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Welcome to the Meeting

The 2017 Fall Meeting of the Materials Research Society will take place from November 26 to December 1, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts. The world's foremost international scientific gathering for materials research, the MRS meeting showcases leading interdisciplinary research in both fundamental and applied areas, coordinated by over 200 scientists from both academia and industry in many countries around the world.

The meeting's core is its technical program, which includes 54 symposia organized into seven topical areas:

Broader Impact:
This cluster includes two symposia regarding partnerships to promote materials science education and materials innovation for sustainable agriculture and energy.

Biomaterials and Soft Materials:
This cluster includes twelve symposia that cover a diverse range of topics including mechanobiology, bioelectronics, and biopolymers. Both experimental and modeling approaches will be emphasized and the materials will range from the nano- to macro-scale. In the area of materials for biomedical applications, topics such as biomaterials for tissue regeneration applications, nanomaterials for drug delivery and imaging, and processing techniques such as additive manufacturing will be emphasized.  Towards photonics and electronics applications, biological and bioinspired materials for the fabrication of sensors, stretchable electronics, and living devices including neural interfaces will be covered.  Symposia will include topics on the fabrication, characterization, and application of soft materials such as bubbles and droplets, hydrogels, and self-assembled materials.

Electronics, Magnetics and Photonics:
This cluster includes ten symposia covering a broad range of advanced materials for electronics, computation and sensing. Topics range from fundamental studies to device design, modeling and industrial applications.   Focus areas in electronics include plasmonics, wide band-gap materials, organic semiconductors, diamond electronics, and solution processing. Multiferroics and magnetoelectronics will also be covered.  Symposia related to fundamental materials and transport issues at oxide interfaces and the liquid-solid interface are also featured. The exciting and growing areas of neuromorphic and quantum computation will also be highlighted, with two symposia devoted to the materials challenges in these areas.

Energy and Sustainability:
A range of selected topics related to energy and sustainability will be emphasized in the symposia under this cluster. In the energy conversion and storage area, symposia focusing on advanced perovskite materials and devices for next generation photovoltaics, high-efficiency silicon photovoltaics, and new material system for solar fuels are planned. Another area will be centered on materials, interfaces, and architectures for safe and low-cost electrochemical energy storage technologies as well as on solid electrolytes and solid state batteries. Chromogentic materials, and earth abundant metal oxides, sulphides and selenides for energy applications will also be part of the topics discussed.  A symposium on advanced nuclear materials and a symposium on progress in thermal energy transfer, conversion and storage are featured as well.  Lastly, the cluster includes a symposium to discuss efforts in enabling a circular materials economy.

This cluster is home for all things nano. Carbon nanostructures are an important component of this field right now, and will be highlighted with two distinct symposia for carbon materials - one dealing solely with carbon quantum dots and a second with focus on anisotropic carbon nanomaterials. One-dimensional and two-dimensional materials will each be highlighted in separate symposia.  Plasma synthesis will be discussed as a significant method for creating nanostructures. Cross-cutting with other clusters, nanostructures of semiconductors, optical bioprobes, and defect-induced phenomena will be included. A connecting theme of the symposia in this cluster is assessing how the synthesis and structure of the nanomaterials affect their function and application.

Processing and Manufacturing:
Given their promising technological potential, new knowledge in the field of fabrication and processing of nanomaterials covered in this cluster will form one of the prominent facets of the technical program. Special emphasis is given on new techniques enabling precise control over nanoscopic features, large area applications improved materials economy. Focus on important techniques such as plasma processing will present new strategies to modify and engineer technologically-useful materials at different length scales. Integration of additive manufacturing approaches with reactive materials will stimulate discussions on value-added materials processing and microscale assemblies.

Theory, Characterization and Modeling:
A full understanding of any materials system relies on the three components of this cluster: theory, characterization, and modeling. Seven symposia comprise this cluster, covering state-of-the-art characterization methods and advanced algorithms for theory and modeling. In particular, in-situ methods will be explored to understand materials transformations, advances in ion beam technologies and scanning probe microscopy will be discussed, advances in atomistic algorithms will be presented, and uncertainty quantification will be shown across scales for materials simulations. The gap between experiments and computer simulations will be bridged for mechanical behavior applications on the nano to micro scales. Finally, theory, characterization and modeling will be combined to understand the exciting field of functional defects in materials.

To complement these sessions, tutorials will be offered in several technical areas and poster sessions—an integral feature of MRS meetings—will be held during the evenings. The meeting chairs will award prizes for the best posters during each session.

The international exhibit will showcase products and services of interest to the materials community and several special events will highlight science outreach. 

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!

2017 MRS Fall Meeting Chairs:
Ilke Arslan, Jason Burdick, Tao Deng, James Hannon, Sanjay Mathur