Meeting Chairs

2012 MRS Fall Meeting Chairs

The following individuals will serve as Meeting Chairs for the 2012 MRS Fall Meeting.  A welcome message from the Meeting Chairs is posted below.


Chennupati Jagadish - Australian National University

Chennupati Jagadish
Australian National University
Research School of Physics and Engineering
Dept. of Electronic Materials Engineering
Canberra ACT 0200
Tel 61-26-1250363
Fax 61-26-1250511  




Thomas Lippert - Paul Scherrer Institut

Thomas Lippert
Paul Scherrer Institut
General Energy Research Dept.
CH-5232 Villigen PSI
Tel 41-56-310-4076
Fax 41-56-310-2688   




Amit Misra - Los Alamos National Laboratory

  Amit Misra
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Materials Physics and Applications Division
MS K771
Los Alamos, NM 87545
Tel 505-667-9860
Fax 505-665-9030   




Eric Stach - Brookhaven National Laboratory

Eric Stach
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Center for Functional Nanomaterials
Bldg. 735
P. O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000
Tel 631-344-2618
Fax 631-344-7072 



Ting Xu

Ting Xu - University of California, Berkeley

Ting Xu
University of California, Berkeley
Depts. of Materials Science and Engineering/Chemistry
210 Hearst Memorial Mining Bldg.
Berkeley, CA 94720-1760
Tel 510-642-1632
Fax 510-643-5792  


Welcome to the Meeting!

The 2012 Materials Research Society’s Fall Meeting will be held November 25-30 in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Fall Meeting is the world’s leading interdisciplinary gathering for materials research, comprised of both traditional materials science and exciting new topical areas.  The program results from the coordinated input of over 200 symposium organizers worldwide, and captures the forefront of both fundamental and applied materials science and technology.

Fifty-two (52) symposia will be the technical core of the meeting, making it the largest Fall Meeting yet.  The symposia are grouped into the following clusters:

  • Materials for Energy Technologies:  Advances in fundamental materials science are needed in all areas of energy research; and this program captures the progress and opportunities in energy production, storage, and sustainability.  Developments in thermoelectrics, electrocatalysis, solid oxide fuel cells, and lithium ion batteries will comprise the storage and power conversion areas.  Photovoltaic technologies from the materials to systems level will be discussed, and a specific focused symposium on small-molecule organic solar cells is included.  Novel developments in hierarchically structured materials for energy storage and conversion and functional oxides for renewable energy applications will be described. Crucial issues regarding energy critical materials and materials for sustainability will be addressed in separate symposia.
  • Soft Materials and Biomaterials: This cluster comprises a diverse array of activity, highlighting the versatility of this class of materials.  Symposia concerning the electronic properties of polymers, from single-crystalline materials for semiconducting applications to polymer-based photovoltaics, will be presented.  Self-assembly forms another core area, with separate symposia concerning biomolecular and biomimetic self-assembly, protein- and peptide-directed self-assembly, colloidal crystals, quasicrystals and their assemblies, and directed self-assembly for nanopatterning.  Novel approaches to the creation of bioinspired surfaces, precision polymeric materials, new membrane platforms, and the application of biomimetic nanoscale platforms for biomedical applications will also be reviewed.
  • Functional Materials and Nanomaterials:  Symposia concerning the synthesis and function of a broad range of materials will be available, from nanostructures (semiconductor nanowires, carbon nanostructures, and Group IV nanostructures) to oxide semiconductors, and oxide nanoelectronics and multifunctional dielectrics. Recent advances in optical, acoustic, and other emerging nanomaterials, as well as optically active nanostructures, comprise separate themes.  Finally, two topical symposia concerning flame synthesis of nanostructures and the geometry and topology of functional nanomaterials are included.
  • Structural and Advanced Materials:  Dramatic advances in structural materials continue apace and will be highlighted in symposia concerning complex metallic alloys, nanostructured metals, intermetallic-based alloys, reactive materials, and amorphous solids.  Materials for nuclear energy, nuclear waste management, and performance of materials in extreme environments link back to the “energy” theme.  At a fundamental scale, the atomic structure and chemistry of domain interfaces and grain boundaries will be explored.
  • Synthesis, Characterization, and Modeling Methods:  Forefront approaches to materials characterization will include approaches to chemical imaging with integrated photon, electron, and ion methods; in-situ electron microscopy approaches for correlative structure-property measurement; scanning probe microscopy; low-voltage electron microscopy; and materials exploration via neutrons and x-rays.  Materials synthesis with roll-to-roll processing approaches and materials for biomedical sensing will be described.  Advanced approaches for dealing with defects and microstructural complexity, understanding materials through materials informatics and through multiscale materials simulation will round out the program.

To complement the scientific sessions, two symposia regarding the social relevancy of materials science and engineering education and the business of nanotechnology will be available, and eight 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, another fundamental part of the Fall Meeting Tuesday through Thursday, will showcase products and services of interest to the materials community. Don’t miss your chance to talk directly to more than 250 international exhibitors showcasing products and services of interest to the materials community. And while you’re in the exhibit hall, be sure to check out the activities happening in materials, including LEGO hands-on science activities, caricature sketches and the ever-popular Science as Art competition.

We are happy to offer a variety of special sessions and events at the 2012 MRS Fall Meeting, starting Sunday with two forums—the Acta Materialia Award Forum on Advanced Materials and their impact on society, held in honor of award recipient Mildred Dresselhaus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and the NSF-sponsored Sustainability—Building Teams to Tackle Complex Problems.

Sunday closes with the Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience presentation, "Emphasizing the Negative," by Sir John Pendry of Imperial College, London.

The 4th Technology Innovation Forum, Experiences and Perspectives on Bringing Materials Technologies to Market, held Monday, offers perspectives from successful innovators, industry leaders and investors on the process of taking a technology from conception to market impact.

The Plenary Session will be held Monday evening and features Nobel Laureate Danny Shechtman of Technion, Israel, and Iowa State University, who will present "Quasicrystals—Discovery, Structure, Properties and Uses."

This year, many of the MRS award recipients will deliver their talks as part of Symposium X, the lunchtime lecture series for the non-expert. John P. Perdew, Tulane University, was selected to receive the Materials Theory Award for density functional theory. He will present his talk, "Climbing the Ladder of Density Functional Approximations," on Monday. On Tuesday, Robert Sinclair, Stanford University and Stanford Nanocharacterization Laboratory, will present the David Turnbull Lectureship, "In Situ High-Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy of Material Reactions." MRS Medalist Jennifer A. Lewis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, presents her award talk, "Printing Functional Materials," on Wednesday. And Miquel B. Salmeron, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, selected as MRS Medalist, will round out the Symposium X series Thursday with his award talk, "Physics and Chemistry of Material Surfaces under Ambient Conditions of Gases and Liquids—What’s New?"

The Awards Ceremony convenes Wednesday at 6:30 pm, when the Von Hippel Award, Turnbull Lectureship, MRS Medals, Materials Theory Award and Graduate Student Gold and Silver Awards will be presented. The ceremony will be followed by the Von Hippel Award address. This year, MRS has selected Stuart S.P. Parkin, IBM Almaden Research Center, to receive its highest honor.

MRS continues to expand its professional development portfolio this Fall Meeting. The MRS Career Center, November 26–29, includes access to current job postings, a resume file for prospective employers and on-site interview opportunities. A Professional Development Workshop on Achieving Success through Implementation of Effective Work-Life Satisfaction and Mentoring Strategies will feature speakers Masha Fridkis-Hareli, Taligen Therapeutics, and Cindy Simpson, Association for Women in Science. Tim Miller of Spoken Science will offer his popular presentations: Making the Most of Broadcast Media; Mastering Science Presentations; and Technical Poster Design. And Josh Chamot from the National Science Foundation offers a brand new session, Focusing Your Message—A Communications Seminar. Gwendolyn Boyd, Johns Hopkins University, will be the keynote speaker at the Women in Materials Science and Engineering Breakfast, presenting Women in Engineering—A Premier Power Source.

On Tuesday and Thursday evenings, attendees can learn about government agency funding opportunities from representatives of the National Science Foundation, European Commission, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity, and Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy.

And just when you think the Meeting is over, think again! Fourteen symposia continue through Friday, and Dynamics of High-Performance Materials at Extreme Conditions, part of the MRS Workshop Series, closes the Meeting week.

We hope that you enjoy all this Meeting week has to offer and look forward to sharing this time with you in Boston!


2012 MRS Fall Meeting Chairs: 
Chennupati Jagadish, Thomas Lippert, Amit Misra, Eric Stach, Ting Xu 


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