B-MRS Newsletter. Year 6, issue 7.


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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Year 6, issue 7. August 7, 2019.

B-MRS Public Notice

The directory and board of the Brazilian Materials Research Society (B-MRS) are in solidarity with the Director of INPE, Prof. Ricardo Magnus Osório Galvão, with regard to the unsubstantiated claims by President Jair Bolsonaro (…)

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B-MRS News

– XIX B-MRS Meeting + IUMRS-ICEM 2020 (Iguassu Falls, Brazil, August 30 to September 3, 2020). The Brazilian Materials Research Society (B-MRS) and the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) invite the international scientific community to submit symposium proposals for the joint event that will include B-MRS annual event and the IUMRS International Electronic Materials Conference. The symposium call is open until October 31, 2019. Learn more, here.

Elections at B-MRS. The electoral commission has already approved the nominations. Get to know the candidates on the ticket for the Executive Board and the list of members who showed interest in being elected members of the Deliberative Council, here. Voting time will be from September 22 to October 4, 2019. Members with paid membership annuity will be able to vote online in their member areas on the B-MRS website or in person during the XVIII B-MRS Meeting, at the venue.

Featured Paper

A multidisciplinary scientific team developed in Brazilian laboratories a nanomaterial with interesting magnetic, luminescent and biochemical properties, and found its low toxicity in in vivo tests performed with zebrafish embryos. This nanomaterial can act as a nanoplatform for the development of healthcare, biotechnology and environmental applications. A paper about the work was recently published and featured on cover of ACS Applied Nano Materials. Know more.

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Featured Scientist

We interviewed Professor Julia Greer of the California Institute of Technology (USA). Author of seminal contributions to nanomechanics, the scientist, who is also a pianist, currently develops innovative three-dimensional structures based on nanomaterials, and studies on how their superior properties arise from the interaction between atomic, nano and micro scales. At the XVIII B-MRS Meeting, she will give a talk about these interesting metamaterials. See our interview.

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From Idea to Innovation

Innoma intends to spread innovation in the Brazilian industry. The startup develops technologies to produce high-efficiency nanoactives that can be used as raw materials by companies in various segments. The first product, an antimicrobial silver nanoactive, is already being marketed. Know more about Innoma here.

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News from B-MRS Members

– Paper of B-MRS member Oswaldo Luiz Alves (IQ – Unicamp) is selected for collection of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Know more.

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(Balneário Camboriú, Brazil, September 22 – 26, 2019)

Website: www.sbpmat.org.br/18encontro/

Registration. Early registration (with special fees) was extended to August 9. Know more, here.

Program. The program of the event “at a glance” is online, showing technical and social activities and the distribution of oral and poster sessions. See here.

Posters printing service. The poster file can be sent by email and later pick up the impression at the event location. Know more, here.

Venue. The meeting will be held in the delightful Balneário Camboriú at the Hotel Sibara Flat & Conventions, located in the center of the city, close to many hotels, restaurants and shops, and only 100 meters from the sea. More information, here.

Opening ceremony venue. The opening ceremony, the memorial lecture and the welcome cocktail will be held on September 22 (Sunday) at the Cristo Luz complex, one of the main tourist attractions in the city. There will be transportation to the venue, leaving the Hotel Sibara from 17:00 on. Know more about this place, here.

Memorial Lecture. The traditional Memorial Lecture Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro will be given by Professor Yvonne Primerano Mascarenhas (IFSC – USP). Know more about the speaker, here.

Event party. The party will be held in the lounge of the Green Valley, a prominent nightclub. Learn more about Green Valley, here. The party will feature the striking Brothers band. Watch the Brothers, here.

Host city. Balneário Camboriú (SC) is an important tourist destination that offers urban and wild beaches, ecotourism and adventure sports, boat trips, bicycles and cable cars – all within a unique landscape that combines mountains, sea and skyscrapers. The visitor has access to many options of gastronomy, lodging and shopping, as well as the bustling nightlife that stands out in the Brazilian scenario.

Lodging, tickets, transfers etc. Check the hotel options and the official travel agency of the event, here.

Plenary lectures. Leading scientists from institutions in Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States will deliver plenary talks on cutting-edge issues at the event. There will also be a plenary session by the Brazilian scientist Antônio José Roque da Silva, director of CNPEM and the Sirius project (new Synchrotron Light Lab). Learn more about the plenary sessions, here.

Symposia. 23 symposia proposed by the international scientific community compose this edition of the event. See the symposia list, here.

Organization. The chair of the event is Professor Ivan Helmuth Bechtold (Physics Department of UFSC) and the co-chair is Professor Hugo Gallardo (Department of Chemistry of UFSC). The program committee is formed by professors Iêda dos Santos (UFPB), José Antônio Eiras (UFSCar), Marta Rosso Dotto (UFSC) and Mônica Cotta (Unicamp). Get to know all the organizers, here.

Exhibitors and sponsors. 41 companies have already confirmed their participation in the event. Those interested in sponsoring/support can contact Alexandre at the e-mail comercial@sbpmat.org.br.

Reading Tips

– 2018 Impact factors: results from ACS Publications journals. Know more.

– Optical computing: metamaterial solves equation by processing optical signals (Science paper). Know more.

– Scientists from Brazil develop tumor cell membrane nanocapsules that carry drugs across the body and release them into tumors to fight cancer by combining hyperthermia and chemotherapy (paper from Applied Bio Materials). Know more.


20th International Sol-Gel Conference. Saint Petersburg (Russia). August 25 – 30, 2019. Site.

2nd CINE-M2P workshop. São Paulo, SP (Brazil). August 26 – 27, 2019. Site.

V Reunião Anual sobre Argilas Aplicadas. Franca, SP (Brazil). August 28 – 30, 2019. Site.

21st Materials Research Society of Serbia Annual Conference (YUCOMAT 2019) and 11th IISS World Round Table Conference on Sintering (WRTCS 2019). Herceg Novi (Montenegro). September 2 – 6, 2019. Site.

R2B Research to Business Itália-Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). September 19, 2019. Site.

XVIII B-MRS Meeting. Balneário Camboriú, SC (Brazil). September 22 – 26, 2019. Site.

XL CBRAVIC (Brazilian Congress on Vacuum Applications in Industry and Science). October, 7 – 11, 2019. Site.

XII Brazilian Symposium on Glass and Related Materials. Lavras, MG (Brazil). October 22 – 25, 2019. Site.

19th Brazilian Workshop on Semiconductor Physics. Fortaleza, CE (Brazil). November 18 – 22, 2019. Site.

XIX B-MRS Meeting e 2020 IUMRS ICEM (International Conference on Electronic Materials). Foz do Iguaçu, PR (Brazil). August 30 -September 3, 2020. Site.

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Public note: budget cuts for the Brazilian Ministry of Science & Technology.

The board and directory of the Brazilian Materials Research Society (B-MRS) are publicly protesting against the budget cuts announced for the Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovations and Communications, which may render research and technological innovation in Brazil impossible. The Brazilian scientific system was developed over decades, based on the scientific community’s significant endeavor and on the support of different governments. The funding cuts of the Ministry in recent years have repeatedly subtracted resources for research and technological innovation, which further aggravates the country’s lack of competitiveness. These cuts pose a serious risk to Brazil’s performance in the coming years and decades. Even more serious is that, unlike other areas, the discontinuation of funding for science, technology and innovation in the country leads to the decline of researchers and disinterest of new generations of students, thus breaking the knowledge-building chain and hindering its resumption, due to the financial crisis.

The recent past has shown evidence that it is only through knowledge that the development and social well-being of a nation is achieved, and that countries have managed to escape economic crises through investment in science and technological innovation. There is no support that justifies cuts due to emergencies and urgencies brought on by a financial crisis. The amount of resources saved is insufficient to solve – or even significantly reduce – the country’s financial problems, given the already low investment in science and technology, lower than the criterion of any developed nations.

In a country with so many needs and so much inequality, as in Brazil, only technological development can improve the lives of our people, as demonstrated in recent decades. The efforts undertaken have led the country to a prominent position on the international scenario, which is now under threat, and to the rapid response of the scientific community to important economic and social issues, such as agribusiness and health. National development is only possible by means of a robust system of science, technology and innovation, with quality higher education and knowledge generation in different areas. In addition to the areas most directly related to technology, it is crucial that Brazil should develop research to identify the origins and propose solutions to our serious social problems.

If the relevance of education and knowledge generation for the country’s development is not recognized, in the long term the future of Brazil will be irreparably compromised.

Public Note of the Brazilian Materials Research Society.

Scientists warn about the need to value investments in science, technology and innovation to resume economic growth.

The board and committee of the Brazilian Research Materials Society (SBPMat) hereby urges the Brazilian Congress to maintain, in the 2017 budget, the investments in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) at the levels of recent years, before the drastic cuts which took place in 2015 and 2016. We are aware of the joint effort of society to balance the public accounts, but it is unacceptable that the CTI cuts are far heftier than the drop in tax collection and the decline in domestic gross product.

Equally worrying are the cuts in higher education and in the National Post-Graduate System, evidenced by the interruption or reduction of CAPES programs. These are programs that ensure the continuous process of qualified training, leveraging the critical mass of human capital so that the scientific and technological development achieved can effectively influence industrial innovation, increase the added value of national production, and ensure the social and economic well-being of future generations.

In a country like Brazil, which has not yet reached its scientific and technological maturity to be among the developed nations, the contribution of CTI is sometimes overlooked. The extensive production gains in areas such as agriculture and livestock, extraction and mineral processing, which guarantee balancing our trade surpluses, often go unnoticed. Also unnoticed is the excellence of medicine and digital technology, which directly benefits the daily life of society.

Our specific area, research and new materials solutions, is essential for the future of Brazil as a sovereign nation and less susceptible to the interest of other countries. We are the largest producer of quartz and niobium in the world and we are among the largest in rare earths and other strategic minerals of immense commercial value. Our biodiversity offers a countless number of new organic materials that can be applied in health and in industry segments such as energy and electronics.

We know that the consequences of CTI cuts will be devastating. Besides holding back the continuous advances of recent decades, which threaten to scrap laboratories and squander the value already invested, the cuts realized render infeasible the national technology and the formation of human resources, which is vital to promote sustainable development.

Those who believe that cuts in CTI and in higher education have little impact on the lives of ordinary citizens are mistaken. In the short term, these cuts initially have a more apparent effect on the academic communities in the large centers in Brazil. However, the most affected will be the lowest socioeconomic strata in the medium and long term. These strata have no access to imported material, medical treatment and education abroad, which is only available to the privileged class. The underprivileged are the ones who will suffer if Brazil continues with a tenuous and not uneven government policy, which can cripple the structure of science, technology and innovation, arduously built over recent decades.