SBPMat newsletter. English edition. Year 2, issue 8.


Brazilian Materials Research Society (SBPMat) newsletter

News update from Brazil for the Materials community

English edition. Year 2, issue 8. 

SBPMat news: XIV Meeting – Rio de Janeiro, Sept 27 to Oct 1, 2015

Registrations: You can register online here. During the meeting,the secretary will be open for registrations from 5 pm to 7 pm on September 27, and from 7 am to 8h30 am on the other days. 

Program: See here the program at a glance and here the full program.

Meeting papers publication: Authors of works presented in the meeting will have the possibility to submit papers to peer review for publication in IOP Materials journals. The papers of the XIV SBPMat Meeting accepted for publication in any of the 5 IOP journals will be gathered in an online collection dedicated to the event.The submissions are open up to October 15. Know more.

Awards: This year, 4 awards will be granted in the meeting. The Bernhard Gross Award for undergraduate and graduate students will ditinguish the best works (at most, one oral and one poster) of each simposium. The IUMRS (International Union of Materials Research Societies) Award will be granted to the 3 best posters among the set of works awarded with Bernhard Gross Award. The Horiba Award will be granted to the best oral presentation and best poster of all the event. The E-MRS (European Materials Research Society) Award will distinguish the best oral presentation and the 2 best posters of symposium C. 

Hosting: A list of hotels is available, with special conditions for participants of the XIV SBPMat Meeting. Here.

Sponsors and exhibitors: 30 companies have already booked their place in the XIV SBPMat Meeting. Contact for exhibitors and other sponsors:

Go to the event website.

XIV SBPMat Meeting: Memorial Lecture for Eloisa Biasotto Mano
The Memorial Lecture “Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro” (SBPMat award for researchers with outstanding carrer) will be granted to Eloisa Biasotto Mano. Professor Eloisa, who pursued international scientific education at a time when most women were illiterate in Brazil, founded in the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) the first research group in polymers in the country. This group later became the Institute of Macromolecules (IMA), which was directed by Eloisa until she retired. On the evening of September 27, during the opening of the XIV SBPMat meeting, this professor emeritus from UFRJ, who is aged 90, will be awarded by SBPMat and will speak of the importance of macromolecular materials. Know more about Prof. Eloisa.


XIV SBPMat Meeting: interviews with plenary speakers

When interacting with advanced materials, light and other waves can behave in quite an unusual way. In the XIV SBPMat Meeting, Nader Engheta, a world expert in materials created by humans known as metamaterials, will speak of extraordinary phenomena that occur when materials developed in his research group interact with light. Among other significant contributions, Engheta and his colleagues have created nanoscale optical circuits using metamaterial arrangements. In an interview to our newsletter, this Professor of the University of Pennsylvania (United States) spoke of this and other contributions, which were published in some of the most renowned scientific journals. In a message to readers, he mentioned the thrills of a scientist’s life. See the interview.

Featured paper

A team of scientists from Brazilian institutions (UCS, Unicamp and UFRGS), with a chemical approach on an issue traditionally addressed with physics, managed to advance in the understanding of adhesion and delamination of DLC thin films deposited on steel surfaces. The results of the study, which were published in ACS journal devoted to applied interfaces and materials, can help optimize the deposition of these films, thus expanding its use in the industry in applications of high impact, such as increasing the energy efficiency of car engines. See our story about the paper.

SBPMat´s community people

We interviewed Sergio Neves Monteiro, currently Professor at the Brazilian Militar Institute of Engineering (IME). Neves Monteiro worked in the introduction of Materials research in Rio de Janeiro State. He was associate dean of graduate studies and research at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), higher education secretary in the Ministry of Education, assistant secretary of science and technology in the State of Rio de Janeiro and president of the Rio de Janeiro research foundation (FAPERJ), among other functions. In an interview to our newsletter, he spoke a bit about his career and left a message for our readers who are beginning their careers as researchers: “I remember you that, much more than a career with stability and adequate remuneration in teaching and research institutions, being a researcher can bring great personal satisfaction and the certainty of contributing directly to the country’s development. See the interview.


Victor Pandolfelli, Professor ar the Materials Department at the Federal University of São Carlos (DEMa – UFSCar) received the “Theodore J. Planje – St. Louis Refractories Award – 2015”. Since the establishement of the prize in 1967, Pandolfelli was the first winner in the southern hemisphere of this award on refractable ceramic materials of the American Ceramic Society.


Reading tips
Scientific journalism stories based on highlighted papers

  • An interdisciplinary team formulates a theoretical frame for crystals that organized into complex structures, impacting biology, geology, materials and other areas (based on paper from Science). See here.
  • Scientists develop ink that breaks the record of conductivity among materials that stretch over 150% (based on paper from Nature Communications). See here.

News from Brazilian National Institutes of Science and Technology (INCTs) and Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (CEPIDs)

  • In São Carlos, school on glasses and glass-ceramics gathered 100 doctoral students from around the world for eight days for education and networking (short report of the organizers). See here.
  • Video interview to Elson Longo and Edgar Zanotto, coordinators of CEPIDs on the field of materials, held during the 67th Meeting of the Brazilian Society for the Advancement of Science (SBPC). See here. 
  • XXII Reunião da Associação Brasileira de Cristalografia (ABCr) and I Reunião da Latin America Crystallographic Association (LACA). São Paulo e Campinas, SP (Brazil). September, 9 to 11, 2015. Site.
  • I Workshop Universidade-Indústria em Materiais Vítreos. São Carlos, SP (Brazil). September, 11, 2015. Program.
  • 2015 IUCr High-Pressure Workshop. Campinas, SP (Brazil). September, 12 to 15, 2015. Site.
  • Workshop em Ciências dos Materiais. São Carlos, SP (Brazil). September, 21 to 25, 2015. Site.
  • XIV SBPMat Meeting. Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). September 27 to October 1, 2015. Site.
  • 8th International Summit on Organic and Hybrid Solar Cells Stability (ISOS-8). Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). September 29 to October 1, 2015. Site.
  • 13th International Conference on Plasma Based Ion Implantation & Deposition (PBII&D 2015). Buenos Aires (Argentina). October, 5 to 9, 2015. Site.
  • Nanomercosur 2015. Buenos Aires (Argentina). October, 6 to 8, 2015. Site.
  • 4th EPNOE International Polysaccharide Conference. Warsaw (Poland). October, 18 to 22, 2015. Site.
  • 10th Ibero-American Workshop on Complex Fluids 2015. Florianópolis, SC (Brazil). October, 25 to 29, 2015. Site.
  • 14th International Union of Materials Research Societies – International Conference on Advanced Materials (IUMRS-ICAM 2015). Jeju (Korea). October, 25 to 29, 2015. Site.
  • Polymers and Self-Assembly: from Biology to Nanomaterials. Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). October, 25 to 30, 2015. Site.
  • III Método Rietveld de Refinamento de Estrutura. Belém, PA (Brazil). October, 26 to 30, 2015. Site.
  • 16th International Feofilov Symposium on spectroscopy of crystals doped with rare earth and transition metal ions. St Petersburg (Russia). November, 9 to 13, 2015. Site.
  • 6th Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) Summer School. Campinas, SP (Brazil). January, 11 to 29, 2016. Site.
  • 43rd International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF). San Diego (EUA). April, 25 to 29, 2016. Site.
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