Quanxi Jia is an Empire Innovation Professor and National Grid Professor of Materials Research at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. He is also the Scientific Director of New York State Center for Excellence in Materials Informatics. Prior to joining UB in 2016, Quanxi had worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory for 24 years, with the last two years serving as the co-director and then Director of the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies, a US Department of Energy Nanoscale Science Research Center operated jointly by Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories.
Quanxi has been heavily involved in MRS activities, devoting his time and effort to professional and community services throughout his professional career. For example, Quanxi served as one of the 2018 MRS Spring Meeting Chairs, as a member of the Organizing Committee and Technical Program Committee in MRS-sponsored international meetings, and as a symposium organizer seven times since 1999. He gave a tutorial lecture and 10+ invited talks at MRS meetings. He has also served in the MRS Fellow Subcommittee. He was one of the guest editors of the special issue of MRS Bulletin (Obtaining ultimate functionalities in nanocomposites, Sept. 2015) and is currently one of the Principal Editors of the Journal of Materials Research. In addition, Quanxi has been extensively involved in activities of other scientific societies. For instance, he served as the Secretary-Elect, the Secretary, the Vice-Chair & Program Chair, the Chair-Elect, and the Chair of the Electronics Division of the American Ceramic Society (2008 – 2013). He is the founding co-Editor-in-Chief of Materials Research Letters (Taylor & Francis Group) and an editorial board member of Ferroelectrics Letters (Taylor & Francis Group), Nano Convergence (Springer), and Trans. Electrical & Electronic Materials (Korean IEEE).
Quanxi’s research areas include the synthesis of nanostructured materials and multifunctional materials, the study of the processing-structure-property relationships of ferroic films, the development of novel deposition techniques for the growth of electronic and energy materials, as well as the development and fabrication of novel solid-state microelectronic/electro-optic devices. He has authored/co-authored over 500 peer-reviewed journal articles and holds 49 US patents. Quanxi is especially well-known for his outstanding and pioneering contributions to high-temperature superconducting coated conductors and to the process and application of multifunctional metal oxide materials. He is an elected Fellow of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Materials Research Society (MRS), the American Physical Society (APS), the American Ceramic Society (ACerS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).
I am honored to be nominated as a candidate for the Board of Directors, and very excited about the opportunity to serve the MRS community in this capacity. MRS has been a major professional platform for materials researchers to share innovative ideas and discoveries. I believe that the society’s technical excellence, inclusion, and diversity have made MRS the world’s premier society in interdisciplinary materials research.
In order to build a more dynamic, interactive, and global leadership community of materials researchers to advance technical excellence, I believe we should work on several important matters: (1) Making MRS an interdisciplinary materials community, we should reach out to scientific leaders from different materials disciplines to bring both conventional and topical research areas to MRS’ flagship Spring and Fall meetings. (2) Considering the landscape of MRS members and its large population of international researchers, we should strive to coordinate and work closely with our foreign materials research communities. (3) We also need to further increase the impact of MRS journals so that our members will consider publishing their new research breakthroughs and results in MRS publications portfolio. (4) We need to expand our outreach activities and engage in a much broader community to promote public awareness of the significance of materials research in solving the challenges facing our nation and in offering solutions to improving the quality of life.
As the Board of Directors is responsible for formulating policies, monitoring progress of the society toward its long-term goals, and setting strategic directions for the major activities of the society, I, if elected, will bring my expertise both as a research scientist, an educator, and a manager to the Society. I will work closely with our exceptionally talented and dedicated colleagues and actively participate in Board activities. I will also treasure the opportunity to be able to listen to the concerns, opinions, and suggestions of the materials community about important issues and bring them to the attention of the Board. I will further serve as a bridge between the materials research community, general public, and the Board of Directors. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve the MRS community.