SBPMat newsletter – first issue


Brazilian Materials Research Society (SBPMat) newsletter

News update from Brazil for the Materials community


English version – First edition

Greetings, .

SBPMat’s news

XIII SBPMat meeting: symposia.

See the list of the symposia approved for this year’s meeting. Here.

Featured paper with Brazilian participation

Signed by 19 authors, the paper highlighted this month by our newsletter is about nitrogen-doped graphene nanoribbons, synthesized by CVD in one single process. In the article published in Advanced Functional Materials, the scientists show that nitrogen increases the semiconductor behavior and the chemical reactivity of the nanoribbons, expanding the possibilities of application in electronics, in addition to generate a particular morphology in its borders. A part of the work was carried out in the Federal University of the State of Pernambuco (UFPE).  Here.

History of Materials research in Brazil

Six years ago, CAPES (the government agency linked to the Brazilian Ministry of Education in charge of promoting high standards for post-graduate courses in Brazil) included “Materials” in its table of knowledge areas. Know more about this story in the article we have prepared, based on an interview with Professor Lívio Amaral, one of the men behind its creation. Here.

SBPMat’s community people

A former president of SBPMat, José Arana Varela, is the first Brazilian researcher to receive the Bridge Building Award from the American Ceramic Society. Here.

Reading recommendations

Science journalism stories based on papers published in journals with high impact factor.

  • Nanoparticle system that deliver several drugs against cancer into different parts of the cell (based on paper from Advanced Functional Materials). Here.
  • Nanoparticles detect tumors based on the amplification of signals from the microenvironment (based on paper from Nature Materials). Here.
  • Study led by a Brazilian scientist shows metamaterials that perform mathematical operations with electromagnetic waves (based on paper from Science). Here.
  • New technique integrates graphene with other materials, forming a two-dimensional seamless sheet (based on paper from Science). Here.

Books, presentations, multimedia material, etc.

  • Review of book “Nanotechnology for the Energy Challenge“. Here.
  • Review of book “Biopolymer Nanocomposites“. Here.

Innovation: in the market or nearly there.

  • Rubber made of dandelion for tires: multi-disciplinary study carried out by Fraunhofer Institute and the manufacturer ContinentalHere.


  • 100 years after the discovery of X-ray crystallography, 2014 is the International Year of Crystallography. Here.

Upcoming events in the area.

  • VI Curso do Método Rietveld de Refinamento de Estrutura. Here.
  • 10º Encontro Brasileiro sobre Adsorção. Here.
  • 13th International Conference on Modern Materials and Technologies (CIMTEC 2014). Here.
  • 1st International Conference on Polyol Mediated Synthesis. Here.
  • 13th European Vacuum Conference + 7th European Topical Conference on Hard Coatings + 9th Iberian Vacuum Meeting. Here.
  • 19th International Conference on Ion Beam Modification of Materials. Here.
  • XIII Encontro da SBPMat. Here.
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