2019 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

Meeting Chairs

Bryan HueyBryan D. Huey
University of Connecticut

Bryan D. Huey is a professor and Head of the MS&E department at the University of Connecticut. In addition to co-organizing the 2019 MRS Fall Meeting, Bryan has co-chaired two MRS symposia, co-organized EMA and US-Japan conferences, and served as the chair of the Basic Science Division of the American Ceramic Society. He is an expert in the development and application of advanced variations of Atomic Force Microscopy. Using conventional, functional, high speed, and lately tomographic AFM, the HueyAFMLabs investigates piezoelectrics, multiferroics, photovoltaics, semiconductors, MEMS, biological cells and tissue, and pharmaceutical coatings. Bryan earned a BS degree from Stanford and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, and worked as a postdoc at Oxford Materials and National Institute of Standards and Technology Ceramics before joining the University of Connecticut in 2004.


Stephanie LacourStéphanie P. Lacour
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Stéphanie P. Lacour holds the Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Neuroprosthetic Technology at the School of Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. She received her PhD degree in electrical engineering from INSA de Lyon, France, and completed postdoctoral research at Princeton University and the University of Cambridge. Since January 2017, she is full professor in Microengineering and Bioengineering at EPFL. She is a co-founding member and the current director of EPFL Center for Neuroprosthetics. Here lab challenges and seeks to advance our fundamental concepts in man-made electronic systems applied to biology. Her research uses fabrication methods borrowed from the MEMS and microelectronics industries and adapts them to soft substrates like elastomers.  She develops novel characterization tools adapted to mechanically compliant bioelectronic circuits.  Her team evaluates in vitro, in animal models and ultimately with humans the soft bioelectronic interfaces.

Conal MurrayConal E. Murray
IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Conal E. Murray is a research staff member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. He received a ScB degree in mechanics and materials science from Harvard University, an MS degree in mechanical engineering from Boston University and a PhD degree in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University. His work focuses on the micromechanics of semiconductor devices and the study of loss mechanisms in quantum computing. Murray is a fellow of the American Physical Society, has received received four IBM Research Division awards and an Outstanding Symposium Paper award at the 2009 MRS Spring Meeting. He has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific publications, three book chapters, and holds over 70 patents. Since 2012, he has served on the organizing committee of the Denver X-ray Conference and has chaired several symposia on diffraction and residual stress.

Jeffrey NeatonJeffrey B. Neaton
University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Jeffrey B. Neaton is a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley, where his research interests include developing applying theories and novel computational methods to predict, understand and control phase behavior and electronic phenomena in complex materials from first principles. He serves as the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, overseeing the Chemical Sciences and Materials Sciences Divisions, as well as the lab’s two Basic Energy Sciences-sponsored national scientific User Facilities, the Advanced Light Source and the Molecular Foundry. Jeffrey is also a senior faculty scientist at Berkeley Lab and a member of the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute at Berkeley. He is the Associate Director of the Center for Computational Study of Excited-State Phenomena in Energy Materials at Berkeley Lab. He received his PhD degree in physics under Neil Ashcroft from Cornell University, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Rutgers University. After having worked as a postdoc and staff scientist at the Molecular Foundry, he became Director of the Molecular Foundry in 2013. Neaton is a recipient of a DOE Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers award and is a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Iris Visoly-FisherIris Visoly-Fisher
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Iris Visoly-Fisher received her BSc and MSc degrees in materials engineering, and BA degree in physics (cum laude), from the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology. She completed her PhD degree in materials and interfaces at the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2004, studying single grain boundaries in polycrystalline CdTe solar cells. She then moved to Arizona State University as a postdoctoral fellow, where she studied electrochemical potential-dependent current transport in single biomolecules. In 2008, she joined Ben-Gurion University of the Negev as an assistant professor. She is an executive committee member of the Israel Vacuum Society, editorial board member in Scientific Reports, and MRS member since 2000. Her research interests include materials for solar energy conversion and storage, optoelectronics and surface science.


Meeting Chairs Conal E. Murray and Iris Visoly-Fisher discuss the 2019 MRS Fall Meeting and the role of the Meeting Chair.

MRS TV talks with Meeting Chair Bryan D. Huey at the 2019 MRS Fall Meeting.

Message from the Meeting Chairs

The 2019 Fall Meeting of the Materials Research Society will take place from December 1 to December 6, 2019, 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 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 eight topical areas:

Broader Impact:
This cluster includes one symposia regarding sustainability in materials science and preparing for a career in higher education in materials science.

Electronic, Photonic and Magnetic Materials:
This cluster includes five symposia that illustrate the broad range of applications which harness the unique electronic properties available in traditional and novel materials.  Research in the areas of plasmonics, metamaterials, metasurfaces, multiferroics and magnetoelectrics will demonstrate achievements made in the understanding and development of photonics and magnetoelectric coupling in the performance of new devices.  Advances in the growth and development of diamond-based heterojunctions will be presented which expand their operational space in existing and new fields.  Two novel topics associated with molecular ferroelectrics and piezoelectrics as well as emerging chalcogenide materials will also be featured that highlight recent accomplishments in their synthesis and applications such as sensing and energy harvesting.

Energy and Environment:
This cluster includes 17 symposia that feature a broad view of the application of materials to energy transfer, conversion and storage, as well as to issues of sustainability and environmental monitoring. The energy conversion theme includes photovoltaics (PV) based on Si, organic and perovskite PV materials, as well as organic and inorganic thermo-electric materials. Perovskite emitters, closely related with PV perovskites, will also be discussed in this cluster. Electrochemical energy storage research will be presented with respect to novel material development of batteries for different energy scales, focusing on specific components of batteries including membranes and interfaces, and optimizing safety and green electrochemical materials and manufacturing. Catalysis and electro catalysis for sustainable energy represent another timely direction in energy storage. Sustainability via environmental monitoring and efficient use of nuclear materials complements the broad view of this cluster.

Fabrication of Functional Materials and Nanomaterials:
This cluster includes six symposia that addresses the ways in which a wide range of emergent properties and functionality can be accessible by creating lower dimensional forms of bulk materials.  Symposia include the synthesis, characterization and application of two-dimensional materials and van der Waals heterostructures, in addition to a new symposium focusing on fluidic and gaseous transport through the pores of two-dimensional nanomaterials.  The manufacture of material networks through self-assembly as well as solution-based approaches, including the novel application of aggregation-induced emission will be featured.  Advances in the area of reactive materials, whose energy release rates can be tailored over a wide range, will be presented along with a symposium dedicated to recent achievements in the formation and characterization of materials by atomic layer deposition and chemical vapor deposition.

Materials for Quantum Technology:
This cluster includes three symposia that provide views into the materials under investigation and the different platforms available in this growing field.  The emergence of quantum technology will enable completely new regimes of computation to evolve.  Symposia topics include the use of correlated magnetic materials which incorporate spin dynamics in quantum information systems.  The synthesis and characterization of quantum materials, such as topological insulators and unconventional superconducting materials, will be featured.  In addition, applications of quantum computing which span superconducting qubits to trapped ions to quantum dots will highlight the current understanding and future challenges associated with their constituent materials.

Materials Theory, Computation and Characterization:  
This cluster includes seven symposia that recognize the increasingly strong overlap between advances in materials theory, characterization, and computational methods. This includes an emphasis on new developments in ab initio electronic structure and atomistic algorithms for predicting properties of new materials, machine learning for materials discovery, and approaches and applications with neutron research as well as focused ion beams. Methods and investigations focused on in situ measurements are also featured, both during synthesis, and for dynamic processes in functional materials. The final symposium highlights advanced computational methods helping to bridge such discoveries through to manufacturing and real-world applications.

Mechanical Behavior and Structural Materials:
This cluster includes four symposia that detail how the mechanical response within materials can be used to extend their performance and to enable new aspects of functionality.  The conditions of extreme deformation, including high pressures and strain rates, will be presented along with the formation, stability and deformation mechanisms associated with high temperature structural alloys and high entropy alloys.  A new symposium will be featured that illustrates the tailoring of properties achievable through the coupling of strain and defects within atomically thin materials.  In addition, a symposium covering the mechanics of ceramic and metallic nanocomposites as well as bioinspired materials will demonstrate new findings in these natural and synthetic hybrid systems. 

Soft Materials and Biomaterials:
This cluster includes 11 symposia that focus on the science as well as engineering of soft and bio-materials. Several symposia will examine the relationship between structure and function of such materials and how engineering can tailor their interactions with living matter, from plants to organs. Communication between engineered materials and cells and tissues will be explored at the molecular, micro- and macroscopic scales. The vast field of applications of soft materials and biomaterials will be highlighted through emerging concepts in bioelectronics, microfluidics, organ on chips, wearable and robotic interfaces, diagnostic and therapeutical systems.

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!

2019 MRS Fall Meeting Chairs:
Iris Visoly-Fisher, Bryan D. Huey, Stéphanie P. Lacour, Conal E. Murray and Jeffrey B. Neaton

Fall 19 Meeting Chairs

From Left to Right:  Bryan D. Huey, Iris Visoly-Fisher, Conal E. Murray, 
Stéphanie P. Lacour and Jeffrey B. Neaton

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