SBPMat newsletter. English edition. Year 1, issue 8.


Brazilian Materials Research Society (SBPMat) newsletter

News update from Brazil for the Materials community


English edition. Year 1, issue 8. 

Greetings, .

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

Less than a month left until our meeting at João Pessoa!

– Registration: here.

–  Some options of lodging, rental of cars, transfers and tours: on the home page of the site of the event. Here.
Detailed technical program: here.

We interviewed the German physicist Karl Leo, specialist in organic semiconductors. Beyond being the author of more than 550 papers with more than 23,000 citations and 50 families of patents, the scientist has already participated of the creation of 8 spin-off companies. In his lecture at the XIII SBPMat Meeting, Karl Leo will speak on highly efficient organic devices, as OLEDs and solar cells. See our interview with Karl Leo.

We also interviewed the Portuguese physicist Antonio Luis Ferreira Martins Dias Carlos, of the University of Aveiro, who will perform a lecture in our meeting in João Pessoa on luminescence applied to nanomedicine. In the interview, the professor shared with us his most prominent works in the field of Materials. He also told us about some challenges in the area of luminescence for medical applications, both in medical imaging and intra-cellular temperature mapping, and cited examples of applications of luminescent materials that have already been used in the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases. See our interview with Luis Dias Carlos.

Featured paper with Brazilian participation

By making small adjustments in the technique of thin film deposition known as magnetron sputtering, a group of scientists obtained the control of the direction of magnetization in the manufacture of spin valves, devices formed by nanometric layers of magnetic and non-magnetic materials used, for example, in the reading of data of hard disks. This work of spintronics, conducted by researchers from Brazil and Chile, has been recently published in Applied Physics Letters.  Read the story.

History of Materials research in Brazil

We celebrate the Graduate Program in Materials of University of Caxias do Sul for its 10 years of existence, with a report and photos on the history of the program and its interaction with the local industry. See here.

Reading recommendations

– Contribution of nanotecnology to medical imaging for diagnostics of problems of small intestine (Nature Nanotechnology). Here.
– With a AC-TEM, scientists test and observe, live, electric properties of graphene and their relation with structure  (Nanoletters). Here.
Xerox does R&D in graphene, and company’s patent nº 2,000 is on graphene nanosheets. Here.
– Material for ceramic blocks for civil construction developed in the Brazilian State University of Maringá uses residues (silt) from local laundries. Here.
– Flexible, resistant and biodegradable, spider web developed by Brazilian researchers can find diverse applications. Here.



Postdoctoral positions at the Center for Research, Technology and Education in Vitreous Materials (CeRTEV), in São Carlos, Brazil. Here.

Upcoming events in the area

– 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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