2018 MRS Spring Meeting

Interactive Workshop—Designing Sustainability into Materials Research

Monday, April 2
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
PCC North, 100 Level, Room 121 C

Preregistration required. Limited seating for this free session.
Fully charged laptops are needed to participate.
Walk-ups will be accommodated based on space availability. 

Many sustainability initiatives are focused on the development of technologies that minimize carbon footprint and energy use. In this interactive workshop, you will learn to expand the definition of sustainability to include aspects that limit sustainable materials development, as opposed to sustainable technology development. These aspects include materials availability, reuse, recycling and recovery. Additional aspects include environmental and human health effects, such as carcinogenicity and acute water toxicity, which can be used to screen for safer materials selection choices both in research activities and in manufacturing and production. The workshop will entail various modes of learning including presentations, videos, team discussions and direct data access to information sources that can facilitate sustainable materials development in your own research activities.

This workshop is appropriate for materials researchers of all career stages, including faculty and industry researchers, but we encourage students and early-career professionals to attend.

Speakers

Julie M. SchoenungJulie M. Schoenung
University of California, Irvine

Julie M. Schoenung is a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of California, Irvine. She received her PhD degree in 1987 and MS degree in 1985 in materials engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BS degree in ceramic engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Schoenung was recently selected to be the recipient of the 2017 Materials Science and Engineering A Innovation in Research Award and the 2016 Acta Materialia Holloman Award for Materials & Society. She was recently appointed as an Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Sustainable Metallurgy, and has served for many years as a Key Reader for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A (2003–present). In 2016, she was elected as a Fellow of Alpha Sigma Mu, the materials honor society, and in 2012, she was elected as an ASM Fellow. Schoenung’s research activities seek to provide fundamental insight into structure-processing-property mechanistic relationships in material systems for a variety of applications. Innovative synthesis and consolidation processes are combined to fabricate material systems that exhibit unique behavior, thereby providing new knowledge into the mechanisms that govern the observed behavior. Of particular interest has been mechanical behavior, including novel work on the nanoindentation and nanoscratch behavior in ceramics and nanocomposites. Microstructural characterization studies and modeling efforts are critical components of these fundamental investigations. Schoenung also has many years of experience in studying the materials-selection process in a variety of applications. She also conducts research into the analysis of factors that guide the materials-selection decision-making process, such as economics, environmental impact and toxicity, cost-performance tradeoffs and market potential. Schoenung uses tools and data sets from several disciplines, including management theory, process economics, life-cycle assessment and environmental economics in her research approach.

Alan RaeAlan Rae
IncubatorWorks

Alan Rae has worked in the electronics, ceramics, nanotechnology and "clean tech" industries for over 30 years in the United States and United Kingdom, managing global businesses and technology development at startup, operating company and corporate levels.

He is currently Executive Director of IncubatorWorks, leading the development of the business and manufacturing incubators at the Elmira-Corning Airport Corporate Park, along with directing operations at the Innovation Centers in Alfred, New York, and Painted Post, New York.

Rae has been involved in sustainability issues throughout his career, for example in developing a business plan for solder recycling, implementing the transition to lead-free solder in a global electronics company, chairing the sustainability group for ISO TC229 for two years, heading up a rare-earth recycling venture and consulting on life-cycle assessments for solar power and solar thermal film companies.