The symposia of the 2021 Virtual MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit are divided into 7 clusters. Following are a few selected highlights.
Characterization and Modeling
CT05.10.01—Computer Vision and Machine Learning for Microstructural Image Data
Advances in using computer vision and deep learning to automatically characterize materials is highlighted in this presentation. It will describe removing the need for tedious human evaluation of massive amounts of raw data to characterize materials microstructures.
Electronics and Optics
EL03.08—Panel Discussion: Why New Semiconductors?
Much of the exciting research at the MRS Spring Meeting in the area of electronic materials is founded on the assumption that new semiconductors are needed for better function and expanded applications. This assumption will be explored in the panel, which will include world-leading experts in semiconductor materials discovery and design.
Energy and Sustainability
EN02.03.01—Selectivity Tuning of CO2 Electroreduction Catalysts under Dynamic Reaction Conditions
State-of-the-art results on an in-situ study and development of a CO2 catalyst with high selectivity will be described.
Nanoscale and Quantum Materials
NM01—Superconductors as Quantum Materials
Recent reports on superconductivity in unstable hydrogen-rich molecular compounds with a transition temperature Tc approaching room temperature represent the most exciting advancement in and possibly a dawn of a new era in room temperature superconductivity (RTS) science and technology. However, a careful examination of these reports reveals the existence of a formidable hurdle to the full realization of the dream of RT superconductors, namely the pressures needed. The ultrahigh pressures required to achieve the superconducting state and the ultrahigh pressure generators, such as the diamond anvil cells, are a serious obstacle for RTS science and the practical deployment of RTS devices. This work will provide a path to stabilize at ambient temperature, the high pressure-induced high Tc phase in hydrides by adapting the pressure-quench (PQ) technique recently developed by Chu et al. This was successfully demonstrated for HTS FeSe by capturing, at ambient temperature, the 39 K superconducting phase generated under high pressure.
Soft Materials and Biomaterials
SM02.02.03—A FAST Platform to Counter Antimicrobial Resistance and Pandemics
This talk will describe the development of a synthetic biology and materials-engineering based platform called Facile Accelerated Specific Therapeutic (FAST) for developing accelerated therapeutics in less than a week. Such rational design and synthesis of therapeutics can accelerate development of effective therapies against multidrug-resistant (MDR) superbugs.