Volume 15, Issue 19

  In this issue:

ULVAC Technologies Inc.
Arc Plasma Deposition Systems

SPI Supplies
Sample Preparation Equipment and Consumables

Ted Pella, Inc.
Microscopy Supplies and
Specimen Preparation Tool

Electrostatics Corp.

Ion Beams, RBS, PIXE,
AMS, MeV Implant

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American Elements
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CRAIC Technologies
Raman, UV-vis-NIR, Fluorescence, Polarization Microspectroscopy

Minus K Technology
Best Low-Frequency
Vibration Isolation

HORIBA Scientific
Most Advanced
Ellipsometry Solutions

Ceria Nanoparticles Size Distribution Analysis

Angstrom Engineering
Thin Film Deposition Equipment and Material

MTI Corporation
Total Solution for Material Research

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

Thermo Fisher Scientific
Advancing Materials Science Research Worldwide

Sigma-Aldrich Materials Science
Because Materials Matter

Bruker Nano
Surfaces Division

Low-cost, High-quality
AFM Probes


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CALL FOR PAPERS—Journal of Materials Research (JMR)

Electrocatalysts for Oxygen and Hydrogen Evolution
March 2018 Focus Issue

This Focus Issue will highlight recent developments in electrocatalysts for hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions, in both fundamental and applied science, from the molecular scale to the reactor and system design. Learn more »

Submission Deadline—August 1


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Materials in Focus

Spin-wave majority logic gate for spintronics and magnonics demonstrated
Spin waves are individually phase shifted and then combined, resulting in a wave that is the superposition of the three inputs.

Holey 2D TMO nanosheets enhance battery performance
A new synthetic strategy for 2D transition metal oxide nanosheets provides further insight into how alkali-ion battery electrodes work.

Synthetic melanins with tunable properties developed
Six peptides identified that act as tunable precursors that give different melanin-like polymers.

Two-step relaxation decoupling found in metallic glasses at low temperatures
The two processes include one with a fast relaxation rate and low activation energy and the other with a higher activation energy.

People in Focus

A. Paul Alivisatos named executive vice chancellor and provost of UC-Berkeley
Alivisatos joined the University of California-Berkeley close to 30 years ago. Groundbreaking contributions to the fundamental physical chemistry of nanocrystals are the hallmarks of his distinguished career.

Policy Focus

US lawmakers get an earful about materials research—and now they want more
Lawmakers from both parties want to find ways to better support US materials research.


Making batteries from sugar? That’s quite a stretch
Sugar is the surprise ingredient in a stretchable battery for wearable technology.


Critical Meeting Deadlines

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
International Conference on Silicon Carbide and Related Materials (ICSCRM 2017)
September 17-22, 2017
Washington, DC

exhibit opportunities available

Deadline—July 27

2017 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit
November 26-December 1, 2017
Boston, Massachusetts

exhibit opportunities available


Critical Publications Deadlines

Call for Papers
March 2018Journal of Materials Research 33(5)
Electrocatalysts for Oxygen and Hydrogen Evolution
Submission Deadline:
August 1, 2017
Call for Papers
April 2018 – Journal of Materials Research 33(7)
Advanced Atomistic Algorithms in Materials Science
Submission Deadline:
September 1, 2017
Call for Papers
May 2018 – Journal of Materials Research 33(9)
Porous Carbon and Carbonaceous Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage
Submission Deadline:
October 1, 2017
Call for Papers
June 2018 – Journal of Materials Research 33(11)
Wide Energy Gap Semiconductors: Material Issues and Device Implications
Submission Deadline:
November 1, 2017




Electron-emission materials: Advances, applications, and models
  Daniele M. Trucchi and Nicholas A. Melosh, MRS Bulletin

Se-Doped Ge10Sb90 for Highly Reliable Phase-Change Memory with Low Operation Power
  Jeong Hoon Kim, Dae-Seop Byeon, Dae-Hong Ko and Jeong Hee Park, Journal of Materials Research

Size effects of micrometer-scaled metals—the search continues for materials containing real microstructures
  A.H.W. Ngan, X.X. Chen, P.S.S. Leung, R. Gu and K.F. Gan, MRS Communications

Theoretical modeling of electron emission from graphene
  Y.S. Ang, Shi-Jun Liang, and L.K. Ang, MRS Bulletin

Bio Focus

Natural melanin pigments and their interfaces with metal ions and oxides: emerging concepts and technologies
  Eduardo Di Mauro, Ri Xu, Guido Soliveri and Clara Santato, MRS Communications

Energy Focus

Nanostructured layered vanadium oxide as cathode for high-performance sodium-ion batteries: a perspective
  Wen Luo, Jean-Jacques Gaumet and Liqiang Mai, MRS Communications

Nano Focus

Carbon nanotube photothermionics: Toward laser-pointer-driven cathodes for simple free-electron devices and systems
  Alireza Nojeh, MRS Bulletin

Measuring optical properties of individual SnO2 nanowires via valence electron energy-loss spectroscopy
  Derek R. Miller, Robert E. Williams, Sheikh A. Akbar, Pat A. Morris and David W. McComb, Journal of Materials Research

Molecular Simulation Study of Piezoelectric Potential Distribution in a ZnO Nanowire under Mechanical Bending
  Dan Tan, Yuan Xiang and Yongsheng Leng, MRS Advances

Polar-Toroidal Phase Transformation in Inhomogeneous Nanoscale Ferroelectric Systems: A Novel Strategy for the Design of Energy Conversion Nanodevices
  Weijin Chen, Shuai Yuan, Ye Ji, Gelei Jiang, Jian Shao and Yue Zheng, MRS Advances

Selective-area InAsSb Nanowires on InP for 3 – 5 μm Mid-wavelength Infrared Optoelectronics
  Dingkun Ren, Alan C. Farrell and Diana L. Huffaker, MRS Advances

Thermionic electron emission from single carbon nanostructures and its applications in vacuum nanoelectronics
  Xianlong Wei, Qing Chen, and Lian-Mao Peng, MRS Bulletin


Yoga Class at Microscale Scale
Qianru Jin, Johns Hopkins University

The image shows an array of self-folding structures. The image was taken by SEM and processed with false color. The green represents the head; red represents the arms; and blue represents the leg. Each structure is about 70 micrometer from tip to tip.

A Second Place Winner from the Science as Art competition at the 2017 MRS Spring Meeting.

Copyright for all Science as Art images belongs to the Materials Research Society. To request permission to re-use the images, please contact Anita Miller.


Martin L. Green on materials technology and informatics
MRS Bulletin Material Matters

Martin L. Green of the National Institute of Standards and Technology talks on the role of materials science in technology and on materials informatics and calorimetrics.


Reporter Lentivirus Signaling Pathway Studies

AMSBIO has introduced a new range of ready-to-use Reporter Lentivirus for assessing cell signaling activities in virtually any mammalian cell type.
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SWIR Cameras

Photon etc. recently announced the release of its new MCT and InGaAs cameras. The ZephIR cameras combine sensitivity, speed, and lifetime like no other SWIR camera.
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