Professors Edgar Zanotto and Victor Pandolfelli joined the ranks of the members of the Brazilian National Academy of Engineering.


Professors Edgar Dutra Zanotto and Victor Carlos Pandolfelli, members of the Brazilian Materials research community, were elected to join the ranks of the full members of the Brazilian National Academy of Engineering (ANE) and were sworn, with other 25 engineers, on November 27, 2014, at the Auditorium of the Navy Arsenal in Rio de Janeiro.

By electing full members, ANE honors and recognizes great talents in the professional field by highlighting them as examples and a sources of inspiration for future generations.

Zanotto and Pandolfelli are full Professors of the Materials Engineering Department (DEMa) of the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar), Brazil.

Edgar Dutra Zanotto.

Edgar Zanotto is a Materials Engineer by UFSCar, Master in Physics from the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, and PhD in Glass Technology from the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom). At UFSCar, he coordinates the Vitreous Materials Laboratory (LaMaV), established by him in 1977. Amongst many distinctions, he is a Commander of the National Order of Scientific Merit and member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC), the World Academy of Ceramics (WAC) and the World Academy of Sciences for the Advancement of Science in Developing Countries (TWAS). In addition to several executive and advisory positions, he is the Director of the Center for Research, Technology and Education in Vitreous Materials (CeRTEVE). Zanotto holds a 1 A-level fellowship for research productivity in the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), and has focused his research work into themes related to glass and glass-ceramics. Zanotto is one of the founders of SBPMat.

Victor Carlos Pandolfelli.

Victor Carlos Pandolfelli earned his undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Materials from DEMa – UFSCar, and his PhD in Materials from the University of Leeds (United Kingdom). Pandolfelli is a member of the advisory board of the World Academy of Ceramics (WAC), member of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences and the American Ceramic Society, and visiting Professor of the Wuhan University of Science and Technology (China), to name a few of his many distinctions. He is the Latin-American coordinator of the Federation for International Refractories Research and Education (FIRE), an organization comprising universities in different countries and major companies in the field of refractories. Since 1993, he coordinates the ALCOA (Aluminum Company of Americas) Laboratory at UFSCar. Pandolfelli also holds a 1 A-level fellowship for research productivity in CNPq. Among his main research topics, it is worth mentioning high temperature ceramic materials.

About ANAE

ANE recognizes that the country’s sovereignty, as well as the welfare and security of its population, critically rely on competent, innovative, ethical engineering, concerned about meeting the needs of all segments of society – taking into account the sustainability of the civilization, while based on long term global prospects.

SBPMat newsletter – year 1, issue 11.


Brazilian Materials Research Society (SBPMat) newsletter

News update from Brazil for the Materials community

English edition. Year 1, issue 11. 

SBPMat news

XIV SBPMat Meeting – Rio de Janeiro, September 27 to October 1, 2015

– Until December 5, the call for proposals for thematic symposia for the next meeting of SBPMat is open to the scientific community. The submission of proposals may be made by researchers with doctorate degree linked to institutions or companies in Brazil or abroad. See the call.

–  The website of the fourteenth meeting of SBPMat is already on. Go to the website.

SBPMat University Chapters program

The fifth SBPMAT UC (university chapter) was created. Based at the University of Caxias do Sul, this is the first one in the southern Brazilian region. Learn more about this UC.

The University Chapter Biomaterials, which gathers participants from UNESP and USP Bauru (São Paulo state), held a seminar on biomaterials that included the participation of researchers from abroad. Learn more.
ICE 2013 proceedings

The proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Electroceramics, held in João Pessoa (Brazil) in November 2013 under the auspices of SBPMat, were published online in the AMR journal volume 975. Learn more.

Files of the plenary sessions of the XIII SBPMat Meeting
Professor José Arana Varela share with us the file of his Memorial Lecture “Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro”, which addressed global challenges to the Materials field, the history of scientific societies of such field in the world and data on publications of the Brazilian Materials research community, among other topics. The file is published on our Slideshare along with another 16 plenary or award-winning presentations from the 2012, 2013 and 2014 meetings. See the presentation of prof. Arana Varela.

Featured paper 

A team of scientists from Minas Gerais state developed nanoparticles with “green” features from the synthesis process to its application. The nanoparticles showed ability to photodegrade organic compounds that pollute water. In addition to publishing the results of the research in a journal with high impact factor, the authors are preparing a patent with a view to commercializing a product for water treatment.

See the story.

SBPMat´s community people

“It is essential to be pleased in doing research and believe in the potential and quality of the work,” said the winner of the 2014 Capes Thesis Award in the field of Materials, Luís Fernando da Silva, in an interview for our newsletter. In his doctorate at USP São Carlos, Luís Fernando synthesized compounds used as gas sensors by the hydrothermal-microwave method and analyzed their structural properties through X-ray absorption spectroscopy. In the interview, he talked about his academic career and the winning work. See the interview.

We also interviewed the winner of the honorable mention of the 2014 Capes Thesis Award in the Materials field, Augusto Batagin Neto. In his doctoral studies at UNESP, he worked with simulation of organic materials properties for application in devices. “Let us seek further and further to increase our visibility, disseminating our research, not only in traditional media, but also in other diverse media, including social networks”, Augusto recommended. In the interview, he told us about his academic career and the work worthy of the honorable mention. See the interview.

Oswaldo Alves (UNICAMP) and Marcos Pimenta (UFMG), from the Materials community, were elected fellows of the The World Academy of Sciences for the advancement of science in developing countries (TWAS). Learn more.

History of Materials Research in Brasil 

We celebrate an anniversary of the establishment of the São Carlos Institute of Physics (USP) by discussing the participation of that institution in the history of Materials research in Brazil, since the 1950s, and the impact of these actions in the academia and in society in general. Learn more about this history.

Reading tips

News stories about articles published in the most renowned scientific journals on Materials field.

DNA molds to fabricate nanoparticles with various formats (Science). Here.

– With characteristics similar to blades of grass, nanopillars composed of stacked organic crystals promise new solar cells (NanoLetters). Here.

Graphene doubles production of electricity in fuel biocells, Brazilians report in a featured

article on the cover of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics. Here.

Books

– Review on Amazon about the book “Writing Scientific Papers in English Successfully: Your Complete Roadmap“, signed by Ethel Schuster, Haim Levkowitz, and Osvaldo Novais Oliveira Jr., Brazilian researcher of the Materials community. Here.

Journals

In 2014, the Institute of Physics (IOP) launched three new journals in the interest of our Materials community:

2D Materials.

Materials Research Express.

Translational Materials Research.

Opportunities
– Examination for a professor position in the Institute of Physics at USP. Here. 
Próximos eventos da área
XIV SBPMat Meeting. Rio de Janeiro. September 27 to October 1, 2015.
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20th anniversary of the establishment of the São Carlos Institute of Physics, and six decades participating in the history of Materials research in Brazil.


2014 is a celebration year for one of the protagonist institutions of the history of Materials research in Brazil. The São Carlos Institute of Physics (IFSC), from University of São Paulo (USP), celebrates its 20th anniversary.

However, the origins of IFSC and its contributions to Brazilian Materials Science and Engineering date back to 60 years ago. “From its origins, IFSC had a central role in the development of Materials Science and Engineering, since Materials research was present with the pioneers of IFSC,” says Professor Antonio Carlos Hernandes, IFSC dean from 2010 to 2014 and researcher in the field of Materials.

The beginning of the history can be set in 1953, when USP, which had been founded in 1934, opened a teaching and research facility in the then small city of São Carlos, in the heart of the state of São Paulo. It was the School of Engineering of São Carlos (EESC), which exists to the present. At the time, the dean of the school, Theodoreto Souto, mandated to form a team of lecturers and researchers, recruited professors to São Carlos, mainly in São Paulo (USP), in Rio de Janeiro and abroad, but failed for them to settle in town for long.

Sergio Mascarenhas in 2012. Image: SBPMat.

From Rio de Janeiro, the first to integrate the EESC professors’ team was physicist Armando Dias Tavares, assistant of Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro in the Physics laboratories of the National School of Philosophy of the University of Rio de Janeiro (now Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, UFRJ). Then, collaborators and students of Dias Tavares, who had learned to do science in the “school”  of Costa Ribeiro and Bernhard Gross (main pioneers of Materials research in Brazil) left the “marvelous city” to the inland of São Paulo, invited by Souto. Among them, the newly graduated in Physics and Chemistry and honeymooners Sergio Mascarenhas Oliveira and Yvonne Primerano Mascarenhas – a couple who leaved an important legacy in the history of Materials Science and Engineering in the region and in the country – arrived in São Carlos in 1956.

At a time when most of the human and material resources for research in Physics, in the world and in Brazil, were intended for Nuclear and High Energy Physics, the Mascarenhas couple chose to start studies in Condensed Matter Physics, field they had worked with Costa Ribeiro in Rio de Janeiro. Documents prepared by IFSC state that Sergio and Yvonne saw two possibilities in that area for the group of São Carlos: to internationally stand out in a field where there was less competition, and to generate applications that had a positive impact on the region’s economy and quality of life of its population.

Thus, in the 1960s, Sergio Mascarenhas created the Condensed Matter Physics Group. “Thanks to a very strong exchange between USP in Sao Carlos, and the universities of Princeton and Carnegie Mellon in the United States, and also groups from England and Germany, mainly in Stuttgart, we managed to establish a very intense research training program, which continues to this day”, Mascarenhas commented in an interview granted in 2013 to the SBPMat Newsletter. Among the works with the greatest impact conducted at the time by the São Carlos group, it is possible to mention research related to defects in crystals, such as ionic crystals with a color core, which were later used for optical memories.

In the late 1960s, a new teaching and research institution, the Federal University of São Carlos (USFCar), was created in town, with the effective participation of professors of the EESC group. In particular, Sergio Mascarenhas, who was the first dean (pro tempore) of the university, proposed the creation of the first graduate course in Materials Engineering in Latin America, seeking to build a bridge between Materials Science and the generation of products, processes and services. The course started its activities in 1970.

In another pioneering initiative in the Materials field, the São Carlos group, with Sergio Mascarenhas as head of the organization, hosted the Brazilian community of solid state physicists (then consisting of about 50 researchers) in town to conduct the “First National Symposium on Solid State Physics and Materials Science “in a small shed.

Building of the São Carlos Institute of Physics and Chemistry  in 1970. Image: IFSC/USP.

As a result of the growth, institutionalization and gain of autonomy trodden by Mascarenhas and colleagues of the São Carlos group, in 1971 the Institute of Physics and Chemistry of São Carlos (IFQSC) was created, and the first dean was Mascarenhas himself. IFQSC had from its very beginning a Department of Physics and Materials Science, and a Department of Chemistry and Molecular Physics. Another step was taken in 1994 when IFSC was dismembered, giving rise to the Institute of Chemistry of São Carlos (IQSC) and IFSC, whose first dean was Yvonne Primerano Mascarenhas.

Another milestone in the part of IFSC in the history of Materials research in Brazil was the creation, in 1993, of the inter-unit program in Materials Science and Engineering at USP São Carlos. Managed by IFSC, the program brings together professors of this Institute, IQSC and EESC, as well as researchers from other institutions in the region.

Action with academic and social impact

Besides participating in the inter-unit program, IFSC has one of the most acknowledged and applied postgraduate programs in Physics in the country, which has obtained, since its creation, full marks in assessments from the Federal Agency for the Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES). Within its master’s and doctorate, it is possible to perform research in a wide range of topics, including several possibilities in the Materials field, from fundamental research in Condensed Matter Physics to studies on semiconductor materials, polymers, ceramics and glass. Also in the Materials field, IFSC currently has consolidated research groups, for example, the Polymer Group of “Professor Bernhard Gross,” and is home to large projects such as National Institutes of Science and Technology (INCTs) and Research, Innovation and Dissemination Centers.

However, the impact of academic performance of the São Carlos group in the Materials field has exceeded the limits of the city of São Carlos. According to Professor Antonio Carlos Hernandes, the first consequence of this performance was the graduation of doctors (PhD) who began to operate in such field in other higher education institutions. “Thus, many university and research centers operating in Materials today have the IFSC training on their DNA”, says Hernandez.

“IFSC brings together what is essential to the quality of Materials research, with equipment and people with experience in various types of materials,” says Professor Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Junior, deputy dean of IFSC for the period 2012- 2016. Relying on these features, Novais adds, hundreds of masters and doctors graduated in Materials, many of which have become leaders of research groups in all regions of Brazil. “These leaders of various institutions, as well as others who are part of IFSC, currently play an important role in organizing the Materials community in the country, acting in the Brazilian Materials Research Society (SBPMat), coordinating events and national and international cooperation programs, and formulating public policies”, he adds.

But the impact of IFSC’s performance in the Materials field goes beyond the academic environment. Professor Hernandes highlights, among other examples, the creation of technology-based companies located in the city of São Carlos. “These high-tech companies originated from IFSC researchers work, often involving Materials research”, professor Novais states, which also brings up another type of social contribution made by professors and researchers of the institute, the “tireless work of popularization of science, with various programs for students of primary and secondary education, as well as for the general public. “

Biomaterials in event hold by UC from Bauru.


Researchers from Portugal and USA lectured in the 7 th meeting of the UC from Bauru.

The University Chapter Biomaterials (UCB), headquartered in Bauru (city in the state of Sao Paulo) held its seventh monthly meeting in the morning of November 19th, in the São Paulo State University (UNESP). In that occasion, two foreign researchers who were in Bauru delivered seminars in the meeting.

Professor Ana Maria Pires Pinto from Universidade de Minho (Portugal) lectured about new concepts for biomedical applications of metallic matrix composites. Next, nanomedicine in situ was the topic of the seminar given by professor Tolou Shokuhfar, from Michigan Technological University (U.S.A.).

“The researchers were in contact with our group and we were highly complimented by them”, says Diego Rafael Nespeque Correa, president of UCB and PhD Researcher in the UNESP Post-graduate program in Materials Science and Technology. “We managed to maintain an environment of substantial scientific discussions and promotion of our group”, he adds.

UCB is of the five current units of the SBPMat University Chapters Program.

UCB Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/universitychapterbiomaterial

About SBPMat University Chapters Progran: http://sbpmat.org.br/en/university-chapters/

First SBPMat UC from the south of Brazil.


The team of the UC from Rio Grande do Sul.

The SBPMat University Chapters program has its first unit in Rio Grande do Sul, since the end of October 2014. Headquartered in the University of Caxias do Sul (UCS), this UC has 14 participants, who are connected to UCS, the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), and the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).

“What motivated me and all who are part of our UC was the possibility to generate other partnerships and add valuable knowledge”, says Bruna Louise Perotti, president of the UC, Mechanical Engineering student and scientific initiation fellow connected to the UCS Post-graduate program in Engineering and Materials Science. The group has plans for the next semester: organize lectures and seminars (initially with local lecturers and afterwards with visiting lecturers) and carry out scientific events to promote the interaction and collaboration between contributing research groups, generating innovation in the assignments, andfinally contribute to promote them.

XIII SBPMat Meeting simposia: statements of the coordinators.


In approximately one minute, some coordinators share their impressions about their symposia.

A: Functional hybrid interfaces: from characterization to applications.  Welchy Leite Cavalcanti (IFAM – Alemanha).

B: Ceramic and metallic materials obtained by wet-chemical methods. Mary Alves (UEPB).

C: Magnetic Materials. Marcos Flavio de Campos (UFF).

D: Organic Electronics and hybrids: materials and devices. Ivan H. Bechtold (UFSC).

E: Sol-Gel Materials: From Fundamentals to Advanced Applications. Andrea S. de Camargo (USP São Carlos).

F: Anti-fouling Materials and Coatings. Mônica de Oliveira Penna (PETROBRAS).

G: Research Frontiers of Computer Simulations in Materials Science: Developments and Applications. Miguel San-Miguel (University of Sevilla, Espanha).

H: Luminescent Materials. Hermi F. Brito (USP).

J: IX Brazilian Electroceramics Symposium. Marcelo Ornaghi Orlandi (UNESP).

K: Structure-Properties Relationship of Advanced Metallic Materials. Leonardo Barbosa Godefroid (UFOP).

L: Current Research in Energy Storage Systems. Alexandre Urbano (UEL).

M: Nanomaterials for Nanomedicine. Carlos Jacinto da Silva (UFAL).

N: Surface Engineering – functional coatings and modified surfaces. Carlos Alejandro Figueroa (UCS e Plasmar Tecnologia).

O: Multifunctional materials derived from clay minerals. Maria Gardênnia da Fonseca (UFPB) e Maguy Jaber (Université Pierre et Marie Curie, França).

P: Advanced Carbon Nanostructures and Composites. Jilian Nei de Freitas e Talita Mazon (Centro de Tecnologia da Informação Renato Archer)


Q: International Symposium on Cementitious Materials – ISCM2014. Sandro Torres (UFPB).


R: Innovation and Technology Transfer Symposium. Rodrigo Bianchi (UFOP).

Bernhard Gross Award for the best poster of the XIII Meeting to André Luiz Azevedo Maia, looking for innovations in drug analysis.


Representing André Azevedo, his advisor Felipe Silva Semaan received the certificate for the best poster of the event from the president of SBPMat.

With a degree in Industrial Pharmacy at the Fluminense Federal University (UFF) and pharmacist at a multinational laboratory, André Luiz Azevedo Maia plunged in the field of Materials through his Masters degree in Chemistry, seeking to lower costs and overcome the limitations of techniques used in drug analysis. “During my career I acquired knowledge in analytical techniques that require higher spending both in the acquisition and in maintenance and operation, e.g., CLAE, GC, AA – flame and graphite furnace,” said the winner of the prize. “That motivated me to start the development of analytical techniques in Electrochemistry” he added.

André´s master thesis, supervised by Professor Felipe Silva Semaan and funded by the Rio de Janeiro State Research Foundation (FAPERJ), the Brazilian Federal Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and UFF, was conducted between 2012 and 2014 in the Electrochemistry and Electroanalytical Group at the Institute of Chemistry, UFF, within the line of research in composite materials initiated in the group in 2009.”The use of composite materials aimed to further minimize costs for research (because there would be no need to purchase electrodes for commercial work) and opened up the possibility of developing chemical modifications and adjusting models for specific applications,” said André.

André and the research team then developed graphite and epoxy composites in various compositions, which were characterized by thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA-DTA), atomic force microscopy (AFM), X-ray diffraction (XDR) and cyclic voltammetry. One of these compositions, with 64.4% graphite, showed the best results regarding thermal and chemical stability, mechanical and electrical properties and electrochemical performance. The composite was used as an electrode in an electrochemical cell.

“In this work, the scientific contribution to society is the availability of a material with added value, with a cost about 300 times smaller than the commercial one (the glassy carbon electrode), and able to perform tasks with equivalent quality,” says André, who affirms to be attracted by the scientific activity because it offers the possibility of using tools he acquired at the university to solve problems for society.

The work presented at Symposium P on composites and advanced carbon nanostructures, deserved the Bernhard Gross Award for best poster of the XIII SBPMat Meeting, in addition to the best Poster of Symposium P. Partial results of the same research had already been distinguished in last year´s SBPMat meeting, where André received the Bernhard Gross Award for best work of the symposium on science, engineering and commercialization of industrial, electronic and biomedical devices.

André´s master degree was concluded with this highlight granted by SBPMat, but the work goes on into the group. The researchers are preparing a patent. And the results of André´s study are beeing a basis for the development of composite electrodes modified with metal films, cellulose acetate films and modified chitosan to encapsulate nanoparticles, among other studies.

“The award in this international congress rewards the effort and dedication of everyone involved and leads to further discussion, indicating the feasibility of obtaining the products targeted by the group,” said André.

See the award-winning poster file:

SBPMat in partnership with IOP presents to the world a broad overview of the field of materials in Brazil.


Roberto Faria (SBPMat) e Susan Curtis (IOP).

The XIII SBPMat Meeting was the context chosen for the launch of a publication on the current overview of materials research in Brazil, prepared by the IOP (Institute of Physics) Publishing for SBPMat. The report was distributed to all participants who picked up their material at the meeting – over 1,600. Furthermore, the IOP stand at the exhibitors´ area distributed the document throughout the event. Also, SBPMat is working on sending the publication to university libraries, funding agencies and other entities in Brazil and overseas. The digital version of the document is available on the web.

UK physicists Susan Curtis and Michael Blanks, who work as reporters and editors in IOP magazines, visited about 20 Brazilian institutions to prepare the report. The duo interviewed more than 50 scientists, including researchers working in the field of materials, leaders of the Brazilian scientific policy and coordinators from laboratories, research centers, projects and institutes. A highlight was given to interviews with two important foreign scientists in the field, who spoke about the Brazilian overview and other topics: the 2013 presidents of the Materials Research Societies in Europe (E-MRS) and the United States (MRS), Portuguese Rodrigo Martins and Argentinian-born Orlando Auciello, respectively.

The result was a magazine format document, titled “Science impact. A special report on materials science in Brazil”, composed by 14 reports and interviews, along with the introduction signed by the SBPMat president, Professor Roberto Mendonça Faria.

Brazil shows that materials matter

The report shows a very positive evolution in materials research carried out in Brazil since the beginning of this century, resulting from increasing public investments and strategies from federal and state entities to support postgraduate education, research and innovation, among other reasons.

In its 42 pages, the report discusses recent results of research conducted in Brazil on topics such as carbon nanomaterials, materials with applications in health, research aimed at improving the performance of materials used in various industries, materials for more efficient and cheaper optoelectronic and photonic devices and systems, natural materials optimized by research, and materials to produce and store solar energy.

In addition, Curtis and Blank mapped the open laboratories in Brazil in the field of materials, which share their equipment to users in academia and industry from the country and abroad. They also reported, throughout the document, numerous cases of transfer of knowledge and technology from the university to the industry through the creation of spinoff companies and through projects with large companies such as Camargo Correa, Embraco, Petrobras and Vale. Interesting pieces of information on the history of Materials Science in Brazil complement the publication.

About the duo of physicist-journalists

Michael Blanks is news editor at IOP´s Physics World magazine. During his graduation in physics at Loughborough University he spent a year at Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart (Germany). He began working at IOP in 2007, after finishing his PhD in experimental condensed matter physics.

Susan Curtis has nearly two decades of experience in publishing and editing science magazines and websites at IOP. She graduated in physics from the University of Surrey and has been a researcher at the company BP.

Link to the digital version of the document: http://mag.digitalpc.co.uk/fvx/iop/scienceimpact/BMRS2014/

SBPMat newsletter. English edition. Year 1, issue 9 – special: XIII SBPMat Meeting.


 

Brazilian Materials Research Society (SBPMat) newsletter

News update from Brazil for the Materials community

 

English edition. Year 1, issue 9. 

Greetings, .

Final arrangements for our meeting in João Pessoa!

– Read the message of the chairs of the event, which this year accepted 2,141 papers and has nearly 2,000 registrations from 28 countries so far. In the message, professors Ieda Garcia and Severino de Lima show the highlights of the program of this year’s meeting! Here.

– After lunch and before the afternoon plenary lectures, you can attend technical lectures of the meeting´s sponsors in João Pessoa: Shimadzu/Tescan will discourse about SEM with ion beam and TOF SIMS detector, and FEI will address DualBeam TEM. Learn more.

– Why is João Pessoa called “the sun door“? Learn more about the city, one of the oldest in Brazil, and its natural and cultural features. And get ready to dive into green waters at 28 °C! Read about João Pessoa.

– What to pack? Track the weather, whose temperatures should be between 20 °C and 30 °C. But pay attention, the meeting organization warns that, at the Convention Center, the air conditioner will make the room fresh … Link to weather in João Pessoa.

– Registration: here.

Program at a glance: here.

Detailed schedule. Search for times and locations of symposia presentations: here.

–  Some options of accommodation, car rental, transfers from the airports of the region, transportation from hotels to convention center, and tours: see on the home page of the site of the event.

– And what about the conference party? This year, it will be held on Wednesday evening at Espaço Caixa Econômica Federal in Cabo Branco. Tickets may be purchased in the information desk as of Monday 1 p.m..

 

Interviews with our plenary speakers

We interviewed Robert Chang, professor of the first department of Materials Science in the world at Northwestern University. Besides having a remarkable career as a researcher (his H index is 56), “Bob” has dedicated the past 20 years guiding the development of the Materials World Modules program, which develops educational, interactive and playful material (for example, card games) on Materials and Nanotechnology for pre-college students and their teachers. In his plenary lecture at the XIII SBPMat Meeting, Professor Chang will try to mobilize citizens of the world to solve global problems together. See our interview with the scientist.

We also spoke with Professor Colin Humphreys, a professor at the University of Cambridge.  Among other honors, the scientist was knighted by the Queen of England for his services to science. Besides being the author of over 600 publications, the professor developed materials for the industry that currently fly in aircraft engines and created low cost LEDs based on gallium nitride, material on which he specialized. In João Pessoa, he will show, among other issues, how gallium nitride could reduce electricity consumption by 25% in the world. See our interview with Colin Humphreys.


We interviewed the German physicist Karl Leo, specialist in organic semiconductors. Beyond being the author of more than 550 papers with more than 23,000 citations and 50 families of patents, the scientist has already participated of the creation of 8 spin-off companies. In his lecture at the XIII SBPMat Meeting, Karl Leo will speak on highly efficient organic devices, as OLEDs and solar cells. See our interview with Karl Leo.

We also spoke with the Portuguese physicist Antonio Luis Ferreira Martins Dias Carlos, of the University of Aveiro, who will perform a lecture in our meeting in João Pessoa on luminescence applied to nanomedicine. In the interview, the professor shared with us his most prominent works in the field of Materials. He also told us about some challenges in the area of luminescence for medical applications, both in medical imaging and intra-cellular temperature mapping, and cited examples of applications of luminescent materials that have already been used in the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases. See our interview with Luis Dias Carlos.


We interviewed the French scientist Jean-Marie Dubois (Institut Jean-Lamour), specialist in quasicrystals (ordered, but aperiodic structures on solid materials) and pioneer in patenting applications for them. He told us a little about his main contributions to the field of Materials and gave a teaser on the theme of his plenary lecture in the XIII SBPMat Meeting: he will talk about quasicrystal structures, found in metallic alloys, polymers, oxides and artificial nanostructures, and their unprecedented properties. In the picture, Jean-Marie Dubois (on the left) and Dan Shechtman, who received a Nobel Prize in 2011 for the quasicrystals, using equal ties, both decorated with the Penrose tiling, an example of aperiodicity.  Read our interview with Jean-Marie Dubois here.

We also interviewed the Italian chemist Roberto Dovesi (Universita’ degli Studi di Torino), one of the creators of CRYSTAL, a computational tool for ab initio quantum calculations used in the study of several solid materials properties. The CRYSTAL code is currently used in over 350 laboratories around the world.  In his plenary lecture in the XIII SBPMat Meeting, Dovesi will attempt to demonstrate that today quantum simulations may be very useful tools to complement experiments. See our interview with Roberto Dovesi.


We have interviewed Professor Alberto Salleo, from Stanford University, who is going to give a plenary lecture on organic electronic devices in the XIII SBPMat Meeting. Young, yet holding a career that stands out internationally, Salleo told us about the work conducted by his group, which has been developing a deeper understanding on the role provided by the defects in charge transport in organic semiconductors. He also shared with us his main papers, published in Nature Materials. Finally, Salleo discussed the next challenges and applications on organic electronics, and anticipated what he is going to address in the plenary lecture, which promises to be very informative while mild enough for a wider audience. Read our interview with Alberto Salleo.

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XIII SBPMat meeting: registrations, program highlights and thanks in the message from the chairs.


Dear readers,

We hope to see you at the XIII Brazilian Materials Research Society Meeting, held on 28 September to 02 October, 2014, in João Pessoa, PB, Brazil. This year the meeting has 2,141 accepted abstracts and, up to this moment, almost 2,000 inscriptions from Brazil and other 27 countries.

The XIII Meeting is comprised of 19 Symposia following the format used in tradicional meetings of Materials Research Societies, involving topics as synthesis of new materials, computer simulations, optical, magnetic and electronic properties, traditional materials as clays and cements, advanced metals, carbon and graphene nanostructures, nanomaterials for nanostructures, energy storage systems, composites, surface engineering and others. A novelty is a symposium dedicated to the innovation and technology transfer in materials research. The program also includes 7 Plenary Lectures presented by internationally renowned researchers.

This year, the B-MRS will present the results of two important actions from our society. The first one is the meeting of the B-MRS directory with the University Chapters (UC) already established and the students who want to establish other UC´s. The second one is the launch of the IOP publication on behalf of the B-MRS, Materials Science Impact, reporting advances in Materials Research in Brazil.

The Opening Ceremony will be followed by the Memorial Lecture “Joaquim Costa Ribeiro”, Progresses in Materials Research in Brazil by Professor José Arana Varela. During the Closing Ceremony the symposium coordinators will honor students with the “Bernhard Gross Award” for the best poster and the best oral presentation of each Symposium.

On behalf of Organizing Committee, we would like to thank the Brazilian Materials Research Society staff and board, the hired agencies, the symposium coordinators, the program, local and national committee members, for their commitment and great effort to make this Meeting possible.

We hope that the participants will have a very pleasant Meeting with stimulating exchange of scientific informations and establishment of new collaborations.

Ieda M. Garcia dos Santos and Severino Jackson Guedes de Lima

Meeting Chairs