B-MRS Newsletter. Year 10, issue 4.



Year 10, issue 4. May 5th, 2023.

Featured paper

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After developing a method based on NMR experiments and computational simulations, a team of researchers from CeRTEV (São Carlos, SP, Brazil) was able to carry out the first observation of the changes that occur in the structure of a glass during relaxation and nucleation, two processes that occur at the nanoscale in all glasses and that impact their properties. The advances are crucial for the development of high-performance glass-ceramics. The work was reported in Acta Materialia. Know more.



Prof. Aldo Craievich (USP) passed away on April 24 at the age of 84. Craievich was one of the founding members of B-MRS and made great contributions to our community. He was a pioneer in glass research in Brazil and one of the protagonists in the history of the National Synchrotron Lab. Also, he dedicated himself to training synchrotron light users and was instrumental in setting up several X-ray characterization laboratories.

  • Read the tribute to Aldo Craievich written by the B-MRS member Daniel Ugarte (Unicamp), who considers him a friend, mentor and role model. Here.
  • Access the interview that Craievich gave to the B-MRS Newsletter in 2015. Here.

XXI B-MRS Meeting
Maceió (AL), October 1st to 5th, 2023


Plenary lectures. This edition of the event will have 6 plenary lectures, given by distinguished scientists from France, Germany, India, Italy, Portugal and Spain, in addition to the Memorial Lecture “Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro”, with Prof. Gilberto Fernandes de Sá (UFPE), and the Lectureship Award” José Arana Varela”, with Prof. Fernando Lázaro Freire Junior (PUC-Rio). Learn more about the plenary sessions on the website.

Symposia. The event comprises 24 thematic symposia covering design, synthesis, characterization, processing and applications of various materials, from traditional alloys to bio-based polymers. More than 100 researchers from 15 countries organize our symposia. See the list and description of the symposia.

Student awards. Contributions submitted by students and approved for presentation will be eligible for student awards until July 17. Know more.

Registration. Registration is open, with special prices for students and researchers from Brazilian institutions and other Latin American countries. See the values.

Venue. The venue for the event will be the Ruth Cardoso Cultural and Exhibition Center, in the city of Maceió. Know more.

Chairmen. The general coordinators of the event are professors from the Federal University of Alagoas (UFAL): Prof. Carlos Jacinto da Silva, from the Institute of Physics, and Mario Roberto Meneghetti, from the Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology.

Papers by the community


Researchers from Unicamp and LNLS and collaborators show in this review article that a set of recent research has taken perovskite solar cells closer to commercialization. The advances, many of them carried out in Brazil, are based on in situ and operando experiments carried out with synchrotron light. Access the review, which is on the cover of a very high impact factor journal.



Prof. Edgar Zanotto (UFSCar) received an award from the Brazilian Council of State Research Foundations (CONFAP) for his contributions to converting research into development and well-being of Brazilian populations. He won the fisrt place in the Featured Researcher category of the Exact Sciences area.


– B-MRS sent the second letter to CAPES, this time to the current president, Prof. Mercedes Bustamante, expressing concern about the loss of access to journals of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) on the CAPES Portal. Read the letter.

– The General Coordination of Social Communication of CAPES sent a message to B-MRS in response to the publication of the letter. Look here.

– B-MRS joined dozens of scientific and civil society entities to propose the creation of an annual day of struggle against dictatorship and celebration of democracy. Know more.

Reading tips

– Using computer simulations and tunneling microscopy, scientists studied catalysis processes on the atomic scale and concluded that, contrary to the established assumption, the bonds between metal atoms of catalysts do not remain intact during the reactions they catalyze. This new understanding could help reduce the enormous amounts of energy involved in catalysis processes widely used in industry. (Science) Know more

– A scientific team led by Professor Sir Andre Geim has discovered a new property of graphene: under ambient conditions, the material has the highest magnetoresistance of any system ever studied. (Nature) Know more


– M-ERA . NET Call 2023 for ambitious transnational RTD projects addressing materials research and innovation including materials for batteries and low carbon energy technologies. Deadline for the pre-proposal stage is May16. Learn more.

– The call for nominations for the VinFuture Prize, which distinguishes scientific research and technological innovations that have had a high social impact, is open until May 15th. The prize has special categories for developing countries, innovative women and emerging areas. Learn more.

– ACS Applied Nano Materials is calling for papers for its special issue “Women in Nano”, dedicated to articles by women working in nanomaterials with a focus on applications. The deadline for submission is August 31st. Prof. Monica Cotta, B-MRS President, is among the organizers. Learn more.

– Postdoc in composite metamaterials for aeronautical application at the Federal Institute of Maranhão. Learn more.

Upcoming events

Escuela Virtual de Caracterización de Materiales de la SMMATER – 3ª edición. Online. February 20th to August 2nd, 2023. Website.

49ª International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF). San Diego (USA). May 21 to 26, 2023. Website.

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

– IV Brazilian Nanocellulose Summit. Sao Carlos (SP, Brazil). August 9th to 11th, 2023. Website.

– Chip in Rio (International Congress in Microelectronics and Microtechnologies). Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). August 28 to September 1, 2023. Website.

XXI B-MRS Meeting. Maceio (AL, Brazil). October 1st to 5th, 2023. Website.

4th International Brazilian Conference on Tribology (TriboBR). Victoria (ES, Brazil). November 26th to 30th, 2023. Website.

XLVI Congresso Internacional de Químicos Teóricos de Expressão Latina (Quitel 2023). Montevideo (Uruguay). November 26th to 30th, 2023. Website.

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