B-MRS Newsletter. Year 5, issue 12.


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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 6, issue 12. December 19, 2019.

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B-MRS New Year Message

With this New Year message, I greet the entire B-MRS community in Brazil and abroad.

The year of 2019 was once again a major challenge for science, technology and innovation in Brazil, as well as for public universities. B-MRS concern with the scenario in the country was expressed in public notes and in the manifestation entitled Carta de Camboriú, which once again highlighted the fundamental role that knowledge generation and transfer plays in society. In 2020 we need to remain attentive to the actions and policies implemented by governments at different levels, as Brazil’s sustainable development cannot be expected without this generation of knowledge, today essentially done by universities and public organizations. There will be no development if the diligent work of researchers from Brazil is not accompanied by continued funding. No country in the world has developed or develops without public resources to build a technological base.

Despite the difficulties mentioned, the resilience of the Brazilian scientific community, and that of materials research in particular, made major contributions in 2019. Many of them were recorded in B-MRS monthly newsletters and our other communication channels. Our annual meeting in Balneário Camboriú had a record number of registrations and one of the largest audiences of all time. The enthusiasm of students and researchers was in stark contrast to the justified pessimism since the beginning of the year. This gives us reason for optimism in 2020, and B-MRS will continue its efforts to provide a space for debate and dissemination of the scientific-technological contributions of researchers from Brazil and abroad.

After two terms, ending in February 2020, at the head of B-MRS, this is my last message as president. I would like to thank very much my Board and Council colleagues, and I wish the whole materials research community health and success in 2020, looking forward to meeting many of you in Foz do Iguaçu (PR), from August 30 to 3 September, for our next meeting.

Professor Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Junior
B-MRS President

B-MRS News

– Papers on materials issues are part of the latest volume of the Annals of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (AABC), as a result of the 2018 call for papers promoted by the AABC and B-MRS. Know more.

News from B-MRS Members

– Prof Carlos Alejandro Figueroa (UCS), elected member of the B-MRS Deliberative Council, was awarded a Royal Society – Newton Advanced Fellowship. Know more.

– B-MRS member Miguel Henrique Boratto won the prize to the best Brazilian doctoral thesis in the Materials field. Know more.

– Prof Luciana Reyes Pires Kassab (Faculdade de Tecnologia de São Paulo/CEETEPS) and Prof Sidney José Lima Ribeiro (UNESP – Campus de Araraquara), both B-MRS members, are co-authors of an Elsevier book on nanocomposites for photonics and electronics. Know more.

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XIX B-MRS Meeting + IUMRS ICEM 2020
(Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, August 30 – September 3, 2020)

Event website: www.sbpmat.org.br/19encontro/

Symposia. 49 symposium proposals from 18 countries were submitted within the call. The list of approved symposia will be announced as soon as possible. Know more.

Plenaries and memorial lecture. Seven internationally prominent scientists have already confirmed their presence as speakers at the event. Know more.

Venue. The event will take place at Rafain Palace Hotel, in Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil). Know more.

Accommodations. See accommodation options from the official tourism agency of the event, here.

Joint event. The event will bring together the 19th edition of B-MRS’s annual meeting and the 17th edition of the International Conference on Electronic Materials organized every two years by the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS).

Organization. Professor Gustavo Martini Dalpian (UFABC) is the general coordinator, Carlos Cesar Bof Bufon (LNNANO) is the program coordinator and Flavio Leandro de Souza (UFABC) is the general secretary. At the international committee, the event features scientists from America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Know more.

Exhibitors and sponsors. Companies and other entities interested in attending the event as exhibitors, sponsors or supporters can contact Alexandre through the e-mail comercial@sbpmat.org.br.

Reading Tips

– IUMRS survey on the evolution of scientific publishing. Data analysis and report for researchers-authors, editors, publishers, librarians… See here.

– Scientists create a “sandwich” device of 2D materials and control the electronic properties of graphene (the “filling”) by changing the rotation of the “breads” (Nature Nanotechnology). Know more.

– New water purification method based on magnetic nanoparticles coated with ionic liquid removes organic, inorganic, microbial and microplastic contaminants (Angewandte Chemie). Know more.

– Researchers from Brazil use niobium (abundant in the country) as a fuel cell cocatalyst, lowering the cost and increasing the durability of this device for power generation (ChemEletroChem cover paper). Know more.

– Researchers from Brazil develop solutions for the removal of oil from water based on magnetic nanomaterials and biomass residues (Journal of Environmental Management). Know more.


World Forum for Women in Science – Brazil 2020 + 4th International Conference for Women in Science without Borders: Energy, Water, Health, Agriculture and Environment for Sustainable Development. Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). February 10 – 14, 2020. Site.

Pan American Ceramics Congress and Ferroelectrics Meeting of Americas (PACC-FMAs 2020). Panama City (Panama). July 19 – 23, 2020. Site.

XIX B-MRS Meeting + 2020 IUMRS ICEM (International Conference on Electronic Materials). Foz do Iguaçu, PR (Brazil). August 30 – September 3, 2020. Site.

5th International Conference of Surfaces, Coatings and NanoStructured Materials – Americas (NANOSMAT-Americas). Foz do Iguaçu, PR (Brazil). October 7 – 10, 2020. Site.

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