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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Complimentary Press Passes for MRS Meetings/Workshops

Press passes are issued to editors and reporters representing bonafide news publications only. These passes are not intended for editors whose primary purpose is the acquisition of authors and manuscripts, or for individuals and organizations whose primary objective is of a sales and marketing nature 

Completed applications were due on Friday, March 27, 2015. 

Upon arrival at the MRS meeting/workshop, you will be required to show press credentials, including a photo ID and one of the following:

  • Editorial business card with title (preferred method of ID)
  • Listing in an editorial masthead
  • By-lined article within the last 18 months
  • Letter from the editor-in-chief or producer on company letterhead—no photocopies or faxes will be accepted

MRS Press Releases

March 30, 2015

Seth R. Marder Receives 2015 MRS Mid-Career Researcher Award

The Materials Research Society (MRS) has named Seth R. Marder, professor and Georgia Power Chair in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, to receive the Mid-Career Researcher Award "for establishing fundamental relationships between the chemical structure of organic molecules and their optical and electronic properties, thereby profoundly impacting how the scientific community designs optimized molecular structures for use in nonlinear optical applications."

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March 26, 2015

MRS Communications Publishes New Manufacturing Process from Stanford Which Could Yield Better Solar Cells, Faster Chips

Silicon isn't the only chip-making material under the sun, just the cheapest. Research published in MRS Communications suggests a new process could make the alternative material, gallium arsenide, more cost effective.

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March 25, 2015

Karena W. Chapman and Ali Javey to Receive 2015 MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Awards

The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year, MRS has named two award recipients—Karena W. Chapman, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), and Ali Javey, University of California, Berkeley (UC-Berkeley). Chapman and Javey will be presented with their awards on April 8, 2015, during the Award Ceremony of the 2015 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco.

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March 19, 2015

John M. Carpenter Receives 2015 MRS Innovation in Materials Characterization Award

This year, the Innovation in Materials Characterization Award will honor John M. Carpenter of Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) "for innovations in neutron sources that have fundamentally changed their performance and enabled opportunities for further advancement of materials that improve the quality of life."

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December 16, 2014

Are all-solid-state batteries the future of electric vehicles?

Today's electric cars use lithium-ion batteries with liquid electrolytes. While they represent an initial step toward slowing the march of global warming, these batteries are not without a significant price premium. They also offer a limited driving range, typically under 100km between charges. In addition, a fire risk exists with the use of flammable organic electrolytes when short circuits increase temperature. An article in the Energy Quarterly section of the December 2014 issue of MRS Bulletin examines all-solid-state batteries and their use in electric vehicles as a successor to lithium-ion batteries with liquid electrolytes.

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December 15, 2014

Materials Research Society Announces New Board Appointment for 2015

David J. Parrillo, Global Research and Development Director, Packaging and Specialty Plastics for The Dow Chemical Company, has accepted a one-year appointment to the MRS Board of Directors and will serve on the MRS Finance Committee.

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November 24, 2014

MRS Congratulates Physicist Mildred Dresselhaus on Presidential Medal of Freedom

The Materials Research Society (MRS) congratulates Mildred Dresselhaus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on today's award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States. Dresselhaus was among 19 winners honored today by President Barack Obama. The list also includes the late dancer Alvin Ailey, news anchor Tom Brokaw, actress Meryl Streep, musician Stevie Wonder and economist Robert Solow.

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November 17, 2014

Long-Qing Chen Awarded 2014 Materials Theory Award

The Materials Research Society (MRS) has named Long-Qing Chen of The Pennsylvania State University the recipient of its Materials Theory Award for his "pioneering work in the development of the phase-field method and its applications in the computational modeling of mesoscale structures and their dynamics in inhomogeneous materials."

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November 7, 2014

Dynamic Duo Receive MRS Medals for Bionic Self-assembled Nanoparticles

By leveraging the traits of a biological material and an inorganic material, Sharon C. Glotzer and Nicholas A. Kotov of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, along with their research colleagues, observed the spontaneous formation of "supraparticles," just as they had predicted.  In recognition of Glotzer and Kotov's achievements made across a decade, the Materials Research Society (MRS) announces that one of the two 2014 MRS Medals awarded will be shared by Glotzer and Kotov.

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October 27, 2014

Marvin L. Cohen to Receive the Materials Research Society's Highest Honor

The 2014 Von Hippel Award, the Materials Research Society’s (MRS) highest honor, will be presented to Marvin L. Cohen, University Professor of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley (UC–Berkeley) and senior scientist in the Materials Sciences Division of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.

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