B-MRS Newsletter. Year 7, issue 4.


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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 7, issue 4. May 8, 2020.

B-MRS News

– B-MRS Meeting. B-MRS and IUMRS announce a new schedule and the confirmed plenary speakers for the joint event, which, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was postponed to 2021. Learn more.

– Letter to the Minister of Health. B-MRS and more than 60 scientific entities have endorsed the letter sent to Minister Nelson Teich on April 29 requesting an action plan to combat the COVID-19 pandemic “based on data collected by science and mirrored in attitudes that were successfully implemented by governments in other countries.” Know more.

– Letter to the Minister of STI. B-MRS subscribed, along with about 70 scientific entities, a letter addressed to Minister Marcos Pontes, sent on April 29. The document highlights the importance of basic science and asks for the creation of a work group with representatives of the scientific community to define strategies related to fundamental research. Know more.

– Pact for life and for Brazil. B-MRS and more than 100 entities have endorsed the document, which was forwarded to the presidents of the three branches of Brazilian government on World Health Day, on April 7. The document asks for the coalescing of all of society, solidarity, discipline and ethical and transparent government code, based on the guidelines of science and public health organizations in facing the pandemic. Learn more.

Featured Paper

A team of researchers in the dental and materials fields has developed a coating for titanium, a material widely used in dental implants. The highly rough superhydrophobic coating significantly reduces the accumulation of bacteria on its surface. The material can be a promising strategy to prevent infections around dental implants. The work was recently reported on ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. Learn more.

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Featured Scientist

We interviewed Edson Roberto Leite, professor at UFSCar and scientific director at LNNano-CNPEM. B-MRS awarded Professor Leite the José Arana Varela Award in its first edition. An outstanding scientist in the field of materials, with internationally recognized contributions in the study of the growth of nanocrystals, in the interview Edson Leite talks about his favorite scientific contributions and his taste for science, and shares memories of José Arana Varela, whom he considers his scientific father. See here.

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(Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil,
August 29 – September 2, 2021)

Postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

New date: August 29 – September 2, 2021.

Same venue: Rafain Convention Center – Foz do Iguaçu (Iguassu Falls), Brazil.

Symposium proposals submission: May 4 – November 2, 2020.

Abstract submission: February 1 – April 11, 2021.

Plenary sessions: 7 plenary speakers and 1 memorial lecture confirmed.

Event website with new schedule: www.sbpmat.org.br/19encontro/

More information about the call for symposia: https://www.sbpmat.org.br/en/sbpmatb-mrs-e-iumrs-anunciam-novo-cronograma-e-plenaristas-do-evento-conjunto-em-2021/

Reading Tips

– Scientists prepare ultra-thin flexible film of normally brittle oxide and develop a technique to manipulate, stretch and keep it stretched, thereby controlling its electrical conductivity (Science paper). Know more.

– Combination of polymers with a wide range of ionic liquids generates new materials with adjustable properties for use in sensors, environmental remediation, batteries, biomedicine … Materials can be compatible with 3D printing (Advanced Functional Materials). Know more.

– With sophisticated nanoengineering, scientists are able to produce a porous nanometric structure that was theoretically predicted and confirm that this lightweight nanostructure is stronger than diamond (Nature Communications). Know more.

– Scientists manage to find in 8 weeks the best materials for a new battery among 3 million candidates, thanks to a method for training neural networks (ACS Central Science). Know more.


– Call for proposals for transnational and high risk research or innovation in materials, from Fapesp + M-ERA consortium. NET. Know more.

– Researcher position at CNPEM in the area of bioelectronics based on graphene and 2D materials (LNNano). Know more.

– Researcher position at CNPEM in computational methods applied to enzymes (LNNano and LNBR). Know more.


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.

7th Meeting on Self Assembly Structures in Solution and at Interfaces. Bento Gonçalves, RS (Brazil). November 4 – 6, 2020. Site.

– Pan American Ceramics Congress and Ferroelectrics Meeting of Americas (PACC-FMAs 2020). Panama (Panama). November 15 – 19, 2020. Site.

4th Workshop on Coated Tools & Multifunctional Thin Films. Campinas, SP (Brazil). November 16 – 19, 2020. Site.

XIX B-MRS Meeting + IUMRS ICEM (International Conference on Electronic Materials). Foz do Iguaçu, PR (Brazil). August 29 – September 2, 2021. Site.

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