MRS Postdoctoral Awards

Congratulations to the Recipients of the MRS Postdoctoral Awards!

The MRS Postdoctoral Awards recognize postdoctoral scholars who show exceptional promise that may incude, for example, excellence in scientific research, leadership, advocacy, outreach, or teaching, during their postdoc assignment.

MRS acknowledges the Jiang Family Foundation and MTI Corporation for their generous contribution to support this award.

Michael SalibaMichael Saliba, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

for developing a family of stable, reproducible and highly efficient multi-cation perovskites for optoelectronics.”

Michael Saliba is a Marie Curie Fellow at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. He completed his PhD degree at the University of Oxford in 2014 (with a research visit at Cornell University) working on crystallization behavior and plasmonic nanostructures in perovskites. He obtained his MSc degree in physics at the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research on simulation methods for plasmonic oligomers. He holds a BSc degree in mathematics and physics from the Universität Stuttgart.

Saliba's research focuses on a deeper fundamental understanding and improvement of optoelectronic properties of emerging photovoltaic technologies with an emphasis on perovskites for a sustainable energy future. He has an h-index of 30 and published over 70 works in the fields of plasmonics, lasers, LEDs and perovskite semiconductors.

In 2016, Saliba was awarded the Young Scientist Award of the German University Association. In 2017, he was awarded the René Wasserman Prize from EPFL, the Science Award of the Fraunhofer UMSICHT institute, and he was also honored as one of the World’s 35 Innovators Under 35 by the MIT Technology Review for his pioneering discoveries in the field of perovskite semiconductors and optoelectronics.


Jieun YangJieun Yang, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

 “for creative research in chemically exfoliated 2D materials and tireless dedication to mentoring women in science and engineering.”

Jieun Yang is a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (Rutgers). She received her PhD degree in chemistry from the Ulsan National Institute of Science Technology in 2015, after which she joined the Chhowalla group at Rutgers—having won the Rutgers Energy Institute Fellowship. Her research deals with understanding fundamental structure/property relationships in atomically thin materials through utilization of state-of-the-art analytical and fabrication techniques. Yang also studies the electrochemical properties of two-dimensional materials (2D) with the aim of improving their catalytic performance. Her current research interest focuses on understanding how electrical, optical and catalytic properties are influenced by atomic-scale defects created by a Helium Ion Beam in 2D MoS2.

Yang also actively mentors several undergraduate and graduate students—especially female and students from underrepresented groups. She is dedicated to retention of these students in STEM and encouraging them to continue their education.