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Innovation in Materials Characterization Award

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The Innovation in Materials Characterization Award honors an outstanding advance in materials characterization that notably increases the knowledge of the structure, composition, in situ behavior under outside stimulus, electronic, mechanical, or chemical behavior, or other characterization feature, of materials. It is not limited to the method of characterization or the class of material observed. Impact of the advance on materials research will be the primary consideration in making the award. Nominations for this award may be made for scientists and engineers in all areas of materials research.


The 2024 MRS Spring Meeting Award deadline to submit a nomination was August 1.

The Award

The annual award consists of a $5,000 cash prize, a presentation trophy and a certificate. The award is presented annually at the MRS Spring Meeting.  Meeting registration fee and transportation and hotel expenses to attend the meeting at which the award is presented will be reimbursed.


The Innovation in Materials Characterization Award has been endowed by  Dr. Gwo-Ching Wang and Dr. Toh-Ming Lu.

Nomination Information

Nominations for the Innovation in Materials Characterization Award will be accepted June 1 through August 1.  Rules and eligibility, nomination package requirements and more are available here.


In this MRS TV interview from the 2022 MRS Spring Meeting, Annamaria Petrozza, the 2022 MRS Innovation in Materials Characterization Award winner, discussed her talk, titled "Defects Activity in Metal Halide Perovskites." Petrozza, a senior researcher and principal investigator in advanced materials for optoelectronics at Italian Institute of Technology, received the award for her development and innovative use of time-resolved carrier dynamics measurements, from sub-picoseconds to milliseconds, to fundamentally advance our understanding of the photo-physics of metal-halide perovskites, leading to materials and devices improved stability. 




Innovation in Materials Characterization Award Recipients