B-MRS Newsletter. Year 9, issue 1.



Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 9, issue 1. February 2nd, 2022.

New Executive Board


B-MRS Executive Board elected in December begins its term now in February. The Board is formed by four women and three men from institutions in the Southeast, Northeast, South and North Brazilian regions. All of them are very active scientists in their research areas. See the mini bios of the president and directors, here.


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On the occasion of the second death anniversary of Ricardo Rodrigues, B-MRS founding member Aldo Craievich describes the leader of the development of the two Brazilian synchrotron sources as an “exceptional human being and a true polymath”. Read the text here.

Highlights 2021: events

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First annual B-MRS event held in virtual format, the XIX B-MRS Meeting + IURMS ICEM 2021 brought together around 1,100 participants from 23 Brazilian states and 33 other countries between August 30 and September 3. The event featured more than 560 posters, 280 oral presentations, 114 invited lectures and 10 plenary sessions, among other presentations. Read the event report.


In March we held a series of lives on entrepreneurship in science: 7 informal chats, conducted by members of our University Chapters, with founders of startups and companies in materials, nanotechnology and related segments. Held on Zoom with broadcast on Facebook, the lives were recently uploaded to B-MRS YouTube. Access the playlist.


In June, we celebrated B-MRS 20th anniversary with an online event that brought together members, partners, staff and other community participants. The event featured a panel about the past, present and future of materials research in Brazil and a virtual toast to B-MRS. View the recording of the event.


In early September, we held a panel discussion on the underrepresentation of women in science exacerbated by race and geographic distribution. The panel brought together leading female scientists from Brazil, Argentina and the United States, all of whom have a strong presence in gender issues. The live was carried out on Zoom, but is available on B-MRS YouTube. Watch the discussion.

Highlights 2021: prizes and awards

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Prof. Edson Roberto Leite (UFSCar and LNNano – CNPEM) was distinguished in the first edition of the José Arana Varela Award from B-MRS. The emotional tribute took place during the XIX B-MRS Meeting + IUMRS ICEM, before Professor Leite gave a plenary lecture on the characterization of nanocrystals. Read our interview with Edson Leite.


B-MRS granted to Prof. Cid de Araújo (UFPE) the Memorial Lecture Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro, that have been granted since 2011 to researchers from the materials community with a long and pioneering scientific trajectory in Brazil. Professor Cid gave the opening lecture of the XIX B-MRS Meeting + IUMRS speaking about plasmonic nanocomposites in non-linear photonics. Read our interview with Cid de Araújo.


35 undergraduate and graduate students received the B-MRS, ACS and RSC Student Awards at the XIX B-MRS Meeting for the contributions they presented. We invited the winners to talk about the award-winning works in an uncomplicated way in videos up to 3 minutes long, and we created a playlist on our YouTube with the videos. Access the playlist.

Other highlights from 2021

– We supported or produced and publicized more than 20 manifestos, petitions and mobilizations in defense of Brazilian graduate programs and science institutions, among other causes.

– Our University Chapters promoted technical webinars and produced episodes of the podcast “À Luz do Candeeiro”, among other activities.

– We disseminated news and scientific works of the community through news stories, interviews and social media posts. We disseminated opportunities and events in the area.

Follow all these actions here in the newsletter (monthly) or on social networks (daily).


– Call CONFAP & Wallonie Bruxelles for research and innovation projects involving researchers from Brazil and Belgium. Deadline for submission of proposals: 03/25. Know more.

To follow the opportunities in the area, join the our group on Linkedin.


– International Year Of Glass Opening Conference. Geneva (Switzerland). February 10 and 11, 2022. Site.

– IV Course of the Rietveld Method. Belém, PA (Brazil). March 21 to 25, 2022. Site.

– Brazilian Workshop on i-Caloric Effects (WBEiC). Online. March 30 and 31, 2022. Site.

– 5th International Conference on Applied Surface Science. Palma, Mallorca (Spain). 25th to 28th of April 2022. Site.

– 2022 E-MRS Spring Meeting and Exhibit. Online. May 30 to June 3, 2022. Site.

– 4th Workshop on Coated Tools & Multifunctional Thin Films. Campinas, SP (Brazil). 20th to 23rd of July 2022. Site.

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

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

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

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

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