SBPMat e-newsletter – Special issue: XV B-MRS Meeting.


Sociedade Brasileira de Pesquisa em Materiais (SBPMat)

Brazil – Materials Research Society (B-MRS) 

Getting prepared for the XV B-MRS Meeting!

Meeting overview

International and interdisciplinary, the annual meeting of the B-MRS (SBPMat) is dedicated to the presentation and discussion of scientific and technological advances in the field of materials.

The 15th edition of the meeting will be held in September, 25 to 29, in the city of Campinas (State of São Paulo), at the Expo D. Pedro convention center. 

  • Technical presentations: about 2,000 abstracts have been accepted.
  • Participants: more than 1,500 registrations, from 20 different countries (up to the moment).
  • Exhibition: 43 stands.
  • Technical program: 8 plenary lectures (including memorial lecture) + 20 thematic symposia with oral and poster sessions and invited lectures + 2 workshops + 2 tutorials + 3 discussion panels.
  • Scope: nanomaterials, biomaterials, surfaces, organic electronic materials, electroceramics, advanced metals, nanocellulose, experimental and computational techniques for materials study, materials performance under extreme conditions. Materials applications in the segments of energy, healthcare, transportation, neurosciences, electronics and photonics, among others. Also, RD&I, startup ventures, scientific writing and publishing, international collaboration, ethical issues.

We are looking forward to see you in Campinas! See message from the conference chairladies, Prof. Ana Flávia Nogueira (Unicamp, Institute of Chemistry) and Prof. Mônica Alonso Cotta (Unicamp, “Gleb Wataghin” Institute of Physics), here.

Useful information

Accommodation and tickets. See the list of the travel agency Follow Up with hotels, hostels, guesthouses, flights and travel information. Here.  

Poster printing service. See options to print your poster at the convention center. Here. 

Venue. See video of the city of Campinas and folder about the Expo D. Pedro convention center.  

How to get there. See map. Transfer to the venue will be available for Vitória hotels guests. For public transportation to venue, search bus options, or download the app with real-time info about buses.

Food, parking and services. Expo D. Pedro convention center is adjacent to one of the largest shopping centers in Latin America, which has big range of food, services, shopping and leisure options. The convention center holds some cafés that will be open during the event. Parking at the convention center is available at R$ 8 (12 hours). 

Program. Short program and full program (symposium by symposium) are available on the website. Here.

Vacation packages. The Follow Up website also suggests tour packages for before and after the event. Here.

Publication of contributions: The papers presented at the XV B-MRS Meeting may be submitted by their authors to peer review for publication in IOP scientific journals. More info.

Registration. Registration for the event is still open. Here. 

Special activities: free registration is required

Tutorial “Hands-on tutorial on simulations using Reactive ForceFields: overview and applications”. Sunday (25/09) from 14h00 to 17h00. Free registration in the registration form of the meeting, where activities can be selected. If you have already filled out the meeting registration form, but you have not selected the activity, log in again and modify your registration. Know more about this tutorial.

Tutorial “School of Scientists: Scientific Writing Tutorial”. Sunday (25/09) from 14h00 to 17h00. Free registration in the registration form of the meeting, where activities can be selected. If you have already filled out the meeting registration form, but you have not selected the activity, log in again and modify your registration. Know more about this tutorial.

Discussion panel “Science Lunch: Research in Germany”. Monday (26/09) from 12h00  to 14h00. This session will bring together scientists and funding agencies from Germany to discuss research opportunities in that country. Limited availability. An informal lunch will be offered to participants. Learn more and complete your registration free of charge. Here.

Discussion panel “Meet the Editors”. Tuesday (27/09) from 12h00 to 14h00. This round table will host Ifor Samuel (editor-in-chief of Synthetic Metals), Paul Weiss (editor-in-chief of ACS Nano), Susan Sinnott (editor-in-chief of Computational Materials Science), and Tim Smith (IOP Publishing director) who will discuss scientific publication. Limited availability. Lunch boxes sponsored by IOP will be offered to participants. Free registration in the registration form of the meeting, where activities can be selected. If you have already filled out the meeting registration form, but you have not selected the activity, log in again and modify your registration. 

Discussion panel “Materials Research and Innovation”. Wednesday (28/09) from 12h00 to 14h00. This panel will bring together representatives of companies Mahle and Braskem and innovation agency Inova-Unicamp, who will present cases of university-industry collaboration for R&D in Brazil and discuss the role of materials research in innovation. Limited availability. Lunch boxes sponsored by IOP will be offered to participants. Free registration in the registration form of the meeting, where activities can be selected. If you have already filled out the meeting registration form, but you have not selected the activity, log in again and modify your registration. 

Social Program Highlights

During the Opening Ceremony, starting on Sunday (25/09) at 19h00, B-MRS will homage Prof. José Arana Varela, past president of the society and one its founders. Prof. Varela passed away on May, this year. 

After the Opening Ceremony, by 19h30, B-MRS will bestowed the Memorial Lecture “Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro” on Prof. Aldo Craievich. This recognition is annually granted to researchers with outstanding work in materials science and technology, and it pays homage to Prof. Joaquim da Costa Ribeiro, a pioneer in experimental research in materials in Brazil. Prof. Aldo Craievich will deliver a lecture about advanced characterization of materials.

After the Memorial Lecture, by 20h30, don´t miss the Welcome Cocktail that will feature a very special and sustainable percussion performance.

The Students Awards Ceremony will be held during the Closing Session, on Thursday (29/09) from 12h00 to 14h00. B-MRS will bestow the tradicional “Bernhard Gross Award”, which highlights the best works in each symposium, and honors Bernhard Gross, a pioneer of materials science in Brazil. The American Chemical Society (ACS) and the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS ) will also confer awards. The winners have to be present at the Closing Ceremony in order to receive the prizes.

Plenary Lectures

Paper and metal oxides are some of the materials that Professor Elvira Fortunato (New University of Lisbon, Portugal) uses to develop electronic devices, which, besides producing low environmental impact, promise to make our many everyday objects become electronic, revolutionizing our lives. Learn more about these innovations and the trajectory of its inventor, who will deliver a plenary lecture on green electronics, on Monday (26/09) at 8h30. See interview.


Plants and animals are important sources of knowledge and inspiration for Professor Lei Jiang and his group. In their laboratories at the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry in Beijing (China), they develop smart materials, e.g., interfaces that switch between superhydrophilicity and superhydrophobicity. The findings of professor Lei Jiang, in addition to generating publications that received tens of thousands of citations, yielded products which are already widely used. Learn more about this scientist, his way of doing science, his discoveries and his scientific and also philosophical concept of binary cooperative complementary materials, which he will discuss in a plenary lecture on Monday (26/09) at 16h45. See interview.


Imagine yourself inserting in a computer the material properties you desire for a specific application and obtaining the project of the most appropriate material. This is a promise of computational materials science, an issue whose recent advances will be discussed by Professor Susan Sinnott on Tuesday (27/09) at 8h30. Sinnott heads the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Pennsylvania State University (USA). She is editor-in-chief of the journal Computational Materials Science. Her scientific production includes important contributions to the development of simulation tools for heterogeneous material systems at the atomic scale. See interview. 


On Tuesday (27/09) at 16h45, physicist Ado Jorio de Vasconcelos (Professor at the Brazilian Federal University of Minas Gerais, UFMG) will deliver a plenary lecture on the use of Raman spectroscopy for the study of carbon nanostructures. Jorio is an expert in the application of optics in nanostructure studies. In 2001, he became the first researcher to use an optical technique to study carbon nanotubes individually. He holds an H index of 74, one of the highest in Brazil, and is the author of approximately 200 publications with over 30,000 citations. See interview.


Organic semiconductors do not mystify Professor Ifor Samuel, leader and founder of a research group and a R&D center on this subject at the University of St Andrews (Scotland). In his daily routine, Prof. Samuel not only strives to thoroughly understand these materials, but also to find new applications for them in different fields, from dermatologic medicine to the detection of explosives. In addition to hundreds of articles, he has several patents which have been licensed to companies. On Wednesday (28/09) at 8h30, he will deliver a plenary lecture on optoelectronics based on organic semiconductors. See interview.


By exploring the limits of miniaturization, the nanoscientist Paul Weiss (UCLA , USA) and his team developed innovative instruments and techniques, as well as the ability to manipulate molecules. In this way, they have already set up and operated the smallest motors and switches in the world. On Wednesday (28/09) at 16h45, Professor Weiss, who is founder and editor-in-chief of ACS Nano, will talk about function at the nanoscale. Learn more about some of the major contributions of Paul Weiss to nanoscience and about the secrets of the impact of the journal he leads. See interview.


60 years ago, solar cells were only found in artificial satellites. Today, they are part of the energy matrix of many countries and, in the near future, maybe they will provide electricity to consumer electronics, among other applications. On Thursday (29/09) at 10h45, Professor Anders Hagfeldt (EPFL , Switzerland) will discuss recent scientific advances in two technologies, very promising for solar cells: those based on perovskite and dyes. Know more about solar cells and about Prof. Hagfeldt, who appears in several rankings due to his 47,000 citations and H index of 103. See interview. 


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