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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

May 22, 2015

The Optical Society, SPIE AND MRS Announce 2015-2016 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows

The Optical Society (OSA), SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and the Materials Research Society (MRS) are pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows. Jennifer Brookes, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington, will serve as the 2015-2016 Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow, which is co-sponsored by OSA and SPIE; and Peter W. Winter, Ph. D., a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health, will serve as the OSA/MRS Congressional Fellow.

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May 5, 2015

Breakthrough in solar cell material reported in latest issue of MRS Communications

A groundbreaking paper on hybrid perovskites, one of the hottest solar cell and LED materials, has been published in MRS Communications, a flagship journal of the Materials Research Society.

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April 20, 2015

Materials Research Society President-Elect, Kristi S. Anseth, Named 2015 Bayer Distinguished Lecturer at Pitt

Materials Research Society (MRS) Vice President/President-Elect, Kristi S. Anseth, has been named recipient of the 2015 Bayer Distinguished Lectureship by the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering. Anseth is the Tisone Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, associate professor of surgery, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at the University of Colorado-Boulder Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. She will serve as MRS President in 2016.

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April 20, 2015

MRS Bulletin Editor, Gopal Rao, Recognized by Auburn University as 2015 Materials Engineering Outstanding Alumnus of the Year

During their Spring Reception, held April 10, 2015 at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center, Auburn University recognized Gopal Rao of the Materials Research Society (MRS) as the Materials Engineering Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.

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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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