2014 MRS Spring Meeting Chairs

The following individuals will serve as meeting chairs for the 2014 MRS Spring Meeting. A welcome message from the meeting chairs is posted below.

Jose A. Garrido
Technische Universität München
Walter Schottky Institut
Am Coulombwall 4
D-85748 Garching
Germany
Tel 49-89-289-12766
garrido@wsi.tum.de

Sergei V. Kalinin
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
The Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences
1 Bethel Valley Rd.
Oak Ridge, TN 37831
Tel 865-241-0236
sergei2@ornl.gov

Edson R. Leite
Federal University of Sao Carlos
Dept. of Chemistry
P. O. Box 676
Via Washington Luiz, km 235
13565-905 Sao Carlos
Brazil
Tel 55-16-3351-9567
edson.leite@pq.cnpq.br

David Parrillo
The Dow Chemical Company
Dow Solar Solutions
Bldg. 1381
Midland, MI 48667
Tel 989-636-4741
fmdmrsc@dow.com

Molly Stevens
Imperial College London
Dept. of Materials
Dept. of Bioengineering and
Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Royal School of Mines
Prince Consort Rd.
London SW7 2AZ
United Kingdom
Tel 44-20-7594-6804
m.stevens@imperial.ac.uk

Welcome to the Meeting

The 2014 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting will be held April 21-25 in San Francisco, California. The MRS Spring Meeting has grown considerably in recent years, and this meeting looks to be the largest yet. The scientific sessions include many emergent areas of materials research as well as some well-established ones. 

Fifty-seven symposia will comprise the technical core of the meeting. The symposia are grouped into the following topical clusters:

Materials for Energy: Topics include photovoltaic and photocatalytic materials, materials for carbon capture and sequestration, energy conversion and storage, as well as a broad range of materials systems ranging from oxides and actinides to superconductors. Novel areas include chemomechanics of energy materials, smart sensor materials and many others.

Soft Materials and Biomaterials: The symposia in this cluster cover a wide range of topics including bioelectronics, self-assembly and hybrid materials, bionanotechnology and multifunctional biomaterials. Several symposia explore the critical issues involved in interfacing biological systems with synthetic materials for regeneration, imaging, cancer therapies and sensing. Other areas covered in this cluster include cell-instructive materials, cellular micro-environments and drug delivery, and the biofunctionalization of organic and inorganic materials.

Electronic and Photonic Materials: This cluster focuses on emergent and traditional materials for electronics and photonics as well as advanced concepts for devices and technology. The symposia cover technology challenges of traditional materials like Si and also novel materials for end-of-roadmap devices. Emergent research areas like organic electronics, transparent electrodes, inorganic semiconductor nanostructures or phase-change materials are also included. Several symposia in this cluster cover research areas related to nonlinear optics, optical metamaterials, plasmonics, etc.

Nanomaterials: This cluster includes sessions on the synthesis, characterization and properties of nanomaterials, with additional symposia devoted to new trends in one- and two-dimensional nanomaterials, ultrasmall clusters, piezotronic and magnetic nanostructures, and metal oxides. Besides the traditional symposia, there is also a novelty symposium dedicated to explore the fundamental areas of nonclassical crystallization.

General Materials Science, Theory and Characterization: This cluster highlights recent advances in high-resolution structural and functional imaging by electron and scanning probe microscopy and scattering techniques, as well as in-situ and in-operando imaging. Novel areas include application of “big data” for materials science and materials in extreme environments.

Symposium X: Frontiers of Materials Research features presentations aimed at a broad audience and on topics at the forefront of research on materials science and engineering.

To complement the scientific sessions, the symposium tutorials will provide detailed introductions to particularly exciting areas of research, while the exhibit will showcase products of interest to the materials community. The technical meeting and exhibit will be located at the Moscone West Convention Center and the San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel. We are looking forward to broad participation of industry and the international scientific community, and particularly welcome participation of students and young scientists in all meeting activities – from the Graduate Student Award program to tutorials and the technical program. We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

2014 MRS Spring Meeting Chairs:
Jose Garrido, Sergei Kalinin, Edson Leite, David Parrillo and Molly Stevens 

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