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Emily A. Carter Recipient of 2021 Materials Theory Award

November 04, 2021
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Eileen Kiley
Director of Programs
Materials Research Society

The Materials Research Society (MRS) has named Emily A. Carter, University of California, Los Angeles, and Princeton University, the 2021 recipient of the Materials Theory Awardfor advances in quantum mechanics theory with broad applications to materials and chemical sciences.” The Materials Theory Award, endowed by Toh-Ming Lu and Gwo-Ching Wang, recognizes exceptional advances made by materials theory to the fundamental understanding of the structure and behavior of materials.

Carter 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. During this event, she will present her lecture, Quantum-Derived Materials Solutions for a Sustainable Future, and serveas a panelist with fellow award recipients.

Carter is the Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost, and Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also Senior Scholar at Princeton University, where she had been Dean of Engineering and Applied Science and before that, Princeton’s Founding Director of the Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment. Carter develops and applies quantum mechanical simulation techniques to enable discovery and design of molecules and materials for sustainable energy and carbon mitigation technologies.

The author of over 440 publications and patents, Carter has delivered over 570 invited and plenary lectures worldwide and has served on advisory boards spanning a wide range of disciplines. She is the recipient of numerous honors, including election to the US National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the US National Academy of Inventors, the US National Academy of Engineering and the European Academy of Sciences.

Photo of Carter 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.

For more information about the Materials Research Society visit mrs.org and follow @Materials_MRS.