The 2016 MRS Spring Meeting will be for the first time in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 28-April 1, 2016. The scientific sessions will include several emerging areas of materials research as well as some well-established ones. Several symposia are distinguished by the interdisciplinary nature of innovation in materials science and engineering.
Sixty-two (62) symposia will comprise the technical core of the meeting. The symposia are grouped into the following topical clusters:
Characterization and Modeling of Materials: This cluster highlights recent advances in ultrafast spectroscopy and high-resolution structural and functional imaging by electron microscopy and scattering techniques, as well as in-situ imaging. Several sessions focus on the latest progress in different material fabrication techniques, with oxide-based materials prominently featured. Innovation can also be found in the symposium where materials science meets architecture.
Energy and Environment: Photovoltaics, solar photoelectrochemical energy conversion, fuel cells and electrocatalysis, thermoelectric power generators and batteries are covered in this large cluster. The operando and in situ analytical methods are well represented. While solar energy conversion takes center stage in this cluster, we expect strong presence of the electrochemical energy storage and conversion communities.
Electronics and Photonics: This cluster spans the range of electric charge carrier management to photonic light management and their application in circuits and actual devices. This includes applications in energy harvesting and power management. The role of structural order, disorder, defects and phase changes and the control thereof down to single defect or photon level are covered at the fundamental level and at the device level. Flexible device platforms are also covered.
Materials Design: Materials can be designed today by tailoring specific structures or interfaces, using specific phase transformations, or by using specific materials with unique characteristics. The ultimate goal is to fine-tune and tailor the properties of a material for a specific application. The symposia in this cluster will discuss deliberately designing the interfaces and selecting materials in devices, creating heterostructures, using elastic strain engineering to tune properties, and by developing micro-assembly technologies. Phase change materials, magnetic materials, lanthanide materials, and organic semiconductors all offer routes to specific designed materials and applications. Other symposia are focused on incorporating electronics in textiles, and understanding and applying magnetic materials. Finally, keeping with this theme, one symposium focuses on understanding multiscale behavior in extreme environments.
Nanotechnology: 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, ultra-small clusters, piezotronic and magnetic nanostructures, carbon-based materials, and metal oxides. Besides the traditional symposia, there are new symposia on responsive optical and magnetic nanomaterials and applications.
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.
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 information on particularly exciting areas of research, the Technology Innovation Forum will focus on the process of taking a technology from conception to market impact, iMatSci will provide a platform for technology providers to demonstrate their newest materials-focused technologies in practical applications, and the Exhibit will showcase products and services of interest to the scientific community.
The Technical Meeting and Exhibit will be located at the Phoenix Convention Center; posters will be located at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel. We are looking forward to broad participation of the international materials research 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 for the Society’s first meeting in Phoenix!
2016 MRS Spring Meeting Chairs:
Christopher A. Bower, Andrew M. Minor, Roger Narayan, Izabela Szlufarska, Osamu Ueda