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Yaghi Wins Royal Society of Chemistry Award

Lab materials scientist Omar Yaghi is the society’s Spiers Memorial Award winner for 2017. The award recognizes outstanding contribution to the chemical sciences. Award winners are evaluated for the originality and impact of their research as well as the quality of the results. More>

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Scientists Help Thin-Film Ferroelectrics Go Extreme

Scientists have created the first-ever polarization gradient in thin-film ferroelectrics, greatly expanding the range of functional temperatures for a key material used in a variety of everyday applications. The discovery could pave the way for developing devices capable of supporting wireless communications in extreme environments. More>

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Materials Scientist Marvin Cohen Receives Franklin Medal

The Franklin Institute Awards were founded in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin in 1824. Cohen was recognized “for making possible atomic-scale calculations of the properties of materials so detailed that new materials and their mechanical, thermal, electrical and optical properties can be predicted in agreement with experiments.” More>

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MSD Hosts Workshop on ‘New Scientific Directions With Ultrafast Electrons’

A range of topics was covered at the May 5 event, from femtosecond electron diffraction from molecules in the gas phase and 2D condensed matter, to imaging high-velocity acoustic phonons and materials transformations with ultrafast electron microscopy. The Lab is focused on developing tools that significantly augment existing core materials and chemical sciences programs. More>

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MSD’s Rob Ritchie Elected as Fellow of the Royal Society

Ritchie is one of 10 new foreign members to receive this prestigious recognition for their outstanding contributions to science. He was recognized for his “research into the mechanics and micro-mechanisms of fracture and fatigue of a broad range of structural and biological materials, where he has provided a microstructural basis for their damage-tolerance and fatigue resistance.” More>

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John Clarke Named to American Philosophical Society

Clarke, an affiliate in the Materials Sciences Division, was recognized for his work on superconductivity, particularly the development and application of ultrasensitive SQUIDs (superconducting quantum interference devices). The APS, the first learned society in the United States, was established more than 250 years. More>

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Scientists Discover New Atomically Layered, Thin Magnet 

Scientists have found an unexpected magnetic property in a 2-D material. The new atomically thin, flat magnet could have major implications for a wide range of applications, such as nanoscale memory, spintronic devices, and magnetic sensors. More>

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Scientists Pull Water Out of Thin Air

Berkeley and MIT scientists have demonstrated breakthrough technology capable of generating liters of water out of dry air using the power of the sun. The development is a major step toward a future of personal, off-grid sources of water. More>

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Gabor Somorjai Wins ACS Richards Medal

Gabor Somorjai of the Materials Sciences Division is the recipient of the 2016 Theodore William Richards Medal. The award by the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society (NESACS) is given for “conspicuous achievements in chemistry.” Somorjai received the award, the oldest and most prestigious of NESACS, at the society’s recent meeting at Harvard University. More>

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Yablonovitch Receives Cherry Award for Solar Cell Research

Eli Yablonovitch of the Materials Sciences Division has received the William R. Cherry Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He was recognized for “contributions in research, engineering and entrepreneurship to realize photovoltaic technologies capturing the “ins and outs” of photons and application of these technologies in silicon and III-V solar cells.” More>

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