B-MRS newsletter. Year 3, issue 11.


Brazilian Materials Research Society (SBPMat) newsletter

News update from Brazil for the Materials community

English edition. Year 3, issue 11. 

SBPMat (B-MRS) news

XVI B-MRS Meeting/ XVI Encontro da SBPMat

City: Gramado (state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil).

Final date: 10-14 September 2017 (not 24-28 as previously reported).

Call for symposia proposals: Researchers with a doctorate degree associated to institutions in Brazil or abroad can submit symposia proposals on any topic related to Materials Science and Technology. The call is open until January 31, 2017. Submission must be done through the online form

B-MRS – E-MRS agreement. B-MRS members can have symposium-related participation and organization support at events of the European society. More information here.
B-MRS at events in Asia. The president of B-MRS represented the society at two events in the area of Materials in China. Here he explains the relationship of the Brazilian society with the Asian societies and comments on the event that brought together leaders to discuss the subject of materials for sustainable development, focusing on construction materials, ocean engineering, batteries, among other topics. More information here.
Featured paper

In an article published in Scientific Reports (Nature), a group of researchers from institutions in the Brazilian state of Paraná reports the synthesis, processing, characterization and applications of films of graphene/nickel hydroxide nanocomposites. The team presents an innovative manufacturing method and shows that the nanocomposite outperforms pure nickel hydroxide in batteries, sensors and electrochromism. See our story about the paper. 

People from the community 
We interviewed the Argentine scientist Galo Soler Illia, who is one of the most cited and awarded researchers in his country, in addition to perhaps being the most famous reference in Nanotechnology among journalists and lay public. Soler Illia made significant contributions to understanding the formation mechanism of (nano) particles and to the synthesis of materials with highly controlled porosity, among other subjects. Currently, in addition to teaching at UBA and being a researcher at CONICET, Soler Illia oversees a nanotechnology research and development institute and is an advisor to the Presidency of Argentina and several institutions in Argentina and Brazil. Learn more about this Argentine scientist and his intensive interaction with Brazil.
Professor Elvira Fortunato, from the University of New Lisbon (Portugal), received the Blaise Pascal 2016 Medal in the Materials Science category on November 19 in Brussels (Belgium). The award of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC), was bestowed on Professor Fortunato in recognition of “the outstanding originality and creativity of her research in the field”, in which she made contributions such as the invention of the paper transistor and developments in transparent electronics. Established in 2003, the prize had never before been awarded to Portuguese scientists. Elvira Fortunato, who has a close relationship with the Brazilian Materials community, delivered a plenary lecture at the SBPMat Meeting (B-MRS Meeting) this year. 
History of materials research in Brazil 

In December of this year, Brazil’s first laboratory dedicated to the study of vitreous materials celebrates its 40th year, very satisfied with its achievements. In addition to generating a scientific production of impact, the laboratory was instrumental in the dissemination of glass science, technology and engineering in the country, while creating an international research environment in the city of São Carlos. Find out which laboratory we are talking about and learn about its history and its results.

Reading tips
  • System based on conductive polymer expands possibilities to study cells and their interaction with the environment (based on paper of Advanced Functional Materials). Here. 
  • Atomic scale defects in diamond measure magnetic fields with nano resolution, even at very low temperatures (based on paper of Nature Nanotechnology). Here. 
  • Study details how hydrogenation occurs in few layers of graphene and the interesting properties it generates (based on paper of the Journal of the American Chemical Society). Here.
  • Post-doc fellowship at IPEN (São Paulo, Brazil) for research on hydrogen production. Here. 
  • IV Curso Teórico-Prático de Microscopia Eletrônica de Varredura. Araraquara, SP (Brazil). January 30 – February 3, 2017. Site. 
  • II Escola de Verão: Desenvolvimento de Fármacos e Medicamentos. Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). February 13 – 17, 2017. Site.
  • 9th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies. Suntec (Singapore). June 18 – 23, 2017. Site. 
  • XXXVIII Congresso Brasileiro de Aplicações de Vácuo na Indústria e na Ciência (CBRAVIC) + III Workshop de Tratamento e Modificação de Superfícies (WTMS). São José dos Campos, SP (Brazil). August 21-25, 2017. Facebook.
  • XVI B-MRS Meeting/ XVI Encontro da SBPMat. Gramado, RS (Brazil). September, 10 – 14, 2017. Call for symposia proposals.


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