2017 MRS Spring Meeting and Exhibit | Phoenix, Arizona

Tutorial Sessions

The 2017 MRS Spring Meeting featured 10 tutorials covering a variety of topics to complement the symposium sessions.

Tutorial CM4—Introduction to Advanced Imaging and Tomography Techniques for Transmission Electron Microscopy

This tutorial introduced the audience to the basics, principles, and applications of two advanced TEM imaging techniques. 


  • Liang Jin, Direct Electron, LP
  • Gang Ren, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Tutorial CM7—21st Century Tools for Accelerating Scientific Research—From Combinatorial Synthesis and Text Mining to Artificial Intelligence

The tutorial presented novel computational analytic methods capable of unlocking the human knowledge that’s been documented and archived in the unstructured text of hundreds of millions of scientific publications to extend scientific discovery beyond human capacity, and ways to automate experimental knowledge generation.


  • Rama Vasudevan, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Ichiro Takeuchi, University of Maryland
  • Justin Fessler, IBM Federal Software

Tutorial ED10—Plasmonics and Metamaterials for Active Photonics Devices

This tutorial was broken down into four topics including “Materials for Nanoplasmonics and their Fundamental Properties,” “Spaser as Coherent Generator of Nanoplasmonic Fields and Light,” “Chiral Nanostructures and Metamaterials” and “From Metamaterials to Active Metadevices.”


  • Mark Luitzen Brongersma, Stanford University
  • Mark Stockman, Georgia State University

Tutorial ED11—Materials and Device Optimization for Phase Change Based Applications

The tutorial aimed to give an overview of materials engineering and device optimization for relevant emerging applications, such as phase change memories, non-von Neumann computing, and optoelectronics.


  • Huai-Yu Cheng, IBM/Macronix PCRAM Joint Project, Macronix Int. Co., Ltd.
  • Abu Sebastian, IBM Research—Zurich

Tutorial ES4—Fundamentals and Applications of Nanogenerators and Piezotronics for Self-Powered Nanotechnologies

This tutorial was delivered in two parts with several sub-lectures. The two main topics covered were “Fundamentals and Applications of Nanogenerators for Energy Harvesting” and “Piezotronics and Piezo-Phototronics for Adaptive Electronics and Optoelectronics”


  • Rusen Yang, University of Minnesota
  • Guang Zhu, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Wenzhuo Wu, Purdue University
  • Caofeng Pan, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Tutorial ES8—Caloric Materials and Devices

This tutorial was broken down into two main parts. Part one provided a general introduction to caloric effects and caloric materials. Part two reviewed key principles governing the use of caloric materials in heat engines and heat pumps.


  • Mehmet Acet, Universitat Duisburg-Essen
  • Andrew Rowe, University of Victoria

Tutorial ES13—Electrolytes for Electrochemical Energy Storage—Materials, Interfaces and Interphases

This tutorial covered fundamental interfacial electrochemistry, electrolyte materials, to electrode/electrolyte interfaces/interphases related to electrochemical energy storage.


  • Kang Xu, Army Research Laboratory
  • Nancy J. Dudney, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Chunsheng Wang, University of Maryland, College Park

Tutorial ES14—Young Scientist Tutorial on Characterization Techniques for Thin-Film Solar Cells

This tutorial was intended for young researchers (students and post-graduates within 3 years of degree completion) who are active in the field of thin-film solar cells and wanted to learn the fundamentals of characterization methods that are being used in research and development of these materials and devices. 


  • Thomas Paul Weiss, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA)
  • Matthias Maiberg, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg
  • Michelle Mezher, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
  • Jacob Gruber, Drexel University
  • Jose J. Chavez, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Tao Song, Colorado State University

Tutorial NM2—Understanding Nanoscale Heat Transport—Interplay between Experiment and Theory

The tutorial provided an overview of experimental and theoretical techniques for understanding and manipulating thermal transport in nanoscale materials.


  • Keivan Esfarjani, University of Virginia
  • Richard Wilson, University of California, Riverside

Tutorial NM3—Aerogels—Synthesis, Characterization and Applications

The tutorial brought newcomers and experienced researchers up to date with the state of aerogel research in different areas. 


  • Stephen Steiner, Aerogel Technologies, LLC
  • Nicholas Leventis, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Matthias Koebel, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA),
  • Stephanie Brock, Wayne State University
  • Laura Kühn, TU Dresden
  • Bin Cai, TU Dresden
  • Pavel Gurikov, Technische Universität Hamburg-Harburg
  • Debra Rolison, United States Naval Research Laboratory
  • Justin Griffin, Aerogel Technologies, LLC
  • Ryan Nelson, Aerogel Technologies, LLC
  • Irina Smirnova, Hamburg University of Technology

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