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NANOSCIENCE & NANOMATERIALS | MECHANICAL PROPERTIES
Julia Greer: From ion to atom to dendrite
The formation of Li dendrites is observed in real time.
COMPUTATION, SIMULATION, THEORY | POLYMERS & SOFT MATERIALS
METALS & ALLOYS
Processing metallic materials far from equilibrium
Guest editors Ashwin J. Shahani and Amy J. Clarke identify critical issues and open questions that point to future research directions in solidification science.
D-Wave's new quantum computer is inscrutable and open for business
D-Wave announced its 5th-generation computer, named Advantage, which is accessible to customers via the cloud.
Smaller, more efficient tokamak could follow in ITER’s fusion footsteps
Physics modeling and design show SPARC feasibility, but uncertainties remain.
Lead a 2022 JMR Focus Issue on your area of expertise
Proposals are being accepted for JMR Focus Issues to be published in 2022. Submit your proposal to the JMR Editor-in-Chief by January 15, 2021!
ENERGY | ELECTRONICS
Can two-dimensional semiconductors created using liquid metals forestall Moore's Law demise?
With the potential to further shrink transistors and improve performance, these ultrathin semiconducting materials could also make flexible electronics a practical reality.
EDUCATION, POLICY, SOCIETY
Quantum R&D forges ahead
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, federal governments around the world are keeping quantum projects on-track.
Ph.D. Fellowship Opportunities
The U.S. Department of Energy offers three Ph.D. Fellowship opportunities for students in materials science related fields. Each fellowship provides up to four years of funding of tuition and fees, yearly stipend, and a research practicum at a national laboratory. Apply today, materials due early 2021.
Recent developments on fabrication of Al-matrix composites reinforced with quasicrystals: From metastable to conventional processing
Quasicrystalline alloys and their composites have been extensively studied due to their complex atomic structures, mechanical properties, and their unique tribological and thermal behaviors. However, technological applications of these materials have not yet come of age and still require additional developments, as reviewed by Witor Wolf and co-authors.
Journal of Materials Research
BIOLOGICAL, BIOMEDICAL, BIOMATERIALS | ELECTRONICS
Snake vision inspires pyroelectric material design
A mathematical model has been developed for how cells in a specialized snake organ convert infrared radiation into electrical signals.
NANOSCIENCE & NANOMATERIALS | MATERIALS CHEMISTRY
Coating plastics by porous nanofilm
Forming metal-organic frameworks into thin films opens up its use for humidity sensing, gas sensing, and resistive switching devices.
OPTOELECTRONICS & PHOTONICS
Far-infrared now near: Researchers debut compact terahertz laser
Terahertz rays could find use in wireless networks and detect cancers and bombs.
Building better dual-ion batteries
This perspective article by Kostiantyn V. Kravchyk and Maksym V. Kovalenko summarizes the operational principles of dual-ion batteries and highlights the main issues in the interpretation and reporting of their electrochemical performance.
MRS Energy & Sustainability
Riding the new wave of GaN power
STMicroelectronics' platform MasterGaN combines silicon with GaN to accelerate the creation of next-generation, compact and efficient battery chargers and power adapters for consumer and industrial applications up to 400W.
Join us for these November MRS OnDemand® Webinars
Nov 16 | A New Method for Multi-Carrier Hall Analysis of Low-Mobility Materials
Nov 17 | COVID-19 Impacts on Energy and Sustainability Aspects of Materials Supply Chains
Nov 19 | Virtual Networking for Nerds: How to Network and Find Collaborators from Afar
Nov 25 | Processing Metallic Materials Far From Equilibrium
This weird rock naturally glows in the dark, and now scientists have figured out how
Getting a better understanding of how hackmanite can emit white luminescence in dark conditions will further help scientists develop our own synthetic materials able to glow in the dark without any source of power, as on an emergency exit sign, for example.
Measuring atoms by combining advanced science with everyday items
Researchers use the UK’s national synchrotron, Diamond Light Source, to make some measurements of glass used to immobilize nuclear waste.
2020 Virtual MRS Spring/Fall Meeting & Exhibit
November 27 - December 4, 2020
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2021 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit - Call for Papers
April 18-23, 2021 | Seattle, Washington
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Late News Abstract Submissions - Opens January 2021
Hybrid Meeting option will be considered as needed.
Journal of Materials Research
Call for Papers: Focus Issue on Advanced Nanomechanical Testing
SUBMISSION DEADLINE—November 16, 2020
Call for Papers: Focus Issue on Multiscale Materials Modeling of Interface-mediated Thermomechanical Behavior
SUBMISSION DEADLINE—December 1, 2020
(Thermoplastic) flower in the sun
Amber Hubbard, North Carolina State University, USA
Stimuli-responsive polymers have gained increasing attention for their applications ranging from soft robotic grippers to actuators. By controlling strain within thin thermoplastic sheets, these small grippers can transform into three-dimensional shapes based on a photothermal response and withstand loads >24,000 times their own mass.
A Second Place winner from the Science as Art competition at the 2020 MRS Spring Meeting.
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Materials360 is edited by Judy Meiksin, News Editor, Materials Research Society.