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Meeting Chairs

Manish Chhowalla Manish Chhowalla, University of Cambridge

Manish Chhowalla is the Goldsmiths’ Professor of Materials Science at the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society, Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Chemistry and Churchill College. He is also an associate editor of ACS Nano. His research interests are in the fundamental studies of atomically thin two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) for field effect transistors, catalysis and energy storage.


Eunjoo JangEunjoo Jang, Samsung Electronics

Eunjoo Jang is a Fellow at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT), Samsung Electronics. She received her PhD degree from the chemical engineering department at Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) in 1988 and did her postdoc at the University of Ottawa. She joined Samsung Electronics in 2000 and has been developing quantum dot materials and optoelectronic devices since 2001. Her major achievements are the mass production of environmentally friendly quantum dots and the commercialization of Samsung QLED TV products released since 2015. She has published 38+ peer-reviewed papers with 5700+ citations and 165+ US patent applications.


Prineha NarangPrineha Narang, Harvard University

Prineha Narang is an assistant professor at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty, Narang came to Harvard as a Ziff Fellow and worked as a research scholar in condensed matter theory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Department of Physics. She received MS and PhD degrees in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Her work has earned recognition with several awards and special designations. This includes a NSF CAREER Award in 2020, a Moore Inventor Fellow designation by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, a Top Innovator status by MIT Tech Review (MIT TR35), and as a Young Scientist by the World Economic Forum in 2018.  She was named by Forbes on their “30 under 30” list in 2017 for her work in quantum engineering. NarangLab's research at Harvard focuses on how quantum systems behave, particularly away from equilibrium and how we can harness these effects. By creating predictive theoretical and computational approaches to study dynamics, decoherence and correlations in matter, NarangLab's work would enable technologies that are inherently more powerful than their classical counterparts, which range from scalable quantum information processing to ultra-high efficiency optoelectronic and energy conversion systems.


Tsuyoshi SekitaniTsuyoshi Sekitani, Osaka University

Tsuyoshi Sekitani received his BS degree from Osaka University in 1999, and PhD degree from the Department of Applied Physics, School of Engineering, at the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2003. From 2003 to 2010, he was an assistant professor, and in 2011, he was an associate professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. In 2014, Sekitani received a promotion to full professor in The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research at Osaka University, and in 2017, he received the title of Osaka University Distinguished Professor. Since 2019, he is playing a leading role in the research intensification of Osaka University as an executive assistant to the president of Osaka University. As the chairperson of the Young Researcher Committee of the Engineering Academy of Japan, he has been providing recommendations on science and technology policies to government organizations and related ministries and agencies. Recognized as one of the “Highly Cited Researchers” (The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds) by Thomson Reuters in 2014 and by Clarivate Analytics in 2018, he also received the IEEE Paul Rappaport Award in 2009 and 2010.


Vanessa WoodVanessa Wood, ETH Zürich

Vanessa Wood is a professor in the Department of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich), where she holds the chair in materials and device engineering. Since 2021, she is the Vice President of Knowledge Transfer and Corporate Relations at ETH. She received a BS degree from Yale University in applied physics in 2005, and MS and PhD degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007 and 2009, respectively. She was a postdoc in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT before joining ETH in 2011. She won the 2014 Science Prize in Electrochemistry endowed by BASF and the Volkswagen Group, and the 2018 MRS Outstanding Early-Career Investigator Award.


Message from the Meeting Chairs

The 2022 MRS Spring Meeting will be held at the Hawai’i Convention Center and Hilton Hawai’ian Village in Honolulu, May 8 – 13, 2022. There are 71 symposia planned, grouped into nine topical clusters.

This cluster features three symposia related to developing in situ methods for materials design, ultrafast probes for emergent materials, and development of operando techniques in TEM for studying dynamic processes in materials.

Materials Theory, Computation and Data
This cluster features four symposia that will cover machine learning for materials modeling and development, innovative simulations and modeling concepts for advanced manufactured materials, computational approaches for addressing challenges in phonon modeling in complex materials, and recent advances in data driven discovery in energy storage and conversion.

Energy and Sustainability
This cluster includes seven symposia on topics such as silicon and organic photovoltaics, III-V materials for energy conversion, emerging inorganic materials for solar energy and fuels, next generation of electrochemical energy storage, solid-state batteries, and sustainable polymers by green chemistry. The symposia will in particular cover fundamental materials science related to interfaces in energy devices and degradation mechanisms as well as novel applications.

Electronics, Optics and Photonics
This cluster features 11 symposia covering a variety of topical areas in electronics, optics, and photonics. These include symposia focusing on fundamentals and advances in electronic, optic, and photonic materials such as organic semiconductors, hybrid perovskites, quantum dots, low dimensional materials, opto-magnetic materials, and ultrawide bandgap materials.  Also included are symposia on neuromorphic hybrid systems, meta-surfaces, deformable displays, surfaces/interfaces, and functional defects.

The cluster on manufacturing consists of three symposia covering the latest manufacturing and processing technologies.  The symposia in this cluster will focus on the fundamentals and application of advanced plasma processing technologies that will contribute to sustainable development goals (SDGs), 3D printing technologies enabling the formation of complex structures, and processing technologies enabling flexible and large-area electronics.  A highlight is a strategy to integrate multiple functional materials and functional layer structures into a single high-performance material system through innovative manufacturing schemes focusing on a precise surface/interface control approach, a multi-material approach, and a 3D modeling approach.  In particular, emphasis will be placed on the development of sustainable systems and processes, including a green chemistry approach and environmental-related technologies, such as carbon neutrality, which is currently attracting worldwide attention.

This cluster features six symposia dedicated to low dimensional nanoscale materials including MXenes, nanotubes, nanodiamonds, and graphenes, and their various applications. The symposia cover topics ranging from their synthesis, basic properties and device performances, including structure-property relationships formulated through integrated and iterative experimentation, advanced characterization, and theory and simulations.

Biomaterials and Soft Materials
The cluster on biomaterials and soft materials consists of 10 symposia, focusing on soft biomaterials and multifunctional materials as well as devices and systems realized using these materials.  The focus will be on soft and highly functional materials used in regenerative therapy, medical devices, drug delivery control systems, and healthcare technologies, as well as organic electronics and material systems realized by highly integrating these functional materials.  Focus areas include advanced soft robotics achieved by integrating flexible sensors and actuators, high-performance biomimetics that can mimic biological activities, interfaces and nanotheranostics for direct interaction with living cells and microbial tissues, and energy sources enabling autonomous activities.  These comprehensive symposia will serve as a bridge among different fields from applied fields related to medical care, nursing care, and health care to fundamental technologies related to materials, devices, and systems.

Structural and Functional Materials
This cluster features 16 symposia covering a broad range of topics including materials for nuclear applications, polymers, high entropy alloys, emerging oxides, heteroanionic materials, as well as bio-inspired and anti-viral materials. The symposia will cover synthesis using novel methods such as 3D and 4D multi-photon fabrication as well as far from equilibrium processing. State-of-the-art in situ characterization methods for real time dynamic probing of materials properties and structure along with understanding how materials behave under extreme conditions will also be covered. The cluster also contains symposia focusing on interesting applications of advanced materials for thermal management as well as for paper-based devices. The experimental topics will be complemented by symposia on AI based design, progress on materials genomics, and theory of novel materials.

Symposium X
This special symposium on Frontiers of Materials Research will feature presentations aimed at a broad audience and on topics at the forefront of research in 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 Hawai’i Convention Center.

Meeting attendees will find Honolulu 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!

We look forward to seeing you in Honolulu!

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