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MRS in the News—2021 Archives

MRS in the News is a collection of media coverage about MRS meetings, publications, membership, events and more. Read on to learn more about the exciting things happening around MRS. Visit MRS in the News for the most current news articles. For MRS press releases, visit the MRS Press Room.

UVA Student Working to Split Water Molecules for Clean Hydrogen Fuel

NBC 29| December 21, 2021

Chang Liu was recognized at the 2021 MRS Fall Meeting with a 2021 MRS Graduate Student Award.

Collect Feedback to Improve Your Event Experience

Nature| December 20, 2021

Nature speaks to conference organizers about the art of the feedback form. MRS Meetings Committee Chair, Lincoln Lauhon, shares his insights.

Batteries Have Moving Parts

Semiconductor Engineering | December 16, 2021

At the 2021 MRS Fall Meeting, Jianan Zhang, a former MIT researcher, and his colleagues explained that nickel-rich NCM compounds offer high energy density, but the polycrystalline particles that are typically available are prone to cracking and resulting instability.

From Water to Clean Energy: Chemistry Graduate Student Honored

University of Virginia | December 15, 2021

Chang Liu is a recipient of a 2021 MRS Graduate Student Award, which honors graduate students whose academic achievements and current materials research display a high level of excellence and distinction.

Emily A. Carter Recipient of 2021 Materials Theory Award

UCLA Newsroom | December 10, 2021

Emily Carter was named the recipient of the award for "advances in quantum mechanics theory with broad applications to materials and chemical sciences."

5 UB Faculty Named SUNY Distinguished Professors

University at Buffalo | December 10, 2021

Quanxi Jia, Empire Innovation Professor and National Grid Professor of Materials Research, is also an MRS Fellow.

Paul Le Floch Named to Forbes 30 Under 30—Science

Forbes | December 1, 2021

Paul Le Floch, Axoft, and a 2021 MRS Graduate Student Gold Award recipient, was named to Forbes 30 Under 30—Science for 2022.

Self-Driving Microscopes to Navigate the Nanoscale—Deep learning as the ultimate tour guide

IEEE Spectrum| November 30, 2021

An article in MRS Bulletin is cited in this piece discussing the future of microscopy and deep learning.

This New Therapy Can Greatly Reduce the Risk of Bone Fracture in Diabetes Patients

Wonderful Engineering| November 11, 2021

The Journal of Materials Research recently published the study titled Hepatocyte growth factor administration increases bone soluble phosphate and alters bone chemical structure in diabetic hypertensive rats.

Protecting Our Bones After Diabetes and Hypertension

Medical Xpress| November 8, 2021

The results of a study, published in the Journal of Materials Research, showed increases in soluble phosphate in the treated bones.

Goyal Receives Grant to Develop High-Performance Superconducting Wires

University at Buffalo | November 1, 2021

Amit Goyal, an MRS Fellow, is principal investigator on a research project that has the potential to revolutionize the electric grid of the 21st century.

Shirley Meng, Leader in Energy Storage Research, Joins PME, Argonne

The University of Chicago | October 25, 2021

Meng is the Editor-in-Chief of MRS Energy & Sustainability.

Progress on General-Purpose Quantum Computers

Semiconductor Engineering | October 21, 2021

Mark Gyure’s MRS Bulletin article is cited in this report on the progress on general purpose quantum computers. His article explains that nuclear spins can interact with the spin of a confined electron, degrading coherence time

Ameer Named to National Academy of Medicine

Northwestern University | October 18, 2021

Guillermo A. Ameer was also named MRS Fellow in 2021 for his contributions to regenerative engineering through pioneering work developing antioxidant citrate-based polymers that are useful for musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, dermal, and urological applications, rendering them enabling technologies to improve health.

Northwestern University: SQI Director Samuel Stupp to Receive Hirschmann Award in Peptide Chemistry

India Education Diary | October 6, 2021

Samuel Stupp is an MRS Fellow and the 2000 MRS Medal Recipient. 

Materials Scientist Receives DARPA Young Faculty Award to Advance Cooling Technologies

UCLA Samueli Newsroom | September 10, 2021

Aaswath Raman was also recognized by MRS in 2018 with the MRS Nelson "Buck" Robinson Science and Technology Award for Renewable Energy.

Green-Tech Startups Are Getting Fresh Wave of Cash

The Wall Street Journal | July 14, 2021

The article references a 2017 study in MRS Energy & Sustainability, that stated that of 36 battery startups that had received more than $500,000 in funding, only two returned more capital than had been invested.

Thinner Channels With 2D Semiconductors

Semiconductor Engineering | June 21, 2021

At the 2021 MRS Spring Meeting, Penn State researcher Joan Redwing reported on depositing the transition metal at high temperatures (above 700°C) to facilitate uniform coverage. 

Ensurge Micropower Appoints Dr. Shirley Meng to Technical Advisory Board

GlobeNewswire | June 17, 2021

Meng is the Editor-in-Chief of MRS Energy & Sustainability and an MRS Fellow.

Bar-Ilan University awards honorary doctorate to Nobel Prize laureate Professor Whittingham

EurekAlert! | June 7, 2021

Whittingham has been an enthusiastic and committed MRS member, author and volunteer since the late 1980s and currently serves on the MRS Energy & Sustainability Editorial Advisory Board. He was named MRS Fellow in 2013 and in 2018 was awarded the David Turnbull Lectureship. 

One thing leads to another: Novel methods for making ceramics could abate environmental problems

Carnegie Mellon University College of Engineering | June 3, 2021

January 2021 MRS Bulletin, with guest editors B. Reeja Jayan and Jian Luo, highlighted in Carnegie Mellon University's College of Engineering News.

Genocide Orphan Now MIT Professor

University World News | May 27, 2021

Aristide Gumyusenge, a 2019 MRS Graduate Student Award Recipient, is joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2022.

Northwest University: Sossina Haile and Dimitry Krainc Awarded Ver Steeg Fellowship

India Education Diary | May 20, 2021

Sossina Haile, the 2021 MRS Communications Lecturer and former MRS Board Member, has received the 16th annual Dorothy Ann and Clarence L. Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellowship Award.

Sossina Haile Awarded Ver Steeg Fellowship

Northwestern University | May 19, 2021

Sossina Haile has received the Dorothy Ann and Clarence L. Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellowship Award. MRS recognized Haile with the David Turnbull Lectureship Award in 2020.

Perovskite Solar Modules: High Efficiency on a Large Surface Area

EurekAlert! | May 7, 2021

Researchers at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have now managed to produce perovskite solar modules with minimum scaling loss. The scientists presented their results at this year's spring meeting of the Materials Research Society.   

MRS Fellow Rajiv Singh will be inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

EurekAlert! | April 29, 2021

Florida Inventors Hall of Fame 2021 inductees prove that the creative spark can light a fire of innovation to change the world.

Prof. Bao selected for Materials Research Society Mid-Career Award

Bao Research | April 21, 2021

Zhenan Bao has been selected for the award based on her "contributions and conceptual developments to organic electronics and skin-inspired electronics".

Materials Advances are Key to Development of Quantum Hardware

EurekAlert! | April 19, 2021

A new study outlines the need for materials advances in the hardware that goes into making quantum computers if these futuristic devices are to surpass the abilities of the computers we use today.

Martin Named a 2021 Materials Research Society Fellow

University of Delaware - UDAILY | April 14, 2021

David C. Martin is advancing novel polymeric materials to integrate electronics with human brain tissue. Martin, the associate dean for Research and Entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering, has been named a 2021 Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS) “for the design, synthesis, and characterization of conjugated polymers for interfacing electronic biomedical devices with living tissue; and for service to the MRS and broader materials community.”

Handwerker elected to Class of 2021 Materials Research Society Fellows

Purdue University Materials Engineering | April 1, 2021

For national leadership across the field of electronic materials packaging, from structure evolution in ceramics to Pb-free solder replacements, and for leadership in sustainability in materials selection and materials education, Carol Handwerker, Reinhardt Schuhmann Jr. Professor of Materials Engineering, has been named as a 2021 Materials Research Society (MRS) Fellow.

IC Materials For Extreme Conditions

Semiconductor Engineering | March 18, 2021

The number of materials being researched for chips used in extreme environments, such as landing on the planet Venus, is growing, according to new research, including research presented at the 2020 Virtual MRS Spring/Fall Meeting.

Solid-state batteries could be made more cleanly by scaling-up flash sintering

Science Daily | March 9, 2021

In the paper, 'Promoting microstructural homogeneity during flash sintering of ceramics through thermal management' published as part of a special issue of the MRS Bulletin, Gareth Jones and Dr. Claire Dancer from WMG, University of Warwick worked with collaborators from the University of Trento, Wuhan University of Technology, Normandie Université, and Lucideon Ltd to review the origins of microstructural variations in different regions of ceramic materials undergoing flash sintering.

MRS Fall Meeting Report

Wiley Analytical Science | February 28, 2021

Feeling Zoom-weary, fed up with pandemic limitations, and tough to get motivated for a virtual conference, I was wondering if the annual fall 2020 MRS meeting was really worth attending this year. However, partly because I did want to present my work and partly out of curiosity, I did decide to register and attend the meeting. And I am so glad I did because the 2020 MRS Fall Annual meeting – into which the spring meeting was merged – was both a big success and worthwhile.