SBPMat newsletter. English edition. Year 2, issue 3.

Brazilian Materials Research Society (SBPMat) newsletter

News update from Brazil for the Materials community

English edition. Year 2, issue 3. 

SBPMat news: XIV Meeting – Rio de Janeiro, Sept 27 to Oct 1, 2015

Simposia and abstract submission: Abstract submission for the 27 symposia and 2 workshops of the XIV SBPMat Meeting is open until May 30th. Find here the instructions for authors.

Hosting: A list of hotels is available, with special conditions for participants of the XIV SBPMat Meeting. Here.

Sponsors and exhibitors: 24 companies have already booked their place in the XIV SBPMat Meeting. Contact for exhibitors and other sponsors:

Go to the event website.

SBPMat news

Our SBPMat, represented by its president, Professor Roberto Mendonça Faria, composes the organizing committee of the 14th International Conference on Advanced Materials of the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS – ICAM 2015). The event is to be held in Korea, in October of this year. Learn more.

Featured paper

A team of researchers from the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, and from a Cuban university managed to increase by over 25 times the current density above which the material Bi-2223 ceases to be a superconductor. For such, they prepared the material by means of spark plasma sintering, followed by thermal treatment. The authors also proposed which mechanisms occur in the microstructure of Bi-2223 for such optimization to take place. The work was recently reported in the Journal of Applied Physics. Learn more.

SBPMat´s community people

Oswaldo Luiz Alves, professor of the Institute of Chemistry at the University of Campinas (Unicamp) for over 40 years, is the author of relevant contributions to materials science and engineering, from the development of vitreous materials for telecommunications, to the study of the interactions between new carbon-based nanomaterials and biosystems. In an interview given to SBPMat e-newsletter, professor Alves spoke about his work to introduce the solid state chemistry in Brazil and the contributions he has made in the materials area, working on research, formation of researchers, popularizarion of science, scientific policies, etc. He also told us about his teenage years in São Paulo, and left a message to younger readers. Take a look at our interview with the scientist.

Victor Carlos Pandolfelli, professor of the Department of Materials Engineering at the Federal University of São Carlos (DEMa-UFSCar), was appointed associate editor of the Journal of the American Ceramic Society – one of the journals with more citations in its area. Learn more.

History of Materials research in Brazil 

Cylon Gonçalves da Silva, first director of the Synchrotron Light Brazilian National Laboratory (LNLS), shared with us some anecdotes about the participation of the Brazilian industry in the construction of the laboratory – more precisely, about the use of Brazilian materials in the manufacturing of the LNLS accelerators. Read professor Silva’s article here.

Reading tips


  • A captivating report of the very interesting story of the discovery of natural quasicrystal – found in Siberia and produced… in outer space. The article won the Physics Journalism Prize, 2015 edition, of the Institute of Physics (IOP) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). Here.

International science stories of highlighted papers

  • Polymer-nanoparticles hydrogel, easy to produce, has potential for controlled drug delivery (Nature Communications). Here.
  • Magnetic hyperthermia: flower-shaped nanoparticles generate more heat to destroy cancer cells (Journal of Applied Physics). Here.

News from Brazilian National Institutes of Science and Technology (INCTs) and Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (CEPIDs)

  • New bioglass developed within the Center for Research, Technology and Education in Vitreous Materials (CeRTEV) improves the performance of dental and orthopedic titanium implants upon being deposited on the surface. Here.
  • Joint call for proposals by FAPESP (São Paulo) and M-ERA NET (Europe) in Materials Science and Engineering. Here.
  • Simpósio Internacional em Materiais e Biossistemas (SIMBI) 2015. Lavras, MG (Brazil). April, 28 and 29, 2015. Site.
  • 4th School of SAXS Data Analysis. Campinas, SP (Brazil). May, 11 to 15, 2015. Site.
  • VII Método Rietveld. Fortaleza, CE (Brazil). July, 6 to 10, 2015. Site.
  • São Paulo School of Advanced Sciences (ESPCA) on Recent Developments in Synchrotron Radiation. Campinas, SP (Brazil). July, 13 to 24, 2015. Site.
  • Advanced School on Glasses and Glass-Ceramics (G&GC São Carlos). São Carlos, SP (Brazil). August, 1 to 9, 2015. Site.
  • Primeira Conferência de Materiais Celulares (MATCEL 2015). Aveiro (Portugal). September, 7 to 8, 2015. Site.
  • XIV Encontro da SBPMat. Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). September 27 to October 1, 2015. Site.
  • 13th International Conference on Plasma Based Ion Implantation & Deposition (PBII&D 2015). Buenos Aires (Argentina). October, 5 to 9, 2015. Site.
  • 10th Ibero-American Workshop on Complex Fluids 2015. Florianópolis, SC (Brazil). October, 25 to 29, 2015. Site.
  • 14th International Union of Materials Research Societies – International Conference on Advanced Materials (IUMRS-ICAM 2015). Jeju (Korea). October, 25 to 29, 2015. Site.
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