2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Designing Sustainability into Materials Research Workshop

Monday, April 13
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 122 B

Many sustainability initiatives are focused on the development of technologies that minimize carbon footprint and energy use. In this interactive workshop, you will learn to expand the definition of sustainability to include aspects that limit sustainable materials development, as opposed to sustainable technology development. These aspects include materials availability, reuse, recycling and recovery. Additional aspects include environmental and human health effects, such as carcinogenicity and acute water toxicity, which can be used to screen for safer materials selection choices both in research activities and in manufacturing and production. The workshop will entail various modes of learning including presentations, videos, team discussions and direct data access to information sources that can facilitate sustainable materials development in your own research activities.

This workshop is appropriate for materials researchers at all career stages, including faculty and industry researchers, but we encourage students and early-career professionals to attend.

Limited seating, preregistration required. This session is free. Fully charged laptops are needed to participate.


Julie Schoenung

Julie M. Schoenung
University of California, Irvine

Alan Rae

Alan Rae
Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics,
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York


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