XX B-MRS Meeting: Student Awards and Prizes.


Bernhard Gross Award

(Established by B-MRS in honor of Bernhard Gross, a pioneer of Brazilian materials research. It distinguishes the best oral and poster contributions presented by students in each symposium) 

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Symposium A – Poster. Gustavo Venâncio Bellucci. Development of curcumin-anchored hydroxyapatites.

Symposium A – Oral. Leonardo Francisco Gonçalves Dias. Evaluation of bisphosphonates adsorption on TiO2, HA and composite surfaces.

Symposium C – Poster. Caroline Eloisa Apolinário Botteon. Assessment of cytotoxicity of gold nanoparticles functionalized with Brazilian red propolis in 2D and 3D models of urological cancers.

Symposium C – Oral. Paulo Henrique Olivieri Jr. Cell-Surface Glycosaminoglycans Regulate the Cellular Uptake of Charged Polystyrene Nanoparticles.

Symposium E – Oral. Raphael F. Moral. Probing the Stacking Properties of Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Nanoplates with SAXS.

Symposium F – Oral. Matheus F. F. das Neves. Aqueous conductive ink based on PEDOT nanoparticles without organic solvents, passivant agents or metallic residues.

Symposium G – Poster. Murillo Henrique de Matos Rodrigues. The Influence of the Magnetic Field and Nanoparticle Concentration on the Thin Film Colloidal Deposition Process of Magnetic Nanoparticles: The Search for High-Efficiency Hematite Photoanodes.

Symposium G – Oral. Rafael Lavagnolli Germscheidt. Water oxidation performance enhanced by electrochemically designed vacancies on Prussian blue catalyst.

Symposium H – Poster. Matheus Cavalcanti dos Santos Nunes. Thermoluminescence properties of Al2O3:C laser sintered ceramic under X-rays and beta irradiation.

Symposium H – Oral. Alexia Oliveira Silva. Thermoluminescence properties of alexandrite under beta, ultraviolet and X-ray irradiation.

Symposium J – Poster. Lucas Felipe Santos de Azeredo. Ferromagnets with minor magnetization loops that lie entirely and way outside the major hysteresis loop.

Symposium J – Oral. Allan Marciel Döring. The diffusion process of La, Fe and Si through the La(Fe,Si)13 phase – A Fick’s 1st law-based approach.

Symposium N – Oral. Mayara Carla Uvida. PMMA-silica coatings modified with calcium phosphates for bioactive corrosion protection of Ti6Al4V alloy.

Symposium P – Poster. Eduardo Fonseca Maia. Gold/Cooper and Silver/Cooper Mixed Nanoparticles Films on Silica Substrate: Materials With Potential Use in Optical Sensors.

Symposium P – Oral. Tomás Pinheiro. Paper-based, Green Laser-Induced Graphene for bioelectronic applications and electrochemical sensor production.

Symposium Q – Poster. Ana Carolina Cunha Serafim. Carbon dots obtained from two different agricultural residues.

Symposium R – Poster. Juliany Louise Hurbano Carvalho. Study of Self-Assembly Structures Based on Carbon Quantum Dots.

Symposium R – Oral. Ana Carolina Dalila Steil. PLA/PPy composite nanofibers by solution electrospinning for the development of electrochemical sensors.

Symposium S – Poster. Nicolli de Freitas. Simple, fast, and efficient electrochemical thinning of ultra-large MoS2 on gold surfaces.

Symposium S – Oral. Raphaela de Oliveira. Chlinoclore: probing water in an emergent naturally abundant 2D material.

Symposium T – Poster. Ezequiel Lorenzett. Electrostatic Charged Functional 3D Printed Materials.

Symposium T – Oral. Funsho Olaitan Kolawole. Nano-scratch and micro-scratch properties of CrN/DLC and DLC-W coatings.

Symposium U – Poster. Yan Araujo Santos da Campo. Elastomers and Chaos: an alternative approach to electromechanical coupling and its correlation with failure prediction.

Symposium U – Oral. Gustavo Scheid Prass. Processing and characterization of AISI 316L coating reinforced with Cu and CuO nanoparticles.

Symposium V – Poster. Thissiana da Cunha Fernandes. Determination of thermodynamic parameters for growth of lead-free piezoelectric single crystals from the melt.

Symposium V – Oral. Isabela Reis Lavagnini. In situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction of hydroxyapatite-zirconia composite during Conventional Sintering and Flash Sintering.

Symposium X – Oral. Yuri Ferreira da Silva. Effect of submerged liquid plasma treatment on the hygroscopicity of vegetable ivory microparticles.

ACS Publications PrizesACS 3

(Sponsored by journals of ACS Publications, a division of the American Chemical Society. Prizes for the best student contributions of all the event)

Symposium A – Poster. Gustavo Venâncio Bellucci. Development of curcumin-anchored hydroxyapatites.

Symposium G – Poster. Murillo Henrique de Matos Rodrigues. The Influence of the Magnetic Field and Nanoparticle Concentration on the Thin Film Colloidal Deposition Process of Magnetic Nanoparticles: The Search for High-Efficiency Hematite Photoanodes.

Symposium T – Poster. Ezequiel Lorenzett. Electrostatic Charged Functional 3D Printed Materials.

Symposium U – Poster. Yan Araujo Santos da Campo. Elastomers and Chaos: an alternative approach to electromechanical coupling and its correlation with failure prediction.

Symposium E – Oral. Raphael F. Moral. Probing the Stacking Properties of Cesium Lead Halide Perovskite Nanoplates with SAXS.

Symposium N – Oral. Mayara Carla Uvida. PMMA-silica coatings modified with calcium phosphates for bioactive corrosion protection of Ti6Al4V alloy.

Symposium P – Oral. Tomás Pinheiro. Paper-based, Green Laser-Induced Graphene for bioelectronic applications and electrochemical sensor production.

Symposium R – Oral. Ana Carolina Dalila Steil. PLA/PPy composite nanofibers by solution electrospinning for the development of electrochemical sensors.

Symposium S – Oral. Raphaela de Oliveira. Chlinoclore: probing water in an emergent naturally abundant 2D material.

RSC PrizesRSC

(Sponsored by journals of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Prizes for the best student contributions of all the event)

Symposium H – Poster. Matheus Cavalcanti dos Santos Nunes. Thermoluminescence properties of Al2O3:C laser sintered ceramic under X-rays and beta irradiation.

Symposium S – Poster. Nicolli de Freitas. Simple, fast, and efficient electrochemical thinning of ultra-large MoS2 on gold surfaces.

Symposium C – Oral. Paulo Henrique Olivieri Jr. Cell-Surface Glycosaminoglycans Regulate the Cellular Uptake of Charged Polystyrene Nanoparticles.

Symposium F – Oral. Matheus F. F. das Neves. Aqueous conductive ink based on PEDOT nanoparticles without organic solvents, passivant agents or metallic residues.

Symposium G – Oral. Rafael Lavagnolli Germscheidt. Water oxidation performance enhanced by electrochemically designed vacancies on Prussian blue catalyst.

B-MRS Newsletter. Year 9, issue 8


 

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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 9, issue 8. September 5th, 2022.

Featured paper

Researchers at USP São Carlos developed a portable photoelectrochemical immunosensor that demonstrated high efficiency to detect a prostate cancer biomarker in blood samples. The main novelty of the work is the miniaturization of the technology, which was made possible by the development of a photocatalyst. The device is promising for the diagnosis of diseases within the point-of-care approach. (ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces cover paper). Know more.

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XX B-MRS Meeting

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  • Program. the program at a glance is available on the website.
  • Venue. the “venue” tab of the event’s website contains information about reservations at the Rafain hotel and other nearby hotels
  • Young Researchers School. A new edition of Prof. Valtencir Zucolotto (IFSC-USP) on writing and scientific publication of high-impact articles will be held on Sunday 25th, before the opening of the event. To participate, you must be registered for the XX B-MRS Meeting and register (at no extra cost) in the tutorial by accessing the registration system and clicking on the “Add/Edit activities” button.
  • Children’s playroom. The event hotel will have a children’s playroom with monitors during the week of the event, with activities for children from 4 to 12 years old. Interested parties should contact secretaria@sbpmat.org.br.
  • Conference party. The traditional B-MRS Meeting party, which this year celebrates the 20th edition of the event, will be held on the night of Wednesday, the 28th, at the Dreams Motor Show space with the band Scope, specialized in rock/pop from the 80s.
  • Student awards. Prizes will only be awarded to winners who are present at the ceremony on the last day of the event.
  • Registration. Online registration will remain open until the end of the event. During the event, it will also be possible to register at the secretariat.
  • Memorial Lecture. Prof. Roberto Mendonça Faria (IFSC-USP).
  • Plenary Speakers. Christine Kranz (Ulm University), Daniel Mario Ugarte (UNICAMP), Gustavo Rivas (Univ. Córdoba), Natalie Stingelin (Georgia Tech Univ.), Sanjay Sampath (State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook), Pulickel Ajayan (Rice Univ.).
  • Support and sponsorship. 22 companies and startups have already confirmed sponsorship and participation in the exhibition of this edition of the event, which also has 42 institutional supporters among scientific journals, companies and other organizations.

For more information, visit the event website.

Reading tips

– By using two-dimensional materials to trap a liquid, scientists create a way to study solid-liquid interfaces in the electron microscope, and in this way, they obtain the first images of atoms “swimming”. Technique opens possibilities in the study of chemical processes that are essential to the development of devices such as batteries and fuel cells. (Nature) Know more.

– Scientists create the first hydrogel-based cartilage substitute. Stronger and more durable than natural cartilage, the material, which is inserted into a titanium base, could be implanted in knees with worn cartilage. (Advanced Functional Materials) Know more.

– By combining perovskites and other materials, scientists make floating photoelectrochemical devices that produce fuels from water, CO2 and sunlight. Because they are lightweight and do not degrade with moisture, these “artificial leaves” could be installed in polluted waterways or oceans. (Nature) Know more.

– In the International Year of Glass (IYOG2022), article and video from Physcis World magazine address the history of glass, which began about 3,500 years ago, and the importance of this transparent material in our society. Know more.

Community

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Symposium celebrating 91 years of life of Prof. Yvonne Primerano Mascarenhas, a pioneer in Brazil of structural and molecular X-ray crystallography, will be held on September 16 at IFSC-USP with broadcast on YouTube. Information and registration, here.

Advocacy

– B-MRS supports a note against MP 1136/22, which mutilates the federal budget of ST&I for several years. The note denounces that the MP disrespects the independence of constitutional powers. Read the note.

– B-MRS supports a manifesto that warns of the unprecedented threat to Education and Science in Brazil and urges people to vote with conscience and defend free elections and respect for the results of the election. Read the manifesto.

– Letter from B-MRS to the president of CAPES expresses concern about the loss of access to the journals of the Royal Society of Chemistry on the CAPES Portal. Read the letter.

Opportunities

– Opportunity at IBM Research Brazil for a researcher with experience in computational materials science. The focus will be on the accelerated discovery of materials for capturing, separating and storing carbon. Know more.

Events

– Machine Learning School for Materials @Ilum. Hybrid event. 5th to 7th of September 2022. Website.

– XVIII International Small Angle Scattering Conference. Online + Campinas, SP (Brazil). 11 to 16 September 2022. Website.

– 18th International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering (PSE 2022). Trade Fair Erfurt (Germany). September 12 to 15, 2022. Website.

– Webinar: Strategies for Increasing the Efficiency of Organic Solar Cells. Online. September 15, 2022. Website.

– Minicourse: Caracterization of nanostructures and organized systems. Online. September 22 to 23, 2022. Website.

XX B-MRS Meeting. Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil). 25th to 29th of September 2022. Website.

– 22nd International Magnetic Measurement Workshop (IMMW22). Online. September 26 to 30, 2022. Website.

– 7th Meeting on Self Assembly Structures in Solution and at Interfaces (AUTOORG 2022). Bento Gonçalves (RS). November 2nd to 4th, 2022. Website.

– V Workshop de Química Inorgânica. Manaus (AM) + online. November 9 to 11, 2022. Website.

– 11th International Conference of the African Materials Research Society (AMRS2022 ). Dakar (Senegal). December 12 to 15, 2022. Website.

41st International Conference on Vacuum Ultraviolet and X-ray Physics (VUVX 2023). Campinas, sp). July 3rd to 7th, 2023. Website.

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Featured paper: Photoelectrochemical biosensor for point-of-care diagnosis of diseases.


ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces cover highlighted the work of the USP São Carlos team.
ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces cover featured the paper of the USP São Carlos team.

Using a set of carefully prepared and combined materials, Brazilian researchers have developed a portable photoelectrochemical immunosensor with potential for use in the early diagnosis of diseases. The device allows rapid and accurate detection of diseases such as cancer, even at an early stage. The immunosensor was tested, with very good results, in the detection of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), which is the most used marker to diagnose and monitor cases of prostate cancer from blood samples.

In a compact system, which fits in one hand, the device gathers all the elements necessary to carry out the diagnosis without needing laboratories nor specialized professionals. In this way, the device is part of the point-of-care testing paradigm, an expression that designates, in the health area, the possibility of performing medical tests at the time and place of the patient´s medical care.

“The technology we developed has the potential to facilitate cancer diagnoses and make it faster and more accurate, especially at the early stage. The method allows the detection of biomarkers at low concentration levels and in the doctor’s office”, says Thiago Serafim Martins, one of the corresponding authors of the article that reports this research and was featured on cover of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. Martins participated in this work during his doctorate, whose thesis was defended this year at the São Carlos Institute of Chemistry (IQSC-USP).

The authors of the paper. From left: José L. Bott-Neto, Thiago S. Martins, Lorenzo A. Buscaglia, Sergio A. S. Machado and Osvaldo N. Oliveira Jr.
The authors of the paper. From left: José L. Bott-Neto, Thiago S. Martins, Lorenzo A. Buscaglia, Sergio A. S. Machado and Osvaldo N. Oliveira Jr.

The challenge

Immunosensors form a class of detection devices whose operation is based on the interaction between antibodies and their antigens. In these biosensors, antibodies are immobilized on the surface of the detection platform so that, when they come into contact with their respective antigens, and only with them, a chemical reaction occurs – the one that, in the body, allows us to defend ourselves from pathogens.

At that moment, another component of the immunosensor comes into play, the transducer, which translates this immunochemical information into another type of signal that can be easily interpreted (usually an electrical current). When this translation is based on electrochemical reactions, the device is called an electrochemical immunosensor. And when the generation of electric current is encouraged by the action of light on a sensitive material, the immunosensor is said to be photoelectrochemical.

“Photoelectrochemical biosensors belong to a sensitive and low-cost analytical approach to detecting molecules of clinical and environmental interest”, says José Luiz Bott-Neto, postdoctoral fellow at the São Carlos Institute of Physics (IFSC-USP) and corresponding co-author of the paper. However, he explains, before this work, this technology required the use of large, high-power light sources, which made its use in portable devices unfeasible.

Faced with this limitation, the team from USP São Carlos set out to develop a photocatalyst (a nanomaterial capable of increasing the system’s ability to absorb light and transform it into electric current) that would allow the use of smaller light sources. The researchers started with two materials that, in addition to having photocatalyst properties, are non-toxic, inexpensive and easy to prepare: titanium dioxide (TiO2) and graphitic carbon nitride (gC3N4). Then, they inserted nickel atoms into the graphitic carbon nitride structure, forming the Ni-gC3N4 compound, and combined this material with titanium dioxide nanoparticles, resulting in the formation of the Ni-gC3N4/TiO2 composite. Finally, they treated the surface of the composite with aryl diazonium salt. “The latter acted as a signal amplifier at the same time that it made it possible to immobilize the antibodies on the nanoparticles”, says Bott-Neto. The photocatalyst was used to coat the carbon electrodes of the photoelectrochemical system.

The result

Always looking for simplicity and miniaturization, the authors assembled a prototype of the device with the photocatalysts, the anti-PSA antibodies immobilized on them, an electrical system and, as a light source, a 3-watt LED, in addition to parts produced through 3D printing. In performance tests, the photoelectrochemical immunosensor was able to detect PSA at different concentrations in human serum samples, and presented the lowest detection limit ever reported in the literature for devices of this type, according to the authors of the article. “The high sensitivity and selectivity of the immunosensor can be attributed to the heterojunction between Ni-gC3N4 and TiO2”, explains Bott-Neto.

The work makes a fundamental contribution to taking photoelectrochemical detection technology, which is characterized by low cost and high levels of sensitivity and selectivity, to applications that require portability, such as point-of-care tests.

From the left: photo of the portable photoelectrochemical detection system operating with an LED; illustration of photoelectrochemical immunosensor for PSA detection: photocatalyst (Ni-gC3N4/TiO2), blocker (BSA), antibody (anti-PSA), prostate specific antigen (PSA); transmission electron microscopy image of the Ni-gC3N4/TiO2 photocatalyst.
From the left: photo of the portable photoelectrochemical detection system operating with an LED; illustration of photoelectrochemical immunosensor for PSA detection: photocatalyst (Ni-gC3N4/TiO2), blocker (BSA), antibody (anti-PSA), prostate specific antigen (PSA); transmission electron microscopy image of the Ni-gC3N4/TiO2 photocatalyst.

Paper reference: Photocatalysis of TiO2 Sensitized with Graphitic Carbon Nitride and Electrodeposited Aryl Diazonium on Screen-Printed Electrodes to Detect Prostate Specific Antigen under Visible Light. José L Bott-Neto, Thiago S Martins, Lorenzo A Buscaglia, Sergio A S Machado, and Osvaldo N Oliveira Jr. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2022, 14, 19, 22114–22121. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.2c03106

Corresponding author contact: joseluiz.bott@gmail.com

B-MRS Newsletter. Year 9, issue 7.


 

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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 9, issue 7. August 1st, 2022.

Featured paper

Researchers from IFSC-USP and UNIFESP are co-authors of this review article on Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films. In addition to addressing concepts and commenting on the promising applications of the films in molecular machines, organic electronics and tissue engineering, the authors report the history of these materials, including the contributions of two women: Agnes Pockels, an amateur and self-taught scientist whose discoveries were made in her kitchen sink, and Katherine Blodgett, who was the first woman to earn a doctorate in physics from the University of Cambridge and to be hired as a scientist at General Electric. Access the paper in Chemical Reviews: https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.chemrev.1c00754.

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A team from USP (IFSC and ICB-II) proposed a possible strategy for the treatment of Covid-19, based on the repositioning of a drug combined with the use of nanotechnology. The solution consists of encapsulating a drug, currently used to treat patients with multiple sclerosis, inside a polymeric nanocapsule capable of releasing the medication into cells infected with SARS-CoV-2. Tests with cells showed that the encapsulated drug has less toxicity than the free one and, at the same time, its antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2 is almost 70 times higher than that of the drug without encapsulation. Access the article on ACS Applied Bio Materials:
https://doi.org/10.1021/acsabm.2c00349.

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Looking for natural materials that can provide low-cost two-dimensional insulating layers, a team from UFMG, UFOP, Mackenzie, LNLS and UNICAMP investigated the structure and properties of clinochlore – an abundant lamellar mineral. The authors demonstrated that the presence of impurities between the lamellae affects the optoelectronic properties of the material in both its macroscopic and two-dimensional versions. The article points out the potential application of this material in nanodevices production. Access the paper on Applied Surface Science:
https://doi.org/10.1021/acsabm.2c00349.

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Lives & Webinars

A live held for the Brazilian National Science and Researcher Day (on July 8th) brought together three researchers from the Southeast, North and Northeast regions of the country who showed the importance of research in sustainable development. The recording of the panel is available at the B-MRS YouTube.

Professor Hidembergue Ordozgoith from Frota (UFAM) showed how the development of new materials based on the sustainable use of Amazonian biodiversity can contribute to a new economic cycle in the North region, with an impact on segments such as food, agriculture and construction.

Professor Simoni Margareti Plentz Meneghetti (Ufal) presented through several examples the fundamental importance of catalysts to make industrial processes more sustainable, to take advantage of renewable raw materials such as biomass, to enable the use of clean and renewable energy and even to recycle various materials.

Researcher Cauê Ribeiro de Oliveira (EMBRAPA) has shown that developing fertilizers is, in fact, developing materials. In order to achieve the maximum possible efficiency and the necessary properties with the least negative environmental impact and reduced cost, it is necessary to modify the fertilizers with other materials and to use systems that allow them to be released gradually in a controlled manner.

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XX B-MRS Meeting

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  • Early registration period is open until August 10th.

  • Program: the program at a glance is available on the website.
  • Student awards: Prizes will only be awarded to winners who are present at the ceremony on the last day of the event.
  • Venue: the “venue” tab of the event’s website contains information about reservations at the Rafain hotel and other nearby hotels.
  • Memorial Lecture: Prof. Roberto Mendonça Faria (IFSC-USP).
  • Plenary Speakers: Christine Kranz (Ulm University), Daniel Mario Ugarte (UNICAMP), Gustavo Rivas (Univ. Córdoba), Natalie Stingelin (Georgia Tech Univ.), Sanjay Sampath (State Univ. of New York at Stony Brook), Pulickel Ajayan (Rice Univ.), Stuart Parkin (Univ Martin-Luther de Halle-Wittemberg).
  • Support and sponsorship: 20 companies have already confirmed sponsorship and participation in the exhibition of this edition of the event, which also has 40 institutinal supporters among journals, companies and other organizations. Entities interested in participating in the expo or in other forms of dissemination and support can contact Alexandre Alves at comercial@sbpmat.org.br.

For more information and registration, visit the event website.

Reading tips

– Computational study shows superconducting behavior of two-dimensional material Mo2N at relatively high temperatures and ambient pressure (Nanoscale cover). Saiba mais.

– Study with the participation of researchers from USP and Inpe shows that it is possible to control phonons by means of a magnetic field (Physical Review Letters). Know more.

– Researchers manage to produce well-aligned boron nitride nanotube fibers, starting from the liquid crystal of this material. The advance opens up the possibility of applying these nanotubes, which are good electrical insulators (Nature Communications). Know more.

– Video by researchers from CeRTEV (DEMa – UFSCar) with theatrical representation of the phenomenon of glass transition wins the second place in the international competition Glorious Glass Demo for the dissemination of science and technology of glass, promoted by ACerS. Know more and see the video.

Opportunities

– CNPq call for cooperative projects Brazil – Argentina in Nanotechnology. Applications until August 22nd. Brasil Link. Argentina Link.

– Vacancy for researcher in the field of Organic Electronics and Bioelectronics at the University of Coimbra (Portugal). Applications until August 8th. Know more.

– Vacancy at LNLS – CNPEM for researcher of the Jatobá do Sirius beamline (X-ray diffraction – PDF). Know more.

– Vacancy at LNNano-CNPEM as a researcher in data science and nanostructure theory. Know more.

– Researcher vacancy at LNNano-CNPEM in LT-STM applied to materials for quantum technologies.Know more.

– Selection of post-doc and doctoral scholarships for FAPESP thematic project in the area of colloids at UNICAMP, UFABC, CNPEM and UFSCar. Applications until August 31st. Know more.

Events

– Course: Fundamentals of Transmission Electron Microscopy. IFGW-UNICAMP + online (to confirm). Second half of 2022. More information.

– IUMRS-ICAM2021 + IMRC2022. Online + Cancun (Mexico). August 14th to 19th, 2022. Website.

– Machine Learning School for Materials @Ilum. Hybrid event. September 5th to 7th, 2022. Website.

– XVIII International Small Angle Scattering Conference. Online + Campinas, SP (Brazil). 11 to 16 September 2022. Website.

– 18th International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering (PSE 2022). Trade Fair Erfurt (Germany). September 12 to 15, 2022. Website.

XX B-MRS Meeting. Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil). 25th to 29th of September 2022. Website.

– 22nd International Magnetic Measurement Workshop (IMMW22). Online. September 26 to 30, 2022. Website.

– 7th Meeting on Self Assembly Structures in Solution and at Interfaces (AUTOORG 2022). Bento Gonçalves (RS). November 2nd to 4th, 2022. Website.

– V Workshop de Química Inorgânica. Manaus (AM) + online. November 9th to 11th, 2022. Website.

– 11th International Conference of the African Materials Research Society (AMRS2022 ). Dakar (Senegal). December 12 to 15, 2022. Website.

41st International Conference on Vacuum Ultraviolet and X-ray Physics (VUVX 2023). Campinas (SP). 3rd to 7th of July 2023. Website.

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B-MRS Newsletter. Year 9, issue 6.


 

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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 9, issue 6. July 5th, 2022.

Featured paper

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A team of researchers from Brazilian institutions exfoliated two-dimensional layers of phlogopite (a mineral abundant in Brazil) and showed that this new insulating material is promising for composing ultrathin optoelectronic devices, replacing high-cost synthetic materials (2D Materials). Know more

Lives & Webinars

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SBPMat will participate in the celebration of the Brazilian Science and Researchers Day, promoted by SBPC, with a panel discussion on materials for a more sustainable world. The event will be held on July 8 at 4:30 pm (São Paulo time) in the B-MRS channel on YouTube. More information coming soon on all B-MRS media.

Members

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Prof. Luciana Kassab (Faculty of Technology of São Paulo / CEETEPS), a B-MRS member, was interviewed by the magazine of the former OSA (The Optical Society), which was renamed OPTICA, while Senior Member of the society. See the interview.

XX B-MRS Meeting

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  • Submission of extended abstracts to apply for the student awards: open until August 1st. The extended abstracts template is available on the “submission” tab of the website. Prizes will only be awarded to winners who are present at the ceremony on the last day of the event.
  • Final abstract notification: 11th of July.
  • Accomodation. The “venue” tab of the event’s website contains information about reservations at the Rafain hotel and other nearby hotels.
  • Memorial Lecture: Prof. Roberto Mendonça Faria (IFSC-USP).
  • Plenary Speakers: Christine Kranz (Ulm University), Daniel Mario Ugarte (UNICAMP), Gustavo Rivas (Univ. Córdoba), Natalie Stingelin (Georgia Tech Univ.), Olle Inganas (Linkoping Univ.), Pulickel Ajayan (Rice Univ.), Stuart Parkin (Univ Martin-Luther de Halle-Wittemberg).
  • Registration. Early registration until August 5th.
  • Support and sponsorship: 17 companies have already confirmed sponsorship and participation in the exhibition of this edition of the event. 18 companies and journals support the meeting. Entities interested in participating in the expo or in other forms of dissemination and support can contact Alexandre Alves at comercial@sbpmat.org.br.

For more information, extended abstract submission and registration, visit the event website.

Opportunities

– LNLS– CNPEM: researcher of the Jatobá beamline (X-ray diffraction – PDF) of the Sirius Brazilian synchrotron light source. Know more.

– LNNano-CNPEM: researcher in data science and nanostructure theory. Know more.

– LNNano-CNPEM: LT-STM applied to materials for quantum technologies. Know more.

– Post-doc in perovskite solar cells at UNESP. Registration until July 15th. Know more.

– Selection for post-doc and doctoral scholarships for a FAPESP thematic project in the area of colloids at UNICAMP, UFABC, CNPEM and UFSCar. Applications until August 31st. Know more.

Events

– Webinar “Bio-based polymers”. Online. July 5th at 3 pm. Organização: ACS Publications in partnership with SBPMat, ABPol and IUMRS. Free registration.

– International Conference on the Science and Technology of Synthetic Metals (ICSM). Glasgow (Scotland). 17th to 22nd of July 2022. Website.

– 4th Workshop on Coated Tools & Multifunctional Thin Films. Campinas, SP (Brazil). 20th to 23rd of July 2022. Website.

– XII Course of the Rietveld Method. Fortaleza, CE (Brazil). 25th to 29th of July 2022. Website.

– Course: Fundamentals of Transmission Electron Microscopy. IFGW-UNICAMP + online (to be confirmed). Second half of 2022. Learn more.

– IUMRS-ICAM2021 + IMRC2022. Online + Cancun (Mexico). August 14th to 19th, 2022. Website.

– Machine Learning School for Materials @Ilum. Hybrid event. 5th to 7th of September 2022. Website.

– XVIII International Small Angle Scattering Conference. Online + Campinas, SP (Brazil). 11 to 16 September 2022. Website.

– 18th International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering (PSE 2022). Trade Fair Erfurt (Germany). September 12th to 15th, 2022. Website.

XX B-MRS Meeting. Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil). 25th to 29th of September 2022. Website.

– 7th Meeting on Self Assembly Structures in Solution and at Interfaces (AUTOORG 2022). Bento Gonçalves (RS). 2 to 4 November 2022. Website.

– 11th International Conference of the African Materials Research Society (AMRS2022 ). Dakar (Senegal). December 12 to 15, 2022. Website.

41st International Conference on Vacuum Ultraviolet and X-ray Physics (VUVX 2023). Campinas, (SP). 3rd to 7th of July 2023. Website.

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Featured article: New natural insulator for ultrathin devices.


A team of researchers from Brazilian institutions took the first steps towards the use of phlogopite, a mineral abundant in Brazil, as a natural source of ultrathin insulating layers that could be used in optoelectronic devices of the future. “Our work presents the insertion of this natural mineral in materials research and its possible use in different areas of nanotechnology”, says scientist Alisson R. Cadore, corresponding author of the article recently published in the journal 2D Materials.

The work is part of the search for two-dimensional materials (one or a few atoms thick) at low cost. In this search, the scientific community has investigated the so-called “lamellar materials”, which are formed by stacked ultrathin layers, joined together by the so-called “van der Waals forces”. Because they are relatively weak, these physical forces allow the lamellae separation to be performed using several methods. One of the best-known examples of this group is graphite, which is the source of graphene. Another example is that of micas, a family of minerals that includes phlogopite, which had never been studied in its two-dimensional form before the work of the Brazilian team.

In this work, the researchers used macroscopic phlogopite crystals mined in Itabira (state of Minas Gerais, Brazil) to generate two-dimensional layers by mechanical exfoliation. This extremely simple technique gained fame for having led to the first successful production of graphene, which earned Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010. In this method, a common adhesive tape is used to separate flakes from the material, by sticking them to the tape. The procedure is repeated until reaching the thinnest possible layer, the monolayer.

Using this method, the authors of the paper obtained monolayers and few-layers flakes of phlogopite. With them, they carried out a robust characterization that involved several experimental techniques in laboratories at Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (UPM), at the National Laboratory of Synchrotron Light (LNLS) and at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). Some results were confirmed with computer simulations carried out by the authors of the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA).

Natural macroscopic crystal of phlogopite; optical microscopy image of phlogopite flakes exfoliated with different thicknesses; representation of the crystal structure of a phlogopite monolayer calculated by computer simulations.
Natural macroscopic crystal of phlogopite; optical microscopy image of phlogopite flakes exfoliated with different thicknesses; representation of the crystal structure of a phlogopite monolayer calculated by computer simulations.

“In this work, we theoretically and experimentally identified the chemical and structural composition of phlogopite and demonstrated that this natural and abundant insulator can be exfoliated to the limit of a single layer, maintaining its physical characteristics”, summarizes Cadore, who is currently a researcher at the National Laboratory of Nanotechnology (LNNano), but carried out the work at UPM, where he was a Professor. One of the main findings of the study was the fact that the ultrathin phlogopite is stable when subjected to thermal processing, as well as when exposed to the environment (the samples were left for 13 months in ambient conditions without showing degradation).

In addition, the work compared the characteristics of phlogopite with those of the synthetic insulator most used as a substrate in nanodevices, hexagonal boron nitride. For this, the Brazilian team developed a collaboration with the National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS, Japan), where the material with the best physical properties is produced. The Japanese group supplied the synthetic crystals.

According to the authors, given that two-dimensional phlogopite is an excellent electrical and thermal insulator, in addition to being naturally abundant and easy to extract, it can be used as a low-cost material in devices that are still little explored at the nano scale, such as transistors, capacitors and photodetectors. These applications become even more promising given the possibility of using two-dimensional phlogopite in structures with unique properties called “van der Waals heterostructures”, which are formed by stacking ultrathin layers of different materials, joined by van der Waals forces. Therefore, the authors of the article assembled phlogopite and tungsten disulfide heterostructures and studied some of their properties. “We emphasize that two-dimensional phlogopite is a stable insulator under ambient conditions and can be easily combined with other 2D materials, creating ultrathin hybrid heterostructures, which expands the application of this nanomaterial in new future optoelectronic devices”, says Cadore.

Optical microscopy image of a van der Waals heterostructure containing a monolayer of tungsten disulfide over a few layers of phlogopite. Analysis of optical properties of 2D heterostructures.
Optical microscopy image of a van der Waals heterostructure containing a monolayer of tungsten disulfide over a few layers of phlogopite. Analysis of optical properties of 2D heterostructures.

Carried out as part of Raphaela de Oliveira’s doctorate, the work on the two-dimensional phlogopite is part of a research line begun in the Physics Department at UFMG. “Our studies have always involved different national and international researchers in obtaining and characterizing different natural 2D materials and their application in nanodevices and nanophotonics”, says Cadore, whose PhD in Physics at UFMG was on two-dimensional graphene heterostructures. The objective of these works is to find materials with the ideal characteristics for these applications, in order to replace the synthetic materials, which are expensive.

The work developed with phlogopite was inspired by studies carried out with soapstone, started at UFMG in 2015. Studies with this mineral continued at LNLS – CNPEM conducted by researcher Ingrid Barcelos, who also completed her PhD in Physics at UFMG with research on van der Waals heterostructures. In 2021, Ingrid won, for her work with soapstone, one of the For Women in Science awards, granted by L’Oréal Brasil in partnership with UNESCO and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC).

Some of the main authors of the article. From left: Alisson R. Cadore, Raphaela de Oliveira, Raphael Longuinhos, Ingrid D. Barcelos and Christiano J. S. de Matos.
Some of the main authors of the article. From left: Alisson R. Cadore, Raphaela de Oliveira, Raphael Longuinhos, Ingrid D. Barcelos and Christiano J. S. de Matos.

The research on two-dimensional phlogopite was funded by CAPES, CNPq, Mackenzie Research and Innovation Fund, FAPESP, FAPEMIG and the L’OREAL-UNESCO-ABC Award for Women in Science.


Paper reference: Exploring the structural and optoelectronic properties of natural insulating phlogopite in van der Waals heterostructures. Alisson R Cadore, Raphaela de Oliveira, Raphael Longuinhos, Verônica de C Teixeira, Danilo A Nagaoka, Vinicius T Alvarenga, Jenaina Ribeiro-Soares, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Roberto M Paniago, Angelo Malachias, Klaus Krambrock, Ingrid D Barcelos and Christiano JS de Matos. 2022 2D Mater. 9 035007. https://doi.org/10.1088/2053-1583/ac6cf4.

Corresponding author contact: alissoncadore@gmail.com

B-MRS Newsletter. Year 9, issue 5.


 

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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 9, issue 5. June 3rd, 2022.

Featured paper

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A Brazilian scientific team developed a high-sensitivity and low-cost biosensor, based on nanotubes of a conducting polymer, capable of detecting Covid-19 antibodies in about 30 minutes from the interaction with a few drops of blood (Materials Today Chemistry). Know more.

Lives & Webinars

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WORKSHOP IN PORTUGUESE
Minicurso
“Evolução da Espectroscopia Raman: Inovadores métodos de escaneamento de amostras, quimiometria por inteligência artificial, microgeoprocessamento de imagens e correlações colocalizadas com Microscopia Eletrônica de Varredura e MicroFluorescência de Raios X.”
Quando: 14 de junho das 9:00 às 12:00.
Onde: online.

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WORKSHOP IN PORTUGUESE
Minicurso
“Espectroscopia de Fluorescência – Análise de Absorbância e Transmitância Simultâneas – Tecnologia A-TEEM para Caracterização Química Molecular.”
Quando: 21 de junho das 9:00 às 12:00.
Onde: online.

More information and free registration: https://www.sbpmat.org.br/pt/lives-webinars/

XX B-MRS Meeting

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The event received over 1,500 abstracts!

  • Abstract status notification: June 10th.
  • Submission of revised Abstract: June 24th.
  • Final abstract notification: July 1st.
  • Submission for Student Awards: July 1st to August 1st.
  • Request for resources from FAPESP: Researchers from the State of São Paulo (BR) might be eligible for financial support from FAPESP. More information here.
  • Venue: Hotel Rafain Palace, Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil).
  • Memorial Lecture: Prof. Roberto Mendonça Faria (IFSC-USP).
  • Plenary Speakers: Christine Kranz (Ulm University), Prof. Daniel Mario Ugarte (UNICAMP), Prof. Gustavo Grivas (Univ. Cordoba), Prof. Natalie Stingelin (Georgia Tech Univ.), Prof. Olle Inganas (Linkoping Univ.), Prof. Pulickel Ajayan (Rice Univ.), Prof. Stuart Parkin (Univ Martin-Luther de Halle-Wittemberg).
  • Registration: early registration fee until August 5th.
  • Support and sponsorship: 16 companies have already confirmed sponsorship and participation in the exhibition. If your company is interested in participating, please contact Alexandre Alves at comercial@sbpmat.org.br.

For more information, abstract submission and registration, visit the event website.

Community

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Today June 03 at 15:00 (São Paulo time), Prof. Roberto Mendonça Faria, former B-MRS president, will be honored with a symposium in celebration of his 70th birthday. Event will be held at IFSC-USP and broadcast on YouTube. Know more.

Advocacy

– B-MRS subscribed a note against the federal government’s intention to cut more than BRL 2.9 billion from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations. Know more.

– B-MRS endorsed the manifesto that warns of the negative impacts of the lag in the value of scholarships paid to researchers in the country. Know more.

Reading tips

– Scientists create a method that allows, for the first time, to synthesize new materials and structures and analyze them in situ under pressures of about 1 terapascal – equivalent to more than 3 times the pressure of the center of the Earth (Nature). Know more.

– Brazilian researchers develop electrodes that allow monitoring the health of plants, applying wearable sensor technology to precision agriculture (ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces). Know more.

Innovation. Company dedicated to the development of “green” materials launches flame retardant paint based on graphite and cellulose crystals. Innovation emerged from basic research carried out in master’s work and has already received several awards. Know more.

Opportunities

– Call of the European consortium M-ERANET together with FAPESP for transnational R&D projects in materials. Submission of proposals until June 15th. Know more

Events

– International Conference on the Science and Technology of Synthetic Metals (ICSM). Glasgow (Scotland). 17 to 22 of July 2022. Website.

– 4th Workshop on Coated Tools & Multifunctional Thin Films. Campinas, SP (Brazil). 20 to 23 of July 2022. Website.

– IUMRS-ICAM2021 + IMRC2022. Online + Cancun (Mexico). August 14 to 19 2022. Website

– Machine Learning School for Materials @Ilum. Hybrid event. 5 to 7 of September 2022. Website.

– XVIII International Small Angle Scattering Conference. Online + Campinas, SP (Brazil). 11 to 16 September 2022. Website.

– 18th International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering (PSE 2022). Trade Fair Erfurt (Germany). September 12 to 15, 2022. Website.

XX B-MRS Meeting. Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil). 25 to 29 of September 2022. Website.

– 7th Meeting on Self Assembly Structures in Solution and at Interfaces (AUTOORG 2022). Bento Gonçalves, RS (Brazil). 2 to 4 November 2022. Website.

– 11th International Conference of the African Materials Research Society (AMRS2022 ). Dakar (Senegal). December 12 to 15, 2022. Website.

41st International Conference on Vacuum Ultraviolet and X-ray Physics (VUVX 2023). Campinas, SP (Brazil). 3 to 7 of July 2023. Website.

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Featured article: Biosensor of conducting polymer and nanoparticles in the fight against the pandemic.


Left: representation of biosensor electrodes coated with nanotubular or granulated polypyrrole and gold nanoparticles. Center: SARS-CoV-2 protein immobilized on the nanoparticle and interacting with the antibody. Right: Device detecting antibodies in a blood sample.
Left: representation of biosensor electrodes coated with nanotubular or granulated polypyrrole and gold nanoparticles. Center: SARS-CoV-2 protein immobilized on the nanoparticle and interacting with the antibody. Right: device detecting antibodies in a blood sample.

A team of researchers from the Brazilian Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) has developed a low-cost biosensor capable of detecting Covid-19 antibodies in about 30 minutes and with high sensitivity. The system has shown promise for producing handheld, disposable devices that could be used to diagnose coronavirus infection or to confirm antibody production after vaccination using just a few drops of blood.

Biosensors are systems that have a biological element (in this case, the N protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus) responsible for chemically interacting with what you want to detect (in this case, the specific antibody for that antigen). When the interaction takes place, the chemical reaction is transformed in the device into an interpretable signal.

The biosensor developed at UFPR is based on a stainless steel mesh coated with a hybrid material which is formed by a polymer that conducts electricity (polypyrrole) and gold nanoparticles. In these nanoparticles, virus proteins are immobilized, so that antibodies from blood samples, if any, come into contact with their antigens, spontaneously react with them and become detectable.

Facing the pandemic

The idea of the research emerged at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, when society needed to have systems for the detection of the virus and the antibodies generated by the infection. At that moment, Professors Dênio Souto and Marcio Vidotti, from UFPR, decided to gather their expertises in sensors and related topics and be part of the global efforts.

“We already knew from the beginning that the urgency and multidisciplinary nature of the subject would increase our challenge”, says Bruna M. Hryniewicz, first author of the article that reports this research in the journal Materials Today Chemistry. Bruna took part in the research during her PhD, still in progress, under the guidance of Professor Vidotti, both from the Research Group on Macromolecules and Interfaces at UFPR.

A detection system was built based on the doctoral thesis of Ana Leticia Soares, which has just been defended by UFPR. With the guidance of professors Marcio Vidotti and Luis Fernando Marches, the work resulted in a platform formed by a conductive polymer modified with gold nanoparticles that showed promising responses when joined to several pairs of antigens and antibodies.

More sensitivity and selectivity

Electron microscopy images show the materials developed for the biosensor: granulated polypyrrole (left) and nanotubular (right) with gold nanoparticles.
Electron microscopy images show the materials developed for the biosensor: granulated polypyrrole (left) and nanotubular (right) with gold nanoparticles.

Starting from this platform, the team investigated some issues that could improve the sensitivity and selectivity of the biosensor – parameters that allow reducing the amount of false positives and negatives in the detection results, even in small amounts of sample.

In this sense, the authors synthesized and characterized two polypyrrole morphologies to produce the hybrid material, the globular and the nanotubular, and found that the polymeric nanotube biosensor had a sensitivity eight times higher to detect antibodies than the globular polypyrrole system.

Another important point was the choice of the method of immobilization of the N protein in the nanoparticles. The researchers chose to promote a covalent bond (chemical bond based on the sharing of electron pairs between the atoms involved), which brings more stability and sensitivity to the system. In fact, this methodology positions the antigen in an orientation in which the sites of interaction with the antibody are available – an interaction that is further encouraged by the favorable chemical environment provided by polypyrrole. “All these characteristics allow the biosensor to present satisfactory sensitivity and selectivity responses”, says Jaqueline Volpe, also the first author of the article, who participated in the research during her master’s degree, under the guidance of Professor Dênio Souto, both from the Spectrometry, Sensors and Biosensors.

In addition to the participation of professors, post-docs and students from the Graduate Program in Chemistry at UFPR, the collaboration of researchers and physicians from UFPR and Hospital Erasto Gaertner, in Curitiba, was fundamental in the research. These collaborators quickly provided the SARS-CoV-2 N protein. They also obtained blood samples from people with and without Covid-19 who had had PCR tests (the diagnostic methodology considered the most accurate), which were used to test the performance of the biosensor.

“Taking into account that the work was carried out during the height of the pandemic, the challenges were numerous, from access to laboratories, to the exploration of a highly relevant topic, which generates greater pressure in the development of research”, comments Larissa Bach Toledo, co-author of the article.

Biosensor appearance and size: Steel mesh before and after biosensor construction, next to a coin for reference.
Biosensor appearance and size: steel mesh before and after biosensor construction, next to a coin for reference.

According to the authors, the biosensor developed is promising for use on a large scale in the diagnosis of infected people and in the monitoring of antibodies due to the simple and scalable method of manufacturing the electrodes (batch synthesis), added to the low cost of the stainless steel matrix, and the high sensitivity of the system. However, to produce it commercially, it would be necessary to do many more validation tests with real samples, as well as transforming the system into a simple, miniaturized and easy to use device, in which the detection results could be interpreted by anyone.

This research was funded by the German foundation Alexander von Humboldt, UFPR through Proind 2020 and the Brazilian agencies CAPES and CNPq. The work also received support from INCTBio, of which Professor Marcio Vidotti is a member.

Article authors. On the left, Prof. Marcio Vidotti and Bruna M. Hryniewicz. On the right, Prof. Denio Souto and Jaqueline Volpe.
Article authors. On the left, Prof. Marcio Vidotti and Bruna M. Hryniewicz. On the right, Prof. Denio Souto and Jaqueline Volpe.

Reference of the paper: Development of polypyrrole (nano)structures decorated with gold nanoparticles toward immunosensing for COVID-19 serological diagnosis. B. M. Hryniewicz, J. Volpe, L. Bach-Toledo, K. C. Kurpel, A. E. Deller, A. L. Soares, J. M. Nardin, L. F. Marchesi, F. F. Simas, C. C. Oliveira, L. Huergo, D. E. P. Souto, M. Vidotti. Materials Today Chemistry. Volume 24, June 2022, 100817. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mtchem.2022.100817.

Contact of the corresponding authors: denio.souto@ufpr.br and mvidotti@ufpr.br.

B-MRS Newsletter. Year 9, issue 4.


 

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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 9, issue 4. May 4th, 2022.

Featured paper

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A scientific team from Brazilian universities developed catalysts with low noble metal content, high efficiency and high durability for the sustainable production of hydrogen peroxide – a compound that has a large and expanding market (ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces). Know more.

XX B-MRS Meeting

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Abstract submission has been extended until May 6th!

  • Date: September 25 to 29, 2022.
  • Venue: Hotel Rafain Palace, Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil).
  • Chairladies: Prof. Lucimara Stolz Roman (UFPR) and Prof. Marcela Mohallen Oliveira (UTFPR).
  • Abstract submission deadline: May 6th.
  • Symposia: 23 thematic symposia on research in the most diverse materials, from synthesis to applications, organized by around 100 scientists from Brazil and abroad.
  • Accommodation: info about reservations at Rafain and nearby hotels, at the “venue” tab of the website.
  • Memorial Lecture: Prof. Roberto Mendonça Faria (IFSC-USP).
  • Plenary Speakers: Christine Kranz (Ulm University), Prof. Daniel Mario Ugarte (UNICAMP), Prof. Gustavo Grivas (Univ. Cordoba), Prof. Natalie Stingelin (Georgia Tech Univ.), Prof. Olle Inganas (Linkoping Univ.), Prof. Pulickel Ajayan (Rice Univ.), Prof. Stuart Parkin (Univ Martin-Luther de Halle-Wittemberg).
  • Registration: early registration fee until August 5th.
  • Support and sponsorship: 11 companies have already confirmed sponsorship and participation in the exhibition. If your company is interested in participating, please contact Alexandre Alves at comercial@sbpmat.org.br.

The XX B-MRS Meeting will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Brazilian Materials Research Society and the 20th edition of the event!

For more information, abstract submission and registration, visit the event website.

Papers from the community

UNICAMP researchers, in collaboration with scientists from abroad, developed ionic liquids for use in the production of ethanol from sugarcane bagasse in biorefineries. Access the paper: https://doi.org/10.1021/acssuschemeng.1c05353.

To suggest the publication of an article of your authorship, of high impact and made in Brazil, send the reference, 1 sentence and 1 image about the paper to comunicacao@sbpmat.org.br.

Community

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Portuguese materials scientist Elvira Fortunato is Portugal’s new Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education. Elvira has participated in several B-MRS Meetings and was a plenary speaker at the event. Know more.

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Prof Rodrigo Martins (FCT NOVA), a B-MRS member, received the Career and Recognition Award from the Portuguese Society of Materials (SPM). Prof Martins is currently the president of IUMRS. Know more.

Lives & Webinars

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B-MRS, in partnership with Horiba, offers two short courses, in Portuguese, on topics related to Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy. The events will be held in June. Free registration is open. More information and registration.

Reading tips

– Using very high resolution microscopy in conjunction with computer simulations, scientists observe grain boundary deformation in polygranulated metallic materials at atomic scale and in real time (Science). Know more.

– Scientists modify the surface of membranes used to separate CO2 from other gases with polymers and improve their performance, bringing together permeability and selectivity (Science). Know more.

– Paper with authors from Brazilian universities demonstrates the use of high pressure to control properties and study the electronic structure of monolayers of transition metal dichalcogenides using double resonance Raman spectroscopy (ACS Nano). Know more.

Opportunities

– CAPES/ Humboldt scholarships for post-docs and experienced researchers from Brazil to carry out research in Germany. Applications until May 31st. Know more.

– Postdoc in ceramics for dental prostheses with FAPESP fellowship. Applications until May 8th. Know more.

– Postdoctoral fellowship at Mackenzie in Synthesis and Characterization of MOFs for electronic devices. Applications until May 15th. Know more.

Events

– 2022 E-MRS Spring Meeting and Exhibit. Online. May 30 to June 3, 2022. Website.

– International Conference on the Science and Technology of Synthetic Metals (ICSM). Glasgow (Scotland). 17th to 22nd of July 2022.Website.

– 4th Workshop on Coated Tools & Multifunctional Thin Films. Campinas, SP (Brazil). 20th to 23rd of July 2022. Website.

– IUMRS-ICAM2021 + IMRC2022. Online + Cancun (Mexico). August 14th to 19th, 2022. Website.

– XVIII International Small Angle Scattering Conference. Online + Campinas, SP (Brazil). 11 to 16 September 2022. Website.

– 18th International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering (PSE 2022). Trade Fair Erfurt (Germany). September 12 to 15, 2022. Website.

XX B-MRS Meeting. Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil). 25th to 29th of September 2022. Website.

– 7th Meeting on Self Assembly Structures in Solution and at Interfaces (AUTOORG 2022). Bento Gonçalves (Brazil). November 2nd to 4th, 2022. Website.

– 11th International Conference of the African Materials Research Society (AMRS2022 ). Dakar (Senegal). December 12 to 15, 2022. Website.

41st International Conference on Vacuum Ultraviolet and X-ray Physics (VUVX 2023). Campinas (Brazil). July 3rd to 7th, 2023. Website.

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