Young B-MRS member receives 4 awards from international scientific societies in 2017.

Navadeep Shrivastava at the E-MRS Spring Meeting 2017 presenting the awarded poster.
Navadeep Shrivastava at the E-MRS Spring Meeting 2017 presenting the awarded poster.

So far this year, B-MRS member Navadeep Shrivastava has won four awards for his work on materials with magnetic and luminescent properties developed in the context of his doctoral research being conducted at the Federal University of Maranhão (UFMA) under the guidance of Professor Surender Kumar Sharma.

In February, Shrivastava was selected to receive a registration exemption at the E-MRS 2017 Spring Meeting, within an existing agreement between B-MRS and the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS). The award allowed the participation of the doctoratal student in the event, which was held in Strasbourg (France) from 22 to 26 May 2017.

At the E-MRS event, Shrivastava won an award for the poster he presented at the symposium entitled “Luminescence and Magnetic Behavior of Color Tuned LaF3:RE3+  (RE= Ce, Gd, Eu) Nanoparticles”. In addition, he presented another contribution at symposium V (“Green emitting magneto-luminescent iron-oxide/ZnS coated by codoped lanthanum fluoride nanomaterials”), which drew the attention of the audience, initiated a collaborative relationship with a group from the Université de Strasbourg (France) and expanded his network of professional contacts. “I want to express my gratitude for the opportunity to participate in the E-MRS 2017 Spring Meeting,” says Shrivastava.

In third place, the doctoral student was one of the winners of the 2017 Bernhard Gross Award, awarded by SBPMat to the best works presented by students at the annual events of the society. Shrivastava was awarded for the work “Facile synthesis and magneto-luminescence study of aliance of iron oxide and NaGdF4:RE3+ into nanoentity”, presented in an oral session at symposium B. The award was delivered on September 14 this year in the city of Gramado, during the closing ceremony of the XVI B-MRS Meeting.

Finally, the UFMA PhD student has just been selected to receive a travel assistance from the IEEE Magnetics Society to present two papers at the 62nd edition of the International Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, called MMM 2017, to be held in Pittsburgh in November of this year.

B-MRS Newsletter – special issue about the XVI B-MRS Meeting.


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Newsletter of the Brazilian Materials Research Society

Year 4, issue 9. September 30th, 2017.

Special issue: XVI B-MRS Meeting

Gramado (Brazil), September 10 to 14, 2017

In numbers

– About 1,400 participants.
– 26 countries represented.
– 92.7% of registered participants from Brazil (from 5 regions of the country and from 22 states); 2.4% from Latin America and 4.9% from other countries.
– 58% students: 41% graduate students and 17% undergraduate students.
– About 52% men and 48% women.

– More than 1,900 approved works (76% for poster presentations) in 22 symposia.
– 7 plenary lectures and 1 memorial lecture, 13 technical lectures from companies, 1 tutorial and 1 workshop.
– 15 rooms for simultaneous oral presentations (over 300 oral presentations).
– 25 companies at the exhibition.

– 20 students received awards by ACS Publications, B-MRS, E-MRS, and IUMRS.


Multimedia report

Learn about or look back through an account of the event with texts, photos and presentation files. Here.


In real time

During the meeting, we posted on our new Instagram pictures and comments of some of the main moments. If you haven´t seen, do it now, here.



On Google Photos, see pictures of the awards winners, symposia coordinators and meeting organizers, and many others that you may want to download. Here.


Files of the presentations

Access on Slideshare the files of the opening, plenary and closing sessions that were provided by the authors. Here.


XVII B-MRS Meeting

Save the date! The next annual meeting of B-MRS will be held in the city of Natal, northeast of Brazil, from 16 to 20 of September, 2018. The chairman will be Prof. Antonio Eduardo Martinelli, from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. More info soon in B-MRS communication media.


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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:

B-MRS newsletter. Year 4, issue 1.


Brazilian Materials Research Society (SBPMat) newsletter

News update from Brazil for the Materials community

English edition. Year 4, issue 1.

XVI B-MRS Meeting
The submission deadline for symposium proposals was extended until February 12. Click here. 

Visit the event website for firsthand information: important dates, plenarists who have confirmed attendance, sponsors who have confirmed participation, cost of registration fees, team contact info. Click here.

Featured paper

A scientific team headed by researchers from the Brazilian Institute for Space Research (INPE) bypassed, applying a simple method, a characteristic of topological insulators that limits the possibilities of studying these promising materials for technological applications. The study was reported in a paper published in APL Materials. See our news story.

People from the community

We interviewed three young PhDs from the Materials community whose doctoral works were recognized in December, in the 2016 Capes Thesis Award: Antonio Cláudio Padilha, Fernanda Fiegenbaum and Flávio Camargo Cabrera. They talked about the award-winning doctoral theses and left messages for students doing research in this area. Here are the interviews.

We also interviewed Gleison Adriano da Silva, recently graduated in Physics from the Federal University of Amazonas, who won the scientific initiation research award from CNPq in 2016, and also other distinctions for his work on the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured semiconductor materials. Learn more about this young researcher and his award-winning work. 

Professor Elvira Fortunato (New University of Lisbon, Portugal) will receive the 2017 Czochralski Award, awarded by the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) together with Polish scientific societies. Click here for more information.
  • II Escola de Verão: Desenvolvimento de Fármacos e Medicamentos. Porto Alegre, RS (Brazil). February 13 – 17, 2017. Site. 
  • XXXVII Escola de Verão em Química – UFSCar. São Carlos, SP (Brazil). February 13 – 17, 2017. Site. 
  • Pan-American Polymer Science Conference (PanPoly). Guarujá, SP (Brazil). March 22-24, 2017. Site.
  • 9th International Conference on Materials for Advanced Technologies. Suntec (Singapore). June 18 – 23, 2017. Site. 
  • XXXVIII Congresso Brasileiro de Aplicações de Vácuo na Indústria e na Ciência (CBRAVIC) + III Workshop de Tratamento e Modificação de Superfícies (WTMS). São José dos Campos, SP (Brazil). August 21-25, 2017. Facebook. 
  • IUMRS-ICAM 2017. Kyoto (Japan). August 27 – September 1, 2017. Site.
  • XVI B-MRS Meeting/ XVI Encontro da SBPMat. Gramado, RS (Brazil). September, 10 – 14, 2017. Site.
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Call for symposia proposals for the XVI B-MRS Meeting is open.

Proposals of thematic symposia for the XVI B-MRS Meeting can be submitted to the Brazilian Materials Research Society (B-MRS) until January, 31. This year, the annual event of the B-MRS will be held from September 10 to 14, 2017 in the charming city of Gramado (state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil), in the FAURGS convention center.

Anyone with a doctoral degree, performing research in Brazil or abroad can submit a symposium proposal on a subject related to Materials Science and Technology. Proposals must be filled in online at Title, scope and topics of the symposium, data about the organizers and preliminary list of invited speakers are required. The proposals will be evaluated by the B-MRS event committee and by the organizers of the meeting, and then submitted to the executive board of the society.

The B-MRS annual meeting is an interdisciplinary and international event dedicated to the presentation and discussion, in English, of scientific and technological advances achieved in the field of materials. In the last editions, the meeting has gathered about 2,000 participants from various points in Brazil and dozens of other countries.

Thematic symposia are axes of B-MRS meetings program. At the 2016 meeting, held in the city of Campinas, more than 2,000 papers were presented at 22 symposia, covering the discovery, fabrication, characterization and applications of various types of materials, such as nanostructured materials, biomaterials, electronic organic materials, electroceramics and nanocellulose, among many others.

The site of the event will be released and announced soon.

XVI B-MRS Meeting: call for symposia proposals.

xvi-encontroThe call for symposia proposals for the XVI Brazilian MRS (B-MRS) Meeting is open until January, 31, 2017. The conference will take place in Gramado, RS at the Centro de Eventos de Gramado – Faurgs, from September 10th-14th, 2017.

Symposium proposals may be submitted by any PhD associated with educational and/or research institutions in Brazil or abroad, in any field of Materials Science and Engineering. The proposal presentation must be submitted through the form available at The submission requires the following data:

– Description of the symposium scope
– List of topics of interest
– Tentative list of invited speakers
– Names and contacts of symposium organizers

We look forward to your participation to create an outstanding B-MRS Meeting!