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David Morse of Corning on R&D in materials science
Some highlights on Gorilla glass, ceramics, and the role of industrial R&D labs in the research enterprise.
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Global collaborations are an important feature of MRS Meetings
We look forward to proposals that maintain strong international diversity in symposium organizers as well as invited speakers.
CHARACTERIZATION | MATERIALS CHEMISTRY
Atomic probe tomography maps spatial arrangement of multivariate MOF structures
This technique may revolutionize the functionality of metal-organic frameworks.
Frontiers in hybrid and interfacial materials chemistry research
Beth S. Guiton and co-authors present current progress in subdisciplines including hybrid synthesis, functional surfaces, and functional interfaces.
New system can sterilize medical tools using solar heat
The device could provide pressurized steam to run autoclaves without the need for electricity in off-grid areas.
Scientists introduced a chemically altered face mask to halt the spread of the coronavirus
The brittle nature of the virus has allowed researchers to come up with an idea that would lessen the spread of the virus by altering the composition of the exhaled droplets.
NANOSCIENCE & NANOMATERIALS | MECHANICAL PROPERTIES
Effect of ultraviolet C disinfection treatment on the nanomechanical and topographic properties of N95 respirator filtration microfibers
The nanoscale measurement results on individual fibers suggest that maximum cycles of UVC disinfection treatment should be limited due to excessive accumulated dose, which has the potential to decrease the fiber breaking strength. From a forthcoming issue on Materials Advances in Application to COVID-19-related Challenges in MRS Advances. Look for more to come!
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6 New Products for Use in Li-ion Batteries
Goodfellow is pleased to announce the addition of six chemical compounds for use in Li-ion batteries. Each of these materials offers something different in terms of the variables associated with Li-ion batteries, such as energy density, potential safety, cost, recharging time, cycle life, scalability, etc.
The MRS Corporate Partner program supports the Materials Research Society Foundation.
NANOSCIENCE & NANOMATERIALS
Aerogel membranes serve as filters for water decontamination
This new material is capable of decontaminating water, simultaneously eliminating organic and inorganic pollutants, such as dyes and heavy metals, respectively.
MRS Bulletin publishes inaugural Impact Articles
MRS Bulletin is pleased to announce that the inaugural articles in its new Impact Section have published! All can be found on the MRS Bulletin Impact Collection page and are freely available through December 31, 2020.
EDUCATION, POLICY, SOCIETY
Ex-Google exec Arun Majumdar top pick to be Biden's energy secretary
A former Google executive who previously led ARPA-E that funded research into experimental power projects is among the front-runners to lead the agency under President-elect Joe Biden, according to two people familiar with the matter.
COVID-19 impact in education and R&D in Chile
Materials researcher Dr. Ing. Alberto Monsalve González explains how the pandemic affected his work, Chilean education, and R&D.
Mônica Jung de Andrade
Understanding and supporting the needs of early-career materials scientists
There is a wide range of such “early-career” positions, and the expectations of these positions have changed over time.
METALS & ALLOYS
Probing structural and chemical evolution in (AlxGa1−x)2O3 using atom probe tomography: A review
In this review, Baishakhi Mazumder and Jith Sarker summarize their recent works on the structure-chemistry investigation of (AlxGa1−x)2O3 with alloy composition and doping interaction.
Journal of Materials Research
Looking back and thinking ahead: The Kavli Foundation celebrates 20 years
Fred Kavli wanted to support basic science by promoting public understanding of scientific research and to support scientists and their work.
Building "holy grail" lithium metal batteries cheaply and safely
When the battery is charged for the first time, the lithium ions on the cathode side if the cell are extracted and moved to the anode side of the cell—effectively synthesizing a lithium metal anode.
ENERGY | CHARACTERIZATION
In situ characterizations of photoelectrochemical cells for solar fuels and chemicals
The use of advanced in situ and operando characterizations under working photoelectrochemical (PEC) conditions is reviewed here and anticipated to be a fundamental tool for achieving a basic understanding of new PEC processes and for enabling the large-scale development of PEC technology by 2050, thus delivering fuels and chemicals having zero (or negative) carbon footprint.
MRS Energy & Sustainability
Join us for these December MRS OnDemand® Webinars
December 7 | Congressional Fellowship Information Session
December 16 | Engineered Proteins as Multifunctional Materials
Reporting at the MRS meeting, a personal experience of writing and networking
Reporting on presentations during meetings is an opportunity to pay attention to specific details, to work on one’s science communication skills, and to network.
Hortense Le Ferrand
Variation and variability
As a materials researcher, I understand variation and variability. Why, then, should I be surprised to find that simple biological constructs, such as human body temperature, have variability, particularly considering the complexity of the human body?
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 4, 2021
Hybrid Meeting option will be considered as needed.
Journal of Materials Research
Call for Papers: Focus Issue on Multiscale Materials Modeling of Interface-mediated Thermomechanical Behavior
SUBMISSION DEADLINE—December 1, 2020
Call for Papers: Focus Issue on Multi-material Additive Manufacturing
SUBMISSION DEADLINE—January 8, 2021
Bruker releases its next-generation benchtop ContourX 3D Optical Profilometers for gage-capable surface texture and roughness metrology in R&D and manufacturing environments. Read more.
With every fiber of your being
Arianae Levitt, Drexel University, USA
MXene composite nanofibers fabricated by electrospinning. MXene-based fibers are promising materials for textile-based energy storage devices, sensors, antennas, and heaters. False-colored scanning electron microscopy image.
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