primer Encuentro de Jóvenes Investigadores en Ciencias de Materiales. Montevideo (Uruguay). April, 13 – 14, 2018. Site.
  • Photonic Colloidal Nanostructures: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications. (PCNSPA 2018). Saint Petersburg (Russia). June 4 – 8, 2018. Site.
  • International Conference on Electronic Materials 2018 (IUMRS-ICEM). Daejeon (South Korea). August, 19 – 24, 2018. Site.
  • XVII Encontro da SBPMat/ B-MRS Meeting. Natal (Brazil). September, 16 – 20, 2018. Call for symposium proposals.
  • International Conference of Young Researchers on Advanced Materials (ICYRAM 2018). Adelaide (Australia). November 4 – 8, 2018. Site.

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