Volume 15, Issue 19

  In this issue:

ULVAC Technologies Inc.
Magnetic Coupling Rotary Vane Pumps

SPI Supplies
Sample Preparation Equipment and Consumables

Ted Pella, Inc.
Microscopy Supplies and
Specimen Preparation Tool

Electrostatics Corp.

Ion Beams, RBS, PIXE,
AMS, MeV Implant

Unrivalled Raw Data

American Elements
Now Invent.™

CRAIC Technologies
Raman, UV-vis-NIR, Fluorescence, Polarization Microspectroscopy

Minus K Technology
Best Low-Frequency
Vibration Isolation

HORIBA Scientific
Most Advanced
Ellipsometry Solutions

Quantitative Phase Analysis

Angstrom Engineering
Thin Film Deposition Equipment and Material

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
Because Materials Matter

Bruker Nano
Surfaces Division

Low-cost, High-quality
AFM Probes


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Application Deadline—July 31

CALL FOR PAPERS—Journal of Materials Research (JMR)

Architected Materials: Synthesis, Characterization, Modeling and Optimal Design, February 2018 Focus Issue

Architected materials are multi-phase and/or cellular materials in which the topological distribution of the phases is carefully controlled and optimized, allowing improved stiffness and strength, impact and blast protection, sound absorption, and others.  
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Submission Deadline—July 1


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Materials in Focus

Device mimics brain synapses
This electrochemical device is significant for areas of research such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, and pattern recognition.

Single-element topological Dirac semimetal created under strain
The only simple-element topological Dirac semimetal discovered to-date, a-Sn now joins Na3Bi and Cd3As2.

Nano Focus: Sliding metals: A quantitative roadmap for low-friction materials
Researchers expanded on existing deformation models and discussed additional properties of real-life systems that follow-up research must consider.

Industry Focus

IBM unveils world’s first 5nm chip
It is built with a new type of gate-all-around transistor, plus extreme ultraviolet lithography.

Global Warming Gas Can Now Be Extracted from Air and Resold
This technology could help cut 1% of global fossil fuel emissions by 2025, according to Climeworks, the spin-off company from ETH Zurich who developed the technology.

Policy Focus

Materials researchers join historic March for Science
Cities representing key hubs of materials research participated in the event, from Boston to San Francisco, and Tokyo to London.


Manufacturing Li-ion batteries for safety and performance
The benefit of the Li-ion cell lies in its high energy and power density, which has given manufacturers scope to produce high-performance gadgets that are also very small. But this, in turn, can pose a problem.

Physicists accelerate plans for a new Large Hadron Collider three times as big
An international league of scientists is kicking off the decades-long process of developing the successor to the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator.


Critical Meeting Deadlines

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

exhibit opportunities available
Closes 9:00 am (ET),
June 19
59th Electronic Materials Conference (EMC)
June 28-30, 2017
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, Indiana

exhibit opportunities available
Closes 9:00 am (ET),
June 19
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
Extended to June 30
International Conference on Silicon Carbide and Related Materials (ICSCRM 2017)
September 17-22, 2017
Washington, DC

exhibit opportunities available

Deadline—July 27

2017 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit
November 26-December 1, 2017
Boston, Massachusetts

exhibit opportunities available


Critical Publications Deadlines

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




Boundary Behavior and Confinement of Screw Dislocations
  Marco Morandotti, MRS Advances

Diamond x-ray optics: Transparent, resilient, high-resolution, and wavefront preserving
  Yuri Shvyd’ko, Vladimir Blank, and Sergey Terentyev, MRS Bulletin

Influence of a high magnetic field on the solidification structures of ternary Al–Fe–Zr alloy
  Lei Li, Xuchen Shi, Haitao Zhang, Yubo Zuo, Qingfeng Zhu, Xiangjie Wang, Jianzhong Cui and Hiromi Nagaumi, Journal of Materials Research

Materials for x-ray refractive lenses minimizing wavefront distortions
  Thomas Roth, Lucia Alianelli, Daniel Lengeler, Anatoly Snigirev, and Frank Seiboth,
MRS Bulletin

New materials for high-energy-resolution x-ray optics
  Hasan Yavaş, John P. Sutter, Thomas Gog, Hans-Christian Wille, and Alfred Q.R. Baron,
MRS Bulletin

Next-generation materials for future synchrotron and free-electron laser sources
  Lahsen Assoufid and Heinz Graafsma, MRS Bulletin

Reaction kinetics of Cu2-xS, ZnS, and SnS2 to form Cu2ZnSnS4 and Cu2SnS3 studied using differential scanning calorimetry
  Elizabeth A. Pogue, Melissa Goetter and Angus Rockett, MRS Advances

Tellurium-doped lanthanum manganite as catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction
  V. Celorrio, L.J. Morris, M. Cattelan, N.A. Fox and D.J. Fermin, MRS Communications

Temperature and Phase Transition Sensing in Liquids with Fluorescent Probes
  I. Shishkin, T. Alon, R. Dagan and P. Ginzburg, MRS Advances

The weakest size of precipitated alloys in the micro regime: the case of duralumin
  Kefu Gan, Rui Gu, and Alfonso H.W. Ngan, Journal of Materials Research

Bio Focus

Green synthesis and antibacterial activity of hydroxyapatite nanorods for orthopedic applications
  Govindan Suresh Kumar, Senkotuvel Rajendran, Sekar Karthi, Raji Govindan, Easwaradas Kreedapathy Girija, Gopalu Karunakaran and Denis Kuznetsov, MRS Communications

Energy Focus

h Comment on “The challenge of energy-efficient transportation” J. Hermans
  Peter Rez, MRS Energy & Sustainability

Synthesis and characterization of iron nanoparticles on partially reduced graphene oxide as a cost-effective catalyst for polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells
  Allen Green, Rebecca Isseroff, Simon Lin, Likun Wang and Miriam Rafailovich,
MRS Communications

h We are losing the climate change mitigation challenge; Is it too late to recover?
  Frank T. Princiotta, MRS Energy & Sustainability

Nano Focus

Phase transitions in stable nanocrystalline alloys
  Arvind R. Kalidindi and Christopher A. Schuh, Journal of Materials Research


Liquid Metal World Map
Dishit Parekh, North Carolina State University

Attached is an image shot via a DSLR camera with macro zoom lens. It shows the selective wetting phenomena of a gallium-based liquid metal on copper. The world map design was first patterned using a laser-writer on a fluorescent copper-clad circuit board from which fresh copper was then etched out using the conventional photolithography process.

A Second 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.


Gerd Ceder on materials computation
MRS Bulletin Material Matters

“Materials discovery seemed so accidental, I wanted to develop a method to discover materials much faster.”

MRS Bulletin’s Fiona C. Meldrum, from the University of Leeds, talks with Gerd Ceder, Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Ceder talks about materials discovery and how students should choose their area of research. Ceder is an MRS Fellow as well as a recipient of the MRS Medal (2009) for his work on batteries.


See Mass Flow Control in a Whole New Way

Teledyne Hastings Instruments introduces the 300 Vue—their newest line of thermal mass flow meters designed to accurately measure and control gas flow in a wide variety of demanding applications.
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Glass Refractive Index Measurement Solution

rIQ™ from CRAIC Technologies is designed to help the forensic scientist measure the refractive index of glass quickly, accurately and easily using the ASTM E1967 methodology.
Read more »

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