Scielo RSS <![CDATA[Química Nova]]> http://www.scielo.br/rss.php?pid=0100-404220170006&lang=en vol. 40 num. 6 lang. en <![CDATA[SciELO Logo]]> http://www.scielo.br/img/en/fbpelogp.gif http://www.scielo.br <![CDATA[E CHEGAMOS AOS QUARENTA]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-40422017000600613&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en <![CDATA[THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BRAZILIAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY FOR THE GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN CHEMISTRY IN BRAZIL]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-40422017000600614&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en The role of the different actions headed by the Brazilian Chemical Society (SBQ) for the development of the Graduate Programs in Chemistry in Brazil is highlighted herein. Specifically, the importance of the SBQ journals, such as the Quimica Nova (QN), Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society (JBCS) and Revista Brasileira de Química (RVQ) as vehicles to disseminate the knowledge produced by the different graduate programs in chemistry is demonstrated. <![CDATA[NATIONAL POSTGRADUATE SYSTEM (SNPG) AND CHEMISTRY AREA AT THE BRAZILIAN FEDERAL AGENCY FOR POST-GRADUATE EDUCATION (CAPES)]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-40422017000600618&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en The Coordination for the Improvement of High Education Personnel (CAPES), the Brazilian federal agency for graduate programs, plays a fundamental role for the expansion and consolidation of the National Postgraduate System (SNPG) and the execution of the National Graduate Plan (PNPG) 2011-2020. In this paper, we discuss the evolution of the Brazilian graduate program in chemistry and its role in the formation of highly qualified professionals in chemistry (academic master’s degree, professional master’s degree and doctoral degree) for the academy, teachers and lecturers for all levels of the education system, as well for the non-academic market. <![CDATA[FROM <em>BOLETIM INFORMATIVO</em> TO SOCIAL MEDIA: THE EVOLUTION IN SBQ-MEMBERS COMMUNICATION]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-40422017000600626&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en Boletim Informativo of SBQ has evolved over the last 35 years to reach more than 9.000 people such as students, teachers, and researchers around the country. This paper discusses its importance as a communication channel and its challenges to approach the public nowadays throughout the social media. <![CDATA[FORTY YEARS OF DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION IN BRAZILIAN CHEMISTRY]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-40422017000600630&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en The Brazilian chemical community shows positive characteristics that improved significantly during the past forty years: the scientific output is substantial, it contributes positively to the position of this country in the innovation rankings, the chemical companies create and export technologies and the larger share of post-graduates employed by the Brazilian industry works in chemical or chemistry-based companies. The chemical sector is thus an exception within the country, together with agrosciences. These facts are unexpected, considering that chemical companies do not occupy leading positions in the rankings based on patent filing and other innovation indicators, throughout the world. This article describes the context of Brazilian chemistry in the middle 1970s, the the well-designed government actions that mobilized academic researchers and industry professionals to build complex converging scenarios and a positive S&amp;T culture that is matched in few other areas, in this country. <![CDATA[ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY IN BRAZIL IN 40 YEARS IN THE SBQ]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-40422017000600634&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en This paper aims to present an overview of the ongoing of the Brazilian environmental chemistry over the last forty years inserted in the context of the Brazilian Chemical Society (SBQ). Initially, a brief history presents the main milestones and premise of its “birth” in the 1980s, as well as the set of major actions taken within the SBQ to consolidate and strengthen this area of research. Then, in a separated approach between atmosphere, hydrosphere and lithosphere, we present the evolution of the main topics covered in Environmental Chemistry in Brazil, as well as the contribution of the chemists in the interdisciplinary scenario that constitutes this area. Finally, an overview of the evolution of the teaching of Environmental Chemistry in Brazil is presented. <![CDATA[CURRENT STATUS, TRENDS AND CHALLENGES ON ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY IN BRAZIL]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-40422017000600643&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en This work describes the development of Analytical Chemistry in Brazil from the Brazilian Chemical Society (SBQ) foundation to the present days. Important historical facts were highlighted and data on the human resources formation, financial investments and scientific production were used to evaluate and contextualize the progress achieved. The evolution of the scientific events of the area was also presented. The survey shows that Analytical Chemistry has advanced a lot in these 40 years, occupying a prominent position in the international scenario. This growth is mainly due to the formation of qualified human resources, the organization of scientific societies and inductive policies. It was also verified that the quantitative advance was greater than the qualitative one. Thus, one of the challenges for the next years is to work at the knowledge frontier and increases the quality and impact of scientific production in Analytical Chemistry. The evolution of the area into current trends such as Nanoscience, Microfluidic, Omics, Chemometric, Green Chemistry and Chemical Speciation is also presented and discussed. <![CDATA[A PANORAMA OF CATALYSIS IN BRAZIL IN THE LAST 40 YEARS]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-40422017000600650&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en In this work, the catalysis area in Brazil is analyzed from several perspectives between 1977 and 2017. The conceptual aspects and the area at world level are briefly introduced. A history of the main organizational initiatives of the area is also presented, highlighting the activities of the Catalysis Division of the Brazilian Chemical Society. An overview of the industry situation related to the area, as well as the evolution of scientific production in Brazil, are also discussed. <![CDATA[CHEMISTRY TEACHING AND THE SBQ 40 YEARS: THE GROWTH CHALLENGE AND THE NEW HORIZONS]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-40422017000600656&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en In this work, we aim to draw a panorama of the chemistry teaching area and its relation with the teaching division in SBQ 40 years. We start from the analysis of the Chemistry Teaching National Meetings in the last 15 years in comparison with those occurred in the 80’s and 90’s. Then, we present the growth of the chemistry teaching regional meetings and their capacity to congregate researchers and students in a decentralized way, important to the inclusion of new chemical educators. We discuss the scientific journals in the area considering the research on various themes. Finally, we analyze the growth of chemistry degree courses in Brazil and the number of researchers in the area, as well as the main themes explored by the research field of Chemistry Teaching in Brazil. <![CDATA[OVERVIEW OF THE ELECTROCHEMISTRY AND ELECTROANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY IN BRAZIL]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-40422017000600663&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en Electrochemistry and Electroanalytical chemistry play an important role to face the challenges of the contemporary world. They have contributed to the advance of the scientific development of our country, helped to promote economic and social progress as well as cultural dissemination. These areas have greatly contributed to the knowledge about thermodynamics and kinetics of the electron transfer reactions, energy conversion, synthesis and modification of compounds, corrosion, and development of fast, sensitive, and selective analytical methods. This work presents an overview of the areas by analyzing the technical and scientific papers produced in Brazil on these subjects, and the analysis of the Brazilian scientific societies that were formed and consolidated, which have contributed to spread the scientific knowledge. The improvement of these areas can be attributed to the good quality of the human resources formed during long time as well as the growing of distribution of research groups in different regions of the country. The success/future of these areas are associated with good academic/scientific education, low cost of instrumentation, formation of networks of excellence between researchers, and large cooperation projects that improved with the sharing of ideas, technologies, infrastructure, and equipment. All of which has contributed to strengthening consolidated and emerging graduation programs. <![CDATA[THE PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY DIVISION AND THE FORTY YEARS OF THE BRAZILIAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY (SBQ)]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-40422017000600670&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en One of the goals of this manuscript is to celebrate the forty years of the SBQ (Sociedade Brasileira de Química). We believe using historical analysis could benefit our researchers to overcome the challenges ahead, look into the future, to the scientific progress and the way science increases its problem-solving ability. There are several topics covered by the challenges in Physical Chemistry: nanoscience and nanotechnology, single molecule studies, gas phase photochemistry and photophysics, molecular structure, spectroscopy, reaction dynamics, interfacial phenomena, energy, and so on. However, the critical challenge for our Division still is to create a desired link between experimental approaches and theoretical knowledge. <![CDATA[FUNDAMENTAL AND APPLIED PHOTOCHEMISTRY DURING THE LAST 40 YEARS IN BRAZIL]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-40422017000600675&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en This paper describes the activities in the area of Photochemistry in Brazil, from its origins at the beginning of the last Century until now. The original Research Groups (formed until 1980) in this area, as well as those created afterwards are indicated. Different orientations and specialties in photochemistry, and their extensions and uses in other fundamental and applied areas are mentioned. The number of indexed scientific papers published by photochemists based in Brazil increased from 30 to 130 during the 2000-2016 period. <![CDATA[OVERVIEW OF THE INORGANIC CHEMISTRY IN BRAZIL REVISITED: THE 2002 TO 2016 PERIOD]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-40422017000600680&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en The present article describes the development of the Inorganic Chemistry in Brazil in the last 15 years, using as starting point the scientific contributions of a group of 405 researchers selected among the members of the Inorganic Chemistry Division of the Brazilian Chemical Society (SBQ), and active participants of both SBQ Annual Meetings and Brazilian Meetings on Inorganic Chemistry. A total of 3006 articles, representative of the Brazilian scientific production on Inorganic Chemistry from 2002 to January 2017, was analyzed. Among the various aspects evaluated are: prevalent research topics, production impact, geographic distribution within Brazil, international collaborations, and human resource background, development, and perspectives. The evolution of the Inorganic Chemistry production in Brazil in the last 15 years was analyzed considering the concurrent expansion of Brazilian graduate and post-graduate educational system along with availability of funding resources. Information from sources such as CAPES, Sucupira database, eMEC, Web of Science, and CNPq, complemented the scientific production data gathered from the Curriculum Vitae (Lattes Curriculum database) of the 405 representative inorganic chemistry researchers. The present analysis expands the previous 1977-2001 study by Toma, Ferreira, and Serra (Quim. Nova 2002, 25, 66), depicting, thus, a 40-year scenery of Inorganic Chemistry in Brazil, which overlaps with the period of activity of SBQ. <![CDATA[ENABLING INTERCONNECTIONS: CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE MATERIALS CHEMISTRY DIVISION IN 40 YEARS OF THE BRAZILIAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-40422017000600688&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en Enabling interdisciplinary discussion has been one of the main goals of the Division of Materials Chemistry since its creation in 1993. Over its twenty-four years of existence, the division has disseminated scientific works with great diversity of topics and impacts. The present article seeks to outline the trajectory of the Division of Materials Chemistry since its creation, showing its main indicators of productivity and academic relevance as well as its main challenges. <![CDATA[MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY PROGRESS IN BRAZIL: ADVANCES IN THE 40 YEARS OF THE BRAZILIAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-40422017000600694&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en Medicinal Chemistry includes the invention, discovery, design, identification, and interpretation of the molecular mechanism of action of biologically active compounds. In addition to the discovery of bioactive molecules, Medicinal Chemistry investigates drug metabolism and the relationships between chemical structure and biological activity. The advances achieved in the 20th century have significantly contributed to the better understanding of pathophysiological processes as well as the development of new, safer and more effective drugs for many diseases. In this article, we review the evolution of Medicinal Chemistry in Brazil during the last 40 years and evaluate the impact of the Brazilian contributions in the international context. The analyzed data revealed that Medicinal Chemistry research in Brazil has increased exponentially in the last two decades, the research groups became more well-distributed across the Brazilian regions and our scientific contributions have significant impact in the main journals of the field. Therefore, aiming at evolving steadily and striving for excellence in drug discovery and development, we shall focus on national and international collaborations and investment in translational research, as well. <![CDATA[ORGANIC CHEMISTRY IN BRAZIL: ITS CONTRIBUTION IN THE TOTAL SYNTHESIS OF NATURAL PRODUCTS SINCE THE BRAZILIAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY FOUNDATION]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-40422017000600701&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en An overview of the achivements in the field of the total synthesis of natural products in Brazil in the last 40 years is presented. These contributions are described on different classes of natural products since the birth of Brazilian Chemical Society in 1977. It was intended to create a brief review showing the evolution and current state of the art of Organic Chemistry in Brazil, registering growth and maturity of this area among Brazilian researchers, as well as the contribution of Brazilian organic chemical community in the new fields of this science. <![CDATA[THE CHEMISTRY OF NATURAL PRODUCTS IN BRAZIL IN THE XXI CENTURY]]> http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0100-40422017000600706&lng=en&nrm=iso&tlng=en The chemistry of natural products in Brazil has experienced a rapid development during the 21st century, with a diversification of lines of research, methodological approaches, exploration of diverse natural sources for the isolation of secondary metabolites and establishment of several multidisciplinary initiatives. These topics are critically discussed, evidencing achievements and new challenges to be faced for the future of Brazilian natural products chemistry.