2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

In March of this year, MRS leadership made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix for the safety and well-being our members, attendees, staff and the materials community, and to reschedule as much of the program as possible into a special 2020 Joint MRS Spring and Fall Meeting.

This one-time-only joint event will take place in Boston, from Saturday, November 28 through Friday, December 4—expanding by one day to provide programming capacity. The program flow for each symposium is under development and will be announced in early July.

Symposium S.SM06—Soft Organic and Hybrid Materials for Biointerfacing—Materials, Processes and Applications

Soft, flexible materials play an important role in emerging technologies requiring mechanical compliance, ranging from displays and lighting to biological sensors and wearables. Advancements in organic and hybrid electronics have provided a unique opportunity to engineer mechanically deformable systems, ideal for biological interfacing and bioinspired applications. The performance, cost, stability, and lifetime of the materials are critical factors, which are important for the success of developed systems. Therefore, this symposium focuses on functional organic and hybrid materials, fundamental understanding of the material systems, and use of these in applications such as soft robotics and neural stimulation/recording devices which benefit from the compliant nature of the materials.

Multidisciplinary expertise is required for the development of bio-interfacing applications, including electronics, material science, biology, and biophysics. Bringing together scientists and engineers actively engaged in research and development in these fields will facilitate possibilities to overcome limitations of current materials and devices. This will in turn enable further advancement of next-generation materials and devices, resulting in new opportunities in the areas of medicine, healthcare, brain-machine interactions and human friendly robotics. This symposium will provide a venue for open discussion on the subjects of organic/inorganic material design, manufacturing processes, circuit designs, system integrations and applications. The invited speakers possess expertise over a range of material systems as well as the targeted applications. A strong focus of this symposium is to facilitate collaboration between academic institutions and industry.

Topics will include:

  • Organic/inorganic and hybrid materials and systems
  • Substrates and encapsulation materials / methods with superior mechanical / thermal properties
  • Flexible, stretchable active/passive materials
  • Novel signal transduction approaches
  • Combining multiple sensing or stimulation modalities
  • Neural stimulation materials and approaches
  • Soft robotics and prosthetics
  • Biocompatible/ bioresorbable layers
  • Biosensing/stimulation devices, and closed loop sensing/stimulation
  • Theory & modelling
  • Understanding the interface between organic electronics and biological materials
  • Flexible sensors
  • Conducting hydrogels
  • Powering devices with unobtrusive flexible/stretchable batteries and supercapacitors

Invited Speakers:

  • Tracy Cui (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
  • Diego Ghezzi (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Eric Glowacki (Linköping University, Sweden)
  • Christoph Keplinger (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
  • Rebecca Kramer-Bottiglio (Yale University, USA)
  • Pooi See Lee (Nanyang Technical University, Singapore)
  • Darren Lipomi (University of California, San Diego, USA)
  • Nicholas Melosh (Stanford University, USA)
  • Ivan Minev (Technische Universität Dresden, Germany)
  • Marc Ramuz (École des Mines de Saint-Étienne, France)
  • John Rogers (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Alberto Salleo (Stanford University, USA)
  • Tsuyoshi Sekitani (Osaka University, Japan)
  • Conor Walsh (Harvard University, USA)
  • Tomoyuki Yokota (University of Tokyo, Japan)

Symposium Organizers

Mary J. Donahue
Linköping University
Laboratory of Organic Electronics
+46 (0) 700 896461, mary.donahue@liu.se

Rylie Green
Imperial College London
Department of Bioengineering
+44 20 7594 0943, rylie.green@imperial.ac.uk

Martin Kaltenbrunner
Linz Institute of Technology, Johannes Kepler Universität
Soft Materials Lab, Soft Matter Physics
43 732 2468 9764, martin.kaltenbrunner@jku.at

Jonathan Rivnay
Northwestern University
Biomedical Engineering