Welcome to the Meeting

The 2016 Fall Meeting of the Materials Research Society will take place from November 27 to December 2, 2016, 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 54 symposia organized into nine topical areas:

Broader Impact: This cluster includes two symposia regarding the teaching and learning in materials science and the business of material technology.

Biomaterials and Soft Materials: This cluster includes seven symposia that cover a diverse range of topics including bio-inspired materials, materials for medical applications, and nanostructured polymers. In the area of materials for medical applications, particular emphasis will be placed on novel strategies to create on-demand and stimuli-responsive changes in material properties with both spatial and temporal control. One symposium will highlight recent advances in the use of biomaterials for regenerative medicine. Another focus area is the design of materials for biointegrated photonic and stretchable electronic systems. In the area of nanostructured polymers, symposia topics will cover a broad range of applications including biological, medical, and emerging energy technologies. 

Electrochemistry: The Electrochemistry cluster will contain five symposia on a broad range of topics including charge transport, proton transfer, catalysis, storage, and sustainability.  The individual symposia will consist of technical sessions ranging from fundamentals to applications.  The application space is broad, and includes storage materials, energy applications, conversion, and biological systems.  Considering the importance of Electrochemistry in materials science, the organizers decided to assign a cluster specifically to Electrochemistry.  It is likely that there will be joint sessions with the Energy and Sustainability Cluster.  

Electronics, Magnetics and Photonics: Symposia covering a broad range of advanced materials in electronic and photonic devices and their applications will be featured. Twelve exciting symposia will cover the properties and applications of molecular and polymeric semiconductors, diamond, 2D materials, oxides and other materials. In addition to electronics, applications in bioelectronics, optoelectronics, plasmonics, phonon transport, quantum computing, magnetics and memories will be included.

Energy and Sustainability: A range of selected topics related to energy and sustainability will be emphasized in the symposia under this cluster. In the energy conversion and storage area, symposia focusing on advanced nanomaterials and flexible devices for next generation photovoltaics are planned. Another aspect will be centered on materials and architectures for safe and low-cost electrochemical energy storage technologies as well as on solid electrolytes for high energy density rechargeable batteries. Also catalytic materials for energy and sustainability applications will be part of the program. A symposium on wide-bandgap materials for energy efficiency, power electronics and solid-state lighting is featured as well.  Lastly, the cluster includes a symposium on progress in thermal energy conversion and thermoelectric energy storage.

Mechanical Behavior and Failure Mechanisms of Materials: This cluster includes seven symposia addressing mechanical behavior, including the strength and failure of materials from the nanoscale to the microscale. Both fundamental scientific aspects and applications will be covered. Crystalline, nanocrystalline, intermetallic, and glassy systems are all included.  The cluster also includes a symposium on High Entropy Alloys; this is an important new and evolving topic, it is the first time there has been a symposium on high entropy alloys at an MRS meeting.  The fundamentals of a range of mechanical behaviors will be discussed, including cyclic deformation, shear deformation, and size effects. The behavior of materials subjected to mechanical extremes will also be included.

Nanomaterials: Symposia covering the synthesis and functionality of a broad range of nanomaterials are planned, ranging from biomedical and energy materials to 1D, 2D and 3D nanostructured 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.

Processing and Manufacturing:: This cluster is new and takes us back to the roots of materials science where processing is an essential component. In addition, the value of a new material is only established once it is manufactured. In this meeting the focus lies on the use of ion beams and plasmas in manufacturing, the importance of modeling in the manufacturing process, the development of sensor technology for environmental modeling and on roll-to-roll manufacturing to achieve hybrid and hierarchical structures in device applications. The aim of this cluster is also to reintegrate more industrial representatives into the MRS community.

Theory, Characterization and Modeling: Symposia covering theoretical aspects of materials science, simulation and modeling, metrology, and state-of-art characterization methods are included.  One symposium will focus in silico materials chemistry to perform a virtual synthesis of novel materials. A second theory symposium addresses the discovery of materials utilizing data mining. With regards to characterization a well-established symposium on the analysis of artifacts with the aim of conserving our cultural heritage has been defined. The other characterization focus is on pushing the limits in electron microscopy to allow for in-situ studies of materials synthesis and transformation during for instance catalysis and electrochemical action.

To complement these sessions, tutorials will be offered in several technical areas. A separate symposium will be held on engaged learning of materials science and engineering. This symposium will be complemented by tutorials and workshops focused on education, diversity and the use of social media.

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!

2016 MRS Fall Meeting Chairs:   

Bernard Bewlay,Silvija Gradečak, Sarah Heilshorn, Ralph Spolenak, T. Venky Venkatesan