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Volume 15, Issue 19

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2018 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit
April 2-6, 2018  |  Phoenix, Arizona

Abstract Submission Deadline
11:59 pm (ET), Tuesday, October 31

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2017 MRS Fall Meeting—Register today and save!

Preregistration Deadline
5:00 pm (ET), Friday, November 10

Join in the conversation with Meeting attendees by following
#F17MRS on Twitter and Facebook.

Impact Factors

Lead a Focus Issue on your area of expertise!
For more information and guidelines regarding successful proposals, visit

Submission Deadline

January 31, 2018


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Materials in Focus

Research highlights: Perovskites
Research on perovskites has progressed rapidly, with solar-cell efficiency now at 22%, five times higher than those of the first cells reported in 2009. MRS Bulletin presents the impact of a selection of recent advances in this burgeoning field.

Read-write device fabricated on a topological insulator
Researchers write and erase magnetic and charge state patterns into a topological insulator thin film.

Study sets record for largest molecular simulation on a quantum computer
This record-setting effort demonstrates the suitability of near-term quantum hardware toward solving interesting scientific problems.

STEM enables controlled placement and movement of Si atoms in graphene lattice
This technique may be useful in the fabrication of atomic-scale devices needed in small quantities, like qubits and vacancy centers.

Bio Focus: Small tissue reprogramming device designed to heal damaged tissues
Tissue nanotransfection uses a nanochannel device to deliver reprogramming factors that directly transform a cell into another type of cell on-site.

People in Focus

Congratulations to these MRS Award recipients who will be honored at the 2017 MRS Fall Meeting.

C.N.R. Rao receives 2017 Von Hippel Award
The Von Hippel Award, the Materials Research Society’s  highest honor, will be presented to C.N.R. Rao, Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research. Rao is being recognized “for his immense interdisciplinary contributions to the development of novel functional materials, including magnetic and electronic properties of transition metal oxides, nanomaterials such as fullerenes, graphene and 2D inorganic solids, superconductivity and colossal magnetoresistance in rare-earth cuprates and manganates.”

Sigurd Wagner to be honored with the David Turnbull Lectureship
The David Turnbull Lectureship will be awarded to Sigurd Wagner of Princeton University “for groundbreaking contributions to the science and technology of thin film photovoltaics, amorphous silicon and flexible large-area electronics.”

MRS Medals go to Joanna Aizenberg and Younan Xia
Joanna Aizenberg of Harvard University will receive the MRS Medal for “developing new synthesis routes inspired by biological principles for the fabrication of advanced complex multifunctional materials and devices.” Younan Xia of the Georgia Institute of Technology will be recognized for “seminal contributions to shape-controlled synthesis of metal nanocrystals with major impact on catalysis, plasmonics and biomedicine.” This award is endowed by Gwo-Ching Wang and Toh-Ming Lu.

Glenn H. Fredrickson to receive Materials Theory Award
Glenn H. Fredrickson of the University of California, Santa Barbara will be honored with the Materials Theory Award for “pioneering the development of field-theoretic computer simulation methods and their application to investigate and design self-assembling polymers and soft materials.” The Materials Theory Award is endowed by Gwo-Ching Wang and Toh-Ming Lu.

James A. Warren to present The Fred Kavli Distinguished Lecture in Materials Science
James A. Warren of the National Institute of Standards and Technology will present his lecture, “The Materials Genome Initiative and Artificial Intelligence,” at the Plenary Session on Monday evening, November 27.

Xiaobo Yin awarded The Kavli Foundation Early Career Lectureship in Materials Science
Xiaobo Yin of the University of Colorado Boulder will present his lecture “Put Microstructured Optical Metamaterials to Work in Large Scale Energy Applications” on Thursday afternoon, November 30.

Industry Focus


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Policy Focus

How the United States plans to trap its biggest stash of nuclear-weapons waste in glass
After decades of delays, a challenging clean-up project is gaining ground.


Featured Events at the 2017 MRS Fall Meeting

Several professional development events will be featured at the 2017 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston. Below are just a few highlights. For more details on these and to receive daily news on other activities from the Fall Meeting, visit the Meeting Scene blog.

Professional Development Workshop—Research Mentor Training
Sunday, November 26 | 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
This workshop will share best practices in mentoring with the goal to maximize the effectiveness of mentoring relationships. Space is limited; advance sign-up is required.

Essentials of Getting Your Work Published
Sunday, November 26 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
I've Done My Research, Now What? MRS journal editors discuss the fundamentals of successful scientific publishing.

Science Communication Panel—How to Use Social Media for Connecting with Colleagues and the Press
Tuesday, November 28 | 8:00 am – 11:00 am
This panel will discuss how materials researchers can leverage social media as a networking tool as well as a way to promote their work through the press.

Green Cards for Scientific Researchers—How to Win Your EB-1/NIW Case!
Tuesday, November 28 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
This presentation will cover and compare the criteria for EB-1A classification for foreign nationals of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, EB-1B classification for foreign nationals who are outstanding researchers and professors, and the National Interest Waiver (“NIW”) Category.

Critical Meeting Deadlines

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

exhibit opportunities available

Register by 5:00 pm (ET), November 10 for discounted rates!
2018 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit
April 2-6, 2018
Phoenix, Arizona

exhibit opportunities available

Abstract Submission Deadline 11:59 pm (ET), Tuesday, October 31


Critical Publications Deadlines

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
Call for Papers                                                 
July 2018 – Journal of Materials Research 33(13)    

Stabilization of Organic Electronic Materials and Devices
Submission Deadline:
December 1, 2017
Call for Papers                                                 
August 2018 – Journal of Materials Research 33(15)

Soft Magnetic Materials: Synthesis, Characterization, and Applications
Submission Deadline:
January 1, 2018
Call for Proposals
2019 JMR Focus Issues
Lead a Focus Issue on your area of expertise!
Submission Deadline:
January 31, 2018
Call for Papers                                                 
July 2018 – Journal of Materials Research 33(14)
3D Printing of Biomaterials
Submission Deadline:
February 1, 2018
Call for Papers                                                 
September 2018 – Journal of Materials Research 33(17)

Interconnect and Interface Materials for High-Temperature Energy Conversion Technologies
Submission Deadline:
February 1, 2018
Call for Papers                                                 
October 2018 – Journal of Materials Research 33(19)

Fundamental Understanding and Applications of High-Entropy Alloys
Submission Deadline:
March 1, 2018
Call for Papers                                              
November 2018 – Journal of Materials Research 33(21)
Catalytic Engineered Materials for Commercial and Industrial Energy Applications
Submission Deadline:
April 1, 2018



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MRS Advances

MRS Bulletin

MRS Communications

MRS Advances CMP Challenges for Advanced Technology Nodes beyond Si
  John H Zhang, Stan Tsai, Charan Surisetty, Jody Fronheiser, Shariq Siddiqui, Steven Bentley, Raghuveer Patlolla, Donald F. Canaperi, Walter Kleemeier and Cathy Labelle, MRS Advances

MRS Bulletin Impact of pressure on the structure of glass and its material properties
  Philip S. Salmon and Liping Huang, MRS Bulletin

MRS Advances Reliability of Metal Gate / High-k devices and its impact on CMOS technology scaling
  Andreas Kerber, MRS Advances

JMR Thermodynamic study and preparation of Si-B-N ceramic coating by LPCVD from SiCl4–NH3–BCl3–H2–Ar system
  Jianping Li, Laifei Cheng, Fang Ye, Yongsheng Liu, Yan Zhu and Litong Zhang,
Journal of Materials Research

JMR Transformation Entropy Change and Precursor Phenomena in Ni-rich Ti-Ni Shape Memory Alloys
  Kodai Niitsu, Yuta Kimura and Ryosuke Kainuma, Journal of Materials Research

Bio Focus

MRS Bulletin Enzymatic activity under pressure
  Claus Czeslik, Trung Quan Luong, and Roland Winter, MRS Bulletin

MRS Communications Modulated nitric oxide delivery in three-dimensional biomaterials for vascular functionality
  Zuyong Wang, Feng Wen, Rongkai Zhang and Qinyuan Zhang, MRS Communications

MRS Communications Three-dimensional nanofiber scaffolds with arrayed holes for engineering skin tissue constructs
  Lina Fu, Jingwei Xie,  Mark A. Carlson and Debra A. Reilly, MRS Communications

MRS Communications Tissue engineering toward organ-specific regeneration and disease modeling
  Christian Mandrycky, Kiet Phong and Ying Zheng, MRS Communications

Energy Focus

MRS Advances Production and Characterization of Electroactive Nickel Oxides Grown on Nickel Foam by Anodic Oxidation in KOH Melts for Supercapacitor Applications
  N. Tokmak and M. Urgen, MRS Advances

JMR Thermodynamic limitations for alkali metals in Cu(In,Ga)Se2
  Dimitrios Hariskos and Michael Powalla, Journal of Materials Research

Nano Focus

MRS Bulletin Inside Out—Visualizing dynamic chemical transformations in situ with nanometer-scale resolution
  Jennifer A. Dionne, MRS Bulletin

MRS Bulletin Novel superhard nanopolycrystalline materials synthesized by direct conversion sintering under high pressure and high temperature
  Hitoshi Sumiya, MRS Bulletin


Jupiter and its moons
Justin Johnson, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Grand Canyon, a Science as Art second place winner

Real color polarized-light optical microscope images of solution-cast thin films of various tetracene derivatives.

See more 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.


R. Chidambaram on materials in energy
MRS Bulletin Material Matters

Orlando Auciello. Click to play video

“Developing countries like India have to increase their per capita electricity consumption very substantially…Nuclear is an extremely important option.”

MRS Bulletin’s Fiona Meldrum, from the University of Leeds, talks with R. Chidambaram, the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, on the deployment of electric cars and on the future of nuclear energy.


Career Central Job Board

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

National Taiwan University
Faculty Position, Center for Condensed Matter Sciences

Texas A&M University
Faculty Position, Department of Materials Science & Engineering

U.S. Department of Energy
Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship

University of Delaware
Faculty Position, Department of Materials Science & Engineering

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Faculty Position, Materials Science & Engineering

University of Pennsylvania
Faculty Position, Materials Science and Engineering


Non-contact Infrared Temperature Sensor

The Metis M323 from Process Sensors Corporation is a high end, one-color pyrometer for non-contact temperature measurement from 50°C in the short wavelength spectral range, and is designed primarily for measurement of metals and bright, shiny materials, ceramics and graphite. 
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Convert Any Legacy Manual-Control Deposition System to an Automated System

The FerroVac vacuum controller, an advanced integrated solution to manage vacuum system processes from Ferrotec (USA) Corporation, integrates automated vacuum control with gauge reading functionality.
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