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Piezotronics and Piezophototronics (Dec 12, 2018 12:00 PM)


Green Cards for Scientific Researchers—How to Win Your EB-1/NIW Case!

Interested in getting a permanent Green Card to work in the United States? Generally, a foreign national seeking permanent residence through employment must be sponsored by his or her employer, who must complete the PERM Labor Certification process before sponsoring the foreign national for an immigrant visa.

From start to finish, the PERM process can take six months or longer. However, there are numerous routes to an employment-based permanent residence that do not require PERM Labor Certification, thereby allowing foreign nationals and their employers to avoid this complicated process while also potentially significantly reducing wait time to obtain employment-based permanent residence.

This presentation will cover and compare the criteria for EB-1A classification for foreign nationals of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, EB-1B classification for foreign nationals who are outstanding researchers and professors, and the National Interest Waiver (“NIW”) Category.

Sponsored and presented by Getson & Schatz

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Materials for Carbon Capture Technologies

Human activities over the last quarter-millennium have led to a dramatic increase in atmospheric CO2 concentrations, causing unprecedented global warming and climate change. Carbon-capture technologies that can remove CO2 from industrial sources or directly from the air can reverse these trends, provided novel materials that can separate CO2 selectively and energy-efficiently can be developed. The April, 2022 issue of MRS Bulletin highlights promising new materials for CO2 capture, including solid sorbents, liquid solvents, and membranes, as well as new approaches for accelerated design of such materials based on machine learning.

This webinar will feature talks from several authors from the MRS Bulletin issue, and an interactive Q&A session will follow each talk.


  • Direct Air Capture by Membranes
    Shigenori Fujikawa, Kyushu University
  • Development of Sorbent Materials for the Direct Air Capture (DAC) of CO2
    Xiaoyang Shi, Columbia University
  • Accelerated Discovery of Porous Materials for Carbon Capture by Machine Learning: A Review
    Yunchao Xie, University of Missouri

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Materials Development for the COVID-19 Pandemic

The ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic situation since early 2020 has led to numerous challenges in efforts to respond to the pandemic, including availability of PPE (Personal protective equipment), ventilators, and space in hospitals, reliability of diagnostic testing, and effective treatments for varied symptoms. Clinicians, scientists, and engineers have pursued heroic research efforts to curb the pandemic. The September 2021 theme issue of MRS Bulletin examines several research areas involving the development of materials for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of COVID-19. This includes materials science and engineering approaches to develop methods for disinfecting PPE to address shortages, rapid and reliable diagnostic tests, biomaterial-based vaccines, and nanomaterial-based treatments.

The talks in this webinar will cover some of these aspects. An interactive Q&A session and discussions will follow the presentations.

Talk Presentations

  • Recent developments in filtration media and respirator technology in response to COVID-19
    Peter Wang, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Talk begins at 6:19
  • Nucleic acid delivery and nanoparticle design for COVID vaccines
    Jason Andreson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Talk begins at 36:15

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Green Cards for Scientific Researchers: How to win your EB-1/NIW case

Learn everything you need to know about the U.S. immigration system and how to maximize your chances of winning a green card in the EB-1/NIW categories.

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Frontier Non-Equilibrium Materials Science Enabled by Ultrafast Electron Methods

Talk Presentations:

  • Ultrafast Visualization of Phase Transitions in Nonequilibrium Warm Dense Matter
    Mianzhen Mo, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
    Talk begins at 15:54
  • Properties on Demand in Quantum Materials: Using External Perturbations to Control Material Properties
    Nuh Gedik, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Talk beings at 37:11
  • Revealing Momentum-dependent Electron-phonon and Phonon-phonon Coupling in Complex Materials with Ultrafast Electron Diffuse Scattering
    Hermann A. Durr, Uppsala University
    Talk begins at 58:06

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MRS Career Discovery Series: Focus on Flexible & Wearable Electronics

Research and innovation in flexible and wearable electronics has advanced significantly in recent years, as materials scientists and engineers have made great inroads in this exciting field. As our knowledge of how to harness the power of materials to create and implement sensors that can monitor our health and other vital parameters has expanded, so have career opportunities. In this lively panel discussion, we will highlight the growing area of flexible and wearable electronics within the MS&E world and showcase the challenges and opportunities in this arena. We will share career prospects for this area, including career paths and jobs, entry points, requisite skills, and most importantly, how and why materials scientists and engineers can contribute to this revolution.

The MRS Career Discovery Series will provide a snapshot into career paths available to researchers within a given topical area in materials science and engineering. While aspects of the science within those fields will be discussed, emphasis will be placed on career prospects in the area including requisite skills needed, challenges and opportunities in the field, and pros and cons of working in each sector.

Upcoming sessions will take place on September 8 and November 16; a full list of session topics will be announced shortly.

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Materials Science for Quantum Computing

Quantum computing technology has seen rapid advancements in demonstrations of both individual qubit device performance as well as small-scale system demonstrations. Recent advances and opportunities in materials science for quantum computing include issues in synthesis and fabrication, materials characterization, and simulation. The July, 2021 issue of MRS Bulletin will highlight these opportunities, which can aid in the future of this burgeoning industrial sector as well as a productive research outlook with respect to investments and collaborations.

This webinar will expand on the MRS Bulletin issue with talks from leading experts in the field. Each talk will be followed by a Q&A session with the speaker.

Talk Presentations:

  • Atomic-Precision Advanced Manufacturing for Si Quantum Computing
    Ezra Bussmann and Shashank Misra, Sandia National Lab
    Talk begins at 9:01
  • Novel Characterization of the Quantum States of Single-spin Qubits
    Benoit Voisin, University of New South Wales - Sydney
    Talk begins at 39:04
  • Characterization and Control of Diamond Surfaces for Qubits and Novel Materials Probes
    Shimon Kolkowitz, University of Wisconsin - Madison
    Nathalie de Leon and Lila Rodgers, Princeton University
    Talk begins at 1:03:20

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Smart Materials and Devices for Electronic Textiles

Electronic textiles (e-textiles) refers to textiles that are integrated with electronic components and systems, and provide electronic active functions. Research in e-textiles has rapidly expanded in recent years due to rapid progress in novel nanotechnologies, smart materials, miniaturization of devices and chips, low power communication strategies, and the pursuit of intelligent human-machine interfaces. The articles in the June 2021 issue of MRS Bulletin highlight some of the latest developments in smart materials and devices used for e-textiles. The talks in this webinar will complement the articles in the MRS Bulletin issue.

Talk presentations:

  • Conducting materials as building blocks for electrionic textiles
    Christian Müller, Chalmers University of Technology
    Talk begins at 07:24
  • Smart textile triboelectric nanogenerators: current status and perspectives
    Zhong Lin Wang, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Talk begins at 37:49
  • Thread-based Wearable Devices
    Sameer R. Sonkusale, Tufts University
    Talk begins at 51:32

  • Zijian Zheng, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Shenzhen Research Institute

Materials Developments in Battery Safety

Lithium-ion batteries represent the most significant current technology for high-energy rechargeable batteries; however, there remain many safety concerns associated with them. These concerns are further magnified when addressing large, high-energy battery systems for grid-scale, electric vehicle, and aviation applications. The May, 2021 issue of MRS Bulletin focuses on system-level battery issues and emergent technology efforts to improve Li-ion battery performance in larger systems. The talks in this webinar will complement the articles in this issue of MRS Bulletin; they will overview some of these safety issues and explore fundamental understanding as well as solutions.


  • Battery Safety Physics & Analytics 
    Partha P. Mukherjee, Purdue University
    Talk begins at 6:52
  • Challenges and Needs for System-level Lithium-ion Battery Management and Diagnostics
    Tanvir Tanim, Idaho National Laboratory
    Talk begins at 38:37
  • Thermophysical Abuse Couplings in Batteries: From Electrodes to Cells
    Daniel Steingart, Columbia University
    Talk begins at 1:03:36

Sponsored by CAMECA, Gatan and Rigaku


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Multifunctional materials for emerging technologies

This presentation focuses on structure property/relationships in advanced materials, emphasizing multifunctional systems that exhibit multiple functionalities. Such systems are then used as building blocks for the fabrication of various emerging technologies. In particular, nanostructured materials synthesized via the bottom–up approach present an opportunity for future generation low cost manufacturing of devices.  

We focus in particular on recent developments in solar technologies that aim to address the energy challenge, including third generation photovoltaics, solar hydrogen production, luminescent solar concentrators and other optoelectronic devices.

Presented by National Tsing Hua University

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