B-MRS Newsletter. Year 5, issue 6.


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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 5, issue 6. July 6, 2018.
Featured Paper

A work developed in Brazil can contribute to develop mass production of carbon nanotubes. The scientific team innovated the production of nanoparticles that are used for the catalytic growth of nanotubes by the CVD method, thereby generating high-purity thin and long nanotubes. With these nanotubes, the team prepared films that could be used in batteries and supercapacitors. The work was reported in Carbon. Know more.

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From idea to innovation

Our story begins in the nineteenth century with experiments that demonstrated that light could travel along a certain path and follow curves. The second milestone in the story is a 1954 edition of the journal Nature, which published technological advances in the sense of using glass as a pathway for the transport of light. The third milestone is the work of an undergraduate student which resulted in the manufacture of the first flexible endoscope. Take a look at the first part of our article on the development of fiber optics. Here.

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Featured Scientists

Bernhard Keimer, director of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research (Germany), has dedicated efforts to understand and control collective electron behaviors known as electron correlations. Thus, he manufactures nanometric structures composed of several materials (mainly metal oxides) and analyzes them by spectroscopic methods. Prof. Keimer will be at the XVII B-MRS Meeting to address this subject. See our brief interview.


Junbai Li, a professor at the Institute of Chemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and editor-in-chief of Colloids & Surfaces, produces nanomaterials with biomedical applications using self-assembling amino acids. He will speak on this topic in the plenary lecture of the XVII B-MRS Meeting. See our brief interview.

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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!

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

Poster printing service. You can e-mail the file and, during the event, take the printed poster at the convention center. 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.

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.


Reading tips

  • A team with Brazilian participation extracts from hematite (iron) a new two-dimensional material, the “hematene,” with magnetic and photocatalytic properties (Nature Nanotechnology). Know more.

  • Devices integrated to contact lenses and wristwatches continually monitor the glucose level in tears and sweat (Science Advances and ACS Nano). Know more.
  • Scientists discover chiral magnetism in amorphous thin films, opening up the possibility of using these materials in spintronic devices (Advanced Materials). Know more.

  • A paper with significant Brazilian participation that explains the unusual behavior of black phosphorus regarding the inelastic scattering of light (Raman) enters world ranking of most cited papers (ACS Nano). Know more.

  • Patent: Brazilian scientific team developed an implant to replace the volume of lost eye in the orbital cavity, with glass-ceramic material and innovative design, which favors integration with the organism and has already been tested in humans and animals. Know more.

  • 2017 impact factors. See some highlights from Wiley and from Elsevier in the Materials area.


  • “IUMRS – MRS Singapore Young Researcher Award 2018” for researchers under the age of 40 with interdisciplinary, innovative and excellent research work. Know more.


  • IX Método Rietveld. Fortaleza, CE (Brazil). July 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 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.

  • 6ª Edição do Workshop de Pesquisa e Tecnologia em Ciência dos Materiais. Sorocaba, SP (Brazil). October 15 – 17, 2018. Site.

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

  • XIII Simpósio de Lasers e Suas Aplicações (XIII SLSA). Recife, PE (Brazil). October 30 – November 2, 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.

  • II Simpósio Nacional de Nanobiotecnologia (IISNNB). São Bernardo do Campo, SP (Brazil). December 6 – 7, 2018. Site.

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