B-MRS Newsletter. Year 5, issue 8.


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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 5, issue 8. September 5, 2018.


Message from the chair

Dear speakers and panelists,

I take advantage of the forthcoming 17th Annual B-MRS Meeting to welcome, on behalf of the Society and the Organizing Committee of the event, all the participants. From September 16 to September 20, the city of Natal will welcome you with open arms for a journey of technical and scientific dissemination and exchange of experiences.

With the active participation of the community, we have prepared a multidisciplinary, diverse and comprehensive program. We thank the 76 members of the community who organized the 21 symposia of the meeting, divided into 6 major thematic areas. In addition, we will have 1 workshop and 1 challenge proposed by Boeing. The programming of the meeting is composed of 1,666 submissions, resulting from the work of 4,617 authors, reported and approved by 185 reviewers. Approximately 1,000 participants have already confirmed their presence. This is the breadth and strength of our community, whose resilience allowed the 17th Meeting to take shape, even in a period of enormous challenges regarding the promotion of research in the country.

During the meeting, 8 plenary lectures will be presented. There will be two daily lectures, given by internationally renowned researchers, specialists in frontier issues in Materials Science and Engineering.

To mark the opening of the meeting, we have prepared a pleasant cultural and social program. But, the highlight of the night will undoubtedly be the memorial lecture of Prof. Fernando Galembeck, who needs no further introduction. Wednesday night will hold a separate attraction, a party embellished by the sea breeze. The closing ceremony will feature the awards of B-MRS and ACS Publications for the best student works.

Last but not least, I would like to thank B-MRS’s confidence in choosing Natal as the venue for its 17th meeting, the support of our sponsors and the administration of UFRN, the incessant and hard – but very enjoyable work done by the local support team, composed by UFRN students, and by the tireless and competent performance of the B-MRS team.

I look forward to your presence. It will be a pleasure to meet you in Natal.


Prof. A. E. Martinelli, chair

Useful information

Registrations. Registrations remain open until the last day of the event. You can join or renew the B-MRS membership during the event’s registration and enjoy the registration with special price for members. Attention: The event registration fee + B-MRS annuity is less than the cost of the event registration for non-members. See here.

Program at a glance. See here.

Detailed program, by symposium. See here.

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

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

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

App of the event. Users can access the event program, create a personal agenda with the presentations that interest them, send questions to the speakers, access the abstracts of the posters capturing their QR code and more. The final version of the event app will soon be available in Apple and Google app stores (name: XVII B-MRS Meeting). Also, it will be available from a link on the event website.

FAPESP Collective support. For the participants included in the FAPESP collective support, there is some important information, here.

Organizers. Meet the organization committee, here.


Program highlights

Sunday, the 16th, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Workshop. Professor Valtencir Zucolotto (IFSC/USP, Brazil) will conduct a tutorial on the production and publication of scientific articles. After a break, Elsevier professionals will talk about diversity and inclusion of young scientists, and about dissemination of published articles. Those enrolled in the event can participate in this workshop at no additional cost, but must reserve a place in advance in the form used to register for the meeting.


Sunday, the 16th, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Opening of the event and memorial lecture. The Memorial Lecture “Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro”, a distinction awarded by B-MRS to outstanding senior researchers, will be delivered by Professor Fernando Galembeck (Unicamp, Brazil), who will talk about “Materials for a better future”. Learn more about Prof. Galembeck, here.


Sunday, the 16th, 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Welcome cocktail with a musical presentation.


Monday, the 17th, 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Plenary lecture. Junbai Li, Professor at the Institute of Chemistry at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Editor-in-Chief of Colloids & Surfaces, will speak about nanomaterials with biomedical applications based on self-assembled amino acids. Learn more about the speaker and the lecture, here.


Monday, the 17th, 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Plenary lecture. Christian Polak, Director of the Department for Rapid Solidification Technology at Vacuumschmelze (Germany) will speak about nanocrystalline magnetic materials and their applications, especially in the miniaturized electronics segment. Learn more about the speaker and the lecture, here.


Tuesday, the 18th, 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Plenary lecture. Heinz von Seggern, Professor at the Technical University of Darmstadt (Germany) and former principal investigator at Bell Labs and Siemens Research Center, will talk about applications of organic polymers, from electret microphones to energy harvesters.

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Tuesday, the 18th, 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Plenary lecture. Bernhard Keimer, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research (Germany) will talk about the study of collective electron behaviors using spectroscopic analyses of nanometric structures composed of various materials. Learn more about the speaker and the lecture, here.


Wednesday, the 19th, 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Plenary lecture. Carlos F. O. Graeff, pro-Rector of Research at UNESP (Brazil) and Professor at the Faculty of Sciences of that university, will give a comprehensive lecture on photovoltaic energy – from the principles of operation to the application perspectives. Learn more about the speaker and the lecture, here.


Wednesday, the 19th, 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Plenary lecture. You-Lo Hsieh, Distinguished Professor at UC Davis and UC Berkeley (USA), will speak about biomass processing strategies to generate new nanomaterials with various applications. Learn more about the speaker and the lecture, here.


Thursday, the 20th, 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Plenary lecture. Pietro Matricardi, Professor at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” (Italy) will speak about polysaccharide hydrogels – their preparation and applications in biomedicine, mainly as controlled drug delivery systems. Learn more about the speaker and the lecture, here.


Thursday, the 20th, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Plenary lecture. Joan Ramón Morante Lleonart, Director of the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC), Professor at the University of Barcelona and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Physics D will talk about scientific efforts to make “circular carbon economy” real. He will specifically address the development of new catalytic materials. Learn more about the speaker and the lecture, here.


Exhibitors. There will be booths representing 20 companies and 1 institution: Boeing, Bruker, Horiba, Tescan, Agilent Technologies, Altmann, Analítica, Anton Paar, Avaco, dp Union, Fischer, Jeol, MBraun, Metrohm, Netzsch, Quantum Design International, Renishaw, Tech Scientific, ThermoFisher, Zeiss e UFRN.


Tuesday, the 18th, and Wednesday, the 19th, at lunchtime. Technology Challenge for Students. Boeing Challenge “Materials and aerospace manufacturing for the next century”. Learn about this activity and how to participate, here.


Wednesday, the 19th, morning and afternoon. Technical lectures by exhibitors. Ten technical lectures, offered by scientific instrumentation companies, will address the advances and new applications of various characterization techniques, as well as innovations in laboratory equipment. See the data of the lectures, here.

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Wednesday, the 19th, 9 pm. Conference Party. The party will be by the sea, at the Imirá Plaza Hotel & Convention and will be sponsored by ACS Publications scientific journals. Tickets, limited to 400 people, will be sold at the event venue (secretariat office) starting Monday, the 17th. Cost: R$ 20,00. Know more.


Thursday, the 20th, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Students awards and closing ceremony. The works of students selected for the Bernhard Gross Award (B-MRS) and the ACS Publication Prizes will be announced. Prizes will only be awarded to the winners who are in attendance at the ceremony. Know more.


News from B-MRS Members

Professor Monica A. Cotta (Unicamp), director of B-MRS, is associate editor of ACS Applied Nano Materials. The journal was released earlier this year. Know more.

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Professors Edgar Dutra Zanotto (UFSCar) and Elson Longo da Silva (UFSCar and Unesp), founding members of B-MRS, are included in the list of new recipients of the Brazilian National Order of Scientific Merit.


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