2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Impact of Materials on Society—Modular Development Workshop

Monday, April 13
8:30 am – 4:30 pm
PCC West, 200 Level, Room 211 A


The Impact of Materials on Society (IMOS) Subcommittee is organizing a workshop to develop a new instructional module that will bring together research scientists, industry representatives and a diverse representation of faculty with experience in 2D membranes, water purification and desalination. The team will explore material solutions and the societal impact of extremely limited access to water, first in the desert region around Phoenix and then throughout the world.

If you are interested in helping develop this new module, we ask that you preregister by April 1.


Attendees will receive reading materials and small assignments to help facilitate the on-site design process.

This Impact of Materials on Society (IMOS) course explores the connections between the discovery of new materials such as ceramics, glass, concrete, metals, plastics, semiconductors etc., and the development of technologies and social structures worldwide.  To see these connections, the course fuses basic concepts in materials science and engineering with perspectives and methods from anthropology, history, English, classics, literature and sociology. 

The current IMOS curriculum is available as a free open-source undergraduate course on the MRS website

For more information, contact us here.


Workshop Faciliators


Kevin Jones
University of Florida


Debra Dauphin-Jones
Private Educational Consultant