About MRS

Arief Suriadi Budiman, Singapore University of Technology & Design
Candidate for Board of Directors

Arief Suriadi Budiman

Arief Suriadi Budiman received his BS degree in mechanical engineering from the Institute of Technology, Bandung (ITB), Indonesia; his M.EngSc degree in materials engineering from Monash University, Australia; and his PhD degree in materials science and engineering from Stanford University in 2008.

During his doctoral candidacy at Stanford’s Department of Materials Science & Engineering, under the supervision of  William D. Nix (MRS Von Hippel Award 2007), Budiman received several research awards (MRS Graduate Silver Award 2006, MRS Best Paper 2006) and contributed to several high-impact journal publications (Acta Materialia, Applied Physics Letters, Journal of Electronic Materials). As a graduate student, he gave two invited talks at the 2006 MRS Spring Meeting and 2006 MRS Fall Meeting.

More recently, Budiman has been awarded the prestigious Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Director's Research Fellowship to conduct top strategic research for the energy and national security missions of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. At the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) at Los Alamos, Budiman’s research program involves nanomaterials for extreme environments with potential applications in advanced energy systems including for next generation nuclear power reactors.

Budiman has been active in MRS throughout his professional career, from winning an MRS Graduate Student Silver Award in 2006 as a PhD student, to organizing various symposia (Mechanical Behavior of Nanostructured Composites, Advances in In Situ Experimentation Techniques Enabling Enabling Novel and Extreme Materials Design) at MRS Spring Meetings, as well as ICMAT (International Conference of Materials in Advanced Technologies) organized by MRS-Singapore. He most recently led as the symposium chair at the 2019 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, and concurrently served as lead editor of a focus issue of Journal of Materials Research on the topic of “Plasticity and Fracture at the Nanoscales” published in May 2019.

His involvement in other materials and technology societies includes The Mineral, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) and the American Vacuum Society (AVS), where he served as co-chair of various symposia, and as members of the Board of Directors for the AVS Thin Films Users Group (TFUG). Additionally, he serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Electronic Materials. Budiman has authored over 80 refereed scientific papers, conference articles, books, book chapters and patents.

Budiman is currently leading a dynamic, international group researching nanomaterials and nanomechanics and their implications for extending the extreme limits of materials, as well as their applications in the next generation energy technologies (solar PV, extreme environments, energy storage, etc.). His work has also recently received the famed Berkeley Lab Scientific Highlights twice in May 2010 and June 2013 (the latter was for his novel, innovative characterization technique that enables thin silicon solar PV technology). He has had extensive industrial exposure through his work and has consulted with some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley and in Solar PV R&D (research and development) areas, among others, San Jose-based SunPower Corporation and Stanford-based Bay Area Photovoltaics Consortium (BAPVC), in addition to national energy labs /academic research experiences (Berkeley Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, etc.). He also recently served an academic stint at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, Massachusetts, as part of faculty immersion/training exchange to conduct research in energy (Solar PV, as well as next generation energy storage/Li-ion).

In Singapore, he is currently running a multi-million dollar research grant program on enabling ultra thin (< 80 micron) silicon solar cells, tunable impact resistance of novel materials design enabled by additive manufacturing as well as novel metallic stretchable conductor technology for next generation biomedical/health care flexible/wearable devices sponsored by the National Research Foundation (NRF), Ministry of Education (MOE) and other premier funding agencies of the Singapore government. He has been invited to give invited lectures/seminars on his research program in various top international scientific/technological conferences (International Plasticity, MRS, TMS, EU PVSEC, PVDAYS, ICMAT, etc.).

Budiman has authored/co-authored several high-impact journal publications (Acta Materialia, Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells, Progress in Photovoltaics, Materials Science Engineering A, Materials, etc.). He has also recently published a book, Probing Crystal Plasticity, at the Nanoscales – Synchrotron X-ray Microdiffraction (Springer 2015). He has two US patents and one pending.

Candidate's Statement

This world is indeed the Materials world!

Since long time ago in our history of mankind, materials have often come to signify human civilizations – from the stone age, bronze age, copper age, iron age to most recently with the silicon age. Silicon is indeed central to our society’s present nervous system as not only we store and process our data, our thinking, our collective imagination and creativity currently in some forms of silicon-based technologies, with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning we further revolutionize the ways the society lives, plays, predicts the future and makes sense of the wonders in the world around us – from natural disaster anticipation to avoiding the planetary climate crises altogether – using software and codes written and powered by silicon digital technologies (with other advanced materials as well!). The Materials Research Society is indeed at the extreme frontier of this exploration venture of our humankind. It leads and fosters exciting, interdisciplinary, cutting-edge and highly impactful collaborations among materials researchers, regardless of discipline, affiliations (academia, industry, national labs), scientific or technological, throughout all geographies in the world.

As we reach such extreme frontier in our materials enterprise in the last 45+ years (especially within the realms of physical sciences) since MRS was founded, I believe we are merely scratching the surface now, and what is about to be concealed would be much greater in significance (for our society’s benefits) and much more fascinating (scientifically and technologically) for all of us. As the materials enterprise accelerates into the global 21st century, I believe the next frontier would be the nexus of materials research, biological sciences and data technologies. Already bio-inspired materials research and learning from nature for almost every other technologies known today have been successful approaches reported from symposia of MRS meetings throughout the world. We learn from bones and mantis shrimp’s dactyl club to create strong, tough and high impact resistance materials made of otherwise soft and flimsy polymers – punching above their weight (ie. natural properties)! We realize that nature – from its millions of years of evolution – perhaps have a thing or two to teach us about how best to harvest solar energy. Emerging solar photovoltaics systems have found inspirations from trees and how their leaves are arranged most efficiently to receive as much solar energy per a unit footprint as possible to challenge the land-hungry conventional solar farm design. But with Artificial Intelligence (AI), deep machine learning and data technologies, I believe we are now on towards the journey of mimicking the inner working of our own consciousness – the brain, itself. The grey matter is indeed a material as well! We may just be not smart enough yet now to understand its delicate properties, intricate behaviors and the sophistications of the laws governing it. Imagine what it would mean for neurosurgery and perhaps treatment or even curing of brain disorders (like autism; this is a little personal to me as my second son Zander is autistic).

The Materials Research Society has initiated and led effective global, dynamic, interdisciplinary and exciting communities of materials researchers to advance technical excellences and bring about broad societal impacts. Such approaches would be exactly what are needed to spearhead the next 45+ years of materials research excellences – ones that are exciting and cutting-edge, fostering materials solution to improve the quality of life and expanding sustainable fields of materials research. I believe the role of the MRS Board is exactly that – ie. to plot the course for the next 45+ years for such materials research excellences, especially in terms of exciting, vibrant materials research communities as well as innovative, thriving and passionate members and volunteers.