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King Examines Materials Supply and Demand Issues at MS&T17

Alexander H. King, Director of the Critical Materials Institute, a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Innovation Hub at Ames Laboratory, will deliver the TMS/ASM Joint Distinguished Lecture in Materials and Society, part of the Tuesday morning all-conference plenary session planned for Materials Science & Technology 2017 (MS&T17). His presentation, “What Do We Need and How Will We Get It?” will focus on meeting an increased need for materials as the number of global consumers grows, expanding demand for goods, energy, and other resources.

“Through most of the four decades of my professional career I have had no concern about obtaining any material I needed: just write a purchase order and the stuff shows up,” said King. “The rare earth crisis refocused attention on our materials supplies and sources as we realized that (to quote the Rolling Stones) you can’t always get what you want. As we looked into the rare earth problems, we realized that there are some underlying trends that may indicate what the future of materials supply is going to look like.”

His presentation will examine trends that will affect the demand and supply of materials, discuss options for meeting changing materials needs, identify emerging challenges and research opportunities, and explore promising research approaches.

The takeaway for manufacturers and designers is to be aware of what goes into your products, said King. For researchers, it will be to see all of the opportunities that emerge from this changing global landscape.

To hear King’s presentation, as well as talks delivered in 70 symposia on a variety of materials science and engineering topics, register for MS&T17, to be held October 8-12, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The deadline to register for the meeting at the discounted rate is September 2, 2017. 

MS&T17 is organized jointly by TMS, the American Ceramic Society, ASM International, and the Association for Iron & Steel Technology, with programming by NACE International. 

Read more about plans for the MS&T17 conference in "Materials Manufacturing Topics Highlight MS&T17" in the August issue of JOM. 


Young Leaders Professional Development Program Accepts Applicants

Each year, TMS selects up to ten young professionals to receive the TMS Young Leaders Professional Development Award, which provides TMS members under the age of 40 the chance to attend the TMS Annual Meeting and participate in meetings of the TMS leadership.

“This award is not only a prestigious recognition for a young professional, but also means more opportunities and responsibilities in the big TMS family,” said Wenjun Cai, an assistant professor at the University of South Florida, who was one of the 2017 Young Leaders Professional Development Award recipients from the TMS Light Metals Division. “It is really exciting to see how the TMS machine operates from the inside, by attending board meetings, technical division meetings, and many other committee meetings. I also got to know more senior members in the organization, whom I would be too shy to approach otherwise.”

As part of the award, recipients receive complimentary registration and hotel accommodations to attend the TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition, a travel allowance to be used toward transportation expenses, tickets to conference social functions, and admission to division council meetings, technical and administrative committee meetings, and to the TMS Board of Directors meeting. 

“What I am most excited about is the opportunity to serve on the young professional committee to help the next generation of material scientists and engineers and also working with other members to organize career forum and networking events to help their early career development,” said Cai. “I get to share my personal experience to encourage them.” 

Last year’s class of award recipients (pictured) included young professionals from academia, government, and industry working as materials scientists and postdocs, as technical staff and professors. View the full list of 2017 award recipients

This award is open to any TMS young professional member, aged 40 or younger. Learn how to apply

To be considered for the 2018 TMS Young Leaders Professional Development Award, submit your application by August 15, 2017. Recipients will receive funding to attend the TMS 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Phoenix, Arizona, March 11–15, 2018.

Congressional Hearing Reviews Materials Science Research

Federally funded materials science research was the focus of a recent hearing held by the Committee on Science, Space & Technology’s Subcommittee on Energy and Subcommittee on Research and Technology. On June 28, a panel of witnesses presented testimony that shared information on their research, with the goal of providing the committees with the knowledge necessary to set priorities for basic science research. 

"Hearings like today’s help remind us of the Science Committee’s core focus—the basic research that provides the foundation for technology breakthroughs,” said Congressman Randy Weber (R-Texas), chair of the Energy Subcommittee, in his opening remarks. “Before we can ever see the deployment of a better battery, a stronger material for protective gear, or wear-resistant materials for medicine or energy production, we must invest in the science infrastructure that makes these discoveries possible.”

This hearing was strongly aligned with TMS member interests including technology commercialization, manufacturing, lightweighting, materials data infrastructure, steels, 3D printing, energy, and federal investments in national laboratories. It also included discussion on education and career paths in science-related fields. 

The following witnesses shared information on their organizations' research during the hearing:

Matthew Tirrell, Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Chief Research Officer, Argonne National Laboratory

Laurie Locascio, Acting Associate Director for Laboratory Programs and Director, Material Measurement Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Adam Schwartz, Director, Ames Laboratory

Fred Higgs, John and Ann Doerr Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Rice University

"By investing in materials science research, we invest in both innovation and the livelihood of our citizens, so it is crucial that the United States leads in these efforts," said Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-Virginia), chair of the Research and Technology Subcommittee, in her opening remarks.

View the full hearing, Materials Science: Building the Future, to see how materials science was represented before congressional leaders.

To learn more about current legislative issues of importance to the minerals, metals, and materials community, visit the Current Issues section of the TMS Public and Government Affairs website.



Keynote Speaker Announced for LMPC 2017

Mary Lee Gambone, Head of Materials Engineering – Indianapolis for Rolls-Royce North America, has been announced as the keynote speaker for the Liquid Metal Processing & Casting Conference (LMPC 2017). Gambone has held several positions at Rolls-Royce since joining the company in 1988, including Chief of Research and Technology Strategy and Manager of Critical Part Lifting. Over more than 30 years in aerospace materials, Gambone has also worked with General Motors’ Allison Gas Turbine Division and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials Directorate.

LMPC 2017 brings individuals from academia and industry together to explore the latest developments in liquid metal processing research. In addition to highly focused technical talks presented over the 2.5-day event, attendees will have the chance to connect during a social outing to a Philadelphia Phillies baseball game on Tuesday, September 12 (additional purchase required), and facility tours at America Flux & Metal or Consarc Corp. and Inductotherm Corp. on Wednesday, September 13 (included in your registration fee).  More information on these events, as well as a preliminary technical program, can be found on the conference website.

LMPC 2017 is scheduled for September 10–13, 2017, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Register for this conference before the discount deadline of August 18, 2017.

New from TMS Journals

Below is a selection of open-access articles published in several TMS journals that are available to the public at no charge. TMS members can access the full content of these journals by logging in to the "Journals" section of the TMS website.

New from JOM

"Metallic Glass Nano-composite Thin Films for High-performance Functional Applications," Santanu Das, Harpreet Singh Arora, Sundeep Mukherjee 

New from Journal of Electronic Materials

"Analysis of Scanned Probe Images for Magnetic Focusing in Graphene," Sagar Bhandari, et al.

"AlGaN Nanostructures with Extremely High Room-Temperature Internal Quantum Efficiency of Emission Below 300 nm," A.A. Toropov, et al.

"Graphene Triangular Ballistic Rectifier: Fabrication and Characterisation," Gregory Auton, et al.

"Integration and High-Temperature Characterization of Ferroelectric Vanadium-Doped Bismuth Titanate Thin Films on Silicon Carbide," Mattias Ekström, et al.

"Investigation of Defects Origin in p-Type Si for Solar Applications," Katarzyna Gwóźdź, et al.
 
"Lithium-Catalyzed Carbon Aerogel and Its Possible Application in Energy Storage Materials," Mateusz Ciszewski, Elżbieta Szatkowska, Andrzej Koszorek

New from Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A

"Effect of Austenite Deformation on the Microstructure Evolution and Grain Refinement Under Accelerated Cooling Conditions," H. Zhao and E.J. Palmiere

"Tempering of Low-Temperature Bainite," Mathew J. Peet, et al.

"Microstructures and Grain Refinement of Additive-Manufactured Ti-xW Alloys," Michael Y. Mendoza, et al.

"Modeling of Ti-W Solidification Microstructures Under Additive Manufacturing Conditions," Matthew R. Rolchigo, et al.