B-MRS Newsletter. Year 5, issue 7.


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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 5, issue 7. August 7, 2018.
Featured Paper

A scientific team at UNESP developed a clay-hydrogel nanocomposite with controlled drug release properties. In this new material, clay lamellae form a physical barrier that determines a controllable rate for the release of the anti-inflammatory sodium diclofenac. The work was reported in the scientific journal ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Know more.

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From idea to innovation

In the second part of the article on the history of fiber optics, we show the work done in some laboratories of developed countries in the 1960s and 1970s. The report includes the studies by Charles Kao (Nobel Prize in Physics 2009) that showed the way for fiber optics to be a major player in telecommunications, and the work of the three Corning researchers who developed the first low attenuation optical fiber. Know more.

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B-MRS News

The Annals of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (AABC) in partnership with the Brazilian Materials Research Society (B-MRS) will launch the special volume “Materials Sciences for a Better Future”. Know more.


XVII B-MRS Meeting
(Natal, Brazil, September 16 – 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 was extended until August 10! Know more.

Program. The program is online. See date and time of all oral, poster and invited presentations of every simposium. Here.

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 in the meeting’s general registration form. 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.

Exhibitors and sponsors. 20 companies have already reserved their places in the exhibition and 18 other entities take part in the event throught other kinds of publicity and support.

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

  • Scientists develop new matrix of collagen and silk for artificial skin growth (Biomaterials). Know more.

  • Biogenic materials: Using genetically modified bacteria coated with nanoparticles, scientists create photovoltaic cells that work even with low light (Small). Know more.
  • Using a natural compound-based gel, scientists create a method to crystallize active drug substances and thus improve medication performance. The material is also promising as a drug delivery system (Small). Know more.


  • 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 a-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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