Composite Materials Committee

Technical Programming

2025 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Composite Materials for Nuclear Applications III: Organized by Anne Campbell; Dong (Lilly) Liu; Rick Ubic; Lauren Garrison; Peng Xu; Johann Riesch; James Wade-Zhu

Composite materials are of growing interest for nuclear fusion and fission due to their combined excellent physical and mechanical properties that are compatible with extreme radiation and high temperature environments. With the development of next-generation fission reactors and fusion power, materials that can withstand higher neutron flux/thermal load/thermal mechanical stresses and more aggressive environments in terms of oxidation, corrosion/erosion, and tolerance to transmutation elements are required. This requirement makes it necessary to (i) understand the operational limits and degradation mechanisms of existing composite materials and (ii) develop and qualify new materials designs. There is a strong overlap in materials research between fission and fusion in terms materials design, processing, characterization, and modelling. This symposium aims to bring scientists and engineers together to share ideas and so join the effort in both fields at an international level for the development of these crucial composite materials and to enable collaborations across groups and countries. The design/processing/modelling/joining of the following materials, as well as their physical/mechanical characterization using ex situ and/or in situ techniques, are encouraged: * Design, processing, and joining of composites for advanced fission and fusion reactors * Modeling over multiple length scales * Material physical and mechanical properties characterization using ex-situ and in-situ techniques * Irradiation effects on materials properties and performance * Chemical compatability reactor relevant environments * Hydrogen transport and trapping * Composite materials systems can include (but are not limited to): * Graphite/carbon-based composites * Ceramic-based composites * Metal-matrix composites * Composite nuclear fuels and claddings

2025 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Composite Materials: Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Material Development and Applications: Organized by Yahya Al-Majali; Brian Wisner; Ioannis Mastorakos; Simona Hunyadi Murph; Muralidharan Paramsothy

Efforts to achieve more environmentally friendly materials and manufacturing process is an increasingly important topic. Natural sourcing and recycling of raw materials along with improvement of component life cycle enhancement to reduce waste are often targeted in all engineering sectors. This symposium focuses on innovations in the field of composite materials with a specific focus on Eco-Friendly and environmentally sustainable systems. Work focused on these activities in all composite fields are invited including polymer, metal, and ceramic matrix composites. Emphasis on sourcing raw materials in a sustainable way as well as development of composite materials for environmental sustainability are encouraged. Papers looking at both the development of new materials for structural applications, reduction in energy consumption, and increased component life along with discussions of novel methods to reuse existing materials are encouraged. Additionally, papers focusing on the characterization of such materials are also invited. All submissions should focus on the merging on composite materials and environmental impacts. Specific Topics of interest include Naturally Sourced Materials feedstock, Recycled Material feedstock, application of composite for reduced carbon footprint and development of novel materials to repurpose waste from other areas.

2025 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Innovations in Energy Materials: Unveiling Future Possibilities of Computational Modelling and Atomically Controlled Experiments: Organized by Paolo Mele; Julio Gutierrez Moreno; Hussein Assadi; Esmail Doustkhah; Marco Fronzi; Donna Guillen; Srujan Rokkam; Tuan Nguyen

This symposium will focus on recent developments at the intersection of materials science and computational methods, with a particular emphasis on sustainable energy materials. The urgency for renewable energy solutions is growing, and the search for innovative materials for energy generation, storage, and transportation is vital. The event aims to be a collaborative space for experts to discuss and advance these materials. The symposium will explore computational predictions and experimental validations, seeking to hasten the practical application of new materials. Contributions are invited across a range of topics, including the discovery of new materials for various energy applications, advanced computational techniques for material behavior and property prediction, and the integration of machine learning and AI for materials discovery. This platform aims to foster innovation and bridge the gap between theoretical research and practical applications in sustainable energy materials. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: - Novel Material Discovery: Computational predictions of new materials with tailored properties for energy applications, spanning photovoltaics, catalysts, batteries, fuel cells, materials for H2 and O2 storage, thermoelectrics, superconductors, and more. - Simulation and Modeling: Advanced computational techniques (e.g., density functional theory and beyond, interatomic potentials, molecular dynamics) and novel exascale-ready methodologies and computational workflows to simulate and predict the behavior, structure, and properties of energy materials at different scales. - Experimental-Computational Synergy: Studies showcasing the synergy between computational predictions and experimental validations, highlighting successful transitions from theoretical discoveries to practical applications. - Materials Design and Optimization: Computational strategies for material design, optimization, and characterization to enhance energy efficiency, durability, and performance. - Machine Learning in Materials Science: Applications of machine learning and AI in accelerating the discovery and design of energy materials, including data-driven approaches and predictive modeling.

2025 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Natural Fibers and Biocomposites: A Sustainable Solution: Organized by Henry Colorado; Sergio Monteiro; Marc Meyers; Carlos Castano Londono; George Youssef; Felipe Perisse Duarte Lopes; Daniel Salazar

Natural fibers' abundance, excellent properties, biodegradability, and low cost make this renewable resource a green alternative to synthetic fibers for composite material reinforcement. There has been an increase in research and industrial attention for using natural fibers since they can reduce the net CO2 footprint compared to traditional synthetic materials, given their carbon dioxide absorption while growing. Biocomposite materials with natural fibers are mainly developed with polymer matrices. The need to create sustainable solutions and, more critically, biodegradable or biocompatible has promoted applications in sports, transportation, armor, medicine, infrastructure, construction and building materials, and architecture. The purpose of this symposium is to promote the use of natural materials and their composites as a possible strategy to increase environmental sustainability, as well as to study materials fundamentals for new applications. The main areas are shown below but are not limited to: • Natural fibers, its properties, and fundamentals • Surface modifications of natural fiber to improve properties • Biocomposite materials and potential contributions to sustainability • Durability, dynamic behavior, adhesion, impact response, mechanical, thermal, and other important properties related to the natural materials and their composites

MS&T24: Materials Science & Technology: Additive Manufacturing of Polymer-involved Ceramic and Metal Composites: Organized by Kenan Song; Xiangyang Dong; Kun Fu

3D printing has enabled rapid responsiveness, convenient operation, and a high personalization level. Also, it has the advantage of significantly reducing material waste due to its additive characteristics and decentralized productions. Our conference session will provide a comprehensive talk series on commonly used 3D printing involving polymers, ceramics, and their composite or hybrid systems to understand manufacturing-material compatibility and inspire new processing mechanisms. Considering the close relationship between manufacturing mechanisms and material properties, we will include in this conference presentation discussing critical challenges in 3D printed material systems, especially critical manufacturing factors in printing polymer and/or ceramic nanocomposites.

MS&T24: Materials Science & Technology: Light Metal Technology: Organized by Xiaoming Wang; Tao Wang; Caizhi Zhou; Meysam Haghshenas

The scope of the Light Metal Technology symposium is to provide an opportunity of sharing recent technological advances and applications of lightweight metallic materials including aluminum, magnesium, titanium and their composites. New theories, technologies and applications on lightweight metallic materials that are constantly being developed will be the focus of this symposium. It is generally a slow process to publish these new findings and applications in technical journals and business magazines. This annual symposium at MS&T annual conferences will attract materials scientists and engineers from all over the world, providing them a venue for broad technology dissemination in a timely fashion.

2024 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Composite Materials: Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Materials and Application: Organized by Brian Wisner; Ioannis Mastorakos; Simona Hunyadi Murph; Muralidharan Paramsothy

Efforts to achieve more environmentally friendly materials and manufacturing process is an increasingly important topic. Natural sourcing and recycling of raw materials along with improvement of component life cycle enhancement to reduce waste are often targeted in all engineering sectors. This symposium focuses on innovations in the field of composite materials with a specific focus on Eco-Friendly and environmentally sustainable systems. Work focused on these activities in all composite fields are invited including polymer, metal, and ceramic matrix composites. Emphasis on sourcing raw materials in a sustainable way as well as development of composite materials for environmental sustainability are encouraged. Papers looking at both the development of new materials for structural applications, reduction in energy consumption, and increased component life along with discussions of novel methods to reuse existing materials are encouraged. Additionally, papers focusing on the characterization of such materials are also invited. All submissions should focus on the merging on composite materials and environmental impacts. Specific Topics of interest include Naturally Sourced Materials feedstock, Recycled Material feedstock, application of composite for reduced carbon footprint and development of novel materials to repurpose waste from other areas.

MS&T23: Materials Science & Technology: Recent Developments in Light-Weight Composites and Materials: Organized by Ramasis Goswami; Tanjore Jayaraman; Nikhil Gupta; Aashish Rohatgi; Sudip Bhattacharya

This symposium provides an opportunity of sharing recent advances in microstructure, phase transformations, properties, mechanical and stress corrosion, of light-weight composites (metal matrix, ceramic matrix and polymer matrix) and materials. Focus will also be on the improvements in composites containing boron compounds for high temperature applications. The next generations of alloys and composites for Aerospace, Automotive and other structural applications will be expected to possess multiple advanced properties in addition to high strength and toughness. In Aerospace applications, the composites will be subjected to much greater extreme conditions of temperature, pressure and radiations. This annual conference attracts materials scientists and engineers from all over the world, and provides a venue for faster technology dissemination.

2023 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Composite Materials for Nuclear Applications II: Organized by Anne Campbell; Dong (Lilly) Liu; Rick Ubic; Lauren Garrison; Peng Xu; Johann Riesch

Composite materials are of growing interest for nuclear fusion and fission due to their combined excellent physical and mechanical properties that are compatible with extreme radiation and high temperature environments. With the development of next-generation fission reactors and fusion power, materials that can withstand higher neutron flux/thermal load/thermal mechanical stresses and more aggressive environments in terms of oxidation, corrosion/erosion, and tolerance to transmutation elements are required. This requirement makes it necessary to (i) understand the operational limits and degradation mechanisms of existing composite materials and (ii) develop and qualify new materials designs. There is a strong overlap in materials research between fission and fusion in terms materials design, processing, characterization, and modelling. This symposium aims to bring scientists and engineers together to share ideas and so join the effort in both fields at an international level for the development of these crucial composite materials and to enable collaborations across groups and countries. The design/processing/modelling/joining of the following materials, as well as their physical/mechanical characterization using ex situ and/or in situ techniques, are encouraged: • Graphite/carbon-based composites for fission and/or fusion (e.g., nuclear graphite, C/C, and novel designs) • Ceramic-based composites for fusion and/or for nuclear cladding (e,g., SiC-SiC, C/SiC, and novel designs) • Metal-based composites (e.g., ODS steels, components with protective single- or bi-layer coatings including diamond on fusion components and/or Cr or Cr/Nb on accident-tolerant fuel cladding, tungsten/tungsten composites, laminate systems) • TRISO fuel (e.g., particles, compacts, and FCM fuel) Presentations on SiC-related topics will be coordinated with concurrent symposia on ceramics to minimize overlap.

2023 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Composite Materials for Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Material Development and Application: Organized by Brian Wisner; Ioannis Mastorakos; Muralidharan Paramsothy; Simona Hunyadi Murph

Efforts to achieve more environmentally friendly materials and manufacturing process is an increasingly important topic. Natural sourcing or recycling of raw materials along with improvement of component life cycle enhancement to reduce waste are often targeted in all engineering sectors. This symposium focuses on innovations in the field of composite materials with a specific focus on Eco-Friendly and environmentally sustainable systems. Work focused on these activities in all composite fields are invited including polymer, metal, and ceramic matrix composites. Emphasis on sourcing raw materials in a sustainable way as well as development of composite materials for environmental sustainability are encouraged. Papers looking at both the development of new materials for structural applications, reduction in energy consumption, and increased component life along with discussions of novel methods to reuse existing materials are encouraged. Additionally, papers focusing on the characterization of such materials are also invited. All submissions should focus on the merging on composite materials and environmental impacts. Specific Topics of interest include Naturally Sourced Materials feedstock, Recycled Material feedstock, application of composite for reduced carbon footprint and development of novel materials to repurpose waste from other areas.

2023 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Functional Nanomaterials 2023: Organized by Yong Lin Kong; Sarah Ying Zhong; Mostafa Bedewy; Woochul Lee; Changhong Cao; Kiyo Fujimoto; Surojit Gupta; Michael Cai Wang

Low-dimensional (0D, 1D, 2D) materials are a broad class of materials with emergent properties originating from their reduced physical dimensions and (sub)nanoscale structures and morphologies. These low-dimensional materials offer exciting new opportunities for innovations in the technological frontiers critical for the sustainable future advancement of society, such as nano-optoelectronics, sustainable energy, high-performance sensors, and advanced environmental and healthcare technologies. The 2023 Symposium on Functional Nanomaterials will address all aspects of low-dimensional nanomaterials, encompassing: two-dimensional (2D), nanofilms, nanosheets, and monolayers, one-dimensional (1D) nanofibers, nanotubes, and nanowires, zero-dimensional (0D) nanoparticles and quantum dots, as well as their hierarchical assemblies, heterostructures, frameworks, and organic-inorganic hybrids. Along with sessions for conventional nanomaterials, focused sessions will be dedicated to unique design/synthesis/fabrication/manufacturing/characterization strategies, novel integration routes for emerging functionalities, and advanced device applications. Examples of welcomed session topics include but are not limited to: Examples of session topics include but are not limited to: •Nanomaterials for high-performance functional devices. •Applications, functional devices (e.g., electronics) and engineered systems derived from low-dimensional materials •Processing/manufacturing (e.g, printing or lithography) and integration/application of low-dimensional materials and instrumentation/methods to achieve the same. •Hierarchical multi-scale structures and architectures consisting of low-dimensional materials •Interrogation of low-dimensional materials and their fundamental properties via in situ, in operando methods towards the development of emergent functionalities. •Theoretical frameworks and computational/learning/data-intensive methods for modeling, predicting, understanding, and designing low-dimensional materials and their derivative systems.

MS&T22: Materials Science & Technology: Light Metal Technology: Organized by Xiaoming Wang; Peng Cao

The scope of the Light Metal Technology symposium is to provide an opportunity of sharing recent technological advances and applications of lightweight metallic materials including aluminum, magnesium, titanium and their composites. New theories, technologies and applications on lightweight metallic materials that are constantly being developed will be the focus of this symposium. It is generally a slow process to publish these new findings and applications in technical journals and business magazines. This annual symposium at MS&T annual conferences will attract materials scientists and engineers from all over the world, providing them a venue for broad technology dissemination in a timely fashion.

2022 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Composite Materials for Sustainable Eco-Friendly Applications: Organized by Brian Wisner; Ioannis Mastorakos; Simona Hunyadi Murph

Efforts to achieve more environmentally friendly materials and manufacturing process is an increasingly important topic. From the use of natural recyclable raw materials to the improvement of component life cycle enhancement to reduce waste are often targeted in all engineering sectors. This symposium focuses on innovations in the field of composite materials with a specific focus on Eco-Friendly and environmentally sustainable systems. Papers looking at development of materials for structural applications, reduction in energy consumption, and increase component life. All submissions should focus on how the work being done will have environmental impacts. Specific Topics of interest include but are not limited to recycled material feed-stock, applications for reduced carbon footprint and novel materials to repurpose waste from other areas such as coal as a feed-stock.

2022 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Composites for Energy Applications: Materials for Renewable Energy Applications 2022: Organized by Patrick Ward; Joseph Teprovich; Anthony Thompson; Simona Hunyadi Murph

The depletion of fossil fuels and realization of the detrimental impacts from global warming have highlighted the need for large scale deployment of renewable energy technologies. While the deployment of photovoltaics and wind turbines have significantly increased over the last decade, further research is needed to address storage issues related to intermittency of the renewable energy resource. Furthermore, the cost and availability of materials required for renewable energy technologies, such as rare earth magnets in wind turbines and platinum in hydrogen fuel cells, further increases the challenge associated with the practicality of wide scale deployment. Composite materials have recently found applications in several renewable energy applications from hydrogen storage, photoelectrochemical hydrogen production, dye sensitized solar cells, battery electrodes, and various other energy and conversion technologies. Many composite materials alter the electron density distribution within the material as well as provide alternative mechanistic pathways for the conversion or storage of energy. This symposium will cover recent advances in composite materials which provide improvements in materials for renewable energy applications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: • Synthesis and characterization of composites for hydrogen storage and composite catalyst materials for hydrogen fuel cell applications • Evaluation of composite materials for lithium ion battery electrodes and solid state electrolytes • Composite photoelectrode materials for photoelectrochemical cells for fuel production • Composite materials for high temperature thermal energy storage applications including sensible heat, latent heat, and thermochemical heat storage • Development and characterization of multicomponent photovoltaic materials and improvements in their charge separation and solar irradiance utilization The scope of the focused sessions will cover the development of composites for advance energy storage concepts such as: • Composite materials for the destabilization of metal hydrides for hydrogen storage applications • Development and characterization of composite materials for enhanced photoelectrode and photovoltaic performance with an emphasis and long lived charge separated states and increased solar irradiance utilization • Thermal energy storage composites for enhance thermal conductivity, energy density, and high temperature operation

2022 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Materials in Sport: Organized by Brian Love; W. Jud Ready; Nikhilesh Chawla

Advanced materials research and deployment has yielded competitive advantages across numerous sports. Examples include bulk metallic glasses as inserts for golf clubs, composite winding to develop lighter and more functional bats, shoe technology regulating friction in a variety of environments, more buoyant swimsuits, and countless other examples. Coupled with this quest is a calibrated effort to determine how to make sports safer with less obtrusive helmets, advanced mouthguards, etc. This symposium aims to bring together researchers, product designers and end users to explore and discuss the state of the art in materials science and engineering of sports.

2022 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Metal-Matrix Composites: Advances in Processing, Characterization, Performance and Analysis: Organized by Srivatsan Tirumalai; Pradeep Rohatgi; Simona Hunyadi Murph

The Fourth International Symposium on Metal Matrix Composites entitled Metal Matrix Composites: Advances in Processing, Characterization, Performance and Analysis is being sponsored by the Composite Materials Committee of the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society [TMS] and being held in conjunction with the 2022 Annual Meeting of TMS that is scheduled to be held in Anaheim Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA between February 27 – March 3, 2022. This symposium, the Fourth in a series, will aim at bringing together engineers, scientists, scholars and entrepreneurs to present and discuss their novel and innovative contributions in the domain specific to metal-matrix composites and on aspects specific to: (i) Processing, (ii) Characterization, (iii) Mechanical Behavior, (iv) Measurements, (v) Failure behavior, and (v) Kinetics governing microstructural influences on failure by fracture. The goal of this inter-disciplinary symposium is to bring together the range of developments in the domains spanning processing, microstructural characterization, mechanical property evaluation and an analysis of failure behavior of this material, an attractive, potentially viable and affordable choice for selection and use in both existing and emerging applications. The family of composites span the entire spectrum of metals to include the intermetallic. The conference will certainly provide an attractive forum for presenting recent advances on aspects related to materials processing, fabrication, characterization, modeling, analysis and observations by way of interpretations by both researchers and engineers working in industry, national research laboratories, and academia. Keynote, Invited and Contributed talks will be included. The Keynote and Invited papers from leading edge academic and industrial research settings will provide a lucid and comprehensive overview of the status and potential future directions for both research and applications. Contributed papers will attempt to cover specific problems in the same areas. The topics of interest include the following: ● Metals and Metal-matrix composites ● Nano-metal based composites ● Intermetallic-based composites Where possible contributions in the above topics should relate to applications in one of the eight industry-relevant areas: ● Automotive ● Energy applications ● Aerospace ● Failure Analysis ● Bio-medical and healthcare ● Heavy Equipment, Machinery and Goods ● Nuclear ● Clean Energy (Renewable)

2021 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Composite Materials for Nuclear Applications: Organized by Anne Campbell; Dong (Lilly) Liu; Rick Ubic; Lauren Garrison; Peng Xu; Johann (Hans) Riesch

Composite materials are of growing interest for nuclear fissions and fusion due to their combined excellent physical and mechanical properties that are compatible with extreme radiation and high temperature environments. With the development of next-generation fission reactors and fusion power, materials that can withstand higher neutron flux/thermal load/thermal mechanical stresses and more aggressive environments in terms of oxidation, corrosion/erosion, and tolerance to transmutation elements are required. This requirement makes it necessary to (i) understand the operational limits and degradation mechanisms of existing composite materials and (ii) develop and qualify new materials designs. There is a strong overlap in materials research between fission and fusion in terms materials design, processing, characterisation, and modelling. This symposium aims to bring scientists and engineers together to share ideas and so join the effort in both fields at an international level for the development of these crucial composite materials and to enable collaborations across groups and countries. The design/processing/modelling/joining of the following materials, as well as their physical/mechanical characterisation using ex situ and/or in situ techniques, are encouraged: • Graphite/carbon based composites for fission and/or fusion (e.g., nuclear graphite, C/C, and novel designs) • Ceramic-based composites for fusion and/or for nuclear cladding (e,g., SiC-SiC, C/SiC, and novel designs) • Metal-based composites (e.g., ODS steels, components with protective single- or bi-layer coatings including diamond on fusion components and/or Cr or Cr/Nb on accident-tolerant fuel cladding, tungsten/tungsten composites, laminate systems) • TRISO fuel (e.g., particles, compacts, and FCM fuel)

2021 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Metal-Matrix Composites: Advances in Analysis, Measurement and Observations: Organized by Srivatsan Tirumalai; William Harrigan; Simona Hunyadi Murph

The Third International Symposium on Metal Matrix Composites: Advances in Analysis, Measurement and Observations is being sponsored by the Composite Materials Committee of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society [TMS] and being held in conjunction with the 2021 Annual Meeting of TMS that is scheduled to be held in Orlando, Florida, USA between March 14-18, 2021. This symposium, the third in a series, will aim at bringing together engineers, scientists, scholars and entrepreneurs to present and discuss their novel and innovative contributions in the domain specific to metal-matrix composites and on aspects specific to: (i) modeling, (ii) analysis, (iii) measurements, and (iv) observations specific to microstructural advances, and spanning microstructure architecture, mechanical behavior, failure behavior and kinetics governing microstructural influences on failure by fracture. The goal of this inter-disciplinary symposium is to bring together the range of developments in the domains spanning analysis, modeling and observations to facilitate ease in interpretation on all aspects related to the processing, fabrication, characterization, mechanical property evaluation, failure analysis of this material, an attractive choice for selection and use in both existing and emerging applications. The family of composites span the entire spectrum of metals to include the intermetallics. The conference will certainly provide an attractive forum for presenting recent advances on aspects related to materials processing, fabrication, characterization, modeling, analysis and observations by way of interpretations by both researchers and engineers working in industry, national research laboratories, and academia. Keynote, Invited and Contributed talks will be included. The Keynote and Invited papers from leading edge academic and industrial research settings will provide a lucid and comprehensive overview of the status and potential future directions for both research and applications. Contributed papers will attempt to cover specific problems in the same areas. The topics of interest include the following: ● Metals and metal-matrix composites ● Nano-metal based composites ● Intermetallic-based composites Where possible contributions in the above topics should relate to applications in one of the six industry-relevant areas: ● Automotive ● Energy applications ● Aerospace ● Failure Analysis ● Bio-medical and healthcare ● Heavy Equipment, Machinery and Goods

2021 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Plasmonics in Nanocomposite Materials: Organized by Nasrin Hooshmand; Simona Hunyadi Murph; Mahmoud Abdelwahed

The prospect of controlling the properties of light with nanometer-scale precision by coupling the electromagnetic field to the oscillation of surface electrons in metals has driven the field of plasmonics for over three decades. Since then, remarkable fundamental insights into the interactions between light and matter at the nanoscale have been achieved. Plasmonic nanocomposites materials integrate both (a) a plasmonic metallic nanoparticle with (b) an assortment of other similar/dissimilar nanostructures leading to new multifunctional systems with improved functionalities and properties. By varying material composition and their geometry, one could control the architecture of molecules and materials on the 1 – 100 nm length scale. These developments resulted in a myriad of state-of-the-art nanocomposite materials that show enormous potential for a wide range of new applications. These include ultrasensitive spectroscopic sensing, biological sensing, drug delivery, lithography, catalysis, optics, metamaterials, energy generation, storage, and conversion. This symposium will cover the recent achievements in the design, fabrication and application of plasmonic nanocomposites in different fields of science including material science, medicine, and industry, and it will cover their significant impact on global society. We expect to have sessions that focus on the design and development of nanoparticle-based materials that have applications ranging from sensing, and optics to bio-diagnostic and therapeutic implications. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: • Theoretical understanding, synthesis and optical properties of noble metal nanostructures and their application in surface chemistry • Computational and experimental methods used to design novel nanomaterials, such as 2D semiconductors • Theoretical and experimental methods used to design two-dimensional plasmonic composite materials with for thermoplasmonics, biosensing, detection, solar cells and energy storage • Plasmonics’ properties and applications of 2D nanomaterials • Advances and developments in techniques for ultrafast detection of trace levels of chemical and biological analytes, e.g. surface plasmon resonance and near-field scanning optical microscopy • Advances and developments of plasmonic semiconductor materials for potential use in the standard telecommunications fiber-optics windows The scope of the focused sessions will cover plasmonic nanocomposite synthesis, characterization and use in various applications, such as: • Innovative synthetic routes of plasmonic nanocomposite materials, such as metal-polymers, metal-metal oxides, metal-graphene, metal-semiconductors, etc. • Fundamental properties and applications of plasmonic composite nanomaterials, such as ultrafast sensing, electronics, optics, environmental, chemical and bio-chemical applications, etc. • Computational and experimental methods used to augment experimental studies in this field

2020 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Metal-Matrix Composites: Analysis, Modeling, Observations and Interpretations: Organized by Srivatsan Tirumalai; Yuzheng Zhang; William Harrigan

The Second International Symposium on METAL MATRIX COMPOSITES: Analysis, Modeling, Observations and Interpretations is being sponsored by the Composite Materials Committee of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society [TMS] and being held in conjunction with the 2020 Annual Meeting of TMS that is scheduled to be held in San Diego, USA between February 23-29, 2020. This symposium, the second in a series, will aim at bringing together engineers, scientists, scholars and entrepreneurs to present and discuss their novel and innovative contributions in the domain specific to metal-matrix composites and on aspects specific to: (i) modeling, (ii) analysis, (iii) observations specific to microstructural advances, and (iv) interpretations spanning microstructure architecture, mechanical behavior, failure behavior and kinetics governing microstructural influences on failure by fracture. We are looking for new or novel techniques that have been developed to help us investigate and understand composite materials. The goal of this inter-disciplinary symposium is to bring together the range of developments in the domains spanning analysis, modeling and observations to facilitate ease in interpretation on all aspects related to the processing, fabrication, characterization, mechanical property evaluation, failure analysis of this material, an attractive choice for selection and use in both existing and emerging applications. The family of composites span the entire spectrum of metals to include the intermetallic. The conference will certainly provide an attractive forum for presenting recent advances on aspects related to materials processing, fabrication, characterization, modeling, analysis and observations by way of interpretations by both researchers and engineers working in industry, national research laboratories, and academia. Key-Note, Invited and Contributed talks will be included. The Key-Note and Invited papers from leading edge academic and industrial research settings will provide a lucid and comprehensive overview of the status and potential future directions for both research and applications. Contributed papers will attempt to cover specific problems in the same areas. The topics of interest include the following: ● Metals and Metal-matrix composites ● Nano-metal based composites ● Intermetallic-based composites Where possible contributions in the above topics should relate to applications in one of the six industry-relevant areas: ● Automotive ● Energy applications ● Aerospace ● Failure Analysis ● Bio-medical and healthcare ● Heavy Equipment, Machinery and Goods

2020 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition: Nanocomposites VI: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Advanced Composites: Organized by Srivatsan Tirumalai; Manoj Gupta

The Sixth International Symposium on Nanocomposites: Nanoscience & Nanotechnology in Advanced Composites is being sponsored by the Composite Materials Committee of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society [TMS] and being held in conjunction with the 2020 Annual Meeting of TMS that is scheduled to be held in San Diego, USA between February 23-29, 2020. This symposium, the SIXTH in a series, attempts to bring together engineers, scientists, scholars, researchers and even entrepreneurs to present and discuss their novel and innovative contributions in the domain specific to NANOCOMPOSITES, specifically on aspects both related and relevant to the following: (i) science at the level of nanoscale, (ii) processing: innovations and advances, (iii) characterization, quantification and analysis, (iv) mechanical property evaluation and rationalizations, quantification, (v) failure analysis, and far-reaching (v) technological applications at the level of nano-scale. We are looking for new or novel techniques and/or approaches that have been developed to help us promote the use of composite materials in a spectrum of both performance-critical and non-performance-critical applications at the level of nanoscale. The goal of this inter-disciplinary symposium is to bring together the range of developments in the domains spanning basic science, processing, analysis, characterization, mechanical property evaluation and failure analysis rationalization of the family of composite materials, as an attractive choice for selection and use in both existing and emerging applications. The family of composites span the entire spectrum of metals to include the intermetallic. The conference will certainly provide an attractive forum for presenting recent advances on aspects related to materials processing, fabrication, characterization, modeling, failure analysis and observations by way of interpretations by scientists, researchers and engineers working in industry, national research laboratories, and academia. Key-Note, Invited and Contributed talks will be included. The Key-Note and Invited papers from leading edge academic and industrial research settings will provide a lucid and comprehensive overview of the “current” status and potential future directions for both research and technology-relevant applications. Contributed papers will attempt to cover specific problems in the same areas. The topics of interest include the following: ● Nanoscale Metal-matrix composites ● Nanoscale Ceramic-matrix composites ● Nano-scale Intermetallic-based composites Where possible contributions in the above topics should relate to applications, purely at the nanoscale level, in the areas spanning: (i) Aerospace, (ii) Automotive, (iii) Bio-medical and Healthcare, (iv) Electronic goods, and (v) Energy-relevant