XVIII B-MRS Meeting: Report of the event sessions.

Opening Ceremony and Memorial Lecture

A delicate sand strip curve of about 7 km. Tall buildings along the curve on the waterfront, including some of Brazil’s tallest skyscrapers. The meeting of waters of the Camboriú river and the Atlantic Ocean. The intense green of the Atlantic Forest on the hillsides, surrounding the city and, further ahead, the mountains. This unique mix comprises the landscape of Balneário Camboriú, a tourist destination on the coast of Santa Catarina that hosted the eighteenth edition of the B-MRS Meeting, the annual event of the Brazilian Materials Research Society.

Balneário Camboriú. Por Carlos Eduardo Joos. https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45433625
Balneário Camboriú. By Carlos Eduardo Joos. https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=45433625

Without a doubt, a certain altitude is required to appreciate this landscape. And it was at one of the highest points in the city, at the Cristo Luz Complex, that around 1,200 people from the Materials research community from dozens of Brazilian cities and around the world gathered to attend the opening of the XVIII B-MRS Meeting in the early evening of September 22, 2019.

Cristo Luz is one of those “must see” tourist visits in Balneário Camboriú, with its unforgettable views of the city and the sea and its 33 meter high Christ monument holding a powerful light source that mirrors a sun, responsible for the colorful light show that takes place every night in the city sky.

Mesa de abertura.
Opening table.

“This event is part of the history of many researchers and of materials research in Brazil,” said the XVIII B-MRS Meeting chairman Ivan Helmuth Bechtold, professor at the Department of Physics at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC), beginning the opening lines on stage. Bechtold then told his own story at the B-MRS Meeting, from his first appearance in 2004 to present the results of his doctoral research, to the role of chairman in the 2019 edition, including as symposium organizer in three editions of the event. With these lines, Professor Bechtold encouraged the students and young researchers to also be part of this story.

After highlighting the participation of a large number of Brazilian institutions in the event (over 400) and the historical record in the number of papers submitted (over 2,500), the chairman thanked everyone for their presence at a very special moment in the country, a time when science, technology and public higher education are under attack. “The scientific community here demonstrates that technological development coupled with high level education qualifies the new generations, which is essential to promote a better future for our country,” said Bechtold, who concluded by thanking the sponsors and financial support received to carry out the event.

Following this, the vice coordinator of the event, Hugo Gallardo (professor at the Department of Chemistry in UFSC) and professor Cristiane Derani, the Dean of Graduate Studies at UFSC, spoke. Both addressed the importance of research and postgraduate studies. “Brazil needs to double the number of doctors trained to reach that of developed countries,” Gallardo pointed out, while Derani said that research transforms personal and professional lives and results in a more sustainable, equitable and peaceful world.

Closing the opening table, B-MRS president Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Junior, professor at the São Carlos Institute of Physics at the University of São Paulo (IFSC-USP), said that participation in a scientific event such as the XVIII B -MRS Meeting is a form of resistance to resource cuts and attacks that Brazilian universities and research funding agencies have endured. “We must resist; we can’t lose hope,” he proclaimed.

Palestra memorial.
Memorial lecture.

Following this, the Memorial Lecture Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro began, an honor that B-MRS bestows annually to a researcher with a distinguished trajectory in Brazil. In this case, the tribute went to the scientist Yvonne Primerano Mascarenhas, an 87-year-old retired professor at USP, who has held various leadership positions throughout her career, and to this day remains very active in research and extension activities. Beginning in the early 1960s, Yvonne led the introduction and development in Brazil of X-ray crystallography, now widely used in research, development and innovation in the country. The technique allows us to fully understand how the atoms and molecules that make up the organized structure of crystalline materials and biological molecules are arranged in space.

Learn more about Professor Yvonne Primerano Mascarenhas: https://www.sbpmat.org.br/en/cientista-em-destaque-yvonne-primerano-mascarenhas/

As might be expected, at the memorial lecture, this pioneer spoke about crystallography. Initially, she contextualized the development of this technique within the succession of advances made by science as far back as the seventeenth century in order to see the invisible. “Seeing is believing!” said the scientist. In the second part of the lecture, she told a little about the history of X-ray crystallography in Brazil, an area that has generated impactful and large quantities of knowledge in the country, with the determination of the structure of the Zika virus as a recent example. Finally, Professor Yvonne highlighted the possibilities offered to the area of X-ray crystallography by synchrotron light sources, notably Sirius, the next Brazilian source, which will be a last generation synchrotron light source. “Enjoy Sirius!” Wished the scientist.

See the file of the memorial lecture of Professor Yvonne Primerano Mascarenhas: https://www.slideshare.net/SBPMat/crystallography-in-brazil-origin-and-current-perspective.

After the presentation, the president of B-MRS handed a plaque to the honoree, and all present were invited to attend the welcome cocktail, a traditional reunion at B-MRS ‘s annual events, this time marked by the night views of Balneário Camboriú, the photos of the groups at the foot of the Christ and a dance that arose spontaneously to the sound of the band that animated the cocktail.

See photo album of the opening: https://photos.app.goo.gl/qb2uAFGXBwqUkbAF6

Plenary lectures

Eight one-hour plenary lectures were given by the international leading scientists throughout the event, always in the main room of Hotel Sibara, located 300 meters from the beach, in the commercial center of Balneário Camboriú.

The plenarists showed striking results, based on advances in experimental and computational techniques, multidisciplinary approaches and new ways of seeing old problems. The importance of understanding and controlling materials at the nano scale appeared in every lecture. Another constant was the direct relationship between knowledge generated and various societal demands such as healthy eating, more efficient electronic devices, better bone grafts, lighter cars and airplanes, longer lasting batteries, more sustainable energy sources and healing of spinal cord injuries.

Plenarista Stefano Baroni.
Plenarist Stefano Baroni.

The first plenary, which inaugurated the technical program of the event, was given early in the morning of the 23rd (Monday) by Professor Stefano Baroni, Italian theoretical scientist, known worldwide for having developed computational tools for the study of nanoscale materials. Baroni is a professor at Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA), located in Trieste (Italy). In his lecture, metaphorically titled “Looking at flowers through silicon glasses,” Professor Baroni showed that computational methods (“silicon glasses”) based on quantum mechanics allowed him to advance the understanding of how color expression occurs in natural pigments – a fundamental science problem that has generated great interest in the food industry. Surprising the audience, Baroni closed his plenary with “save the Amazon, please” on the last slide.

See the file of Stefano Baroni’s plenary lecture: https://www.slideshare.net/SBPMat/watching-flowers-through-a-silicon-glass

Plenarista Norbert Koch.
Plenarist Norbert Koch.

The afternoon plenary on the 23rd was delivered by Norbert Koch, professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and leader of a research group at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin (Germany), author of striking findings on the fundamental mechanisms governing optoelectronics device performance. Koch shared with his audience his extensive knowledge of optoelectronics, an area that will surely increase to meet the social demand that will come in the coming decades for information processing and display, energy conversion and light emission devices. The scientist showed that to improve the performance of current devices and to develop new functions, it is necessary to combine different materials in order to maximize their benefits and minimize their limitations. However, to do this successfully, the scientist proved, one must understand in detail the interfaces between the materials.

See the file of Norbert Koch’s plenary lecture: https://www.slideshare.net/SBPMat/hybrid-inorganicorganic-semiconductor-structures-for-optoelectronics

Plenarista Antônio José Roque da Silva.
Plenarist Antônio José Roque da Silva.

On the 24th, the program opened with a lecture on Sirius, the new fourth generation Brazilian synchrotron light source (one of the very first of its kind in the world) developed with mainly national technology and production, which will soon increase exponentially the research and development possibilities in the area of materials, as well as many other areas. The plenary was given by Professor Antonio José Roque da Silva, general director of the Brazilian National Center for Research in Energy and Materials (CNPEM), where he also leads, from the outset, the Sirius project. The technical characteristics of the source (high brilliance and coherence), added to the modern instrumentation of the experimental stations, the care taken in the construction of the building and the data processing capacity, explained the plenarist, will make Sirius a tool available to the international community capable of making a difference in the investigation of matter in different dimension and time scales, always with high resolution and speed. No wonder the director of CNPEM opened and closed his presentation citing prominent scientists who stated that new truths become evident when new tools become available.

See the file of Antonio José Roque da Silva’s plenary lecture: https://www.slideshare.net/SBPMat/sirius-the-new-brazilian-synchrotron-light-source

Plenarista Maria-Pau Ginebra.
Plenarist Maria-Pau Ginebra.

The afternoon plenary was given by Maria-Pau Ginebra, professor at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (Spain). A scientist with an extensive production of articles and patents on biomaterials, Ginebra also faced the challenge of turning knowledge into products. Thus, along with other members of her research group, she founded a company dedicated to providing nature-inspired solutions that help the body perform the bone regeneration process needed in various situations, such as dental implants, fractures, bone malformations and tumors. In the lecture, the scientist and businesswoman presented a new generation of bone graft biomaterials that brings together the advantages of natural and artificial grafts. In addition, Professor Ginebra discussed the possibilities and potential of customizing graft fabrication using 3D printing techniques.

See the file of Maria-Pau Ginebra’s plenary: https://www.slideshare.net/SBPMat/bioinspired-strategies-for-bone-regeneration

Plenarista Julia Greer.
Plenarist Julia Greer.

On the 25th the programming began with all the energy of Julia Greer, scientist, teacher, pianist and mother. And with all the strength of the metamaterials she develops, characterizes and tests with her group at the California Institute of Technology, Caltech (USA). In plenary, the audience was surprised to watch videos of very light nanostructures resisting stresses of compression and tension far beyond expectations.  In order to achieve these results, which promise very interesting applications, it is essential, she said, to develop the material by thinking of its structure at the atomic level, the properties manifesting at the nano scale and the final architecture. It is necessary to go beyond the composition of materials, use nanoengineering to develop innovative materials and use them to design intelligent three-dimensional structures. However, not forgetting to assess the impact of the defects, which make materials, as well as people, more interesting, expressed Greer.

Plenarista Mingzhong Wu.
Plenarist Mingzhong Wu.

The afternoon plenary was delivered by Mingzhong Wu, a professor at Colorado State University (USA), who specializes in the difficult task of experimenting with topological insulators – materials that act as insulators in their interior but have conductive states on surface – whose existence was proven just over a decade ago. After a didactic explanation of topological insulators, the scientist showed that a thin layer structure of interacting magnetic and topological insulators can be used as a platform to study the properties of the topological insulator and to control the magnetism of the magnetic insulator. Professor Wu’s studies will find applications in the near future in the development of quantum computing and spintronics.

Plenarista Maurizio Prato.
Plenarist Maurizio Prato.

On the morning of the 26th, it was difficult for many to wake up early after the success of the conference party held the night before. However, those who bravely arrived at the main room of Hotel Sibara at 8:15 am were rewarded to see that carbon nanotubes can help heal spinal cord injuries that cause loss of movement and sensitivity and even severe paralysis. In fact, carbon nanotubes with properly modified surfaces not only promote nerve tissue growth but also generate more active neurons, shown in vitro, in vivo and ex vivo experiments in the plenary. The lecture was given by Maurizio Prato, professor at the Università degli Studi di Trieste (Italy), a specialist in adding organic molecules to the surface of carbon nanomaterials, who has produced very high impact scientific production (h index 119). In the plenary, Prato showed another exciting application of his surface-modified nanotubes, which, combined with nanocatalysts, can make artificial photosynthesis viable, a process that generates fuel from carbon dioxide.

Plenarista Alan Taub.
Plenarist Alan Taub.

That same morning, at 11:30, Alan Taub started the last plenary of the XVIII B-MRS Meeting. Taub became professor at the University of Michigan (USA) in 2012 after a 30-year career at Ford, General Electric and General Motors, and culminating as GM’s vice president of research and development worldwide. He is also a technology advisor to Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT), an American institute that works at the interface between industry and a network of national universities and laboratories, with the goal of reducing tomorrow’s transportation weight, from cars to spaceships, to reduce their fuel consumption. The main challenge, Taub revealed, is to lower the ultimate cost of ultralight materials, to which computer simulations have contributed significantly by providing information on material properties and performance, faster and more cost-effectively than experimental techniques.

See the file of Alan Taub’s plenary: https://www.slideshare.net/SBPMat/challenges-in-processing-of-materials-to-reduce-weight-of-structural-components

See the photo album of the plenary lectures: https://photos.app.goo.gl/4eUA5e3YcdfW9Ta69

Symposia: oral and poster sessions

Sessão oral de um dos simpósios.
Oral session.

Within the 23 thematic symposia that made up this edition of the B-MRS event, around 1,700 students and researchers presented and discussed their work with people that conduct research on similar topics. In addition, the symposium participants were able to follow and discuss the advances presented by their peers. In this environment of knowledge exchange, which is vital for scientific activity, students and researchers had the opportunity to think new ideas and establish collaborations to continue their work.

Thus, on four mornings and three afternoons, more than 2,000 scientific research papers were disseminated and discussed at the XVIII B-MRS Meeting. The seven poster sessions, held on the 17th floor of the Sibara Hotel, featured approximately 1,500 works. At the oral sessions, which took place simultaneously in eleven rooms of the Sibara Hotel and three rooms of the Mercure Hotel, located less than 300 meters from each other, some 400 contributions were presented, not to mention the approximately 100 invited lectures presented.

While some symposia extended over the four days of technical programming, others lasted one, two or three days, depending on the number of papers accepted for presentation, which ranged from just over 20 to about 350 according to the symposium.

Sessão de pôsteres.
Poster session.

The set of symposia covered research on a wide range of materials: carbon nanomaterials, glass ceramics, new metal alloys, biopolymers, nanofibers, molecular sieves and magnetic and superconducting materials, among others. The works showed not only new materials, new properties and new applications, but also advances in experimental and theoretical methods and processes used at all stages of material “life”: design, synthesis, processing, modification, characterization, fabrication and recycling. As for the applications covered in the papers, the list is also wide, including medicine, dentistry, environmental remediation, electronics, power generation and storage, lighting, aeronautics and textile industry, among many other segments.

In addition to the exchange of technical knowledge, the symposia provided affective exchanges in the reunions of colleagues and friends and in the memory of those absent. The symposium F, dedicated to organic electronics, had a very special moment at the opening, on the 23rd, when Professor Marco Cremona (PUC-Rio) paid tribute to his late colleague Ivo Alexander Hümmelgen (UFPR), deceased prematurely and unexpectedly earlier this year.

See the slides of the tribute to Professor Ivo Alexander Hümmelgen: https://www.slideshare.net/SBPMat/tribute-to-prof-ivo-alexander-hmmelgen-26-march-1963-1-march-2019

The symposia of the 18th B-MRS Meeting were organized by over 100 researchers who worked in teams, from Brazil, Canada, the United States, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland.

See the highlights of some of the symposia sent by the organizers: https://www.sbpmat.org.br/en/xvii-b-mrs-meeting-some-highlights-of-the-symposia/

See the photograph album of the symposia oral and poster sessions, and the collective photos of the symposia organizers: https://photos.app.goo.gl/mWuHZoihAiRikGsdA

Extra sessions: tutorial, panels and demo

Painel "Meet the editors".
Panel with editors of ACS journals.

Outside the technical program schedule, participants of the 18th B-MRS Meeting were able to enjoy, at no extra cost, a series of activities held at the Hotel Sibara.  On Sunday afternoon of the 22nd, Professor Valtencir Zucolotto (IFSC – USP) gave, to a crowded room of about 130 people, a tutorial on how to perform high impact research, focusing on the preparation and publication of scientific articles, the “Young Researchers School.”

On Tuesday and Wednesday, three activities took place at lunch time, all with a lunch box included. On the 24th, the German government iniciative “Research in Germany” offered a presentation and Q&A session on research possibilities in Germany and Brazil-Germany collaborations. About 160 people participated in the activity.

On the 25th, ACS Publications, editor of American Chemical Society (ACS), promoted the panel discussion “Mastering the Art of Scientific Publication,” which brought together ACS editors Osvaldo N. Oliveira Jr. (Brazil) of Applied Materials & Interfaces, Julia Greer (USA) of Nano Letters, and Monica Cotta (Brazil) from ACS Applied Nano Materials. The panelists provided insight into the process of producing and publishing articles, in response to audience questions and issues raised by session moderator Carlos Toro, also an editor at ACS Publications. More than 130 people participated in the activity.

At the same time, in another room, ANSYS Granta professionals demonstrated the software developed by the company for materials education (CES EduPack) and for the research area (CES Selector), in a nearly full room of about 80 people.

See the photo album of the extra activities: https://photos.app.goo.gl/FkyRWM8aPNdX4snR6

Manifestoes in Defense of Science and Education

Two collective manifestoes in defense of research and education in Brazil were held at the XVIII B-MRS Meeting. On the 25th, at the request of community members, the B-MRS  team organized a photographic manifesto and, through social networks, invited the event participants to be part of this.

The act took place shortly after the afternoon plenary lecture. A few hundred participants of all ages, including some foreigners, moved from the audience to the stage and stood among the screens projecting a slide with the phrase “In Defense of Science and the Public University.” The result was a photo that was widely publicized on social networks with the hashtag #todospelaciência (“everyone for science”).


Manifesto fotográfico de participantes em defesa da ciência e da educação pública.
Photographic manifesto of participants in defense of science and the public university.

See the album with photo manifesto https://photos.app.goo.gl/EaamwGQPXVzuJTo46

In addition, B-MRS’s Board of Directors and Deliberative Council prepared during the event the Camboriú Letter, a written document expressing their concern about the cuts and contingencies of funds for education and research in Brazil. The Camboriú Letter was also published on social networks, on the B-MRS website and in the Jornal da Ciência, among other media.

Read the Camboriú Letter: https://www.sbpmat.org.br/en/carta-de-camboriu/

Exhibitor booths and technical lectures

Visitas aos estandes durante um dos coffee breaks.
Visits to booths during a coffee break.

Seventeen companies in the field of instrumentation, research inputs and software were sponsors and exhibitors in the XVIII B-MRS Meeting. Sharing a large space with the coffee break tables and the secretariat, and also in the hall of the plenary room, the companies received visits at their booths by the event participants, with information, gifts and special activities.

In addition, throughout the 23rd, interested participants were able to learn more about various techniques of materials characterization and manufacture in thirteen technical lectures given by professionals of exhibiting companies.

Also noteworthy in this edition of the event was the massive presence of scientific journals in the area, such as supporters of the event, including renowned titles from the publishers ACS, RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry) and Elsevier.

See the photo album of the booths and technical lectures: https://photos.app.goo.gl/pvgYHHeV5493QLap7

Closing session

Homenagem a sócios e equipe SBPMat no encerramento.
Tribute to B-MRS members and staff in the closing session.

The audience in the plenary room was almost full at the closing session. On stage, at the closing table, were the coordinator and vice coordinator of the event that was being finalized, the president of B-MRS and the coordinator of the next B-MRS Meeting, Professor Gustavo Dalpian (Federal University of ABC).

In a brief presentation, Professor Ivan Bechtold shared the main data of the XVIII B-MRS Meeting and made public his appreciation to all who made it possible: plenary speakers, invited speakers, organizers and symposium participants, B-MRS  team (secretariat, communication, logistics and software), program committee, local and national committees, student volunteer staff, sponsors, and supporters. In the final words, the chair resumed the motivational messages from the opening table in defense of science and public universities, urging all to resist, not give up and not lose hope.

See the file of Professor Ivan Bechtold’s closing presentation: https://www.slideshare.net/SBPMat/xviii-bmrs-meeting-closing-ceremony-presentation

The word was then passed to Professor Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Junior, who will conclude later this year his second term as president of B-MRS. He expressed pride in presiding over the Society and thanked everyone who worked with him throughout his administration. In particular, the president paid tribute by presenting plaques to two members who have been doing volunteer work as scientific editors of the B-MRS  Newsletter: André Avelino Pasa (UFSC professor) and Fernando Lázaro Freire Junior (PUC-Rio professor).

Learn more about this tribute and honored members: https://www.sbpmat.org.br/en/homenagem-da-sbpmat-a-dois-socios-por-suas-contribuicoes-a-sociedade/.

Following this, the president of B-MRS  surprised the team of professionals who work steadily throughout the year for the society, with public recognition and awarding gifts. Thus, Verónica Savignano (journalism and dissemination), Marcia Bicalho (executive secretary), Alexandre Alves (event coordination) and Leandro D´Agostino Amaral (software) were called on stage.

At this point, the roles were reversed, and it was Professor Osvaldo who received a thank-you from B-MRS, represented by the chairman of the event, for the priceless contribution he has made in holding the presidency for four years – a function that is worth noting is not paid.

Finally, Professor Dalpian took the floor to invite those present to participate in symposium proposals and, subsequently, to send papers, from the XIX B-MRS Meeting, which will be held together with the IUMRS-ICEM, International Conference on Electronic Materials, from August 30 to September 3, 2020 in Foz do Iguaçu. “We will be in one of the most amazing places in the world,” said the chairman, referring to the Iguassu Falls.

See the file of Professor Gustavo Dalpian’s presentation about the XIX B-MRS Meeting: https://www.slideshare.net/SBPMat/xix-bmrs-meeting-iumrs-icem-2020

See the photo album of the closing session: https://photos.app.goo.gl/aakmQtSW4u46c6ZJ9

Premiação dos estudantes.
Students award.

The event concluded with the traditional awards ceremony for the best works presented by students, which in this edition of the event had three different awards. The “Bernhard Gross Award”, awarded by B-MRS to the best oral and best poster of each symposium, recognized 34 undergraduate and postgraduate students from various institutions in all regions of Brazil, as well as France, the United Kingdom and Switzerland. Among these winners, fourteen works were chosen for their evaluation scores as the best contributions of the entire event to receive the cash prizes. Thus, ten students received the ACS Publications Prizes, sponsored by a group of journals from the publisher of American Chemical Society, and four students won the RSC Prizes, sponsored by journals of the Royal Society of Chemistry.

See the list of student award winners: https://www.sbpmat.org.br/en/english-xviii-b-mrs-meeting-students-awards-and-prizes/

See the award photo album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/M5FHLP812NEyp5XZA



XVIII B-MRS Meeting: Highlights of some symposia.

Symposium K: i-Caloric Materials and Applications.

The general impression from participants and organizers is that the symposium was very successful. The number of abstracts, although not as high as other symposia, was higher than we expected. All the speakers, invited or not, attended. The works presented, both the seminars and the posters, were of excellent quality.

Alexandre Magnus Gomes Carvalho (CNPEM)

Symposium S: Computational Design for Development of Functional Materials – Synergy between Theoreticians and Experimentalists

The symposium had a high level of presentations, with the participation of national and international researchers. The questions and discussions were intense.  We highlight the participation of researchers Elson Longo, and Stefano Baroni, São Carlos, Brazil and, Trieste, Italia, respectively. Both presented the state of the art in applications and correlations between theoretical and experimental research. The poster section also had a high level and with the intense participation of young researchers, demonstrating that the future of theoretical research applied to materials is promising.

Julio Ricardo Sambrano (Unesp)

Symposium TNanofibers, Applications and Related Technology.

The symposium T was organized by Profa. Dra Claudia Merlini (UFSC), Prof. Dr. Cicero R. Cena (UFMS), Prof. Dr. Deuber L. S. Agostini (UNESP) and Profa. Dra Roselena Faez (UFSCar). We received 75 abstracts, 6 oral presentations and 5 invited speakers. Interesting and highly quality works were presented in two days of the symposium by authors from different regions of Brazil and international institutions of different countries. The invited speakers were Prof. Dr. Enzo Menna (Università degli Studi di Padova – Italy), Dr. Gilberto Siqueira (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland), Profa. Dra. Ana Paula Immich (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Prof. Dr. Hernane da Silva Barud (Universidade de Araraquara (UNIARA), Prof. Dr. Eliton S. Medeiros (Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB). The invited speakers, all experts and distinguished professors in the field, have made important contributions to the scientific community, bringing innovations related to the manufacture, applications and characterizations of natural and synthetic nanofibers. The Symposium was financial supported by FAPESC (Edital PROEVENTOS 2019/2020). This was the second edition of Symposium focused exclusively to Nanofibers and Applications in the B-MRS Meeting, with an expressive numbers of participants.

Claudia Merlini (UFSC)

B-MRS tribute to two members for their contributions to the Society.

Prof André Avelino Pasa (esquerda) recebendo, do presidente da SBPMat (direita) uma placa por suas contribuições à Sociedade.
Prof André Avelino Pasa (left) and B-MRS President (right).
Prof Fernando Lázaro Freire Junior (esquerda) recebendo, do presidente da SBPMat (direita), uma placa por suas contribuições à Sociedade.
Prof Fernando Lázaro Freire Junior (left) and B-MRS President (right).

On September 26 of this year, during the closing of the XVIII B-MRS Meeting (Balneario Camboriu), Prof. Fernando Lázaro Freire Jr. (PUC-Rio) and Prof. André Avelino Pasa (UFSC) were honored for their contributions to B-MRS in especially for their volunteer work as scientific editors of the B-MRS Newsletter.

On the occasion of the presentation of the plaques that accompanied the honor, the president of B-MRS, professor Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Junior, stated that the contributions of Professors Fernando Lázaro and André Pasa leave a legacy for B-MRS and an example to follow. “As president of B-MRS I wanted to express my gratitude to my colleagues and friends Fernando Lázaro and André Pasa for their volunteer work in communicating our society with its members and the general public. And for being always ready to assist B-MRS in the challenges that we have faced to make our society one of the most important in the country. ”

Professor Fernando Lázaro Freire Junior is a founding member of B-MRS. He was a member of the founding board, president of the Society from 2006 to 2009, scientific director from 2004 to 2005 and financial director from 2012 to 2013. He has served in the B-MRS Newsletter since the creation of this electronic vehicle in 2012.

Professor André Avelino Pasa was a scientific director of B-MRS from 2014 to 2015 and has been in the newsletter since 2014.

XVIII B-MRS Meeting: in numbers.

  • logoApproximately 1,700 participants.
  • Gender: 56% men, 44% women.
  • 42% graduate students, 35% professional students, 23% undergraduate students.
  • Procedure of participants: 27 countries in South, Central and North America, Europe and Asia (95% of Brazil, from 25 states of the federation, covering the 5 regions of the country).
  • Institutions represented: around 400.
  • 23 symposia organized by over 100 organizers from 9 countries.
  • Over 2,000 works effectively presented (approximately 1,500 posters, 400 oral and 100 guest lectures).
  • 34 awarded works among 137 works submitted to compete for the awards.
  • 14 rooms for simultaneous oral presentations.
  • 8 plenary lectures and 1 memorial lecture
  • 13 technical lectures by exhibitors.
  • 1 tutorial, 2 discussion panels and 1 workshop.
  • 17 sponsors – exhibitors.
  • 33 supporters, mainly publishers/scientific journals and Brazilian funding agencies.

XVIII B-MRS Meeting: official pictures.

– Opening session, memorial lecture (Yvonne Mascarenhas) and welcome cocktail: 


– Plenary lectures:


– Symposia – oral and poster sessions:


– Young Researchers School, Materials Bonds (Research in Germany), ACS Publications´Meet the Editors, e ANSYS Granta demo:


– Manifesto in defense of science and the public university:


– Conference party:


– Booths exhibition and technical lectures:


– Closing ceremony:


– Students awards: 


XVIII B-MRS Meeting: Students Awards and Prizes.

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

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)

Winners of the Bernhard Gross Award 2019.
Winners of the Bernhard Gross Award 2019.

Symposium A

  • Alessandra Mara Garbosa Mutti (poster). Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho”, Campus de Presidente Prudente (UNESP).
  • Marylyn Setsuko Arai (oral). Instituto de Física de São Carlos/USP (IFSC USP).

Symposium B

  • Bruna Gregatti de Carvalho (poster). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)
  • Julia Andrea Carpenter (oral). Swiss Federal Institute of Technology / Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule ETH Zürich (ETHZ).
  • Marzieh Kadivar (oral). Universidade de São Paulo (USP).

Symposium C

  • Dhésmon Lima (poster). Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa (UEPG).

Symposium D

  • Ana Rita Ferreira Alves Teixeira (oral). Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB).
  • Larissa Oliveira Garcia (poster). Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” – Campus Bauru (UNESP).

Symposium E

  • Camila da Costa Pinto (poster). Universidade Federal do Amazonas (UFAM).

Symposium F

  • Lucas Scalon (poster). Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR).
  • Marlene Notelio Borges Luíza de Morais (oral). Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (UFOP).
  • Priscila Cavassim (oral). University of Cambridge, Reino Unido da Grã-Bretanha e Irlanda do Norte, e Instituto de Física de São Carlos – Universidade de São Paulo (IFSC – USP).

Symposium G

  • Airton Germano Bispo Jr (oral). Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” – Campus Presidente Prudente (UNESP).
  • Lucas Fiocco Sciuti (poster). Instituto de Física de São Carlos – Universidade de São Paulo (IFSC – USP).

Symposium I

  • Isabela Trindade Coutinho (oral). Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC).
  • Maiara Schein Trevisol (poster). Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).

Symposium J

  • Daniel Silva Costa (poster). Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR).

Symposium M

  • Pamela Costa Carvalho (poster). Universidade de São Paulo (USP).
  • Syed Adnan Raza (oral). Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas (CBPF).

Symposium N

  • Danilo Waismann Losito (oral). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP).
  • Janaína Arlete Prasniski (poster). Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN).

Symposium O

  • Raquel Alvim Figueiredo Mansur (oral). Institute for Advanced Studies (IEAV).

Symposium P

  • Marco Aurelio Horban (oral).  Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE).
  • Maya Alencar Medeiros (poster). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR).

Symposium Q

  • Cristie Luis Kugelmeier (oral). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR).
  • Luiz Felipe Bauri (poster). Escola Politécnica de Universidade de São Paulo (EPUSP).

Symposium R

  • Carla da Silva (poster). Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE).
  • Janine Karla França da Silva Braz (oral). Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-árido (UFERSA).

Symposium S

  • Pedro G. Demingos (oral). Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).
  • Viviane Maciel Almeida (poster). Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (UFOP).

Symposium U

  • Angela Elisa Crespi (oral). AddUp, Global Additive Solutions (ADDUP) e Paris-Sud University, França.
  • Kelly Schneider Moreira (poster). Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM).

Symposium V

  • Rodrigo Cezar de Campos Ferreira (oral). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)

Symposium X

  • Letícia Silva De Bortoli (poster). Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC).

ACS Publications Prizes

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

Winners of the ACS Publications Prizes with Mônica Cotta (right) representing ACS.
Winners of the ACS Publications Prizes with Mônica Cotta (right) representing ACS.

ACS Publications Best Oral Presentation Prizes

  • Airton Germano Bispo Jr (UNESP, Brazil).
  • Marzieh Kadivar (USP).
  • Priscila Cavassin (University of Cambridge, UK and IFSC, Brazil).
  • Rodrigo Cezar de Campos Ferreira (UNICAMP, Brazil).
  • Syed Adnan Raza (CBPF, Brazil).

ACS Publications Best Posters Prizes

  • Daniel Silva Costa (UFPR, Brazil).
  • Dhésmon Lima (UEPG, Brazil).
  • Larissa Oliveira Garcia (UNESP, Brazil).
  • Letícia Silva de Bortoli (UFSC, Brazil).
  • Lucas Scalon (UTFPR, Brazil).


RSC Prizes 

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

Winners of the RSC Prizes with Elizabeth Magalhães (center) representing RSC.
Winners of the RSC Prizes with Elizabeth Magalhães (center) representing RSC.
  • Cristie Luis Kugelmeier (UFSCar, Brazil).
  • Danilo Waismann Losito (UNIFESP, Brazil).
  • Julia Andrea Carpenter (ETH, Switzerland).
  • Maya Alencar Medeiros (UFSCar, Brazil).







See the online photo album of the Student Awards Ceremony, here.

Camboriú Letter.

On the occasion of the XVIII Meeting of the Brazilian Materials Research Society (B-MRS), which brought together about 1800 researchers from Brazil and more than a dozen other countries, from September 22 to 26, 2019, in Balneário Camboriú, Santa Catarina, Brazil, B-MRS executive board and council are publicly expressing their concern about the cuts and contingencies of funds for education and research in Brazil. If cuts in public universities and research and postgraduate funding bodies such as CAPES, CNPq and Finep persist, the country will be doomed to setback in its development process. We emphasize that the need to contain public spending due to the economic crisis does not justify the cuts in science and education, as these cuts are much larger – in percentage – than in other areas of government.

As the history of nations’ progress shows, the prosperity and well-being of population is directly related to a country’s ability to generate and absorb knowledge. It is unbelievable that in the 21st Century it is still necessary to justify investments in research and knowledge generation. Especially in an era of space travel, unprecedented longevity for mankind, and technologies like mobile phones that allow communication that a few decades ago was only in science fiction books.

We would like to address the Brazilian society that pays taxes to maintain the country’s science, technology and innovation system. With so much false news spread today, questions may arise about the intentions of the academic and university community. One might wonder if such a manifesto is not just a corporatist defense of an elite that sees its interests affected by policies adopted with cuts and contingencies. This is a legitimate question, but also one that can be firmly answered by the B-MRS community. Making science and developing new technologies presupposes the search for the truth, so we cannot shy away from alerting Brazilian society about the consequences of current policies of attacks on public universities and investment cuts.

Even if people don’t realize it everyday, their lives are highly dependent on technology: for energy and communication through mobile phones, access to medical treatments, availability of clean water and affordable food. There are many examples of Brazilian technology that benefit the Brazilian population and economy, such as the most obvious ones in which Brazil has world leadership: deepwater oil exploration, agribusiness and the production of medium-sized aircraft. On the other hand, the existence of laboratories and trained personnel, resulting from the investment in science and technology of many decades, allowed Brazil to quickly unravel the mechanisms of action of Zika virus, which causes microcephaly in infants. Thanks to this knowledge, the same virus brings hope of treatment for brain tumors that today have no chance of cure. Mention should also be made of the need for training qualified professionals who can serve the population, which can only be achieved with a thriving university system that includes research.

The academic community must have a responsibility not to be an alarmist. However, it also has a duty to alert the Brazilian people to some of the effects that the destruction of our science, technology and innovation system will have – inevitable if policies of cuts persist. Worldwide, the largest contribution of resources to science and technology is made by the state; companies generally account for the cost of  applied research, built on the basic knowledge acquired in more fundamental studies. It is important to remember that the destruction of this system can be much faster than the decades required to build it.

We want to close this manifesto with a note of hope. In one of the lectures at the XVIII SBPMat Meeting, one of the achievements that makes Brazilian science proud was presented: the Sirius particle accelerator, installed at the National Center for Energy and Materials Research, in Campinas. Built with 85% national technology, Sirius is among the most advanced in the world, and can enable the generation of knowledge essential for many strategic areas for the Brazilian economy. The creation of Sirius is yet another demonstration of the capacity of the Brazilian scientific community, which we hope can continue its work. This will only be possible, however, if there is a change in policies for education and research in Brazil.


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


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The Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society.

Special issue:
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.