SBPMat newsletter. English edition. Year 3, issue 4.

Brazilian Materials Research Society (SBPMat) newsletter

News update from Brazil for the Materials community

English edition. Year 3, issue 4. 

SBPMat news: XV Meeting - Campinas (SP), Sept 25-29, 2016 

Registration: Registration for the event is now open. Early registration discount deadline is 31 August. Here.

Authors: Abstract submission is open until 30 May. Acceptance notifications will be sent to the authors by July 10. Authors should read the submission guidelines. Here.

Symposia: See the list of 22 approved symposia, to which the abstracts can be submitted.  Here.

Awards: Those interested in participating in the event’s student prize competition, the Bernhard Gross Award, which selects one oral and one poster presentation in each symposium, must submit an extended abstract by August 22. Know more in the instructions to authors. 

Exhibitors: There are still stands available. Companies interested in participating in the event with stands and other forms of dissemination should contact Alexandre, via the e-mail

Plenary sessions:  View the abstracts of the plenary lectures and the memorial lecture of our event and bios of the scientists presenting them. Here.

Accommodation and tickets: See the list of the travel agency “Follow Up” with hotels, hostels, guesthouses and the forms to book flights. Here. 

Vacation packages: The Follow Up website also suggests tour packages for before and after the event. Here.

Venue: See video of the city of Campinas and folder about the Expo Dom Pedro convention center. 

Organizers: This edition of the event is coordinated by Prof. Ana Flávia Nogueira (Unicamp, Institute of Chemistry) and Prof. Mônica Alonso Cotta (Unicamp, “Gleb Wataghin” Institute of Physics). See who are the members of the local committee and view the photos of the organizers. Here.

Featured paper 

Two researchers from the Brazilian Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT) conducted a theoretical study, based on computer simulations, on troilite (iron sulfide) doped with lithium ions. The scientists studied the coordinated behavior of electrons from different orbitals. In a recently published paper in the Journal of Applied Physics, the authors present troilite as promising material for rechargeable lithium batteries and report that doping with lithium can generate non-conventional conducting states in the insulator material. See our story about the study.

People in the Materials community 
We interviewed the Brazilian physicist Ado Jorio de Vasconcelos (professor at the Brazilian Federal University of Minas Gerais, UFMG), expert in the application of optics in nanostructure studies. In 2001, Jorio became the first researcher to use an optical technique to study carbon nanotubes individually. Jorio holds an H index of 74, one of the highest in Brazil, and is the author of approximately 200 publications with over 30,000 citations. Jorio will deliver a plenary lecture at the XV Brazil-MRS (SBPMat) Meeting on the use of Raman spectroscopy for the study of carbon nanostructures. Read our interview and learn more about this scientist’s contributions and background. See our interview.
International award to Edgar Dutra Zanotto (Federal University of São Carlos, UFSCar): He was elected a fellow of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS). Here.

Reading tips
Scientific articles

  • Scientists induced non-photosynthetic bacteria to perform photosynthesis by the insertion of inorganic nanoparticles (based on paper in Science). Here.
  • Researchers discover how to align carbon nanotubes in rows, and then make centimeter-size films (with text and video, based on paper in Nature Nanotechnology). Here.
  • Quantum dots kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria and don´t harm mammalian cells (based on paper in Nature Materials).  Here.


  • Book of the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) on ceramics engineering includes chapter on oxide ceramics written by scientists from Brazil. See more.


  • Brazilian Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) patents on bioactive glass are licensed and may result in new Brazilian products for the health area. See more.


  • 5th School of SAXS. Campinas, SP (Brazil). May, 2 to 6, 2016. Site.
  • 1st User Workshop on Coherent X-ray Imaging and Small Angle X-ray Scattering. Campinas, SP (Brazil). May, 5 to 6, 2016. Site.
  • 40th WOCSDICE ‐ Workshop on Compound Semiconductor Devices and Integrated Circuits held in Europe & 13th EXMATEC ‐ Expert Evaluation and Control of Compound Semiconductor Materials and Technologies. Aveiro (Portugal). June, 6 to 10, 2016. Site.
  • Photonic Colloidal Nanostructures: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications (PCNSPA Conference 2016). Saint – Petersburg (Russia). June, 27 to July, 1, 2016.  Site.
  • 1st International Symposium on Advanced Photonic Materials. Saint – Petersburg (Russia). June, 27 to July, 1,  2016. Site.
  • XXV International Conference on Raman Spectroscopy (ICORS2016). Fortaleza, CE (Brazil). August, 14 to 19, 2016. Site.
  • 26th LNLS Annual Users´ Meeting (RAU). Campinas, SP (Brazil). August, 24 to 25, 2016. Site.
  • XV Brazil-MRS Meeting (XV Encontro da SBPMat). Campinas, SP (Brazil). September, 25 to 29, 2016. Site.
  • Aerospace Technology 2016. Stockholm (Sweden). October, 11 to 12, 2016. Site.


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