B-MRS Newsletter. Coverage of the XVIII B-MRS Meeting.


 

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Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
Research Society

Special issue:
Coverage of the XVIII B-MRS Meeting!

In numbers

  • Approximately 1,700 participants.

  • Gender: 56% men, 44% women.

  • 42% graduate students, 35% professional, 23% undergraduate students.

  • Procedure of participants: 27 countries in South, Central and North America, Europe and Asia (95% of Brazil, from 25 states of the federation, covering the 5 regions of the country).

  • Institutions represented: around 400.

  • 23 symposia organized by over 100 organizers from 9 countries.

  • Over 2,000 works effectively presented (approximately 1,500 posters, 400 oral and 100 guest lectures).

  • 34 awarded works among 137 works submitted to compete for the awards.

  • 14 rooms for simultaneous oral presentations.

  • 8 plenary lectures and 1 memorial lecture

  • 13 technical lectures by exhibitors.

  • 1 tutorial, 2 discussion panels and 1 workshop.

  • 17 sponsors – exhibitors and 33 supporters, mainly publishers/scientific journals and Brazilian funding agencies.

Report of the event sessions.

An illustrated report of the event, with links to files, albums and documents at the B-MRS website.

Access the report here.

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Event photo albums.

The main photos of the event (sessions, party, ceremonies, tributes), made by the official photographer to look at or download in Google Photos.

Access the albums here.

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Presentations files.

Files of plenary lectures, memorial lecture and opening and closing presentations, provided by the authors. On B-MRS Slideshare.

Access the presentations here.

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List of awarded students.

The names and institutions of the 34 students who received the Bernhard Gross Award, ACS Publication Prizes and RSC Prizes for papers presented at the event. At the B-MRS website.

Access the list here.

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XIX B-MRS Meeting: symposium call extended.

At the community’s request, the call for symposium proposals was extended until November 18, 2019. The XIX B-MRS Meeting will be held together with IUMRS-ICEM in Foz do Iguaçu from August 30 to September 3, 2020.

Learn more here.

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XVIII B-MRS Meeting: Highlights of some symposia.


Symposium K: i-Caloric Materials and Applications.

The general impression from participants and organizers is that the symposium was very successful. The number of abstracts, although not as high as other symposia, was higher than we expected. All the speakers, invited or not, attended. The works presented, both the seminars and the posters, were of excellent quality.

Alexandre Magnus Gomes Carvalho (CNPEM)

Symposium S: Computational Design for Development of Functional Materials – Synergy between Theoreticians and Experimentalists

The symposium had a high level of presentations, with the participation of national and international researchers. The questions and discussions were intense.  We highlight the participation of researchers Elson Longo, and Stefano Baroni, São Carlos, Brazil and, Trieste, Italia, respectively. Both presented the state of the art in applications and correlations between theoretical and experimental research. The poster section also had a high level and with the intense participation of young researchers, demonstrating that the future of theoretical research applied to materials is promising.

Julio Ricardo Sambrano (Unesp)

Symposium TNanofibers, Applications and Related Technology.

The symposium T was organized by Profa. Dra Claudia Merlini (UFSC), Prof. Dr. Cicero R. Cena (UFMS), Prof. Dr. Deuber L. S. Agostini (UNESP) and Profa. Dra Roselena Faez (UFSCar). We received 75 abstracts, 6 oral presentations and 5 invited speakers. Interesting and highly quality works were presented in two days of the symposium by authors from different regions of Brazil and international institutions of different countries. The invited speakers were Prof. Dr. Enzo Menna (Università degli Studi di Padova – Italy), Dr. Gilberto Siqueira (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), Switzerland), Profa. Dra. Ana Paula Immich (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Prof. Dr. Hernane da Silva Barud (Universidade de Araraquara (UNIARA), Prof. Dr. Eliton S. Medeiros (Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB). The invited speakers, all experts and distinguished professors in the field, have made important contributions to the scientific community, bringing innovations related to the manufacture, applications and characterizations of natural and synthetic nanofibers. The Symposium was financial supported by FAPESC (Edital PROEVENTOS 2019/2020). This was the second edition of Symposium focused exclusively to Nanofibers and Applications in the B-MRS Meeting, with an expressive numbers of participants.

Claudia Merlini (UFSC)

XVIII B-MRS Meeting: in numbers.


  • logoApproximately 1,700 participants.
  • Gender: 56% men, 44% women.
  • 42% graduate students, 35% professional students, 23% undergraduate students.
  • Procedure of participants: 27 countries in South, Central and North America, Europe and Asia (95% of Brazil, from 25 states of the federation, covering the 5 regions of the country).
  • Institutions represented: around 400.
  • 23 symposia organized by over 100 organizers from 9 countries.
  • Over 2,000 works effectively presented (approximately 1,500 posters, 400 oral and 100 guest lectures).
  • 34 awarded works among 137 works submitted to compete for the awards.
  • 14 rooms for simultaneous oral presentations.
  • 8 plenary lectures and 1 memorial lecture
  • 13 technical lectures by exhibitors.
  • 1 tutorial, 2 discussion panels and 1 workshop.
  • 17 sponsors – exhibitors.
  • 33 supporters, mainly publishers/scientific journals and Brazilian funding agencies.

XVIII B-MRS Meeting: Students Awards and Prizes.


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

Bernhard Gross Award

(Established by B-MRS in honor of Bernhard Gross, a pioneer of Brazilian materials research. It distinguishes the best oral and poster contributions presented by students in each symposium)

Winners of the Bernhard Gross Award 2019.
Winners of the Bernhard Gross Award 2019.

Symposium A

  • Alessandra Mara Garbosa Mutti (poster). Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho”, Campus de Presidente Prudente (UNESP).
  • Marylyn Setsuko Arai (oral). Instituto de Física de São Carlos/USP (IFSC USP).

Symposium B

  • Bruna Gregatti de Carvalho (poster). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)
  • Julia Andrea Carpenter (oral). Swiss Federal Institute of Technology / Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule ETH Zürich (ETHZ).
  • Marzieh Kadivar (oral). Universidade de São Paulo (USP).

Symposium C

  • Dhésmon Lima (poster). Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa (UEPG).

Symposium D

  • Ana Rita Ferreira Alves Teixeira (oral). Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB).
  • Larissa Oliveira Garcia (poster). Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” – Campus Bauru (UNESP).

Symposium E

  • Camila da Costa Pinto (poster). Universidade Federal do Amazonas (UFAM).

Symposium F

  • Lucas Scalon (poster). Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR).
  • Marlene Notelio Borges Luíza de Morais (oral). Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (UFOP).
  • Priscila Cavassim (oral). University of Cambridge, Reino Unido da Grã-Bretanha e Irlanda do Norte, e Instituto de Física de São Carlos – Universidade de São Paulo (IFSC – USP).

Symposium G

  • Airton Germano Bispo Jr (oral). Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” – Campus Presidente Prudente (UNESP).
  • Lucas Fiocco Sciuti (poster). Instituto de Física de São Carlos – Universidade de São Paulo (IFSC – USP).

Symposium I

  • Isabela Trindade Coutinho (oral). Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC).
  • Maiara Schein Trevisol (poster). Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).

Symposium J

  • Daniel Silva Costa (poster). Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR).

Symposium M

  • Pamela Costa Carvalho (poster). Universidade de São Paulo (USP).
  • Syed Adnan Raza (oral). Centro Brasileiro de Pesquisas Físicas (CBPF).

Symposium N

  • Danilo Waismann Losito (oral). Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP).
  • Janaína Arlete Prasniski (poster). Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN).

Symposium O

  • Raquel Alvim Figueiredo Mansur (oral). Institute for Advanced Studies (IEAV).

Symposium P

  • Marco Aurelio Horban (oral).  Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE).
  • Maya Alencar Medeiros (poster). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR).

Symposium Q

  • Cristie Luis Kugelmeier (oral). Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR).
  • Luiz Felipe Bauri (poster). Escola Politécnica de Universidade de São Paulo (EPUSP).

Symposium R

  • Carla da Silva (poster). Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE).
  • Janine Karla França da Silva Braz (oral). Universidade Federal Rural do Semi-árido (UFERSA).

Symposium S

  • Pedro G. Demingos (oral). Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).
  • Viviane Maciel Almeida (poster). Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (UFOP).

Symposium U

  • Angela Elisa Crespi (oral). AddUp, Global Additive Solutions (ADDUP) e Paris-Sud University, França.
  • Kelly Schneider Moreira (poster). Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (UFSM).

Symposium V

  • Rodrigo Cezar de Campos Ferreira (oral). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)

Symposium X

  • Letícia Silva De Bortoli (poster). Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC).

ACS Publications Prizes

(Sponsored by journals of ACS Publications, a division of the American Chemical Society. Prizes for the best student contributions of all the event)

Winners of the ACS Publications Prizes with Mônica Cotta (right) representing ACS.
Winners of the ACS Publications Prizes with Mônica Cotta (right) representing ACS.

ACS Publications Best Oral Presentation Prizes

  • Airton Germano Bispo Jr (UNESP, Brazil).
  • Marzieh Kadivar (USP).
  • Priscila Cavassin (University of Cambridge, UK and IFSC, Brazil).
  • Rodrigo Cezar de Campos Ferreira (UNICAMP, Brazil).
  • Syed Adnan Raza (CBPF, Brazil).

ACS Publications Best Posters Prizes

  • Daniel Silva Costa (UFPR, Brazil).
  • Dhésmon Lima (UEPG, Brazil).
  • Larissa Oliveira Garcia (UNESP, Brazil).
  • Letícia Silva de Bortoli (UFSC, Brazil).
  • Lucas Scalon (UTFPR, Brazil).

 


RSC Prizes 

(Sponsored by journals of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Prizes for the best student contributions of all the event)

Winners of the RSC Prizes with Elizabeth Magalhães (center) representing RSC.
Winners of the RSC Prizes with Elizabeth Magalhães (center) representing RSC.
  • Cristie Luis Kugelmeier (UFSCar, Brazil).
  • Danilo Waismann Losito (UNIFESP, Brazil).
  • Julia Andrea Carpenter (ETH, Switzerland).
  • Maya Alencar Medeiros (UFSCar, Brazil).

 

 

 

 

 

 


See the online photo album of the Student Awards Ceremony, here.

B-MRS Newsletter. Get ready for the XVIII B-MRS Meeting!


 

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The Newsletter of the
Brazilian Materials
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Special issue:
Get ready for the XVIII B-MRS Meeting!

Message from the Chair

Dear attendees,

It will be a great honor to receive you in Balneário Camboriú-SC for the 18th Brazil-MRS Meeting, in the period of September 22nd-26th, 2019.

There is a remarkable list of top international plenarists, and 23 symposia in all scientific themes in materials science with high level of confirmed invited speakers. More than 2500 submitted papers, representing institutions of different countries and almost all regions of Brazil. This is a record in the history of the meeting.

We dedicated ourselves to offer you the best conditions for a productive period of science discussions and knowledge exchange in order to promote scientific cooperation.

I am looking forward seeing you in Balneário Camboriú.

With kind regards,

Ivan H. Bechtold – Chair

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Useful information

Airport transfer. Do you want to book a transfer from the international airport of Navegantes or Florianópolis to Balneário Camboriú? You can contact by WhatsApp the booking desk of Guarupa (a Brazilian transportation app): +55 47 9130-9001.

Event venues. Due to the high participation and to ensure everyone’s comfort, the sessions and activities will take place in two hotels, 300 meters apart: Hotel Sibara Flat & Conventions and Mercure Camboriu Hotel. The opening session of the event will be held at the Cristo Luz Complex, one of the main tourist attractions in the city. Know more about the venues.

Shuttle to the opening session. There will be free shuttle service between Sibara Hotel and Cristo Luz Complex on Sunday 22 from 5 pm on. The complex is a 10-minute taxi/Uber ride from Sibara Hotel. It is recommended to arrive in advance.

Already registered participants. Participants who have already registered online can print their barcode to avoid queues. Access the event system with username and password, go to “Attendee” and “Print registration confirmation page”.

Onsite registration. Onsite registration remains open until the last day of the event at Sibara Hotel. B-MRS members have special discounts. You can become a member or renew your membership during the event’s registration and enjoy the special fees. See values.

Program. The program at a glance is available here. The presentation schedule, by symposium, is here. And the PDF file of the program book can be downloaded here. Changes in presentation times may still occur due to desistances. However, any changes will be updated on the online presentation schedule and app.

App of the event. The free app of the event is available at the official app stores of Android (Google Play) and Apple (App Store). Search “XVIII B-MRS Meeting” and download it to your smartphone. Features: schedule, maps, useful phones, personal schedule, QR code reader to access posters abstracts, and more.

Conference party. The party will take place on Wednesday 25, starting at 9 pm, at the lounge of the Green Valley Club, elected ‘The Most Prestigious International Club’ in 2013, 2015, 2018 and now 2019. The band of the party will be the “Brothers“. Tickets (limited) will be on sale for R$ 20 at the event secretariat from Monday 23.

Exhibitors fair. Visit the booths around the coffee break area, next to the secretariat, at Sibara Hotel!

Poster sessions. All symposia poster sessions will take place at Sibara Hotel, 17th floor, Adriatico room.

Students awards ceremony. The best students contributions presented during the meeting will receive prizes from B-MRS, ACS Publications journals and RSC journals. Prizes will only be awarded if the authors (students) are present at the ceremony, which will be held at the closing session of the event, on September 26 from 12:30 to 2 pm.

Memorial lecture. At Cristo Luz Complex (opening session).

On Sunday 22 in the opening session, at Cristo Luz Complex, Prof. Yvonne Primerano Mascarenhas (USP, Brazil) will give the B-MRS annual Memorial Lecture. Prof. Yvonne, a pioneer who led the introduction and development in Brazil of X-rays crystallography, will talk about the origins and panorama of this technique in the country. See our interview with her.

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Plenary Lectures. At Sibara Hotel, 4C floor.

On Monday 23 at 8:15 am, Prof. Stefano Baroni (SISSA, Italy) will talk about color expression in natural pigments, a basic science issue wit direct impact in the food industry, which he has been addressing using computational methods. Prof. Baroni is recognized for having made important contributions to the development of computational techniques for the study of materials at the nanoscale. See mini interview.

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On Monday 23 at 4:45 pm, Prof. Norbert Koch (HU, Germany) will present promising structures for optoelectronic devices, which combine inorganic and organic semiconductors. Prof. Koch is the author of industry-impacting insights about the basic mechanisms that govern optoelectronic devices performance. See mini interview.

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On Tuesday 24 at 8:15 am, Prof. Antônio José Roque da Silva (CNPEM, Brazil) will talk about Sirius, the new Brazilian Synchrotron Light Source whose project and construction he has been leading since 2009. Sirius will be the largest and most complex scientific infrastructure ever built in the country and one of the first fourth-generation synchrotron lightsources of the world. Know more about Sirius.

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On Tuesday 24 at 4:45 pm, Prof. Maria-Pau Ginebra (UPC, Spain) will discuss a new generation of bone graft biomaterials, made through nature-inspired methods, that bring together the advantages of natural and artificial bones. Prof. Ginebra has created a spin-off company to transfer the knowledge on these materials to “real life”. See mini interview.

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On Wednesday 25 at 8:15 am, Prof. Julia Greer (Caltech, USA), who is the author of seminal contributions to nanomechanics, will show a series of three-dimensional structures, based on innovatively engineered nanomaterials. Prof. Greer will share the synthesis, composition and amazing properties of her metamaterials. See mini interview.

julia greer

On Wednesday 25 at 4:45 pm, Prof. Mingzhong Wu (CSU, USA) will talk about a promising and yet enigmatic group of materials, the topological insulators. Prof. Wu will report his experiments on systems consisting of magnetic and topological insulators interacting between them, with interesting scientific results and potential applications. See mini interview.

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On Thursday 26 at 8:15 am, the plenary speaker will be Prof. Maurizio Prato (UNITS, Italy), an expert in adding organic molecules to the surface of carbon nanomaterials, opening up possibilities of applications in segments such as nanomedicine and energy. In the lecture, Prof. Prato will show fascinating results of using carbon nanomaterials for neuronal growth and clean energy generation. See mini interview.

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On Thursday 26 at 11:30 am, Prof. Alan Taub (U-M, USA), will address the integrated efforts needed to develop affordable lightweight components for vehicles. Prof. Taub has made a notable career in industry, culminating in the Vice Presidency of General Motor´s Global R&D.

alan taub

Other program highlights (free of charge for all event participants)

Sunday 22 from 1 to 5 pm at the 3rd floor of Sibara Hotel. Young Researchers School: How to Produce and Publish High Impact Papers. A tutorial by Prof. Valtencir Zucolotto (USP, Brazil) on high-impact research, writing and publication.

Tuesday 24, from 12:10 to 1:50 pm at Sibara Hotel, 3rd floor, Atlântico room. Material bonds: Brazilian-German exchanges in Materials Research. Representatives of German agencies will provide information on funding programmes and collaboration opportunities, and scientists working in the field of materials will share their experiences. Lunch boxes will be distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Tuesday 24 morning and afternoon at Sibara Hotel, 4C floor, Caspio room. Technical lectures. Companies in the field of scientific instrumentation will offer 13 technical lectures, 20 minutes each, on techniques and equipment for characterization of materials. See schedule.

Wednesday 25 from 12:10 to 1:50 pm at Sibara Hotel, 3rd floor, Persico room. Mastering the Art of Scientific Publication – ACS Publications’ Meet the Editors. A panel session about writing an effective paper, journal submission, review processes, and post-publication efforts with ACS editors. Lunch boxes will be distributed. Free registration in https://www.eventweb.com.br/xviiisbpmat/home-event/ (add/edit activities). Vacancies may have been filled.

Wednesday 25 from 12:10 to 1:50 pm at Sibara Hotel, 3rd floor, Atlântico room. Demonstration of ANSYS Granta’s software for materials research (CES Selector) and teaching (CES EduPack) with free software trial to all attendees. Lunch boxes will be distributed. Free registration in https://www.eventweb.com.br/xviiisbpmat/home-event/ (add/edit activities). Vacancies may have been filled.

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XVIII B-MRS Meeting: panel with ACS Editors.


Panel session “Mastering the Art of Scientific Publication – ACS Publications’ Meet the Editors”

Description

While the electronic age has made the publication process easier and quicker, optimizing the structure of a scientific paper requires a certain degree of skill and proficiency. During this “ACS Publications’ Meet the Editors” event, editors from some of our journals will summarize the key steps involved in writing an effective paper, journal submission, review processes, and post-publication efforts.

Panelists

Julia R. Greer, Carlos Toro, Osvaldo Oliveira Jr and Mônica Cotta.
Julia R. Greer, Carlos Toro, Osvaldo Oliveira Jr and Mônica Cotta.
  • Julia R. Greer – Ruben F. and Donna Mettler Professor of Materials Science, Medical Engineering, and Mechanics/ California Institute of Technology. Associate Editor, Nano Letters.
  • Carlos Toro – Managing Editor /Journals Publishing Group/ ACS Publications Division.
  • Osvaldo N. Oliveira Jr. – Professor of the São Carlos Institute of Physics, University of São Paulo, Brazil. Executive Editor, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
  • Monica A. Cotta –  Full Professor in Physics at University of Campinas, Brazil. Associate Editor, ACS Applied Nano Materials.

When?

September 25, 2019, from 12:00 to 14:00. 

Where?

At Sibara Hotel, Persico room (3rd floor).

Registration

Free registration is limited to 180 participants. Go the general registration meeting system and choose this session in “add/edit activities”: https://www.eventweb.com.br/xviiisbpmat/home-event/

Lunch boxes will be provided.

 


 

Featured scientist: Prof. Maria-Pau Ginebra (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain).


Prof Maria-Pau Ginebra
Prof Maria-Pau Ginebra

After blood, bone is the most frequently implanted/ transplanted tissue, with about 2 million bone grafts performed each year worldwide – a number that tends to increase at the rate of population aging. A well-known case is that of the jaw graft to allow firmer dental implants. However, many other causes, such as tumors, severe fractures, congenital malformations or even infections, may cause a patient to need a graft, that is to say, an implant of a natural or synthetic piece of bone to support the natural growth of bone tissue.

In Barcelona, at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), a research group has been successfully working on the development of innovative tissue regeneration biomaterials. Led by Professor Maria-Pau Ginebra, the multidisciplinary group consists of 30 researchers. After many published papers and patents obtained, Professor Ginebra decided to found, along with other members of the group, a spin-off company to bring the results of years of research into real life. Thus, in 2013, Mimetis Biomaterials was created, dedicated to nature-inspired bone regeneration solutions.

On the afternoon of September 24, Prof. Maria-Pau Ginebra will deliver a plenary lecture at the XVIII B-MRS Meeting. She will talk about a new generation of bone graft biomaterials, made through nature-inspired methods that allow control of the structure and composition of the material at the nano scale. The resulting biomaterials bring together the benefits of both natural and artificial bones, including the possibility of producing personalized grafts on 3D printers.

See our mini-interview with this Spanish scientist, Full Professor and Head of the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy at UPC, President of Mimetis Biomaterials, and Member of the Editorial Board of Acta Biomaterialia, Journal of Tissue Engineering and the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

B-MRS Newsletter: – You work in a research area that has a direct impact on society. What, in your opinion, is your scientific discovery with the greatest actual or potential impact? Please describe it very briefly.

One of the great challenges in the field of bone regeneration is the development of synthetic materials that are able to be degraded and transformed in newly formed bone. In this case, the synchronization between material degradation and new bone deposition is critical, and very difficult to achieve. We have demonstrated that this can be accomplished by using biomimetic processing routes, which allow tuning the nanostructure and composition of hydroxyapatite, mimicking more closely the mineral phase of bone. In this way the synthetic material can enter the natural bone remodeling cycle, allowing for this progressive transformation in new bone tissue.

B-MRS Newsletter: – Turning scientific knowledge into products is not an easy task. In your experience, what are the most important factors in getting a lab research to become a product on the market?

The transformation of the scientific achievements into real products is indeed a great challenge. This is particularly difficult in the biomedical field, where the scientists face a number of regulatory restrictions which were often overlooked during the previous stages of more “academic” research. In my experience, to be successful, you need the confluence of a good idea and the right people. Moreover, you need money. In summary, in my experience there are three main aspects that determine the success of the translation of a good idea to the market: 1) selecting a good team, with people mastering the different aspects of entrepreneurship, which we, as scientist, do not know; from regulation/legislation to marketing and financial aspects; 2) finding appropriate investors is always necessary; the innovation in the biomedical field is particularly expensive; 3) being willing to work really hard.

For more information on this speaker and the plenary talk she will deliver at the XVIII B-MRS Meeting, click on the speaker’s photo and the title of the lecture here https://www.sbpmat.org.br/18encontro/#lectures.

Featured scientist: Prof. Stefano Baroni (Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati, Italy).


Prof Stefano Baroni
Prof Stefano Baroni

Many shades of blue, red and purple that we can see in the vegetable kingdom (for example, in grapes, raspberries, eggplants and flowers such as violets) are known to be generated by the presence of natural pigments called anthocyanins. However, what makes anthocyanin express in a plant a certain tone of this wide range? This intriguing basic science issue has applications of great interest to the food industry in its quest for healthier dyes from natural components.

A thorough answer will be presented in a plenary lecture of the XVIII B-MRS Meeting by Stefano Baroni, Full Professor of Condensed Matter Theoretical Physics at Scuola Internazionale Superiore di Studi Avanzati (SISSA) – an institution located in Trieste (Italy), dedicated to research and graduate studies in various areas of science. Baroni has been studying that issue, using, mainly, a computational method that considers phenomena occurring at the molecular level over several time scales.

Prof. Stefano Baroni is an internationally renowned Italian scientist who loves to invent and improve computational methods to unveil the properties of matter at the molecular scale and apply them to problems of fundamental and applicative interest. For example, Baroni is one of the principal creators of Density Functional Perturbation Theory (DFPT), a computational tool that allows the study of physical properties of materials that depend on responses to external perturbations. He is also the founder and one the main instigators of the Quantum ESPRESSO, project, one of the most popular open source softwares for quantum materials modeling and calculations at the nanoscale, and founding director of the Quantum ESPRESSO Foundation.

Stefano Baroni obtained a degree in Physics from the Università di Pisa (Italy) in 1978. After that, until 1984, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), in Switzerland. Later, he became Assistant Professor at the Department of Theoretical Physics at the Università degli Studi di Trieste until he joined SISSA in 1988. From 1994 to 1998, he was Director of CECAM, a European center for research in computational sciences and their applications, then based at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, in France. Thereafter, until 2003, he served as coordinator in Trieste of the Istitituto Nazione per la Fisica della Materia (INFM). From 2001 to 2008, he was Founding Director of the DEMOCRITOS national simulation center, now part of the Italian CNR. Baroni has been a visiting professor at many institutions around the world, including Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France), Princeton University (USA), University of Minnesota (USA), University of Sydney (Australia), University College London (UK).

See our mini interview with Prof. Stefano Baroni.

B-MRS Newsletter: – We´d like to know more about your scientific work. Please choose one or two of your favorite/ high-impact contributions, briefly describe them, and share the references.

For forty years my research has been motivated by the attempt to solve the fundamental equations that determine the properties of materials at the atomic scale, in the most realistic conditions practically accessible to computational science. While this effort, which I shared with many scientists more talented than me around the world, is having a tremendous impact in many and diverse technologies, as this Conference convincingly witnesses, my own motivation has been, how to say?, a bit “swotty”? Theorists like me strive to understand. Geniuses sometimes understand what they cannot teach or do not care to implement. Ordinary swots have to do, implement, and teach in order to convince themselves they have understood, and this is what I have been doing all my life, like a Renaissance craftsman. I am probably mostly known for density functional perturbation theory [https://doi.org/10.1103/RevModPhys.73.515], a technique that Paolo Giannozzi and I introduced in the late 80s [https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.58.1861] and that is now considered the state of the art in the simulation of the vibrational properties of condensed matter. In the late 00s my colleagues and I generalised this technique to account for the dynamical phenomena that are probed in optical spectroscopies [https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.113001, https://doi.org/10.1063/1.2899649]. This work provided the methodological motivation for me to enter the field of molecular spectroscopy, which eventually led me to study the color of flowers and fruits. The challenge to compute what others believe cannot be computed was also the motivation for me to enter the fascinating field of heat and charge transport in condensed matter, a senile passion I will have the privilege to report on in Symposium S of this conference on September 24 at 9:30 [https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys3509, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-017-15843-2, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-11572-4, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.255901, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-019-0562-0].

B-MRS Newsletter: – The subject of the talk aroused our curiosity. Could you tell us what led you to study these pigments? Does it have to do with industrial interest? With the search for fundamental answers? With the application of a new methodology?

As mentioned before, I was drawn to molecular spectroscopy while seeking useful applications for a new computational method that my collaborators and I had devised to deal with dynamical perturbations to quantum-mechanical systems. Ask around what would be the most important application of molecules absorbing light, and many would answer: “solar cells to produce clean, inexhaustible, energy”. So we went, and we were induced into the wrong thinking that efficient and inexpensive solar cells could be manufactured “using fruit juice” (i.e. using anthocyanins as the light-absorbing element of a photovoltaic device). It soon became clear that while the principle per se is not wrong (in fact, organic solar cells based on it are routinely assembled and used for educational purposes https://www.teachengineering.org/activities/view/uoh_organic_activity1, https://education.mrsec.wisc.edu/titanium-dioxide-raspberry-solar-cell/) the stability and efficiency of the resulting device are far too poor for industrial purposes. Meanwhile, our work attracted some attention, and I was invited to some important meetings on solar energy. On one occasion, I declined the invitation knowing that our work could not have a real impact in the field. The organisers flatteringly insisted, and I finally accepted under the condition that I would not talk of solar energy, but of the color of fruits and flowers, which had meanwhile started to arouse my curiosity. A few months later I was approached by a representative of a head-hunting company who, seeking an expert in the molecular simulation of natural dyes on behalf of a major multinational food manufacturer, had stumbled across the abstract of my talk. When I received the telephone call I thought it was a prank and I almost hung up on her. I resisted the impulse, and that was the beginning of an exciting five-years adventure in industrial research, which I never thought I would have lived and whose story I will tell in Balneário Camboriú …

For more information on this speaker and the plenary talk he will deliver at the XVIII B-MRS Meeting, click on the speaker’s photo and the title of the lecture here https://www.sbpmat.org.br/18encontro/#lectures.

Royal Society of Chemistry put together a collection of paper of Brazilian authors in honour of XVIII B-MRS Meeting.


RSC_collectionThe Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) has prepared an online collection of articles by Brazilian authors in celebration of the XVIII B-MRS Meeting (Balneário Camboriú, September 22-26, 2019). The Royal Society of Chemistry is a supporter of this edition of B-MRS’s annual event.

Titled Materials and Nano Research in Brazil, the collection brings together 55 articles published in RSC journals between 2017 and 2019. All selected articles are open access until October 15, 2019.

The collection is available at www.rsc.li/brazil-mrs-2019

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 (…)

Access here the full public notice.

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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XVIII B-MRS Meeting
(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.

Events

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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