Best Poster Award Winners - Monday


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



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



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



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



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? 

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:


Fernando Buendía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México



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



Yasab Ruíz Hernández, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

Best Poster Award Winners - Thursday



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

Seon-Ah Jin, Purdue University




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

Jiwoong Yang, Institute for Basic Science, Seoul National University




De Novo Design of Mechanically Active MOFs

Charles A. Manion, Oregon State University




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




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



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




Plasmon Gap-Mode Resonance for Large-Area Chemical Detection

Matthew Rozin, University of California-San Diego




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

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




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

Guanxiong Liu, University of California-Riverside


Not Photographed


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



Solar Absorbing Materials with Enhanced Thermal Stability

Lizzie Caldwell, University of California, San Diego




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

Shisheng Li, National University of Singapore




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

Kira Rundel, Monash University



Backscattered Scanning Electron Microscopy Domain Imaging of Ferroelectric Films

David A. Scrymgeour, Sandia National Laboratories


(Not Photographed)


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


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.