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Call for Papers

Abstracts were due June 15, 2020.

Symposium F.GI01—Materials Opportunities in Medicine and Public Health

Symposium F.GI01 is an opportunity for the MRS community to share their research enabling advances in medicine and public health; interact with stakeholders from industry, government agencies, national laboratories, healthcare; and identify new opportunities to contribute to the broader impacts of materials research. Many members of the MRS community have rapidly redirected their research or their laboratories in response to immediate public health needs over the last year. Thus, also to be discussed are best practices in responding to rapidly changing research environments. The symposium will include contributed papers, invited presentations, and panel discussions. Tutorial topics are also under development. While this general interest symposium is motivated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the symposium will encompass materials research that is enabling for medicine and public health in general.

Topics will include:

  • Personal Protective Equipment—Design of mask materials/membranes for filtration, rapid manufacturing, 3D printing, antiviral coatings, materials compatibility for cleaning and sterilization, biodegradable single use PPE.

  • Surface Sanitation—Surface pathogens, detection and lifetimes on surfaces, antiviral surface design/coatings, chemical reactions.

  • Detection and Diagnostics—Sensing, testing methods/kits for the virus and antibodies (at home and in healthcare settings); bioassays, ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay), in vivo electronic devices (including transient electronics), microfluidics, polymerase chain reactions.

  • Therapeutics/Treatment—Nanoparticles or synthetic biology to detect, interfere with, or target the virus; virus capsids as tools for immunology and drug delivery; materials for vaccines; designs for new ventilators and systems to deliver oxygen (zeolites to concentrate oxygen, metal—organic frameworks); rapid manufacturing and re-purposing.

  • Testing/Modeling—Lab-on-a-chip, simulations, model systems, combinatorial or artificial intelligence methods to speed research.

  • Characterization and Imaging—Analysis of viral structure and its modification; protein assembly.

Invited Speakers:

  • Participants currently being confirmed ()

Symposium Organizers

MRS Society Agility Council
If you are interested in participating in an organization capacity (e.g. symposium co-organizer, tutorial speaker, etc.), please contact Pat Hastings at hastings@mrs.org.