B-MRS Newsletter. Year 7, issue 1.


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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 7, issue 1. February 7, 2020.

B-MRS News

Swearing in of the new B-MRS board. The members of the new B-MRS Executive Board, chaired by Professor Mônica Cotta, will take office on February 14 in a ceremony open to the public, which will be held in the auditorium of the Physics Institute Gleb Wataghin (Unicamp). Know more.

Featured Paper

A Brazilian scientific team made an important contribution to the development of solid electrolytes for lithium-ion batteries, which are safer than liquid or gel electrolytes that are currently widely used. The researchers have developed a polymer-based material that surpasses all those reported so far in some parameters related to conductivity, which can generate fast-charging batteries. The work was recently published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. Know more.


Featured Scientists

Oxides for better and cheaper electronics. Ceramics obtained from polymers that catalyze the conversion of CO2 into methane. A material that enables the use of ethanol in fuel cells. Fibers obtained from an Amazonian plant for bulletproof vests. Learn more about the doctoral dissertations that were awarded the Brazilian Capes Theses Award, and get to know their authors Miguel Boratto, Heloísa de Macedo, Bernardo Sarruf and Fábio Braga. Here.


News from B-MRS Members

– Prof. Felipe de Almeida La Porta (UTFPR), B-MRS member, is co-editor of a Springer book on computational-experimental research on materials and biomolecules. Know more.


– B-MRS regrets the death of Antonio Ricardo Droher Rodrigues, leader of the Engineering Division at LNLS/CNPEM. Ricardo Rodrigues was the technical and scientific leader of the design and construction of the two Brazilian synchrotron light sources: UVX (developed in the 1980s and 1990s) and Sirius (fourth generation source developed since 2009, currently in the testing phase). Rodrigues passed away on January 3, 2020, at the age of 68. B-MRS’s Executive Board expresses its regret at the premature departure of this Brazilian scientist who made great contributions to our community. Know more about Ricardo Rodrigues.

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

Website: www.sbpmat.org.br/19encontro/

Submissions. Abstract submission is open until April 1st. Guidelines for preparing abstracts are available here.

Symposia. The event comprises 29 thematic symposia. See the list.

Registration. The registration system is open. July 15 is the deadline for early registration (with discount). The fees, which include three lunches, are already on the website. Know more, here.

Exhibitors and sponsors. 12 companies have already confirmed their participation as exhibitors-sponsors of the event. Companies and other organizations interested in participating in the event as exhibitors, sponsors or supporters, can contact Alexandre at comercial@sbpmat.org.br before March 31.

International plenary lectures. Renowned scientists from China, Italy, Japan and USA have already confirmed their presence as speakers at the event. Learn more at the event website.

José Arana Varela Lecture (national plenary lecture). Professor Edson Roberto Leite (LNNano – CNPEM) was chosen by B-MRS to receive this distinction and give a lecture at the event.

Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro Memorial Lecture. The honor goes to Professor Cid Bartolomeu de Araújo (UFPE), who will give the lecture at the event.

Venue. The event will be held at Rafain Palace Hotel and Conventions, located in Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil). Know more.

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

Joint event. The event brings together the 19th edition of the B-MRS 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.

Reading tips

– Perovskites, superconductors at room temperature and solid-state electrolytes: materials that are worth keeping an eye on in 2020, according to Nature. Know more.

– 2D future: the two-dimensional technologies that scientists from some of the most renowned laboratories in the world are developing, from graphene nanofibers that store combustible hydrogen, to molybdenum disulfide devices that collect the remains of electromagnetic energy from Wi-Fi and cell phones and transform into usable energy. Know more.

– Scientists are surprised to discover that spherical drops of liquid crystal turn into structures of complex and beautiful shapes when the temperature decreases. This discovery generates advances in fundamental science and opens up possibilities for new materials (Nature). 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 (Panama). July 19 – 23, 2020. Site.

XVIII International Congress on Rheology. Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). August 2 – 7, 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.

11th International Conference of Microwave Materials and their Applications. Aveiro (Portugal). August 30 – September 2, 2020. Site.

XLI Congresso Brasileiro de Aplicações de Vácuo na Indústria e na Ciência. Foz do Iguaçu, PR (Brazil). October 5 – 7, 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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