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Newsletter of the Brazilian Materials Research Society

Year 4, issue 8.

XVI B-MRS Meeting
Gramado, Brazil, 10-14 September 2017

Message from the chair

Dear participants,
We look forward to seeing you at the XVI SBPMat Meeting in the city of Gramado (RS), which will be held from September 10 to 14.
Sixteen years after the first annual meeting, our event impresses with its large number of abstracts and participants and the quality of the scientific contributions that will be presented in posters and oral sessions. This year, we will have 22 symposiums, 1 workshop and 1 tutorial. We will bring together a prolific group of authors and speakers from Brazil, Latin America and from many places in the world, everyone with the common goal of sharing ideas and new perspectives on a wide range of scientific and technological topics. We will also have 7 plenary lectures given by the most prestigious scientists on cutting edge issues in Materials Science and a lecture by the renowned Brazilian scientist João Alziro H. da Jornada at the opening of the meeting.
I am sure the event will offer a unique opportunity for collaboration and interactions. It will provide the means to having contact with leading scientists in their fields, as well as with friends and collaborators. At the closing of the event, the awards from SBPMat and ACS Publications journals will be bestowed to the best student works.
I trust the event will be stimulating and inspiring for all of you. As always, our aim is high in order to promote the development of Materials Science and Technology.

Daniel Eduardo Weibel
Chairman of the XVI B-MRS Meeting



Presentations: Approximately 2,000 works will be presented in the oral and poster sessions at the event’s 23 symposia.

Participants: To date, more than 1,300 people from 20 countries and all regions of Brazil are registered to participate in the event.

Thematic range: Characterization, manufacture and modification of various materials (polymers, metals, composites, hydrogels, nanomaterials, biomaterials). Applications energy, aeronautics, health, electronics, bioelectronics, photonics, plasmonics and photocatalysis, among other areas. Production environmental impact and safe use of some materials.

Exhibitors: 24 companies and institutions will be in the exhibition booths.

See the detailed program of oral and poster presentations, here.

See the program summary, here.

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Useful information

Registration: Registration will remain open until the last day of the event. The B-MRS annual membership can be done during the event registration. Notice: The registration cost for the event + SBPMat annual fee is less than the registration cost for the event for non-members. See here.

Avoid queues. Access the registration system with your username and password, go to “attendee” and print your barcode.

Tourism agency. Flight options, airport transfers and tours, here.

Poster printing services. See how to pick up your poster at the convention center, here.

Venue. FAURGS convention center. Rua São Pedro 663. A few blocks from restaurants, shops, tourist areas and hotels. See map, here.

Event app. In the app, you will find the Google map to access the convention center, useful phone numbers, schedule of presentations with their respective abstracts, QRCode reader for posters detailed data, and more. The app is available free of charge. Look for “XVI B-MRS Meeting” at Apple and Google virtual stores or go to the links, here.

Program book. It will be available only in PDF format. Download, here.

Party. The Conference Party will be held on Wednesday, the 13th, starting at 9 pm at the Harley Motor Show, thematic bar of Gramado. Tickets (limited) will be on sale at the bar. The party will be sponsored by journals of ACS Publications. See here.

Program highlights

Sunday 10th. Tutorial How to Produce and Publish High Impact Papers. It will be delivered by Professor Valtencir Zucolotto (IFSC-USP) and PhD Christiane Barranguet, Publishing Director for Materials Science at Elsevier. More information and registration (free of charge), here.


Sunday 10th. Memorial lecture “Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro”. This year the traditional B-MRS tribute will be bestowed to Professor João Alziro H. da Jornada (UFRGS), who will give a lecture on new perspectives in Materials Science and innovation in Brazil. See the interview with Professor Jornada, here.


Monday 11th. Plenary lecture of Hans-Joachim Freund on heterogeneous catalysis. Freund (h-index= 97) is Director of the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft Society (prestigious institute in Berlin, Germany, dedicated to surfaces and interfaces), where he leads a research group on heterogeneous catalysis. Learn more.


Monday 11th. Plenary lecture of Alexander Yarin on agro-waste nanofibers produced by solution blowing, and their applications in health and environment. Yarin is Distinguished Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, where he coordinates a research laboratory in fluids and solids mechanics. Learn more.


Tuesday 12th. Plenary lecture of Susan Trolier-McKinstry on piezoelectric films for microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). The scientist currently chairs the Materials Research Society. Professor at Penn State (USA), she leads a group with extensive experience in piezoelectric materials and their use in MEMS. Learn more.


Tuesday 12th. Plenary lecture of Kenneth E. Gonsalves on materials for fabrication of integrated circuits of less than 10 nm, using extreme ultraviolet lithography. The Distinguished Professor of IIT Mandi (India) has developed R&D projects for big companies in the field. Learn more.


Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th. Technical lectures. During two mornings and afternoons, 13 lectures will address in depth various techniques of materials characterization and modification and the latest innovations in the area. Learn more.


Wednesday 13th. Plenary lecture of Kirk Schanze on conjugated polyelectrolytes and their applications in energy and biomaterials. Editor-in-chief of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces and Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) in the USA. His research group is a pioneer in synthesis and applications of polyelectrolytes. Learn more.


Wednesday 13th. Plenary lecture of Frédéric Guittard on super-hydrophobic materials inspired by Nature. Prof. Guittard and his group at Nice Sophia Antipolis University (France) are among the most cited in the world on hydro-and oleophobic surfaces with useful applications such as antifreeze, antifouling and antibacterial materials. Learn more.


Thursday 14th. Plenary lecture of Pulickel Ajayan on challenges and opportunities on Nanotechnology for the materials of the future. Professor at Rice University (USA), h-index= 144, he is the author of prominent contributions in the world of nanomaterials, such as filled nanotubes, paper battery and ultra-dark nanotube carpet. Learn more.


Thursday 14th. Students awards ceremony. The best oral and poster of each symposium presented by undergraduate and graduate students will be announced and awarded. The best 6 contributions of all the event will receive prizes from ACS Publications journals. The authors must be present at the ceremony to receive the awards. Learn more.

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Interview with Prof. Alexander Yarin (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA).

Prof. Alexander Yarin
Prof. Alexander Yarin

At the University of Illinois at Chicago, Professor Alexander Yarin and his team use agro-waste materials derived from various plants and animals to form nanofibers. Such nanofibers possess important properties, which are of interest for various applications. The group demonstrated that the method they employ (solution blowing) can be implemented on the industrial scale using commercially available equipment.

At the XVI B-MRS Meeting (September 10-14, Gramado, Brazil), Yarin will deliver a plenary lecture on the fabrication and properties of these nanofibers formed from different agro-waste materials, and will show the results of their application as biomedical materials and adsorbents useful for heavy metal ion removal from polluted water. He will also discuss potential applications of such biodegradabe and biocompatible nano-textured membranes for protection of pruned plants from esca fungi and against mold invasion in wood.

Alexander L. Yarin graduated in Applied Physics from the Polytechnical Institute of St. Petersburg (Russia) in 1977. Then he moved to Moscow to the Institute for Problems in Mechanics of the USSR Academy of Sciences, where he remained until 1990 working as a researcher. In 1980, he received PhD in Physics and Mathematics and, in 1989, habilitation (DSc), both from the Institute for Problems in Mechanics. In parallel, Yarin was an adjunct Professor at the Physico-Technical Institute and at the Aviation Technology Institute in Moscow.

From 1990 to 2006, he was a Professor at the renowned Israeli university Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), where he held, from 1999, the Eduard Pestel Chair of Mechanical Engineering. During his sabbaticals, he was a visiting Professor at two American institutions, the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1996-1997) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (2003-2004).

Since 2006, Alexander Yarin is a Distinguished Professor of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. At this University, Yarin heads the Multiscale Mechanics and Nanotechnology Laboratory, a space of more than 2,200 square feet dedicated to the experimental and theoretical investigation of the mechanics of fluids and solids, mainly in the scale that ranges from a few millimeters to the nanometers.

Yarin is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). He is an Associate Editor of the journal “Experiments in Fluids” and a member of the editorial boards of “Archives of Mechanics” and “Electrospinning”. He is a member of the International Editorial Advisory Board of the Bulletin of the Polish Academy of Sciences and a co-Editor of Springer Handbook of Experimental Fluid Mechanics published in 2008. He has received distinctions from the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities and from Technion (Israel), from the American Technion Society and the American Physical Society (United States), from the Technical University Darmstadt (Germany), from the Society of Mechanics of Taiwan, and from Elsevier, among others.

Owner of an h index of 54, Professor Yarin is the author of 4 books, 12 book chapters, 6 patents and about 300 scientific articles. His academic production has more than 21,500 citations, according to Google Scholar.

B-MRS newsletter: – In your plenary talk, you will talk about materials obtained by the process of solution blowing. Describe in few words what this process consists of and whether it is already used on an industrial scale.

Alexander Yarin: – Solution blowing is a relatively novel process designed to form monolithic and core-shell nanofibers from petroleum-derived and biopolymers derived from agro-waste (the latter are discussed in detail in the present talk). In this process, a slowly moving polymer solution jet is issued into a high-speed subsonic coaxial air jet. As a result, the polymer solution jet is stretched, then bends due to the aerodynamically-driven bending instability which causes dramatic stretching and thinning. In parallel, solvent evaporates, and precipitated dry nanofibers are deposited on a target surface in the form of a nonwoven mat. Recently, the solution blowing process was demonstrated using an industrially-available equipment and nanofiber mats containing soy protein were formed.

B-MRS newsletter: – What, in your opinion, are your main scientific or technological contributions to the field of nanofibers and related topics? Feel free to share some (few) references if you wish.

Alexander Yarin: – The explanation and theoretical description of the physical mechanisms involved in solution blowing and electrospinning, novel experimental methods and approaches, a wide usage of biopolymers, in particular, those derived as by-products of biofuel production, development of novel applications. Two recent comprehensive monographs outline many of the above-mentioned results:

  • A.L. Yarin, B. Pourdeyhimi, S. Ramakrishna. Fundamentals and Applications of Micro- and Nanofibers. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2014.
  • A.L. Yarin, I.V. Roisman, C. Tropea. Collision Phenomena in Liquids and Solids. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2017.

B-MRS newsletter: – If you desire, leave an invitation to your plenary talk.

Alexander Yarin: – Green nano-textured materials can become such great scorers as Pele! Come and see how.

More information

On XVI B-MRS Meeting website, click on the photo of Alexander Yarin and see his mini CV and the abstract of his plenary lecture: http://sbpmat.org.br/16encontro/home/