About MRS

Cherie R. Kagan, University of Pennsylvania

Vice President-Elect

Cherie KaganCherie R. Kagan is the Stephen J. Angello Professor of Electrical and Systems Engineering, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and professor of chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. Kagan is also Penn Engineering’s Associate Dean for Research. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991 with a BSE degree in materials science and engineering and a BA degree in mathematics and earned her PhD degree in materials science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1996. In 1996, she went to Bell Labs as a postdoctoral fellow and in 1998, she joined IBM’s T. J. Watson Research Center, where she most recently managed the “Molecular Assemblies and Devices Group.” In 2007, she joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania.

Kagan’s first conference and presentation as a student was the MRS Fall Meeting (just yesterday, in 1992). She found a home in the MRS and has been an active member since. Kagan contributed to the governance of the MRS serving as a member of the Board of Directors (2007-2009) and on the Graduate Students Awards Committee (2014-present). She also participated in MRS Congressional Visit Days to the US Congress each of the three years she was a board member to highlight the importance of scientific research to US competitiveness. She co-edited the MRS Bulletin (Molecular Transport Junctions, 2004) and co-organized the “7th Annual Organic Microelectronics Workshop” (2011) and three symposia at MRS meetings.

Kagan is also involved in the APS, where she is a fellow in the Division of Materials Physics, and was honored by the ACS as one of the top 12 Young Women at the Forefront of Chemistry (2002). She serves as an Associate Editor of the journal ACS Nano and has served on the editorial advisory boards of Nano Letters, Nano Today, and Applied Materials & Interfaces. She was recognized at IBM by the Outstanding Technical Achievement Award (2005), by the MIT TR10 (2000), and by Penn students with the S. Reid Warren, Jr Award (2015) for “intellectual and professional development of undergraduate students.” She also has served on a number of national and international scientific advisory boards.

The Kagan group’s research is focused on designing materials and devices with unconventional and mixed electrical, optical, magnetic, mechanical, and thermal, properties by exploring and exploiting the chemical and physical properties of inorganic and hybrid organic-inorganic nanostructures. Using the library of colloidal metallic, semiconducting, insulating, and magnetic nanocrystals (NCs) as the building blocks of NC assemblies, her group has manipulated their structure, via chemical and top-down and bottom-up fabrication methods, to probe and ultimately control their functions. She has translated these materials and systems to device demonstrations, for applications such as in printable, flexible electronics, infrared optoelectronics, and large-area, broadband optical metamaterials. Her group has similarly explored the structure, function, and device application of organic and organic-inorganic hybrid perovskite semiconductors. Kagan has published >125 papers in scientific journals and been granted >40 patents.

Candidate's Statement

The Materials Research Society (MRS) is home to a diverse community of researchers from around the globe with a common interest in advancing, sharing, and applying our knowledge of materials. The MRS Society serves its growing constituency of members through its established forums of excellent meetings, publications, and its website and by its flexibility to create new platforms that enable and broaden materials research exchange. By serving as a “gateway” for knowledge exchange, with each other, with the public, and with governments, the MRS aims to support our community to make scientific and technological impact for the benefit of society at large.

One of the strongest attributes of the MRS is it people, the members from academia, government, and industry that participate and share their research and the staff and member volunteers that enable MRS programs and operation. The Society is known for its inclusion of members from different disciplines and geographies and of different age, gender, race, and ethnicity, which enrich the ideas and perspectives of the whole. MRS meetings and publications, in particular the MRS Bulletin, have been flagship platforms for the Society to bring together its members and to disseminate materials research. Looking forward to the continued success of the MRS, we need to continue the quality and vibrancy of these forums, in an evolving scientific ecosystem, and build on their achievements to support our diverse, international membership. There are opportunities to develop our forums for exchange to enable more-frequent and cost-effective membership engagement, for example, which integrate and support researchers early in their careers and at a distance, so MRS is a regular destination for its members to gain and to share knowledge. It is through the MRS value proposition that the Society creates a vibrant and creative community and develops the next-generation of leaders and volunteers to carry the enterprise forward. The MRS also serves as a platform to communicate to society our enthusiasm for and the importance of materials science and engineering and our values of scientific integrity and collaboration.

I believe the role of the MRS Board is to ensure the Society’s success by serving its membership and aims to continue to build the “Materials Gateway” through the delivery of innovative and valuable products and programs that promote and allow exchange of materials research.