PRESS INVITATION 2016 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit


Rachel Fornataro
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
Materials Research Society
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The Materials Research Society (MRS) invites you to attend its 2016 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit—our inaugural event in Phoenix, Arizona. Over 5,000 materials scientists from more than 80 countries will converge at the Phoenix Convention Center from March 28 – April 1, 2016, to share ideas, present technical information, and contribute to the advancement of materials research. With a record-breaking 63 symposia in six topical clusters, award talks, special events and more, this looks to be one of our best Spring Meetings yet!

The program is an exciting mix of well-established, popular topics and leading-edge research that captures the extraordinary progress in materials science and technology, with topics including:

  • Characterization and Modeling of Materials
  • Energy and Environment
  • Electronics and Photonics
  • Materials Design
  • Nanotechnology
  • Soft Materials and Biomaterials

In addition to the technical Meeting, a large-scale Exhibition featuring over 125 international exhibitors from all sectors of the global materials science and engineering communities will be held Tuesday through Thursday on the Lower Level of the Phoenix Convention Center.

Join us in Phoenix and don’t miss a minute of the action. Featured events include:


  • MRS Communications Lecture
    David C. Martin, University of Delaware
    Molecular design, synthesis and characterization of conjugated polymers for interfacing electronic biomedical devices with living tissue


  • Plenary Session Featuring the Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Materials Science
    Cato Laurencin, University of Connecticut
    Regenerative Engineering: Convergence Built Upon Materials Science
  • Society Meet-Up
    Open to all Meeting attendees, this social networking event immediately follows the Symposium X presentation in the Exhibit Hall. This is a great opportunity to “Meet Up” with both new and old colleagues.
  • Government Agency Presentations
    Talks from representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office and Office of Basic Energy Sciences, and the National Science Foundation—Division of Materials Research.
  • Science as Art Competition
    Tuesday and Wednesday, visit the scientific image “art gallery” and vote for your favorite entry. The winning pieces of artwork and prizes will be awarded Wednesday afternoon.


  • iMatSci—Innovation in Materials Science
    Come watch as an international pool of materials-based innovators demonstrate the practical applications of their technologies. These startups will be judged by professional technology innovators and compete for cash prizes.


  • Innovation in Materials Characterization Award Talk
    Niels de Jonge, INM–Leibniz Institute for New Materials
    Frances M. Ross, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
    Chongmin Wang, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
    Transmission Electron Microscopy of Specimens and Processes in Liquid
  • Outstanding Young Investigator Award Talks
    Dino Di Carlo, University of California, Los Angeles
    Microstructured Materials for Cell Analysis and Regeneration
    Timothy J. White, Air Force Research Laboratory
    Programming Liquid Crystal Elastomers—Elasticity, Actuation and Beyond
  • Government Agency Presentations
    Talks from representatives of the National Institute of Standards and Technology—Materials Science and Engineering Division; Army Research Office—Physical Properties of Materials; and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency—Defense Science Office.

Of course, this is just a small sampling of the information that will be presented at the 2016 MRS Spring Meeting. Visit for the most up-to-date information.

We hope you’ll join us in person. Register today for you complimentary PRESS PASS!


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