Volume 15, Issue 19

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ULVAC Technologies Inc.
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SPI Supplies
Sample Preparation Equipment and Consumables

Ted Pella, Inc.
Microscopy Supplies and
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Electrostatics Corp.

Ion Beams, RBS, PIXE,
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American Elements
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CRAIC Technologies
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HORIBA Scientific
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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


Impact Factors

MRS is pleased to announce Michael R. Fitzsimmons, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as the 2018 MRS Vice President/President Elect. The election also brings five new members to the MRS Board of Directors, who will each serve three-year terms beginning January 1, 2018.  Read more »

2017 MRS Fall Meeting – Preregistration is Open

Preregistration for the 2017 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit
in Boston, Massachusetts is now open.

Register today and save!

Preregistration Deadline—5:00 pm (ET), Friday,
November 10

Join in the conversation with Meeting attendees by following #F17MRS on Facebook and Twitter.

CALL FOR PAPERS—2018 MRS Spring Meeting

2018 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit
April 2-6, 2018  |  Phoenix, Arizona

Abstract Submission Site opens Friday, September 29.

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Materials in Focus

Exceptionally strong metallic films unlock new possibilities for MEMS devices
These Ni-Mo-W alloy films demonstrate unprecedented mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties that elevate this material above comparable films.

Laminate structure in metallic glass tailors plasticity
Incorporating suitable Cu layers into thin films of a-CuNb hinders the shear localization that can lead to failure.

Nanoribbons of borophene synthesized on Ag(110) substrate
It may be possible to synthesize borophene nanoribbons with specific atomic structures and electronic properties by controlling conditions for growth.

2D electrocatalytic MOF sets efficiency record for water splitting
A bifunctional 2D nickel/iron MOF is the new leader for water splitting electrocatalysis.

Industry Focus

Why U.S. Battery Startups Fail, and How to Fix It
Pharmaceuticals startups may yield clues of how battery startups can succeed.

A Material That Throws Heat into Space Could Soon Reinvent Air-Conditioning
A radiative cooling technology could help cut energy consumption in new buildings by nearly 70%—and shave demand in existing structures, too.

Velodyne positioned to be the leading supplier of LiDAR sensors

How a 34-year-old audio equipment company is leading the self-driving car revolution.

IBM and MIT Bet That Materials and Quantum Advances Will Supercharge AI

A new center at MIT could advance artificial intelligence and help IBM reestablish itself as a leader in the field.

Policy Focus

Budget battle looms for US science programs
Competing spending priorities in the House of Representative and Senate could push funding negotiations into December.


Lake Shore White Paper Clears Up Common Measurement Mistakes
Even researchers who are experienced in electronic device measurement sometimes do not get the results they expect. Lake Shore Cryotronics has released a new white paper, “5 Electronic Measurement Pitfalls You Learned About in School But Probably Forgot.” This resource addresses several common, yet often overlooked, pitfalls to avoid, helping researchers prevent voltage errors, current leakage, source-related noise, and other common scenarios.
Lake Shore has a long history of improving simplicity and accuracy in material and device characterization. The company will soon release its Model 155 low-noise, precision current/voltage source, the first in its new MeasureReady™ line of intuitive instruments. Visit www.lakeshore.com for more info.

Corporate Partner Program supports the Materials Research Society Foundation®.


Realizing true energy impact
To achieve energy sustainability by 2050, we need a radical shift in the process and goals of research. 

Born in the lab: Hydrocarbon fuels ditch their fossil origins
While it is clear we must stop releasing more CO2 in the air, liquid hydrocarbon fuels are indispensable to modern economies.

The Kavli Prize call for nominations
The Kavli Prize honors scientists in Astrophysics, Nanoscience, and Neuroscience. Nominations are accepted from September 1 to December 1, 2017.


Critical Meeting Deadlines

International Conference on Silicon Carbide and Related Materials (ICSCRM 2017)
September 17-22, 2017
Washington, DC

9:00 am (ET), September 17
2017 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit
November 26-December 1, 2017
Boston, Massachusetts

exhibit opportunities available

Register by 5:00 pm (ET), November 10 and Save!
2018 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit
April 2-6, 2018
Phoenix, Arizona

exhibit opportunities available

Abstract Submission Opens September 29


Critical Publications Deadlines

MRS Advances
IMRC 2017
Submission Deadline:
September 15, 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




Atom-by-atom fabrication by electron beam via induced phase transformations
  Nan Jiang, Eva Zarkadoula, Prineha Narang, Artem Maksov, Ivan Kravchenko, Albina Borisevich, Stephen Jesse, Sergei V. Kalinin, MRS Bulletin

Cold sintering: Current status and prospects
  Jon-Paul Maria, Xiaoyu Kang, Richard D. Floyd, Elizabeth C. Dickey, Hanzheng Guo, Jing Guo, Amanda Baker, Shuichi Funihashi and Clive A. Randall, Journal of Materials Research

Lifetime limitations in organic electronic devices due to metal electrochemical migration
  Robert Abbel, Linda van de Peppel, Gerwin Kirchner, Jasper J. Michels and Pim Groen,
MRS Communications

Single-atom dynamics in scanning transmission electron microscopy
  Rohan Mishra, Ryo Ishikawa, Andrew R. Lupini, Stephen J. Pennycook, MRS Bulletin

Texture-engineered ceramics—Property enhancements through crystallographic tailoring
  Gary L. Messing, Stephen Poterala, Yunfei Chang, Tobias Frueh, Elizabeth R. Kupp, Beecher H. Watson, Rebecca L. Walton, Michael J. Brova, Anna-Katharina Hofer, Raul Bermejo and Richard J. Meyer, Journal of Materials Research

Energy Focus

Applying insights from the pharma innovation model to battery commercialization—pros, cons, and pitfalls
  Eve D. Hanson, Samir Mayekar and Vinayak P. Dravid, MRS Energy & Sustainability

Atmospherically Processed and Stable Cs-Pb Based Perovskite Solar Cells
  Shubhra Bansal and Michelle Chiu, MRS Advances

Comparison and correlation of structural disorder caused by anion Frenkel in affecting ion conduction of La2Hf2O7 and La2Mo2O9 as high performance electrolytes in SOFCs
  Mingzi Sun and Bolong Huang, MRS Advances

In situ investigation of halide incorporation into perovskite solar cells
  Jeffery A. Aguiar, Nooraldeen R. Alkurd, Sarah Wozny, Maulik K. Patel, Mengjin Yang, Weilie Zhou, Mowafak Al-Jassim, Terry G. Holesinger, Kai Zhu and Joseph J. Berry,
MRS Communications

Liquid–liquid extraction of oxide particles and application in supercapacitors
  Ri Chen, Mustafa S. Ata, Xinya Zhao, Ishwar Puri and Igor Zhitomirsky,
Journal of Materials Research

Nano Focus

Development of n-type silver-nanoparticles-modified carbon materials doped by triphenylphosphine
  Akira Ohnuma and Kouta Iwasaki, MRS Communications 

Single-atom fabrication with electron and ion beams: From surfaces and two-dimensional materials toward three-dimensional atom-by-atom assembly
  Sergei V. Kalinin, Stephen J. Pennycook, MRS Bulletin

The Effect of Electrochemical Modification of the Glass Carbon Surface in Conditions of Chemisorption of Fluorine-Containing Nanogroups on Its Electrophysical Properties
  Yulia M. Stryuchkova, Sergey M. Karabanov, Dmitriy V. Suvorov, Evgeniy V. Slivkin, Gennadiy P. Gololobov and Dmitry Yu. Tarabrin, MRS Advances


The Fuzzy Mediators
Kara Spiller, Drexel University

Grand Canyon, a Science as Art second place winner

Description: Scanning electron micrograph of two innate immune cells, called macrophages, on a scaffold made of lyophilized type 1 collagen, crosslinked with liquid formaldehyde. Macrophage protrusion is visualized reaching for another part of the collagen scaffold. SEM details: Sputter-coated with gold/platinum, 10.0kV, 5000x, spot size 4.0, working distance of 9.1mm, high vacuum mode, cells are approximately 10 microns in diameter. Image captured by PhD Student Claire E. Witherel.

See more 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.


Bruce Clemens on materials energy and technology
MRS Bulletin Material Matters

“You’re putting more and more constraints on these materials and that limits your selection. That doesn’t mean there aren’t good ones out there.”

MRS Bulletin’s Anke Weidenkaff, from the University of Stuttgart, talks with Bruce Clemens, Walter B. Reinhold Professor in the School of Engineering at Stanford University. In the area of solar cells, Clemens talks about technology and materials design, and about the hydrogen society. Clemens is an MRS Fellow and former president of the Materials Research Society (2012).


Reliable High-Throughput Genotoxicity Skin Assay

DermaChip®, a new high throughput assay technology from AMSBIO, allows scientists to reliably measure the genotoxic risk of a whole range of environmental agents to our skin.
Read more »
Biomedical Research Reagents Supplier Licenses ChIP Technology

Chromatrap® announces that BioLegend has chosen their novel solid-state ChIP technology to power a new range of faster and more efficient chromatin immunoprecipitation kits.
Read more »

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