SBPMat e-newsletter – year 1 – issue 2


Brazilian Materials Research Society (SBPMat) newsletter

News update from Brazil for the Materials community


English edition. Year 1, issue 2.

Greetings, .

SBPMat’s news

XIII SBPMat meeting:

João Pessoa, September 28th, to October 2nd.

  • Abstracts submission deadline: May 23rd. There are 18 symposia this year in which you can submit your papers.
  • Plenary talks: Five lecturers have confirmed presence.
  • Bernhard Gross Award: for best papers presented by students at the simposia (posters and oral presentations).
  • Memorial Lecture Joaquim Costa Ribeiro: Professor José Arana Varela will be honored this year.

Visit the website of the XIII SBPMat Meeting! (English version coming soon)

New SBPMat Board of Directors.

  • There was ceremony to empower the new board of directors and counselors, as well as the first meeting of the team. Learn more.
  • Get to know the new members and their roles. Here.

Featured paper with Brazilian participation

A team of three scientists managed to identify defects of atomic dimensions which exist in thin films of zinc oxide, through an interesting experiment, using the luminescence capability of this material. Initially, they prepared films with various quantities and types of defects and, systematically, they excited the samples, measured luminescence and related these data with the defects that had been introduced. The experiment was conceived and performed by a Brazilian researcher, using photon-scanning tunneling microscopy in Germany. The results have been published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. More.

(To suggest papers with Materials focus with Brazilian participation published in high impact journals for this section of our newsletter contact

History of Materials research in Brazil

We present the second part of the history of CAPES Materials Area, followed by an interview with Professor Carlos Graeff (coordinator of the area from 2009 to 2014) about the evolution of postgraduate courses in Materials in Brazil, the evaluation criteria of their scientific production and challenges for the next years, among other subjects. Here.

SBPMat’s community people

Interviewed due to Bridge Building Award of American Ceramic Society, Professor José Arana Varela has told us how he got to science of Materials and which are his most important contributions to the area of ceramic materials and his main collaborators. Arana Varela also left a message for our readers who are initiating their career. Here.

Reading recommendations

Science journalism stories based on papers published in journals with high impact factor.

  • Scientists use nanoparticle solutions as adhesive to glue gels and biological tissues (based on paper from Nature) Here.
  • Graphene bread sandwich: new technique to prepare biomolecules for electronic microscopy (based on paper from Advanced Materials) Here.
  • Organic Electronics: fastest polymeric transistor is developed. It is transparent and benzothiophene-based (based on paper from Nature Communications) Here.
  • For the first time, nanomotors travel inside living cells (see texts, images and videos) (based on paper from Angewandte Chemie International) Here.

Books, presentations, multimedia material, etc.

  • Review of  the book “Fundamental Principles of Polymeric Materials” – for beginners in polymers science and technology. Here.

Materials news from the Brazilian National Institutes of Science and Technology (INCTs).

  • Thermal nanoimprint lithography developed at Namitec with potential application to photovoltaic panels. Here.
  • From the INCT for Nanotechnology Materials: silver tungstate as ozone gas sensor. Here.
  • Very sensitive hydrogen sensor developed in Namitec is ready to be used. Here.

Upcoming events in the area.

  • VI Curso do Método Rietveld de Refinamento de Estrutura. Here.
  • 10º Encontro Brasileiro sobre Adsorção. Here.
  • 13th International Conference on Modern Materials and Technologies (CIMTEC 2014). Here.
  • 1st International Conference on Polyol Mediated Synthesis. Here.
  • 13th European Vacuum Conference + 7th European Topical Conference on Hard Coatings + 9th Iberian Vacuum Meeting. Here.
  • 19th International Conference on Ion Beam Modification of Materials. Here.
  • XIII Encontro da SBPMat. Here.(Soon, English version of the site)
  • X Brazilian Symposium on Glass and Related Materials (X-BraSGlass). Here.
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