2023 MRS Fall Meeting Best Poster Awards

Selected by the Meeting Chairs on the basis of the poster’s technical content, appearance, graphic excellence and presentation quality (not necessarily equally weighted).


Monday poster winners: Andrea Corazza (University of Basel), Fan Feng (The University of Melbourne), Xiaolin Guo (University of Louisville), Sangmin Song (Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul National University), Taemin Kim (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). 


Tuesday  poster winners: Hyuk Jae (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology), Ana Palacios Saura (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie, Freie Universität Berlin), Anna Goestenkors (Washington University in St. Louis), Áine Coogan (Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin), Kayla Hellikson (Texas A&M University). 


Wednesday poster winners: Andre Niyongabo Rubungo (Princeton University), Ahyoung Jeong (Sungkyunkwan University), Marios Constantinou (University of Cyprus), Shawn Michael Maguire (Princeton University), Ross Kerner (National Renewable Energy Laboratory), Chenyang Shi (PNNL). 

Congratulations to the 2023 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit Best Poster Award Winners!

The following posters were selected by the Meeting Chairs on the basis of the poster’s technical content, appearance, graphic excellence, and presentation quality (not necessarily equally weighted).

Tuesday Poster winners are Sungjun Choi (EL03.04.07), Rand Kingsford (EL17.03.01), Laud Anim Adofo (EN04.03.01), Arit Patra (QM04.04.04), Tanvi Kaku (SB05.04.24), and Simok Lee (SF04.03.12).


Wednesday Poster winners are Sreya Paladugu (CH03.05.02), Yong-Jin Park (EL08.08.10), MinWoo Jeong (EL18.09.45), Jiwoo Kim (EL19.07.13), Jingxuan Ding (EN06.05.07), and Young Hyun Noh (SB06.07.02).


Thursday Poster winners are Junia Shelomi Solomon Shelomi Solomon Sathiaraj (EL04.09.07), Daesol Kong (EL08.12.06), Natpaphat Jarulertwathana (EL19.10.22), Kihyun Lee (MD02.07.02), Jinmin Kim (SB06.12.07), and Katerina Rose DeOlivares (SF05.10.11).

Virtual Poster winner is Seong-Yong Cho (EL17.10.06).

2022 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit - Best Poster Awards

Monday, November 28

Daria Bukharina, Georgia Institute of Technology

Joo Sung Kim, Seoul National University

Seongjae Kim, Gachon University

Hyeseon Lee, Pusan National University

Simo Pajovic, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Tuesday, November 29

Sydney Morris, Brown University

Hyungcheoul Shim, Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (KIMM), Korea University of Science and Technology (UST)

Jun Meng, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Watcharaphol Paritmongkol, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Youngji Kim, Ewha Womans University

Yuxin Song, Tohoku University


Wednesday, November 30

Jessica Andrews, University of Southern California

Tonghui Wang, North Carolina State University

Young Moon Choi, Yonsei University

Somi Kim, Gachon University

Eliza Price, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Qiyi Fang, Rice University


Virtual Poster

Shigeyuki Imura, NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories

Competition: A healthy way of distinction?

IMG_8756 300 mI've been attending the MRS poster session every day. Among around 500 posters, a few posters are chosen for the best poster awards. Seeing this, I came up with a question: Is it an excellent way to separate the best posters based on certain criteria from the rest? In fact, this is the case in general for our everyday lives; starting from footwear to healthcare, we have certain criteria from which we decide what's best, which can vary from person to person. So, in general, is it the right way of distinction or just some conditional and perspective thing? even though a group of people might be involved in decision-making.

To answer this, at least from my point of view, there has to be a way of encouragement. And this best poster award in the MRS Fall 2022 exactly did that for the winners. A group of experts are likely to make the right decision. However, this does not mean that others who did not win are bad. What it means is what you interpret. I would say that for the rest, it's a way to get better and a chance to improve before something bigger than this. There are a lot of examples of people who failed initially but later succeeded is well recorded (hint: tech giants). 

In conclusion, it's a matter of what you interpret. It's definitely not a smarter way for distinction, but it's not the final distinction either. So, a wise person would know the takeaway and utilise it for self-development. That's the learning curve.

P.S: Welcome to MRS! A platform to grow and learn. 

Poster session: A roadmap to diverse ideas?

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I had a visit to the poster session at the MRS Fall 2022. So, what's cool?

A lot of work expanding from nanomaterials, soft materials and biomaterials to structural and functional materials. It's quite diverse and I'm not an expert in every subject. However, the takeaway is the gist of the work in a short span of time. You don't have to be an expert to understand the broad message of the different works. What's important is the takeaway and the idea. Maybe one day I can make use of the idea within my expertise domain, who knows. 

In conclusion, you will never know how a small idea in an entirely different domain may be helpful in your own work. 

P.S: That's the beauty of research.

2022 MRS Spring Meeting - Best Poster Winners

Monday, May 9

So-Yeon Kim, Pohang University of Science and Technology

Jung Ah Lim, Korea Institute of Science and Technology

Darcy Unson, University of Cambridge

Haozhe Wang, California Institute of Technology

Inyeong Yang, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)


Tuesday, May 10

Corey (Alex) Inman, Drexel University

Ji Yong Kim, Seoul National University

Guanyu Lu, Vanderbilt University

Nam Vu, National University of Singapore

Jeonghee Yeom, Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology


Wednesday, May 11

Jinyoung Kim, Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology

Jiwoo Ko, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Aleksandra Krajewska, Trinity College of Dublin

Young-Jin Kwack, Hoseo University

Sangmin Lee, Seoul National University

Jian Liu, The Ohio State University

Alice Merryweather, University of Cambridge

Ashley Shin, University of California Los Angeles


Virtual Posters

Jun Cai, McGill University

Ryota Narishige, Kyushu University

Student Poster Award Exchange Program

On Monday night, May 9, Best Poster awardees from the XXIX International Materials Research Congress (IMRC) 2021 in México presented their posters at the 2022 MRS Spring Meeting as part of the student exchange program between MRS and the Sociedad Mexicana de Materiales:

  • Marina Montserrat Atilano Camino, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
    Photoreforming of Fermentation By-Products Mixture To Produce Hydrogen And Methane By Pt/Tio2
  • Abner Zárate-Aguillón, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
    Microwave Assisted Synthesis of NiMgAI-LDH and its Electrophoretic Depostion For Electrochromic Applications
  • Karen Ailed Neri Espinoza, Instituto Politécnico Nancional – IPN
    MnO/ZnO:Nn Thin Film Heterostrcuture for Adaptive ElectronicsMRS Mexico(Left to right): Abner Zárate-Aguillón, Marina Montserrat Atilano Camino, and Karen Ailed Neri Espinoza

Day 2 Poster Session

One of my favorate events from the day was the poster session, which provided an opportunity to talk to many participants about their area of research and interests.

This is Thi Kieu Ngan Pham, a PhD candidate at Nanosystem Labs of Dr. Joseph J. Brown at Department of ME at University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her research focuses on the fundamental interaction between gas and solid surfaces, specifically thin film, and its application to gravimetric gas adsorption, gas/vapor sensor, and H2 storage.


Best Poster Winners–2021 Virtual MRS Spring Meeting

Hector Mandujano, The University of Texas at El Paso, (CT04.01.06)

Changho Hon, Seoul National University, (CT05.14.05)    

Yunseul Kim, Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, (EL01.10.15)

Daniel Davies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, (EL01.14.10)  

Jingjing Shi, Georgia Institute of Technology, (EL04.13.07)             

Wonjin Choi, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, (EL05.13.03)     

Komalika Rani, Université Paris-Saclay, (EL09.07.01)        

Sang Seob Lee, Yonsei University, (EN01.08.05) 

Alessia Fortunati, Politecnico di Torino, (EN02.01.06)      

Virgil Andrei, University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge, (EN02.06.03)     

Eman Alhajji, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, (EN03.08.01) 

Teresa Cristina Rojas, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Sevilla, (EN05.03.04)

Davide Moia, Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, (EN06.10.08)              

Eric Chang, Duke University, (EN07.04.04)            

Albanie Hendrickson-Stives, The Pennsylvania State University, (NM05.04.05)    

Hyoung Taek Kim, Sungkyunkwan University, (NM09.10.02)        

Chunhong Dong, Georgia State University, (SM01.03.03)               

Sebastian Buchmann, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, (SM03.01.06)  

Jeong Eun Park, Inha University, (SM05.06.05)   

Jisoo Jeon, Inha University, Inha University, (SM07.08.09)             

Che-Hsuan Cheng, University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, (ST01.07.07)          

Hojang Kim, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, (ST01.11.06)  

Kooknoh Yoon, Seoul National University, (ST04.04.07)

Starting it Early

Thursday's poster session saw a huge participation, a specific section where students currently in their high school showed their research work. It's heartening to see the material science enthusiasts starting so early. Interviewing a couple of them, I found out that the projects were mostly their summertime projects which were aimed for them to get a hang of the subject. 

Mr Sovesh Mohapatra hails from Jaipur, and has been doing research in various fields for the last few years. He collaborated with Dr Satapathi's Lab from the Department of Physics IIT Roorkee where his research aims in growing lead-free single crystal using inverse temperature crystallization method. 

Ethan and Jack from South Side High School and Hewlett High School researched on mixed cation perovskites which included preliminary characterization of perovskites thin films composed from them, as well as stability studies to determine their applicability as thin films for optoelectronic applications. 

We sincerely hope that MRS keeps giving these young chaps a chance to showcase their research and encourage them from such a young age.

Paaji Paaji