B-MRS Newsletter. Year 9, issue 3.



Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 9, issue 3. April 6th, 2022.

XX B-MRS Meeting


Abstract submission is open until April 22nd!

  • Date: September 25 to 29, 2022.
  • Venue: Hotel Rafain Palace, Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil).
  • Chairladies: Prof. Lucimara Stolz Roman (UFPR) and Prof. Marcela Mohallen Oliveira (UTFPR).
  • Abstract submission deadline: April 22nd.
  • Symposia: 23 thematic symposia on research in the most diverse materials, from synthesis to applications, organized by around 100 scientists from Brazil and abroad.
  • Memorial Lecture: Prof. Roberto Mendonça Faria (IFSC-USP).
  • Plenary Speakers: Prof. Daniel Mario Ugarte (UNICAMP), Prof. Gustavo Grivas (Univ. Córdoba), Prof. Natalie Stingelin (Georgia Tech Univ.), Prof. Olle Inganas (Linkoping Univ.), Prof. Pulickel Ajayan (Rice Univ.), Prof. Stuart Parkin (Univ Martin-Luther de Halle-Wittemberg).
  • Registration: early registration fee until August 5th.
  • Sponsorship and support: 10 companies have already confirmed sponsorship and participation in the exhibition. If you are interested in participating, please contact Alexandre Alves at comercial@sbpmat.org.br.

The XX B-MRS Meeting will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Brazilian Materials Research Society and the 20th edition of the event!

For more information, abstract submission and registration, visit the event website.

Featured paper


A team from LNNano was able to visualize, in real time and with atomic resolution, the process of eliminating pores during the sintering of a nanometric ceramic. The results point to adjustments to be made in theoretical sintering models in order to adapt them to nanomaterials. (Nano Letters) Know more.

Papers of the community

In a theoretical – experimental – computational work carried out at UFRGS and UEM, researchers observed a colossal barocaloric effect in paraffins and showed the potential of these materials for use in future refrigeration systems with much less environmental impact than the current ones. Go to the paper: https://doi.org/10.1039/D1TA10892A.

Featured on the cover of Advanced Electronic Materials, research carried out at IFSC – USP showed that the fine control of the addition of catalysts in the polymerization route allows adjusting the electrical parameters of polymeric films and makes them very interesting to make neuromorphic memories. Go to the paper: https://doi.org/10.1002/aelm.202100864.

News from members


Prof Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Junior, former President of B-MRS and present First Vice President of IUMRS, took over as director of IFSC – USP.

University Chapters


The B-MRS board awarded the UFCAT and UFPE University Chapters prizes of R$ 3 thousand each one to finance activities in 2022. The evaluation committee, composed by former B-MRS presidents (Fernando Lázaro Freire Jr, Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Jr and Roberto Mendonça Faria) based the decision on the activity reports sent by the chapters.


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B-MRS member Prof Petrus Santa Cruz (UFPE) recalls the contribution that sociologist Hernán Valenzuela, who died on March 7th, made to the Nanotechnology community. Valenzuela was the senior representative of Faunhofer ENAS Institute in Latin America. Read the text.


Portuguese materials scientist Elvira Fortunato is the new Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal. Elvira, a pioneer in transparent electronics using sustainable materials and environmentally friendly technologies, has participated in several B-MRS Meetings and is well known in our Brazilian community. Know more.

Scientific entrepreneurship – YouTube


Ado Jorio (UFMG) tells the path taken, from basic science to startup, in the development of the “nanoscope” – the most accurate instrument in the world to elucidate crystallographic structures, completely made in Brazil. Watch here.


Carlos Henrique de Brito Cruz shows that the interaction between universities and companies in Brazil is much more intense and productive than is usually thought. Former rector of UNICAMP and former scientific director of FAPESP, Brito currently works at Elsevier helping universities and funding agencies around the world to understand and achieve their goals. Watch here.


Petrus Santa-Cruz explains how his research group at UFPE organized itself at the beginning of the pandemic to meet the demands of the population to face Covid-19, taking advantage of knowledge generated at the university over decades and setting goals based on the degree of technological maturity. Watch here.


– B-MRS signed a note from the Brazilian societies ABC and SBPC urging the Ministry of Education to respond to press statements about the influence of priests on decisions of this Ministry. Read the note.


– An initiative by Royal Society of Chemistry’s journals in the Materials area highlights contribuitions by young researchers. Know more: Biomaterials Science, Polymer Chemistry e Soft Matter.


– 11th Brazilian German Workshop on Applied Surface Science. Manaus, AM (Brazil). April 19 – 24, 2022. Site.

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

– IV Curso do Método Rietveld. Belém, PA (Brazil). May 2 – 6, 2022. Site.

– WOCSDICE EXMATEC 2022. Ilha de São Miguel (Portugal). May 3 – 6, 2022. Site.

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

– International Conference on the Science and Technology of Synthetic Metals (ICSM). Glasgow (Scotland). July 17 – 22, 2022. Site.

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

– IUMRS-ICAM2021 + IMRC2022. Online + Cancun (Mexico). August 14 – 19, 2022. Site.

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

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

XX B-MRS Meeting. Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil). September 25 – 29, 2022. Site.

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

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

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