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

prof ivan

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.

maria pau

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.

julia greer

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.

alan taub

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prof. Mingzhong Wu.
Prof. Mingzhong Wu.

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

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

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

See our mini interview with this scientist.

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

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

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

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

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

XVIII B-MRS Meeting: panel with ACS Editors.

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


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


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


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


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


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

Lunch boxes will be provided.



XVIII B-MRS Meeting: venues.

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

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

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

At a glance:

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

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

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

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


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

Prof Maria-Pau Ginebra
Prof Maria-Pau Ginebra

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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