2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Meeting Chairs

Qing_CaoQing Cao
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Qing Cao is an associate professor of Materials Science and Engineering and of Chemistry and Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA. Prior to joining Illinois in 2018, Cao was a research scientist in the Department of Physical Sciences at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. He received a BSc degree in chemistry from Nanjing University in 2004 and a PhD degree in materials chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009.  Cao’s interdisciplinary research focuses on developing functional nanomaterials for unconventional electronic systems, high-performance logic devices, and low-cost energy harvesting. He has published more than 30 research papers and is a co-inventor on 50 patents and patent applications. Cao’s research has received numerous recognitions. He also made Forbes’s list of “30 Under 30” for 2012 in the science category and further received the distinction of this list’s “Most Influential All-Star Alumni” in 2016. MIT Technology Review listed him in 2016 as one of the top 35 global innovators under the age of 35 (TR35). The Atlantic Council selected him in 2017 as one of 21 “rising leaders and innovators around the world committed to achieving transformational change with a global impact” (Millennium Fellow).


Miyoung_KimMiyoung Kim
Seoul National University

Miyoung Kim is a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Seoul National University, South Korea. She also serves as a Director of the Characterization Center at the Research Institute of Advanced Materials at Seoul National University and is on the Committee of International Cooperation for the Korean Society of Microscopy. After completing her PhD degree in physics from Arizona State University, with work on the charge density of d-electrons, Kim joined a microscopy group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and later was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She then worked at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology on the structural characterization of high-k materials and semiconductor devices. Kim has made important contributions to the fields of resistive memory devices and energy materials using the in situ transmission electron microscope approach. Currently, her research focuses on retrieving atomic and electronic structures directly from scanning transmission electron microscope images and electron energy loss spectra to explore the atomistic origin of physical properties in optical and electronic devices, catalysts, and a range of functional nanomaterials.


Rajesh NaikRajesh Naik
Air Force Research Laboratory

Rajesh Naik received his PhD degree in biological sciences from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, USA. Rajesh is currently the chief scientist of the 711th Human Performance Wing of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, USA. He serves as the primary science and technology adviser to the wing commander, and he provides technical vision and strategy for the wing’s $250M science and technology program in human performance and operational medicine. His research focuses on bio-nanomaterials interactions, biosensors, and engineered biomaterials. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles and has received 13 patents. He is a Fellow of MRS, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the International Society for Optics and Photonics, and the Air Force Research Laboratory. He is also an adjunct professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Department of Materials Science and Engineering) and at Washington University in St. Louis (Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science).


James RondinelliJames M. Rondinelli
Northwestern University

James M. Rondinelli is the Morris E. Fine Junior Professor in Materials and Manufacturing at Northwestern University (NU) in the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Department and Applied Physics Program, where he leads the Materials Theory and Design Group. His interests are in electronic structure theory and first-principles design of functional inorganic materials using picoscale structure-property relationships. He received a BS degree in MSE from NU (2006) and a PhD degree in materials from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2010). He is a 2018 Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow and the 2017 Materials Research Society (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator. He was named an Emerging Young Investigator by the Royal Society of Chemistry (2016) and the American Chemical Society (2014). Rondinelli has (co)-authored more than 130 peer-reviewed publications and is a member of MRS, the American Physics Society, American Chemical Society, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society, American Ceramic Society, and American Society for Engineering Education. He serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter and npj Computational Materials. Rondinelli is also chair of the Argonne Center for Nanoscale Materials Users’ Executive Committee (2016–2019).


Hong_WangHong Wang
Southern University of Science and Technology

Hong Wang is currently a chair professor and vice dean of the College of Engineering at the Southern University of Science and Technology, China. Prior, she was a professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University. She received her PhD degree in electronics materials and devices from Xi’an Jiaotong University. Wang’s main research interests include dielectric materials, multifunctional composites, and dielectric measurements. She has received many honors, including the Distinguished Young Scholars Award from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (2010), Chang Jiang Scholars Award from the Ministry of Education of China (2011), and the Scientific Innovation Leaders of the National 10000 Talents Program (2016). Wang has (co)-authored more than 240 papers, 28 patents, and has delivered more than 40 invited talks. She is the chair of the Asian Electroceramic Association (AECA) and has been a member of AECA since 2005. She is a member of the IEEE UFFC Ferroelectric Committee. She also serves as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control and is an editorial board member for the Journal of Advanced Ceramics, the Journal of Chinese Ceramic Society, and IET Nanodielectrics.

About the Meeting

The 2020 MRS Spring Meeting will be held in the Phoenix Convention Center, April 13-17, 2020. There will be 56 symposia grouped into five topical clusters, as follows:

Characterization and Theory—This cluster features eight symposia dedicated to a wide range of materials and applications. Special focus will be characterizations and materials design by artificial intelligence, interfacial properties of micro-assembly and self-assembled structures, the role of microstructures in physical and chemical properties of energy and environmental materials through advanced characterizations, simulations, and theory as well as structural mechanism of mechanical properties near critical points.

Electronics and Photonics—This cluster features 15 symposia divided into two sub-clusters. The photonics sub-cluster covers materials and devices for plasmonics, nonlinear and nonreciprocal photonics, and their scalable manufacturing for practical applications. Photonic devices for information processing will also be covered with focus on new device concepts for neuromorphic computing and quantum computing. The electronics sub-cluster features a wide range of topics including organic electronics, wide bandgap semiconductors, phase-change materials, electronic ceramics, and ferroic materials, as well as fundamental aspects regarding their heterogeneous integration and the material interfaces. A special topical area is neuromorphic computing, where two symposia are dedicated to cover the latest developments from fundamental theory, to novel device prototypes, up to system level implementations. This cluster also has great synergy with low-dimensional electronic materials covered in the nanoscale and quantum materials cluster, and photovoltaic materials covered in the energy, storage and conversion cluster.  

Energy, Storage and Conversion—This cluster features 12 symposia that address the challenges, opportunities, and technologies related to energy materials, devices, and systems. The symposia topics will include Energy Storage; Caloric Materials and Cooling; Solar-Energy Conversion; Hydrogen Energy Materials; and Photovoltaics and Energy Harvesting. Specific topical areas include perovskites and novel semiconductors, batteries, capacitive devices, fuel cells, electrochemical systems, solar fuels, as well as advanced concepts for materials design, modeling, techno-economic impacts, safety, sustainability, and water-energy nexus. This cluster also has great synergy with the advanced characterization of perovskites covered in the Characterization and Theory cluster, and photovoltaic materials covered in the Electronics and Photonics cluster.

Nanoscale and Quantum Materials—This cluster features 12 symposia dedicated to nanoscale and quantum materials in a broad range of chemistries, exhibiting simple and complex electronic, atomic, and mesoscopic structures. The symposia cover topics ranging from their synthesis and properties to device applications and performance, including structure-property relationships formulated through integrated and iterative experimentation, advanced characterization, and materials theory and simulation. Special focus is on low-dimensional materials for electronics, photonics, in- and out-of-equilibrium responses, heterostructures, topological properties, and other quantum phenomena.

Soft Materials and Biomaterials—This cluster features nine symposia covering  biomaterials, bioinspired and biomimetic materials, cellular interactions, tissue engineering, drug delivery, bio-integrated electronics, microfluidics and 3D printing. The symposia topics will include fabrication of organ-on-a chip devices, 2D and 3D materials for tissue engineering,  3D printing methods, open-space microfluidics, flexible electronic materials for biointegrated and bioinspired electronics, living bioelectronics, cellular engineering, self-assembly, synthetic biology, neurotechnology, biosynthesis of materials, biofilms engineering, novel materials for drug delivery, 3D printing of medical devices and microfluidic platforms. The symposium will provide a forum to bring together multidisciplinary researchers from academia, industry, national and defense laboratories.

Symposium X—Frontiers of Materials Research 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 products and services of interest to the scientific community.  The Meeting, Exhibits and Posters will be located at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Meeting attendees will find Phoenix to be a very accessible and attractive host.  A wide array of restaurants, nightlife, cultural, and sporting events are just steps away from the 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!