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Inorganic-Organic Phosphors May Lead to Rare-Earth-Free LEDs

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A recent study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society points toward a possible alternative to LEDs that use rare-earth metals: inorganic-organic hybrid phosphors that are free of any rare-earth metals that can be used to create an array of colors.

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Marvin L. Cohen to Receive the Materials Research Society's Highest Honor

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The 2014 Von Hippel Award, the Materials Research Society’s highest honor, will be presented to Marvin L. Cohen, University Professor of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley (UC–Berkeley) and senior scientist in the Materials Sciences Division of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Cohen is being recognized for “explaining and predicting properties of materials and for successfully predicting new materials using microscopic quantum theory.” Cohen will accept the honor during the Awards Ceremony of the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston on Wednesday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Boston Hotel. There, he will also present his award lecture, Explaining and Predicting the Properties of Materials Using Quantum Theory.

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Marvin L. Cohen to Receive Materials Research Society's Highest Honor

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The 2014 Von Hippel Award, the Materials Research Society’s highest honor, will be presented to Marvin L. Cohen, University Professor of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley (UC–Berkeley) and senior scientist in the Materials Sciences Division of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Cohen is being recognized for “explaining and predicting properties of materials and for successfully predicting new materials using microscopic quantum theory.” Cohen will accept the honor during the Awards Ceremony of the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston on Wednesday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Boston Hotel. There, he will also present his award lecture, Explaining and Predicting the Properties of Materials Using Quantum Theory.

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Bottom-up method enables high-quality graphene-oxide interface

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An alternative and novel method of producing graphene-oxide interface for emerging nanoelectronics has been reported in a recent issue of the journal Nature Communications by an international research team led by Alessandro Baraldi who has joint appointments at the University of Trieste, Elettra-Sincrotrone, and IOM-CNR, Italy. The researchers used Ni3Al as a substrate on which they grew graphene by CVD. The researchers then oxidized the substrate so that an alumina nanosheet, 1.5-nm thick, formed beneath the graphene.

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Chair of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Resign on January 1

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Allison Macfarlane, Chair of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, announced yesterday that she will resign from her position on January 1, 2015. Macfarlane will become the Director of George Washington University’s Center for International Science and Technology Policy.

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National Synchrotron Light Source II Achieves “First Light”

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The brightest synchrotron light source in the world has delivered its first x-ray beams. The National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II) at the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory achieved “first light” on October 23, 2014, when operators opened the shutter to begin commissioning the first experimental station, allowing x-rays to travel to a phosphor detector and capture the facility’s first photons. While considerable work remains to realize the full potential of the new facility, first light counts as an important step on the road to facility commissioning.

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Study Identifies an Optimum Molecular Composition for Concrete

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A new study published in Nature Communications uses database modeling and a combinatorial approach to isolate the perfect molecular make-up of concrete, pointing toward a greener, stronger concrete.

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A Battery Charged by the Sun

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A device that combines a rechargeable battery with a photoelectrode could help bring down the cost of residential solar-power systems by as much as 25 percent. Researchers at Ohio State University call this device, the first of its kind known, a solar battery.

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Rodney S. Ruoff Awarded 2014 David Turnbull Lectureship

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The Materials Research Society’s David Turnbull Lectureship Award recognizes the career of a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to understanding materials phenomena and properties through research, writing, and lecturing, as exemplified by the late David Turnbull of Harvard University. This year's award will honor Rodney S. Ruoff, Director of the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials (CMCM) at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Distinguished Professor at the Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology (UNIST) for "pioneering discoveries related to carbon materials and their innovative preparation, characterization, and mechanics." The award will be presented at the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting Awards Ceremony in Boston on Wednesday, December 3, and Ruoff will deliver the David Turnbull Lecture on December 4.

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Abstract Submission for the 2015 MRS Spring Meeting Ends October 23

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The abstract submission period for the 2015 MRS Spring Meeting will remain open through October 23.

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US DoD Competition to Launch New Manufacturing Institute

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President Barack Obama has announced an upcoming competition, sponsored by the US Department of Defense (DoD), that will provide an award of up to $110 million in federal funds to launch an Institute for Manufacturing Innovation, or IMI, whose work involves photonics—the science and engineering applications of light.

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Rodney S. Ruoff Awarded the 2014 David Turnbull Lectureship

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The Materials Research Society’s David Turnbull Lectureship Award recognizes the career of a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to understanding materials phenomena and properties through research, writing, and lecturing, as exemplified by the late David Turnbull of Harvard University. This year's award will honor Rodney S. Ruoff, Director of the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials (CMCM) at the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) and Distinguished Professor at the Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology (UNIST) for "pioneering discoveries related to carbon materials and their innovative preparation, characterization, and mechanics." The award will be presented at the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting Awards Ceremony in Boston on Wednesday, December 3, and Ruoff will deliver the David Turnbull Lecture on December 4.

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2014 MRS Fall Meeting Registration Open

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Registration for the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting is now open! Register online, or download the preregistration form and register via fax, phone or mail. Preregistration deadline is 5 p.m. (ET), November 14, 2014.

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Crumpled Graphene Paper Could Power Future Stretchable Electronic Devices

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A research team led by engineer Xuanhe Zhao of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has now created stretchable, high-performance supercapacitor electrodes out of crumpled graphene paper.

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Hydrogel Taps the Sun to Produce Hydrogen

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Researchers have made a hydrogel that can harvest sunlight and produce hydrogen. The gel contains all the components necessary for the process: materials that absorb light, transport charge, and a catalyst that can use this charge to make hydrogen from water.

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Materials Research Society Announces Vice President and New Board Members for 2015

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MRS is proud to announce Kristi Anseth, University of Colorado, as the 2015 MRS Vice President/President Elect. In addition, five new members have been elected to the MRS Board of Directors—Charles T. Black, Karen L. Kavanagh, Christine Ortiz, Sabrina Sartori, and Anke Weidenkaff. All will begin their terms January 1, 2015.

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Surface Defects in Graphene-based Supercapacitors to Blame for Power Inconsistencies

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Graphene supercapacitors hold considerable promise for applications such as energy boosters in electric cars. While a battery offers a continuous flow of energy, supercapacitors can send out a burst of energy when rapid acceleration is needed. However, graphene supercapacitors have shown power inconsistencies in laboratory studies, which make it difficult to fully predict how efficient a given supercapacitor might be. To uncover the source of the inconsistencies, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) carried out molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, which revealed that defects on the surface of the capacitors may carry the most blame.

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Microfluidics Assembled in a Snap

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When electricity was discovered, scientists recognized a similarity between fluid in a pipe and electrons in a wire. Wire showed resistance to flow just as pipes do. Voltage in an electrical system was analogous to pressure in a fluidic system. Current was analogous to flow rate. Now, researchers at the University of Southern California, led by engineering professor Noah Malmstadt, are reversing the metaphor to standardize microfluidic design.

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Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner Receive 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

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Eric Betzig of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Stefan W. Hell of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Göttingen, and German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, and William E. Moerner of Stanford University have been named by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences to receive the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy.”

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New Zealand–Korea Strategic Research Partnership Fund Issue Call for Proposals

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A call for proposals for the New Zealand – Republic of Korea (Korea) Strategic Research Partnership Fund opened on October 8, 2014 in the following areas: Advanced Technologies, Environment/Antarctica and Health. New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) are jointly responsible for the funding decisions.

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