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Symposium Highlights for the Scientific Press

Symposium organizers for the 2020 Virtual MRS Spring/Fall Meeting have advised that the following presentations would be press worthy. The Symposium Highlights will be updated throughout the week. If you have newsworthy sessions of interest to the press, please take a few minutes to complete the online form.
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F.GI01—Special Symposium on Materials Approaches for Tackling COVID-19

This special symposium will include a primer tutorial from Bryan Bryson (MIT), an expert immunologist on SARS-CoV-2, the resulting disease, and current understanding therein. The symposium will also include three sessions featuring research talks and panel discussions on (i) PPE/antiviral surface engineering, (ii) diagnostics/sensing, and (iii) therapeutics. In addition, a panel discussion is planned with regulatory experts and industry representatives to discuss the challenges of translation and scale up to meet the needs of rapid deployment of newly developed technologies.

F.EL04—Beyond Graphene 2D Materials—Synthesis, Properties and Device Applications

F.EL04.02.01—Lithium-Ion Electrolytic Substrates—TMD Growth and 1V High-Performance Transistors and Amplifiers
Deji Akinwande's work is news worthy because he’s using knowledge from the battery community and applying it to an entirely different set of applications in the electronics community. Specifically, he will report on using solid ion-conductors from the battery community to establish electric double layers to exert extreme control of charge transport in 2D materials. This is not only useful for the fundamental exploration of interesting physics in 2D materials, but also potentially useful for new types of electronic devices.
F.EL04.03.01—Probing Two-Dimensional Materials Using Focused Angle-Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy
Jyoti Katoch uses a state-of-the-art spectroscopy technique at the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to investigate the fundamentals of 2D materials that are only a single atom or molecule thick. In this talk, she will discuss their advanced in-operando spectroscopy results that are enabling the discovery of new physics in 2D. The press should be interested because of the cutting -edge measurements and insights that Dr. Katoch is providing to the entire 2D community.

F.EL04.11.03—Nanophotonics with Low-Dimensional Excitonic Materials
Deep Jariwala endeavors to study novel optical phenomena in large area CVD-grown films of 2D materials. Specifically, he will show how 1D nanostructuring of excitonic 2D semiconductors into nanophotonic dielectric gratings can enable exploration of new regimes of light-matter confinement.

F.EL04.13/F.MT06.03.01—Interlayer Excitons in van der Waals Heterostructures
Philip Kim of Harvard will be giving the Keynote address at a joint session between EL04 and MT06. He is a leader in 2D materials, which have distinct and exciting physics compared to their 3D counterparts. The press would be interested in this talk because of the fundamental understanding that Kim will be present, and it could open all sorts of possibilities in the areas of low-power electronics, sensors, optoelectronics, and more.

F.NM03—Nanotubes, Graphene and Related Nanostructures

F.NM03.04.01—Ultra-High Brightness Fluorophores Based on Nanotubes
This paper described the principle in designing high-brightness dyes that can be 1,000-times brighter than any available fluorescent dyes (See F.NM03.04.02 as well). This is a platform technology that allow scientist to convert currently available organic dye molecules that are not bright into high-brightness dyes. This approach will enable a series of cost effective biomedical imaging technology for early diseases detetion that was previously unachievable. This work was published in a U.S. patent.

F.NM03.04.02—Ultra-High Brightness Dyes with Tunable Brightness for Flow Cytometry
This paper highlights the detailed results of making high-brightness dyes that can be 1,000-times brighter than any available fluorescent dyes. They further demonstrated that these new dyes can be conjugated with various antibodies to specifically recognize antigen on cells. This is a breakthrough in the field of biomedical area, which allow scientists to detect what was previously indetectable, including rare atigens on cancer cells, stem cells, etc. This work was published in a U.S. patent.

F.NM03.07.01—Device Applications of One-Dimensional Van der Waals Hetero-Nanotubes
This is the first work on creating van der Waals heterostructures in a nanotube form. The authors demonstrated the synthesis of materials to the use in transistor devices.

F.NM03.07.02—Raman Response and Transport Properties of Tellurium Atomic Chains Encapsulated in Nanotubes
Current Si transistors are limited by many fundamental issues of classical semiconducting physics. Recent approaches in using 2D materials including graphene and TMDCs are way below the performance of the state-of-the-arts Si transistors. In this work, the authors demonstrated a unique class of atomic chains that become excellent semiconductors after downsizing from the metallic bulks. These novel Tellurium atomic chains can only be formed and stabilized inside nanotubes, especially boron nitirde nanotubes (BNNTs).

S.EN08.01.01 Developing Advanced Electrolytes for Multivalent Mg and Ca Batteries

This talk will provide a comprehensive coverage on the status of multivalent batteries for beyond Li ion batteries and will be highly interested to a broader audience.

S.NM07—Two-Dimensional Quantum Materials Out of Equilibrium

S.NM07.06/S.NM09.05.02—Topological Defects in Twisted van der Waals Interfaces
van der Waals Interfaces gain tremendous research interest in the recent past for exciting physical properties and for next-generation electronic devices. This work deserves press attention to motivate young scientists and promote materials of this kind.

S.NM07.03.01—Ultrafast Optical Studies of Two-Dimensional Quantum Materials
This paper reports ultrafast optical tools in manipulating the properties of quantum materials, which is of excellent interest for the community.

S.NM07.03.02—Ultrafast Dynamical Processes in Antiferromagnets
This paper highlights the ways to tune the properties of antiferromagnets, which have huge potential for novel computer memory applications in near future.

S.NM07.04.05—High Field Electron Magnetic Resonance Techniques for the Study of Low-Dimensional Quantum Materials
This paper reports the unique capabilities of high field magnets in exploring the properties of quantum materials. This should motivate many young researchers.

S.NM07.06/S.NM09.05.01—Strong Correlation in Low-Dimensional Materials of TMPS3
Park is the world authority in exploring the strong correlations in low-dimensional materials, which of great interest for the scientific community.

S.NM07.09.06—Excitonic Properties of Twisted 2D Materials
The research on Twisted 2D Materials is rapidly growing sub-field in the broad field of quantum materials. Community will certainly find it an interesting topic.

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