Best Poster Award Winners - Monday

Monday-poster-4

BM3.3.20
Noel Vera-Gonzalez, Brown University
Combating Candida Albicans: Aspartic Protease-Triggered Antifungal Hydrogels

 

Monday-poster-1

EM3.3.05
Anthony Wong, ORNL-MSTD, University Tennessee
Intricacies of Stoichimetric Control Through Ionic Liquid-Solid Interfacing

 

Monday-poster-2

EM6.3.14
Hocheon Yoo, Pohang University, Korea
Balancing Hole and Electron Conduction in Ambipolar Split-Gate Thin-Film Transistor using Thermal Annealing

 

Monday-poster-3

NM5.5.18
Jongha Lee, SNU and IBS, Korea
Photo-Triggered Ultrathin Transient Resistive Random Access Memory for Novel Information Security

 

Monday-poster-5

ES3.3.09
Yinghong Hu, LMU Munich, Germany
Hybrid Perovskite / Perovskite Heterojunction Solar Cells


Questioning the application of end product : Ph.D. Philosophy

I met Lucy Whalley in HI Boston (Hostel I am staying in). She's my first international room mate! :) Lucy is pursuing Ph.D. from Imperial college of London in the area which is an amalgamation of three major things - 'defects, solar cells and simulation.' While having a conversation with her on various challenges and her approach towards PhD, she said - 

PhD is more about questioning the application and usage of end product! 

The line touched a chord in my heart. 

Isn't it sad to invest 4-5 years (of Ph.D.) doing things without questioning how it's beneficial to the common, to the society and to the environment? 

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Lucy and Me :)
Lucy is going to present her work through poster on 29th Nov, 2016 at Hynes , don't miss to catch her for discussions! 

Student Poster Award Exchange Program

The Materials Research Society and the Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales participate in an annual Poster Award Exchange Program. The three most outstanding poster winners from the XXIV International Materials Research Congress 2015 had their posters on display at the 2016 MRS Spring Meeting.

The authors of the award-winning posters are:

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Fernando Buendía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

 

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Francisco Manuel Lino Zapata, Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica A.C.

 

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Yasab Ruíz Hernández, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


Best Poster Award Winners - Thursday

Thursday-Jin

SM7.3.01

Functionalized Graphene Oxide Wrapped Silica Particles for a Sensitive Impedimetric Dengue Biosensor

Seon-Ah Jin, Purdue University

 

Thursday-Yang

NT1.10.13

Copper-Indium-Selenide Quantum Dot Solar Cells Exceeding 8% Photoconversion Efficiency

Jiwoong Yang, Institute for Basic Science, Seoul National University

 

Thursday-Manion

MD1.13.10

De Novo Design of Mechanically Active MOFs

Charles A. Manion, Oregon State University

 

Thursday-Xu

EE1.12.15

High Voc n-Si Heterojunctions with p-type Transparent Highly Conductive (CuS)x:(ZnS)1-x Prepared by Chemical Bath Deposition

Xiaojie Xu, Fudan University, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

 

Thursday-Stannard

CM2.6.05

Four Dimensional (4D) In Situ Study of Fatigue Crack Initiation and Growth from Corrosion Pits in 7075 Aluminum Alloys

Tyler Jaros Stannard, Arizona State University


Best Poster Award Winners - Wednesday

Wednesday-candid4

EE15.6.10

Electrospun Carbon Nanofibers with Surface Attached Zero Valent Iron Nanoparticles (ZVINPs@ECNFs) for Cr (VI) Remediation in Ground and Waste Water

Nikhil Reddy Mucha, North Carolina A&T State University

 

Wednesday-poster3

EP8.6.04

Plasmon Gap-Mode Resonance for Large-Area Chemical Detection

Matthew Rozin, University of California-San Diego

 

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MD8.6.08

Temperature and Electron Energy Dependent Evolution of Dislocation Loops in Yttria Stabilized Zirconia

AKM Saiful Islam Bhuian, Kyushu University, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission

 

Wednesday-poster2

NT4.5.02

In-situ Raman Spectroscopy of the Charge-Density-Wave Phase Transitions in IT-TaS2 Thin Films

Guanxiong Liu, University of California-Riverside

 

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NT5.4.07

Determination of Atomic Structure of Detonation Nanodiamonds Using Simulated and Experimental Aberration-Corrected TEM Imaging at Low Voltage

Shery Chang, Arizona State University


MRS S16: Poster Sessions and Networking

After judging the Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) posters competition (read more about this program at one of my previous posts), I used my remaining time to explore the main posters section. The posters session I believe is the best opportunity to interact with other peer members from various fields during MRS Meetings. I personally have interest in quite various fields and running from one session to other is not the best way to learn and interact more. I generally make some new friends during these sessions. Sometimes it can yield a strategic contact, a future collaborator, or even just to educate myself a bit more on a specific topic of my interest. Poster sessions is also a good way to keep in contact with your friends and learn the latest research they have been working on.

This year at poster session I noted a considerable increase in Sustainable related topics, such as alternatives of scarce source materials, energy harvesting, energy storage and conversion. It should be indeed among our top priorities as world researchers. I was talking with some of my peers from China and I was really sad to hear that the water and air pollution hugely increased since I first visited that country about 10 years ago.

There I also educated myself about the trends in NanoRobotics with a peer colleague from University of California and he explained the exciting research that Prof J. Wang, as group leader, has successfully pursuit by exploring the various ways of potential locomotion for future nanorobots. I believe these nanorobots one day will be great allies in terms of sustainability and biomedical applications! That poster really caught my attention and interest so I searched for some extra references and found this interesting book for those that have interest in this topic: Wang, J. Nanomachines: Fundamentals and Applications; John Wiley & Sons: Weinheim, 2013.Leave your comment below and share here your favorite work on sustainable related topics, biomedical applications or nanorobotics!


Best Poster Award Winners - Tuesday

Tuesday-poster-1

EE3.2.10

Solar Absorbing Materials with Enhanced Thermal Stability

Lizzie Caldwell, University of California, San Diego

 

Tuesday-poster2

NT4.2.17

Halide-Assisted Atmospheric Pressure Growth of Large WSe2 and WS2 Monolayer Crystals

Shisheng Li, National University of Singapore

 

Tuesday-poster3

MD5.2.36

Performance and Morphology of Novel Naphthalene Diimide–Based Small Molecule Acceptors for Organic Photovoltaic Applications

Kira Rundel, Monash University

Tuesday-poster4

MD3.3.13

Backscattered Scanning Electron Microscopy Domain Imaging of Ferroelectric Films

David A. Scrymgeour, Sandia National Laboratories

 

(Not Photographed)

NT1.2.15

Particle-on-Film Gap Plasmons on Antireflective ZnO Nanocone Arrays as Ultrasensitive SERS Sensors

Youngoh Lee, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology


MRS S16 DAY 2: Focus on Sustainability Poster and Video Competition

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Highlight in sustainability: "Sustainability in My Community - A Focus on Sustainability Poster Exhibition".

Sustainability is a broad discipline and it should be the working practice for responsible innovation to ensure that the rising population will have access to the basic resources of life.

This year we had at MRS S16 a special event at which MRS University Chapters members had the chance to submit a poster and video about “What is your community doing to create a more sustainable future?” and get a chance to win cash prizes to be used at MRS University Chapter events. Check out here the 90 seconds poster presentations by the participants MRS University Chapters.

This event is one of the activities offered with a Focus on Sustainability.

For more events at this topic during MRS S16 check Symposium EE15: Materials for Sustainable Development—Integrated Approaches.

 


MRS S16 DAY 2: Minority Groups Underrepresented in Materials Research and Education

If diversity is a key driver for innovation, inclusion should be the rule for success on a global scale.

Another initiative of Materials Research Society through its volunteers at Members Engagement Committee is the mentoring program "Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREM)" supported by National Science Foundation (NSF) for minority groups underrepresented in materials research and education.

The objective of PREM is to “enhance diversity in materials research and education by stimulating the development of formal, long-term, collaborative materials research and education partnerships between minority-serving institutions and the NSF Division of Materials Research (DMR) supported groups, centers, and facilities.”

At DAY 2 we had together with the posters exhibition the judgement of posters prepared by students that participated at this program. For those interested to learn how to get involved in this mentoring program, please contact: Michele L. Feder, MRS Manager of Volunteer Affairs.

20160329_205559PREM poster competition participants during MRS S16.