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D.K.C. MacDonald Memorial Lecturer

The D.K.C. MacDonald Memorial Lecturer is an important focus of the conference and the Lecturer is chosen by the Chair of the conference. This award is not open for nominations. 

Julia R. Greer, CALTECH

2020Recipient: Prof. Julia Greer, CALTECH

Materials by Design: Three-Dimensional (3D) Nano-Architected Meta-Materials .

Creation of extremely strong and simultaneously ultra lightweight materials can be achieved by incorporating architecture into material design. In our research, we design and fabricate three-dimensional (3D) nano-architected materials that can exhibit superior and often tunable thermal, photonic, electrochemical, and mechanical properties at extre- mely low mass densities (lighter than aerogels), which renders them useful, and often enabling, in many scientific pursuits and technological applications. Dominant properties of such meta-materials are driven by their multi-scale nature: from characteristic material microstructure (atoms) to individual constituents (nanometers) to structural components (microns) to overall architectures (millimeters and above). To harness the beneficial properties of 3D nano-architected meta-materials, it is critical to assess their properties at each relevant scale while capturing overall structural complexity. Our research is focused on fabrication and synthesis of such architected materials using 3D lithography, nanofabrication, and additive manufacturing (AM) techniques, as well as on investigating their mechanical, biochemical, electrochemical, electromechanical, and thermal properties as a function of architecture, constituent materials, and microstructural detail. We strive to uncover the synergy between the internal atomic-level microstructure and the nano-sized external dimensionality, where competing material- and structure-induced size effects drive overall response and govern these properties. The scope of this lecture is two-fold: (1) Part I is focused on the mechanics of 3D nano- architected materials, which include compression, tension, and fracture experiments and simulations, as well as quasi-static vs. dynamic loading for a broad range of materials. I will describe an example where unusual mechanical properties of these nano-architected materials enable creating stimulus-responsive reconfigurable materials through electrochemistry. (2) In Part II of this lecture, the focus shifts towards additive manufacturing via function-containing resin synthesis, i.e. metals, metal oxides, shape memory polymers, etc., as well as demonstrate their potential in some real-use applications. Selected relevant publications: 1. Xia, X., Afshar, A., Yang, H., Portela, C.M., Kochmann, D.M., Di Leo, C.V., Greer, J.R. “Electrochemically Reconfigurable Architected Materials” Nature, 573 (7773), 205-213 (2019). 2. Yee, D., Lifson, M., Greer, J.R. “Additive Manufacturing of 3D Architected Multifunctional Metal Oxides” Advanced Materials 31, 1901345 (2019).

 

BIOGRAPHY

Greer’s research focuses on creating and characterizing classes of materials with multi-scale microstructural hierarchy, which combine three-dimensional (3D) architectures with nanoscaleinduced material properties. We develop fabrication and syntheses of micro- and nanoarchitected materials using 3D lithography, nanofabrication, and additive manufacturing (AM) techniques, and investigate – among others – their mechanical, biochemical, electrochemical, electromechanical, and thermal properties as a function of architecture, constituent materials, and microstructural detail. We strive to uncover the synergy between the internal atomic-level microstructure and the nano-sized external dimensionality, where competing material- and structure-induced size effects drive overall response and govern these properties. Specific topics include applications of 3D architected materials in in chemical and biological devices, ultra lightweight energy storage systems, damage-tolerant fabrics, additive manufacturing, and smart, multi-functional materials. Greer obtained her S.B. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Advanced Music Performance from MIT in 1997 and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from Stanford, worked at Intel (2000-03) and was a post-doc at PARC (2005-07). Julia joined Caltech in 2007 and currently is a Ruben and Donna Mettler Professor of Materials Science, Mechanics, and Medical Engineering at Caltech (effective July 2019).


Metal Chemistry Award

History: The Metal Chemistry Award was conceived by Professor H. Hancock of the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1988 to recognize outstanding contributions to metallurgical chemistry as epitomized by the inaugural winner, Professor L.M. Pidgeon of the University of Toronto. Since the time of its inception the award has included recipients from universities, industry and government laboratories engaged in research activities ranging from hydrometallurgy, molten salt chemistry, corrosion and fundamental physical chemistry bearing upon smelting and refining processes.

 

2020 Recipient: Call for Nominations open

Criteria: For outstanding scientific contributions in the area of metal chemistry and distinguished service to the Canadian metal chemistry science community. This award generally covers the science related to the processing and production of materials.


Metal Physics Award

Please note that the awards process is confidential, and as such, we ask that no nominations be disclosed or discussed, except by those who are preparing and submitting the nomination.

History: The Metal Physics Award was conceived by Professor T.S. Hutchison of the Royal Military College of Canada to recognize achievements in fundamental physics of importance to the understanding of metals as materials. At the time of its first award to Z.S. Basinski in 1977, the advancement of dislocation theory was the very essence of the kind of achievement the award was intended to recognize. Although the Award since that time has been awarded for excellence in a much broader range of research achievement including advancement in non-metallic materials.

 

2020 Recipient: Call for nominations open
Criteria: For outstanding scientific contributions in the area of materials and distinguished service to the Canadian materials science and engineering community. This award more specifically covers material property fundamentals and materials characterization, including the development of measurement techniques in these areas.