2018 MRS Fall Meeting Home

Meeting Chairs

David A. LaVan
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Joan M. Redwing
The Pennsylvania State University

Kristen H. Brosnan
GE Global Research

Takao Someya
The University of Tokyo

Patrycja Paruch
University of Geneva

Previewing the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting with Meeting Chair David LaVan

2018 MRS Fall Meeting Chair David LaVan discusses the Meeting as well as his role as Meeting Chair.

Previewing the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting with Meeting Chairs Joan M. Redwing, Kristen H. Brosnan, and Takao Someya

As the 2018 MRS Fall Meeting continues, MRS TV talks with Meeting Chairs Joan Redwing, Kristen Brosnan, and Takao Someya.

The 2018 Fall Meeting of the Materials Research Society will take place from November 25 to November 30, 2018, 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 56 symposia organized into nine topical areas:

Broader Impact

This cluster includes two symposia regarding sustainability in materials science and preparing for a career in higher education in materials science.

Biomaterials and Soft Materials

This cluster includes nine symposia that cover a diverse range of topics related to biomaterials and soft materials. Both experimental and modeling approaches will be emphasized and organic and inorganic materials will range from the nano- to macro-scale. In the area of materials for bioelectronics, biomedical applications, and bio-inspired techniques, symposia will cover topics such as biomaterials for regenerative engineering, nanomaterials for bio-imaging, plasma process, and additive processing techniques such as 3D printing, electronic and coupled transport in biology.  Towards photonics and electronics applications, biological and biocompatible materials for stretchable and wearable electronics, and living and implantable devices including neural interfaces will be covered.  Symposia will include topics on the fabrication, characterization, and application of soft materials and interfaces.

Characterization, Mechanical Properties and Structure–Property Relationships

This cluster includes five symposia covering structure–property relationships, in situ and in operando analysis of electrochemical materials and interfaces, ultrafast optical probes for materials characterization, materials property changes under irradiation and solid-state chemistry of inorganic materials.

Electronic, Photonic and Magnetic Materials

This cluster includes nine symposia covering a broad range of advanced functional materials for electronics, sensing, and novel devices. Topics range from fundamental studies to device design, modeling and industrial applications.   Focus areas include photonics and plasmonic materials, wide-bandgap devices, and diamond electronics, and solution processing. Symposia related to the manipulation and control of magnetic skyrmions, and applications of piezoelectric/pyroelectric/ferroelectric materials will also be highlighted. The exciting and growing area of 2D materials beyond graphene will also be featured.

Energy—Transfer, Storage and Conversion

A range of fifteen different selected topics related to energy transfer, storage and conversion will be emphasized in the symposia under this cluster. In the energy conversion and storage area, symposia focusing on flexible low cost photovoltaics, advanced perovskite materials and devices for next generation photovoltaics, and high-efficiency silicon photovoltaics. 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, redox flow cells, and solid-state batteries. Materials for multifunctional windows, functional defects, chalcogen electrochemistry and optoelectronics are also part of the topics discussed.  A symposium on nuclear waste management and a symposium on progress in practical solutions for carbon capture technology are featured as well. 

General Interest

This exciting cluster has two featured symposia on machine learning as it relates to development and design of new materials and materials for the next generation robotics.


This cluster features four symposia that cover current progress in nanomaterials and nanotechnology.  Carbon nanomaterials, such as graphene and carbon nanotubes, as well as related non-carbon materials such as boron nitride remain topics of significant interest to the community.  Nanowires and related 1D nanostructures are highlighted with a specific interest in the cross-pollination of new ideas and exploration of 1D properties including quantum behavior, thermal transport and biological compatibility.  Another topic of interest is the use of nanomaterials and nanotechnology for sustainability; for air and water purification and monitoring, recycling and biodegradation, transportation, infrastructure and renewable energy.  A focused symposium on nanometals is also included highlighting their interactions with light and applications in catalysis, electronics and biomedicine.  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

This cluster features seven symposia that cover diverse processing topics such as plasma based processing, architected materials processing, electromagnetic fields for materials synthesis, intermetallic alloys for structural and functional applications, and high entropy alloys. In addition, there are several symposia that focus on manufacturing aspects of materials, such as conductive materials in flexible electronics, and roll-to roll and hybrid manufacturing for device applications.

Thermal Properties and Thermoelectric Materials

This cluster includes three symposia that cover a diverse range of topics including all types of caloric materials, thermal analysis of materials, development of new thermal analysis methods and emerging low temperature thermal energy conversion technologies. 

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!

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