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Edible Batteries Made From Cuttlefish Ink Could Solve Power Problem For Medical Devices

International Science Times | December 27, 2013

A new suite of medical devices coming onto the market can be swallowed and used to release drugs over time or monitor the progression of diseases. But these devices require batteries to keep them going, and conventional power sources often contain toxic chemicals. Now scientists in Pittsburgh say they have a solution: cuttlefish.

Adriana Mendoza-Garcia's Sea Urchins Win MRS' "Science as Art" Competition

Women in Nano Blog | December 23, 2013

Ms. Adriana Mendoza-Garcia, a graduate student in the Sun group at Brown University, was a winner in the 2013 MRS Fall Meeting Science as Art competition with her 200 nm cobalt-doped iron phosphide "nano-urchins" viewed through TEM. The image shows the spiny nanoparticle urchins with a background designed to fit their resemblance to sea urchins on the floor of the ocean.

Materials Scientist's Research Contributes To Invention Recognized by Time Magazine

UT Dallas News Center | December 18, 2013

The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System, a device created by an interdisciplinary group of researchers, including 2013 MRS President Orlando Auciello, was recently named one of the best inventions of 2013 by Time magazine.

Remembering Arthur R. von Hippel

MIT news | December 12, 2013

MIT Institute Professor Emeritus Mildred Dresselhaus recalls her mentor’s influence as she receives an award in his name. The Materials Research Society has conferred the MRS Von Hippel Award annually since 1976, when it was given to von Hippel. Dresselhaus received the award for her pioneering contributions to the fundamental science of carbon-based and other low-electron-density materials, her leadership in energy and science policy, and her exemplary mentoring of young scientists.

Plastic Lasers Starting to Shine

IEEE Spectrum | December 12, 2013

Karl Leo, who heads the Institut für Angewandte Photophysik of TU Dresden and the Solar Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, spoke at the Fall Meeting of the Materials Research Society in Boston last week, and says his lab has come up with a possible path toward an electric-powered organic laser by adding some metal to the laser cavity.

Materials for metamaterials

Laser Focus World | December 9, 2013

Metamaterials are synthetic materials that offer ways around the limitations of conventional optical materials, such as negative refractive indices and optical cloaking. In an invited talk December 2, 2013, at the Fall Materials Research Society meeting in Boston, Vladimir Shalaev of Purdue University quoted the father of metamaterials, Sir John Pendry, as saying that new materials would inspire new metamaterials.

New solar materials for the manufacture of cheap laser perovskites

SolarBe | December 9, 2013

Scientists from the University of Toronto demonstrated the working principles of perovskites at the 2013 MRS Fall Meeting. (Note: this article is written in Chinese.)

New solar material makes for cheap lasers

DVICE | December 5, 2013

Two research groups came together at the 2013 MRS Fall Meeting to demonstrate how perovskites work. Perovskites, which are made from calcium titanium oxide, are currently being tested in solar cells with remarkable results.

New Solar Cell Material Acts as a Laser As Well

Science | December 4, 2013

The hottest new material in solar cell research has another trick up its sleeve. At the Materials Research Society meeting in Boston, two groups reported that these new electricity-generating materials can produce laser light. Because the materials—called perovskites—are cheap and easy to produce, they could help engineers create a wide variety of cheap lasers that shine a variety of colors for use in speeding data flows in the telecommunications industry.

MRS Fall 2013 Highlights

TMR+ | December 3, 2013

A five-part blog series covering highlights of each day of the 2013 MRS Fall Meeting held December 1-6, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Colored Plastic Doubles Solar Cell Power

MIT Technology Review | December 3, 2013

A thin sheet of dyed plastic could cut the cost of solar power, particularly for applications that require solar cells to be highly efficient and flexible. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are using the plastic to gather sunlight and concentrate it onto a solar cell made of gallium arsenide in an experimental setup. Doing so doubled the power output of the cells. The work was presented at the 2013 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston this week.

‘Nano World’ Science Art Exhibition

The UB Post | November 27, 2013

Winning images from past MRS Science as Art competitions were featured in the Nano World Science Art Exhibition at the Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery.

David J. Srolovitz Awarded 2013 Materials Theory Award

ChemEurope.com | November 20, 2013

The Materials Research Society (MRS) has named David J. Srolovitz, University of Pennsylvania, recipient of its Materials Theory Award. Srolovitz will receive his award at the 2013 MRS Fall Meeting on Wednesday, December 4. He will present his talk, Polycrystalline Microstructure At-Scale, on Monday, December 2, as part of the Symposium X Lunchtime Lecture Series.  

2013 MRS Materials Theory Award Goes To David J. Srolovitz

AZOM.com | November 18, 2013

The Materials Research Society (MRS) has named David J. Srolovitz, University of Pennsylvania, the recipient of its Materials Theory Award for his “decisive and highly influential contributions to the theory and simulation of microstructure, morphological evolution, mechanical behavior, and the structure and dynamics of interfaces.” 

2013 MRS Medalist Announced

AZOM.com | November 12, 2013

The Materials Research Society has named Alexander A. Balandin, University of California, Riverside, as the 2013 MRS Medalist. Balandin is recognized for his “discovery of the extraordinary high intrinsic thermal conductivity of graphene, development of an original optothermal measurement technique for investigation of thermal properties of graphene, and theoretical explanation of the unique features of the phonon transport in graphene."  

Finding Beauty in Nanoscale

Drexel News Blog | November 5, 2013

The science of engineering materials, at the molecular level, oftentimes leaves researchers scouring nanoscale structures for minute signs of scientific significance. But, from time to time, they take a moment to step back and give us a rare look at the small wonders they’re so closely observing. Images from MRS' Science as Art competition provide examples of beauty in nanoscale. 

Oliver Kraft Is Elected President of the Materials Research Society

Nanotechnology Now | October 31, 2013

For the first time during the 40 years of its existence, the renowned Materials Research Society (MRS) has elected a non-American as its president: The KIT materials researcher Professor Oliver Kraft will be vice president of MRS in 2014 and MRS president in 2015. At KIT, Oliver Kraft is director of the Institute for Applied Materials (IAM) and holds the Robert Bosch Professorship for Nanostructured Functional Materials. 

Materials Research Society Announces New Appointments

Powder & Bulk Solids | October 31, 2013

Oliver Kraft of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will serve as MRS vice president beginning January 1, 2014. Sean Hearne of Sandia National Laboratories was reelected as MRS secretary, and five members were elected to the MRS Board of Directors.  

Innovative Graphene Technologies—New Book by Co-editor of Smithers Rapra

 AZOM.com | October 29, 2013

Professor Alexander A. Balandin of the University of California, Riverside, will receive the 2013 MRS Medal for his work on thermal properties of graphene, a single atomic plane of carbon atoms, and development of a new materials characterization technique. The book he worked on consists of chapters that are specifically written for readers who are looking for the applications of graphene and its derivatives. 

Oliver Kraft is president of the Materials Research Society

JuraForum | October 28, 2013

For the first time in its 40-year history, the Materials Research Society (MRS) has elected a non-American at their head: KIT materials scientist Oliver Kraft will serve as vice president in 2014 and as president of MRS in 2015. At KIT, Kraft is director of the Institute for Applied Materials (IAM) and holds the Robert Bosch Chair of Nanostructured Functional Materials.


Nanoscale engineering boosts performance of quantum dot LEDs

 R&D | October 25, 2013

Dramatic advances in the field of quantum dot light emitting diodes (QD-LEDs) could come from recent work by the Nanotechnology and Advanced Spectroscopy team at Los Alamos National Laboratory, featured in the September 2013 issue of the MRS Bulletin.


LANL engineers create better quantum dots for QD-LEDs

Laser Focus World | October 25, 2013

Featured in the September MRS Bulletin: quantum-dot LEDs (QD-LEDs) can potentially produce white light of a higher quality than conventional blue-emitter/yellow-phosphor LEDs. However, efficiency droop (rolloff), or a drop in efficiency at high currents, effects QD-LEDs just as it does conventional white-light LEDs, and is a serious hindrance to the creation of highly efficient QD-LEDs.

Wang wins the Science as Art competition at 2013 MRS Spring Meeting

WomenInNano.org | October 2, 2013

Yue (Jessica) Wang, a graduate student in Kaner Group at UCLA, was named one of the first-place winners of the Science as Art Competition at the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting. Wang's image, Tetraaniline in Full Bloom, used an SEM image of a thin-sheet network composed of doped aniline oligomers. 

Materials Research Society Named a Top Workplace by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Post-Gazette.com | September 26, 2013

MRS was selected as one of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Top Workplaces of 2013. Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback gathered from an employee survey conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, LLP. More than 1,100 companies with 50 or more employees in the Pittsburgh area were invited to participate. 

Professor wins medal for graphene research

Phys.org | September 17, 2013

Alexander Balandin, engineering professor at the University of California, Riverside, will receive the MRS Medal at the 2013 MRS Fall Meeting for his work on thermal properties of graphene, a single atomic plane of carbon atoms and development of a new materials characterization technique.

Already "outstanding poster" selected for international exhibit

Sandia Labs News Releases | July 22, 2013

Sandia National Laboratories researcher Hongyou Fan was honored for his outstanding poster at the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting. His was one of only 12 posters selected out of 2,147 at the conference and was chosen as one of three to represent MRS in Cancun, Mexico, at the 22nd annual International Materials Research Congress. 

 Thermoelectrics May Improve Efficiency in Gasoline-Powered Cars

ecogeek.org | June 24, 2013

Philip Ball's "Thermoelectric heat recovery could boost auto fuel economy," published in the June 2013 issue of MRS Bulletin'sEnergy Quarterly section, explains how new applications of thermoelectric (TE) power may allow automobiles with internal combustion engines to be built to run more efficiently.  

Nanowire Photovoltaics at the Materials Research Society's 2013 Spring Meeting

Photovoltaic Innovation Network (the blog.) | June 4, 2013

Photovoltaic blog discusses highlights from the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting related to photovoltaics, including nanowire PV devices and zinc oxide nanowires used with dye-sensitized solar cells.

Single-atom devices: Quantum engineering

Nature Materials | June 2013

In 1959, Richard Feynman famously gave a lecture he entitled "There is plenty of room at the bottom," and posed a question that has inspired scientists and engineers ever since: “whether, ultimately — in the great future — we can arrange the atoms the way we want; the very atoms, all the way down!” The striking results presented at the symposium "Single Dopant Semiconductor Optoelectronics" at the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco are providing a positive answer to this question, with encouraging implications for the future. (Download as PDF)

Societies Name Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows

Photonics.com | May 7, 2013

Carly Robinson and Sydney Kaufman, both PhD candidates at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will serve as 2013-2014 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellowsfor MRS, OSA and SPIE.

Rodney Ruoff Named Materials Research Society Fellow

University of Texas at Austin Mechanical Engineering Department News | May 3, 2013

University of Texas at Austin Professor Rodney S. Ruoff was named an MRS Fellow and was honored during the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting. His citation reads, "For fundamental and pioneering studies of novel carbon nanostructures, including graphene, chemically modified graphenes, nanotubes, nanofoams and fullerenes."

People in the News

Photonics Spectra | May 2013

The Materials Research Society conferred its 2013 Outstanding Young Investigator Award to Alexandra Boltasseva, a Purdue University assistant professor, for developing novel materials for advanced plasmonic, metamaterial and transformation optics devices.

Interview with MRS Executive Director Todd Osman

International Innovation, North America Edition | May 2013

MRS Executive Director Todd Osman discusses the growth of materials science research and what MRS is doing to support collaboration and innovation. 

Research Roundtable: Fostering Technology

International Innovation, North America Edition | May 2013

MRS Executive Director Todd Osman participated in a roundtable discussion in which featured scientists were asked: How is U.S. policy helping to drive technological advancement in North America, and what more needs to be done?

A portrait of neon hedgehogs in a nanosphere garden 

New Scientist | April 25, 2013

With color added to the monochrome original, this picture – taken by Joon Hwan Bahng of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor – bagged first prize in the Materials Research Society's biannual competition, Science as Art.

Scientists Make Art Out of Nanoscale Materials

iTechPost | April 23, 2013

A description of the "striking" and "surprisingly diverse" images created in the 2013 MRS Spring Meeting Science as Art competition, as well as a video of MRS's favorite images from past meetings.

Science as Art: Nanoscale materials imitate everything from flowers to frost

WIRED | April 15, 2013

WIRED featured a gallery that includes 2013 MRS Spring Meeting Science as Art first-place winners and some of the editors' personal favorites.