The MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit has long been considered the key forum to present research to an interdisciplinary and international audience. It provides a window on the future of materials science, and offers an opportunity
for researchers, developers and entrepreneurs to exchange technical information and network with colleagues.
This year, MRS will be taking the 2021 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit to an exciting new level, offering a Hybrid Event. Presenters and attendees can choose to join us in person in Boston, attend virtually from the comfort of their home
or office, or both!
No matter how you attend, the 2021 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit will continue to showcase leading-edge materials research in both fundamental and applied areas. There will be 59 symposia grouped into seven topical clusters, as follows:
This cluster features two symposia. The first will focus on developing an open source introductory materials science textbook. The second will highlight and celebrate women in materials science and their impact on and contributions to the field—this
will feature a number of invited talks by pioneers, leaders and up-and-coming female researchers.
The characterization cluster includes four symposia. One focuses on In Situ and Operando Techniques applied to electrochemical systems, with important implications for energy applications. Chemistry
plays a central role in the development and characterization of new inorganic materials, covered in the Solid-State Chemistry of New Materials symposium. Frontiers in Scanning Probe Microscopy—Beyond Imaging of Soft Materials will highlight
SPM techniques. The fourth symposium in the cluster will discuss the use of machine learning methods to enhance and accelerate the characterization of materials.
Materials Computing and Data Science
This cluster features three symposia highlighting machine learning for accelerating experimental materials research; advances in atomistic algorithms for modeling in materials science for electronic structure calculations and empirical-potential-based
simulations; and pairing simulations and machine learning for materials modeling. All three will incorporate machine learning approaches, which is becoming more valuable and useful for materials development.
Electronics, Optics and Quantum
The largest cluster of the meeting includes 20 symposia covering electronic materials/devices, optical materials, and quantum materials and processes. There are several symposia that cut across these areas. Quantum materials and phenomena are the focus
of several symposia including quantum optical materials based on impurities, spin-based sensing with NV-diamond, defect and strain-enabled emergent behavior, quantum-coherent spin dynamics and materials, materials for quantum information. 2D materials ,and heterostructures
of various dimensional materials are covered in several symposia. Metamaterials and metasurfaces, as well as metaphotonics, nanophotonics and plasmonics are the focus of two symposia. Long running materials symposia include two on nitride materials,
multiferroics and magnetoelectronics. Organic electronics and hybrids, flexible electronics, soft materials for haptics form a group of soft materials-related symposia in the cluster. Other symposia cover diamond and diamond heterojunctions,
contacts and interfaces in optoelectronics, and infrared and thermal photonic materials. Finally, one symposium covers plasma processes in materials.
Energy and Sustainability
There are 14 symposia in this cluster featuring the applications of materials to energy transfer, conversion and storage, as well as addressing issues of materials design and characterization. The theme of sustainability cuts across the symposia in this
cluster. Energy generation and storage is covered via solid state batteries, metal sulfides in electrochemical batteries, and hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Sustainability is the focus of four symposia on electronics; green chemistry, circular
materials, end-of-life and eco-design; converting atmospheric C, H, O and N into fuels and chemicals; and climate change mitigation technologies. Solar energy and photovoltaics are the major focus of symposia on silicon and halide perovskites. Thermal
materials, thermal energy management and thermal harvesting, and mechano-thermo and electrical coupling are covered in three different symposia.
Biomaterials and Soft Materials
A total of 12 symposia cover important aspects of biomaterials and soft materials. One timely symposium focuses on antimicrobial materials against coronaviruses and other nosocomial pathogens. Nanostructures with Therapeutic and Diagnostic Modalities
and 2D Materials for Bioelectronics and Healthcare are two other health-related symposia. Symposia on engineered functional multicellular circuits and bioelectronics cover bio-related electronics aspects. Additive manufacturing for hydrogels is the
focus of one symposium. Neuromorphic computing, adaptive bio-interfacing; photo/electrical phenomena at the interface with living cells; soft and healable conducting materials for biological interfaces; and bioelectronics have a focus on electronics
and interfacing of materials with biological systems. Finally, three symposia cover biological and bioinspired materials, regenerative engineering, and micro- and nanoengineering of biomaterials for food and agricultural applications.
Structural and Functional Materials
With a total of four symposia in this cluster, three of these focus on additive manufacturing, for emerging applications; functional materials and devices; and polymers, composites and hybrids.
The fourth symposium covers current trends in atomic layer deposition (ALD) and chemical vapor deposition (CVD).
This long running Frontiers of Materials Research symposium will feature presentations aimed at a broad audience and on topics at the forefront of research on materials science and engineering.
To complement the symposia, tutorials will provide detailed information on particularly exciting areas of research, and the Exhibit will showcase innovative products and services to advance your work.
For those who attend in person, you will find Boston to be a very accessible and attractive host city. A wide array of restaurants, nightlife, cultural, and sporting events are just steps away from the Hynes Convention Center and hotels. The region also
offers an abundance of pre- and post-meeting touring options. It’s a perfect mix of interaction, insights, inspiration, and indulgence!
We look forward to seeing you in Boston and online!