B-MRS Newsletter. Year 9, issue 8



Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 9, issue 8. September 5th, 2022.

Featured paper

Researchers at USP São Carlos developed a portable photoelectrochemical immunosensor that demonstrated high efficiency to detect a prostate cancer biomarker in blood samples. The main novelty of the work is the miniaturization of the technology, which was made possible by the development of a photocatalyst. The device is promising for the diagnosis of diseases within the point-of-care approach. (ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces cover paper). Know more.

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XX B-MRS Meeting


  • Program. the program at a glance is available on the website.
  • Venue. the “venue” tab of the event’s website contains information about reservations at the Rafain hotel and other nearby hotels
  • Young Researchers School. A new edition of Prof. Valtencir Zucolotto (IFSC-USP) on writing and scientific publication of high-impact articles will be held on Sunday 25th, before the opening of the event. To participate, you must be registered for the XX B-MRS Meeting and register (at no extra cost) in the tutorial by accessing the registration system and clicking on the “Add/Edit activities” button.
  • Children’s playroom. The event hotel will have a children’s playroom with monitors during the week of the event, with activities for children from 4 to 12 years old. Interested parties should contact secretaria@sbpmat.org.br.
  • Conference party. The traditional B-MRS Meeting party, which this year celebrates the 20th edition of the event, will be held on the night of Wednesday, the 28th, at the Dreams Motor Show space with the band Scope, specialized in rock/pop from the 80s.
  • Student awards. Prizes will only be awarded to winners who are present at the ceremony on the last day of the event.
  • Registration. Online registration will remain open until the end of the event. During the event, it will also be possible to register at the secretariat.
  • Memorial Lecture. Prof. Roberto Mendonça Faria (IFSC-USP).
  • Plenary Speakers. Christine Kranz (Ulm University), Daniel Mario Ugarte (UNICAMP), Gustavo Rivas (Univ. Córdoba), Natalie Stingelin (Georgia Tech Univ.), Sanjay Sampath (State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook), Pulickel Ajayan (Rice Univ.).
  • Support and sponsorship. 22 companies and startups have already confirmed sponsorship and participation in the exhibition of this edition of the event, which also has 42 institutional supporters among scientific journals, companies and other organizations.

For more information, visit the event website.

Reading tips

– By using two-dimensional materials to trap a liquid, scientists create a way to study solid-liquid interfaces in the electron microscope, and in this way, they obtain the first images of atoms “swimming”. Technique opens possibilities in the study of chemical processes that are essential to the development of devices such as batteries and fuel cells. (Nature) Know more.

– Scientists create the first hydrogel-based cartilage substitute. Stronger and more durable than natural cartilage, the material, which is inserted into a titanium base, could be implanted in knees with worn cartilage. (Advanced Functional Materials) Know more.

– By combining perovskites and other materials, scientists make floating photoelectrochemical devices that produce fuels from water, CO2 and sunlight. Because they are lightweight and do not degrade with moisture, these “artificial leaves” could be installed in polluted waterways or oceans. (Nature) Know more.

– In the International Year of Glass (IYOG2022), article and video from Physcis World magazine address the history of glass, which began about 3,500 years ago, and the importance of this transparent material in our society. Know more.



Symposium celebrating 91 years of life of Prof. Yvonne Primerano Mascarenhas, a pioneer in Brazil of structural and molecular X-ray crystallography, will be held on September 16 at IFSC-USP with broadcast on YouTube. Information and registration, here.


– B-MRS supports a note against MP 1136/22, which mutilates the federal budget of ST&I for several years. The note denounces that the MP disrespects the independence of constitutional powers. Read the note.

– B-MRS supports a manifesto that warns of the unprecedented threat to Education and Science in Brazil and urges people to vote with conscience and defend free elections and respect for the results of the election. Read the manifesto.

– Letter from B-MRS to the president of CAPES expresses concern about the loss of access to the journals of the Royal Society of Chemistry on the CAPES Portal. Read the letter.


– Opportunity at IBM Research Brazil for a researcher with experience in computational materials science. The focus will be on the accelerated discovery of materials for capturing, separating and storing carbon. Know more.


– Machine Learning School for Materials @Ilum. Hybrid event. 5th to 7th of September 2022. Website.

– XVIII International Small Angle Scattering Conference. Online + Campinas, SP (Brazil). 11 to 16 September 2022. Website.

– 18th International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering (PSE 2022). Trade Fair Erfurt (Germany). September 12 to 15, 2022. Website.

– Webinar: Strategies for Increasing the Efficiency of Organic Solar Cells. Online. September 15, 2022. Website.

– Minicourse: Caracterization of nanostructures and organized systems. Online. September 22 to 23, 2022. Website.

XX B-MRS Meeting. Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil). 25th to 29th of September 2022. Website.

– 22nd International Magnetic Measurement Workshop (IMMW22). Online. September 26 to 30, 2022. Website.

– 7th Meeting on Self Assembly Structures in Solution and at Interfaces (AUTOORG 2022). Bento Gonçalves (RS). November 2nd to 4th, 2022. Website.

– V Workshop de Química Inorgânica. Manaus (AM) + online. November 9 to 11, 2022. Website.

– 11th International Conference of the African Materials Research Society (AMRS2022 ). Dakar (Senegal). December 12 to 15, 2022. Website.

41st International Conference on Vacuum Ultraviolet and X-ray Physics (VUVX 2023). Campinas, sp). July 3rd to 7th, 2023. Website.

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