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MRS in the News—2015 Archives

MRS in the News is a collection of media coverage about MRS meetings, publications, membership, events and more. Read on to learn more about the exciting things happening around MRS. Visit MRS in the News for the most current news articles. For MRS press releases, visit the MRS Press Room.

Building the SciBridge between Africa and the United States

AAAS Science & Diplomacy | December 16, 2015

The SciBridge project, funded in part by a Materials Research Society Foundation Grassroots Grant, uses hands-on experiment kits to connect U.S. and African materials scientists and university students in order to decrease the knowledge gap and increase the number of U.S.-Africa collaborations.

The Latest Materials Advancements—A Review of the MRS Fall Meeting and Exhibit 2015

AZO Materials | December 4, 2015

As the week of the MRS Fall Meeting and Exhibit 2015 in Boston, MA, comes to a close, AZoM takes a look at the most exciting materials innovations covered across the symposia held over the course of the conference.

Life Begins at 40—Materials Research Society Celebrates in Boston

Materials Views | December 4, 2015

Over 6,000 participants followed the call of the MRS to their traditional annual post-Thanksgiving science and technology summit in Boston from November 30-December 4, 2015. The society has been organizing their Fall Meeting in the city for 40 years and much has changed in that time—but some things stay the same.

Toward ‘greener’ concrete: Kurtis article in MRS Bulletin focuses on innovations in producing the ubiquitous material

Georgia Tech School of Civil and Environmental Engineering News | December 2, 2015

Kimberly Kurtis surveys innovations in cement-based materials and efforts to improve the sustainability of concrete in a new article published in a December 2015 special issue of MRS Bulletin.

Ringleader: Ashley White, Director of Communications

Newswise | October 28, 2015

After many years as a researcher followed by a few in government and policy, former MRS/OSA Congressional Fellow Ashley White sees her new position as ALS Director of Communications as a perfect blend of it all.

Faculty, student, staff appointments and awards

UIC News Center | October 13, 2015

Elizabeth A. Kócs, director of programming and outreach for the UIC Energy Initiative, was appointed editor-in-chief of the Materials Research Society’s digital journal, MRS Energy & Sustainability, A Review Journal. 

Professor Richard B. Kaner Awarded Materials Research Society Medal (2015)

UCLA Engineering | October 7, 2015

Richard B. Kaner of UCLA will be awarded the MRS Medal at the 2015 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston in December.

Trolier-McKinstry to lead Materials Research Society

Penn State News | October 1, 2015

Susan Trolier-McKinstry, professor of ceramic science and engineering and professor of electrical engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, will serve as the Materials Research Society's Vice President beginning January 1, 2016, and President in 2017. Her three-year term will continue in 2018 as Immediate Past President.

Bioelectronics Pioneer John Rogers to Join Northwestern

Northwestern University News | August 27, 2015

John A. Rogers, materials scientist, pioneer in the field of bio-integrated electronic devices, MRS Fellow and recipient of the 2013 MRS Mid-Career Researcher Award, will join Northwestern University as the Louis Simpson and Kimberly Querrey Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Medicine. 

Call for Papers: 2016 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

Arizona Sci Tech | August 18, 2015

The Materials Research Society Announces its Call for Papers for the 2016 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit, the Society's first Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. 

Johns Hopkins materials scientist aims to create super-strong metallic glass

Johns Hopkins Magazine | August 14, 2015

MRS Fellow Evan Ma, a professor of materials science and engineering at Johns Hopkins University, is on a fascinating quest to re-engineer the internal atomic architecture of metals. Ma's specialty is the mysterious yet promising realm of metallic glasses: alloys that can be far stronger and longer-lasting than commonly used metals, such as iron and aluminum, yet are able to be reshaped, poured, and molded without requiring the extreme temperatures of a smelter. 

How to Be More Innovative in 21st Century Learning: Try connecting the dots between engineering and humanities

TIME | August 1, 2015

Four years ago, the faculty from materials engineering and liberal arts at the University of Florida began working with the Materials Research Society to create a new course on materials that would help address the gap between STEM and humanities. 

Integrating renewable energy sources into the grid

Sustainability Matters | July 30, 2015

Carnegie Mellon University Professor Jay Apt has developed an extensive body of work looking at how renewable energy sources can be better integrated into the existing electricity grid. Writing in MRS Energy & Sustainability—A Review Journal, Apt presents a summary of research carried out during the four-year RenewElec project by a team of technical and policy experts at CMU, the University of Vermont, Vermont Law School and environmental law firm Van Ness Feldman. 

Integrating renewable energy sources into the grid

PinnedNews | July 30, 2015

Carnegie Mellon University Professor Jay Apt has developed an extensive body of work looking at how renewable energy sources can be better integrated into the existing electricity grid. Writing in MRS Energy & Sustainability—A Review Journal, Apt argues that increasing the market share of variable renewable electric power generation from the present 4% is both technically and economically feasible. 

Want more innovation? Try connecting the dots between engineering and humanities

The Conversation | July 28, 2015

The Impact of Materials on Society (IMOS) is a new undergraduate, interdisciplinary course that uses multiple perspectives to understand materials innovation. The brainchild of the Materials Research Society, in partnership with the University of Florida departments of engineering, anthropology, classics, history, English, sociology and philosophy, this course explores the close connection between the "stuff" in our lives and our experiences as social beings.  

Higher Levels Of Renewables Penetration May Require More Baseline Natural Gas

Solar Industry | July 28, 2015

A report published by the Materials Research Society (MRS) says that increasing the market share of variable renewable electric power generation in the U.S. from the present 4% is both technically and economically feasible. Nevertheless, certain assumptions about the role of storage and transmission infrastructure should be reconsidered if a radical energy transformation is to materialize. 

HCC West Houston Center for Science and Engineering receives award from NSF

Houston Community College | July 14, 2015

The Houston Community College West Houston Center for Science and Engineering was awarded $729,292 from the National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research. Part of these funds will be used by HCC and other universities and professional societies to collaborate in the development of a special topics materials course and provide opportunities for the NSF REEMS Scholars to explore undergraduate academic degree programs, graduate school options and professional career options. These include Dr. Kevin Jones, University of Florida, and Ms. Pamela Hupp, Materials Research Society outreach coordinator, who will work on the development of the special topics materials course.  

Supratik Guha to direct nanoscience and technology at Argonne National Laboratory

U Chicago News | June 18, 2015

MRS Fellow Supratik Guha has been named the next director of the Nanoscience and Technology Division at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, as well as director of Argonne’s Center for Nanoscale Materials, a DOE Office of Science User Facility. In addition, Guha has been named a professor at the University of Chicago’s Institute for Molecular Engineering.  

On the Move

Cleveland.com | June 18, 2015

Anshul Sharma, a graduate student in Kent State University's Chemical Physics Interdisciplinary Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, was awarded the Silver Graduate Student Award at the Materials Research Society's 2015 Spring Meeting. The award recognized Sharma for her presentation on "Visualizing Gold Nanoparticle Chirality via Nematic Liquid Crystals."

Xerox PARC Materials Scientists Print Two Thirds of a Battery in 1 Go

Scientific American | June 16, 2015

A new battery-printing method simplifies the current multi-step process. At the Materials Research Society meeting in San Francisco, PARC's Corie Cobb presented nozzles and materials that would enable manufacturers to print two thirds of a battery in one go. The two-headed printing nozzle can simultaneously extrude a lithium-ion cathode and a polymer separator. 

5 Materials Innovations for New Medical Devices

IEEE Spectrum | June 10, 2015

The next frontier for electronics could lie inside the human body, with sensors that keep track of biomarkers and brain activity, systems to deliver drugs or monitor exercise levels, and communications networks that allow such devices to call on the processing power of your smartphone and send your data to the doctor’s office. Researchers presented on these efforts at the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting.

MRS Spring Meeting 2015, April 6–10, San Francisco, USA

Materials Views | May 21, 2015

The 2015 Spring Meeting of the Materials Research Society (MRS) took place in San Francisco, California, USA, from April 6 to April 10. With 51 technical symposia, twelve tutorials, poster sessions, more than 120 exhibitors and approximately 5,500 registered participants, this year’s was again one of the largest MRS Spring Meetings ever.

‘Strange Matter’ is coming to the Sciencenter

Ithaca Journal | May 12, 2015

Something strange is coming to the Sciencenter! Uncover the surprising science behind everyday stuff and get a glimpse of where materials research might take us when “Strange Matter” materializes at the museum on May 23. “Strange Matter” is presented by the Materials Research Society.

Third Annual Dean’s Faculty Award Winners

University of Kentucky News | April 28, 2015

2015 MRS Fall Meeting Chair John Balk was selected as a recipient of the University of Kentucky Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research and Dean’s Award for Excellence in Service. Balk is the director of the university's Electron Miscroscopy Center and director of undergraduate studies for materials engineering.

Executives on the Move

Pittsburgh Business Times | April 27, 2015

Kristi S. Anseth, the president-elect of the Materials Research Society, has been named the 2015 Bayer Distinguished Lecturer at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering.

HyperSolar Scientific Advisor Speaks on Solar Water Splitting at Major Exhibition

CNN Money | April 14, 2015

HyperSolar, Inc., the developer of a breakthrough technology to produce renewable hydrogen using sunlight and any source of water, announced today that Dr. Yat Li, scientific advisor to the company, was a featured presenter on solar water splitting technology at the 2015 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting and Exhibit, as part of the symposium on Latest Advances in Solar Water Splitting, that took place April 6-10.

Switzer named Materials Research Society Fellow

Missouri S&T News & Events | April 3, 2015

Dr. Jay A. Switzer, the Donald L. Castleman/Foundation for Chemical Research Professor of Discovery at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named a Fellow of the Materials Research Society, a leading organization dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research.

Karena Chapman and Ali Javey win MRS awards

New Materials News | March 25, 2015

The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) have awarded their Outstanding Young Investigator Award to Karena W. Chapman and Ali Javey. The MRS recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. Chapman and Javey will be presented with their awards on April 8, 2015, during the Award Ceremony of the 2015 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco.

Internship leads to presentation: Materials research internship findings could lead to better, cheaper solar power

The Tempest | March 18, 2015

Better cheaper solar power may soon be on its way to becoming a reality, as scientists study ways to make this happen. Sometimes, students help create this reality, as with Anthony Salazar, a Solano Community College student, who acquired an internship last year studying various mixtures of silicon’s energy absorbency. As part of his internship, Salazar created a poster of his findings and will present it April 8 during the MRS spring meeting and exhibit at the Marriot Marquis in San Francisco. Salazar’s presentation is one of about 5,300 accepted abstracts.

John Carpenter wins MRS award

New Materials News | March 18, 2015

John M. Carpenter of Argonne National Laboratory has won the Materials Research Society’s Innovation in Materials Characterization Award for innovations in neutron sources. This year the award will honor Carpenter “for innovations in neutron sources that have fundamentally changed their performance and enabled opportunities for further advancement of materials that improve the quality of life.”

Materials Research Society and DTRA CB/JSTO Collaborate

Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System | March 11, 2015

For the first time, DTRA CB/JSTO participated in the government speaker sessions at the recent Materials Research Society (MRS) meeting. The bi-annual conference is a large venue for the materials community to share cutting edge results and to develop collaborations. This past fall’s meeting gave officials a chance to explain the agency’s mission to more than 100 interested parties.

New focus put on eclectic field

Minnesota Daily | March 5, 2015

A substance hailed as a “wonder material” could make computers and smartphones run a million times faster in the future. The University of Minnesota study is the latest example of a recent spike in research involving materials science. The diverse field is gaining attention largely because of increased focus on areas in need of innovation, like energy and health care. The increased attention to materials science is a national trend, said Todd Osman, executive director of the Materials Research Society.

Bruce Clemens elected fellow of Materials Research Society

Stanford University Engineering | February 25, 2015

Bruce Clemens, the Walter B. Reinhold Professor in the School of Engineering, has been elected a fellow of the Materials Research Society for pioneering work in thin-film and nanostructured material growth and characterization, leadership service to the society and the materials community, and for leadership in teaching and mentoring.

ORNL’s Roberto Named MRS Fellow

Oak Ridge National Laboratory | February 11, 2015

James Roberto, the associate laboratory director for Science and Technology Partnerships at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been elected a fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS).

The quest for efficiency in thermoelectric nanowires

Sandia National Laboratories | February 2, 2015

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories say better materials and manufacturing techniques for the nanowires could allow carmakers to harvest power from the heat wasted by exhaust systems or lead to more efficient devices to cool computer chips. Sandia researchers published a paper, “Using Galvanostatic Electroforming of Bi1-xSbx Nanowires to Control Composition, Crystallinity and Orientation,” in the Jan. 28 edition of the Materials Research Society’s MRS Bulletin. The authors are W. Graham Yelton, Steven J. Limmer, Douglas L. Medlin, Michael P. Siegal, Michelle Hekmaty, Jessica L. Lensch-Falk, Kristopher Erickson and Jamin Pillars.

What Will Electronics Be Made Of? Silk and Snails and the Eggs of Quails

Materials scientists are coming up with ways to make circuits from biological materials 
IEEE Spectrum | January 30, 2015

The United Nations estimates that people throw away about 50 million metric tons of electronics every year. One way to lessen the problem, some scientists say, may be to use biological materials—including plant dyes and DNA—to build devices that are biodegradable and biocompatible. “We have to be ashamed” of the amount of e-waste humanity produces, Mihai Irimia-Vladu told a symposium on organic bioelectronics at the December meeting of the Materials Research Society, in Boston.

Scientific Luminaries See Great Potential for Grown Diamonds

WAGT 26 | January 30, 2015

Singapore-based IIa Technologies, a global leader in diamond growing technologies, recently hosted a roundtable meeting, 'The Future of Grown Diamonds,' on grown diamonds technologies and their potential across hi-technology industries. The closed-door meeting was attended by 14 eminent scientists and professors working and researching on diamond technologies-based applications during the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting.

IIa Technologies Hosts Scientific Luminaries at Industry’s First Grown Diamond Roundtable

Creamer Media's Engineering News | January 28, 2015

Singapore-based IIa Technologies, a global leader in diamond growing technologies, recently organized its first-ever roundtable meeting, ‘The Future of Grown Diamonds’, on grown diamonds technologies and their potential across hi-technology industries, held during the 2014 Materials Research Society’s Fall Meeting and Exhibit in Boston, Massachusetts. The closed-door roundtable meeting was attended by 14 eminent scientists and professors working and researching on diamond technologies based applications. IIa Technologies was represented by its’ Chief Technology Officer, Dr Devi Shanker Misra.

High-Voltage Design: Living Long and Still Prospering

EE Times | January 27, 2015

It’s not all about higher voltages when it comes to reducing current, even though the current may still be in the tens or hundreds of amps. There are many unavoidably high-voltage situations which are also fairly low current, often under 100 mA. This became fairly evident on the exhibit floor at the recent Fall Meeting of the Materials Research Society, the world's leading scientific organization for researching, developing, and applying new and existing materials. Approximately 6,800 attendees explored nanomaterials, ultrapure materials, cryogenics and ultravacuum chambers, high-temperature furnaces, sputtering, vapor deposition, specialized instrumentation, and more.

Can you mandate your way to a more gender-diverse corporate board? Norway's experience suggests that it helps but it's not a quick fix

Women in Nanoscience | January 21, 2015

In August 2014, Newsweek reported on the partial success and failures of Norway's 2006 law to mandate that all companies listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange that to include at least 40% women on their board or risk being dissolved. Their lead has been followed by other enlightened countries, most in Europe but also Malaysia and Brazil. This is relevant to materials scientists since many Norwegian firms are engaged in research related to materials (especially oil and gas, mining and renewable energy). This impact on Norway's materials scientists was recently revisited by an MRS news item on January 6.

Perovskite Solar Cells: Do We Know What We Do Not Know?

The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters | January 15, 2015

December 1–4, 2014, saw one of the largest gatherings of scientists and engineers on the topic of hybrid organic–inorganic perovskite solar cells, which dominated Symposium W of the Fall Meeting of the Materials Research Society (MRS) in Boston on perovskite-based and related novel material solar cells.

For Energy Storage, MXene Materials Show Increasing Promise

C&EN | January 5, 2015

A recently-discovered family of carbides and nitrides referred to as MXenes are turning heads because they are electrically conductive, robust, abundant, and stable as nearly atomically thin sheets—properties that could be useful for making high-performance batteries. MXene researchers gathered at November’s Materials Research Society meeting in Boston to discuss their latest findings and ideas for developing those applications.