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.