MRS Press Room

Welcome to the Materials Research Society’s Press Room. MRS encourages coverage of its technical meetings, exhibits and other society events and activities by the scientific and general news media.  Our goal—to provide members of the media with news and information for dissemination to the scientific community and general public toward fostering appreciation for and understanding of the contributions and importance of materials research and development. 

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MRS Press Releases

November 23, 2015

Richard B. Kaner selected as 2015 MRS Medalist

Richard B. Kaner, University of California, Los Angeles, has been selected to receive the 2015 Materials Research Society (MRS) Medal. He is cited "for the discovery of efficient methods to synthesize water dispersible conducting polymer nano-fibers and their applications in sensors, actuators, molecular memory devices, catalysis, and the novel process of flash welding."

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November 19, 2015

Jacob Klein Selected for 2015 David Turnbull Lectureship Award

The 2015 David Turnbull Lectureship Award will honor Jacob Klein, Weizmann Institute of Science. Klein is cited “for discoveries which transformed our understanding of soft matter and interfaces, through sustained research, inspirational lecturing, and academic leadership.”

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November 17, 2015

Steven G. Louie to Receive 2015 Materials Theory Award

The Materials Research Society has named Steven G. Louie, University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as the 2015 recipient of the Materials Theory Award “for his seminal contributions to the development of ab initio methods for, and the elucidation of, many-electron effects in electronic excitations and optical properties of solids and nanostructures.” The Materials Theory Award, endowed by Toh-Ming Lu and Gwo-Ching Wang, “recognizes exceptional advances made by materials theory to the fundamental understanding of the structure and behavior of materials.”

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November 11, 2015

Sir Richard H. Friend to Receive the Materials Research Society's Highest Honor

The 2015 Von Hippel Award, the Materials Research Society’s (MRS) highest honor, will be presented to Sir Richard H. Friend, Optoelectronics Group, Cavendish Laboratory at the University of Cambridge.

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October 8, 2015

New Editor-in-Chief announced for Materials Research Society journal on energy and sustainability

The Materials Research Society (MRS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth A. Kócs, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) as the newest editor-in-chief of its digital journal, MRS Energy & Sustainability—A Review Journal.

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September 25, 2015

Fracking fall-out: a review of water and greenhouse gas impacts indicates natural gas has potential but must be “done right”

In the latest issue of the new journal MRS Energy & Sustainability—A Review Journal, a group of eminent US scientists led by Dr. Douglas Arent, Executive Director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, looks at recent developments in the production and use of unconventional natural gas in the US-with a focus on implications on water management and greenhouse emissions.

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September 17, 2015

Methanol: a renewable fuel for the future?

Imagine powering your laptop computer or cell phone with alcohol? This idea might not be so far-fetched, as a number of organizations are already actively developing methanol-powered fuel cells for electronic devices, according to a newly published paper in MRS Energy & Sustainability—A Review Journal. In fact, forecasts highlighted in the paper indicate that the market for methanol fuel cells may reach $1.1 billion by next year.

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September 15, 2015

Materials Research Society Announces Vice President/President Elect and New Board Members for 2016

The Materials Research Society (MRS) is pleased to announce the Vice President and new Board members for 2016, elected by the Society's global membership of over 16,000.

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July 28, 2015

Wind and solar power: integrating renewable energy sources into the electricity grid

In the latest issue of the new journal MRS Energy & Sustainability—A Review Journal, Professor Jay Apt of Carnegie Mellon University turns the spotlight on one of the planet’s most pressing problems—how renewable energy sources can be better integrated into the existing electricity grid.

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June 30, 2015

Elizabeth Kupp to Chair Materials Research Society's Public Outreach Committee

The Materials Research Society is pleased to announce Elizabeth Kupp, The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), as its new chair of the Public Outreach Committee (POC), effective July 1, 2015.

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