MRS Bulletin — VOLUME 37, NUMBER 10, 2012
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Preview: 2012 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting & Exhibit

Hynes Convention Center Boston, Massachusetts

Meeting: November 25–30 Exhibit: November 27–29

The Materials Research Society will hold its 2012 Fall Meeting at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Mass., November 25–30, 2012. The meeting will include a technical program, tutorials, a plenary session, an awards ceremony, an equipment exhibit, poster sessions, a career center, funding seminars, and other special activities.Symposium proceedings will be published and made available free online to MRS members.

The increasingly cross-disciplinary worldwide activity on materials research culminates every year in the MRS Fall Meetings. Symposium organizers from around the world have created a program of 52 symposia that addresses leadingedge research and captures the extraordinary progress in materials science and technology, featuring an exciting mix of well-established and popular topics. The symposia are organized into the following clusters.

Advances in fundamental materials science are needed in all areas of energy research; the cluster Materials for energy technologies captures the progress and opportunities in energy production, storage, and sustainability. Developments in thermoelectrics, electrocatalysis, solid-oxide fuel cells, and lithiumion batteries will comprise the storage and power conversion areas. Photovoltaic technologies from the materials to systems level will be discussed, and a specific focused symposium on small molecule organic solar cells is included.Novel developments in hierarchically structured materials for energy storage and conversion and functional oxides for renewable energy applications will be described. Crucial issues regarding energy-critical materials and materials for sustainability will be addressed in separate symposia.

The cluster Soft materials and biomaterials comprises a diverse array of activity, highlighting the versatility of this class of materials. Symposia concerning the electronic properties of polymers, from single-crystalline materials for semiconducting applications to polymer-based photovoltaics, will be presented. Self-assembly forms another core area, with separate symposia concerning biomolecular and biomimetic self-assembly, protein- and peptide-directed self-assembly, colloidal crystals, quasicrystals and their assemblies, and directed self-assembly for nanopatterning.Novel approaches to the creation of bioinspired surfaces, precision polymeric materials, new membrane platforms, and the application of biomimetic nanoscale platforms for biomedical applications will also be reviewed.

Symposia concerning the synthesis and function of a broad range of materials will be available in the cluster Functional materials and nanomaterials, providing coverage from nanostructures (semiconductor nanowires, carbon nanostructures, andGroup-IV nanostructures) to oxide semiconductors, and oxide nanoelectronics and multifunctional dielectrics.Recent advances in optical, acoustic, and other emerging nanomaterials, as well as optically active nanostructures,Comprise separate themes. Two topical symposia concerning
flame synthesis of nanostructures and the geometry and topology of functional nanomaterials are also included.

Dramatic advances in structural materials continue apace and will be highlighted in the cluster Structural and advanced materials comprising symposia concerning complex metallic alloys, nanostructured metals, intermetallic- based alloys, reactive materials, and amorphous solids. Materials for nuclear energy, nuclear-waste management, and performance of materials in extreme environments link back to the “energy” theme.At a fundamental scale, the atomic structure and chemistry of domain interfaces and grain boundaries will be explored.

Synthesis, characterization, and modeling methods, addressing forefront approaches to materials characterization, will include approaches to chemical imaging with integrated photon, electron, and ion methods; in situ electron microscopy approaches for correlative structure–property measurement; scanning probe microscopy; low-voltage electron microscopy; and materials exploration through neutrons and x-rays. Materials synthesis with roll-to-roll processing approaches and materials for biomedical sensing will be described. Advanced approaches for dealing with defects and microstructural complexity, and understanding materials through materials informatics and through multiscale materials simulation will round out the program.

To complement the scientific sessions, two symposia regarding the social relevancy of materials science and engineering education and the business of nanotechnology will be available, and tutorials will be offered in several technical areas. Poster sessions, an integral feature of MRS meetings, will be held during the evenings. The meeting chairs will award prizes of up to $500 for the best posters during each session.

Special sessions and events

The Plenary Session will be held on Monday, Nov. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel.This year’s plenary speaker is Nobel laureate Dan Shechtman of the Technion in Haifa, Israel, and Iowa State University. Shechtman will outline the discovery of quasicrystals and discuss their structure as well as some of their properties and uses.

The Award Ceremony will convene on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel, at which the Von Hippel Award, Turnbull Lectureship, MRS Medals, Materials Theory Award, and Graduate Student Gold and Silver Awards will be presented. The ceremony will be followed by theVon HippelAward address by Stuart S.P. Parkin, director of the IBM-Stanford Spintronic Science and Applications Center (SpinAps) at IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif., on the topic of spintronics.

The other award recipients will deliver their talks as part of Symposium X, held at 12:15 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Hotel. Robert Sinclair, chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Department of Stanford University and director of the Stanford Nanocharacterization Laboratory, is the recipient of the David Turnbull Lectureship.He will present his lecture, “In situ high-resolution transmission electron microscopy of material reactions,” on Tuesday, Nov. 27. MRS Medalist Jennifer A. Lewis, the Hans Thurnauer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, will present her award talk, “Printing functional materials,” on Wednesday, Nov. 28. MRS Medalist Miquel B. Salmeron of the University of California–Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will present his award talk, “Physics and chemistry of material surfaces under ambient conditions of gases and liquids: What’s new?” on Thursday, Nov. 29.

John P. Perdew of Tulane University in New Orleans, La., selected to receive the Materials Theory Award for density functional theory, will present his talk, “Climbing the ladder of density functional approximations,” on Monday, Nov. 26. This award is endowed by Toh-Ming Lu and Gwo-ChingWang and “recognizes exceptional advances made by materials theory to the fundamental understanding of the structure and behavior of materials.”

A special Acta Materialia Materials and Society Award forum on advanced materials and their impact on society will be held in honor of award recipient Mildred Dresselhaus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The full-day forum, chaired by Jay Narayan (North Carolina State University), John Baglin (IBM-Almaden), and BillAppleton (University of Florida), will be on Sunday, Nov. 25 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The forum will address Dresselhaus’s pioneering contributions in advanced materials with emphasis on thermoelectric and carbon-related materials, and how these contributions have resulted in the
significant improvements in the quality of life.

New this year is a special emphasis on graphene. Organizers in Symposium W have included technical coverage of this topic as well as a tutorial to be held on Sunday, Nov. 25, and a forum to be held on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 1:30–6:00 p. m. in Ballroom B, Hynes. The forum will be coupled with the MRS Bulletin expanded issue on graphene, with guest editors John J. Boeckl and Weijie Lu of the US Air Force Research Laboratory, and Patrick Soukiassian of Universite de Paris-Sud/Orsay and Commissariat a l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives.

The discussion on materials and sustainability that began at the 2012 MRS Spring Meeting in San Francisco continues in this Meeting as Symposium G, “Materials as tools for sustainability.” Complementing the symposium is a forum sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) titled “Sustainability: Building teams to tackle complex problems.” The forum will exemplify successful research efforts in sustainability and address challenges the materials community faces in conducting highly interdisciplinary research, forming teams with diverse backgrounds, and training the next-generation workforce.The forum will be held on Sunday, Nov. 25, then continue on Monday, Nov. 26 in conjunction with the MRS symposium.

Of particular concern in the area of sustainability is the availability of critical elements for energy, to be addressed in Symposium D. Disruptions in the supply of these materials can impede or prevent the adoption of new technologies and ultimately threaten energy security.The organizers will open the symposium with a panel discussion on global issues on Monday, Nov. 26, 11:00–12:00 p.m. in Hynes, room 313.

In the first session of Symposium ZZ, NSF will hold an interactive communications event helping researchers learn how to explain to the public the relevance of materials research, and, more broadly, the value of scientific research to society. The session will be held on Monday, Nov. 26, 1:30–3:30 p. m., Hynes, room 300.

In the area of entrepreneurship, Symposium AAA is holding a roundtable where venture capitalists, lawyers, CEOs, patent attorneys, and bankers will gather to offer their time and advice to potential founder candidates of start-up companies. This is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28, 1:30–5:00 p.m. in Hynes, room 205. The traditional Technology Innovation Forum will precede that on Monday, Nov. 26, 8:30–12:00 p. m. in the Sheraton Hotel, room Back Bay B.

MRS will also host a Congressional Fellowship Program Information Session on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 5:00–6:15 p. m. in Fairfax B at the Sheraton. Materials researchers will be able to hear about opportunities to participate in, and contribute to, the federal policy making process, while learning first hand about the intersection of science and US government policy.

A number of other events will also take place throughout the Meeting, including the Professional Development Workshop on “Achieving success through implementation of effective work-life satisfaction and mentoring strategies,” with speakers Masha Fridkis- Hareli and Cindy Simpson, and a Career Center for meeting attendees, to be held Nov. 27–29 at the Hynes Convention Center. Services include access to current job postings, a resume file for prospective employers, and on-site interview opportunities. To stay up-to-date with additional events and activities, access

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See the following pages for a list of exhibitors and of proceedings that will be available for order.

The deadline to pre-register for the meeting is November 9, 2012, 5:00 p. m. (EST). International travelers are reminded to allow ample time to obtain a visa, if necessary. For additional details about the meeting, contact MRS Member Services, Materials Research Society, 506 Keystone Drive, Warrendale, PA 15086-7573, USA; email, tel. 724-779-3003, and fax 724-779-8313. Details of various events and activities will be published in the Meeting Guide available on-site.The MRS website can be accessed for updated information on confirmed talks and details of special events, for more information on obtaining a visa, and for pre-registration:

Stuart S.P. Parkin to receive 2012 Von Hippel Award for spintronics

The 2012 Von Hippel Award, the Materials Research Society’s highest honor, will be presented to Stuart S.P. Parkin, IBM Fellow, Manager of the Magnetoelectronics Group, and Director of the IBM-Stanford Spintronic Science and Applications Center (SpinAps) at IBMAlmaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif. Parkin is being recognized for “pioneering contributions to the science and technology of spintronic materials, particularly in establishing the fundamental foundations of spin-engineered magnetic heterostructures and demonstrating artificial atomically-layered magnetic multilayers for applications in field sensing, magnetic memory and data storage devices.” Parkin will accept the honor during the awards ceremony at the 2012 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston.

Parkin, who received the inaugural MRS Outstanding Young Investigator Award in 1991 and joined the MRS inaugural class of fellows in 2008, essentially created and defined the research field of spintronics.After the initial discovery of the giant magnetoresistance (GMR) effect in 1998 by Nobel laureates Peter Grunberg (KFA, Jülich) and Albert Fert (Université Paris-Sud), Parkin opened the door for applications of GMR. One of his remarkable contributions to fundamental science was his discovery of the oscillatory interlayer exchange coupling and related GMR effect in metallic superstructures. Parkin demonstrated that oscillatory interlayer coupling is a universal property of nearly all transition and noble-metal-based multilayers, thus developing a method of designing specific materials with special properties— here the GMR effect—based on their superstructure. His systematic investigation of a large number of elemental combinations enabled Parkin to find the unique combination of ferromagnetic and nonmagnetic metals that gives rise to a very large magnetoresistance effect at room temperature. These designed “nanoengineered devices”with sophisticated properties, together with the development of a rapid and versatile sputtering method for thin-film structure exploration rendered the application of the GMR effect possible.

Parkin and his colleagues furthermore developed novel magnetic-field sensing devices, which they named spin valves, for use in magnetic disk-drive read heads.Structures based on Parkin’s discoveries and inventions were used in IBM’s first GMR recording head in 1997, and soon thereafter in all manufacturers’hard-disk drives as well as in many other magnetic- field sensors, magnetic memory elements, and antiferromagnetically coupled magnetic media for high-density harddisk drives. Spin valves are also now used for sensors in the automotive industry and for biomedical applications.

The GMR-based spin-valve field sensor was superceded by the giant tunnel magnetoresistance effect (TMR), another of Parkin’s discoveries. Parkin demonstrated that the TMR effect, found when electrons tunnel between ferromagnetic layers separated by an ultrathin tunnel barrier, could be dramatically enhanced by replacing conventional tunnel barriers of amorphous aluminum oxide by crystalline layers ofMgO. The resistance of the device depends on the magnetic orientation of the layers’ moments, just as for GMR, but the physics of TMR is distinct from that of GMR. The TMR effect is enhanced due to resonant spindependent tunneling through the MgO barrier, which acts as a spin filter.

The race track memory, one of Parkin’s current projects, is a radically new storage-memory technology using spin currents to directly manipulate the magnetic state of nano scale magnetic regions— magnetic domain walls—within magnetic nanowires. This concept is based on the storage of information in three-dimensional arrays of magnetic nanowires and using current-induced displacement of the domain walls along the nanowires. This device aims to match the massive storage capacity of hard disks but with the advantage of a purely electronic operation.A two-dimensional version of the device could also compete with flash memory. The race track memory concept was selected as one of the MIT Technology Review’s 2009 list of “10 emerging technologies that can change the way we live.”

Parkin received his BA and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge and joined IBM as a postdoctoral fellow in 1982, becoming a permanent member of the staff the following year. In 1999, he was named an IBM Fellow, IBM’s highest technical honor. Parkin is also a Fellow of the Royal Society (elected 2000) , the American Physical Society, the Institute of Physics (London), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected 2009) . He is also a Member of the National Academy of Science (elected 2008) and the National Academy of Engineering (elected 2009). In 2012, Parkin was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences. His honors include a Humboldt Research Award (2004), the 1999–2000 American Institute of Physics Prize for Industrial Applications of Physics, the European Physical Society's Hewlett-Packard Europhysics Prize (1997), the American Physical Society’s International New Materials Prize (1994), the IUPAP Magnetism Prize and Neel Medal (2009), and the Charles Vernon Boys Prize from the Institute of Physics, London (1991). In 2001, he was named R&D Magazine’s first Innovator of the Year. Parkin has authored ~400 papers and has ~93 issued patents.

The MRS Von Hippel Award includes a $10,000 cash prize, honorary membership in MRS, and a unique trophy—a mounted ruby laser crystal, symbolizing the many faceted nature of materials research. The award recognizes those qualities most prized by materials scientists and engineers—brilliance and originality of intellect, combined with vision that transcends the boundaries of conventional disciplines, as exemplified by the life of Arthur von Hippel (http://

Robert Sinclair selected for 2012 David Turnbull Lectureship

The Materials Research Society’s David Turnbull Lectureship recognizes the career of a scientist who has made outstanding contributions to understanding materials phenomena and properties through research, writing, and lecturing, as exemplified by the late David Turnbull of Harvard University. This year Robert Sinclair, chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Department of Stanford University and Charles M. Pigott Professor in the School of Engineering, and founding director of the Stanford Nano characterization Laboratory, has been selected to give the 2012 Turnbull Lecture. Sinclair is cited for his “original contributions to the understanding of atomic arrangements in solids and their relationship to diverse materials phenomena including martensitic transformations, dislocation interactions with interfaces, phase equilibria in complex thin film systems, and nanoscale interactions in soft matter, for seminal contributions to in-situ and high resolution transmission electron microscopy, development of their combined use, and for passionate and dedicated teaching, advising, and academic leadership.” Sinclair will be presented with the award at the 2012 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston.

Broadly acknowledged as a pioneering contributor to the evolution of analytical and high-resolution electron microscopy as an essential research tool for developing fundamental understanding of the relationship between the atomic structure of materials, defects, phase transformations and equilibria, and diverse properties of interest, Sinclair’s work has encompassed a broad range of materials including semiconductor materials (Si and III–V) and metal silicides, magnetic recording media, shapememory alloys, hardmaterials, and most recently soft (nanobio) matter. He developed techniques for in situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations of transient phenomena at the atomic level, thereby producing the first direct observations of atomic behavior during controlled materials reactions.

Under his leadership, electron microscopy in particular and materials research more broadly has, at Stanford University, experienced a dramatic growth in capabilities, as most recently signified by the addition of the Nano characterization Laboratory. Sinclair has also taken passionate interest in developing introductory and graduate level courses in materials science and characterization that have trained hundreds of students, many of whom have chosen to specialize in materials research.His transition to the Department chair position has resulted in substantial improvements in the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in the Department, and the addition of young faculty, world renowned for their research in diverse fields such as energy and environmental materials, plasmonics, and nanophotonics.

In addition to teaching at Stanford, Sinclair has long been active in the education of researchers outside of his own university. He was among the first faculty members to travel to China in 1980, where he taught a course on TEM theory and practice. He has presented extensively in conferences worldwide and is known for his lucid delivery, often interspersed with levity, and for making difficult concepts simple to grasp. He has also taught extensively in industrial settings in order to familiarize workers with the efficacy and
flexibility of various analytical techniques.Simultaneously, he has always encouraged independent thinking, allowing his students to flourish on their own, and to develop their own research areas instead of following his model.

Sinclair received his BA (1968) and PhD (1972) degrees in materials science from Cambridge University. He has over 200 refereed publications and three patents.His honors include the Robert Lansing Hardy Gold Medal, The Metallurgical Society of AIME; Eli Franklin Burton Award, Electron Microscopy Society of America; Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship; Marcus E. Grossman Award, American Society for Metals; Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching twice, once from the Stanford University Society for Black Scientists and Engineers and again from the Stanford Society of Chicano/Latino Engineers and Scientists; and Fellow (inaugural class) as well as Distinguished Scientist, Physical Sciences, of the Microscopy Society of America.

Jennifer A. Lewis named 2012 MRS Medalist for direct-write assembly of soft functional materials

The Materials Research Society has named Jennifer A. Lewis, the Hans Thurnauer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and director of the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), as an MRS Medalist. She was cited for “pioneering contributions in the design of viscoelastic inks composed of colloidal, polymeric, and organo metallic building blocks and their directed assembly into planar and 3D functional architectures.” Lewis will be recognized during the awards ceremony at the 2012 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston, where she will also give an award talk.

In the past 10 years, Lewis, an MRS fellow and the first woman to receive an MRS Medal, has made major contributions in the areas of direct-write assembly of soft functional materials and the design of complex fluids with tunable phase behavior, structure, and rheological properties. In the first area, Lewis has developed entirely new ways to assemble two- and three-dimensional micro- and nanostructures based on direct writing of functional inks. She optimized their viscoelastic response to enable the inks to flow when delivered through fine deposition nozzles, yet solidify upon exiting the nozzles. In this way, she is able to “write” 3D structures directly, with micron-resolution, and overall dimensions that range from 10s of microns to 1 m.

To date, Lewis has created colloidal, fugitive organic, polyelectrolyte, hydrogel and sol-gel inks for printed electronics, lightweight architectures, and tissue engineering scaffolds. For example, she recently extended the capabilities of 3D printing through the development of concentrated silver nanoparticle inks, which enable omnidirectional printing of flexible, stretchable, and spanning microelectrodes for electronic and optoelectronic devices. In addition to printing out-of-plane architectures, Lewis demonstrated strategies for folding, wrapping, and mechanically manipulating printed mesh structures in a process that she refers to as printed origami. To enable this type of approach, she introduced new classes of colloidal inks for printing into planar scaffolds that can then be folded and bent, akin to wet-folding origami, without cracking or forming other defects. By integrating these two approaches, 3D structures can be created that would be impossible to fabricate by other means. Although much of Lewis’s work focuses on colloidal-based materials, the techniques can be used with many other systems.

These successful ink designs require deep fundamental understanding of the phase behavior, structure, and rheological properties of complex fluids. More broadly, Lewis made several important foundational contributions, most significantly in the areas of colloidal stabilization and assembly. Roughly a decade ago, she discovered a new colloidal stabilization mechanism known as nanoparticle haloing, which arises in binary mixtures composed of negligibly charged microspheres and highly charged nanoparticles. She then used these novel mixtures to assemble colloidal crystals via an epitaxial templating approach and, more recently, to create patterned colloidal films by evaporative lithography.

Lewis received a BS degree with honors from the University of Illinois (1986) and an ScD degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1991) and joined the faculty of UIUC in fall 1990. She has over 150 publications and eight US patents. Her honors include NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow Award (1994); Brunauer Award (2003) from the American Ceramic Society; Langmuir Lecture Award, American Chemical Society (2009); and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2012).

Miquel B. Salmeron named 2012 MRS Medalist for surface science studies

The Materials Research Society has named Miquel B. Salmeron of the University of California–Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as MRS Medalist. He was cited for his “contribution to the molecular level understanding of material surfaces under ambient conditions of gas pressure and temperature made possible by the development and application of Ambient Pressure Photo-Electron Spectroscopy (APPES), which revealed the chemical structure of liquids, catalysts surfaces and nanoparticles during environmental reaction conditions.” Salmeron will be recognized during the awards ceremony at the 2012MRS Fall Meeting in Boston.

Traditionally, research on surfaces has been largely based on the use of electrons, atoms, and ions that require research to be carried out under high vacuumconditions. Salmeron developed, in the 1990s, ambient pressure photo electron spectroscopy (APPES), which advances the understanding of surface science in realistic gas environments.

With the development of APPES, researchers can use the surface and chemical sensitivity of electron spectroscopies to obtain information at high pressures based on core-level excitations, often providing critical information that cannot be obtained from other high-pressure techniques. Since the introduction of this instrument in 2002, Salmeron and his group have resolved some key surface science questions such as the structure of ice during premelting, the segregation of anions to the surface of saline solutions, wetting of water on oxide surfaces, oxidation of noble metals, and surface reconstruction of catalytically active surfaces at high pressures. The APPES technique has been particularly valuable in industrial research for probing the chemical nature of surfaces in real world environments. Today, the APPES technique has been commercialized by two companies and has been adopted by more than 10 synchrotron facilities around the world.

Salmeron received his BA degree from the University of Barcelona (1967) and his PhD degree from the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid, Spain (1975), both in physics. In 1984, he moved to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a Divisional Fellow, becoming a senior scientist in 1990 and where he served as director of the Materials Science Division through August of this year. He joined the faculty at UC–Berkeley as an adjunct professor in 2006. He has 390 publications and four US patents. His honors include Fellow of the American Physical Society (1996) and of the American Vacuum Society (2003); the Klaus Halbach Award for the development of innovative instrumentation (2004); the MedardWelch Award of the American Vacuum Society and the Langmuir Lectureship Award of the American Chemical Society, both in 2008; and the Outstanding Lecturer Award, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (2010).

John P. Perdew receives 2012 Materials Theory Award for density functional theory

The Materials Research Society has named John P. Perdew of Tulane University in New Orleans, La., as the recipient of the 2012 Materials Theory Award for his “pioneering contributions to the fundamental development and nonempirical approximations in density functional theory.” Perdew will be recognized during the awards ceremony at the 2012 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston.The Materials Theory Award, endowed by Toh-Ming Lu and Gwo-ChingWang, “recognizes exceptional advances made by materials theory to the fundamental understanding of the structure and behavior of materials.”

In 1998, Walter Kohn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his 1964–1965 development of the density functional theory (DFT), recognizing a decisivemilestone in the understanding of the behaviors of complexmulti-electron and many-atomic systems. From there, Perdew and his colleagues helped build up the framework from first principles to resolve remaining challenges in materials science.For example, with David Langreth in The 1970s, Perdew derived the adiabatic connection formula, which expresses the exchange-correlation energy in terms of the exchange-correlation hole around an electron. Combining the adiabatic formula with the fluctuation-dissipation theorem, they also proposed the random phase approximation in a density functional context 30 years before its current popularity.With Mel Levy in the 1980s, he derived many analytic properties of the exact density functional, including scaling equalities and inequalities as well as the derivative discontinuity at integer electron number and its contribution to the fundamental bandgap. With Kieron Burke and Matthias Ernzerh of in the 1990s, Perdew developed a standard generalized gradient approximation in an article now cited more than 23,000 times. With the numerous approximations Perdew has introduced into the literature, thousands of researchers have been able to perform ever more accurate first-principles DFT calculations and simulations for many properties of many materials and molecules.

Perdew received his PhD degree from Cornell University (1971). He has over 260 publications. His honors include election to the International Academy of Molecular Sciences (2003) and the National Academy of Sciences (2011).

Dan Shechtman to give plenary address on quasicrystals at 2012 MRS Fall Meeting

Nobel laureate Dan Shechtman of the Technion in Haifa, Israel, and Iowa State University, will give the plenary talk on “Quasicrystals: Discovery, structure, property and uses,” at the 2012 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting in Boston. His talk will outline the discovery of quasicrystals and discuss their structure as well as some of their properties and uses. The presentation will be given on Monday, Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Boston Hotel & Towers.

Shechtman made the discovery in 1982, followed by the unpopular announcement in 1984, of the first quasiperiodic crystal that revolutionized the understanding of the atomic order of solids.“QCs are ordered materials, but their atomic order is quasiperiodic rather than periodic, enabling formation of crystal symmetries, such as icosahedral symmetry, which cannot exist in periodic materials,” Shechtman said. While Shechtman faced nearly a decade of harsh resistance from the crystallography community, research persisted, producing the publication of a large volume of experimental and theoretical studies. In 2011, Shechtman received the Nobel prize in Chemisry for his work on quasicrystals.

After receiving his doctorate degree from the Technion, Shechtman was an NRC fellow at the Aerospace Research Laboratories of Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. In 1975, he joined the Department of Materials Engineering at the Technion where he is currently a distinguished professor, and in 2004, Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory. He is a member of several academies, including the National Academy of Engineering, and he is an honorary member of professional societies around the globe. He has been awarded many prizes, including the Wolf Prize in Physics, the Gregori Aminoff Prize of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Hotels in Boston

The 2012 MRS Fall Meeting will be held at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. For your convenience, special room rates have been arranged at the following hotels. Rooms are limited at these rates, so make your reservations early. Reservations can be made online at

Discounted Reservation Deadline: November 2, 2012

■ Sheraton Boston Hotel
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■ The Westin, Copley Place Boston
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■ The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers
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50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
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■ Hilton Boston Back Bay
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■ Embassy Suites Boston at Logan Airport
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207 Porter Street
Boston, MA 02128

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