SBPMat newsletter. English edition. Year 1, issue 6.

Brazilian Materials Research Society (SBPMat) newsletter

News update from Brazil for the Materials community


English edition. Year 1, issue 6. 
Greetings, .


XIII SBPMat meeting (João Pessoa, September 28th to October 2nd)

–  In this edition, our annual meeting sets a record in the amount of submissions, with over 2,100 received abstracts.

– The authors will be notified about their acceptance/necessary changes/rejection up to July 15.

– From July 15 to August 08 the authors of accepted abstracts may submit extended abstracts to compete for the Bernhard Gross Award.

Early registration deadline: August 15.

More information.

– 23 companies and institutions already chose to attend our meeting as exhibitors. If your organization also wishes to be a part of the event, contact us at

Featured paper with Brazilian participation

Materials engineers joined to chemists and food engineers in order to develop antimicrobial films to wrap food. Based on pectin (a natural polymer), papaya puree and a nanoemulsion made with a component found in cinnamon, the films are edible. The team also studied how the “ingredients” and the (nano) size of the emulsion particles changed the mechanical and antimicrobial properties of the films. The study, led by research groups from Embrapa (the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation) and the Federal University of Viçosa, entirely conducted in Brazil, was published by the journal Food Hydrocolloids. More.

SBPMat’s community people

On the occasion of his induction ceremony as a member of the advisory board of the World Academy of Ceramics, we interviewed Professor Victor Carlos Pandolfelli (DEMa – UFSCar). He told us how he built his professional career upon three pillars, teaching, research and industrial partnerships, guided by a principle of “use-oriented basic research“. Pandolfelli talked about the creation of new, future materials in laboratories using computers with high processing speed and 3D printers. To conclude, he gave suggestions for readers in the beginning of their careers, who are facing a world of intense competition, and said: do not confuse Facebook with the real world. Read our interview.

We also interviewed Reginaldo Muccillo, researcher at the Energy and Nuclear Researches Institute (IPEN) who was recently sworn in as a member of the World Academy of Ceramics. He told us a little about his history and contributions to the field, as well as the challenges to the science of ceramic materials. Read our interview.

SBPMat news

SBPMat attended the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) Spring Meeting, held in France in the end of May. Our president, Professor Roberto Faria, was one of the event chairs, and members of the SBPMat office organized a symposium on organic electronics, which counted with a substantial Brazilian participation. Read more.

Reading recommendations

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

– Applying an electric field, it is possible to change the structure and electronic properties of the trilayer graphene (Nature Materials). Read it.

– Breakthroughs in our way to comprehend the superconductivity of some materials through magnetic interactions (Nature Communications). Read it.

– TGCN: recently born member of the graphene family has the potential to be used in transistors (Angewandte Chemie). Read it.

– Scientists produce plasmonic nanoparticles aggregates capable of killing cancer cells (Advanced Functional Materials). Read it.
Materials news from the Brazilian National Institutes of Science and Technology (INCTs).

– Webpage of the Institute of Physics (IOP) highlights recent Brazilian investments in the field of Materials and cutting-edge researches developed in the country. Read it.
On the market, or almost there.

– 1km superconductive cable, cooled down with liquid nitrogen, is installed in Germany to be tested for two years. See.

Graphene: over 11 thousand patents over the world, with China on the lead, and graphene manufacturers in the United Kingdom. See.


Upcoming events in the area

– 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.

– International Symposium on Crystallography – 100 years of History. Here.

– Congresso Brasileiro de Engenharia Biomédica (CBEB). 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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