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MRS in the News is a collection of media coverage about MRS meetings, publications, membership, events and more. Read on to learn more about the exciting things happening around MRS. For MRS press releases, visit the MRS Press Room. For MRS in the News articles from past years, please visit the archives from 2015, 2014 and 2013.

Kalinin, Paranthaman Elected Materials Research Society Fellows

Oak Ridge National Laboratory | February 14, 2017

Two researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Sergei Kalinin and Mariappan Parans Paranthaman, have been elected fellows of the Materials Research Society (MRS).

From Waste to Wonder: MRS TV film showcasing new synthetic materials wins gold

WebsEdge Blog | February 3, 2017

WebsEdge has been awarded gold for video production in this year’s AVA Digital Awards for "Creating Useful Products from Waste," which was filmed for MRS TV and broadcast at the 2015 MRS Fall Meeting.

Student wins national Science as Art competition with Voldemort image

OANow.com | January 17, 2017

Auburn Engineering graduate student Armin VahidMohammadi won first place in the Materials Research Society’s Science as Art competition for his depiction of an engineered nanomaterial as a character from the “Harry Potter” movie series. VahidMohammadi, a doctoral student in materials engineering, created a digitally enhanced image of his research that bears a resemblance to Lord Voldemort, the villain in the “Harry Potter” series.

James De Yoreo Selected For 2016 David Turnbull Lectureship Award

BioSpace | December 16, 2016

The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) David Turnbull Lectureship Award recognizes the career contribution of a scientist to fundamental understanding of the science of materials through experimental and/or theoretical research, as exemplified by David Turnbull. This year's award honored James De Yoreo, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. At the 2016 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, De Yoreo was cited “for discoveries that have shaped our understanding of crystallization science", and delivered the David Turnbull Lecture—A Holistic View of Nucleation and Self-assembly.

Making Art from Materials Science

Inside Science | December 15, 2016

Most materials scientists dread defects. But sometimes performance-limiting imperfections can be beautiful. This past March, Daniele Foresti, a postdoctoral fellow in materials science and mechanical engineering at Harvard, spotted a "pretty epic picture" in the magnified image of a fracture running through some of the layers in a sample a student had made. Foresti saved the picture and earlier this month it won one of three first place recognitions in the Science as Art competition at the Materials Research Society's conference in Boston.

Perovskite solar cells gear up to go commercial

Science | December 9, 2016

Cheap materials called perovskites are insinuating themselves into silicon solar cells—a first step toward ultimately usurping the reigning cell material. Last week at the 2016 MRS Fall Meeting researchers announced that “tandem” cells, in which perovskites are layered on top of silicon and other photovoltaic materials, have achieved record-setting efficiencies at turning sunlight into electricity.

Charles M. Lieber Awarded The Materials Research Society's Highest Honor

BioSpace | December 9, 2016

The Von Hippel Award, the Materials Research Society’s (MRS) highest honor, has been presented to Charles M. Lieber, Optoelectronics Group, Harvard University. Lieber was recognized “for pioneering contributions to nanoscience, defining the foundations of rational synthesis of nanoscale wires, characterization of their fundamental physical properties, and the development of applications of these materials in chemistry, biology and medicine.”

Lawrence student and teacher present at symposium

L.I. Herald | December 7, 2016

Lawrence High School senior Allen Green and science teacher Rebecca Isseroff presented their research at the poster session of the Materials Research Society Fall Symposium 2016 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Mass., on Nov. 29.

Nano Letters’ Charles Lieber Wins 2017 Von Hippel Award

ACS Axial | November 30, 2016

Nano Letters Co-Editor Charles M. Lieber is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Von Hippel Award from the Materials Research Society. The Society’s highest honor, the Von Hippel Award recognizes those qualities most prized by materials scientists and engineers: brilliance and originality of intellect, combined with vision that transcends the boundaries of conventional scientific disciplines.

NRL’s Materials Science Researchers Take Part in MRS 2016

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory | November 28, 2016

Researchers from the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory’s Materials Science and Component Technology Directorate will attend and present their work at the Materials Research Society (MRS) Nov. 27- Dec. 2, 2016. The 2016 fall meeting at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston offers 54 symposium sessions in addition to broader impact programming and a large scale exhibit.

Rigaku Presents Latest X-Ray Analytical Instrumentation at 2016 MRS Fall Meeting

benzinga | November 27, 2016

Rigaku Corporation is presenting its diverse lines of X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and Raman spectroscopy instrumentation at the 2016 MRS Fall Meeting and Exhibit, Sunday November 27 to Friday, December 2, 2016. The event is organized by the Materials Research Society and will be held at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

3 ASU faculty named Regents' Professors for 2016-2017

ASU Now | November 17, 2016

Three Arizona State University faculty, including Robert Nemanich, an MRS Fellow, have been named Regents’ Professors for the 2016-2017 academic year. Nemanich’s groundbreaking research is in a broad range of fields, seldom mastered by a single person. He has made seminal discoveries in diamond and diamond-like materials, optical spectroscopy, III-Nitride materials, novel probe microscopy techniques, and advanced thin film growth methods. These breakthrough techniques have applications in electronic devices, optoelectronics and semiconductors.

Nanotechnology Manager Elected President of Materials Research Society

Newswise | November 11, 2016

Senior manager Sean Hearne, who leads the Center of Integrated Nanotechnology (CINT) group for Sandia National Laboratories, has been elected president of the Materials Research Society. MRS is an international organization that promotes interdisciplinary materials research with 15,000 members from academia, industry and national labs.

US urged to address helium cost increases

Chemistry World | October 20, 2016

The US government and Congress need to take actions to ensure that researchers are less vulnerable to the volatile and increasing liquid helium prices that they have faced in recent years, as well as helium supply interruptions, according to a new report issued by the Materials Research Society, American Chemical Society and American Physical Society.

Friends of Science Report “Why Renewable Energy Cannot Replace Fossil Fuels by 2050” Will Shock Green Investors and Challenges the Grantham Climate Change Risk Scenario

altenergymag.com | June 9, 2016

As noted by Cambridge professor Michael J. Kelly, in a recent peer-reviewed article in MRS Energy & Sustainability—A Review Journal entitled "Lessons from Technology Development for Energy and Sustainability" as reported in an Materials Research Society release of May 23, 2016, many of the efforts to push wind and solar as ‘solutions' and a ‘low-carbon economy' are making energy, economy and environmental matters worse, in a world where Kelly notes the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predictions of human-caused global warming are failing.

Climate accord 'irrelevant,' and CO2 cuts could impoverish the world: Scientist

CNBC | June 4, 2016

The world's historic effort to reduce carbon emissions is likely to be a costly if not quixotic endeavor, according to one expert, whose recently published research in MRS Energy & Sustainability—A Review Journal warns that decarbonizing the globe could have devastating consequences on the world's way of life.

Climate Change Efforts Are Making Global Warming Worse, Cambridge Physicist Explains

Nature World News | May 25, 2016

Climate change is a global problem that has been plaguing us for years. And while experts around the world are persistent in finding ways to curb the effects of climate change, Cambridge engineering professor Michael Kelly says the attempts to fix it could actually be making the situation worse than it already is. In his peer-reviewed article published in MRS Energy & Sustainability—A Review Journal, Kelly describes the efforts to cut carbon emissions as "total madness" and argues that it would not make "serious reduction."

Guanxiong Liu Wins Materials Research Society Best Poster Award

Inside UCR | May 23, 2016

Guanxiong Liu, a postdoctoral researcher in the Nano-Device Laboratory (NDL) and the Phonon Optimized Engineered Materials (POEM) Center led by Professor Alexander A. Balandin, received a Best Poster Award at the 2016 Materials Research Society (MRS) Spring Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz.

Professor Says ‘Madness’ Of Fighting Global Warming Will Impoverish Everyone

The Daily Caller | May 23, 2016

University of Cambridge electrical engineering professor M.J. Kelly concluded in a peer-reviewed journal article published in MRS Energy & Sustainability—A Review Journal that attempts to fight global warming with green energy will impoverish the world.

Perovskite Solar Cells Shine in the “Valley of the Sun”

ACS Energy Letters | April 25, 2016

“Perovskite-Based Photovoltaics and Optoelectronic Devices” (Symposium EP3) was one of the most active symposia at the 2016 MRS Spring Meeting held in Phoenix, Arizona—the “Valley of the Sun”. A large number of scientists and engineers from academia and industry met together to discuss the progress of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) and the understanding of the critical science related to PSCs.

Making an Impact: Innovation in Materials Science

SciTech Connect | April 20, 2016

At the 2016 MRS Spring Meeting, thousands of researchers from Europe, Asia, and the U.S. gathered to attend and lead symposiums on the leading topics and latest research in materials science. It was a rare opportunity to exchange ideas and spark collaborations with the leading researchers in a wide range of subject areas from organic electronics to biomaterials.

Three Indian American Professors Named 2016 Materials Research Society Fellows

India West | April 1, 2016

The Materials Research Society recently named its 2016 Fellows, of which three are Indian Americans. Among the 14 Fellows named are Pulickel Ajayan of Rice University, Arumugam Manthiram of the University of Texas at Austin, and Amit Misra of the University of Michigan.

Nerds rule: 5,000 scientists descend on Phoenix for research convention

Phoenix Business Journal | March 30, 2016

More than 5,000 scientists and researchers are in downtown Phoenix this week for an international conference. The Materials Research Society is holding its spring conference at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Chemists Receive Materials Research Society Fellowship

Northwestern News | March 29, 2016

Northwestern University chemists Joseph T. Hupp and Teri W. Odom have been named fellows by the Materials Research Society (MRS). The highly selective MRS fellowship recognizes individuals for their significant contributions to materials research.

IAS Visiting Professor Receives 2015 Materials Theory Award

IAS Newsletter | March 4, 2016

IAS Visiting Professor Steven Louie received the 2015 Materials Theory Award at the 2015 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston.

Prof. Sung Hoon Kang Co-Edits Materials Research Society Bulletin February 2016 Issue

Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering | February 18, 2016

Mechanical engineering professor Sung Hoon Kang co-edited the February issue of the MRS Bulletin, titled “Patterning via Self-organization and Self-folding.” Kang co-guest edited the issue with Prof. Michael Dickey at North Carolina State University.

$1 million endowed Penn State professorship honors 2 faculty, including founder of MRS

Penn State News | January 18, 2016

In the 1950s, graduate student Steward Flaschen met two Penn State faculty members who would have a profound impact on his renowned career: Rustum Roy, founder of MRS and former Evan Pugh Professor of Solid State Science, and Elburt Osborn, former vice president for research. To honor their impact, Flaschen pledged more than $1 million of his estate to endow a professorship at Penn State.

Silver Bells

UC Santa Barbara Current | January 12, 2016

Graduate student Stacy Copp wins MRS awards for her Ph.D. work and for her teaching and mentoring of undergraduates.

New Article from Prof. Mahajan in MRS Bulletin

UC Davis Chemical Engineering and Materials Science | January 6, 2016

Prof. Mahajan has published an article entitled “The role of materials science in the evolution of microelectronics” in the latest MRS Bulletin. He writes on how materials science solved the critical challenges that allow us to use silicon as we do today and helped bring us into the Silicon Age (a riff off the ‘Bronze Age’ nomenclature, for the period more commonly known as the Information Age).