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Volume 15, Issue 19

  In this issue:

ULVAC Technologies Inc.
Magnetic Coupling Rotary Vane Pumps

SPI Supplies
Sample Preparation Equipment and Consumables

Metals and Materials…
from the Ordinary to the Extraordinary

Ted Pella, Inc.
Microscopy Supplies and
Specimen Preparation Tools

Harrick Plasma, Inc.
Plasma Cleaning
and Surface Activation

HORIBA Scientific
Tip Enhanced Raman Scattering (TERS) /

American Elements
Now Invent.™

Using Rietveld Analysis

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
Precise, High-sensitivity EDXRF Analysis

Lake Shore
Cryotronics Inc.

Precision Measurement in Variable Environments

Angstrom Engineering
Thin Film Deposition Equipment and Materials

D8 ADVANCE Plus—Ease and  Flexibility in XRD

MTI Corporation
Total Solution for
Material Research

AdValue Technology, LLC
Powders, Crucibles, Tubes, Plates, Custom Parts

Janis Research Company, LLC
ARPES to X-Ray;
10mK to 800K


2017 MRS Spring Meeting
2017 MRS Spring Meeting
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March for Science
April 22, 2017, Washington, DC

Consistent with its mission, vision and core values, MRS supports peaceful and focused advocacy efforts to promote science worldwide. MRS is supportive of the published goals of the March for Science, predicated on the goal of promoting a non-partisan, bicameral effort to increase the awareness of the need for full and sustained federal funding for the US R&D enterprise across domestic agencies.

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Materials in Focus

Research Highlights: Perovskites
MRS Bulletin presents the impact of a selection of recent advances in this burgeoning field of perovskites.

Splitting water in remote, separated half cells
A second set of auxiliary electrodes is used to exchange ions and close the loop of the electrolytic reaction.

Synthetic composite mimics tooth enamel
Modeled after tooth enamel, the load-bearing composite consisting of nanosized ZnO columns surrounded by a polymer matrix is resistant to vibrations.

NMR confirms strong spin orbit interactions drive magnetic quantum phase transition
At low temperatures, spin orbit interactions in Ba2NaOsO6 first break the crystal symmetry and then give rise to a quantum ferromagnetic state.

New mechanism reveals the secrets of a Ti alloy transformation
New phase transformation mechanism revealed for a β-titanium alloy with the ability to easily change its shape and bend when deformed.

Control of geometry in polymer dielectric enhances performance of organic field-effect transistors
Controlling the chemistry of polymer dielectrics maximizes the performance of OFETs, bringing us a step closer to flexible electronic devices.

People in Focus

Materials researchers Bao, Khashab, Simmons, and Spaldin receive 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards
During a ceremony in Paris on March 23, 2017, materials researchers  Zhenan Bao (Stanford University, USA), Niveen Khashab (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia), Michelle Simmons (University of New South Wales, Australia), and Nicola Spaldin (ETH Zürich, Switzerland), as well as astrophysicist Maria Teresa Ruiz (Universidad de Chile) received their awards. Photos and videos of the researchers’ activities during the ceremonial week can be viewed on the L’Oréal-UNESCO facebook page.

Industry Focus

Apple rumors: What’s so great about a curved iPhone screen?
Mass-producing the required organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays is complicated, but the benefits are considerable.

Policy Focus

Materials Minute: Trump budget release
This episode examines the Administration’s budget blueprint.

UK scientists prepare for break with European Union

The break may lead to an increase in UK funding for applied science and research collaborations with scientists in non-EU countries.


Featured Events at the 2017 MRS Spring Meeting

Several Award Talk sessions will be featured at the upcoming 2017 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix. Below are just a few highlights. For a list of all Meeting activities, visit To receive daily news from the Meeting, subscribe to the Meeting Scene.

Outstanding Young Investigator Award Talks

Monday, April 17  |  5:15 pm – 6:45 pm

Jennifer A. Dionne, Stanford University
Award Talk: Inside Out—Visualizing Chemical Transformations and Light-Matter Interactions with Nanometer-Scale Resolution

James M. Rondinelli, Northwestern University.
Award Talk: Discovering New Tricks in Older Complex Oxides

Graduate Student Award Finalists' Special Talk Sessions
Tuesday, April 18  |  12:00 pm - 2:45 pm

The MRS Graduate Student Awards are intended to honor and encourage graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction. Support our Graduate Students Award finalists by sitting in on these impressive talks!

2017 MRS Communications Lecture Award
Tuesday, April 18  |  5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Sharon C. Glotzer, University of Michigan
Award Talk: Rational design of nanomaterials from assembly and reconfigurability of polymer-tethered nanoparticles

Innovation in Materials Characterization Award
Wednesday, April 19  |  5:15 pm – 6:15 pm

Joost W.M. Frenken, Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (ARCNL)
SPM Goes LiveSeeing Dynamic Phenomena with the Scanning Tunneling Microscope.

Critical Meeting Deadlines

2017 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit
April 17-21, 2017
Phoenix, Arizona

exhibit opportunities available
PREREGISTRATION CLOSES at 5:00 pm (ET), March 31!

Register now and save!
75th Device Research Conference (DRC)
June 25-28, 2017
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana

exhibit opportunities available
Early April
59th Electronic Materials Conference (EMC)
June 28-30, 2017
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana

exhibit opportunities available
March 31

Abstract Deadline—May 1
XXVI International Materials Research Congress 2017
August 20-25, 2017
Cancun, Mexico

A joint meeting of the Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales and the Materials Research Society
Abstract Deadline—April 7
International Conference on Silicon Carbide and Related Materials (ICSCRM 2017)
September 17-22, 2017
Washington, DC

exhibit opportunities available
Abstract Deadline—April 28
2017 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit
November 26-December  1, 2017
Boston, Massachusetts

exhibit opportunities available
Abstract Submission—
May 15 – June 15



Journal of Materials Research appoints Susmita Bose as Associate Editor for Biomaterials
Susmita Bose, the Herman and Brita Lindholm Endowed Chair Professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Washington State University, joins the editorial board to oversee publication of research that demonstrates a significant scientific advance or understanding in biomaterials.

Critical Publications Deadlines

Call for Papers
November 2017 – Journal of Materials Research 32(21)
Jan van der Merwe: Epitaxy and the Computer Age
Submission deadline:
April 1, 2017
Call for Papers
December 2017 – Journal of Materials Research 32(23)

Mechanical properties and microstructure of advanced
metallic alloys – in honor of Prof. Hael Mughrabi
Submission deadline:
May 1, 2017
Call for Papers
January 2018Journal of Materials Research 33(1)
Early Career Scholars in Materials Science
Submission Deadline:
June 1, 2017
Call for Papers
February 2018 – Journal of Materials Research 33(3)
Architected Materials: Synthesis, Characterization, Modeling and Optimal Design
Submission Deadline:
July 1, 2017
Call for Papers
March 2018Journal of Materials Research 33(5)
Electrocatalysts for Oxygen and Hydrogen Evolution
Submission Deadline:
August 1, 2017


Consolidating Adhesive Project
  R. Ploeger, C. Del Grosso, J. A. Poulis, D. Cimino, T. Poli, E. R. de la Rie and C. W. McGlinchey, MRS Advances

Ferroelectric glass-ceramics
  Manuel Pedro Fernandes Graça and Manuel Almeida Valente, MRS Bulletin

Glass-ceramics for nuclear-waste immobilization
  John S. McCloy and Ashutosh Goel, MRS Bulletin

Glass Material Modeling and its Molding Behavior
  Gang Liu, Anh-Tuan Vu, Olaf Dambon and Fritz Klocke, MRS Advances

Investigation of Ce incorporation in zirconolite glass-ceramics for UK plutonium disposition
  Stephanie M. Thornber, Martin C. Stennett and Neil C. Hyatt, MRS Advances

Opportunities in vanadium-based strongly correlated electron systems
  Matthew Brahlek, Lei Zhang, Jason Lapano, Hai-Tian Zhang, Roman Engel-Herbert, Nikhil Shukla, Suman Datta, Hanjong Paik and Darrell G. Schlom, MRS Communications

Pushing the detection limit of thin film magnetoelectric heterostructures
  Volker Röbisch, Sebastian Salzer, Necdet O. Urs, Jens Reermann, Erdem Yarar, André Piorra, Christine Kirchhof, Enno Lage, Michael Höft, Gerhard U. Schmidt, Reinhard Knöchel, Jeffrey McCord, Eckhard Quandt and Dirk Meyners, Journal of Materials Research

Bio Focus

Bioactive glass-ceramic scaffolds: Processing and properties
  Elena Boccardi, Francesca E. Ciraldo, and Aldo R. Boccaccini, MRS Bulletin

Inductive Biomaterials for Bone Regeneration
  Rafid Kasir, Varadraj N. Vernekar and Cato T. Laurencin,
Journal of Materials Research

Energy Focus

X-ray spectroscopies studies of the 3d transition metal oxides and applications of photocatalysis
  Yifan Ye, Mukes Kapilashrami, Cheng-Hao Chuang, Yi-sheng Liu, Per-Anders Glans and Jinghua Guo, MRS Communications

Nano Focus

Fiber reinforced magneto polymer matrix composites (FR - MPMCs) - A Review
  Muhammad Musaddique Ali Rafique, Everson Kandare and Stephan Sprenger,
Journal of Materials Research

Self-assembly of nanostructures with multiferroic components using nucleic acid linkers
  Ferman A. Chavez and Gopalan Srinivasan, MRS Communications


Kevin Golovin, University of Michigan

A thin film of poly(caprolactone) blended with a fluorinated molecule.

See more from the Science as Art competition at the 2016 MRS Fall Meeting.

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Christopher Bettinger on biomedical materials innovation
MRS Bulletin

MRS Bulletin’s Anke Weidenkaff from the University of Stuttgart talks with Christopher Bettinger of Carnegie Mellon University. Bettinger is co-founder and CTO of AnCure.


Partial listing of classified ads from the April 2017 issue of MRS Bulletin

Chinese University of Hong Kong
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

ETH Zurich

Professor, Multiscale Materials Modeling


New Year, New Nano Models

The newest color and monochrome models in the Teledyne DALSA Genie™ Nano camera series offer high quality, versatility and power-over-Ethernet in resolutions of 8.9 and 12 Megapixels.
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Low Retention Pipette Tips Deliver Maximum Liquid Recovery

Based on its popular GripTips multi lobe design, INTEGRA’s new line of Low Retention pipette tips uses a unique polypropylene blend to prevent samples from spreading out enabling maximum liquid recovery.
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