2014 MRS Fall Meeting Chairs

The following individuals served as Meeting Chairs for the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting.
Read their Welcome Letter to Meeting attendees. 

Husam N. Alshareef
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
IBN SINA (Bldg. 3) West, Rm. 2228
Thuwal 23955-6900
Saudi Arabia
Tel 966-544700037
husam.alshareef@kaust.edu.sa  

Amit Goyal
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Bldg. 4500-S / S-264
1 Bethel Valley Rd.
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6116
Tel 865-574-1587
goyala@ornl.gov

Gerardo Morell
University of Puerto Rico
Dept. of Physics
Rio Piedras Campus
P.O. Box 70377
San Juan, PR 00936-8377
Tel 787-282-7047/787-764-0620
gerardo.morell@upr.edu

José A. Varela
University of São Paulo State - UNESP
Instituto de Quimica
Rua Prof. Francisco Degni 55
Araraquara SP 14801-970
Brazil
Tel 55-1633019643/55-1138384004
varela@iq.unesp.br; varela@fapesp.br

In Kyeong Yoo
Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology
Mt. 14-1, Nongseo-dong
Giheung-gu, Yongin-si Gyeonggi-do, 446-712
S. Korea
Tel 82-31-280-9380
inyoo@samsung.com

Welcome to the Meeting

The 2014 Fall Meeting of the Materials Research Society will take place from November 30 to December 5, 2014, in Boston, Massachusetts. The world's foremost international scientific gathering for materials research, the MRS meeting showcases leading interdisciplinary research in both fundamental and applied areas, coordinated by over 200 scientists from both academia and industry in many countries around the world.

The meeting's core is its technical program, which includes 53 symposia organized into six topical areas:

Biomaterials and Soft Matter:

This cluster is focused on the materials sciences/life sciences interface. It brings together scientists who are interested in this exciting and rapidly increasing field of research and provides a platform for modelers and experimentalists to identify the major challenges in this research area.  Progress in bio-inspired or biomimetic materials design and synthesis provides new solutions to tackle challenging scientific problems in medicine, energy, and nanomanufacturing. Polymer-based materials offer a vast and enormously flexible platform to receive and respond to biosignals. Metal nanoparticles exhibit unique optical and electronic properties with applications in biological imaging, drug delivery, and self-therapeutics. Plasma Life Sciences is an emerging field with exciting applications for the inactivation of bacteria, wound disinfection and healing, fighting some types of cancers, and activation of cell functions including proliferation. A symposium dedicated to 2D nanomaterials for health care applications brings the latest on the use of nanoelectronics for imaging, diagnoses, and delivery of therapeutic drugs, genes, and vaccines.

Electronics and Photonics

Symposia covering a broad range of advanced materials in electronic and photonic devices and their applications will be featured. Exciting symposia on emerging 2D materials, graphene and its composites, functional and semiconducting oxides, organic and bioelectronics, and nanostructured semiconductors are included.  Recent advances in plasmonics and metamaterials, memory materials and devices, and diamond electronics are also featured.  Finally, organic-inorganic interfaces as they relate to electronic and optical device will be included.

Energy and Sustainability

This cluster will include symposia covering a wide range of topics related to energy and sustainability.  In the photovoltaic energy conversion area, symposia focusing on organic photovoltaics, earth-abundant materials and the new perovskite based materials are planned.  In the energy storage area, symposia are planned for grid-scale storage as well as for non-grid applications that also cover materials challenges across multiple length scales.  Two symposia on new developments in materials for thermoelectric energy conversion are planned.  Symposia are also planned on recent advances in fuel cells and wide-band gap materials for solid-state lighting and power electronics applications.  Advances in nuclear technologies and nuclear waste management are covered in separate symposia.  Lastly, the cluster includes a symposium on materials as tools for sustainability.

Nanomaterials and Synthesis

Symposia covering the synthesis and functionality of a broad range of nanomaterials are planned, ranging from 1D, 2D and 3D nanostructures and cellular materials. Recent advances in nanoelectronics, atomic level interfacial engineering, defect control, nanoscale patterning and self-assembly among emerging nanomaterials comprise separate themes. Finally, nanomaterials for extreme environments and functional nanomaterials are included for consideration in commercial applications.

Theory, Characterization and Modeling:

Symposia covering theoretical aspects of materials science, including simulation and modeling properties as well as state-of-art characterization methods are included.  One symposium will cover in-situ characterization during materials synthesis. Synergy between simulations and experiments will be covered with special focus on scaling effects in plasticity. Recent advances in scanning probe microscopy for multimodal imaging in nanoscale will be featured. One symposium will commemorate the international year of crystallography by covering the state-of-art exploration of materials with neutrons and synchrotron X-rays.

General Materials and Methods

This cluster includes symposia that do not naturally fall within the other clusters.  One symposium focuses on high-rate, hybrid and roll-to-roll manufacturing.  A symposium on structure-property relationships in amorphous solids is planned.  Defects and radiation effects in materials are covered in a separate symposium.  A symposium on advanced intermetallic alloys is planned.  Lastly a symposium on undergraduate research in materials science is planned.

To complement these sessions, tutorials will be offered in several technical areas. Poster sessions, an integral feature of MRS meetings, will be held during the evenings. The meeting chairs will award prizes of up to $500 for the best posters during each session.

The international exhibit will showcase products and services of interest to the materials community.  In addition, several special events will highlight science outreach.  Federal agencies will also host sessions on government funding policies and practices.

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

2014 MRS Fall Meeting Chairs:
Husam N. Alshareef, Amit Goyal, Gerardo Morell, José A. Varela, In Kyeong Yoo

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