Volume 15, Issue 19

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SPI Supplies
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Ted Pella, Inc.
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Electrostatics Corp.

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CRAIC Technologies
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Angstrom Engineering
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MTI Corporation
Total Solution for Material Research

AdValue Technology, LLC
Powders, Crucibles, Tubes, Plates, Custom Parts

Thermo Fisher Scientific
Advancing Materials Science Research Worldwide

Sigma-Aldrich Materials Science
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2017 MRS Spring Meeting
2017 MRS Spring Meeting—Preregistration is Open

Preregistration for the 2017 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit in Phoenix, Arizona is open. Don't delay.

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Join in the conversation with Meeting attendees by following #S17MRS on Facebook and Twitter.

Preregistration Deadline—5:00 pm (ET), March 31

FREE WEBINAR—Glass-Ceramics
Wednesday, March 22  |  12:00 – 1:30 pm (ET)

SPEAKERS: Edgar Dutra Zanotto, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil, and John McCloy, Washington State University
HOST: Mark J. Davis, SCHOTT North America, Inc.

Sponsored by Thermo-Calc Software Inc. 

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Attendance for this and all MRS OnDemand Webinars is FREE,
but advance registration is required.

International Conference on Silicon Carbide and Related Materials (ICSCRM 2017)
September 17–22, 2017
Wardman Park Marriott, Washington, DC

ICSCRM is the premier biennial meeting covering all aspects of the latest SiC research and development. It offers a combination of tutorials, industrial talks and presentations for scientists, engineers and students to gain insights into how challenges and advances in one subfield motivates research in other subfields.

Submit by April 28!


Keep up with materials research news through MRS!
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Materials in Focus

New 3D designs of graphene make them strong as steel
A gyroid structure composed of curved surfaces of individual graphene pieces can be applied to materials systems for enhanced mechanical properties.

Unconventional TiN nanohole arrays bring new dynamic to plasmonic metamaterials

To manipulate light propagation in non-traditional ways, researchers have developed a new approach to design and prototype TiN metasurfaces.

Metallic VO2 exhibits low electronic thermal conductivity
Electrons work as a team to transfer electricity but not heat in vanadium dioxide nanobeams.

Researchers observe real-time homogeneous nucleation using cryo-TEM

Both classical and non-classical crystal nucleation processes are observed.

Industry Focus

IBM's quantum cloud computer goes commercial
Company plans a bigger, better system aimed at creating a market for the still-immature technology.

Policy Focus

Should scientists march on Washington DC?
While some scientists welcome the march’s goal of promoting the value of science education and the use of scientific evidence to inform policy, others question whether political activism “crosses the line” and endangers their credibility and objectivity. As well as the march in DC, science fairs, teach-ins, open houses, and rallies are planned in over 200 US cities and at least 27 countries.

As evacuees move back, Fukushima cleanup faces daunting obstacles
One major hurdle is determining the condition and location of the melted fuel, much of which is believed to have dropped to the bottoms of the containment vessels where high radiation levels preclude human entry.

Materials Minute Podcast
Information about the Materials Research Society’s social media efforts in disseminating policy news affecting materials research, and the US president’s anticipated budget summary.


Leora Cooper on the legacy of her grandmother, Mildred Dresselhaus
After Dresselhaus’ recent passing, GE invited PhD candidate Leora Cooper to walk the red carpet at the 2017 Academy Awards in her grandmother’s stead.

The Edison of Medicine
Bob Langer, the David H. Koch Institute Professor at MIT, has a five-pronged approach to accelerating the pace of discoveries and ensuring that they make it out of academia and into the real world as products.


Featured Events at the 2017 MRS Spring Meeting

Several Professional Development events will be featured at the upcoming 2017 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix. Below are just a few highlights. For a list of all Meeting activities, visit www.mrs.org/spring-2017-activities-events. To receive daily news from the Meeting, subscribe to the Meeting Scene.

Essentials of Getting Your Work Published
Monday, April 17  |  3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
MRS journal editors discuss the fundamentals of successful scientific publishing.

Poster Presentation Success
Tuesday, April 18  |  10:00 am – 11:00 am
Alaina G. Levine
, Quantum Success Solutions
This workshop will cover the elements of a successful poster and how to deliver a meaningful, effective poster presentation.

Public Speaking and Communications
Tuesday, April 18  |  1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Alaina G. Levine
, Quantum Success Solutions
Learn effective speaking techniques, the proper use of nonverbal communication, how to fine-tune your message, and how to effectively utilize PowerPoint (but not rely on it) to build effective communications.

Women in Materials Science & Engineering Breakfast
Wednesday, April 19  |  7:00 am – 8:30 am
Christianne M. Corbett
, Stanford University
Solving the Equation: The Variables for Women’s Success in Engineering
Register now! Space is limited and preregistration is required.

Critical Meeting Deadlines

2017 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit
April 17-21, 2017
Phoenix, Arizona

exhibit opportunities available
PREREGISTRATION OPEN Register by 5:00 pm (ET), March 31, and save!
75th Device Research Conference (DRC)
June 25-28, 2017
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana

exhibit opportunities available
59th Electronic Materials Conference (EMC)
June 28-30, 2017
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana

exhibit opportunities available
Opens Late March

Abstract Deadline—May 1
XXVI International Materials Research Congress (IMRC) 2017
August 20-25, 2017
Cancun, Mexico

A joint meeting of the Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales and the Materials Research Society
Abstract DeadlineóMarch 17
International Conference on Silicon Carbide and Related Materials (ICSCRM 2017)
September 17-22, 2017
Washington, DC

exhibit opportunities available
Abstract DeadlineóApril 28
2017 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit
November 26-December  1, 2017
Boston, Massachusetts

exhibit opportunities available
Abstract Submission—
May 15 - June 15


Critical Publications Deadlines

Call for Papers
November 2017 – Journal of Materials Research 32(21)
Jan van der Merwe: Epitaxy and the Computer Age
Submission deadline:
April 1, 2017
Call for Papers
December 2017 – Journal of Materials Research 32(23)

Mechanical properties and microstructure of advanced
metallic alloys – in honor of Prof. Hael Mughrabi
Submission deadline:
May 1, 2017
Call for Papers
January 2018 –
Journal of Materials Research 33(1)
Early Career Scholars in Materials Science
Submission deadline:
June 1, 2017




Enhanced mechanical properties of machinable mica glass ceramics at cryogenic temperatures
  Juan Chen and Zhipeng Xie, MRS Communications

Experimentation in Manufacturing Zinc Orange Pigment
  Kathryn Harada, Aaron Shuger and Rebecca Ploeger, MRS Advances

Glass-ceramics and realization of the unobtainable: Property combinations that push the envelope
  Mark J. Davis and Edgar D. Zanotto, MRS Bulletin

Growth process and morphology control of SBA-15 particles: Synergistic effects of tetraethoxysilane and Pluronic-123 concentrations
  Kai Zhuang, Guangfu Yin, Ximing Pu, Xianchun Chen, Xiaoming Liao, Zhongbin Huang and Yadong Yao, MRS Communications

Inkjet-Printed Flexible Active Multilayered Structures
  Charles Trudeau, Martin Bolduc, Patrick Beaupré, Patrice Topart, Christine Alain and Sylvain Cloutier, MRS Advances

New insights on ion track morphology in pyrochlores by aberration corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy
  Ritesh Sachan, Yanwen Zhang, Xin Ou, Christina Trautmann, Matthew F. Chisholm and William J. Weber, Journal of Materials Research

Observation of compound semiconductors and heterovalent interfaces using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy
  David J. Smith, Jing Lu, Toshihiro Aoki, Martha R. McCartney and Yong-Hang Zhang,
Journal of Materials Research

Recent studies of oxide-semiconductor heterostructures using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy
  David J. Smith, HsinWei Wu, Sirong Lu, Toshihiro Aoki, Patrick Ponath, Kurt Fredrickson, Martin D. McDaniel, Edward Lin, Agham B. Posadas, Alexander A. Demkov, John Ekerdt and Martha R. McCartney, Journal of Materials Research

The Use of Solvent-Gel Systems for the Cleaning of PMMA
  Stefani Kavda, Emma Richardson and Stavroula Golfomitsou, MRS Advances

Transparent glass-ceramics for optical applications
  O. Dymshits, M. Shepilov, and A. Zhilin, MRS Bulletin

Energy Focus

Grain Boundary Stability and Influence on Ionic Conductivity in a Disordered Perovskite - a First-Principles Investigation of Lithium Lanthanum Titanate
  Kathleen C. Alexander, P. Ganesh, Miaofang Chi, Paul Kent and Bobby G. Sumpter,
MRS Communications

Ion-conducting glass-ceramics for energy-storage applications
  Hellmut Eckert and Ana Candida Martins Rodrigues, MRS Bulletin


Synthesized Prussian Blue Pigment
Monika Jakimowicz, University of Bristol

An image of a synthesized Prussian blue pigment dried on a glass slide, acquired simply with a light microscope. If formed into nanoparticles, it could potentially be used in photo-acoustic medical imaging.

See more from the Science as Art competition at the 2016 MRS Fall Meeting.

Copyright for all Science as Art images belongs to the Materials Research Society. To request permission to re-use the images, please contact Anita Miller.


Watch this origami fold itself
Science Magazine

A combination of color printing and light makes a polymer assume complex three-dimensional shapes.


UV-visible-NIR spectrophotometer for your microscope

The 308 PV™ from CRAIC Technologies is a cost effective, manual solution to add UV-visible-NIR absorbance, reflectance, fluorescence and polarization spectroscopy to your microscope.
Read more »

New Deep-UV Polarization

A new vacuum ultraviolet spectral test system VUV-STS from McPherson measures optical reflectance as a function of angle of incidence.
Read more »

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