B-MRS Newsletter. Year 7, issue 9.


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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 7, issue 9. October 7, 2020.

XIX B-MRS Meeting

Submission of symposium proposals for the XIX B-MRS Meeting + IUMRS ICEM is open. The meeting will take place in Foz do Iguaçu from August 29 to September 2, 2021. The proposals for the 2020 event that had already been approved can be submitted again. New proposals are also welcome. Know more.

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Featured Paper

Brazilian researchers made an important contribution to increase the stability of perovskite solar cells. By adding a polymer, the scientists delayed and reversed the degradation of perovskite films used as light-absorbing materials in these devices. The work was recently reported in the Journal of Materials Chemistry C. Know more.

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Unpaid researchers

Get to know the story of Olivia Carr, 30, PhD in Materials from USP. She has undergone long periods without scholarship or payment since her doctorate, despite having carried out high academic and social impact research, which resulted in a sensor for early cancer detection. Know more.


Nature’s editorial addresses the additional difficulties and anxieties that postdoctoral researchers face during the pandemic, based on the results of a survey of 7,600 young doctors from 19 areas and 93 countries. The text warns that the scientific system (public and private) may lose much of the next generation of researchers, and calls for actions and investments. See here.

Blog linked to the Materials Research Society (MRS) addresses the problem of unpaid doctors and cuts in scholarships and science budgets in Brazil, with statements by Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Junior, former president of B-MRS. See here.

University Chapters

The 1st National Meeting of B-MRS University Chapters was held online from 5 to 7 September. Organized by students from one of the chapters, the event featured presentations of the actions carried out by the teams, in addition to invited lectures. Find out about this meeting that generated the integration of all student teams and showed the potential of the B-MRS UCs Program. See here.



A text by Professor Petrus Santa Cruz (Federal University of Pernambuco), B-MRS member, honors Professor Larry Clark Thompson (University of Minnesota Duluth) for his contributions to Brazilian science, for his work in the area of lanthanide complexes and for his generosity. Thompson passed away in August of this year. See here.

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B-MRS Advocacy

Pantanal. B-MRS signed, together with dozens of organizations, a note of repudiation of the Brazilian government’s negligence in combating forest fires and deforestation in the Pantanal and other Brazilian ecosystems. Know more.

Reading Tips

Keratin-based material obtained from textile waste can be “programmed” to acquire complex shapes and return to the original shape. Biocompatible and manufactured by 3D printing, the material opens up possibilities in the textile industry and in tissue engineering (Nature Materials). Know more.

Innovation: A company in Brazil developed an adhesive plastic film with silver and silica microparticles that has been shown to inactivate more than 99% of SARS-CoV-2 particles. Know more.


Call for contributions for the special edition of Crystals (publisher MDPI) on conductive ceramics. Know more.

Events and ONLINE events

– ONLINE. Webconference “Novel chemical catalytic and photocatalytic processes for the direct conversion of methane and CO2 to products”. October 21 – 23, 2020. Site.

– ONLINE. Meeting on natural polymers. October 21 – 23, 2020. Site.

– ONLINE. International Conference on Defects in Insulating Materials (ICDIM 2020). November 23 – 27, 2020. Site.

4th Workshop on Coated Tools & Multifunctional Thin Films. Campinas, SP (Brazil). July 20 – 23, 2021. Site.

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

– 7th Meeting on Self Assembly Structures in Solution and at Interfaces. Bento Gonçalves, RS (Brazil). November 3 – 5, 2021. Site.

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