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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 Hans-Joachim Freund (director at the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft – Germany).

Prof "Hajo" Freund.
Prof “Hajo” Freund.

Because it increases the speed and selectivity of many industrial processes involving chemical reactions, catalysis has been a major industry ally. However, deep understanding of catalysis still presents challenges to science.

In September, the charming city of Gramado (south of Brazil) will receive an expert on the subject, Hans-Joachim Freund (h index: 97, Google Scholar). Freund is the director of the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (Berlin, Germany), a research institute founded in 1911 and currently focused on surface and interface science. In this institution, Freund also heads the Department of Physical Chemistry, where more than 40 researchers are engaged in the study of heterogeneous catalysis, which happens when the phase of the catalyst differs from that of the reactants (for example, in a system of catalytic nanoparticles and gaseous reactants).

Hans-Joachim Freund was born in 1951 in Solingen (Germany). His parents had a small cutlery business (typical activity of this town) and always encouraged him to study. He graduated in Chemistry and Physics from the Universität zu Köln (Cologne, Germany) and, in 1978, obtained his PhD diploma from the same university. He did post-doctoral research at the Department of Physics at the University of Pennsylvania (United States) between 1979 and 1981. In 1983, he obtained his habilitation (degree that gives access to professorship in Germany) at the Universität zu Köln.

At the beginning of his academic career, he was an Associate Professor at the Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (1983-1987). In 1987, he became a Professor at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, where he remained until 1996, when he was hired by the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft as a member and director. Throughout his career, he has been a visiting professor/ researcher at seven institutions in the United States, France, China and Japan.

He has received dozens of awards and distinctions from institutions in Europe and the United States. In particular, the relevance of his work in the field of catalysis was recognized through the Gabor A. Somorjai Award of the American Chemical Society (2007), the Karl-Ziegler-Prize of the German Chemical Association and Karl-Ziegler Foundation (2011), the Blaise Pascal Medal in Materials Sciences of the European Academy of Science (2012), the Gaede-Langmuir Award of the American Vacuum Society (2014), and the Michel Boudart Award of The North American Catalysis Society and the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (2015), among other prizes.

In addition, Prof. Freund holds three honorary doctorates and is a member of Physics, Chemistry, Physical Chemistry and Catalysis societies of Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, European Academy of Sciences and Brazilian Academy of Sciences.

Currently, in addition to his activities at the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, he is honorary Professor in Physics and Chemistry at four universities in Germany, and Physics at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom.

He has educated more than 120 PhD students and given about 750 invited lectures. He is the author or co-author of more than 770 scientific articles published in indexed journals and some books, and has more than 38,000 citations, according to Google Scholar.

At the XVI B-MRS Meeting, Prof. Freund will talk about heterogeneous catalysis and, particularly, about the results he has obtained so far through the investigation of model systems.

Here follows an interview with Prof. Freund.

SBPMat newsletter: – Please, briefly describe your main contributions to the study of catalysis.

Prof. Freund: – The department is dedicated to the study of model catalysts, applying a large number of techniques and instruments, some of which were newly developed within the department to investigate oxide surfaces and oxide metal interfaces. The group has pioneered the study of oxide supported nanoparticles at the atomic scale with respect to hydrogenation reactions using thin film preparation techniques, and has provided the first micro-calorimetric measurement of molecular adsorption energies as a function of size for model systems. Recently, charge control experiments on supported nano-particles on CO2 activation have provided detailed insight into active sites at the oxide-metal interface. Another direction of research in recent years has dealt with the first structure determination of an amorphous silica film at atomic resolution in UHV as well as in the liquid, which provides the basis for future model studies of heterogenized homogeneous catalysts prepared by bonding metal complexes to amorphous silica.

SBPMat newsletter: – Explain us in few words how the study of heterogeneous catalysis through model systems is carried out. Does it involve theoretical and experimental research? Simulations? Why is this model systems approach important in the case of heterogeneous catalysis?

Prof. Freund: – Heterogeneous catalysts are complex multicomponent materials. Model systems may be designed starting from the most simple systems and increasing step wise complexity in order to identify the role the various components play in determining the chemistry. Using the tools of surface science this may be undertaken at the atomic level.

SBPMat newsletter: – Thinking about the applications, what impact would have, in your opinion, a deeper understanding of heterogeneous catalysis?

Prof. Freund: – The only way to finally be able to design heterogeneous catalysts from scratch is to achieve a deep understanding of the materials and its chemistry under operating conditions at the atomic level.


More information. Click on Hans-Joachim Freund‘s photo and see his bio and the abstract of his plenary lecture at the XVI B-MRS Meeting: http://sbpmat.org.br/16concontro/home/