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TUESDAY, September 22

The International Conference on Advanced Materials 2009 (ICAM 2009) completed its third day of activities in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Tuesday, September 22. The major events of the day included two plenary talks, by Prof. C.N.R. Rao and Prof. Knut Urban, as well as the announcement of the International Union of Materials Research Societies (IUMRS) Somiya Award in the evening. Poster sessions continued into the second day as did the exhibit.


The IUMRS Somiya award honors an international research team that has collaborated across at least two continents, with the work being of the highest scientific quality with major impact. It is very appropriate that the 2009 Somiya award was given to a team spanning three continents including South America since this meeting is being held in Brazil. The winning researchers are Mildred Dresselhaus (USA), Ado Jorio (Brazil), Antonio Gomes de Souza Filho (Brazil), Marcos Pimenta (Brazil), Morinobu Endo (Japan), Riichiro Saito (Japan), and Mauricio Terrones (Mexico). These researchers collaborated significantly over the past decade in the general area of carbon nanotubes and contributed significantly.


Marcos Pimenta then presented a brief overview of the various research activities within this collaboration, by necessity having to focus only on some aspects due to time limitations. He started by suggesting that there are numerous collaborators who should also share in this award including Peter Eklund who passed away recently. He presented statistics of the collaborations between members of the team, showing truly remarkable number of publications. He then chronologically showed the various major pieces of research as represented by the appropriate major publications starting from Raman studies of benzene-derived graphite fibers by Dresselhaus and Endo in 1982 to electronic structure of chiral graphene tubules in 1992 to resonance Raman study of carbon nanotube bundles in 1998 representing the first Brazil-MIT connection in this area. Pimenta presented numerous other studies over the years with graduate students and post-docs periodically traveling to Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. The most recent work in this long line of collaborative effort was a recent report in Science on shaping the edges of graphene using Joule heating by Terrones and Dresselhaus. Pimenta concluded by thanking all the funding agencies in four different countries who made this collaboration possible over three continents.

 © Materials Research Society, 2009