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Ognjen Ilic, University of Minnesota, Honored with the 2019 MRS Bulletin Postdoctoral Publication Prize

October 02, 2019
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MRS Bulletin has named Ognjen Ilic, University of Minnesota, as the 2019 recipient of the MRS Bulletin Postdoctoral Publication Prize. This award recognizes postdoctoral researchers for their intellectual merit, the impact of their research and scholarship, and their interest in science writing and communication. Ilic was selected from numerous well-qualified applicants and nominations for “his outstanding academic achievements, high quality of scientific publications, demonstrated passion for science communication, science outreach efforts to the general public, and clear potential to become a leader in the field of materials research.”  According to Gopal Rao, Editor of MRS Bulletin, “MRS Bulletin is proud to have Ognjen Ilic as the 2019 recipient of the postdoctoral prize.”  

The award will be presented at the 2019 MRS Fall Meeting and consists of a $2000 cash award, a profile published in MRS Bulletin, a complimentary one-year membership in the Materials Research Society (MRS), and an invitation to publish in MRS Bulletin.

Ilic worked as a postdoctoral research associate from 2016–2019 in the Department of Applied Physics and Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology. He was recently appointed to the position of assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. Ilic earned his PhD degree in physics in 2015 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was the Whiteman Fellow, Herchel Smith Research Fellow, and the Harvard College Research Program Fellow. His research interests include nanophotonics, heat transfer and radiative energy harvesting, opto-mechanics, electromagnetic metamaterials and metasurfaces, thermo-optics, and light-matter interactions in nanoscale devices and materials.

MRS Bulletin acknowledges the Jiang Family Foundation for its generous contribution to support this Prize.

Photo of Ognjen Ilic available upon request at amiller@mrs.org.

About MRS Bulletin

Published by the Materials Research Society, in partnership with Cambridge University Press, MRS Bulletin is one of the most widely recognized and highly respected publications in advanced materials research. Each month, the Bulletin provides a comprehensive overview of a specific materials theme, along with industry and policy developments, and MRS and materials-community news and events. Written by leading experts, the overview articles are useful references for specialists, but are also presented at a level understandable to a broad scientific audience. The journal will soon introduce a new section, MRS Bulletin Impact, focused on publishing high-impact original research. For more information on MRS Bulletin, visit mrs.org/bulletin.

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About the Materials Research Society

MRS is an organization of more than 11,500 materials researchers from academia, industry and government worldwide, and a recognized leader in promoting the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research and technology to improve the quality of life. MRS members are students and professionals hailing from physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and engineering—the full spectrum of materials research. Headquartered in Warrendale, Pennsylvania (USA), MRS membership now spans over 80 countries, with 45 percent of members residing outside the United States.

MRS serves and engages members across generations to advance their careers and promote materials research and innovation. The Society produces high-quality meetings and publications, assuring that members of all career stages can present and publish their most important and timely work to an international and interdisciplinary audience. MRS continues to expand its professional development portfolio, as well as promote diversity and inclusion in the scientific workforce, with career services for researchers worldwide. The Society advocates for the importance of scientific research and innovation to policymakers and the community. And the MRS Awards program honors those whose work has already had a major impact in the field, as well as those whose work shows great promise for future leadership.

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