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Yury Gogotsi Awarded 2021 MRS Medal

October 29, 2021
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Eileen Kiley
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Materials Research Society

Drexel University professor honored for contributions to advancing the understanding of processing, structure, and properties of two-dimensional carbides and nitrides for energy storage applications

WARRENDALE, PA – The Materials Research Society’s (MRS) MRS Medal recognizes an exceptional achievement in materials research in the past ten years. This year's award honors Yury Gogotsi, Drexel University, “for contributions to advancing the understanding of processing, structure, and properties of two-dimensional carbides and nitrides (MXenes) for energy storage applications."

Gogotsi will accept the honor at the 2021 MRS Fall Meeting during the MRS Award Recipients—Lightning Talks and Panel Discussion virtual event on Tuesday, December 7, at 12:00 pm (EST). During this event, he will present his lecture, Two-dimensional Carbides and Nitrides (MXenes) for Energy Storage Applications, and serve as a panelist with fellow award recipients.


Gogotsi is Distinguished University Professor and Charles T. and Ruth M. Bach Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University, Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute, and associate editor of ACS Nano. His work is focused on using advanced materials to solve humanity's most pressing challenges. His research group works on discovery and development of new nanomaterials for energy, water and biomedical applications. He has received numerous awards for his research including the ACS Award in the Chemistry of Materials, RUSNANOPrize, Ceramic Prize from the World Academy of Ceramics, European Carbon Association Award, S. Somiya Award from IUMRS, Nano Energy award from Elsevier, R&D 100 Awards from R&D Magazine, etc. He has been elected a Fellow of MRS, AAAS, the World Academy of Ceramics, the European Academy of Sciences and other professional societies. He is among the most cited researchers in the world across all disciplines.

MRS acknowledges the generosity of Dr. Gwo-Ching Wang and Dr. Toh-Ming Lu in endowing the MRS Medal.

Photo of Gogotsi available upon request at mrs.org/contact

About the Materials Research Society

MRS is an organization of more than 11,000 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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