Porous Carbon and Carbonaceous Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage

Growing awareness of increasing global population and energy demand, diminishing supplies of fossil fuels, proliferating environmental pollution, and climate change has driven rapid developments in materials research in energy conversion and storage.


MRS President Sean Hearne on advocating on behalf of the materials research community

Many of us receive at least some, if not all, of our research funds from governmental agencies. These grants may be for advancing the forefronts of existing technologies or for creating a new phase of matter or compound for yet-to-be-discovered applications.


Perspectives on Crinkle-Ruga Structures and Their Novel Properties

Mechanical deformations, such as buckling, crumpling, wrinkling, and delamination, are usually considered threats to mechanical integrity, which are to be avoided or reduced in the design of materials and structures.


Calling all postdocs … find out more about the MRS Bulletin Postdoctoral Publication Prize

Professional societies, such as the Materials Research Society (MRS), are making strides toward helping postdoctoral researchers in their careers. MRS has instituted postdoctoral awards and other opportunities to engage postdocs, including involvement in various volunteer activities within MRS, publications, and conferences.


Storing Energy: The race for sustainable solutions

One of the biggest challenges facing the energy sector is how to store our energy when it’s not being used so that we can satisfy the peaks and troughs of our daily energy demands.…


Better, Faster, Stronger: Building Batteries That Don’t Go Boom

Lithium ion batteries hold incredible promise for improved storage capacity, but they are volatile. Much of the problem arises from the use of flammable liquid electrolyte inside the battery. One approach is to use a non-flammable solid electrolyte together with a lithium metal electrode.


Materials Science to Empower Quantum Information Technologies

Quantum materials have exotic physical properties that arise from quantum mechanical or topological properties of their electrons. These materials display novel surface properties, magnetic effects, and optical properties, and are expected to lead to, for example, qubits with enhanced coherence times and sensors with unprecedented accuracy.


2018 MRS Communications Lecture: The electronic wonders of melanin

We are delighted to announce to Clara Santato, Polytechnique Montréal, has been awarded the 2018 MRS Communications Lecture.