On September 26 of this year, during the closing of the XVIII B-MRS Meeting (Balneario Camboriu), Prof. Fernando Lázaro Freire Jr. (PUC-Rio) and Prof. André Avelino Pasa (UFSC) were honored for their contributions to B-MRS in especially for their volunteer work as scientific editors of the B-MRS Newsletter.
On the occasion of the presentation of the plaques that accompanied the honor, the president of B-MRS, professor Osvaldo Novais de Oliveira Junior, stated that the contributions of Professors Fernando Lázaro and André Pasa leave a legacy for B-MRS and an example to follow. “As president of B-MRS I wanted to express my gratitude to my colleagues and friends Fernando Lázaro and André Pasa for their volunteer work in communicating our society with its members and the general public. And for being always ready to assist B-MRS in the challenges that we have faced to make our society one of the most important in the country. ”
Professor Fernando Lázaro Freire Junior is a founding member of B-MRS. He was a member of the founding board, president of the Society from 2006 to 2009, scientific director from 2004 to 2005 and financial director from 2012 to 2013. He has served in the B-MRS Newsletter since the creation of this electronic vehicle in 2012.
Professor André Avelino Pasa was a scientific director of B-MRS from 2014 to 2015 and has been in the newsletter since 2014.
Professor Oswaldo Luiz Alves (IQ – Unicamp), a B-MRS member, is one of the corresponding authors of an article selected to compose a thematic collection of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), commemorating the International Year of the Periodic Table. The collection, which can be accessed here, brings together 55 papers on low carbon dimensional systems and their applications, published between 2017 and 2019 in some RSC journals.
The paper signed by Professor Alves with seven other researchers from Brazil reports the toxicity and nanobiointeractions of a functionalized graphene oxide with respect to human blood components. The article was originally published in 2018 in the Journal of Materials Chemistry B and has just been featured in the commemorative collection, which is available in open access mode.
Article reference: Marcelo de Sousa, Carlos H. Z. Martins, Lidiane S. Franqui, Leandro C. Fonseca, Fabrício S. Delite, Evandro M. Lanzoni, Diego Stéfani T. Martinez and Oswaldo L. Alves. Covalent functionalization of graphene oxide with D-mannose: evaluating the hemolytic effect and protein corona formation. J. Mater. Chem. B, 2018,6, 2803-2812. DOI:10.1039/C7TB02997G. Available at: https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlehtml/2018/tb/c7tb02997g?page=search (HTML)
Professor Elson Longo (CDMF-UFSCar), founding member and former president of B-MRS, is the corresponding author of an article that appears in the Top 100 2018 ranking of the journal Scientific Reports in the area of Materials Science. The ranking highlights the most read articles in 2018, among those published that year in the journal of the Nature group. The paper was published on January 30, 2018 and received 1,042 views throughout the year.
Entitled Towards the scale-up of the formation of nanoparticles on alpha-Ag2WO4 with bactericidal properties by femtosecond laser irradiation, the article is signed by eleven authors, six of them from Brazilian institutions, including the researcher Camila Cristina de Foggi (UNESP), who is also a B-MRS member.
The work proposes a new process to produce bactericidal nanocomposites based on silver nanoparticles and semiconductor materials. The method increases 32 times the bactericidal action of the nanocomposite and, at the same time, generates a new class of spherical nanoparticles.
Professor Oswaldo Luiz Alves (IQ – UNICAMP), a member of B-MRS, was awarded the title of Professor Honoris Causa of the Federal University of Ceará (UFC). The title was granted by the University Council of the institution on December 17, 2018. In addition to being a full professor of UNICAMP, Alves has been a collaborating professor of the Graduate Program in Physics of UFC for more than 30 years.
In October 2018, Professor Alves received another important distinction, the admission to the Brazilian National Order of Scientific Merit in the Grand Cross class.
Professor Victor Carlos Pandolfelli (DEMa – UFSCar), a B-MRS member, is co-author of two papers awarded at the 41st Congress of the Latin American Association of Refractory Manufacturers (“41 Congreso ALAFAR 2018“) held in Medellín, Colombia from September 30 to October 3, 2018.
These works received the first and second prize for the best works of the conference. According to Professor Pandolfelli, “they address the issue of energy conservation in processes using high temperatures, which is the most direct and practical way to help the environment”.
Angelo Fernando Padilha, full professor at the Polytechnic School of USP (EPUSP), was honored by the Brazilian National Commission of Nuclear Energy (CNEN) with the Felippe Carneiro Medal, aimed at distinguishing personalities who stood out in the development of peaceful nuclear energy applications. The award was held on October 10, during the ceremony of the 62nd Anniversary of CNEN, at the headquarters of the entity, located in Rio de Janeiro. Padilha was president of CNEN from 2011 to 2015.
In 2000, Padilha participated in the committee that founded B-MRS.
Professor Mônica Alonso Cotta (Gleb Wataghin Institute of Physics, UNICAMP) has undertaken the position of associate editor of ACS Applied Nano Materials, a scientific journal of the American Chemical Society publishing house (ACS Publications), which was launched in early 2018. The journal is interdisciplinary and covers topics related to nanomaterial applications.
Professor Cotta, who holds her second term as scientific director of B-MRS and was chair of the XV B-MRS Meeting, joined in July of this year the team of associate editors of the journal, formed by four other scientists from the United States, South Korea, China and Singapore.
B-MRS member Victor Carlos Pandolfelli, professor in the Department of Materials Engineering at the Federal University of São Carlos (DEMa-UFSCar), was reelected as a member of the advisory board of the World Academy of Ceramics (WAC) to fulfill his second 4-year term (2018 to 2022). The board will include the Brazilian researcher, along with Professor Gary Messing (Penn State) and Dr. M. Singh (NASA), as representatives of the Americas.
In order to be part of the WAC advisory board, it is necessary to be a member of the Academy and be elected by vote of the members of the same region of the planet (in this case, the American continent). The names of the most voted must be endorsed by the presidency of the Academy. To be a member of the WAC, one must undergo a selection process that includes nomination by two effective members, evaluation of the application by a peer committee selected by the Academy, and final approval by at least ten of the twelve members of the advisory board.
According to Professor Pandolfelli, some of the activities he will hold in the council over the next four years are: reviewing the WAC admission rules, defining the members who will participate in the new candidate selection processes, defining the topic and speakers for technical presentations and awards in the scientific forum for members of the Academy.
The inauguration and first meeting of the new council will be held next June in Perugia (Italy).
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We have all seen SBPMat’s tremendous progress, in which over these last 15 years it has already carried out international scientific meetings, bringing together students and scientists from Brazil, catalyzing international cooperation, in addition to many other initiatives.
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