Nota de apoio à Fapesp.

Rio de Janeiro, 09 de maio de 2024

NOTA DE APOIO À FAPESP

A Sociedade Brasileira de Pesquisa em Materiais (SBPMat) manifesta preocupação com a proposta de corte de 30% no orçamento da Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP) para o ano de 2025.

As instituições de ensino e pesquisa do estado de São Paulo são responsáveis por grande parte do conhecimento científico gerado no Brasil, em especial na área de materiais, e contribuem com a formação qualificada de pesquisadores para atuarem na academia, no mercado de trabalho e para empreender.

A FAPESP tem um papel central no financiamento destas atividades e a redução de 30% dos recursos comprometerá significativamente este processo, sendo um retrocesso não apenas para o desenvolvimento científico e tecnológico do país, mas para a sociedade em geral por ele beneficiado.

O engajamento de todos os setores da sociedade é fundamental para alertar os parlamentares da Assembleia Legislativa de São Paulo, a fim de impedir que isso aconteça.

 Ivan H Bechtold

Presidente da Sociedade Brasileira de Pesquisa em Materiais – SBPMat

B-MRS Newsletter. Year 11, issue 4.

 

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Year 11, issue 4. May 3rd, 2024.

B-MRS Awards: early career woman scientist

The B-MRS board of directors announces with great joy the launch of the B-MRS Early Career Woman Prize, which will recognize the best work presented in an oral session by a woman at the beginning of her career within the society’s annual event, the B-MRS Meeting. In its first edition, the award will be sponsored by the publisher MDPI. Know more.

Community consultation: plenary speakers for 2025

The organizing committee of the XXIII B-MRS Meeting, which will be held in Salvador (Bahia, Brazil) from October 28th to November 2nd, 2025, invites the scientific community to send suggestions for speakers for the plenary sessions. Suggestions must be sent through an open form until May 20th this year. Know more.

Papers and books by the community

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Trying to contribute to the success of crime investigation, this work proposes a new, fast and low-cost method to reveal latent fingerprints on metal surfaces such as coins and keys. Based on the electrochemical deposition of silver nanoparticles, the method was effective in situations where conventional processes have limitations: aged fingerprints and wet/ colored / different textured surfaces. The nanoparticles are deposited in the regions of the metal that do not have residue left by the finger, thus forming a negative image of the fingerprint, with high contrast. The work was led by researchers from UFAL and had the participation of the Federal Police and authors from IFAL and the University of Leicester (United Kingdom). Access the paper.

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By being able to produce nanoscale fibers with unique architectures, the electrospinning technique has enabled the development of various materials, with applications in sectors such as health, food, energy and photonics. In this book in Portuguese, which can be downloaded or read online free of charge, two young researchers in the field, Luiza Amim Mercante (professor at UFBA) and Daniel Souza Correa (researcher at Embrapa Instrumentação), bring together 19 chapters on various aspects of electrospinning, all written by authors from Brazilian institutions. Access the book.

XXII B-MRS Meeting
Santos (SP), September 29th to October 3rd, 2024

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We received more than 2,200 submissions!

Next important date. Notifications of approval, modification or rejection of the abstracts will be sent on May 31st.

Awards for students. The Bernhard Gross Award will recognize the best poster and best oral presentation by undergraduate and postgraduate students at each symposium. Among the finalists, the works with the best evaluations will receive cash prizes from scientific publishers ACS and RSC. To compete for the awards and prizes it is necessary to submit an extended abstract by July 10th. Know more.

Award for young woman researcher. The B-MRS Early Career Woman Prize will recognize the best oral presentation of the entire event made by a woman who defended her doctorate between 2015 and 2024. The winner will receive a cash prize from the scientific publisher MDPI. To compete, you must submit an extended abstract by July 10th. Know more.

Registration. The registration fee for the event is available for the different categories and conditions. See registration fees.

Exhibitors. 19 companies and startups have already confirmed their participation in our booth exhibition. Meet the exhibitors. Organizations interested in the exhibition and other forms of sponsorship can contact comercial@sbpmat.org.br.

Venue. The event location is the Blue Med Convention Center in the city of Santos. More information about the city and the convention center.

Chairs. The general chairs of the event are Prof. Laura Oliveira Péres, from the Department of Chemistry at the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp), and Prof. Lucas Fugikawa Santos, from the Physics Department of the São Paulo State University “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” (Unesp).

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Prof. Edgar Zanotto (UFSCar) was awarded an important recognition in the area of glass materials, the Varshneya Frontiers of Glass Science Lecture. This lecture is awarded annually by The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) to a scientist who has made exceptional contributions to the advancement of glassy materials science. Zanotto is the first recipient from Latin America. The lecture will be held in May this year in Las Vegas, at the Glass & Optical Materials Division Meeting. On this occasion, the scientist will talk about the nucleation of crystals in glass and supercooled liquids.

Opportunities

– New call from Fapesp (São Paulo) and M-ERA NET (European Union) will support ambitious transnational research and development projects in the area of materials. Pre-proposals must be sent by May 14th. Know more.

To follow opportunities in the area, join the B-MRS group on Linkedin.

Upcoming events

IEEE International Magnetics Conference (INTERMAG 2024). Rio de Janeiro (RJ, Brazil). May 5th to 10th, 2024. Website.

50th International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF 2024). San Diego (USA). May 19 to 24, 2024. Website.

101st IUVSTA workshop on high performance SIMS instrumentation and machine learning / artificial intelligence methods for complex data. Maresias (SP, Brazil). May 19 to 24, 2024. Website.

I International Workshop on Applied Biosensing + IEEE Women in Sensors Day. Joinville (SC, Brazil). June 3-6, 2024. Website.

6th International Conference on Applied Surface Science (ICASS). Wuzhen (China). June 17th to 20th, 2024. Website.

17th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes (ICIM 2024). Florianópolis (SC, Brazil). July 1-5, 2024. Website.

29th International Liquid Crystal Conference (ILCC 2024). Rio de Janeiro (RJ, Brazil). July 21 to 26, 2024. Website.

24th International Conference on Photochemical Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy (IPS-24). Hiroshima (Japan). July 28 to August 2, 2024. Website.

4th Workshop on Coated Tools & Multifunctional Thin Films. Campinas (SP, Brazil). August 19 to 23, 2024. Website.

19th International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering (PSE 2024). Erfurt (Germany). September 2nd to 5th, 2024. Website.

XXII B-MRS Meeting. Santos (SP, Brazil). September 29 to October 3, 2024. Website.

VI Iberoamerican Conference on Advanced Oxidation Technologies (CIPOA). Florianópolis (SC, Brazil). October 7th to 11th, 2024. Website.

São Paulo School of Advanced Science on 4th Generation Synchrotron Techniques. Campinas (SP, Brazil). October 14-25, 2024. Website.

– 8th International Workshop on Flow and Fracture of Advanced Glasses. Tokyo (Japan). October 27-30, 2024. Website.

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B-MRS invites the community to suggest plenary speakers for the 2025 event.

The organizing committee of the XXIII B-MRS Meeting, which will be held in Salvador (Bahia, Brazil) from October 28 to November 2, 2025, invites the scientific community to send suggestions for speakers for the plenary sessions.

Plenary lectures should interest a broad audience, with different levels of training and thematic specialties. Scientists are expected to be renowned researchers at an international level, capable of giving a motivational talk that addresses the advances achieved over time in their research topic, in addition to discussing challenges and prospects for the future.

The XXIII B-MRS Meeting is chaired by Luiza Amim Mercante, from the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA) and Daniel Souza Correa, from Embrapa Instrumentação (São Carlos/SP).

Suggestions must be sent by May 20th this year through this Google form.

 

B-MRS launches award for early career women scientists.

With great joy, the B-MRS board announces the launch of the B-MRS Early Career Women Scientist Prize, which will recognize the best contribution presented by a female scientist at the beginning of her career within the society’s annual event, the B-MRS Meeting. This year, the event will be held in Santos (SP) from September 29th to October 3rd.

In its first edition, the prize will be sponsored by the publisher MDPI.

Women who have defended their doctorate between 2015 and 2024 can apply for the award. Candidates must submit an extended abstract, prepared according to the template available on the event website and, during the event, they must make an oral presentation of the work at the respective symposium. To submit the extended abstract, candidates must have received notification of approval of the conventional abstract.

To select the winner, the organizers of each symposium will nominate up to one candidate, following criteria defined by the B-MRS Awards Committee. From this list of finalists, the Early Career Women Scientist Prize committee will choose the winner, who will receive an amount in reais equivalent to 500 Swiss francs and the opportunity to publish a paper free of charge in the open access journal Electronic Materials (MDPI) after peer review. The prize will only be awarded if the winner is present at the ceremony.

The winner of the first edition of the award will be announced at the XXII B-MRS Meeting awards ceremony, which will be held on October 3rd this year, at the end of the event. The prize will only be awarded if the winner is present at the ceremony.

The deadline for submitting the extended abstract is July 10th.

B-MRS Newsletter. Year 11, issue 3.

 

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Year 11, issue 3. April 2nd, 2024.

Papers by the community

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In this work, a team of researchers from USP, UFSCar and UFPI, together with their collaborators from abroad, compared, for the first time, the effects of conventional sintering and flash sintering on the hydroxyapatite-zirconia composite, a material that can be used, for example, in implants, bone regeneration and dental restoration. The team analyzed the changes that occur in the composite during sintering. The results revealed major differences in the microstructure of the material obtained by the two techniques and demonstrated that flash sintering is promising for generating specific structures without the need for other elements such as catalysts. Access the scientific article.

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Due to their ability to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy and vice versa, piezoelectric materials can be fundamental components of various sensors and other electronic devices. And more. In the form of thin films, they can be part of flexible electronic devices, which are increasingly used. In this review article, researchers from Mackenzie and ITA present a comprehensive and up-to-date look at the potential of piezoelectric thin films for building flexible devices and sensors. One of the focuses of the article is the use of sputtering in the synthesis of these films – a technique whose advances currently allow optimizing the composition, structure and performance of piezoelectric films. Go to the review paper.

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Seeking alternatives to the use of antibiotics in agriculture is important to reduce the presence of these drugs in the environment and to contain the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In this work, researchers from IFSC and IQSC at USP bring a contribution from nanotechnology and biotechnology to alternative methods against bacteria in agriculture. The authors studied a complex formed by silver nanoparticles (known for their antimicrobial effect) and endolysin (a protein capable of recognizing certain bacteria and breaking their cell walls). The research confirmed that the complex of nanoparticles and endolysin is capable of eliminating bacteria present in agriculture more efficiently than each of the components separately. Go to the paper.

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Santos (SP), September 29th to October 3rd, 2024

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Abstract submission The abstract submission deadline for oral and poster presentation is April 8th. ​See our submission guidelines.

Symposia. 28 thematic symposia organized by more than 100 researchers from 17 countries make up the XXII B-MRS Meeting, covering the most diverse topics in materials research. See the list of symposia.

Registration. The registration fees for the event are available for the different categories and conditions. See registration fees.

Exhibitors. 19 companies and startups have already confirmed their participation in our booth exhibition. Meet the exhibitors. Organizations interested in the exhibition and other forms of sponsorship can contact comercial@sbpmat.org.br.

Venue. The event location is the Blue Med Convention Center in the city of Santos. See more information about the city and the convention center.

Chairs. The general coordinators of the event are Prof. Laura Oliveira Péres, from the Department of Chemistry at the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp), and Prof. Lucas Fugikawa Santos, from the Physics Department of the São Paulo State University “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” (Unesp).

Community

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On March 13, Prof Cid de Araújo (UFPE), a B-MRS member, received an award from the National Council of State Research Foundations (CONFAP) for his contributions to the production of knowledge and the development of Brazilian populations. The scientist won 1st place in the Outstanding Researcher category (Exact Sciences area) at the 3º Prêmio CONFAP de Ciência, Tecnologia & Inovação “Johanna Döbereiner”. For this award, candidates are nominated by the research support foundation of their state. The evaluation committees are designated by CNPq, the federal research agency. In 2021, Prof Cid was distinguished by B-MRS with the Memorial Lecture “Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro”.

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Prof. Lucimara Stolz Roman (UFPR), scientific director of B-MRS, was approved in her defense for progression to Full Professor on February 29th by an all-female committee (a fact probably unprecedented in defenses of this type in Physics departments in Brazil) . The panel included pioneers such as the first female Presidents of B-MRS, Mônica Cotta and SBF, Débora Peres Menezes, and the first woman to be Full Professor at the Department of Physics at UFPR, Alice Marlene Grimm.

Opportunities

– Fapesp scholarship for direct doctorate at Unifesp in biosensor technologies and controlled release systems. Applications until April 21st. Know more.

– Post-doctorate in biosensors and controlled release systems at Unifesp with a Fapesp scholarship. Applications by April 30th. Know more.

To follow opportunities in the area, enter the B-MRS group on Linkedin.

Upcoming events

Curso de outono de escrita científica da USP. Online. April 17 to 25, 2024. Website

2nd School on Glasses and Glass-ceramics. São Carlos (SP). April 29 to May 4, 2024. Website.

IEEE International Magnetics Conference (INTERMAG 2024). Rio de Janeiro (RJ). May 5th to 10th, 2024. Website.

50th International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF 2024). San Diego (USA). May 19 to 24, 2024. Website.

101st IUVSTA workshop on high performance SIMS instrumentation and machine learning / artificial intelligence methods for complex data. Maresias (SP). May 19 to 24, 2024. Website.

I International Workshop on Applied Biosensing + IEEE Women in Sensors Day. Joinville (SC). June 3-6, 2024. Website.

6th International Conference on Applied Surface Science (ICASS).Wuzhen (China). June 17-20, 2024. Website.

17th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes (ICIM 2024). Florianópolis (SC). July 1-5, 2024. Website.

29th International Liquid Crystal Conference (ILCC 2024). Rio de Janeiro (RJ). July 21 to 26, 2024. Website.

24th International Conference on Photochemical Conversion and Storage of Solar Energy (IPS-24). Hiroshima (Japan). July 28 to August 2, 2024. Website.

4th Workshop on Coated Tools & Multifunctional Thin Films. Campinas (SP). August 19 to 23, 2024. Website.

19th International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering (PSE 2024). Erfurt (Germany). September 2nd to 5th, 2024. Website.

XXII B-MRS Meeting. Santos (SP). September 29 to October 3, 2024.Website.

VI Iberoamerican Conference on Advanced Oxidation Technologies (CIPOA). Florianópolis (SC). October 7th to 11th, 2024. Website.

– São Paulo School of Advanced Science on 4th Generation Synchrotron Techniques. Campinas (SP). October 14-25, 2024. Website.

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B-MRS Newsletter. Year 11, issue 2.

 

 

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Year 11, issue 2. March 4st, 2024.

Papers by the community

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Zirconia, a very resistant and biocompatible ceramic, has been used in cutting tools, dental implants and several other applications. However, producing high-quality zirconia pieces with complex shapes and using low-cost and sustainable processes is still a challenge. In this study, researchers from USP and UERJ, together with collaborators from the University of Aveiro (Portugal), combined advanced additive manufacturing and sintering techniques to obtain dense zirconia samples in times and temperatures significantly lower than conventional ones. The article, published in Ceramics International, can be accessed here.

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A team of researchers from UFRN and Unesp showed that it is possible to treat effluents and, at the same time, produce green hydrogen and chemical products. In the laboratory, they decontaminated water from a washing machine. To do this, they used an electrochemical system developed by them and powered by electrical energy from a solar plant. In the same process, the team converted contaminants into hydrogen and carboxylic acids, which can be used as fuel and industrial chemicals. The full scientific article, published in Electrochemistry Communications, is available here.

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Silicon solar cells are efficient at converting visible light into electricity, but not at converting other types of light that come from the Sun. A little explored strategy to improve this situation is to cover the top of the devices with photonic materials capable of managing solar radiation. In this article, researchers from CEETEPS, UPE and USP review the scientific literature on the subject and provide proof of concept with different glasses that, when placed on top of silicon solar cells, can increase their efficiency by up to 18%. The open access article is available here.

XXII B-MRS Meeting
Santos (SP), September 29th to October 3rd, 2024

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Submissions. The submission of abstracts for presentation in oral and poster sessions within the symposia is open until April 8th. See the instructions to submit your work.

Symposia. 29 thematic symposia were approved to make up the XXII B-MRS Meeting. This is a record in the history of our annual event. The symposia cover the most diverse topics in Materials research. See the list of symposia.

Registrations. The registration fees for the different categories and conditions are available. Check the values.

Exhibitors. 18 companies and startups have already confirmed their participation in our booth exhibition. Meet the exhibitors. Organizations interested in the exhibition and other forms of sponsorship can contact comercial@sbpmat.org.br.

Venue. The event location is the Blue Med Convention Center in the city of Santos. More information about the city and the convention center.

Chairs. The general coordinators of the event are Prof. Laura Oliveira Péres, from the Chemistry Department of the Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp) and Prof. Lucas Fugikawa Santos, from the Physics Department of the São Paulo State University “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” (Unesp).

Community

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Yvonne Primerano Mascarenhas (USP) was the winner of the 5th Carolina Bori “Science & Woman” Award, from the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science (SBPC), in the area of Engineering, Exact and Earth Sciences. The distinction recognizes the talent and dedication of Brazilian female scientists, strengthening the role of women in national scientific advancement. Prof. Yvonne was a pioneer in Brazil with international prominence. She ceated the first structural crystallography laboratory in the country, was the first person to direct the Brazilian Crystallography Association and the São Carlos Institute of Physics at USP and trained around 200 crystallographers throughout her career. B-MRS as a society affiliated to SBPC, was one of the entities that nominated Prof. Yvonne for this award.

Opportunities

– Applications for Newton International Fellowships are open until March 13th (grants for non-British scientists in the early stages of their careers to carry out research in the United Kingdom). Know more.

– Special issue of the journal Coatings (MDPI) dedicated to films and optical coatings receives articles until March 30th. Guest editors are B-MRS members. Know more.

– Call for articles (papers, reviews and perspectives) is open for the Materials Advances (RSC) collection on advances in materials and devices for the energy transition, with a focus on Latin America. Guest editor is a member of the B-MRS Council. New submission deadline: March 31. Know more.

To follow opportunities in the area, be part of the B-MRS group on Linkedin.

Upcoming events

2nd School on Glasses and Glass-ceramics. São Carlos (SP, Brazil). April 29 to May 4, 2024. Website.

IEEE International Magnetics Conference (INTERMAG 2024). Rio de Janeiro (RJ, Brazil). May 5th to 10th, 2024. Website

50th International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF 2024). San Diego (USA). May 19 to 24, 2024. Website

101st IUVSTA workshop on high performance SIMS instrumentation and machine learning / artificial intelligence methods for complex data. Maresias (SP, Brazil). May 19 to 24, 2024. Website

I International Workshop on Applied Biosensing + IEEE Women in Sensors Day. Joinville (SC, Brazil). June 3 to 6, 2024. Website

6th International Conference on Applied Surface Science (ICASS). Wuzhen (China). June 17th to 20th, 2024. Website

17th International Conference on Inorganic Membranes (ICIM 2024). Florianópolis (SC, Brazil). July 1 to 5, 2024. Website

29th International Liquid Crystal Conference (ILCC 2024). Rio de Janeiro (RJ, Brazil). July 21 to 26, 2024.Website

4th Workshop on Coated Tools & Multifunctional Thin Films. Campinas (SP, Brazil). August 19 to 23, 2024. Website

19th International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering (PSE 2024). Erfurt (Germany). September 2nd to 5th, 2024. Website

XXII B-MRS Meeting. Santos (SP, Brazil). September 29 to October 3, 2024. Website

VI Iberoamerican Conference on Advanced Oxidation Technologies (CIPOA). Florianópolis (SC, Brazil). October 7th to 11th, 2024. Website

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