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MRS in the News is a collection of media coverage about MRS meetings, publications, membership, events and more. Read on to learn more about the exciting things happening around MRS. For MRS press releases, visit the MRS Press Room. For MRS in the News articles from past years, please visit the archives linked in the menu on the left.

Editor – Topical issue in MRS bulletin: Advanced memory—Materials for a new era of information technology

Spintec Books and Reviews | April 15, 2018

Bernard Dieny (from Spintec) and Cheol Seong Hwang are Guest Editors for a topical issue of the MRS Bulletin in May 2018, dedicated to Advanced memory—Materials for a new era of information technology.

New coating kills germs on hospital surfaces with light

big think | April 12, 2018

This month, a team of chemists at a Materials Research Society conference described a new light-activated material for walls and other hospital surfaces that contains bacteria-killing molecules that may keep superbugs from gaining traction.

Rensselaer Nanomaterials Expert Ganpati Ramanath Named Fellow of Materials Research Society

RPI News | April 12, 2018

Nanomaterials expert Ganpati Ramanath, the John Tod Horton ’52 Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has been named a fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS) “for developing creative approaches to realize new nanomaterials via chemically directed nanostructure synthesis and assembly and for tailoring interfaces in electronics and energy applications using molecular nanolayers.”

This material uses energy from ambient light to kill hospital superbugs

Science News | April 10, 2018

A new material that harnesses the power of ambient light to produce bacteria-killing molecules could help stem the spread of hospital infections, including those with drug-resistant bacteria. About 1 in 10 patients worldwide get an infection while receiving treatment at a hospital or other health care facility, according to the World Health Organization. “Contaminated hospital surfaces play a key role in spreading those infections,” said Ethel Koranteng, a chemist at University College London on April 5 at the Materials Research Society spring meeting.

African college students use science kit to fill experimental gaps

Week Facts | April 9, 2018

Approaching fundamental gear-like test tubes and axes to perform basic science experiments is a given in most American universities. Not so in Africa, where understudies confront a lack of gear expected to attempt even essential lab experiments. USC Dornsife Science graduate understudy Betsy Melenbrink is an individual from a worldwide group of materials science graduate understudies intending to help fill the void by building a minimal effort electrochemistry gadget for use in that piece of the world.

A new soft bot mimics octopuses and inchworms to climb walls

Science News | April 9, 2018

Inspired by an octopus’s suckers, researchers have constructed an inchwormlike robot that uses a pair of suction cups to scoot around vertical surfaces. The bot can clamber across rough and smooth terrain, aboveground and underwater, carrying up to five times its own weight. This kind of free-climbing machine, described April 3 at the Materials Research Society spring meeting, could one day help conduct surveillance or inspect buildings and bridges.

Low-cost science kits help fill experimental gaps facing African college students

USC Dornsife | April 6, 2018

Having access to basic equipment like test tubes and centrifuges to perform simple science experiments is a given in most American universities. Not so in Africa, where students face a shortage of equipment needed to undertake even basic laboratory experiments. USC Dornsife chemistry graduate student Betsy Melenbrink is a member of an international team of materials science graduate students aiming to help fill the void by building a low-cost electrochemistry device for use in that part of the world. Last December, Melenbrink traveled to Africa to report progress at a Materials Research Society conference held in Botswana.

Sheets of tiny bubbles could bring a sense of touch to virtual reality

Science News | April 6, 2018

Today’s VR systems rely heavily on goggle-generated visual displays to transport users to simulated worlds. But superthin, shape-shifting sheets worn as sleeves or built into other garments could provide gamers with tactile feedback that makes virtual realities more immersive. The new device, described April 5 at the Materials Research Society spring meeting, contains a grid of tiny, inflatable bubbles, sandwiched between two soft, stretchy silicone films. When one of these bubble wrap–like sheets is placed against a user’s skin, inflating different air pockets by different amounts at different speeds can make a gamer feel like she’s been grabbed around the wrist or patted on the back.

Toxic chemicals turn a new material from porous to protective

Science News | April 5, 2018

A new, breathable material that can also block biological or chemical threats could offer comfortable protection for people working in contaminated environments or dangerous military zones. The bottom layer of the material, described April 3 at the Materials Research Society spring meeting, features carbon nanotube pores embedded within a flexible synthetic polymer film. These pores are just a few nanometers across — too small for bacterial or viral cells to squeeze through, but wide enough for sweat to escape.

ASU students take part in "wearable technology" fashion show

Fox 10 | April 4, 2018

Arizona State University students are tackling the question of what our fashion sense might be like in the future. The twist: they incorporated technology into their designs. On Wednesday, the students showcased the outfits in a fashion show at the Phoenix Convention Center in Downtown Phoenix as part of the 2018 MRS Spring Meeting.


Data Science Degree Programs Guide | March 2018

The Internet is filled with cool STEM websites and apps for kids that teachers or parents can utilize to nurture interest in science, technology, engineering, and math fields, including the Strange Matter Exhibit website.

ASU fashion program on the fast track for industry innovation

ASU Now | March 28, 2018

Just months into its first academic track at Arizona State University, the newly established fashion degree program is already looking like a powerhouse for fashion education. ASU’s Fashion Technology will be on full display April 4 at the Phoenix Convention Center in downtown Phoenix when designer and class instructor Galina Mihaleva and her students will exhibit their creations in the Wearables in Smart Fabrics fashion show. The show comes in the midst of the Materials Research Society Meeting and Exhibit, an annual conference that brings together scientists and industrial designers from around the world.

Three Indian American Researchers Named Materials Research Society Fellows

India West | March 21, 2018

Three Indian American researchers have been named by the Materials Research Society among its newly announced 2018 Fellows. The members, who are notable for their distinguished research accomplishments and outstanding contributions to the advancement of materials research worldwide, included Susmita Bose, Rajesh Naik and Ganpati Ramanath.

Professor awarded Fellow of Materials Research Society

University of Bristol News | March 5, 2018

Professor Martin Kuball from the University of Bristol’s School of Physics is one of 16 academics from across the world to be honored by the Materials Research Society (MRS).

William Chueh wins Outstanding Young Investigator Award

Stanford News | February 27, 2018

William Chueh, assistant professor of materials science and engineering and center fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy, recently received the Materials Research Society’s 2018 Outstanding Young Investigator Award for his groundbreaking research in ionic and electronic charge transport and interfacial chemistry.

How are Art and Science Related and Where do They Intersect

Edgy Labs | February 8, 2018

Art is a product of expression. Science is an exploration of the world around us in an effort to find universal, indisputable truths. In short, art is often introspective while science is extrospective. The Materials Research Society, an organization that works for interdisciplinary dialogue between scientific societies, understands the artistic lining of science. For about a decade, MRS has been holding the “Science as Art” challenge twice a year.

Sustainable, Carbon-Free Methods for Synthesis of Hydrogen

AZO Cleantech | February 7, 2018

In the latest issue of MRS Energy & Sustainability, collaboratively published by the Materials Research Society and Cambridge University Press, researchers debate that carbon-free, sustainable techniques for the extensive production of hydrogen are a robust way to get ready to face the imminent fossil-fuel free future. At present, hydrogen is being synthesized from natural gas, producing huge quantities of carbon as the byproduct.

Hydrogen: fuel of the future?

Phys.org | February 6, 2018

In a recent issue of MRS Energy & Sustainability, published jointly by the Materials Research Society and Cambridge University Press, scientists argue that sustainable, carbon-free methods of large-scale hydrogen production are the best way to prepare for our looming fossil-fuel free future (today hydrogen is producing from natural gas, generating large amounts of Carbon as side product).