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Perovskites in the Spotlight

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Solar power is gaining mass appeal as photovoltaic panel prices fall and efficiencies improve. A watt of power generated from sunlight now costs less than $0.70, within shot of conventional electricity prices. Slashing that number by half could be a game-changer for solar. An upstart photovoltaic material with astonishing properties provides a potential pathway to that end, and it has set the solar research world ablaze.

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Mark Hersam of Northwestern University Named MacArthur Fellow

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Mark C. Hersam, a Northwestern University materials engineer who teaches the innovators of tomorrow and works across scientific boundaries to create new materials for use in electronics, solar cells and batteries, has been named a 2014 MacArthur Fellow, an honor bestowed with a $625,000 “no conditions” award.

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Spring 2015 Abstract Submission Period Opening Soon

Materials Research Society

The abstract submission period for the 2015 MRS Spring Meeting will open September 23. Abstracts will be accepted through October 23.

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LAUNCH SYSTEM CHALLENGE: Green Chemistry seeks innovations in materials and manufacturing

Launch

LAUNCH, a cutting-edge innovation platform that brings together Nike, NASA, USAID and the US Department of State, is looking for innovations that leverage or advance “green chemistry” to transform the system of materials and manufacturing. This Challenge is open for submissions until September 24, 2014.

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Election Deadline is September 19

Materials Research Society

Vote today for MRS officers and board members! The election will remain open until 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday, September 19.

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Researchers Create Tunable Energy-Absorption Material

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Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have developed a 3D-printing technique with a silicone-based ink to form porous materials, demonstrating how small changes to the structure can create predictable and tunable responses.

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Materials Researchers Receive Kavli Prize During Oslo Ceremony

The Kavli Prize

Yesterday, in Oslo Norway, Thomas W. Ebbesen, Université Louis Pasteur, Université de Strasbourg, France, Stefan W. Hell, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany, and Sir John B. Pendry, Imperial College London, UK received the 2014 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience.

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Kavli Prize in Nanoscience to be Presented Today

Materials Research Society

Thomas W. Ebbesen, Université Louis Pasteur, Université de Strasbourg, France, Stefan W. Hell, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany, and Sir John B. Pendry, Imperial College London, UK will be presented with their shared Kavli Prize in Nanoscience during the Kavli Prize Award Ceremony beginning at 2:00 today.

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US NSF Issues Call for Nominations: 2015 Alan T. Waterman Award

US National Science Foundation

The US National Science Foundation is pleased to accept nominations for the 2015 Alan T. Waterman Award. Nominees are accepted from any field of science or engineering.

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JMR Focus Issue Deadline Approaching

Materials Research Society

The call for papers deadline for an upcoming Journal of Materials Research focus issue is September 15, 2014. Radiation Damage and Effects Characterization: State of the Art, Challenges and Protocols is to be published in May 2015.

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Materials Research Society Names Damon A. Dozier as New Director of Government Affairs

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The Materials Research Society (MRS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Damon A. Dozier as its new Director of Government Affairs. He succeeds Ronald Kelley, who is retiring after 23 years of outstanding service and leadership in MRS’s Washington Office.

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Soft, Shape-Shifting Materials Address Biological Complexity from a Bottom-Up Approach

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Biologists tend to analyze the world by using a top-down approach, while physicists prefer to tackle problems from a bottom-up stance. When those two fields meet, however, new insights and discoveries can result. An article published in Science reports just such a breakthrough: the first soft, shape-shifting vesicle ever known to be synthesized in a lab.

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Titania-Based Material Holds Promise as New Insulator for Superconductors

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Research from North Carolina State University shows that doped-TiO2 holds promise as an electrical insulator for superconducting magnets, allowing heat to dissipate while preserving the electrical paths along which current flows. Superconducting magnets are being investigated for use in next-generation power-generating technologies and medical devices.

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Cephalopod-inspired Device Mimics Its Surroundings

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Inspired by cephalopods’ natural ability for camouflage, a team of researchers led by John Rogers of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed a flexible optoelectronic device that autonomously mimics its surroundings.

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Funding Opportunities: Germany and Israel Launch Call for Joint R&D Projects

EUREKA: Innovation across borders

Germany and Israel have announced a joint call for research project proposals. The projects will focus on developing innovative products and applications. The call is open to all technological areas, with the objective to launch projects with joint participation of companies from both countries.

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US National Science Foundation Announces The Vizzies Challenge

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The US National Science Foundation (NSF) has teamed up with the magazine Popular Science as co-sponsors of the foundation’s long-running Visualization Challenge, now called The Vizzies.

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Click Chemistry Shows Promise to Create Large Organic Structures

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Organic polymers and proteins that spontaneously form new structures, such as fibers and gels, could prove to be ideal materials for drug delivery or tissue engineering applications. However, although self-assembly such as protein folding is very common in biological systems, many organic compounds are not naturally suited for such a task. But a new study in Angewandte Chemie International Edition shows how a serendipitous discovery points toward click chemistry as a means to coax organic compounds into new, functional structures.

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ISGD-4 Preregistration Deadline Approaching

Materials Research Society

The preregistration deadline for the 4th International Symposium on Graphene Devices is 5 p.m. (ET) on September 5, 2014. Be sure to register now to lock in discounted rates.

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South Africa’s Science and Technology is Advanced

Department of Science and Technology, South Africa

South Africa can be counted among some of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, said the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor. The Minister made the comments during her address to international and local engineers and scientists at the 19th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC) in Cape Town on August 24th.

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A-STAR and Industry Form S$200m Semiconductor R&D Joint Labs

Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Singapore

Four joint laboratories, representing a commitment of S$200 million between private and public sectors, were launched this summer between the Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s (A*STAR’s) Institute of Microelectronics (IME), and its 10 industry partners.

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