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The Materials Research Society announces awards

The Materials Research Society (MRS) announces recipients for the 2022 Innovation in Materials Characterization Award, Mid-Career Researcher Award, MRS Impact Award, Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award, MRS Postdoctoral Awards, and the MRS Communications Lecture.

The MRS Communications Lecture was presented at the 2022 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit on May 9 in Honolulu, Hawai‛i. The Awards and Recognition Program was held at the Meeting later that evening, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, followed by Lightning Talks and Panel Discussion with the other award recipients. Both events were livestreamed for the Virtual Experience. Access the Meeting website for more information: mrs.org/spring2022.

Innovation in Materials Characterization Award

Annamaria Petrozza, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

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Citation: For the development and innovative use of time-resolved carrier dynamics measurements, from sub-picoseconds to milliseconds, to fundamentally advance our understanding of the photo-physics of metal-halide perovskites, leading to materials and devices of improved stability.

Annamaria Petrozza received her PhD degree in physics from the University of Cambridge, UK, with a thesis on the study of optoelectronic processes at organic and hybrid semiconductors interfaces under the supervision of J.S. Kim and Sir R.H. Friend. She then worked as a research scientist at the Sharp Laboratories of Europe, Ltd on the development of new market competitive solar-cell technologies. In 2010, Petrozza joined the newly founded Center for Nano Science and Technology (CNST) of the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, where, since 2013, she leads the “Advanced Materials for Optoelectronics” Research Line at CNST. She received the “Innovators Under 35 Italy 2014” Award by the MIT Technology Review for her pioneering work on perovskites. She has been selected among the “Emerging Investigators 2017” by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Since 2018, Petrozza is nominated as “Highly Cited Researcher” (cross field) by Clarivate Analytics. From February 2019 to February 2020, she served as associate editor at Sustainable Energy & Fuels (RSC). Currently she serves as senior editor at ACS Energy Letters.

MRS acknowledges the generosity of Professors Gwo-Ching Wang and Toh-Ming Lu for endowing this award.

Mid-Career Researcher Award

Molly Stevens, Imperial College London

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Citation: For innovative biosensing nanomaterials technologies for point-of-care disease diagnostics.

Molly Stevens, FREng, FRS is Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine in the Department of Materials and the Department of Bioengineering, and the Research Director for Biomedical Material Sciences at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London. Her multidisciplinary research balances the investigation of fundamental science with the development of technology to address some of the major healthcare challenges. Her work has been instrumental in elucidating the biomaterial interfaces. She has created a broad portfolio of designer biomaterials for applications in disease diagnostics and regenerative medicine. Stevens holds numerous leadership positions including Director of the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform “Smart Acellular Materials” Hub and Deputy Director of the Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration in Early-Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases.

MRS acknowledges the generosity of MilliporeSigma for endowing this award.

MRS Impact Award

Kwadwo Osseo-Asare, The Pennsylvania State University

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Citation: For sustained contributions to building a global materials science and engineering community that spans continents from Africa to the Americas.

Kwadwo Osseo-Asare is Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and Energy and Mineral Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He received BS, MS and PhD degrees in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include aqueous processing: materials synthesis and processing, nanoparticle synthesis, purification and assembly, wet processing in semiconductor fabrication, chemical–mechanical polishing, surface cleaning, and finishing, hydrometallurgy, separation science and technology, environmental systems, applied aqueous chemistry, interfacial and colloidal phenomena, surfactant science, semiconductor electrochemistry, and thermodynamic modeling.

Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award

Prineha Narang, Harvard University

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Citation: For critical advances in the understanding of materials physics, optical sciences, and topology for the prediction and design of quantum materials.

Prineha Narang is an assistant professor at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University. Prior to joining the faculty, Narang came to Harvard as a Ziff Fellow at the Harvard University Center for the Environment, and worked as a research scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She received MS and PhD degrees in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology. Her work has been recognized by many awards and special designations including the Mildred Dresselhaus Prize, Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, a Max Planck Sabbatical Award from the Max Planck Society, the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics Young Scientist Prize in Computational Physics all in 2021, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2020, being named a Moore Inventor Fellow by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation for pioneering innovations in quantum science, CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, and a Top Innovator by MIT Technology Review. Outside of science, she is an avid triathlete and runner.

MRS Postdoctoral Awards

Mattia Biesuz, Università di Trento

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Citation: For fundamental contribution to the knowledge and development of flash sintering phenomena and processes in ceramics.

Mattia Biesuz is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the Università di Trento, Italy, where he also received his academic degrees. Biesuz’s research interests include flash sintering, cold sintering, polymer-derived ceramics, ceramics joining, and high-entropy materials.


Aditya Sood, Stanford University

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Citation: For pioneering correlated dynamic structure and transport studies, and the discovery of a new electrically-triggered metastable phase in an operating device.

Aditya Sood is a postdoctoral research scientist at the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences at Stanford University and SLAC National Laboratory, working with professors Aaron Lindenberg and William Chueh. He received his BTech degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and PhD degree from Stanford University, both in materials science and engineering. His doctorate work was done under the supervision of Kenneth Goodson in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford, in close collaboration with the group of Eric Pop in electrical engineering. Sood’s interests lie at the intersection of thermal transport, nanoelectronics, and ultrafast physics, with a focus on visualizing and controlling atomistic dynamics across a range of technologically relevant time scales. His awards include the Batra Gold Medal from IIT Kanpur (2011), the Gold Graduate Student Award from the Materials Research Society (2017), and the Linac Coherent Light Source Young Investigator Award from SLAC National Laboratory (2021).

MRS acknowledges the Jiang Family Foundation and MTI Corporation for their generous contribution to support this award.

MRS Communications Lecture

Andreas Lendlein, University of Potsdam

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Co-author of “Bio-inspired and computer-supported design of modulated shape changes in polymer materials.”

Andreas Lendlein is Professor of Materials in Life Sciences at the University of Potsdam. After receiving his doctoral degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, he worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and completed his habilitation at RWTH Aachen University. His research interests are design and fabrication of multifunctional materials with emphasis given to shape-memory polymers, actuators, biopolymer-based material systems and structured degradable biomaterials, digital design, and manufacturing. Biomaterial-based regenerative therapies, controlled drug delivery systems, health technologies, and robotics are his recent interests in translational research. Lendlein has published more than 740 peer-reviewed papers, is an inventor on approximately 330 issued patents and published patent applications, and received more than 20 awards for his scientific work and his achievements as an entrepreneur. He is a Fellow of the Materials Research Society, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and the Controlled Release Society; founding editor-in-chief of the journal Multifunctional Materials; and serves on the Executive Advisory Board of Wiley–VCH’s Macromolecular journals.

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