B-MRS Newsletter. Get ready for the XVIII B-MRS Meeting!


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The Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society.

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Get ready for the XVIII B-MRS Meeting!

Message from the Chair

Dear attendees,

It will be a great honor to receive you in Balneário Camboriú-SC for the 18th Brazil-MRS Meeting, in the period of September 22nd-26th, 2019.

There is a remarkable list of top international plenarists, and 23 symposia in all scientific themes in materials science with high level of confirmed invited speakers. More than 2500 submitted papers, representing institutions of different countries and almost all regions of Brazil. This is a record in the history of the meeting.

We dedicated ourselves to offer you the best conditions for a productive period of science discussions and knowledge exchange in order to promote scientific cooperation.

I am looking forward seeing you in Balneário Camboriú.

With kind regards,

Ivan H. Bechtold – Chair

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Useful information

Airport transfer. Do you want to book a transfer from the international airport of Navegantes or Florianópolis to Balneário Camboriú? You can contact by WhatsApp the booking desk of Guarupa (a Brazilian transportation app): +55 47 9130-9001.

Event venues. Due to the high participation and to ensure everyone’s comfort, the sessions and activities will take place in two hotels, 300 meters apart: Hotel Sibara Flat & Conventions and Mercure Camboriu Hotel. The opening session of the event will be held at the Cristo Luz Complex, one of the main tourist attractions in the city. Know more about the venues.

Shuttle to the opening session. There will be free shuttle service between Sibara Hotel and Cristo Luz Complex on Sunday 22 from 5 pm on. The complex is a 10-minute taxi/Uber ride from Sibara Hotel. It is recommended to arrive in advance.

Already registered participants. Participants who have already registered online can print their barcode to avoid queues. Access the event system with username and password, go to “Attendee” and “Print registration confirmation page”.

Onsite registration. Onsite registration remains open until the last day of the event at Sibara Hotel. B-MRS members have special discounts. You can become a member or renew your membership during the event’s registration and enjoy the special fees. See values.

Program. The program at a glance is available here. The presentation schedule, by symposium, is here. And the PDF file of the program book can be downloaded here. Changes in presentation times may still occur due to desistances. However, any changes will be updated on the online presentation schedule and app.

App of the event. The free app of the event is available at the official app stores of Android (Google Play) and Apple (App Store). Search “XVIII B-MRS Meeting” and download it to your smartphone. Features: schedule, maps, useful phones, personal schedule, QR code reader to access posters abstracts, and more.

Conference party. The party will take place on Wednesday 25, starting at 9 pm, at the lounge of the Green Valley Club, elected ‘The Most Prestigious International Club’ in 2013, 2015, 2018 and now 2019. The band of the party will be the “Brothers“. Tickets (limited) will be on sale for R$ 20 at the event secretariat from Monday 23.

Exhibitors fair. Visit the booths around the coffee break area, next to the secretariat, at Sibara Hotel!

Poster sessions. All symposia poster sessions will take place at Sibara Hotel, 17th floor, Adriatico room.

Students awards ceremony. The best students contributions presented during the meeting will receive prizes from B-MRS, ACS Publications journals and RSC journals. Prizes will only be awarded if the authors (students) are present at the ceremony, which will be held at the closing session of the event, on September 26 from 12:30 to 2 pm.

Memorial lecture. At Cristo Luz Complex (opening session).

On Sunday 22 in the opening session, at Cristo Luz Complex, Prof. Yvonne Primerano Mascarenhas (USP, Brazil) will give the B-MRS annual Memorial Lecture. Prof. Yvonne, a pioneer who led the introduction and development in Brazil of X-rays crystallography, will talk about the origins and panorama of this technique in the country. See our interview with her.


Plenary Lectures. At Sibara Hotel, 4C floor.

On Monday 23 at 8:15 am, Prof. Stefano Baroni (SISSA, Italy) will talk about color expression in natural pigments, a basic science issue wit direct impact in the food industry, which he has been addressing using computational methods. Prof. Baroni is recognized for having made important contributions to the development of computational techniques for the study of materials at the nanoscale. See mini interview.


On Monday 23 at 4:45 pm, Prof. Norbert Koch (HU, Germany) will present promising structures for optoelectronic devices, which combine inorganic and organic semiconductors. Prof. Koch is the author of industry-impacting insights about the basic mechanisms that govern optoelectronic devices performance. See mini interview.


On Tuesday 24 at 8:15 am, Prof. Antônio José Roque da Silva (CNPEM, Brazil) will talk about Sirius, the new Brazilian Synchrotron Light Source whose project and construction he has been leading since 2009. Sirius will be the largest and most complex scientific infrastructure ever built in the country and one of the first fourth-generation synchrotron lightsources of the world. Know more about Sirius.

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On Tuesday 24 at 4:45 pm, Prof. Maria-Pau Ginebra (UPC, Spain) will discuss a new generation of bone graft biomaterials, made through nature-inspired methods, that bring together the advantages of natural and artificial bones. Prof. Ginebra has created a spin-off company to transfer the knowledge on these materials to “real life”. See mini interview.

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On Wednesday 25 at 8:15 am, Prof. Julia Greer (Caltech, USA), who is the author of seminal contributions to nanomechanics, will show a series of three-dimensional structures, based on innovatively engineered nanomaterials. Prof. Greer will share the synthesis, composition and amazing properties of her metamaterials. See mini interview.

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On Wednesday 25 at 4:45 pm, Prof. Mingzhong Wu (CSU, USA) will talk about a promising and yet enigmatic group of materials, the topological insulators. Prof. Wu will report his experiments on systems consisting of magnetic and topological insulators interacting between them, with interesting scientific results and potential applications. See mini interview.


On Thursday 26 at 8:15 am, the plenary speaker will be Prof. Maurizio Prato (UNITS, Italy), an expert in adding organic molecules to the surface of carbon nanomaterials, opening up possibilities of applications in segments such as nanomedicine and energy. In the lecture, Prof. Prato will show fascinating results of using carbon nanomaterials for neuronal growth and clean energy generation. See mini interview.


On Thursday 26 at 11:30 am, Prof. Alan Taub (U-M, USA), will address the integrated efforts needed to develop affordable lightweight components for vehicles. Prof. Taub has made a notable career in industry, culminating in the Vice Presidency of General Motor´s Global R&D.

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Other program highlights (free of charge for all event participants)

Sunday 22 from 1 to 5 pm at the 3rd floor of Sibara Hotel. Young Researchers School: How to Produce and Publish High Impact Papers. A tutorial by Prof. Valtencir Zucolotto (USP, Brazil) on high-impact research, writing and publication.

Tuesday 24, from 12:10 to 1:50 pm at Sibara Hotel, 3rd floor, Atlântico room. Material bonds: Brazilian-German exchanges in Materials Research. Representatives of German agencies will provide information on funding programmes and collaboration opportunities, and scientists working in the field of materials will share their experiences. Lunch boxes will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Tuesday 24 morning and afternoon at Sibara Hotel, 4C floor, Caspio room. Technical lectures. Companies in the field of scientific instrumentation will offer 13 technical lectures, 20 minutes each, on techniques and equipment for characterization of materials. See schedule.

Wednesday 25 from 12:10 to 1:50 pm at Sibara Hotel, 3rd floor, Persico room. Mastering the Art of Scientific Publication – ACS Publications’ Meet the Editors. A panel session about writing an effective paper, journal submission, review processes, and post-publication efforts with ACS editors. Lunch boxes will be distributed. Free registration in https://www.eventweb.com.br/xviiisbpmat/home-event/ (add/edit activities). Vacancies may have been filled.

Wednesday 25 from 12:10 to 1:50 pm at Sibara Hotel, 3rd floor, Atlântico room. Demonstration of ANSYS Granta’s software for materials research (CES Selector) and teaching (CES EduPack) with free software trial to all attendees. Lunch boxes will be distributed. Free registration in https://www.eventweb.com.br/xviiisbpmat/home-event/ (add/edit activities). Vacancies may have been filled.

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Featured scientist: Prof. Mingzhong Wu (Colorado State University, USA).

Prof. Mingzhong Wu.
Prof. Mingzhong Wu.

A captivating group of materials whose existence has been experimentally proven a little over a decade ago will feature on the afternoon of September 25 at the XVIII B-MRS Meeting. These are topological insulators, which in broad lines can be described as materials that are insulating in their interior but can support flows of electrons on their surface. These materials have attracted the scientific community both for the challenges they pose to basic science and for their application possibilities in quantum computing and spintronics, two areas that should generate technologies for the very high performance devices we will use in the future.

The lecturer will be Mingzhong Wu, Professor of Physics at Colorado State University (USA). Prof. Wu received his Ph.D. in Solid State Electronics from Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China) in 1999. In 2007 he joined the faculty of Colorado State University. Between 2012 and 2016 he was an Editor for IEEE Magnetics Letters. Currently he serves as an Editor for Physics Letters A, besides being on editorial boards of Journal of Applied Physics and Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials. He has authored about 140 papers and 4 book chapters, and he has co-edited a book on magnetic insulators.

In his plenary lecture at the XVIII B-MRS Meeting, Professor Wu will talk about the experiments he conducted on a system consisting of a topological insulator layer interfacing with a magnetic insulator layer. Working with this system, Professor Wu could understand a little more about the nature of topological insulators, as well as explore applications related to the control of magnetic properties.

See our mini interview with this scientist.

B-MRS Newsletter: – We´d like to know more about your scientific work. Please choose your favorite contribution, briefly describe it, and share the references.

The main interests of my research group are with magnetization dynamics and spintronics.  We have contributed to the development of the research field of insulator-based spintronics.  We explored different approaches for using magnetic insulators to generate pure spin currents; demonstrated the use of spin currents to manipulate and control magnetization in magnetic insulator thin films; and developed unique processes for the growth and patterning of high-quality magnetic insulator thin films.  Using spin waves in magnetic insulator thin films, we have observed experimentally a number of new nonlinear phenomena, such as soliton fractals and chaotic solitons. These observations contributed to the advance of “Nonlinear Dynamics” in general and the understanding of magnetization dynamics in magnetic thin films in particular.  Some of our works are listed at: https://www.physics.colostate.edu/about/people/mingzhong-wu/

B-MRS Newsletter: – What does the word “topological” refer to in the case of the insulators you study? 

The word “topological” refers to the topological distinction between topological insulators and ordinary insulators.  Insulators can be characterized by a Z2 topological invariant.  This invariant takes odd integers for topological insulators but takes even integers for ordinary insulators.

For more information on this speaker and the plenary talk he will deliver at the XVIII B-MRS Meeting, click on the speaker’s photo and the title of the lecture here https://www.sbpmat.org.br/18encontro/#lectures.

XVIII B-MRS Meeting: panel with ACS Editors.

Panel session “Mastering the Art of Scientific Publication – ACS Publications’ Meet the Editors”


While the electronic age has made the publication process easier and quicker, optimizing the structure of a scientific paper requires a certain degree of skill and proficiency. During this “ACS Publications’ Meet the Editors” event, editors from some of our journals will summarize the key steps involved in writing an effective paper, journal submission, review processes, and post-publication efforts.


Julia R. Greer, Carlos Toro, Osvaldo Oliveira Jr and Mônica Cotta.
Julia R. Greer, Carlos Toro, Osvaldo Oliveira Jr and Mônica Cotta.
  • Julia R. Greer – Ruben F. and Donna Mettler Professor of Materials Science, Medical Engineering, and Mechanics/ California Institute of Technology. Associate Editor, Nano Letters.
  • Carlos Toro – Managing Editor /Journals Publishing Group/ ACS Publications Division.
  • Osvaldo N. Oliveira Jr. – Professor of the São Carlos Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo, Brazil. Executive Editor, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • Monica A. Cotta –  Full Professor in Physics at University of Campinas, Brazil. Associate Editor, ACS Applied Nano Materials.


September 25, 2019, from 12:00 to 14:00. 


At Sibara Hotel, Persico room (3rd floor).


Free registration is limited to 180 participants. Go the general registration meeting system and choose this session in “add/edit activities”: https://www.eventweb.com.br/xviiisbpmat/home-event/

Lunch boxes will be provided.



XVIII B-MRS Meeting: venues.

rooms and floorsDue to the high participation in the XVIII B-MRS meeting (Balneário Camboriú, September 22 to 26), and to ensure everyone’s comfort, the sessions and activities will take place in two hotels, 300 meters apart: Hotal Sibara Flat & Conventions and Mercure Camboriu Hotel. Both venues are located in the center of the city, close to many hotels, restaurants and shops, and some meters from the sea.

In addition, the opening session of the event will be held at the Cristo Luz Complex, one of the main tourist attractions in the city, with impressive panoramic views.

Finally, the event party will be held at the Lounge of the Green Valley Club, elected ‘The Most Prestigious International Club’ in 2013, 2015, 2018 and now 2019. The band of the party will be the “Brothers”, see videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJMsxK9IbtIhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c34xdNyF5YI.

At a glance:

Opening session (opening ceremony, memorial lecture and welcome cocktail):
Where? Cristo Luz Complex. Rua Indonésia, 800, Balneário Camboriú.
When? September 22 (Sunday), starting at 7:30 pm.
How to get? The complex is a 10-minute taxi/Uber ride from the Sibara Hotel. There will be free shuttle service between Sibara Hotel and “Complexo Cristo Luz” from 5:00 pm on. It is recommended to arrive in advance.

Oral sessions of symposia K, M, S and U: at the Mercure Camboriú Hotel. Avenida Atlântica, 2010, Balneário Camboriú.

All other program sessions and activities (oral sessions of all other symposia, all poster sessions, plenary lectures, technical lectures of exhibitors, pre-event tutorial, exhibitors fair, coffee breaks, secretariat, workshops and round tables): at Hotel Sibara. Avenida Brasil, 1500, Balneário Camboriú.

Conference Party
Where? Lounge of the Green Valley Club.
When? September 25 (Wednesday), starting at 9 pm.
How much? 20 reais. Tickets (limited) will be on sale at the event secretariat from September 23 (Monday).


Featured scientist: Prof. Maria-Pau Ginebra (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain).

Prof Maria-Pau Ginebra
Prof Maria-Pau Ginebra

After blood, bone is the most frequently implanted/ transplanted tissue, with about 2 million bone grafts performed each year worldwide – a number that tends to increase at the rate of population aging. A well-known case is that of the jaw graft to allow firmer dental implants. However, many other causes, such as tumors, severe fractures, congenital malformations or even infections, may cause a patient to need a graft, that is to say, an implant of a natural or synthetic piece of bone to support the natural growth of bone tissue.

In Barcelona, at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), a research group has been successfully working on the development of innovative tissue regeneration biomaterials. Led by Professor Maria-Pau Ginebra, the multidisciplinary group consists of 30 researchers. After many published papers and patents obtained, Professor Ginebra decided to found, along with other members of the group, a spin-off company to bring the results of years of research into real life. Thus, in 2013, Mimetis Biomaterials was created, dedicated to nature-inspired bone regeneration solutions.

On the afternoon of September 24, Prof. Maria-Pau Ginebra will deliver a plenary lecture at the XVIII B-MRS Meeting. She will talk about a new generation of bone graft biomaterials, made through nature-inspired methods that allow control of the structure and composition of the material at the nano scale. The resulting biomaterials bring together the benefits of both natural and artificial bones, including the possibility of producing personalized grafts on 3D printers.

See our mini-interview with this Spanish scientist, Full Professor and Head of the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at UPC, President of Mimetis Biomaterials, and Member of the Editorial Board of Acta Biomaterialia, Journal of Tissue Engineering and the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

B-MRS Newsletter: – You work in a research area that has a direct impact on society. What, in your opinion, is your scientific discovery with the greatest actual or potential impact? Please describe it very briefly.

One of the great challenges in the field of bone regeneration is the development of synthetic materials that are able to be degraded and transformed in newly formed bone. In this case, the synchronization between material degradation and new bone deposition is critical, and very difficult to achieve. We have demonstrated that this can be accomplished by using biomimetic processing routes, which allow tuning the nanostructure and composition of hydroxyapatite, mimicking more closely the mineral phase of bone. In this way the synthetic material can enter the natural bone remodeling cycle, allowing for this progressive transformation in new bone tissue.

B-MRS Newsletter: – Turning scientific knowledge into products is not an easy task. In your experience, what are the most important factors in getting a lab research to become a product on the market?

The transformation of the scientific achievements into real products is indeed a great challenge. This is particularly difficult in the biomedical field, where the scientists face a number of regulatory restrictions which were often overlooked during the previous stages of more “academic” research. In my experience, to be successful, you need the confluence of a good idea and the right people. Moreover, you need money. In summary, in my experience there are three main aspects that determine the success of the translation of a good idea to the market: 1) selecting a good team, with people mastering the different aspects of entrepreneurship, which we, as scientist, do not know; from regulation/legislation to marketing and financial aspects; 2) finding appropriate investors is always necessary; the innovation in the biomedical field is particularly expensive; 3) being willing to work really hard.

For more information on this speaker and the plenary talk she will deliver at the XVIII B-MRS Meeting, click on the speaker’s photo and the title of the lecture here https://www.sbpmat.org.br/18encontro/#lectures.

Featured scientist: Prof. Stefano Baroni (Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati, Italy).

Prof Stefano Baroni
Prof Stefano Baroni

Many shades of blue, red and purple that we can see in the vegetable kingdom (for example, in grapes, raspberries, eggplants and flowers such as violets) are known to be generated by the presence of natural pigments called anthocyanins. However, what makes anthocyanin express in a plant a certain tone of this wide range? This intriguing basic science issue has applications of great interest to the food industry in its quest for healthier dyes from natural components.

A thorough answer will be presented in a plenary lecture of the XVIII B-MRS Meeting by Stefano Baroni, Full Professor of Condensed Matter Theoretical Physics at Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA) – an institution located in Trieste (Italy), dedicated to research and graduate studies in various areas of science. Baroni has been studying that issue, using, mainly, a computational method that considers phenomena occurring at the molecular level over several time scales.

Prof. Stefano Baroni is an internationally renowned Italian scientist who loves to invent and improve computational methods to unveil the properties of matter at the molecular scale and apply them to problems of fundamental and applicative interest. For example, Baroni is one of the principal creators of Density Functional Perturbation Theory (DFPT), a computational tool that allows the study of physical properties of materials that depend on responses to external perturbations. He is also the founder and one the main instigators of the Quantum ESPRESSO, project, one of the most popular open source softwares for quantum materials modeling and calculations at the nanoscale, and founding director of the Quantum ESPRESSO Foundation.

Stefano Baroni obtained a degree in Physics from the Università di Pisa (Italy) in 1978. After that, until 1984, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), in Switzerland. Later, he became Assistant Professor at the Department of Theoretical Physics at the Università degli Studi di Trieste until he joined SISSA in 1988. From 1994 to 1998, he was Director of CECAM, a European center for research in computational sciences and their applications, then based at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, in France. Thereafter, until 2003, he served as coordinator in Trieste of the Istitituto Nazione per la Fisica della Materia (INFM). From 2001 to 2008, he was Founding Director of the DEMOCRITOS national simulation center, now part of the Italian CNR. Baroni has been a visiting professor at many institutions around the world, including Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France), Princeton University (USA), University of Minnesota (USA), University of Sydney (Australia), University College London (UK).

See our mini interview with Prof. Stefano Baroni.

B-MRS Newsletter: – We´d like to know more about your scientific work. Please choose one or two of your favorite/ high-impact contributions, briefly describe them, and share the references.

For forty years my research has been motivated by the attempt to solve the fundamental equations that determine the properties of materials at the atomic scale, in the most realistic conditions practically accessible to computational science. While this effort, which I shared with many scientists more talented than me around the world, is having a tremendous impact in many and diverse technologies, as this Conference convincingly witnesses, my own motivation has been, how to say?, a bit “swotty”? Theorists like me strive to understand. Geniuses sometimes understand what they cannot teach or do not care to implement. Ordinary swots have to do, implement, and teach in order to convince themselves they have understood, and this is what I have been doing all my life, like a Renaissance craftsman. I am probably mostly known for density functional perturbation theory [https://doi.org/10.1103/RevModPhys.73.515], a technique that Paolo Giannozzi and I introduced in the late 80s [https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.58.1861] and that is now considered the state of the art in the simulation of the vibrational properties of condensed matter. In the late 00s my colleagues and I generalised this technique to account for the dynamical phenomena that are probed in optical spectroscopies [https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.113001, https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2899649]. This work provided the methodological motivation for me to enter the field of molecular spectroscopy, which eventually led me to study the color of flowers and fruits. The challenge to compute what others believe cannot be computed was also the motivation for me to enter the fascinating field of heat and charge transport in condensed matter, a senile passion I will have the privilege to report on in Symposium S of this conference on September 24 at 9:30 [https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys3509, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-15843-2, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-11572-4, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.255901, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-019-0562-0].

B-MRS Newsletter: – The subject of the talk aroused our curiosity. Could you tell us what led you to study these pigments? Does it have to do with industrial interest? With the search for fundamental answers? With the application of a new methodology?

As mentioned before, I was drawn to molecular spectroscopy while seeking useful applications for a new computational method that my collaborators and I had devised to deal with dynamical perturbations to quantum-mechanical systems. Ask around what would be the most important application of molecules absorbing light, and many would answer: “solar cells to produce clean, inexhaustible, energy”. So we went, and we were induced into the wrong thinking that efficient and inexpensive solar cells could be manufactured “using fruit juice” (i.e. using anthocyanins as the light-absorbing element of a photovoltaic device). It soon became clear that while the principle per se is not wrong (in fact, organic solar cells based on it are routinely assembled and used for educational purposes https://www.teachengineering.org/activities/view/uoh_organic_activity1, https://education.mrsec.wisc.edu/titanium-dioxide-raspberry-solar-cell/) the stability and efficiency of the resulting device are far too poor for industrial purposes. Meanwhile, our work attracted some attention, and I was invited to some important meetings on solar energy. On one occasion, I declined the invitation knowing that our work could not have a real impact in the field. The organisers flatteringly insisted, and I finally accepted under the condition that I would not talk of solar energy, but of the color of fruits and flowers, which had meanwhile started to arouse my curiosity. A few months later I was approached by a representative of a head-hunting company who, seeking an expert in the molecular simulation of natural dyes on behalf of a major multinational food manufacturer, had stumbled across the abstract of my talk. When I received the telephone call I thought it was a prank and I almost hung up on her. I resisted the impulse, and that was the beginning of an exciting five-years adventure in industrial research, which I never thought I would have lived and whose story I will tell in Balneário Camboriú …

For more information on this speaker and the plenary talk he will deliver at the XVIII B-MRS Meeting, click on the speaker’s photo and the title of the lecture here https://www.sbpmat.org.br/18encontro/#lectures.

B-MRS Newsletter. Year 6, issue 8.


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Newsletter of the
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Year 6, issue 8. September 9, 2019.

Featured Paper

Scientists from Brazil have discovered a potent anti-inflammatory effect on manganese-doped zinc germanate nanorods. In addition, the scientific team optimized the synthesis process of nanorods, reducing its duration to a few minutes. Nanostructures are promising for drug development. The work was recently published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry C. Know more.

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From Idea to Innovation

Ready to launch nanotechnology-based cosmetics, Nanomed has been active since 2012 in the development of nano-scale technologies focused on the health and wellness segments (notably, nanocapsules that protect and deliver substances of interest). Learn more about Nanomed and its founder, here.


News from B-MRS Members

– B-MRS member Bartolomeu Cruz Viana Neto (UFPI) has just been certified as an affiliate member of a regional unit of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC). See ABC article about the researcher, here.

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XVIII B-MRS Meeting/ Encontro da SBPMat
(Balneário Camboriú, Brazil, September 22 – 26, 2019)

Website: www.sbpmat.org.br/18encontro/

Registration. Online registration, here.

Pre-event tutorial for participants. Professor Valtencir Zucolotto (USP) will offer the Young Researchers School: How to Produce and Publish High Impact Papers for the event participants, free of charge. The tutorial will take place on September 22 from 13:00 to 17:00 at Sibara Hotel.

Technical lectures. Within the program of the event, companies in the field of scientific instrumentation will offer 13 technical lectures, 20 minutes each, on techniques and equipment for characterization of materials. See schedule.

Program. The program of the event “at a glance” is online, showing technical and social activities and the distribution of oral and poster sessions. See here. Full program, with all presentations by symposium, is also online. See here.

Posters printing service. The poster file can be sent by email and later pick up the impression at the event location. Know more.

Venue. The meeting will be held in the delightful Balneário Camboriú at two hotels located 300 meters apart: Hotel Sibara Flat & Conventions and, for oral sessions of symposia K, M, S and U, the Mercure Camboriu Hotel. The venues are located in the center of the city, close to many hotels, restaurants and shops, and some meters from the sea. See map here.

Opening ceremony venue. The opening ceremony, the memorial lecture and the welcome cocktail will be held on September 22 (Sunday) at the Cristo Luz complex, one of the main tourist attractions in the city. There will be transportation to the venue, leaving the Hotel Sibara from 17:00 on. See Cristo Luz complex here.

Memorial Lecture. The traditional Memorial Lecture Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro will be given by Professor Yvonne Primerano Mascarenhas (IFSC – USP). Know more about the speaker, here.

Event party. The party will be held in the lounge of the Green Valley, a prominent nightclub. Learn more about Green Valley, here. The party will feature the striking Brothers band. Watch the Brothers, here. Tickets for the party are limited and will be sold at R$ 20 at the event secretariat from Monday on.

Host city. Balneário Camboriú (SC) is an important tourist destination that offers urban and wild beaches, ecotourism and adventure sports, boat trips, bicycles and cable cars – all within a unique landscape that combines mountains, sea and skyscrapers. The visitor has access to many options of gastronomy, lodging and shopping, as well as the bustling nightlife that stands out in the Brazilian scenario.

Lodging, tickets, transfers etc. Check the hotel options and the official travel agency of the event, here.

Plenary lectures. Leading scientists from institutions in Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States will deliver plenary talks on cutting-edge issues at the event. There will also be a plenary session by the Brazilian scientist Antônio José Roque da Silva, director of CNPEM and the Sirius project (new Synchrotron Light Lab). Learn more about the plenary sessions, here.

Symposia. 23 symposia proposed by the international scientific community compose this edition of the event. See the symposia list, here.

Organization. The chair of the event is Professor Ivan Helmuth Bechtold (Physics Department of UFSC) and the co-chair is Professor Hugo Gallardo (Department of Chemistry of UFSC). The program committee is formed by professors Iêda dos Santos (UFPB), José Antônio Eiras (UFSCar), Marta Rosso Dotto (UFSC) and Mônica Cotta (Unicamp). Get to know all the organizers, here.

Exhibitors and sponsors. 50 sponsors and supporters participate in the event with interesting activities and actions.

More details coming soon in B-MRS next newsletter and social media.

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XIX B-MRS Meeting + IUMRS ICEM 2020
(Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, August 30 – September 3, 2020)

Website: www.sbpmat.org.br/19encontro/

Joint event. The event will bring together the 19th edition of B-MRS’s annual meeting and the 17th edition of the International Conference on Electronic Materials organized every two years by the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS).

Call of symposia. B-MRS and IUMRS invite the international scientific community to submit symposium proposals by October 31, 2019. Learn more.

Organization. Professor Gustavo Martini Dalpian (UFABC) is the general coordinator, Carlos Cesar Bof Bufon (LNNANO) is the program coordinator and Flavio Leandro de Souza (UFABC) is the general secretary. At the international committee, the event features scientists from America, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Learn more at the event website.

Plenaries. Five internationally prominent scientists have already confirmed their presence as speakers at the event. Learn more at the event website.

Exhibitors and sponsors. Companies and other entities interested in attending the event as exhibitors, sponsors or supporters can contact Alexandre through the e-mail comercial@sbpmat.org.br.

Reading Tips

– In celebration of the XVIII B-MRS Meeting, the Royal Society of Chemistry prepared a collection of articles by Brazilian authors published between 2017 and 2019. Learn more.

– Scientists make ferroelectric a paraelectric material for a few picoseconds by applying light pulses at THz frequencies, opening up possibilities for developing ultrafast reconfiguration devices (Science paper). Know more.

– OLEDs: Scientists innovate by combining thick layers of perovskites with organic films into material that can be used to develop new generation of screens and lamps (Nature paper). Know more.

– Scientists can make gold sheets only two atoms thick and show that they are catalysts ten times more efficient than nanoparticles. Synthesis method opens possibilities for 2D versions of other metals (Advanced Science paper). Know more. Know more.

– Researchers develop injectable liquid that turns into gel and can be used to make medical procedures such as polyp removal during colonoscopy easier and safer (Advanced Science paper). Know more.

– Scientists can flatten conjugated polymer molecules, which tend to bend, thereby increasing their ability to conduct electricity (Science Advances paper). Know more.

– Impact factors 2018: results from Royal Society of Chemistry journals. Know more.

– Research conducted by scientists from Brazil shows strong action against fungi and tumors of a material obtained by irradiation of silver tungstate (paper from Scientific Reports). Know more.


Postdoctoral fellowship at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil). Know more.


R2B Research to Business Itália-Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). September 19, 2019. Site.

XVIII B-MRS Meeting. Balneário Camboriú, SC (Brazil). September 22 – 26, 2019. Site.

XL CBRAVIC (Brazilian Congress on Vacuum Applications in Industry and Science). October 7 – 11, 2019. Site.

2° Encontro – Fronteiras Tecnológicas em Engenharia. Lorena, SP (Brazil). October 9 – 10, 2019. Site.

XII Brazilian Symposium on Glass and Related Materials. Lavras, MG (Brazil). October 22 – 25, 2019. Site.

19th Brazilian Workshop on Semiconductor Physics. Fortaleza, CE (Brazil). November 18 – 22, 2019. Site.

XIX B-MRS Meeting and 2020 IUMRS ICEM (International Conference on Electronic Materials). Foz do Iguaçu, PR (Brazil). August 30 – September 3, 2020. Site.

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From idea to market: nanotechnology for wellness.

Nanomed-_logoA mix of entrepreneurial spirit, born in childhood, and scientific training, developed in the university stage, led Brazilian Amanda Luizetto dos Santos to create Nanomed two years after completing her doctorate. “The foundation of Nanomed was a natural thing, I always wanted to undertake it, I just needed some time to mature the concept as I imagined,” Amanda states.

Early on in her childhood, Amanda used to set up a street stall to sell her drawings. “From an early age entrepreneurship aroused my heart,” she says. Time passed and pastimes became a life goal. At the end of her undergraduate years in Pharmacy, she participated in an initiative to train young entrepreneurs, in which she opened, maintained and closed (with a positive balance, she explains) a decorative candles company. “This experience was very enriching and, in fact, revived my interest in the world of entrepreneurship,” she recalls.

From her undergraduate degree, Amanda went straight to a doctorate in Analytical Chemistry, at the São Carlos Institute of Chemistry (USP), where she dealt with research in essential oils. The doctorate program included a scientific internship in the United States at Cleveland State University. Then, working closely with the cosmetics industry, Amanda noted this market’s demand for innovation and managed to design a first version of the company. “I found what I had been looking for since I was a young girl,” she says.

Located in São Carlos, in the state of São Paulo (Brazil), Nanomed is dedicated to developing and marketing innovative nanosystems, designed to solve specific challenges of the industry segments such as cosmetics, health and wellness. An example of Nanomed’s technology is nanocapsules that protect substances of interest (skin moisturizing molecules, medicine flavorings, insect repellents), transport them in minimal doses and deliver them to the desired location. Nanomed’s nanocapsules and other nanoparticles, Amanda emphasizes, undergo scientific evaluations to check for toxicity to living tissues and the environment.

In addition to developing nanosystems for other companies, the startup is building its product portfolio. The first products, two nanotechnology-based cosmetic lines, will enter the market (via e-commerce) soon. And between the end of this year and the beginning of next, new products of the food and sanitizing segments will be launched.

Nanomed was formally created in 2012 following the approval of a project in the PIPE program of the São Paulo Research Foundation (Fapesp). PIPE supports scientific and technological research in small companies in the state of São Paulo. Shortly after its creation, Nanomed was incubated in the São Carlos Technology Park (ParqTec), where it remained until 2017.

Since its inception, the startup has been dedicated to R&D of its technologies and products and, at the same time, has taken advantage of its ability to perform analysis and testing to provide services, especially to companies in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical segment. Thanks to the provision of services, Nanomed today is self-sustaining, states Amanda, who is the company’s CEO. “However, profit is still being reinvested,” she says.

For its R&D and service activities, Nanomed has equipment at the company’s headquarters, some of them acquired in projects supported by Fapesp and the Brazilian federal agencies Finep and CNPq. In addition, the startup hires specific assays at university labs and other partners.

Fifteen people currently work at Nanomed – partners, employees, fellows and consultants. Most of the team consists of masters and doctors with degrees in Pharmacy, Chemistry, Engineering and Physics, who work in product development and service provision. The startup also has professionals working in the legal and administrative areas.

Below is our interview with Amanda Luizetto dos Santos, founding partner and CEO of Nanomed.

Founding partner of Nanomed: Amanda Luizetto dos Santos.
Founding partner of Nanomed: Amanda Luizetto dos Santos.

B-MRS Newsletter: What were the most important factors that enabled the creation and development of the startup?

Amanda Luizetto dos Santos: The key factors that enabled Nanomed include the support of Fapesp and ParqTec. Since the beginning of Nanomed, Fapesp has been a fundamental pillar in technology and product developments by financing innovative and high risk projects. ParqTec, which is the oldest incubator in Latin America and is located in São Carlos, was very important because it allowed immersing in the environment of innovative entrepreneurship, as well as supporting the business construction.

B-MRS Newsletter: What were the most important moments for you in the history of the startup?

Amanda Luizetto dos Santos: The most important moment was participating in a meeting at Anvisa’s parliamentary meeting to defend a grade 2 cosmetic product developed by Nanomed and which will be launched and marketed later this year.

[Editor´s Note: Grade 2 products are toiletries or cosmetics whose characteristics require proof of safety and/or efficacy, as well as information on use mode and restrictions].

B-MRS Newsletter: What were the main difficulties the startup has faced thus far?

Amanda Luizetto dos Santos: The main difficulty, still encountered, is the slowness and regulatory bureaucracy that is related to the fact we work in the health area.

B-MRS Newsletter: What do you think is the main contribution of the startup to society?

Amanda Luizetto dos Santos: The main contribution is to offer safe and innovative products to society and contribute to the population’s quality of life.

B-MRS Newsletter: What is your goal/dream for the startup?

Amanda Luizetto dos Santos: Nanomed’s goal is to make people happy and satisfied by offering a line of innovative and high performance products in the domestic and international market.

B-MRS Newsletter: Leave a message to our newsletter readers and social media followers who are considering starting a startup.

Amanda Luizetto dos Santos: I believe we need to be realistic when we think about the future, especially when it comes to opening a business of our own. The idea that to undertake is to have no boss does not exist, in fact, you have thousands of bosses, such as client, employee, government, and many others. So, entrepreneurship means working hard and in all sectors of the business (all of them!). Creating a startup and keeping it alive requires a great deal of work (quite a lot), dedication, resilience and a cool head.

The universe of entrepreneurship is a constant adrenaline rush, particularly addictive, while it brings immense satisfaction to see things come to fruition, that cold feeling in the belly is inevitable. I can’t live without it (I still don’t know if fortunately or unfortunately!).


Featured paper: Nanorods to develop new anti-inflammatory drugs.

[Paper: Characterization of the structural, optical, photocatalytic and in vitro and in vivo anti-inflammatory properties of Mn2+ doped Zn2GeO4 nanorods. Suzuki, V. Y.; Amorin, L. H. C; Lima, N. M; Machado, E. G; Carvalho, P. E.; Castro, S. B. R.; Souza Alves, C. C.; Carli, A. P.; Li, Maximo Siu; Longo, Elson; Felipe La Porta. J. Mater. Chem. C, 2019, 7, 8216. DOI: 10.1039/c9tc01189g]

nanobastoesA team of researchers from Brazilian universities found, in cylindrical nanostructures known as nanorods, an anti-inflammatory effect equivalent to that achieved by commercial drugs. Researchers have also demonstrated the effectiveness of these nanorods as catalysts (accelerators) in the degradation of a pollutant. These applications are even more relevant considering that the scientific team was able to produce large quantities of the material through a simple and fast process. The work carried out shows the potential of these nanorods for the development of new medicines and for the treatment of effluents.

The work originated about three years ago when Professor Felipe de Almeida La Porta, who had recently joined the faculty of the Federal Technological University of Paraná (UTFPR), Londrina campus, was implementing a research group on nanotechnology and computational chemistry at this university. “Our laboratory was investigating some classes of emerging materials, with the perspective of aligning theory and practice, thus driving new discoveries and applications,” says La Porta. One of the materials studied by the group was zinc germanate (Zn2GeO4), a versatile semiconductor with well-known applications in sensors, catalysts, batteries and other devices.

Together with undergraduate researcher Victor Yuudi Suzuki, the professor started a project in which he synthesized pure Zn2GeO4 nanorods at the UTFPR laboratory with very small percentages of manganese ions. To produce this series of nanorods, they used “microwave assisted hydrothermal synthesis.” The method consists, in broad lines, of mixing aqueous solutions containing certain compounds, heating the final solution in a microwave oven and allowing the compounds to react for a certain period of time at controlled pressure and temperature. In this study, the manganese ion-doped Zn2GeO4 was prepared, and the reactions were performed at 140 °C for 10 minutes. The resulting material from these reactions was collected at room temperature, then washed and dried, which generate the nanorods.

Professor La Porta and his research group were able to optimize one of the process steps, the crystallization of materials, thus reducing the synthesis time from hours to a few minutes, but maintaining the quality of the material and the possibility to control its shape.

After preparing the samples, they traveled from Londrina (state of Paraná) to São Carlos (São Paulo state) to characterize the materials at the Center for Functional Materials Development (CDMF) at the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) and at the Institute of Physics at the University of São Paulo (USP). Together with the local researchers, they were able to analyze the shape, structure and luminescence of the four types of nanorod compositions produced: manganese-free and with 1, 2 and 4% of this element incorporated into the structure of Zn2GeO4.

Finally, knowing that compounds containing zinc, germanium or manganese exhibit considerable effects on living things, the team contacted some collaborators to investigate these properties in the nanorods. Thus, several experiments were performed at the Departments of Chemistry and Pharmacy of the Federal University of Juiz de Fora and at the Federal University of Vales do Jequitinhonha and Mucuri, both in the state of Minas Gerais.

The authors of the paper. From the left: Victor Suzuki, Luís Amorin, Felipe La Porta, Maximo Si Li, Elson Longo, Sandra de Castro, Paloma de Carvalho, Alessandra Carli, Emanuelle Machado, Caio Alvez, Nerilson Lima.
The authors of the paper. From the left: Victor Suzuki, Luís Amorin, Felipe La Porta, Maximo Si Li, Elson Longo, Sandra de Castro, Paloma de Carvalho, Alessandra Carli, Emanuelle Machado, Caio Alvez, Nerilson Lima.

To study the anti-inflammatory action, the team performed in vitro tests (in contact with cells in laboratory containers) and also in vivo tests (using rats with paw edema, within the norms of the Brazilian code for laboratory animal use). Both types of experiments revealed that nanorods with about 4% manganese were the most effective in controlling inflammation. The in vitro tests showed these nanostructures were able to modulate molecules that regulate inflammation without causing cell death (without cytotoxicity). In the in vivo experiments, the nanorods reduced the induced rat paw edema with results similar to that of the application of dexamethasone, a well-known drug of the corticoid group.

“At first, we thought that combining these elements to form a ternary oxide could somehow potentiate these effects. But we had no idea the results would be so significant. Given that the drugs currently available in therapy are proving to be less effective every day, these results may encourage the use of these nanorods, for example in the production of a new pharmaceutical formulation, especially for cases of inflammation,” says Felipe La Porta, who is the corresponding author of the paper that was recently published by the research team in the Journal of Materials Chemistry C (impact factor 6,641).

In addition to proving the potential of the material for this application in the health area, the authors of the paper have experimentally verified the ability of nanorods to degrade a chemical dye widely found in industrial effluents, known as methylene blue. For this application, 2% manganese nanostructures were the most efficient, completely decomposing the dye in 10 minutes. “Due to the manufacture simplicity of this system, coupled with its excellent properties, this material is also promising for cleaning various environmental pollutants, and can be easily recovered at the end of this process,” adds Prof La Porta.

In the center, a cluster of 4% manganese zinc germanate nanorods. Clockwise: photoluminescence measurements of the samples; representation of the structure of manganese-doped zinc germanate; pollutant degradation mechanism and methylene blue degradation measures; anti-inflammatory action of nanorods and other treatments in induced-edema rat paw.
In the center, a cluster of 4% manganese zinc germanate nanorods. Clockwise: photoluminescence measurements of the samples; representation of the structure of manganese-doped zinc germanate; pollutant degradation mechanism and methylene blue degradation measures; anti-inflammatory action of nanorods and other treatments in induced-edema rat paw.

The superior properties that the Brazilian scientific team found in the nanorods with manganese can be related to the structural defects observed in these samples. In fact, the three-dimensional network of atoms that forms zinc germanate is crystalline, that is, organized in regular patterns. The introduction of manganese generates irregularities, and new properties emerge.

The scientific paper that reports this work was selected to be part of the Materials and Nano Research in Brazil collection, prepared by the Royal Society of Chemistry in celebration of the 18th B-MRS Meeting, and can therefore be accessed free of charge until October 15 of this year, here.

The work was carried out with funding from Brazilian research support agencies: the federal CNPq and Capes, and the state Araucaria Foundation, Fapesp and Fapemig.

Royal Society of Chemistry put together a collection of paper of Brazilian authors in honour of XVIII B-MRS Meeting.

RSC_collectionThe Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has prepared an online collection of articles by Brazilian authors in celebration of the XVIII B-MRS Meeting (Balneário Camboriú, September 22-26, 2019). The Royal Society of Chemistry is a supporter of this edition of B-MRS’s annual event.

Titled Materials and Nano Research in Brazil, the collection brings together 55 articles published in RSC journals between 2017 and 2019. All selected articles are open access until October 15, 2019.

The collection is available at www.rsc.li/brazil-mrs-2019