B-MRS Newsletter. Year 5, issue 5.


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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 5, issue 5. June 8, 2018.
Featured Paper

From a cotton sewing thread, a scientific team has developed a material that conducts electricity and has antibacterial properties. The conductive thread has shown very good performance when used as an electric heater and as a supercapacitor electrode. Flexible, nice to the touch and easy to incorporate into any product using a needle, the conductive thread is a promising material for creating wearable electronics such as energy storage t-shirts. The work was fully carried out at Univasf (in the Brazilian state of Bahia) and was reported in Applied Materials and Interfaces. Know more.


Featured Scientist

We interviewed Joan Ramón Morante Lleonart, director of the Institute of Energy Research of Catalonia, professor at the University of Barcelona and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Physics D. His works are part of efforts to make the “circular carbon economy” real, in which carbon dioxide becomes the main raw material. This requires developing a series of materials, mainly catalytic materials. Professor Morante will address these issues in a plenary lecture of the XVII B-MRS Meeting. See interview.

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


Join us, by the beach, and be part of this great gathering, where science and technology will meet nature to form the ideal learning and exchanging experience!

The event received about 1700 works by authors from 42 countries around the world and from all regions of Brazil! Know more.

Awards for students. Students’ extended abstracts can be submitted until June 18 to apply for the Bernhard Gross and ACS Publications awards. Know more.

Registration. Early fee registration is open until July 31. Know more.

Tutorial. Those enrolled in the event can participate in the tutorial on scientific writing and editorial process at no additional cost. Free registration during the meeting’s general registration. Know more.

Conference Party. The party will be held on the night of September 19, at the Imirá Plaza Hotel & Convention, and will be sponsored by ACS Publications scientific journals. Know more.

Lodging, transfer and tours. See options of the event’s official tourist agency, Harabello, here.

Plenary lectures. Find out who are the 8 internationally renowned scientists who will deliver the plenary sessions and which are the themes of the lectures, here.

Memorial lecture. The Memorial Lecture “Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro” will be delivered at the opening session by Professor Fernando Galembeck. Know more.

Symposia. See the list of symposia that will compose the event, here.

Exhibitors and sponsors. 19 companies have already reserved their places in the exhibition and 14 other entities take part in the event throught other kinds of publicity and support. 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. A well-known destination for international tourists, Natal also offers a pleasant environment to discuss, interact and learn. Its nice weather (dry with an average temperature of around 25 °C in September), the welcoming people and very refined seafood and local gastronomy create an atmosphere of well-being that goes beyond the natural beauty of the city’s coastline. Watch this short video about Natal.

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News from B-MRS Members

Prof. Victor Pandolfelli (UFSCar) has been reelected as member of the advisory board of the World Academy of Ceramics (WAC), where he will be one of the three representatives of the American continent. Know more.


Reading Tips

  • Scientists are able to create spin currents in superconducting materials, opening up possibilities for high-performance computing (paper from Nature Materials). Know more.

  • As if it were a biological system, new electronic material grows or reduces itself in response to biochemical signals (paper from Nature Chemistry). Know more.

  • Developed by scientists, a new curing method of high-performance polymers used in airplanes and cars is very fast, economical and environmentally friendly (paper from Nature). Know more.

  • Ultra-efficient magnetization of a material using only light: Brazilian research has shown that 1 photon can organize 6,000 electron spins in 50 picoseconds (paper from Physical Review Letters). Know more.

  • Review article with the participation of researchers from Brazil: manufacture of 2D carbon materials for energy conversion and storage applications (Progress in Energy and Combustion Science). Know more.

  • Cover article with Brazilian participation features nitrile rubber, a material used in industries such as petrochemicals, with improved mechanical properties due to the addition of hybrid nanoparticles (paper from the Journal of Applied Polymer Science). Know more.


  • 7th International Congress on Ceramics (ICC7). Foz do Iguaçu, PR (Brazil). June 17 – 21, 2018. Site.
  • IX Método Rietveld. Fortaleza, CE (Brazil). Jule 16 – 20, 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” no “XXVII International Materials Research Congress”. Cancun (Mexico). August 19 – 24, 2018. Site.

  • 8th International Conference on Optical, Optoelectronic and Photonic Materials and Applications (ICOOPMA2018). Maresias, SP (Brazil). August 26 – 31, 2018. Site.

  • 16th International Conference on Molecule-based Magnets (ICMM2018). Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). September 1 – 5, 2018. Site.

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

  • XXXIX Congresso Brasileiro de Aplicações de Vácuo na Indústria e na Ciência (CBrAVIC). Joinville, SC (Brazil). October 8 – 11, 2018. Site.

  • São Paulo School of Advanced Science on Colloids (SPSAS Colloids). Campinas, SP (Brazil). October 28 – November 7, 2018. Site.

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

  • 6th Meeting on Self Assembly Structures In Solution and at Interfaces. São Pedro, SP (Brazil). November 7 – 9, 2018. Site.

  • 3rd International Brazilian Conference on Tribology (TriboBR 2018). Florianópolis, SC (Brazil). December 3 – 5, 2018. Site.

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