Acta Materialia Award Forum on Advanced Materials

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Mildred Dresselhaus

Sunday, November 25, 2012
8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Sheraton Boston Hotel, 2nd Floor, Republic Ballroom

This Forum addressed the pioneering contributions of Mildred Dresselhaus in the field of advanced materials, with emphasis on thermoelectric and carbon-related materials, and how these contributions have resulted in significant improvements in the quality of life. Throughout human history, materials, from Stone Age to Iron Age to Bronze Age to present-day semiconductors and advanced materials (including nanomaterials), have defined major progress in our civilization, because for every technology, there is a materials science bottleneck that must be addressed and problems solved.

This MRS Forum brought together scientists and engineers of international repute to address the contributions of Mildred Dresselhaus in the context of the 2012 Acta Materialia Award for Materials and Society.

Jagdish (Jay) Narayan
North Carolina State University





8:30 am – 8:45 am


William Brinkman
U.S. Department of Energy

8:45 am – 8:55 am 



Mildred Dresselhaus
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

Energy Research and Other Topics

8:55 am – 9:30 am  


Dudley Herschbach
Harvard University 

9:30 am - 10:05 am  


Ian Robertson
National Science Foundation 


10:05 am – 10:25 am  



10:25 am – 11:00 am  


George Crabtree
Argonne National Laboratory  

11:00 am – 11:35 am 


Gang Chen
Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology 

11:35 am – 12:10 pm 


Joseph Heremans
Ohio State University


12:10 pm – 12:25 pm 

Acta Materialia Materials and Society Award 


12:25 pm – 1:40 pm 



Nanocarbon Research and Other Topics

1:40 pm – 2:15pm  


Marcos Pimenta
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais 

2:15 pm – 2:50 pm 


Riichiro Saito
Tohoku University 

2:50 pm – 3:05 pm 



3:05 pm – 3:40 pm 


Mauricio Terrones
The Pennsylvania State University 

3:40 pm – 4:15 pm 


Ado Jorio
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais 

4:15 pm – 5:30 pm  


Panel Discussion:
The Future of Materials Research and Education



William Brinkman
Ian Robertson


Panelists: Former students and postdocs of Millie Dresselhaus 


Marcie Black
Bandgap Engineering
Bob Brodersen
University of California, Berkeley
Laurie McNeil
University of North Carolina
Lourdes Salamanca-Riba
University of Maryland
Georgy Samsonidze
Bosch Research
Nai-Chang Yeh
California Institute of Technology


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