2021 MRS Spring Meeting

Symposium Sessions


  • Broader Impact (BI)
  • Characterization and Modeling (CT)
  • Electronics and Optics (EL)
  • Energy and Sustainability (EN)
  • Nanoscale and Quantum Materials (NM)
  • Soft Materials and Biomaterials (SM)
  • Structural Materials (ST)

Symposium SM07—Building Advanced Materials by Self-Assembly

The symposium will cover a broad range of topics that are germane to building advanced materials via self-assembly. Self-assembly is an important phenomenon on the formation of minerals in nature and has been become to a popular method to synthesize advanced materials in both lab and industrial scales. Up to now, plentiful materials prepared via self-assembly have been applied in various fields such as energy, catalysis, biomedicine, and electrics. For instance, advanced luminescent materials have been prepared self-assembly of intrinsically non-emissive molecules with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) .

One of the challenges facing this fast-growing field of advanced materials is to develop a fundamental understanding of self-assembly mechanisms, which will be addressed in this symposium. Contributions will include, but are not limited to: 1) Advances in synthesis of advanced materials via self-assembly; 2) Investigations into self-assembly mechanisms; 3) Observation of the self-assembly pathways via in situ techniques; 4) Theoretical development on the self-assembly; 5) Materials with aggregation-induced emission and their applications. The Symposium aims to bring researchers updated information on the fundamental self-assembly research through theory to experiments. It is also designed for the experienced researchers to reinforce their knowledge on the scopes of development of new techniques, especially the state-of-the-art in situ characterization tools, to understand mechanisms of self-assembly.

Topics will include:

  • Building advanced materials via self-assembly
  • Observation of the self-assembly pathways via in situ techniques
  • Control of morphology and size during synthesis of advanced materials via self-assembly pathways
  • Mechanism studies of self-assembly
  • Biomaterials and polymer self-assembly
  • Colloidal interactions and crystallization
  • Fluorescent and phosphorescent AIE-based polymers, oligomers and molecules
  • Design principles and operational mechanisms of the AIE based molecules
  • Biocompatible AIE probes for sensing, imaging and other biomedical applications
  • Applications of advanced materials build via non-classical crystallization pathways in areas of energy, catalysis, environment, biomedicine, optics, electrics, magnetics, etc.
  • Self-assembly of inorganic or inorganic-organic clusters
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Luisa De Cola (Université de Strasbourg, France)
  • James De Yoreo (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Julia Dshemuchadse (Cornell University, USA)
  • Hongyou Fan (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
  • Kristen A. Fichthorn (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
  • Oleg Gang (Columbia University, USA)
  • Pupa Gilbert (University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA)
  • Yuning Hong (La Trobe University, Australia)
  • Zachary Hudson (The University of British Columbia, Canada)
  • Rongchao Jin (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Andrey Klymchenko (Université de Strasbourg, France)
  • Nicholas Kotov (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Yan Li (Peking University, China)
  • Alvaro Mata (The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom)
  • Utkur Mirsaidov (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • Anjun Qin (South China University of Technology, China)
  • Kevin Rosso (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Dmitri Talapin (The University of Chicago, USA)
  • Dong Wang (Shenzhen University, China)
  • Yun Yan (Peking University, China)
  • Xingchen Ye (Indiana University Bloomington, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Xin Zhang
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Qian Chen
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
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Honggang Liao
Xiamen University
Department of Chemistry

Youhong Tang
Flinders University
College of Science and Engineering

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