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Hongyou Fan, Sandia National Laboratories and University of New Mexico

Candidate for MRS Board of Directors

Hongyou Fan

Hongyou Fan has spent the past two decades focused on advancing material science as part of the MRS community. Fan, a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratory, also contributes to educating the next generation of materials scientists as a National Laboratory Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at University of New Mexico (UNM), and an Affiliate Scientist at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT), a DOE funded national user center for the advancement of nanotechnology. Fan received a BS degree from Jilin University, a MS degree from Changchun Institute of Applied Chemistry in polymer chemistry and physics, and a PhD degree in nanoporous materials and coatings (2000) from UNM, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Throughout his career, he has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal papers, edited two books, and filed more than 20 patents. He is a member of the editorial boards for several international journals, including Nature-Scientific Reports, ACS Applied Nano Materials, and Journal of Physics: Materials.

Fan is a Fellow of MRS and APS, and has been recognized for his contributions to materials science with some of the highest honors in materials research, including the MRS Mid-Career Researcher Award (2019), MRS Kavli Distinguished Lectureship Award in Nanoscience (2015), three Federal Laboratory Consortium - Outstanding Technology Development Awards (2008, 2013, and 2019), four R&D 100 Awards for development of technically significant products (2007, 2010, 2016, and 2018), Asian American Engineer of the Year Award (2012), and the University of New Mexico Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award (2005). Additionally, he was recently recognized by the New Mexico State Legislature for distinguished achievements in science and engineering (2019).

Fan has had an enduring and productive engagement with MRS, beginning when he was a graduate student. He has organized a series of symposia in the area of self-assembled nanomaterials and integration, and served as a Meeting Co-Chair of the 2015 MRS Spring Meeting. He is one of the MRS Bulletin Volume Organizers for the 2020 volume and is serving the Society as a member of the Program Development Subcommittee and the Chair of the MRS Medal Award Committee. He hosted the MRS OnDemand Webinar series – "Self-Assembled Porphyrin and Macrocycle Derivatives" in March 2019, and co-hosted another webinar – "Career Paths in Materials Science and Engineering" in October 2019. His students have received four awards at annual MRS meetings.

Over his twenty year career at Sandia and UNM, Fan has made numerous pioneering contributions to nanoparticle assembly for active nanomaterials and for nanoelectronic and nanophotonic applications, including the development of the stress induced assembly and fabrication of a wide variety of metallic, semiconducting, and magnetic nanomaterials and nanostructures; surfactant assisted cooperative assembly of photoactive nanoparticle materials for photo catalysis, photodegradation, and phototherapy; and assembly of nanoparticle-micelles for bioimaging and biosensing and three dimensional nanoparticle thin film nanoelectronic arrays and optical coatings. 

Candidate's Statement

MRS has established a global community to address material sustainability. Both international cooperation and multidisciplinary materials research represent great opportunities for future MRS growth and innovation. I believe the MRS has been and will be open for various research fields, as well as for researchers from many countries. MRS should continue to promote the internationality of materials science. The international collaborative programs and MRS sponsored international conferences have created a prosperous international materials science community. As a member of the Board of Directors, I will work hard to advance the mission of MRS towards this vision of the future.

Society members are the core of the MRS community. MRS will be most successful if every member is inspired to contribute to MRS in a way that benefits both the member and the society. Thus, we should provide a rewarding, constructive and inclusive community environment to ensure member success. Together, we build a better MRS. Additionally, young scientists are the future within the Community. MRS is a platform for them to develop their successful careers. I will work hard with other BOD members to motivate and invest in the young generation to ensure that they can fully be involved with, optimally contribute to, and fully benefit from the MRS communities in the future. Together, we maintain community sustainability.

MRS has had great success in establishing a strong global community through the two annual meetings. Journal publications are another important bridge for international and multidisciplinary research communications.  I will work hard with MRS members and other Board members to strengthen this bridge. I believe that new advances in social media, webinars, virtual meetings, or open journals can broaden the reach of the Society and bring in a new generation of scientists from all over the world, enabling them to communicate, collaborate, and connect in ways that were unimaginable only a few years ago.  These platforms will also make the Society more robust against an uncertain future, be it COVID-19 or another unknown threat.

It is truly an honor to be considered for the election on the MRS Board of Directors. If elected, I will work hard with MRS members and other Board members to support Society policies, practices, and programs that will address these and other questions of importance to MRS members.