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MRS encourages coverage of its technical meetings, exhibits and other society events and activities by the scientific and general news media.  Our goal is to provide members of the media with news and information for dissemination to the scientific community and general public to help foster appreciation for and further understanding of the contributions and importance of materials research and development.

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Press passes are issued to editors and reporters representing bonafide news publications only. These passes are not intended for editors whose primary purpose is the acquisition of authors and manuscripts, or for individuals and organizations whose primary objective is of a sales and marketing nature. In addition, please note that a maximum of four press passes will be allotted per company.


MRS Press Releases

  • October 08, 2015

    New Editor-in-Chief announced for Materials Research Society journal on energy and sustainability

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Elizabeth A. Kócs, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), as the newest editor-in-chief of its digital journal, MRS Energy & Sustainability—A Review Journal.
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  • September 25, 2015

    Fracking fall-out: a review of water and greenhouse gas impacts indicates natural gas has potential but must be “done right”

    In the latest issue of the new journal MRS Energy & Sustainability—A Review Journal, a group of eminent US scientists led by Dr. Douglas Arent, Executive Director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (JISEA) at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, looks at recent developments in the production and use of unconventional natural gas in the US-with a focus on implications on water management and greenhouse emissions.
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  • September 17, 2015

    Methanol: a renewable fuel for the future?

    Imagine powering your laptop computer or cell phone with alcohol? This idea might not be so far-fetched, as a number of organizations are already actively developing methanol-powered fuel cells for electronic devices, according to a newly published paper in MRS Energy & Sustainability—A Review Journal. In fact, forecasts highlighted in the paper indicate that the market for methanol fuel cells may reach $1.1 billion by next year.
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  • September 15, 2015

    Materials Research Society Announces Vice President/President Elect and New Board Members for 2016

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) is pleased to announce the Vice President and new Board members for 2016, elected by the Society's global membership of over 16,000.
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  • July 28, 2015

    Wind and solar power: integrating renewable energy sources into the electricity grid

    In the latest issue of the new journal MRS Energy & Sustainability—A Review Journal, Professor Jay Apt of Carnegie Mellon University turns the spotlight on one of the planet’s most pressing problems—how renewable energy sources can be better integrated into the existing electricity grid.
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  • June 30, 2015

    Elizabeth Kupp to Chair Materials Research Society's Public Outreach Committee

    The Materials Research Society is pleased to announce Elizabeth Kupp, The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), as its new chair of the Public Outreach Committee (POC), effective July 1, 2015.
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  • June 15, 2015

    Kevin Whittlesey to Chair Materials Research Society's Government Affairs Committee

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) is pleased to announce Kevin Whittlesey, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, as its new chair of the Government Affairs Committee (GAC), effective July 1, 2015.

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  • June 05, 2015

    MRS and TMS Announce 2015-2016 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow

    The Materials Research Society and The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society have selected Jeremy W. Ward, Wake Forest University, as the 2015-2016 MRS/TMS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow. Ward will serve a one-year term working as a special legislative assistant on the staff of a member of Congress or congressional committee.
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  • May 22, 2015

    The Optical Society, SPIE AND MRS Announce 2015-2016 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows

    The Optical Society (OSA), SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and the Materials Research Society (MRS) are pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows. Jennifer Brookes, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington, will serve as the 2015-2016 Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow, which is co-sponsored by OSA and SPIE; and Peter W. Winter, Ph. D., a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health, will serve as the OSA/MRS Congressional Fellow.
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  • May 05, 2015

    Breakthrough in solar cell material reported in latest issue of MRS Communications

    A groundbreaking paper on hybrid perovskites, one of the hottest solar cell and LED materials, has been published in MRS Communications, a flagship journal of the Materials Research Society.
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  • April 20, 2015

    MRS Bulletin Editor, Gopal Rao, Recognized by Auburn University as 2015 Materials Engineering Outstanding Alumnus of the Year

    During their Spring Reception, held April 10, 2015 at the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center, Auburn University recognized Gopal Rao of the Materials Research Society (MRS) as the Materials Engineering Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.
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  • April 20, 2015

    Materials Research Society President-Elect, Kristi S. Anseth, Named 2015 Bayer Distinguished Lecturer at Pitt

    Materials Research Society (MRS) Vice President/President-Elect, Kristi S. Anseth, has been named recipient of the 2015 Bayer Distinguished Lectureship by the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering. Anseth is the Tisone Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, associate professor of surgery, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at the University of Colorado-Boulder Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. She will serve as MRS President in 2016.
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  • March 30, 2015

    Seth R. Marder Receives 2015 MRS Mid-Career Researcher Award

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) has named Seth R. Marder, professor and Georgia Power Chair in the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry and the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, to receive the Mid-Career Researcher Award "for establishing fundamental relationships between the chemical structure of organic molecules and their optical and electronic properties, thereby profoundly impacting how the scientific community designs optimized molecular structures for use in nonlinear optical applications."
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  • March 26, 2015

    MRS Communications Publishes New Manufacturing Process from Stanford Which Could Yield Better Solar Cells, Faster Chips

    Silicon isn't the only chip-making material under the sun, just the cheapest. Research published in MRS Communications suggests a new process could make the alternative material, gallium arsenide, more cost effective.
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  • March 25, 2015

    Karena W. Chapman and Ali Javey to Receive 2015 MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Awards

    The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) Outstanding Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in materials research by a young scientist or engineer who shows exceptional promise as a developing leader in the materials area. This year, MRS has named two award recipients—Karena W. Chapman, Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), and Ali Javey, University of California, Berkeley (UC-Berkeley). Chapman and Javey will be presented with their awards on April 8, 2015, during the Award Ceremony of the 2015 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco.
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  • March 19, 2015

    John M. Carpenter Receives 2015 MRS Innovation in Materials Characterization Award

    This year, the Innovation in Materials Characterization Award will honor John M. Carpenter of Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) "for innovations in neutron sources that have fundamentally changed their performance and enabled opportunities for further advancement of materials that improve the quality of life."
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  • December 15, 2014

    Materials Research Society Announces New Board Appointment for 2015

    David J. Parrillo, Global Research and Development Director, Packaging and Specialty Plastics for The Dow Chemical Company, has accepted a one-year appointment to the MRS Board of Directors and will serve on the MRS Finance Committee.
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  • December 14, 2014

    Are all-solid-state batteries the future of electric vehicles?

    Today's electric cars use lithium-ion batteries with liquid electrolytes. While they represent an initial step toward slowing the march of global warming, these batteries are not without a significant price premium. They also offer a limited driving range, typically under 100km between charges. In addition, a fire risk exists with the use of flammable organic electrolytes when short circuits increase temperature. An article in the Energy Quarterly section of the December 2014 issue of MRS Bulletin examines all-solid-state batteries and their use in electric vehicles as a successor to lithium-ion batteries with liquid electrolytes.
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  • November 24, 2014

    MRS Congratulates Physicist Mildred Dresselhaus on Presidential Medal of Freedom

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) congratulates Mildred Dresselhaus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on today's award of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States. Dresselhaus was among 19 winners honored today by President Barack Obama. The list also includes the late dancer Alvin Ailey, news anchor Tom Brokaw, actress Meryl Streep, musician Stevie Wonder and economist Robert Solow.
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  • November 17, 2014

    Long-Qing Chen Awarded 2014 Materials Theory Award

    The Materials Research Society (MRS) has named Long-Qing Chen of The Pennsylvania State University the recipient of its Materials Theory Award for his "pioneering work in the development of the phase-field method and its applications in the computational modeling of mesoscale structures and their dynamics in inhomogeneous materials."
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