2019 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit

Meeting Chairs

Yuping Bao
The University of Alabama

Bruce Dunn
University of California, Los Angeles

Subodh Mhaisalkar
Nanyang Technological University

Ruth Schwaiger
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology—
Institute for Applied Materials

Subhash L. Shinde
University of Notre Dame

Welcome to the 2019 MRS Spring Meeting!

The 2019 MRS Spring Meeting will be held in the Phoenix Convention Center (PCC), April 22 - 26, 2019. There will be 59 symposia grouped into six topical clusters, as follows:

Broader Impact – This cluster features one symposia that addresses increasing ethic and gender diversification in engineering education.

Characterization, Processing and Theory – This cluster features nine symposia dedicated to a wide range of materials and applications. Special focus will be on advanced nanoscale characterization and in situ investigations of materials, novel materials design and the role of interfaces as well as advances in modeling and simulation across length scales.

Electronics and Photonics – This cluster features 13 symposia divided into two sub-clusters. One sub-cluster will focus on soft, stretchable electronics with symposia addressing the fundamentals of the materials systems, assembly and fabrication, applications exemplified through functional circuits, interfaces with electronic and photonic devices and systems, including considerations for bio-friendly electronics. The other sub-cluster will focus symposia on the latest developments in electronic, photonic devices, plasmonics, metamaterials, phase-change materials and thermoelectrics. They will also cover new developments in applications involving memory, neuromorphic computing, and advanced approaches for interconnects relevant to the extension of the CMOS roadmap.   

Energy and Sustainability – This cluster features 21 symposia that address the challenges, opportunities, and technologies related to energy materials, devices, and systems. This cluster will comprise sub-clusters of Energy Storage; Catalysis, Alternative Energy and Fuels; Water-Energy-Materials and Sustainability; and Photovoltaics and Energy Harvesting. Specific topical areas include perovskite and novel semiconductors, batteries, capacitive devices, fuel cells, electrochemical systems, solar fuels, as well as advanced concepts for materials design, circular economy, and water-energy nexus.

Quantum and Nanomaterials – This cluster features eight symposia dedicated to a wide range of nanoscale science and technologies, including the characterization, properties and applications of 2D materials, thermal materials and heat transport as well as quantum information and quantum phenomena. Many of the symposia will organize joint sessions to further strengthen the synergies and advance novel materials development.

Soft Materials and Biomaterials – This cluster features eight symposia in this broad interdisciplinary cluster. Key topics include materials for biological and medical application, progress in supermolecular nanotheranostics, next-generation materials with synthetic biology, translational materials in medicine-prosthetics, sensors and smart scaffolds, supermolecular biomaterials for regenerative medicine and drug delivery, nano and microgels, and bioinspired materials-from basic discovery to biomimicry. This cluster also has great synergy with bioelectronics covered in electronic clusters.

Symposium X – Frontiers of Materials Research will feature presentations aimed at a broad audience and on topics at the forefront of research on materials science and engineering.

To complement the symposia, tutorials will provide detailed information on particularly exciting areas of research and the Exhibit will showcase products and services of interest to the scientific community.  The Meeting, Exhibits and Posters will be located at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Meeting attendees will find Phoenix to be a very accessible and attractive host.  A wide array of restaurants, nightlife, cultural, and sporting events are just steps away from the Convention Center and hotels. The region also offers an abundance of pre- and post-meeting touring options.  It’s a perfect mix of interaction, insights, inspiration, and indulgence!

We look forward to seeing you in Phoenix!


Yuping Bao, Bruce Dunn, Subodh Mhaisalkar, Ruth Schwaiger, Subash L. Shinde
2019 MRS Spring Meeting Chairs