B-MRS Newsletter. Year 5, issue 1.



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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 5 – issue 1. February 8, 2018.
B-MRS election process

The Electoral Commission released the results of the election. Professor Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Jr will chair B-MRS for another two year term, accompanied by Rubem Luis Sommer (administration, finance and assets) and Antonio Eduardo Martinelli, Daniel Eduardo Weibel, Glaura Goulart Silva, Iêda Maria Garcia dos Santos and Mônica Alonso Cotta (scientific directors). The council members elected by this vote are José Antonio Eiras, Pedro Augusto de Paula Nascente, Luís Augusto Sousa Marques Rocha, Milton Sergio Fernandes de Lima and Manuel Henrique Lente.


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


Call for symposium proposals. The deadline was extended. You are invited to submit a symposium proposal until February 19. Know more.

The event website is online. Click here.

Exhibitors and sponsors. 16 companies have already reserved their places in the exhibition. Companies interested in participating in the event with booths or sponsoring can contact Alexandre at comercial@sbpmat.org.br.

Organizers. The Meeting Chair is Professor Antonio E. Martinelli (Brazilian Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, UFRN). Meet the Organization Committee.

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

City. Founded in 1599, Natal is the capital city of the state of Rio Grande do Norte. The city offers beautiful beaches, dunes, rivers, Atlantic Forest reserves, historic buildings and a complete tourist infrastructure. In addition, it has a rich culture that can be experienced through music, crafts and cuisine. The city has a modern international airport. In September, the climate of Natal, known as “city of the sun”, is usually dry with an average temperature of around 25 °C. Watch this short video about Natal.

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Featured paper

A Brazilian scientific team has discovered that vulcanized natural rubber outperforms any other material already studied in its capacity to heat and cool when compressed and decompressed. This finding opens up concrete possibilities for applying rubber as a solid state refrigerant for refrigeration systems. The results, obtained in a thematic laboratory of the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory, were published in ACS Macro Letters. Know more.

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Featured scientists

We interviewed 4 national winners of the last Capes Thesis Award, who defended their PhDs with works in the materials field: conductive polymers for solar cells, phase transformation in titanium dioxide and its application in self-cleaning ceramics, tribological coatings for internal combustion engines and (nano)photonic structures. See here.

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History of Materials Research in Brazil

The IEA-R1 nuclear research reactor completed 60 years of operation, during which it provided neutron beams produced by nuclear fission to carry out research in several areas, including the Materials field. Although not so popular in the characterization of materials, neutrons can generate better or complementary results to those generated by X-rays. Know more.

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News from the community

Professor Daniel Ugarte (IFGW-Unicamp) was awarded the 2018 TWAS Prize in Physics for his pioneering work on characterising electronic and structural properties of nanosystems. Know more.


  • Escola de Caracterização de Nanomateriais e Nanoestruturas. Duque de Caxias, RJ (Brazil). March 5 – 9, 2018. Site.

  • Primer Encuentro de Jóvenes Investigadores en Ciencias de Materiales. Montevideu (Uruguay). April 13 – 14, 2018. Site.
  • 6º Encontro Nacional de Engenharia Biomecânica (ENEBI 2018). Águas de Lindoia, SP (Brazil). May 8 – 11, 2018. Site.

  • 8th International Symposium on Natural Polymers and Composites. São Pedro, SP (Brazil). May 27 – 30, 2018. Site.

  • Photonic Colloidal Nanostructures: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications (PCNSPA 2018). Saint Petersburg (Russia). June 4 – 6, 2018. Site.

  • 7th International Congress on Ceramics (ICC7). Foz do Iguaçu, PR (Brazil). June 17 – 21, 2018. Site.

  • International Conference on Electronic Materials 2018 (IUMRS-ICEM). Daejeon (South Korea). August 19 – 24, 2018. Site.

  • Symposium “Nano-engineered coatings, surfaces and interfaces” at the “XXVII International Materials Research Congress”. Cancun (Mexico). August 19 – 24, 2018. Site.

  • XVII B-MRS Meeting. Natal, RN (Brazil). September 16 – 20, 2018. Site.

  • International Conference of Young Researchers on Advanced Materials (ICYRAM 2018). Adelaide (Australia). November 4 – 8, 2018. Site.

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