The Materials Research Society has named Jennifer A. Lewis, the Hans Thurnauer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Miquel B. Salmeron, University of California–Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as MRS Medalists. Lewis is recognized for her “pioneering contributions in the design of viscoelastic inks composed of colloidal, polymeric, and organometallic building blocks and their directed assembly into planar and 3D functional architectures” and Salmeron for his “contribution to the molecular level understanding of material surfaces under ambient conditions of gas pressure and temperature made possible by the development and application of Ambient Pressure Photo-Electron Spectroscopy (APPES), which revealed the chemical structure of liquids, catalysts surfaces and nanoparticles during environmental reaction conditions.”
The MRS Medal is awarded for a specific outstanding recent discovery or advancement that has a major impact on the progress of a materials-related field. Lewis and Salmeron will receive their awards at the 2012 MRS Fall Meeting on Wednesday, November 28, at 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Both Medalists will present their talks as part of the Symposium X Lunchtime Lecture Series.
About Jennifer A. Lewis
Lewis received a BS degree with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and an ScD degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She joined the faculty of UIUC in fall 1990. She has over 150 publications and eight US patents. Her honors include NSF Presidential Faculty Fellow Award; Brunauer Award from the American Ceramic Society; Langmuir Lecture Award, American Chemical Society; and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and she is also on the editorial board of Advanced Functional Materials.
About Miquel B. Salmeron
Salmeron received his BA degree from the University of Barcelona and his PhD degree from the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid, Spain, both in physics. In 1984, he moved to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory as a Divisional Fellow, becoming a senior scientist in 1990 and where he served as director of the Materials Science Division through August of this year. He joined the faculty at UC–Berkeley as an adjunct professor in 2006. He has 390 publications and four US patents. His honors include Fellow of the American Physical Society and of the American Vacuum Society; the Klaus Halbach Award for the development of innovative instrumentation; the Medard Welch Award of the American Vacuum Society and the Langmuir Lectureship Award of the American Chemical Society; and the Outstanding Lecturer Award, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.