2014 MRS Fall Meeting

Sunday, November 30, 2014 to Friday, December 5, 2014
Boston, MA

Conference Website


The following public outreach and professional development events are co-sponsored by the NISE Network, NSF, and the Materials Research Society Foundation

Public Outreach Center Booths

  • Public Outreach Center Booths (including the NISE Network / NanoDays booth)
    date/time TBD

Public Outreach Presentations

  • The Amazing NanoBrothers Juggling Show
    Tuesday December 2
    5:00- 5:30 pm
    Location: TBD


Student Mixer

  • date/time TBD
    Are you ready to be amused while challenging your science expertise? Do you want an opportunity to relax with your old friends and make some new ones? Join us at the Student Mixer for good food and drink while exploring interactive science activities.  Sponsored by the NISE Network.


Professional Development

  • Science Writing Workshop

    Learn the techniques required to take any story—a news story, journalistic article, blog entry or profile of a scientist—to the next level with the MRS Science Writing Workshop!

    You are invited to attend this free, one-day writing workshop, which will be held on Sunday, November 30, in parallel with the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston*.

    The workshop will offer tips, opportunities, challenges and guidelines to help you create a high-grade, engaging science article. By exploring various categories of journalistic science writing, you will learn writing strategies that enhance the art of storytelling. The workshop will also demonstrate questioning techniques, strategies and technical tools that improve interviewing skills.

    The Science Writing Workshop is limited to 15 participants, and applications are accepted until September 17, 2014.

    *Please note: You do not need to be registered for the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting to attend the Science Writing Workshop.

    Visit www.mrs.org/science-writing-workshops for workshop outline, application forms, and the most up-to-date information.


Symposia of particular interest to NISE Network members may include:

  • Symposium FF: Materials as Tools for Sustainability 
  • Symposium AAA: Undergraduate Research in Materials Science-Impacts and Benefits


Symposium FF: Materials as Tools for Sustainability 

The 2014 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit, planned for November 30 - December 5, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts, includes a Sustainability Symposium that focuses on topics of interest in education and social implications —Symposium FF: Materials as Tools for Sustainability

More Information:

Symposium Organizers

John Abelson, University of Illinois-Urbana
Laura Espinal, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Enrico Traversa, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Claes-Goran Granqvist, Uppsala University

Tutorial FF: Materials for Sustainable Development
Sunday, November 30
1-5 p.m. 
Hynes, Level 2, Room 203

  • Introduction, and the Role of Materials in Sustainability
    Instructor: Martin L. Green, National Institute of Standards and Technology, USA
  • Design for Minimum Ecological Footprint—Streamlined LCA Combined with Materials Selection for Sustainability
    Instructor: John Abelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

  • Critical Materials for Energy
    Instructor: Alan J. Hurd, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA

FF1: Focus on Sustainability: The Research / Corporate Nexus
Monday AM, December 1, 2014
Hynes, Level 2, Room 203

  • 8:00 AM - *FF1.01 
    Materials Science for the Anthropocene, Martin  Green1.
    1,  Materials Measurement Science Division, NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA.
  • 8:30 AM - *FF1.02, Materials Research and Sustainability, Mary  Galvin1.
    1,  , National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia, USA.
  • 9:00 AM - *FF1.03, Engaging the Public in Constructive Conversations about the Future of Technology, Jameson  Wetmore1.
    1,  Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA.
  • 9:30 AM - *FF1.04, Why be Good? The Role of Stakeholder Relations in Corporate Sustainability Practices, Michael  Barnett1.
    1,  Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, USA.
  • ​10:00 AM -Break

FF2: Roundtable on Corporate Social Responsibility

  • 10:30 AM -CSR Roundtable I
  • 11:15 AM -CSR Roundtable II

FF3: Sustainability Challenges and Approaches

  •  1:30 PM - *FF3.01, A Chemistry Perspective on Materials Sustainability, D.  Constable1.
    1,  , ACS Green Chemistry Institute, Washington, District of Columbia, USA.
  • 2:00 PM - FF3.02, Human Health Considerations as an Integral Component of Sustainable Materials Design: Industry Change and New Research Opportunities, Ashley  A.  White1. 1,  , U.S. Green Building Council, San Francisco, California, USA.
  • 2:15 PM - FF3.03, Tools for Sustainable Development of Impoverished Areas, Jameson  Wetmore1 2.
    1,  Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA; 2,  School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA.
  • 2:30 PM - FF3.04, Organic Polymer Light-Emitting Diodes: An Economic, Environmental, and Efficiency Assessment, Catrice  M  Carter2, Xiaojun  Wang1 3, Sivarampragadeesh  Siva2, Deirdre  O'Carroll2 3., 1,  , Jilin University, Nanguan, Changchun, Jilin, China; 2,  Materials Science & Engineering, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA; 3,  Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA.
  • 2:45 PM -Break

FF4: Membranes 

  • 3:15 PM - *FF4.01, Materials for Membranes and Water Sustainability, Suzana  Nunes1., 1,  Water Desalination and Reuse, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
  • 3:45 PM - FF4.02, Novel Hydrophobic Ionic Liquid Based Polymer for Membrane Pervaporative Enrichment of 1,3 Propanediol from Aqueous Solutions, Baishali  Kanjilal1, Iman  Noshadi2, Richard  Parnas1 2., 1,  Institute of Material Sciences, Polymer Program, University of Connecticut, Wilimatic, Connecticut, USA; 2,  Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA.
  • 4:00 PM - FF4.03, Theoretical Study of Molecule Separation in Nanoporous Materials for Realization Sustainable Future, Rodion  Belosludov1, Yoshiyuki  Kawazoe2 3., 1,  Tohoku University, Institute for Materials Research, Sendai, Miyagi, Japan; 2,  , New Industry Hatchery Center, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan; 3,  , Kutateladze Institute of Thermophysics, SB RAS, Novosibirsk, Russian Federation.
  • 4:15 PM - FF4.04, Fouling Resistant, High Flux Membranes Using Self-Assembling Zwitterionic Copolymers, Prity  Bengani1, Ayse  Asatekin1., 1,  Chemical and Biological Engineering, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, USA.
  • 4:30 PM - FF4.05, Investigation of Novel Opuntia Ficus-Indica Mucilage Nanofiber Membrane Filtration for Water Systems, Sylvia  W Thomas1, Norma  A. Alcantar2, Fei  Guo2, Daniela  Stebbins2,Manopriya  Devisetty Subramanyam1, Hrudaychand  Katakam1, Samuel  Perez1, Rasudha  Muppaneni1., 1,  Electrical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA; 2,  Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, University Of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, USA.

FF5: Adsorbent Materials
Tuesday AM, December 2, 2014

Hynes, Level 2, Room 203

  • 8:30 AM - *FF5.01, Carbon Materials for Sustainable Technologies, James  M  Tour1., 1,  Smalley Institute and Chemistry Dept., Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA.
  • 9:00 AM - FF5.02, Hierarchical Micro/Mesoporous Nitrogen-Doped Carbon for Post-Combustion CO2Capture, Jiajun  He1, John  To2, Jianguo  Mei2, Zhenan  Bao2, Jennifer  Wilcox1. 1,  Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA; 2,  Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA.
  • 9:15 AM - FF5.03, Intercalation and Retention of Carbon Dioxide in a Smectite Clay at Near-Ambient Conditions, Leander  Michels1, Zbigniew  Rozynek2, Henrik  Hemmen1, Karin  Rustenberg1, Kenneth  Knudsen3, Marian  Janek4, Tomas  Plivelic5, Geraldo  Jose  da Silva6, Jon  Otto  Fossum1. 1,  Physics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway; 2,  Institute of Physical Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland; 3,  Physics, Institute for Energy Technology, Kjeller, Norway; 4,  Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia; 5,  MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University, Lund, Sweden; 6,  Physics, University of Brasília, Brasília, Brazil.
  • 9:30 AM - FF5.04, Key Structure-Property Relationships in CO2 Capture by Titania-Supported Alkanolamines, Deyu  Lu1, Samuel  A  Tenney1, Niv  Levy1, Kathrin  Mueller2, David  E  Starr3, Feng  He5, Sanjaya  D  Senanayake4, Peter  Sutter1. 1,  Center for Functional Nanomaterials, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York, USA; 2,  Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands; 3,  Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Institut Silizium-Photovoltaik, Berlin, Germany; 4,  Department of Chemistry, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York, USA; 5,  Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA.
  • 9:45 AM - FF5.05, Carbon Nitride Functionalized Reduced Graphene Oxide Aerogel for Selective and Reversible CO2 Capture, Youngtak  Oh2, Viet-Duc  Le1, Hyung-Min  Jin3 2, Ju-Min  Lee3 2. 1,  Graduate School of Nanoscience and Technology, KAIST, Daejeon, Republic of Korea; 2,  Department of Material Science, KAIST, Daejeon, Republic of Korea; 3,  Center for Nanomaterials and Chemical Reactions, Institute for Basic Science, Daejeon, Republic of Korea.
  • 10:00 AM -Break
  • 10:30 AM - *FF5.06, Advanced Structural Characterization of Nanoporous Materials for Sustainable Technologies, Kazuyuki  Nakai2, Ryotaro  Matsuda1. 1,  The Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences, Kyoto Univ., Katura, Kyoto, Japan; 2,  , BEL Japan, Inc, Toyonaka-shi, Osaka, Japan.
  • 11:00 AM - FF5.07, Synthesis of Cotton-Made Activated Carbon Fiber and Its Performance in Adsorbing Organic Dyes and as Eco-Adsorbent for Vapors of Volatile Solvents, Dickon  H. L.  Ng1, Jia  Li2, Ka Lok  Chiu3. 1,  Department of Physics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, Hong Kong; 2,  School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Jinan, Jinan, Shandong, China; 3,  Institute of Textiles and Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong.
  • 11:15 AM - FF5.08, Hybrid Materials Based on Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) and Carbon Molecular Sieves (CMS) for Sustainable Gas Separations, Chen  Zhang1, William  John  Koros1. 1,  School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Tech, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
  • 11:30 AM - FF5.09, Regenerable Cerium Oxide Based Adsorber for Sustainable Indoor Air Purification, Renzo  Annunziato  Raso1, Alexander  Stepuk1, Dirk  Mohn1, Daniela  Paunescu1, Fabian  Koehler1, Wendelin  Jan  Stark1. 1,  Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • 11:45 AM - FF5.10, A Novel Method for Vacuum Adsorption Studies on Zeolites, Vladimir  Martis1, Daniel  Burnett3, Majid  Naderi1, Daryl  Williams2. 1,  Applications Science, Surface Measurement Systems, London, United Kingdom; 2,  Department of Chemical Engineering, Imperial College London, London, England, United Kingdom; 3,  Applications Science, Surface Measurement Systems, Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA.

FF6: Hydrogen, Batteries and Fuel Cells - Part I, 

  •  1:30 PM - *FF6.01, Low Temperature Fuel Cell Developments for a Sustainable Hydrogen-Based-Economy, Emiliana  Fabbri1, Annett  Rabis1, Alexandra  Patru1, Tobias  Binninger1, Xi  Cheng1, Rhiyaad  Mohamed2, Pieter  Levecque2, Olaf  Conrad2, Ruediger  Koetz1, Thomas  Justus  Schmidt1. 1,  , Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen, Switzerland; 2,  , HySA/Catalysis Centre of Competence, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • 2:00 PM - FF6.02, Sustainability Assessment of Energy Storage in Hydrogen Using Regenerative Fuel Cells, Matthew  A.  Pellow1, Christopher  J.M.  Emmott2 3, Charles  J.  Barnhart1, Sally  M.  Benson1 4 5. 1,  Global Climate and Energy Project, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA; 2,  Department of Physics, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom; 3,  Grantham Institute for Climate Change, Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom; 4,  Energy Resources Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA; 5,  Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA.
  • 2:15 PM - FF6.03, Sol-Gel Synthesis of Monodispersed Core-Shell Ferrite Nanoparticles for H2Generation from Thermochemical Water-Splitting, Vinod  Amar1, Jan  Puszynski2, Rajesh  V  Shende1. 1,  Chemical and Biological Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota, USA; 2,  , South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota, USA.
  • 2:30 PM - *FF6.04, Sustainable Hydrogen Production with Disorder-Engineered Oxide Materials, S.  Mao1. 1,  , University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA.
  • 3:00 PM -Break

FF7: Hydrogen, Batteries and Fuel Cells - Part II

  • 3:30 PM - *FF7.01, New Materials to Accelerate the Commercialization of Redox Flow Batteries, Mike  L.  Perry1. 1,  Program Office, United Technologies Research Center, Glastonbury, Connecticut, USA.
  • 4:00 PM - FF7.02, The Reaction Mechanism of Sn2Fe Anode Materials for Lithium-Ion Batteries, Zhixin  Dong1, Ruibo  Zhang1, Qi  Wang1, Natasha  A.  Chernova1, M. Stanley  Whittingham1. 1,  , SUNY at Binghamton, Binghamton, New York, USA.
  • 4:15 PM - *FF7.04, Reducing the Pt Content in Fuel-Cell Electrodes: Reactivity and Stability of Pt/Ceo2 Nanomaterials from First-Principles Modelling, Stefano  Fabris1. 1,  CNR-IOM DEMOCRITOS, National Research Council and SISSA, Trieste, Italy.
  • 4:45 PM - FF7.05, Tungsten Oxide PhotoAnodes Deposited by Pulsed Laser Deposition for Water Splitting Devices, Cristian  Fabrega1, Sebastian  Murcia1, Carles  Ros1, Damian  Monllor-Satoca1, Teresa  Andreu1, Joan Ramon  Morante1 2. 1,  , IREC, Sant Adriad, Spain; 2,  Electronics Department, UB, Barcelona, Spain.

​FF8: Poster Session I: Gas Conversion, Storage, Separations
FF9: Poster Session II: Functionalization, Extraction, Nanotechnology

Tuesday PM, December 2, 2014
Hynes, Level 1, Hall B

  • 8:00 PM - poster session

FF10: Photovoltaics
Wednesday AM, December 3, 2014

Hynes, Level 2, Room 203

  • 8:30 AM - *FF10.01, Insight into the Surface Characterization of the Photoelectrochemical Cell Electrode Materials for Sustainable Solar Fuel Production, Joan  R  Morante1 2. 1,  Advanced Materials for Energy, IREC, Sant Adria del Besos, Spain; 2,  Electronics, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.
  • 9:00 AM - FF10.02, Optical Switching Materials for Reactive Solar Tracking, Harry  Nicholas  Apostoleris1, Matteo  Chiesa1, Marco  Stefancich1., 1,  Materials Science and Engineering, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
  • 9:15 AM - FF10.04, Metals Production Requirements for Large-Scale Photovoltaics Deployment, Goksin  Kavlak1, James  McNerney1, Robert  L.  Jaffe2 3, Jessika  E.  Trancik1., 1,  Engineering Systems Division, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; 2,  Center for Theoretical Physics, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; 3,  Department of Physics, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
  • 9:30 AM - FF10.05, Direct Attachment of PbS Quantum Dots on ZnO Nanostructures for Photovoltaic Applications, Basma  EL Zein1, El Hadj  Dogheche2, Enrico  Traversa1.1,  , King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; 2,  , Institut D'Electronique , Microelectronique et Nanotechnologie (IEMN), Villeneuve D'ascq cedex, Lille, France.
  • 9:45 AM - FF10.06, Green Synthesis and Nanofabrication for Organic Solar Cells, Darren  Lipomi1, Aliaksandr  Zaretski1, Adam  Printz1, Daniel  Burke1.1,  NanoEngineering, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA.
  • 10:00 AM - Break

​FF11: Energy Efficiency

  • 10:30 AM - FF11.01, Chromogenic Fenestration for Energy Efficient Buildings: Recent Progress in Thermochromics and Electrochromics, Claes-Goran  S.  Granqvist1.1,  Department of Engineering Sciences, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
  • 10:45 AM - FF11.02, Prototype Motheye Smart Windows, Alaric  Taylor1, Ivan  Parkin2, Clemens  Tummeltshammer1, Ioannis  Papakonstantinou1.1,  Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University College London, London, London, United Kingdom; 2,  Chemistry, University College London, London, United Kingdom.
  • 11:00 AM - FF11.03, ‘Smart’ Utilization of Solar Radiation in Windows Based on Thermochromic Phase Transitions in Vanadium Dioxide, Sara  C  Barron1, Justin  M  Gorham1, Martin  L  Green1. 1,  , National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA.
  • 11:15 AM - FF11.04, Cu-Zn-S NanoParticles as Building Blocks for Sustainable Thermoelectric Materials
  • Dipali  Ahuja1, Maninder  Singh1, Shunsuke  Nishino1, Derrick  Mott1, Mikio  Koyano1, Shinya  Maenosono1. 1,  School of Materials Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Nomi, Ishikawa, Japan. 
  • 11:30 AM - FF11.05, Synthesis and Characterization of Sustainable Chalcopyrite Thermoelectric Material Using Earth Abundant Elements, Maninder  Singh1, Dipali  Ahuja1, Shunsuke  Nishino1, Derrick  Mott1, Mikio  Koyano1, Shinya  Maenosono1.1,  School of Materials Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Nomi, Ishikawa, Japan.

FF12: Water

  • 1:30 PM - *FF12.01, The Energy-Water Nexus, Eric  Wachsman1. 1,  Energy Research Center, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA.
  • 2:00 PM - FF12.02, Reduction of Water Usage by Photocatalytic Treatment of Reverse Osmosis Concentrate, Sam  Li1, Xuanhao  Lin1. 1,  Chemistry, NUS, Singapore, Singapore.
  • 2:15 PM - FF12.03, Advanced 1D Nanomaterials for Novel High-Efficiency Affordable Water Treatment, Chong  Liu1, Xing  Xie2, Wenting  Zhao1, Yi  Cui1. 1,  MSE, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA; 2,  CEE, Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA.
  • 2:30 PM -Break
  • 3:30 PM - FF12.04, Pollutant Removal in Water Using Porphyrin Based Metal-Organic Frameworks, Minyoung  Yoon1. 1,  Department of Chemistry, Gachon University, Sungnam, Gyunggi-do, Republic of Korea.
  • 3:45 PM - FF12.05, Nanodiamond Powder as Reusable Nontoxic Water Disinfection Material, Abelardo  Colon1, Jennifer  Gil3, Barbara  Avalos2, Rafael  Rios1, Javier  Avalos3, Brad  R.  Weiner4 5, Gerardo  Morell6 5. 1,  Environmental Sciences, UPR Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA; 2,  Biology, UPR Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA; 3,  Physics, UPR Bayamon, Bayamon, Puerto Rico, USA; 4,  Chemistry, UPR Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA; 5,  Institute of Functional Nanomaterials, UPR Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA; 6,  Physics, UPR Rio Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA.
  • 4:00 PM - FF12.06, Enhancement of Salt Rejection and Water Flux by Crosslinking-Induced Microstructure Change of N-Substituted Polybenzimidazole Membranes, Motohiro  Aiba1, Takahiro  Tokuyama2, Hiroki  Tomioka2, Hidetoshi  Matsumoto1, Tomoya  Higashihara3, Mitsuru  Ueda1 3. 1,  Organic and Polymeric Materials, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan; 2,  , Toray Industries Inc., Shiga, Japan; 3,  Department of Polymer Science and Engineering, Yamagata University, Yonezawa, Yamagata, Japan.
  • 4:15 PM - FF12.07, Photoconversion of NOx Species by SnO2/Graphene/Graphene Oxide Composite for Water Treatment Applications, Laura  Lizeth  Mendez Santacruz2 1, Samuel  A.  Escobar Veras2 1, Frank  Mendoza2 1, Dionne  Hernandez2 3, Brad  Weiner2 3, Gerardo  Morell2 1. 1,  Physics, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA; 2,  , Institute for Functional Nanomaterials, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA; 3,  Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA.
  • 4:30 PM - FF12.08, Sustainable Materials for Wastewater Cleaning Prepared from Biowaste Sourced Soluble Substances, Francesca  Deganello1, Maria Laura  Tummino1 2, Maria Luisa  Testa1, Paola  Avetta2, Debora  Fabbri2, Alessandra  Bianco Prevot2, Enzo  Montoneri3, Giuliana  Magnacca2 4. 1,  Istituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati, UOS Palermo, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Palermo, Italy; 2,  , Università di Torino, Torino, Italy; 3,  , Università di Foggia, Foggia, Italy; 4,  , NIS Centre of Excellence, Torino, Italy.
  • 4:45 PM - FF12.09, The Crucial Role of Oxidative Debris on the Adsorption Capacity of Graphene Oxide, Vitor  R.  Coluci1, Tsai  H.  Yu1, Diego  S. T.  Martinez2, Jaqueline  G.  Honorio1, Andreia  F.  de Faria3, Daniel  A.  Morales1, Munir  S.  Skaf4, Oswaldo  L.  Alves3, Gisela  A.  Umbuzeiro1. 1,  , School of Technology, University of Campinas−UNICAMP, Limeira, Brazil; 2,  , Brazilian Nanotechnology National Laboratory, Campinas, SP, Brazil; 3,  Solid State Chemistry Laboratory, Institute of Chemistry, University of Campinas−UNICAMP, Campinas, SP, Brazil; 4,  , Institute of Chemistry, University of Campinas−UNICAMP, Campinas, SP, Brazil.

FF13: Catalysis and Bioconversion
Thursday AM, December 4, 2014

Hynes, Level 2, Room 203

  • 8:30 AM - *FF13.01, Innovative Catalysts for Sustainability, Paolo  Fornasiero1 2 3. 1,  , University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy; 2,  , ICCOM-CNR, Trieste, Italy; 3,  , KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
  • 9:00 AM - FF13.02, Design and Synthesis of Core-Shell Nanostructure for Catalytic Applications, Qiao  "Joe"  Zhang1, Lei  Chen1, Yadong  Yin2.
  • 1,  Institute of Functional Nano & Soft Materials, Soochow University, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China; 2,  Chemistry, University of California Riverside, Riverside, California, USA.
  • 9:15 AM - FF13.03, Catalyst-Free Selective Oxidation of Alkali Lignin in Super- and Subcritical Water, Chris  Lynde1, Debra  Anderson1, Alevtina  Smirnova1. 1,  , South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota, USA.
  • 9:30 AM - FF13.04, Efficient Recycling of Highly Magnetic Enzymes as a Way to Improve Sustainability, Vladimir  Zlateski1, Roland  Fuhrer2, Fabian  Koehler3, Martin  Zeltner1, Wendelin  Stark1, Robert  Grass1. 1,  Institute for Chemical and Bio-Engineering, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland; 2,  , Nanograde AG, Zurich, Switzerland; 3,  , Chemgineering Technology AG, Pratteln, Switzerland.
  • 9:45 AM - FF13.05, Improvement of Ni Catalysts for the Carbon Dioxide Reforming of Methane: Reduction-Oxidation-Reduction Pre-Treatment, Emma  Lovell1, Jason  Scott1, Rose  Amal1. 1,  School of Chemical Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
  • 10:00 AM -Break
  • 10:30 AM - FF13.06, Recent Progress in New Nanocatalysts for Oxygen Reduction Reaction, Shaojun  Guo1. 1,  C-PCS, Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA.
  • 10:45 AM - FF13.07, Cellulose Conversion to Sugar Alcohol by Solution Plasma Processing, Anyarat  Watthanaphanit1 2, Hoonseung  Lee2, Nagahiro  Saito1 3 2.1,  Social Innovation Design Center (SIDC) Institute of Innovation for Future Society, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan; 2,  Department of Materials, Physics and Energy Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan; 3,  Green Mobility Collaborative Research Center, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan.
  • 11:00 AM - FF13.08, Noble Metal Free Ceria-Zirconia Catalysts with Outstanding Redox Properties by Rational Nanostructured Design, Juan  Carlos  Hernandez-Garrido1, Diana  Carolina  Arias-Duque1, Maria  Pilar  Yeste1, Jose  Antonio  Perez-Omil1, Jose  Juan  Calvino1.
  • 1,  Ciencia de los Materiales e Ingeniería Metalúrgica y Química Inorgánica, Universidad de Cádiz, Puerto Real, Cádiz, Spain.
  • 11:15 AM - FF13.09, The Role of Chloride Anions in CO2 Electro-Reduction on Silver Electrodes, Yu-Chi  Hsieh1, Sanjaya  Senanayake1, Yu  Zhang1, Dmitry  Polyansky1. 1,  Chemistry Department, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, New York, USA.
  • 11:30 AM - FF13.10, Magnetically Recoverable Gold Clusters and Their Use as Catalyst, Marco  Laurenti1, Paulino  Alonso Cristobal2, David  Serrano Ruiz2, Faleh  Tamimi1, Jorge  Rubio Retama2, Enrique  Lopez Cabarcos2. 1,  Faculty of Dentistry, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; 2,  , Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Madrid, Spain.

Program—Symposium AAA: Undergraduate Research in Materials Science—Impacts and Benefits

Symposium Organizers 
Chris Hughes, James Madison University
Sudipta Seal, University of Central Florida
Steven Yalisove, University of Michigan

Council on Undergraduate Research
NISE Network

AAA1: Institutional Support for Undergraduate Research
Monday AM, December 1, 2014
Sheraton, 3rd Floor, Hampton 

  • 8:30 AM - *AAA1.01, The Impact of Broadening Participation in Undergraduate Research, Sandra  Gregerman1. 1,  , University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
  • 9:00 AM - AAA1.02, Impact of Sustainable Structural Systems Undergraduate Research on Education and Program Development at MSU Denver, Jeno  Balogh1, Sandra  Haynes1. 1,  , Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA.
  • 9:15 AM - AAA1.03, An Unanticipated Outcome of Undergraduate Research Experiences for Community College Students: Creation of a Materials Science and Engineering Educational Program, Bartlett  Michael  Sheinberg1. 1,  West Houston Center for Science & Engr, Houston Community College, Houston, Texas, USA.
  • 9:30 AM - AAA1.04, Impacts of a Multi-University REU Program, Carol  Forance  Barry1 2, Jacqueline  Isaacs3 4, Glen  P  Miller5, Carol  Lynn  Alpert6. 1,  Plastics Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA; 2,  Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA; 3,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; 4,  Center for High-Rate Nanomanufacturing, Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; 5,  Chemistry, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire, USA; 6,  , Boston Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
  • 9:45 AM - AAA1.05, A Recipe for Successful Undergraduate Research, Sunghee  Lee1. 1,  Chemistry, Iona College, New Rochelle, New York, USA.
  • 10:00 AM -BREAK

AAA2: Recognizing Best Practices in Undergraduate Research
Chair: William Hughes
Monday AM, December 1, 2014
Sheraton, 3rd Floor, Hampton

  • 10:30 AM - *AAA2.01, Factors Associated with Student Decision-Making for Participation REU Programs, D.  R.  Economy1, J.  L.  Sharp2, J.  P.  Martin3, M.  S.  Kennedy1. 1,  Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA; 2,  Department of Mathematical Sciences, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA; 3,  Department of Engineering and Science Education, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, USA.
  • 11:00 AM - AAA2.02, “I Didn’t Think Kids Like Me Got Opportunities Like This”: Best Practices of Mentoring Underrepresented Students in Research, Jenny  Olin  Shanahan1, Saritha  Nellutla2. 1,  Undergraduate Research, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA; 2,  Chemical Sciences, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts, USA.
  • 11:15 AM - *AAA2.03, Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research (COEUR): A Guide to Building Productive, Sustainable Undergraduate Research Programs, Roger  Rowlett1., 1,  Chemistry, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, USA.

AAA3: Examples of Successful REU Programs
Monday PM, December 1, 2014
Sheraton, 3rd Floor, Hampton

  • 1:30 PM - AAA3.01, REU in Physics at Howard University, Prabhakar  Misra1, Tristan  Hubsch1, Demetrius  Venable1, Silvina  Gatica1, Kimani  Stancil1, Belay  Demoz1, Gregory  Jenkins1. 1,  Physics & Astronomy, Howard University, Washington, District of Columbia, USA.
  • 1:45 PM - AAA3.02, An REU in Glass Science -Lessons and Legacy for Undergraduate Materials Education, William  R  Heffner1, Himanshu  Jain1. 1,  Int. Mater. Institute for New Functionality in Glass, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA.
  • 2:00 PM - AAA3.03, Undergraduate Research in Interactive Biomaterials at Syracuse University, Patrick  T  Mather1, Julie  M  Hasenwinkel1., 1,  Biomedical and Chemical Engineering and Syracuse Biomaterials Institute, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA.
  • 2:15 PM - AAA3.04, REU Activities in Materials Chemistry at Texas A&M University, Holly  C.  Gaede1, James  D.  Batteas1., 1,  Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M Univ, College Station, Texas, USA.
  • 2:30 PM -BREAK
  • 3:00 PM - AAA3.05, REU and RET Programs and Undergraduate Materials Research at Northwestern University, Kathleen  A  Stair1., 1,  Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA.
  • 3:15 PM - AAA3.06, Biological and Soft Matter Research Traineeships (B-SMaRT) REU, Jennifer  L  Ross1., 1,  Department of Physics, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA.
  • 3:30 PM - AAA3.07, Results from a Long-Running Research Experience for Undergraduates Program: NNIN 1997-2014, Nancy  Healy1, Lynn  Rathbun2., 1,  , Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; 2,  Cornell Nanofab Facility, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA.
  • 3:45 PM - AAA3.08, Can a National Network of Undergraduate Research Directors Validate a Set of Professional Skills-Building Science Communication Workshops?, Carol Lynn  Alpert1 2 3, Karine  Thate1 2 3., 1,  , Museum of Science, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; 2,  , NSF Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; 3,  , Center for Integrated Quantum Materials, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
  • 4:00 PM - AAA3.09, Eighteen Years of Multi-Program Undergraduate Summer Research, Michael  J.  Kelley1 2, Jan  Tyler2., 1,  Applied Science, College of William & Mary, Newport News, Virginia, USA; 2,  , Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility, Newport News, Virginia, USA.

AAA4: Broadening Participation and Increasing Retention Through Undergraduate Research
Tuesday AM, December 2, 2014
Sheraton, 3rd Floor, Hampton

  • 8:30 AM - AAA4.01, Tribute to Frank W. Snowden Champion for STEM Diversity, Daniel  J  Steinberg1., 1,  PRISM, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, USA.
  • 8:45 AM - AAA4.02, A Strategy to Establish an Undergraduate Research Culture on Materials Science and Engineering at a Hispanic Serving Institution, Oscar  Marcelo  Suarez1 4, Amarilis  Declet-Vega2 4, Jaquelina  E  Alvarez3 5 4., 1,  Engineering Science and Materials, University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, USA; 2,  Mechanical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, USA; 3,  General Library, University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, USA; 4,  Nanotechnology Center, University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, USA; 5,  Center for Professional Enrichment, University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, USA.
  • 9:00 AM - AAA4.03, Undergraduate Material Research in a Land Grant HBCU to Sustain Local Farmers Communities, Deborah  Sauder1, Victoria  V.  Volkis1., 1,  Natural Sciences, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland, USA.
  • 9:15 AM - AAA4.04, Nanoscience and Society: Engineering Recruitment and Retention through Societal Relevance, Bryan  D.  Huey1, Nora  Madjar-Nanovska2, Manisha  Srivastava4, Helena  Silva3, Alexander  Agrios5, Leslie  Shor6., 1,  Materials Science and Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA; 2,  Management, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA; 3,  Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA; 4,  , SurePath Evaluations LLC, Hartford, Connecticut, USA; 5,  Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA; 6,  Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA.
  • 9:30 AM - *AAA4.05, Assessing the Efficacy and Impact of Student Research Internships at a Community College, Candice  J.  Foley1. 1,  , Suffolk County Community College, Selden, New York, USA.
  • 10:00 AM -BREAK

AAA5: A Look Back at the UMRI Program
Tuesday AM, December 2, 2014
Sheraton, 3rd Floor, Hampton

  • 10:30 AM - *AAA5.01, A Look Back at the UMRI Program, Beth  Stadler1. 1,  , University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. 
  • 11:00 AM - AAA5.02, UMRI Alumni: From Characterization of High Temperature Solution Growth Cr 2+:CdSe to Developing Videos to Enhance Diversity in Materials Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), Oludurotimi  Adetunji1. 1,  , Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
  • 11:15 AM - AAA5.03 UMRI Alumni: From Atoms to 3-D Nanostructures: High Resolution Characterization using Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy, Ilke  Arslan1. 1,  , Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington, USA.
  • 11:30 AM - *AAA5.04, UMRI Alumni: From UMRI to PECASE, The Power of Undergraduate Research in Materials Science, Mathew  M.  Maye1. 1,  Department of Chemistry, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA.

AAA6: Making Undergraduate Research Fit Into the Curriculum 
Tuesday PM, December 2, 2014
Sheraton, 3rd Floor, Hampton

  • 1:30 PM - *AAA6.01, Early Undergraduate Research Opportunities: Skills Programs for Hitting the Ground Running, David  F  Bahr1, Susan  Burkett2, John  Lusth2, Shelley  Pressley3, Kimberly  R  Schneider4., 1,  Materials Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; 2,  Electrical Engineering, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; 3,  Office of Undergraduate Research, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA; 4,  Office of Undergraduate Research, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA.
  • 2:00 PM - AAA6.02, Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Team via Independent Study Courses, Kyle  Gipson1., 1,  Engineering, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA.
  • 2:15 PM - AAA6.03, Enhanced Learning of Mechanical Behavior of Materials via Combined Experiments and nanoHUB Simulations: Learning Modules for Sophomore MSE Students, Aisling  Coughlan1, David  Johnson1, Tanya  A  Faltens2, K. Anna  Douglas3, Heidi  A  Diefes-Dux3, Alejandro  Strachan1., 1,  Materials Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; 2,  Network for Computational Nanotechnology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; 3,  School of Engineering Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.
  • 2:30 PM -BREAK
  • 3:00 PM - AAA6.04, Relationships between Undergraduate Research and the Advanced Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory, Colin  E  Inglefield1., 1,  Physics, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, USA.
  • 3:15 PM - AAA6.05, nanoHUB.org: A Gateway to Undergraduate Simulation-Based Research in Materials Science and Related Field, Tanya  A.  Faltens2, Peter  Bermel1, Amanda  Buckles2, K.  Anna  Douglas3, Alejandro  Strachan4, Lynn  Zentner2, Gerhard  Klimeck2 1., 1,  Electrical & Computer Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; 2,  Network for Computational Nanotechnology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; 3,  School of Engineering Education, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; 4,  School of Materials Engineering, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.
  • 3:30 PM - AAA6.06, NanoFab Lab … in a Box!™, Mike  Zach2 1, Jonathan  Moritz1, Tyler  Firkus1, Benjamin  McDowell1, Kevin  Barthman1, Zakarias  Driscoll1, Zach  Laffin3, Matthew  Lindsey3. 1,  Chemistry, University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA; 2,  , EChem Nanowires Educational Foundation, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA; 3,  Science, Wausau Engineering and Global Leadership Academy, Wausau, Wisconsin, USA.
  • 3:45 PM - AAA6.07, Where Do Our Students Encounter Materials: Everywhere and Rarely, George  O.  Zimmerman1, Isa  Kaftal  Zimmerman2. 1,  Physics, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; 2,  , IKZ Advisors, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

AAA7: International Undergraduate Research
Wednesday AM, December 3, 2014
Sheraton, 3rd Floor, Hampton

  • 8:00 AM - *AAA7.01, Using Overseas Undergraduate Research Experiences as a Catalyst to Develop Historically Underrepresented Science Students in South Africa, Brian  H  Augustine1, Wm.  Christopher  Hughes2., 1,  Chemistry, High Point University, High Point, North Carolina, USA; 2,  Center for Materials Science, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA.
  • 8:30 AM - *AAA7.02, Enriching and Broadening Undergraduate Research through International Experiences, Isabelle  Lagadic1. 1,  Department of Chemistry, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA.
  • 9:00 AM - AAA7.03, Optics in the City of Light - An International REU Program in Paris, France, Steven  Yalisove1., 1,  Materials Science and Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA.
  • 9:15 AM - AAA7.04, Fostering Interest in Research Careers through Undergraduate Research Programs in Materials Science in Uruguay, Ivana  Aguiar1, Maria Eugenia  Perez Barthaburu2, Mauricio  Rodriguez1, Isabel  Galain1, Andres  Cardenas1, Laura  Fornaro2. 1,  Grupo de Semiconductores Compuestos, Cátedra de Radioquímica, Facultad de Química, Universidad de la República, Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay; 2,  Grupo de Semiconductores Compuestos, Centro Universitario de la Región Este, Universidad de la República, Rocha, Rocha, Uruguay.
  • 9:30 AM - *AAA7.05, Polymeric Nanoparticles to Decipher the Function of GABAergic Neurotransmission in Planaria: An International Undergraduate Materials Research Experience, John  Wade1, Sonu  Kumar2, Priyadarsi  De2, Latha  Ramakrishnan1. 1,  , St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA; 2,  Department of Chemical Sciences, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Kolkata, Nadia, India.
  • 10:00 AM - BREAK

AAA8: Career Impacts and Mentoring in Undergraduate Research
Wednesday AM, December 3, 2014, Sheraton, 3rd Floor, Hampton

  • 10:30 AM - *AAA8.01, Finding a Faculty Position at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution: The Value of the Materials Science Degree, David  J  McGee1., 1,  Physics, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, New Jersey, USA.
  • 11:00 AM - AAA8.02, It Takes a Village: Extended Full-Time Undergraduate Research Changes Lives, Debra  R.  Rolison1, Jeffrey  W.  Long1, Jeremy  J.  Pietron1, Jean  Marie  Wallace1 2, Christopher  N.  Chervin1, Megan  B.  Sassin1, Joseph  F.  Parker1. 1,  Surface Chemistry, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, District of Columbia, USA; 2,  , Nova Research, Inc., Alexandria, Virginia, USA.
  • 11:15 AM - AAA8.03, Research Experiences for Students: Interdisciplinary Skill Development to Prepare the Future Workforce for Success,Nicole  Ferrari3, Carol  Jenkins1 2, Jacquelynn  Garafano2 4, Deborah  Day5, Todd  Schwendemann1 2, Christine  Broadbridge1 2. 1,  Physics, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; 2,  Center for Research on Interface Structures and Phenomenon (CRISP), Yale University and Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; 3,  Office of Assessment and Planning, Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; 4,  , United Technologies Research Center, East Hartford, Connecticut, USA; 5,  Science Research Program, Amity Regional High School, Woodbridge, Connecticut, USA.
  • 11:30 AM - AAA8.04, Mentoring Undergraduate Students in Computational Materials Research, Jie  Zou1. 1,  Physics, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, USA.
  • 11:45 AM - AAA8.05, SURFing Materials Science at NIST, Terrell  Vanderah1, Robert  Shull2. 1,  Materials Measurement Science Division, NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA; 2,  Materials Science & Engineering Division, NIST, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA.

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