The symposia of the 2022 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit are divided into 8 clusters. Here are a few selected highlights.
EQ02.02.01 Plasmonics in Electronic Topological Materials
There are interesting applications of topological materials.
SB04.01.01 Organic Semiconductor Nanoparticles Restore Vision in Blind Retinas
Vision restoration in blind people using materials (impact on medicine).
SB04.02.01 Programming Bioelectronic Bacteria as Real-Time and Multi-Channel Sensors
Building of biohybrids and biocompatible sensors (impact on medicine, diagnosis).
SB04.03.01 The Power of Current Producing Biofilms
Use of bacteria as energy harvesting materials.
Symposium SB08—Bioinspired and Biological Polymers—From Living Organisms to Sustainable Functional Materials in Photonics, Electronics and Biology
SB08.02.01 Biomaterial Innovation Through Deep Time—How Spiders Have Evolved Spectacular Silks and Inspire Biomimetics
One focus in biomaterials research is to artificially replicate spider silk proteins; in contrast to the silkworm, B. mori, the spider’s aggressive territorial behavior and its cannibalism render spider farming not feasible. Owing to their distinct mechanical properties, including outstanding elasticity, high tensile strength and superior toughness, spider silks could be useful in medical and industrial fields. Phylogenetic analyses of spiders and genomic tools were used to characterize the silk proteins they synthesize and these are used to trace the long and complex history of silk evolution.
SB08.06.01 Plant-Based Biohybrid Systems for Energy Applications
Innovative technology based on direct integration of organic electronic material into living plants for the extraction and storage of energy and the production of new materials will be reported. The development of bioelectronics for the monitoring and control of plant physiology may provide useful tools for studying plant biology, in order to increase knowledge about fundamental processes and also find applications in agriculture and forestry for the optimization and monitoring of growth.
SB08.12.01 The Avenue to “Green” in Organic Bioelectronics
The emerging area of “Green” research is aimed at identifying compounds of natural origin and establishing economically efficient routes for the production of synthetic materials that have applicability in environmentally safe (biodegradable) and/or biocompatible devices. The integration of electronics with living tissue may help fulfill not only the original promise of organic electronics (to deliver low-cost and energy efficient materials and devices) but also achieve unimaginable functionalities for electronics, for example benign integration into life and environment.
SB08.13.01 Chemical Decoration of Living Microalgae for Bioremediation
Pollution is a topic concerning both the environment and human health. Modern remediation techniques are often based on the use of artificial, temporary and energy consuming processes which can also negatively affect the environment. In this talk, a general vision will be proposed for the use of chemistry to green-engineered living microalgae to give them resistance to harsh conditions and trigger their hidden potential to decontaminate the world.
Symposium SF08—Advanced Ceramics and Glasses—From Advanced Manufacturing to Data-Driven Methods for Synthesis and Mechanical Characterization
SF08.04.06 Bioinspired Glass Composites with Damage-Sensing Functionalities
When we think of ceramics and glass, we think of an inert, brittle object, but Magrini's ceramics are 'alive': they are tough and they can also sense when they are about to break.
SF08.04.08 Ultrafast High-Temperature Sintering of Dense Alumina with Bioinspired Microstructures
Sintering of ceramics usually takes about 10 hours at high temperature, or requires pressure to be fast. What if we could make ceramics in just 10 seconds, and without pressure? And what about ceramics that are less fragile than usual ceramics? Behera explores ceramics with bioinspired microstructures produced in 10 seconds. Maybe our future ceramic shields will resemble seashells and bones, and be easy to make.