FAPESP Post-Doctoral Fellow in Brazil in the area of Physical-Chemical Education.


The Institute of Chemistry of São Carlos (IQSC) of the University of São Paulo (USP) is offering a postdoctoral fellowship linked to the Thematic Project – FAPESP “Study and application of electrochemical technology for the analysis and degradation of endocrine interferents: materials, sensors, processes and scientific dissemination “coordinated by Prof. Dr. Marcos Lanza.

The project aims at the production of new materials with electrocatalytic activity and their application in electrochemical analysis sensors and in advanced effluent treatment processes. In addition to the publication of the scientific knowledge through scientific articles, the dissemination of results will also occur through scientific popularization. Through the production of didactical material to improve the teaching of physicochemistry in Basic Education and the realization of interactive expositions open to students and the general population, it is hoped to arouse interest in science, especially among school-age youth.


The candidate should be involved in the development of research on scientific dissemination and the teaching of physicochemistry in Basic Education (students aged between 10 and 18 years). In this sense, the fellow is expected to be able to delineate research questions and design data collection strategies that allow the development of scientific dissemination and chemical education activities, with publication of the results in national and international journals in the area of Chemical Education.

Must have immediate availability to reside in São Carlos/SP/Brazil and have completed a doctorate for less than 7 years.

If selected, the candidate will have a FAPESP postdoctoral fellowship (www.fapesp.br/270) in the monthly amount of R $ 7,174.80 (approximately US $ 1,700.00 US dollars per month) for 24 months.

Entries should be made through the email marcoslanza@usp.br to the supervisor, Prof. Dr. Marcos Lanza, until March 03, 2019. The following documents must be attached to the e-mail:

1) Curriculum Vitae containing the academic training and publications (maximum of 4 pages). Experience in international publications and in the Physical Chemistry and Education fields must be proven.

2) Letter of the candidate justifying the interest on the vacancy (maximum of 200 words).

3) Work plan of two research proposals related to the topics of scientific dissemination and chemical education of this project containing objective, theoretical reference, data collection instruments and international periodical of interest for submission (maximum of 5 pages).

B-MRS newsletter. Year 4, issue 4.


The newsletter of the Brazilian Materials Research Society News update from Brazil for the Materials community
English edition. Year 4, issue 4.

XVI B-MRS Meeting (Gramado, Brazil, September 10-14)

Abstract submission. The submission of abstracts for oral or poster was extended until May 19. Submit here.

Symposia.  See the 23 approved symposia, here.

Bernhard Gross Award.  Contributions submitted by authors who are undergraduate or graduate students can apply for the SBPMat award. To participate in the selection, the author must submit an extended abstract in addition to the conventional abstract. The deadline is August 14. Additional information in the instructions for authors, here.

Organization. Meet the organizing committee. Here.

Exhibitors. The event website shows the 18 companies that have already confirmed their participation. Companies interested in participating in the event with booths and other means of dissemination should contact Alexandre via this e-mail: comercial@sbpmat.org.br.   

Featured paper

A catalyst made from earth-abundant and metal-free materials enables efficient generation of  electricity through hydrazine fuel cells. The study was reported by an international scientific team in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A. See our news story.

People from our community

We interviewed Angelo Fernando Padilha, professor at the Polytechnic School of USP.  Padilha graduated in the first group of Materials Engineering in Latin America (UFSCar) and continued his research career in Brazil and Germany. Since the 1970s he has worked in research, development and innovation in materials for nuclear reactors and in metals. He recently chaired the Brazilian National Nuclear Energy Commission (CNEN). He is the author of textbooks in the field of materials that are well known in the country. In the interview, Padilha, who belongs to SBPMat’s group of founders, spoke about the challenges of the nuclear segment for the materials area, besides speaking about his career and lefting a message for the young researchers. See the interview.

Victor C. Pandolfelli (UFSCar) received for the third time the ACerS award (United States) for the best paper on refractory ceramics. Learn more.

Marcelo Knobel (Unicamp) took office as president of Unicamp. Learn more.

Reading tips

  • New method of nanofabrication based on self-organized materials has potential for mass production of wires of less than 10 nm wide (based on paper from Nature Nanotechnology). Here.
  • Quantum dot transistor developed with Brazilian participation makes complex operations (sees, counts, remembers) without complementary memory (based on paper from Nano Letters). Here.
  • 1-D materials manufacturing method allows precise control of the morphology and composition of one-dimensional objects (based on the paper from Small). Here.
  • Video shows real-time imaging of the growth and self organization a carbon nanotube population. Here.
  • Report in the MRS Bulletin (USA) about cuts in science funding in Brazil, with statements from the president and members of B-MRS. Here.


  • 9th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies. Suntec (Singapore). June 18 – 23, 2017. Site. 
  • 10th International Conference on Nanophotonics (ICNP 2017). Recife, PE (Brazil). July 2 – 5 2017. Site.
  • 1ª Escola Brasileira de Síncrotron (EBS). Campinas, SP (Brazil). July 10 – 21 2017. Site.
  • XI Brazilian Symposium on Glass and Related Materials (XI Brazglass). Curitiba, PR (Brazil). July 13 – 16 2017. Site.
  • VIII Método Rietveld de Refinamento de Estrutura. Fortaleza, CE (Brazil). July 24 – 28, 2017. Site.
  • XXXVIII Congresso Brasileiro de Aplicações de Vácuo na Indústria e na Ciência (CBRAVIC) + III Workshop de Tratamento e Modificação de Superfícies (WTMS). São José dos Campos (Brazil). August 21 – 25, 2017. Site.
  • IUMRS-ICAM 2017. Kyoto (Japan). August 27 – Setember 1, 2017. Site.
  • International Conference on Luminescence (ICL-2017).  João Pessoa (Brazil). August 27 – September 1, 2017. Site.
  • 23a Reunião da Associação Brasileira de Cristalografia. Vitória, ES (Brazil).  September 5 – 9 2017. Site.
  • XVI Encontro da SBPMat/ XVI B-MRS Meeting. Gramado (Brazil). September 10 – 14, 2017. Site.
  • 18th International Conference on Internal Friction and Mechanical Spectroscopy (ICIFMS-18). Foz do Iguaçu, PR (Brazil). September 12 – 15 2017. Site.
  • 2ª Conferência Nacional em Materiais Celulares (MatCel’2017) + Conferência Internacional em Dinâmica de Materiais Celulares (DynMatCel’2017). Aveiro (Portugal). September 25 – 27, 2017. Site. 
  • 1st Pan American Congress of Nanotechnology. Fundamentals and Applications to Shape the Future. Guarujá, SP (Brazil). November 7 – 30 2017. Site.

Submit your suggestion for any section of our newsletter: comunicacao@sbpmat.org.br



SBPMat newsletter. English edition. Year 2, issue 7.


Brazilian Materials Research Society (SBPMat) newsletter

News update from Brazil for the Materials community

English edition. Year 2, issue 7. 

SBPMat news: XIV Meeting – Rio de Janeiro, Sept 27 to Oct 1, 2015

About 1,000 people are already registered in the XIV SBPMat Meeting.

Registrations: The deadline for early registration was extended up to August 31. Check the new special fees for graduation and postgraduation students and register. Here.

Program: See here the preliminary program at a glance and here the full program.

Meeting papers publication: authors of works presented in the meeting will have the possibility to submit papers to peer review for publication in IOP Materials journals. The papers of the XIV SBPMat Meeting accepted for publication in any of the 5 IOP journals will be gathered in an online collection dedicated to the event.The submissions are open up to October 15. Know more.

Bernhard Gross award: Up to August 21, authors who are students can submit extended abstracts to compete for the award for best works (one oral and one poster) of each simposium. More info.

IUMRS Award: This year, the IUMRS (International Union of Materials Research Societies) will grant an award to the 3 best posters among the set of the works awarded with Bernhard Gross Award.

Horiba Award: It will be granted to the best oral presentation and best poster of all the event.

E-MRS Award: It will be granted to the best oral presentation and to the 2 best posters of symposium C. Learn more.

Hosting: A list of hotels is available, with special conditions for participants of the XIV SBPMat Meeting. Here.

Sponsors and exhibitors: 28 companies have already booked their place in the XIV SBPMat Meeting. Contact for exhibitors and other sponsors: rose@metallum.com.br.

Go to the event website.

XIV SBPMat Meeting: 2,325 works accepted for presentation
Among the 2,444 abstracts submitted to the 27 symposia and 2 workshops of the XIV SBPMat Meeting, 2325 were accepted for presentation. It is the highest number in the history of the meetings of the society. Some symposia have more than 250 accepted works. Know more.

XIV SBPMat Meeting: interviews with plenary speakers

Organic electronics applied to the study of the brain and the diagnosis and treatment of neurological deseases will be addressed in one of the plenary lectures of the SBPMat meeting, in charge of professor George Malliaras, director of the department of Bioelectronics of the École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne (France). Examples of these applications are devices based on organic materials used to record and stimulate the cerebral activity. In an interview to our newsletter, Malliaras spoke about the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration to generate research with social impact in his research field. The scientist also mentioned some of his main contributions in organic electronics and bioelectronics. See the interview.

Featured paper

A team of scientists from UniVap (Brazil) coordinated a research that produced a composite biomaterial, promising to be used in the health area, in bone tissue regeneration. The material adds the mechanical properties of carbon nanotubes to the biological properties of the hydroxyapatite. By observing the behavior of the composite in simulated body fluid, the scientists could advance in the understanding of how the biomineralization (a stage of bone tissue generation) occurs. The work, that involved the collaboration of researchers from INPE (Brazil) and Israel and United Kingdom institutions, was recently published in Nanoscale. See our story about the paper.

SBPMat´s community people: interview with Marcelo Knobel

We interviewed Marcelo Knobel, professor of Unicamp and new director of the Brazilian Nanotechnology National Laboratory (LNNano). This physicist have been doing research, since the time of his graduation course, on magnetic properties of materials – field in which he participated in pioneering studies on giant magnetoresistance and magnetoimpedance in certain materials. In addition to being the author of about 300 papers with more than 6,300 citations, he has an important performance in science dissemination, with achievements such as the exhibition NanoAventura, a collection of books, articles in the media etc. In the interview, Marcelo Knobel talks about the importance of science dissemination and about his career as a materials scientist. He also leaves a message for readers beginning their careers, suggesting passion as a guide, accompanied by strong technical background, personal skills and general knowledge. See the interview.

Reading tips
Scientific journalism stories based on highlighted papers

  • Conductor fibers, made of rubber and carbon nanotubes, stretch 1,000% and can be used in electronics, sensors and muscles (based on paper from Science). Here.
  • Using ultrashort pulse laser, Brazilian scientists create diamond-like phase from polycrystalline graphite (based on paper from Scientific Reports). Here.
  • Scientists manage to obtain an ideal material to produce biocompatible and resistant hydrogel in 3D printers (based on paper from Advanced Materials). Here.

News from Brazilian National Institutes of Science and Technology (INCTs) and Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers (CEPIDs)

  • NAMITEC (INCT) researchers publish papers on piezoelectric graphene and graphene under very high temperature in journals of Nature´s group. Here.
  • Book issued by CDMF (CEPID) brings together more than 200 SEM images chosen and colored with an aesthetic look. Here.
  • Talk “Impactos das novas Tecnologias – Nanopartículas – Riscos Emergentes – O caso da Nanotecnologia”. Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). August, 13, 2015. Folder.
  • Primeira Conferência de Materiais Celulares (MATCEL 2015). Aveiro (Portugal). September, 7 to 8, 2015. Site.
  • XXII Reunião da Associação Brasileira de Cristalografia (ABCr) and I Reunião da Latin America Crystallographic Association (LACA). São Paulo e Campinas, SP (Brazil). September, 9 to 11, 2015. Site.
  • 2015 IUCr High-Pressure Workshop. Campinas, SP (Brazil). September, 12 to 15, 2015. Site.
  • Workshop em Ciências dos Materiais. São Carlos, SP (Brazil). September, 21 to 25, 2015. Site.
  • XIV SBPMat Meeting. Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). September 27 to October 1, 2015. Site.
  • 8th International Summit on Organic and Hybrid Solar Cells Stability (ISOS-8). Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). September 29 to October 1, 2015. Site.
  • 13th International Conference on Plasma Based Ion Implantation & Deposition (PBII&D 2015). Buenos Aires (Argentina). October, 5 to 9, 2015. Site.
  • Nanomercosur 2015. Buenos Aires (Argentina). October, 6 to 8, 2015. Site.
  • 4th EPNOE International Polysaccharide Conference. Warsaw (Poland). October, 18 to 22, 2015. Site.
  • 10th Ibero-American Workshop on Complex Fluids 2015. Florianópolis, SC (Brazil). October, 25 to 29, 2015. Site.
  • 14th International Union of Materials Research Societies – International Conference on Advanced Materials (IUMRS-ICAM 2015). Jeju (Korea). October, 25 to 29, 2015. Site.
  • III Método Rietveld de Refinamento de Estrutura. Belém, PA (Brazil). October, 26 to 30, 2015. Site.
  • 16th International Feofilov Symposium on spectroscopy of crystals doped with rare earth and transition metal ions. St Petersburg (Russia). November, 9 to 13, 2015. Site.
  • 6th Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) Summer School. Campinas, SP (Brazil). January, 11 to 29, 2016. Site.
  • 43rd International Conference on Metallurgical Coatings and Thin Films (ICMCTF). San Diego (EUA). April, 25 to 29, 2016. Site.
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SBPMat´s community people: interview with Marcelo Knobel.

Marcelo Knobel. Credits: Antonio Scarpinetti – Ascom – Unicamp.

Scientific research, magnetic materials, scientific dissemination and higher education would be perhaps the biggest expressions in a cloud of tags to represent Professor Marcelo Knobel.

Born in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 1968, Marcelo Knobel came to live in Brazil, more specifically in Campinas (SP), by the age of 8 years-old, following his parents, the psychologist Clara Freud de Knobel and the psychiatrist Maurício Knobel. The family was escaping from the coup d’etat that had just established in Argentina a military dictatorship that fired Maurício from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). In Brazil, which was also governed by a military dictatorship, Maurício had been contracted for the State University of Campinas (Unicamp).

Ten years after the arrival in Campinas, Marcelo Knobel joined Unicamp to a graduation in Physics. In parallel to the studies, he started to do research on magnetic properties of materials. After he obtained the bachelor´s degree, Knobel remained in Unicamp for the doctorate in the same area, receiving the diploma of doctor in Physics when he defended his dissertation on magnetism and structure of nanocrystalline materials in 1992. After that, he went to Europe, where he conducted two postdoctoral internships; one at Istituto Elettrotecnico Nazionale Galileo Ferraris, Italy, and the other at the Instituto de Magnetismo Aplicado, Spain.

Returning to Brazil and to Unicamp, in 1995, Marcelo Knobel started his career of professor and researcher of the Institute of Physics Gleb Wataghin (IFGW). From 1999 to 2009 he was the coordinator of the Laboratory of Materials and Low Temperatures, where he acts as researcher until the present moment, always investigating magnetism and magnetic materials. Together with his collaborators of the laboratory, Knobel have carried pioneering works in the study of the giant magnetoresistance and magnetoimpedance in certain materials – two different concepts that are related to the opposition that a material offers to the passage of the electricity in consequence of the application of an external magnetic field. In 2008, Knobel became Full Professor of the Department of Condensed Matter Physics at IFGW.

In the area of scientific dissemination, Marcelo Knobel started in the year 2000 to perform education and research activities at the Laboratory of Advanced Studies in Journalism (LABJOR) of Unicamp. Moreover, Knobel was one of the creators of NanoAventura, an interactive and itinerary exposition on nanotechnology that started in 2005 and was visited by more than 50 thousand people, mainly children, until now. NanoAventura received honorable mentions at Scientific Cine and Video Festival of Mercosur (2006) and at Mercosur Science and Technology Award (2015), as well as an award in 2009, from the Latin American and Caribbean Network for the Popularization of Science and Technology (RedPOP). From 2006 to 2008, Knobel was the first director of the Exploratory Museum of Science, linked to Unicamp. In 2008, he became editor in chief of the magazine Ciência & Cultura of the Brazilian Society for the Progress of Science (SBPC), position that he occupies until now. In the publishing field, Knobel coordinates a collection of science dissemination books of the Unicamp Publisher, called Meio de Cultura, released in 2008.

In 2007 Marcelo Knobel received the Young Scientist Prize from the TWAS-ROLAC (office of Latin America and the Caribbean of the The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries), an awars for young scientists of the region. In the same year, he was selected, together with about 50 people of different professional areas and several countries of the world, to participate of the program Eisenhower Fellowships, which aims to strengthen the leadership potential of its fellows. The group travelled for the United States during 7 weeks complying with a schedule of meetings and seminars. In 2009, he was chosen as a fellow of John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, receiving resources for research.

From 2009 to 2013, he was Vice-President for Undergraduate Programs of Unicamp. In this position, he was responsible for the implantation of the Interdisciplinary Program of Higher Education (ProFIS). ProFIS is a higher education course of 4 semesters that provides a general, multidisciplinary and critical formation, and makes possible to its alumni (former students of public schools chosen by their good grades in the Brazilian National Exam of the Secondary School (ENEM) that they enter graduation courses at Unicamp without passing for Brazilian admission university exam). The program was distinguished in 2013 with the Prize Péter Murányi – Education, destined to actions that increase well-being of populations of the south hemisphere.

In 2010, with 42 years-old, Knobel was honored with the title of Commendatore of the Order of the Scientific Merit by the Brazilian Presidency of the Republic.

Holder of a productivity scholarship 1A (the highest) at CNPq, Marcelo Knobel has published about 300 scientific articles in peer-review international journals and 15 chapters of books on magnetic materials and properties, popularization of science, public perception of science and higher education. Also he is the author of articles about science and education published in diverse medias. He has 6.370 citations, according to Google Scholar.

Marcelo Knobel had just assumed, in August 3rd, the position of director of the Brazilian National Laboratory of Nanotechnology (LNNano), of the National Center of Research in Energy and Materiais (CNPEM).

Here follows a brief interview with the scientist.

SBPMat newsletter: – Tell us what made you become a researcher and work in the field of Materials.

Marcelo Knobel: – I chose the area of Physics because of the curiosity, without knowing exactly what this meant. But already in the first semester I realized that it was what I wanted for my life, to try to understand the nature. Early in the beginning of the graduation, I had a laboratory class with professor Reiko Sato, who later invited me to do scientific initiation in her laboratory. She worked with magnetic properties of amorphous metals, and that was the subject of my research. Later, I went to the doctorate also with her, already working with nanocrystals, and later I followed the postdoctoral in the same area.

SBPMat newsletter: – Which are, in your own evaluation, your main contributions to the field of Materials?

Marcelo Knobel: – I am acting in nanoscopic magnetic systems, mainly investigating dipole interactions in magnetic nanosystems, using several experimental techniques, theoretical models and computational simulations. These systems, beyond the interest in basic research, have many possible applications, mainly in systems of magnetic record and nanomedicine. The research group that I helped to consolidate develops new nanocrystalline materials and carries studies through the development of new magnetic, structural and transport techniques. In the scope of these researches, we were pioneer in the study of giant magnetoresistance in granular systems and in the research of giant magnetoimpedance in amorphous and nanocrystalline wires and ribbons. But I have also been dedicating myself to scientific dissemination, being one of the responsible for the creation of the Exploratory Museum of Sciences of Unicamp.  I was the coordinator of NanoAventura project, which is an interactive and itinerary exhibit on nanoscience and nanotechnology for children and adolescents. I still work in research in the area of public perception of science, I coordinate the series “Meio de Cultura” of Unicamp Publisher and I act as an editor in chief of the magazine Ciência & Cultura, of SBPC. Recently, I was Vice-President for Undergraduate Programs of Unicamp, where I highlight the implantation of the Interdisciplinary Program of Higher Education (ProFIS). Currently, I am initiating a new challenge, as Director of the National Laboratory of Nanotechnology (LNNano).

SBPMat newsletter: – You have an especially strong performance in dissemination of science and scientific culture. Comment with our readers, students and researchers, which is, for you, the importance to carry through this type of activity.

Marcelo Knobel: – I became a scientist after reading books and magazines of dissemination and visiting museums of sciences. I believe that we must stimulate the new generations to think critically, to have curiosity, to search to unmask the mysteries that surround them. For Brazil it is basic to stimulate young talents for science. Without them we will not have a future… Moreover, it is our obligation to give account to the society, which is the financer of the scientific research in public universities and research institutes. It is important to show the science that is done in our country, and the importance to follow investing, more and more, in science and technology.

SBPMat newsletter: – If you want, you can leave a message for the readers that are initiating their scientific careers.

Marcelo Knobel: – I do not have doubts that it is the passion that must guide the careers of everybody, and mainly of the scientists. But beyond the passion, a solid formation is necessary, not only in the specific content, but also in personal abilities, as work in team, communication (including Portuguese and English, scientific writing) and general knowledge. The scientific activity demands effort and devotion, but we are rewarded, I guess, with a life full of new challenges and opportunities.