Volume 15, Issue 19

  In this issue:

ULVAC Technologies Inc.
HELIOT 900 Leak Detector

SPI Supplies
Sample Preparation Equipment and Consumables

Your Global Supplier
for Materials

Ted Pella, Inc.
Microscopy Supplies and
Specimen Preparation Tools

Harrick Plasma, Inc.
Plasma Cleaning
and Surface Activation

HORIBA Scientific
Tip Enhanced Raman Scattering (TERS) /

American Elements
Now Invent.™

Aluminum-based Alloys

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
Precise, Efficient Materials Testing/Research

Lake Shore
Cryotronics Inc.

Precision Measurement in Variable Environments

Angstrom Engineering
Thin Film Deposition Equipment and Materials

Switchability for XRD

MTI Corporation
Total Solution for
Material Research

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

Janis Research Company, LLC
ARPES to X-Ray;
10mK to 800K


CALL FOR PAPERS—2017 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

November 26-December 1, 2017  |  Boston, Massachusetts

Submit your abstract before the June 15 deadline.

Join the conversation—Follow #F17MRS on Twitter!

Learn more about the MRS Awards and how you can nominate a colleague at www.mrs.org/awards.

Nominate a Colleague!
Deadline—August 1, 2017

ATTENTION INNOVATORS—Demonstrate Your Technology at the 2017 MRS Fall Meeting

Display your innovations and interact with industry and R&D leaders and early-stage investors at the iMatSci Innovator Showcase. Accelerate the adoption of your materials technologies for real-world applications.

Apply beginning June 1!
Deadline—August 1, 2017


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

Easy, environmentally-friendly method to unearth rare earth elements
Rare earth elements are extracted from an aqueous solution using magnetic silica-iron nanoparticles.

Novel 3D-printed method produces metallic pentamode metamaterials
A 3D-printed pentamode mechanical metamaterial made with a biocompatible Ti-6Al-4V alloy may lead to biomedical applications.

Hot graphene-wrapped sponges quickly absorb heavy crude oil from water
One kg of the heated sponge could remove 2,320 kg of oil per hour, about 30 times faster than the non-heated material.

Industry Focus

New Bioprinter Makes It Easier to Fabricate 3D Flesh and Bone
This relatively affordable bioprinter, the BioBot 2, aims to take tissue engineering to the next level.

Policy Focus

Materials Minute: Trump budget release 2
After the release of the “skinny” budget, the Administration releases its full budget proposal for FY18.

Multi-society organizations voice concern over US State Department’s proposed supplemental questions for US visa applicants
Science organizations call for balance between national security and legitimate travel to the US.


SESAME synchrotron opens for users
Middle East facility overcomes political and funding challenges.


Critical Meeting Deadlines

75th Device Research Conference (DRC)
June 25-28, 2017
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana

exhibit opportunities available
Register by 5:00 pm (ET), June 9 and save!
59th Electronic Materials Conference (EMC)
June 28-30, 2017
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana

exhibit opportunities available
Register by 5:00 pm (ET), June 9 and save!
XXVI International Materials Research Congress 2017
August 20-25, 2017
Cancun, Mexico

A joint meeting of the Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales and the Materials Research Society
Ends May 31
International Conference on Silicon Carbide and Related Materials (ICSCRM 2017)
September 17-22, 2017
Washington, DC

exhibit opportunities available

Deadline—July 27


Critical Publications Deadlines

Call for Papers
January 2018Journal of Materials Research 33(1)
Early Career Scholars in Materials Science
Submission Deadline:
June 1, 2017
Call for Papers
February 2018 – Journal of Materials Research 33(3)
Architected Materials: Synthesis, Characterization, Modeling and Optimal Design
Submission Deadline:
July 1, 2017
Call for Papers
March 2018Journal of Materials Research 33(5)
Electrocatalysts for Oxygen and Hydrogen Evolution
Submission Deadline:
August 1, 2017
Call for Papers
April 2018 – Journal of Materials Research 33(7)
Advanced Atomistic Algorithms in Materials Science
Submission Deadline:
September 1, 2017
Call for Papers
May 2018 – Journal of Materials Research 33(9)
Porous Carbon and Carbonaceous Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage
Submission Deadline:
October 1, 2017
Call for Papers
June 2018 – Journal of Materials Research 33(11)
Wide Energy Gap Semiconductors: Material Issues and Device Implications
Submission Deadline:
November 1, 2017




In situ characterization methods for evaluating microstructure formation and drying kinetics of solution-processed organic bulk-heterojunction films
  Nusret Sena Güldal, Thaer Kassar, Marvin Berlinghof, Nusret Sena Güldal, Thaer Kassar, Marvin Berlinghof, Tobias Unruh, Christoph J. Brabec, Journal of Materials Research

Multiferroics: Past, present, and future
  Nicola A. Spaldin, MRS Bulletin

Teaching Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) in the Pre-College Classroom as a Vehicle for NGSS Implementation
  Nicole Granucci, Carol Jenkins, Melanie Bauer, Ashley L. Gard, Bryn Pinkerton and Christine Broadbridge, MRS Advances

The hydrobaric effect on cathodically deposited titanium dioxide photocatalyst
  Tso-Fu Mark Chang, Wei-Hao Lin, Chun-Yi Chen, Yung-Jung Hsu and Masato Sone,
MRS Communications

Turning High School Students into MRS Authors and Presenters: The Magic of the Garcia Summer Scholars Program
  Rebecca Isseroff, Julia Budassi and Miriam Rafailovich, MRS Advances

Bio Focus

Assessing plant uptake and transport mechanisms of engineered nanomaterials from soil
  Illya A. Medina-Velo, Jose R. Peralta-Videa, Jorge L. Gardea-Torresdey, MRS Bulletin

Paper-Based Plasmonic Surface for Chemical Biosensing by the Attenuated Total Reflection Method
  Nobuko Fukuda, Srimongkon Tithimanan, Hirobumi Ushijima and Noritaka Yamamoto,
MRS Advances

Supramolecular assemblies of lignin into nano- and microparticles
  Mariko Ago, Blaise L. Tardy, Ling Wang, Jiaqi Guo, Alexey Khakalo, Orlando J. Rojas,
MRS Bulletin

Energy Focus

Engineering solar cells based on correlative X-ray microscopy
  Michael Stuckelberger, Bradley West, Tara Nietzold, Barry Lai, Jörg M. Maser, Volker Rose and Mariana I. Bertoni, Journal of Materials Research

Structure formation and evolution in semiconductor films for perovskite and organic photovoltaics
  Andrew J. Pearson, Journal of Materials Research

Nano Focus

Chemically controlled surface compositions of Ag–Pt octahedral catalysts
  Yung-Tin Pan, Lingqing Yan and Hong Yang, MRS Communications

Controlling the nanoscale morphology and structure of the ZnO/MnO2 system for efficient transparent supercapacitors
  M.A. Borysiewicz, M. Wzorek, M. Ekielski, J. Kaczmarski and T. Wojciechowski,
MRS Communications


Jungle after the storm
Fernando Soto, University of California,
San Diego

Copper microstructures synthesized by template electrodeposition.

A First Place Winner from the Science as Art competition at the 2017 MRS Spring 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.


Michael R. Wasielewski on materials in energy
MRS Bulletin Material Matters

MRS Bulletin’s Fiona Meldrum, from the University of Leeds, talks with Michael R. Wasielewski, Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University. He talks about the role of materials in energy storage, electric cars, nuclear energy, and the future of materials research in energy.


Analytical Protein Aggregate Separation without a Column

The new temperature controlled AF2000 MALS Flow Field-Flow Fractionation system from Postnova Analytics provides unmatched separation, characterization and fractionation of biopharmaceutical proteins.
Read more »
Digital Microscope Expands and Improves Analysis

The latest VHX Digital Microscope from KEYENCE Corporation provides new inspection and analysis features, including ISO contamination measurement and ASTM-compliant grain analysis.
Read more »

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