B-MRS Newsletter. Year 5, issue 3.


 

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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 5, issue 3. April 6, 2018.
XVII B-MRS Meeting
(Natal, Brazil, September 16 to 20, 2018)

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Join us, by the beach, and be part of this great gathering, where science and technology will meet nature to form the ideal learning and exchanging experience!

Submission. Abstract submission is open until April 15. See instructions for authors here.

Symposia. See the list of symposia that will compose the event here.

Registration. Early fee registration is open until July 31. See registration fees here.

Awards for students. Students’ extended abstracts can be submitted until June 18 to apply for the Bernhard Gross and ACS Publications awards. Know more.

Lodging, transfer and tours. See options of the event’s official tourist agency, Harabello, here.

Plenary lectures. Find out who are the 8 internationally renowned scientists who will deliver the plenary sessions and which are the themes of the lectures, here.

Memorial lecture. The Memorial Lecture “Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro” will be delivered at the opening session by Professor Fernando Galembeck.

Exhibitors and sponsors. 16 companies have already reserved their places in the exhibition. Companies interested in participating in the event with booths or sponsoring can contact Alexandre at comercial@sbpmat.org.br.

Organizers. The meeting chair is Professor Antonio E. Martinelli (Brazilian Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, UFRN). Meet the organization committee.

Venue. The event will be held in the convention center of Hotel Praiamar, located a few meters from the famous beach of Ponta Negra. Know more.

City. A well-known destination for international tourists, Natal also offers a pleasant environment to discuss, interact and learn. Its nice weather (dry with an average temperature of around 25 °C in September), the welcoming people and very refined seafood and local gastronomy create an atmosphere of well-being that goes beyond the natural beauty of the city’s coastline. Watch this short video about Natal.

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Featured Paper

A scientific team with broad Brazilian participation developed a composite material that presented excellent performance as an environmental remediator, more precisely to eliminate toxic dyes from water bodies. The new material consists of a polymer matrix, prepared from polystyrene waste, and photocatalyst nanoparticles. The work was reported in Applied Materials & Interfaces. Know more.

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Featured Scientist

We interviewed Carlos Frederico Oliveira Graeff, Full Professor and Research Dean of UNESP. Graeff co-authored a number of contributions to Materials Science and Technology, including in the field of photovoltaics – a topic that will be addressed in his plenary lecture at the XVII B-MRS Meeting. Learn a little more about this Brazilian scientist and founding member of B-MRS, from his childhood to now, and see the message he left for the younger researchers. Here.

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News from B-MRS Members

Guillermo Solórzano-Naranjo, Founding President of B-MRS, is elected Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America (MSA). Know more.

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Fernando Galembeck, founding member of B-MRS, will be honored with the Memorial Lecture “Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro,” an acknowledgment by B-MRS to senior researchers of outstanding trajectory in the field.

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Article on vitreous state by Edgar Zanotto, co-founder of B-MRS, tops the list of most downloaded from the Journal of Non-crystalline Solids (Elsevier). Know more.

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History of Materials Research

Thirty years ago, 3 professors from universities in the interior of São Paulo decided to jointly create an interdisciplinary laboratory to install equipment that was boxed for lack of physical space. Thus the LIEC-UFSCar was born, seed and current headquarters of the CMDF. Hundreds of basic and applied research work, collaborative projects with industry, spinoff companies, and extension and dissemination projects have emerged from the laboratory, in addition to many trained researchers. Saiba mais.

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Reading Tips

  • Superlattice: With a new method, scientists fabricate structure with unique properties consisting of up to hundreds of layers of 2D materials interspersed with molecules (Nature’s paper). Know more.

  • Scientists develop magnetic graphene, the first non-metal material with magnetic properties at room temperature (Nature Communications paper). Saiba mais.

  • In the market. Founded by a PhD in Materials, a spinoff company of the Center for the Development of Functional Materials (CDMF) applies SEM and mechanical tensile tests to hair for the diagnosis of hair health. Know more.

Events

  • I Simpósio Brasileiro de Materiais e Pesquisas Relacionadas. Juiz de Fora, MG (Brazil). April 10 – 13, 2018. Site.

  • Primer Encuentro de Jóvenes Investigadores en Ciencias de Materiales. Montevideu (Uruguay). April 13 – 14, 2018. Site.

  • 4ª Reunião de Argilas Aplicadas e I Ciclo de Minicursos em Materiais. Teresina, PI (Brazil). April 18 to 20, 2018. Site.

  • Workshop Paranaense sobre Nanomateriais e Materiais Funcionais. Londrina, PR (Brazil). May 2 to 4, 2018. Site.

  • 6º Encontro Nacional de Engenharia Biomecânica (ENEBI 2018). Águas de Lindoia, SP (Brazil). May 8 to 11, 2018. Site.

  • 8th International Symposium on Natural Polymers and Composites. São Pedro, SP (Brazil). May 27 – 30, 2018. Site.

  • Photonic Colloidal Nanostructures: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications (PCNSPA 2018). São Petersburgo (Russia). June 4 to 6, 2018. Site.

  • 7th International Congress on Ceramics (ICC7). Foz do Iguaçu, PR (Brazil). June 17 a-21, 2018. Site.

  • International Conference on Electronic Materials 2018 (IUMRS-ICEM). Daejeon (South Korea). August 19 – 24, 2018. Site.

  • Symposium “Nano-engineered coatings, surfaces and interfaces” no “XXVII International Materials Research Congress”. Cancun (Mexico). August 19 – 24, 2018. Site.

  • 8th International Conference on Optical, Optoelectronic and Photonic Materials and Applications (ICOOPMA2018). Maresias, SP (Brazil). August 26 – 31, 2018. Site.

  • 16th International Conference on Molecule-based Magnets (ICMM2018). Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). September 1 – 5 de setembro, 2018. Site.

  • XVII B-MRS Meeting. Natal, RN (Brazil). September 16 – 20, 2018. Site.

  • XXXIX Congresso Brasileiro de Aplicações de Vácuo na Indústria e na Ciência (CBrAVIC). Joinville, SC (Brazil). October 8 – 11, 2018. Site.

  • International Conference of Young Researchers on Advanced Materials (ICYRAM 2018). Adelaide (Australia). November 4 – 8, 2018. Site.

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Founding President of B-MRS is elected Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America (MSA).


Prof. Guillermo Solórzano
Prof. Guillermo Solórzano

Professor Guillermo Solórzano-Naranjo, one of the leaders in the creation of B-MRS and the first president of the society, was appointed fellow of the Microscopy Society of America (MSA) at the end of February of this year. Thus, Solórzano-Naranjo became the first academic in Latin America with a MSA fellowship status.

This title is intended for senior members of that scientific society who have contributed significantly to the advancement of microscopy and microanalysis. In the case of Professor Solórzano-Naranjo, he was chosen for his excellence in the application of microscopy to solve materials problems, as well as for the service rendered as ambassador for international cooperation through microscopy.

Guillermo Solórzano-Naranjo is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Materials Engineering at PUC-Rio. He is a member of the board of the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy (IFSM), where he is also the only representative of Latin America. In addition to being founding president of B-MRS, he has served or was a member of executive committees of several scientific entities in the field of microscopy, such as the Brazilian Society of Microscopy and Microanalysis (SBMM), the Brazilian Society of Electronic Microscopy (SBME); Inter American Committee of Societies for Electron Microscopy (IACSEM); International Union of Microbeam Analysis Society (IUMAS). He was also chairman of the seventeenth edition of the International Conference of Microscopy, held in 2010 for the first time in South America.

Solorzano-Naranjo will be honored by MSA at the awards ceremony that will take place at the opening of the M&M2018 event on August 6 in Baltimore (United States).

XVII B-MRS Meeting: abstract submission is open.


 

 

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Abstract submission is open

The submission of abstracts to the annual meeting of the Brazilian Materials Research Society is open until April 15.

The event will be held from September 16 to 20 in Natal, one of the most beautiful cities in the Brazilian northeastern coast, at the Hotel Praiamar.

Registration to participate in the event is also open, and until July 31 there are discounts for early registration.

The best contributions presented by undergraduate or graduate students will be honored at the end of the event with awards from B-MRS and from ACS Publications. To apply for the awards, authors must submit an extended abstract in addition to the conventional abstract.

This edition of the event comprises 21 thematic symposia, to which researchers and students can submit abstracts of their works for oral or poster presentation.

The symposia cover a wide range of research topics in Materials, from the design, manufacture, modification and characterization of various materials (nanomaterials, conductive polymers, advanced metals, composites, metal oxides, electroceramics, biomaterials, surfaces and coatings), to their applications in the segments of energy, aerospace, health, electronics, bioelectronics, photonics and various industries. Advances in the toxicology of nanomaterials will also be discussed.

The symposia of the XVII B-MRS Meeting are coordinated by researchers associated to universities, institutes and companies from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Germany, Portugal, Spain, and the United States. The general coordinator of the event is Professor Antonio Eduardo Martinelli, from the Brazilian Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN).

The event will include oral presentations, poster sessions, invited lectures and eight plenary lectures, in which internationally renowned scientists will show results which are at the frontier of knowledge. The meeting will also feature various companies at the industrial exhibition.


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Join us, by the beach, and be part of this great gathering, where science and technology will meet nature to form the ideal learning and exchanging experience.

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About the B-MRS Meeting. Interdisciplinary and international, the B-MRS Meeting is committed to the presentation and discussion, in English, of the scientific and technological advances achieved in the field of materials. In recent editions, the meeting has gathered around 1,500 participants from various parts of Brazil and dozens of other countries.

About Natal. A well-known destination for international tourists, Natal offers a pleasant environment to discuss, interact and learn. Its nice weather (dry with an average temperature of around 25 °C in September), the welcoming people and very refined seafood and local gastronomy create an atmosphere of well-being that goes beyond the natural beauty of the city’s coastline.

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B-MRS Newsletter. Year 5, issue 2.


 

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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 5 – issue 2. March 7, 2018.
B-MRS news

We interviewed Professor Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Junior, elected in January of this year to preside over B-MRS for the second consecutive biennial period. See what he said about the previous mandate and the term he is initiating, and learn more about our president’s scientific activities. Here.

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Meet the directors elected in January of this year that will compose the B-MRS Executive Board during 2018 and 2019: Rubem Luis Sommer (CBPF), Antonio Eduardo Martinelli (UFRN), Daniel Eduardo Weibel (UFRGS), Glaura Goulart Silva (UFMG), Iêda Maria Garcia dos Santos (UFPB) e Mônica Alonso Cotta (UNICAMP). Here.

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XVII B-MRS Meeting
(Natal, Brazil, September 16 – 20, 2018)

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Join us, by the beach, and be part of this great gathering, where science and technology will meet nature to form the ideal learning and exchanging experience!

Submission. Abstract submission is open until April 15. See instructions for authors here.

Symposia. See the list of symposia that will compose the event here.

Registration. Early fee registration is open until July 31. See registration fees here.

Plenary lectures. Find out who are the 8 internationally renowned scientists who will deliver the plenary sessions and which are the themes of the lectures, here.

Exhibitors and sponsors. 16 companies have already reserved their places in the exhibition. Companies interested in participating in the event with booths or sponsoring can contact Alexandre at comercial@sbpmat.org.br.

Organizers. The meeting chair is Professor Antonio E. Martinelli (Brazilian Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, UFRN). Meet the organization committee.

Venue. The event will be held in the convention center of Hotel Praiamar, located a few meters from the famous beach of Ponta Negra. Know more.

City. A well-known destination for international tourists, Natal offers a pleasant environment to discuss, interact and learn. Its nice weather (dry with an average temperature of around 25 °C in September), the welcoming people and very refined seafood and local gastronomy create an atmosphere of well-being that goes beyond the natural beauty of the city’s coastline. Watch this short video about Natal.

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Featured paper

A team of researchers from Brazil presented in NanoLetters a process that generates semiconductor nanowires of uncommon morphology, without defects, and promising for several applications. The secret of this fabrication route is to place heated catalyst nanoparticles on the substrate where the nanowires grow, and let them move spontaneously. Know more.

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News from B-MRS members

  • Reginaldo Muccillo (IPEN), B-MRS member and former director, received the “Global Star Award” from ACerS. Know more.

 

Reading tips

  • Team with Brazilian participation uses simulations and 3D printing to manufacture schwarzites, designed in 1880, and to prove their excellent mechanical properties (Advanced Materials). Saiba mais.

  • Team with Brazilian participation takes new step for scale production of nanocomposites that attract and kill bacteria (Scientific Reports). Watch video.

  • Scientists manage to measure temperature in 2D materials, overcoming one of the impediments to their application (Physical Review Letters). Know more.

  • Inaugural edition of ACS Applied Nano Materials can be read at no cost. See here.

Opportunities

  • Subject proposal for PhD (with 3 years scholarship from French Ministry of Education) September 2018 – August 2021. Know more.

Events

  • V Escola de Verão do Departamento de Física da PUC-Rio. Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). March 12 – 15, 2018. Site.

  • I Simpósio Brasileiro de Materiais e Pesquisas Relacionadas. Juiz de Fora, MG (Brazil). April 10 – 13, 2018. Site.

  • Primer Encuentro de Jóvenes Investigadores en Ciencias de Materiales. Montevideu (Uruguay). April 13 – 14, 2018. Site.

  • 6º Encontro Nacional de Engenharia Biomecânica (ENEBI 2018). Águas de Lindoia, SP (Brazil). May 8 – 11, 2018. Site.

  • 8th International Symposium on Natural Polymers and Composites. São Pedro, SP (Brazil). May 27 – 30, 2018. Site.

  • Photonic Colloidal Nanostructures: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications (PCNSPA 2018). Saint Petersburg (Russia). June 4 – 6, 2018. Site.

  • 7th International Congress on Ceramics (ICC7). Foz do Iguaçu, PR (Brazil). June 17 – 21, 2018. Site.

  • International Conference on Electronic Materials 2018 (IUMRS-ICEM). Daejeon (South Korea). August 19 – 24, 2018. Site.

  • Symposium “Nano-engineered coatings, surfaces and interfaces” no “XXVII International Materials Research Congress”. Cancun (Mexico). August 19 – 24, 2018. Site.

  • 16th International Conference on Molecule-based Magnets (ICMM2018). Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). September 1 – 5, 2018. Site.

  • XVII B-MRS Meeting. Natal, RN (Brazil). September 16 – 20, 2018. Site.

  • International Conference of Young Researchers on Advanced Materials (ICYRAM 2018). Adelaide (Australia). November 4 – 8, 2018. Site.

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B-MRS Newsletter. Year 5, issue 1.


 

 

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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 5 – issue 1. February 8, 2018.
B-MRS election process

The Electoral Commission released the results of the election. Professor Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Jr will chair B-MRS for another two year term, accompanied by Rubem Luis Sommer (administration, finance and assets) and Antonio Eduardo Martinelli, Daniel Eduardo Weibel, Glaura Goulart Silva, Iêda Maria Garcia dos Santos and Mônica Alonso Cotta (scientific directors). The council members elected by this vote are José Antonio Eiras, Pedro Augusto de Paula Nascente, Luís Augusto Sousa Marques Rocha, Milton Sergio Fernandes de Lima and Manuel Henrique Lente.

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XVII B-MRS Meeting
(Natal, Brazil, September 16 – 20, 2018)

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Call for symposium proposals. The deadline was extended. You are invited to submit a symposium proposal until February 19. Know more.

The event website is online. Click here.

Exhibitors and sponsors. 16 companies have already reserved their places in the exhibition. Companies interested in participating in the event with booths or sponsoring can contact Alexandre at comercial@sbpmat.org.br.

Organizers. The Meeting Chair is Professor Antonio E. Martinelli (Brazilian Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, UFRN). Meet the Organization Committee.

Venue. The event will be held in the convention center of Hotel Praiamar, located a few meters from the famous beach of Ponta Negra. Know more.

City. Founded in 1599, Natal is the capital city of the state of Rio Grande do Norte. The city offers beautiful beaches, dunes, rivers, Atlantic Forest reserves, historic buildings and a complete tourist infrastructure. In addition, it has a rich culture that can be experienced through music, crafts and cuisine. The city has a modern international airport. In September, the climate of Natal, known as “city of the sun”, is usually dry with an average temperature of around 25 °C. Watch this short video about Natal.

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Featured paper

A Brazilian scientific team has discovered that vulcanized natural rubber outperforms any other material already studied in its capacity to heat and cool when compressed and decompressed. This finding opens up concrete possibilities for applying rubber as a solid state refrigerant for refrigeration systems. The results, obtained in a thematic laboratory of the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory, were published in ACS Macro Letters. Know more.

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Featured scientists

We interviewed 4 national winners of the last Capes Thesis Award, who defended their PhDs with works in the materials field: conductive polymers for solar cells, phase transformation in titanium dioxide and its application in self-cleaning ceramics, tribological coatings for internal combustion engines and (nano)photonic structures. See here.

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History of Materials Research in Brazil

The IEA-R1 nuclear research reactor completed 60 years of operation, during which it provided neutron beams produced by nuclear fission to carry out research in several areas, including the Materials field. Although not so popular in the characterization of materials, neutrons can generate better or complementary results to those generated by X-rays. Know more.

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News from the community

Professor Daniel Ugarte (IFGW-Unicamp) was awarded the 2018 TWAS Prize in Physics for his pioneering work on characterising electronic and structural properties of nanosystems. Know more.

Events

  • Escola de Caracterização de Nanomateriais e Nanoestruturas. Duque de Caxias, RJ (Brazil). March 5 – 9, 2018. Site.

  • Primer Encuentro de Jóvenes Investigadores en Ciencias de Materiales. Montevideu (Uruguay). April 13 – 14, 2018. Site.
  • 6º Encontro Nacional de Engenharia Biomecânica (ENEBI 2018). Águas de Lindoia, SP (Brazil). May 8 – 11, 2018. Site.

  • 8th International Symposium on Natural Polymers and Composites. São Pedro, SP (Brazil). May 27 – 30, 2018. Site.

  • Photonic Colloidal Nanostructures: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications (PCNSPA 2018). Saint Petersburg (Russia). June 4 – 6, 2018. Site.

  • 7th International Congress on Ceramics (ICC7). Foz do Iguaçu, PR (Brazil). June 17 – 21, 2018. Site.

  • International Conference on Electronic Materials 2018 (IUMRS-ICEM). Daejeon (South Korea). August 19 – 24, 2018. Site.

  • Symposium “Nano-engineered coatings, surfaces and interfaces” at the “XXVII International Materials Research Congress”. Cancun (Mexico). August 19 – 24, 2018. Site.

  • XVII B-MRS Meeting. Natal, RN (Brazil). September 16 – 20, 2018. Site.

  • International Conference of Young Researchers on Advanced Materials (ICYRAM 2018). Adelaide (Australia). November 4 – 8, 2018. Site.

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B-MRS newsletter. Year 4, issue 12.


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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 4, issue 12. December 19th, 2017.
New Year´s message

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With this New Year’s message, I greet the entire B-MRS community in Brazil and abroad.

2017 was especially difficult for the areas of science, technology and innovation in Brazil, and B-MRS has aligned itself with other scientific societies by echoing voices calling for more responsible policies by governments in our sector. It has been a difficult battle to convince leaders regarding the growing importance of research investment, given that society increasingly relies on knowledge to achieve sustainable development. For a country with so much social inequality, such as Brazil, there is no alternative means to create and incorporate technologies to improve the lives of the population. We all need to join in and repeat the slogan advocated by many of our colleagues: “Science is not an expense. It’s an investment!”

Despite the difficulties, the Brazilian scientific community has shown remarkable resilience. For B-MRS, for example, 2017 was marked by an excellent Meeting in Gramado, whose scientific level was equivalent to the best international meetings in materials science and engineering. The Meeting was also an exceptional opportunity to bring together researchers from Latin America, as well as from other continents, as part of B-MRS’s effort to position itself on the international landscape. In this regard, perhaps the greatest highlight of the year was the participation of Brazilian postdoctoral researchers at the Forum for Young Researchers in Strasbourg, France, organized by the European Society for Materials Research (E-MRS) and by the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS). These postdoctoral fellows were selected in a competitive national contest.

It is always gratifying to follow over the year, in the B-MRS Newsletter, some of the achievements and contributions of Brazilian researchers in various materials areas. In 2017, much was done in Brazil, a demonstration of the strength of our community.

I end by thanking the B-MRS community, with heartfelt wishes for health and success in 2018, hoping to meet many of you in Natal (state of Rio Grande do Norte), from September 16 to 20, in our next Meeting.

Professor Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Junior
President of B-MRS

XVII B-MRS Meeting
(Natal, Brazil, September 16 – 20, 2018)

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Call for symposium proposals. Researchers from the international scientific community may submit symposium proposals by January 31, 2018. Know more.

Exhibitors and sponsors. Companies interested in participating in the event with booths and other dissemination modes may contact Alexandre at comercial@sbpmat.org.br. Until December 22 there are discounts for the booths and for sponsorship quotas.

Chairman. The meeting chair is Professor Antonio E. Martinelli, from the Brazilian Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN).

Venue. The event will be held in the convention center of Hotel Praiamar, located a few meters from the famous beach of Ponta Negra.

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B-MRS election process

The Electoral Commission encourages B-MRS members who are interested in participating in the process to register an Executive Board or express interest in joining the Council, by writing to eleicoes2017@sbpmat.org.br until December 22.

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B-MRS news

The president of B-MRS, Professor Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Jr (IFSC-USP), was against the suggestion in the report from the World Bank to end the tuition-free public higher education institutes in Brazil. His argument, along with that of 43 other representatives of scientific and academic entities, was published in the Jornal da Ciência. See here.

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News from the community

Four B-MRS members were part of a select international group of young researchers that participated in a forum and a summit on materials research in Strasbourg (France). Topics related to materials innovations for a sustainable society and a global circular economy were discussed in the events. In a short interview, the young B-MRS members shared with us their experience in Strasbourg. See here.

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Co-founder of B-MRS awarded the “Global Ambassador” of the American Ceramic Society. Know more.

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Events

  • Primer Encuentro de Jóvenes Investigadores en Ciencias de Materiales. Montevideo (Uruguay). April, 13 – 14, 2018. Site.
  • 6º Encontro Nacional de Engenharia Biomecânica (ENEBI 2018). Águas de Lindoia, SP (Brazil). May, 8 – 11, 2018. Site.
  • Photonic Colloidal Nanostructures: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications. (PCNSPA 2018). Saint Petersburg (Russia). June 4 – 8, 2018. Site.
  • International Conference on Electronic Materials 2018 (IUMRS-ICEM). Daejeon (South Korea). August, 19 – 24, 2018. Site.
  • XVII B-MRS Meeting. Natal, RN (Brazil). September 16 – 20, 2018. Call for symposium proposals.
  • International Conference of Young Researchers on Advanced Materials (ICYRAM 2018). Adelaide (Australia). November 4 – 8, 2018. Site.

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Participation of B-MRS young members in international events on sustainable materials.


The B-MRS group at the headquarters of the Council of Europe. From the left, Gisele Amaral-Labat (B-MRS member), Eduardo Neiva (member), Professor Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Jr (president of SBPMat), Kassio Zanoni (member) and Parinaz Akhlaghi (member).
The B-MRS group at the headquarters of the Council of Europe. From the left, Gisele Amaral-Labat (B-MRS member), Eduardo Neiva (member), Professor Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Jr (president of SBPMat), Kassio Zanoni (member) and Parinaz Akhlaghi (member).

Four members of B-MRS were part of the select group of about 30 young researchers from several countries who participated in two events held in the city of Strasbourg, France, along with 60 other participants. The main subject of both events was material innovation for a sustainable society and a global circular economy (i.e., based on reduction, reuse, recovery and recycling of materials and/or energy). The events were organized by several research societies in materials research, the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) and other entities, with the support of UNESCO.

Post-doctoral fellows Eduardo Guilherme Cividini Neiva (currently full-time professor at FURB, after completing a post-doc at UFPR), Gisele Amaral-Labat (USP), Kassio Papi Silva Zanoni (IFSC-USP) and Sedeyeh Parinaz Akhlaghi (UNICAMP) were the young B-MRS members who participated in the events. The four postdocs were selected from 20 candidates in the context of the B-MRS Young Researcher Award. They have earned the right to attend the events (which are not open to the public), as well as travel costs. The award was made in partnership with the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS).

The first of the events was the “Forum for the Next Generation of Researchers 2017,” held on 18 and 19 November of this year at the headquarters of the European Youth Center. The forum brought together different generations of researchers around science and technology for a sustainable world. The event included lectures by senior scientists, poster presentations of young researchers and discussions among all participants. In addition, all young scientists participated in the preparation of a report that was presented at the end of the event.

Then, on the 20th and 21st, the “6th World Materials Summit” was held at the headquarters of the Council of Europe. The subject of innovation in sustainable materials and the circular economy was discussed through lectures by scientists from various countries and round tables.

According to Kassio Zanoni, the discussions of the two events showed an academic, political, social and environmental view about themes related to sustainability, as well as the perspectives of Materials research in this context. According to the B-MRS participants, some of the topics addressed were the conversion, storage and distribution of energy (solar, for example); production of more efficient and less polluting batteries; capture and reuse of carbon dioxide; materials recycling; and many other topics.

The president of SBPMat, Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Jr, professor at IFSC-USP, represented SBMat in the international committee of the summit and gave a lecture in the forum about nanomaterials and their applications.

Read our interview with the B-MRS young members who attended the events.

box parinaz ENB-MRS Newsletter:  Briefly tell us about the work you presented in the “Forum for the New Generation of Researchers 2017”.

Eduardo Neiva:  I presented a poster about my postdoctoral work, whose theme involved the application of graphene nanocomposites in the construction of energy storage devices.

Gisele Amaral-Labat: My panel discussion consisted of activities that are currently being developed in my postdoctoral fellowship. The work is based on the use of pulp and paper industry waste, crude black liquor, in the synthesis of porous carbon foams in the presence of nickel, for direct ethanol fuel cell applications. The synthesis form used generates a product with a greater amount of residues, besides the low cost when compared to the electrocatalysts used in the current market.

Kassio Zanoni: I presented a poster of the work I am developing in the postdocs, on ways and concepts for energy conversion and sustainability.

Parinaz Akhlaghi: I presented my postdoctoral work (referring to the years 2015-2017) at UNICAMP (Institute of Chemistry), still in progress, as well as part of the work developed during my doctorate (2010-2014) at the University of Waterloo (Dept. of Chemical Engineering) in the form of a poster titled “Preparation and Characterization of Novel Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications.”

B-MRS Newsletter: How did your participation in these events contribute to your development?

Eduardo Neiva: Unlike other events, I had the opportunity to participate in discussions involving topics of global importance. My participation in this event will also result in future international and national partnerships, where in the event, I and the participant Gisele conceived projects to be developed in the near future.

Gisele Amaral-Labat: Undoubtedly, participating in these events was extremely important for my academic background, first due to the type of event, in which a common theme is discussed by two different communities, academic and business, enabling me to know different global views of the subject. Secondly, it created the possibility for collaboration with other research centers, including young and senior researchers, national and international. Furthermore, the event allowed getting to know the work of the other young Brazilian researchers, and a possible collaboration with Eduardo Guilherme Cividini Neiva is in progress. The objective is to synthesize sustainable carbon materials for application in the area of energy storage, taking advantage of the expertise of both of us.

Kassio Zanoni: The event provided the opportunity for meetings with several researchers, increasing our networks of collaborations. It was very interesting to hear the different views and this brought a great deal of professional growth. It really was very productive, perhaps the most productive meeting I’ve ever attended.

Parinaz Akhlaghi: I believe that my participation in these events was one of the most rewarding and most influential experiences in my career as a researcher and as a human being. I was affected in an extremely positive way by being in the presence of young researchers like myself, as well as experienced scientists, shaping my worldview (and my future), my ambitions and desires in the academic career. Being in the presence of scientists that I have admired for so long and being able to exchange ideas with them was very rewarding in several aspects. All the discussions were profound, passionate and motivating. It was certainly an experience shared by the other young scientists.

B-MRS Newsletter: What most attracted your attention in the events?

Eduardo Neiva: The direct and prolonged contact with renowned researchers.

Gisele Amaral-Labat: I was delighted with how receptive the senior researchers were with the young researchers. Moreover, the event showed a relevant multidisciplinarity of the professionals and the works presented.

Kassio Zanoni: The different views on the same theme, which vary widely between different countries.

Parinaz Akhlaghi: What at first could have been a barrier, soon proved to be extremely pleasurable. Despite the age difference between the main scientists (some older than 70) and the young researchers (some 25 years old), the exchange of information flowed naturally. On both sides there was passion when talking about science (as a whole), as well as new paths and alternatives for a more hopeful and better future.

Kassio Zanoni (foreground) and other young researchers during the 6th World Materials Summit.
Kassio Zanoni (foreground) and other young researchers during the 6th World Materials Summit.
Parinaz Akhlaghi presenting her work on nanomaterials for biomedical applications during the forum.
Parinaz Akhlaghi presenting her work on nanomaterials for biomedical applications during the forum.
Eduardo Neiva (left) and Gisele Amaral-Labat (right) receiving the participation certificate in the events.
Eduardo Neiva (left) and Gisele Amaral-Labat (right) receiving the participation certificate.

New Year’s Message from B-MRS President.


With this New Year’s message, I greet the entire B-MRS community in Brazil and abroad.

2017 was especially difficult for the areas of science, technology and innovation in Brazil, and B-MRS has aligned itself with other scientific societies by echoing voices calling for more responsible policies by governments in our sector. It has been a difficult battle to convince leaders regarding the growing importance of research investment, given that society increasingly relies on knowledge to achieve sustainable development. For a country with so much social inequality, such as Brazil, there is no alternative means to create and incorporate technologies to improve the lives of the population. We all need to join in and repeat the slogan advocated by many of our colleagues: “Science is not an expense. It’s an investment!”

Despite the difficulties, the Brazilian scientific community has shown remarkable resilience. For B-MRS, for example, 2017 was marked by an excellent Meeting in Gramado, whose scientific level was equivalent to the best international meetings in materials science and engineering. The Meeting was also an exceptional opportunity to bring together researchers from Latin America, as well as from other continents, as part of B-MRS’s effort to position itself on the international landscape. In this regard, perhaps the greatest highlight of the year was the participation of Brazilian postdoctoral researchers at the Forum for Young Researchers in Strasbourg, France, organized by the European Society for Materials Research (E-MRS) and by the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS).  These postdoctoral fellows were selected in a competitive national contest.

It is always gratifying to follow over the year, in the B-MRS Newsletter, some of the achievements and contributions of Brazilian researchers in various materials areas. In 2017, much was done in Brazil, a demonstration of the strength of our community.

I end by thanking the B-MRS community, with heartfelt wishes for health and success in 2018, hoping to meet many of you in Natal (state of Rio Grande do Norte), from September 16 to 20, in our next Meeting.

Professor Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Junior

President of B-MRS

B-MRS newsletter. Year 4, issue 11.


 

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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 4, issue 11. December 6th, 2017.
B-MRS election process

The election of the Executive Board (president and directors) for the next two years and members of the Deliberative Council for the next 4 years will be held at the end of January. The process has already begun.

Who participates? All members in good standing can vote, can form boards for the Executive Board or express interest in being Council members. Good standing = registered membership and paid 2017 annuity.

How to regularize the membership situation? December 11 is the deadline to become a first-time member (registration + annuity 2017) or to regularize membership situation (annuity 2017) in order to participate in this important process of our society.

How to apply? To register an Executive Board or express interest in joining the Council, you must write to eleicoes2017@sbpmat.org.br.

Know more.

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XVII B-MRS Meeting
(Natal, Brazil, September 16 – 20, 2018)

Call for symposium proposals. Researchers from the international scientific community may submit symposium proposals by January 31, 2018. Know more.

Exhibitors and sponsors. Companies interested in participating in the event with booths and other dissemination modes may contact Alexandre at comercial@sbpmat.org.br. Until December 22 there are discounts for the booths and for sponsorship quotas.

Chairman. The meeting chair is Professor Antonio E. Martinelli, from the Brazilian Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN).

Venue. The event will be held in the convention center of Hotel Praiamar, located a few meters from the famous beach of Ponta Negra.

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Featured paper

A study carried out mainly in Brazilian institutions developed a method, based on XMCD, which allowed a unique experimental investigation of the distribution of electrons and magnetism of uranium-based compounds, which due to their toxicity have relatively little experimental data. In addition to the scientific results published in Nature Communications, this work leaves to the scientific community a research system for magnetic materials installed at the Brazilian Synchrotron Light Laboratory (LNLS). Know more.

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Featured scientist

We interviewed Oscar Malta, a professor at UFPE, who recently received an honorary doctorate degree from the prestigious University of Wroclaw (Poland). In 4 decades of fundamental and applied research on lanthanide elements and their compounds, Malta has made a number of high impact contributions. His articles have about 7,000 citations. In the interview, the scientist spoke about his trajectory, the area of lanthanides and the importance of science and technology for humanity. He also left a message for the young audience, urging them to give importance to the study of the theoretical and historical foundations of their research topics. See interview.

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News from the community

  • Antonio Carlos Hernandes (IFSC-USP), founding member and former director of SBPMat, is the new Vice-Rector of the University of São Paulo (USP). Know more.

Reading tips

  • By combining materials with different reactions to infrared radiation, scientists have created a tissue that heats on one side and cools on the other (Science Advances). Know more.
  • Research conducted by Brazilian scientists shows that NbB, cited as an example of superconductivity for 65 years, is not a superconductor (Physical Review Materials). Know more.

Opportunities

  • Fellowships in sustainable energy. See here.
  • Postdoc at the Brazilian Federal University of Santa Catarina. See here.
  • Call for applications of foreign visiting professors/researchers for the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul. See here.

Events

  • Primer Encuentro de Jóvenes Investigadores en Ciencias de Materiales. Montevideo (Uruguay). April, 13 – 14, 2018. Site.
  • Photonic Colloidal Nanostructures: Synthesis, Properties, and Applications. (PCNSPA 2018). Saint Petersburg (Russia). June 4 – 8, 2018. Site.
  • International Conference on Electronic Materials 2018 (IUMRS-ICEM). Daejeon (South Korea). August, 19 – 24, 2018. Site.
  • XVII Encontro da SBPMat/ B-MRS Meeting. Natal (Brazil). September, 16 – 20, 2018. Call for symposium proposals.
  • International Conference of Young Researchers on Advanced Materials (ICYRAM 2018). Adelaide (Australia). November 4 – 8, 2018. Site.

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