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Materials360 Newsletter
Volume 15, Issue 19

  In this issue:

ULVAC Technologies Inc.
Arc Plasma Deposition Systems

SPI Supplies
Sample Preparation Equipment and Consumables

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for Materials

Ted Pella, Inc.
Microscopy Supplies and
Specimen Preparation Tools

Harrick Plasma, Inc.
Plasma Cleaning
and Surface Activation

HORIBA Scientific
Tip Enhanced Raman Scattering (TERS) /

American Elements
Now Invent.™

Ceria Nanoparticles Size Distribution Analysis

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
Precise, Efficient Materials Testing/Research

Lake Shore
Cryotronics Inc.

Precision Measurement in Variable Environments

Angstrom Engineering
Thin Film Deposition Equipment and Materials

For all your Materials Research Applications

MTI Corporation
Total Solution for
Material Research

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

Janis Research Company, LLC
ARPES to X-Ray;
10mK to 800K

Bruker Nano
Surfaces Division

Low-cost, High-quality
AFM Probes

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Materials in Focus

Research Highlights: Perovskites
Research on perovskites has progressed rapidly, with solar cell efficiencies now at 22%, five times higher than first cells reported in 2009. Following is a selection of recent advances in this burgeoning field.

Au foil substrates developed for flexible electronics

Growing removable single-crystal gold foils on silicon offers an inexpensive, flexible substrate for semiconductors.

Hydrogel utilized to safely transplant insulin-producing islet cells for diabetes treatment
Hydrogel transplanted in the epididymal fat pad in mice achieves the highest degree of vascularization and lowest immune system response among sites.

Microfluidic device delivers drugs directly to brain
Drug delivery through a microfluidic system combined with an ion pump is tested on a ratís cortex.

People in Focus

Subra Suresh named President of Nanyang Technological University Singapore
Subra Suresh, who served as president of Carnegie Mellon University for the past four years and as director of the US National Science Foundation before that, will begin his presidency of NTU-Singapore on January 1, 2018.

Industry Focus

Nuclear to Coal to Hydrogen: Sheldon Station Blazes a Trail
In a corner of Nebraska, a power plant continues a 60-year history of innovation as it aims to burn hydrogen for electric power generation.

Policy Focus

Advanced materials receives big push to bridge UK university–industry gap
Research at the Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials will operate along four themes: energy, engineering, functional, and soft materials.


SLAC accelerator plans appear in Smithsonian art exhibit
The late artist June Schwarcz found inspiration in some unusual wrapping paper her husband brought home from the laboratory.


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

Register by 5:00 pm (ET) August 16, and save!
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



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MRS Advances

MRS Bulletin

MRS Communications

MRS Bulletin A holistic view of nucleation and self-assembly
  James J. De Yoreo, MRS Bulletin

MRS Advances Barochemistry to Multifunctional High Energy Density Solid: Extended Phases of N2, CO, and N2+CO at High Pressures
  Choong-Shik Yoo, MRS Advances

JMR Recent progress in understanding high temperature dynamical properties and fragility in metallic liquids, and their connection with atomic structure
  A.K. Gangopadhyay and K.F. Kelton, Journal of Materials Research

JMR Stability of shear banding process in bulk metallic glasses and composites
  Yusheng Qin, Xiaoliang Han, Kaikai Song, Li Wang, Yun Cheng, Zequn Zhang, Qisen Xue, Nianzhen Sun, Jianguo Wang, Baoan Sun, Baran Sarac, Florian Spieckermann, Gang Wang, Ivan Kaban and Jürgen Eckert, Journal of Materials Research

MRS Advances Temperature and Phase Transition Sensing in Liquids with Fluorescent Probes
  I. Shishkin, T. Alon, R. Dagan, P. Ginzburg, MRS Advances

MRS Bulletin Thermoelectronic energy conversion: Concepts and materials,
  R. Wanke, W. Voesch, I. Rastegar, A. Kyriazis, W. Braun, and J. Mannhart, MRS Bulletin

Energy Focus

JMR Appearance of Quantum Point Contact in Pt/NiO/Pt resistive switching cells
  Yusuke Nishi, Hiroki Sasakura and Tsunenobu Kimoto, Journal of Materials Research

MRS Advances Comparative Study of Annealed and High Temperature Grown ITO and AZO Films for Solar Energy Applications
  Diego Alonso-Álvarez, Lourdes Ferre Llin, Alexander Mellor, Douglas J. Paul and
Nicholas J. Ekins-Daukes, MRS Advances

MRS Communications Controlling the nanoscale morphology and structure of the ZnO/MnO2 system for efficient transparent supercapacitors
  M. A. Borysiewicz,  M. Wzorek, M. Ekielski, J. Kaczmarski and T. Wojciechowski,
MRS Communications

MRS Energy & Sustainability From waste treatment to resource recovery: A Chicago sustainability story
  Debra Shore, MRS Energy and Sustainability

MRS Energy & Sustainability Nuclear viewpoint in India
  Anshu Bharadwaj, Lakshminarayana Venkat Krishnan and Subramaniam Rajagopal,
MRS Energy and Sustainability

MRS Energy & Sustainability Synroc development—Past and present applications
  Eric R. Vance, Dorji T. Chavara and Daniel J. Gregg, MRS Energy and Sustainability

MRS Communications Synthesis and characterization of iron nanoparticles on partially reduced graphene oxide as a cost-effective catalyst for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells
  Allen Green, Rebecca Isseroff , Simon Lin, Likun Wang and Miriam Rafailovich,
MRS Communications

Nano Focus

MRS Communications Chemically controlled surface compositions of Ag–Pt octahedral catalysts
  Yung-Tin Pan, Lingqing Yan and Hong Yang, MRS Communications

MRS Bulletin Ultrabright and monochromatic nanowire electron sources,
  Han Zhang, Jie Tang, Jinshi Yuan, and Lu-Chang Qin, MRS Bulletin


Nonthermal plasma in parallel
Katelyn Schramke, University of Minnesota

Grand Canyon, a Science as Art second place winner

See more from the Science as Art competition at the 2017 MRS Spring Meeting.

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Materials in Energy
MRS Bulletin Material Matters

Orlando Auciello. Click to play video

MRS Bulletin’s Sabrina Sartori, from the University of Oslo, talks with materials researchers about materials in energy at the 2017 MRS Spring Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.


New Lyophilization Instrument

The LyoCapsule™ Freeze Dryer from SP Scientific is a new lyophilization instrument that delivers results comparable to larger R&D freeze dryers enabling a Quality by Design (QbD) approach to cycle development even when materials are highly expensive or limited in quantity.
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First Radiation Resistant HD Zoom Lens

The Model 357 from Resolve Optics provides users operating in radioactive environments, for the first time, true High Definition (HD) quality images over an unrivalled 10x zoom range.
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