B-MRS Newsletter. Year 7, issue 10.


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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 7, issue 10. November 11, 2020.

Featured Paper

A group of Brazilian researchers has developed a filter-like material capable of decontaminating flowing water, degrading organic and inorganic pollutants. The material is composed of bacterial cellulose nanofibers coated with photocatalytic nanostructures. The study was recently reported on Applied Materials & Interfaces. Know more.


Unpaid Researchers

Here we tell the story of Bruno César da Silva, 32 years old, PhD in Physics from UNICAMP. The knowledge and research skills Bruno developed in Brazil, from high school to doctorate, did not help him to get a scholarship or a job in the country, but opened the door to a temporary position at a research institute in France. Know more.


News from B-MRS Members

– Professor Ana Flávia Nogueira (UNICAMP), B-MRS member, won the Award for Brazilian Women in Chemistry and Related Sciences, from ACS and SBQ, in the “Leadership in Academia” category. Know more.

– Professor Carlos Figueroa (UCS), B-MRS member, was appointed editor of Applied Surface Science (Elsevier). Know more.

Advocacy & Policy

– B-MRS and more than 90 entities signed a letter sent to Brazilian legislators to increase CTI resources in 2021. In relation to 2020, the current budget proposal has a 17.4% to 34% decrease (depending on the type of resource considered). Know more.

Reading Tips

– The first room-temperature superconductivity material was created: a hydrogen, carbon and sulfur compound. Still far from applications, the discovery opens possibilities for the transition from a semiconductor to a superconductor society (Nature cover). Know more.

– By precisely controlling the size, shape and distribution of gold nanoparticles within a crystalline structure, a research team with Brazilian participation produced a material capable of generating extraordinary interactions between light and matter. The study opens possibilities for developing more efficient photonic chips and solar cells, among other devices (Nature). Know more.

– Scientists develop a method to modify physical properties of two-dimensional materials via deformation using a nanometer tip (Nano Letters). Know more.

Brazilian researchers developed nanocapsules that double fight pancreatic cancer: they transport chemotherapy drugs directly to the tumor and stimulate the body’s immune response. The nanocapsules are produced with membranes from the tumor itself (Materials Advances). Know more.

– Innovation: Antiviral surgical mask that inactivates SARS-CoV-2 developed by a Brazilian company in partnership with USP is already on the market. Know more.


– Call for papers for the special issue of Applied Surface Science Advances (new open access journal by Elsevier) on Nanotribology. The issue celebrates the contributions of scientist Bo Persson in this area of knowledge. Know more.

Events and online events

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

4th International Conference on Applied Surface Science. Barcelona (Spain). June 28 – July 1, 2021. 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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