SBPMat e-newsletter. Year 1, issue 4.

Brazilian Materials Research Society (SBPMat) newsletter

News update from Brazil for the Materials community


English edition. Year 1, issue 4.
Greetings, .

SBPMat’s news

XIII SBPMat meeting:

João Pessoa, September 28th, to October 2nd.

– Until May 23rd, the submission of abstracts is open for the SBPMAT symposia, which cover 19 different fields. The best papers presented by students in each symposium will be granted with the Bernhard Gross Award, and may be published in a special issue of IOP’s open access journal. More.

– Do you wish to help promoting the XIII SBPMat Meeting? On the website of the event, you may find and print its poster and folder.

Other SBPMat news

Materials Today published our “featured paper” of March. Read.

– Our Facebook profile already has more than 1,000 followers. Don’t you know it yet? Like our Facebook and follow the Brazilian and international news on Materials research.

Featured paper with Brazilian participation

A team of researchers from Brazilian universities (Federal University of Uberlândia and University of Brasília) have developed a new method to synthesize quantum dots. In addition to be cheap, reproducible and efficient to produce the minuscule semiconductor crystals, the method comes with a bonus: the modulation of the thickness of the quantum dots’ shells. Promising for biotechnological applications, the results of the paper were published on ACS Nano. Read the story.

(To suggest papers with Materials focus with Brazilian participation published in high impact journals for this section of our newsletter contact

SBPMat’s community people

We talked with researcher Fernando Zawislak, the introducer of the field of ion implantation in Brazil. More than 30 years ago, Zawislak founded the Ion Implantation Laboratory at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) – still the largest in Latin America, to this day – which approaches numerous fields of knowledge by means of the creation of nanostructures and the analysis of materials with ion beams. The scientist also was one the founders of the Graduate Studies Program in Materials Sciences in UFRGS. In our interview, the Emeritus Professor talked about such contributions and what led him to achieve them. He also left a message to younger researchers, advising them to choose a field they like, an advisor in a modern research field, and to have an entrepreneurial spirit and an open mind to multidisciplinarity.

Read our interview with Fernando Zawislak.

Professor Edgar Zanotto honored for his actions for the development of the city of São Carlos, the “Brazilian Capital of Technology“. Here.

Professor Victor Pandolfelli elected for the advisory board of the World Academy of Ceramics. Here.

Reading recommendations

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

Biomimetic materials: inspired by the structure of nacre, new ceramics achieves tenacity, resistance and hardness (based on paper from Nature Materials). Read it here.

– As it was reinforced concrete, graphene is reinforced with carbon nanotubes, with potential use in flexible screens (based on paper from ACS Nano). Read it here.

Nanobionic plants: carbon nanotubes enhance the photosynthesis and introduce non-natural functions to plants (based on paper from Nature Materials). Read it here.

– Acoustic cloak: 3D device turns a region of space “invisible to sound” (based on paper from Nature Materials). Read it here.
Materials news from the Brazilian National Institutes of Science and Technology (INCTs).

– INCT on Functional Complex Materials: Triboelectrification is an important element of friction. Read it here.

Nanotoxicity of graphene and graphene oxide: paper of Brazilian researchers on the cover of ACS journal. Read it here.

Sensor developed in INCT Namitec is used in floriculture. Read it here.

– Namitec develops sensor for ionizing radiation, which may prevent interferences in devices for satellites, airplanes etc. Read it here.

Upcoming events in the area.

– 10º Encontro Brasileiro sobre Adsorção. Here.

– 9th Ibero-American Conference on Membrane Science and Technology (CITEM 2014). Here.

– 13th International Conference on Modern Materials and Technologies (CIMTEC 2014). Here.

– 1st International Conference on Polyol Mediated Synthesis. Here.

– 2º Workshop Adesão Microbiana e Superfícies. 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 SBPMat Meeting. Here.

– MM&FGM 2014 – 13th International Symposium on Multiscale, Multifunctional and Functionally Graded Materials. Here.

– X Brazilian Symposium on Glass and Related Materials (X-BraSGlass). Here.

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