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Vol. II No. I


No one who attended the Annual Meeting of the

Materials Research Society last November in Boston is

likely to forget Arthur van Hippel’s whimsical anecdote

about the great Norwegian geochemist Victor Goldschmidt

cultivating the neighborhood squirrels and naming them

after his scientific enemies. In the two sessions that

annually convene the entirety of its membership-the

Plenary and Von Hippel Award Sessions-MRS members

had the unique opportunity to reminisce about the formative

years of materials science with one of its foremost

practitioners; to share the concerns and vision of one of

Britain’s most esteemed scientists-statesmen; to probe the

responsibilities and guiding ideals of national and state

political and scientific leaders.

The 1983 Plenary and Von Hippel Award sessions were

extraordinary. In the former, “The Role of Government,

Industries. and Universities in the Support and the

Performance of Materials Science” was examined in depth

by George A. Keyworth II, Science Advisor to the President

and Director of the Federal Office of Science and

Technology Policy; Donald S. Beilman. President of the

Microelectronics Center of North Carolina, and Michael S.

Dukakis. Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

In carefully coordinated remarks they defined the issues that

confront policy makers in formulating programs that foster

effective scientific research and technological innovation, and

the roles each sector must play in achieving the most

effective results.

In the latter session, Oxford University Professor Sir Peter

B. Hirsch, F.R.S., received the Materials Research Society’s

highest accolade, the Arthur Von Hippel Award; and the

renowned scientist for whom the award is named was

present to congratulate his successor to the prize. Sir Peter,

who also is Chairman of the United Kingdom Atomic

Energy Authority, challenged materials scientists to be

mindful that they create what he called an “enabling

technology” which permits engineers to turn design into

hardware, and urged them to work closely with their

engineering colleagues to foster this mutual concern. At the

same time, he pointed out that the origin of technological

change can usually be traced to fundamental, speculative

work, which must not be neglected despite budgetary


These sessions highlighted a materials conference

unprecedented in its size, scope, and level of achievement.

More than 1,600 professionals attended some fourteen

symposia and three short courses. in addition to the general

sessions; more than 800 technical papers were presented; a

record number of Proceedings volumes will be published by

the Materials Research Society.

A special issue of the MRS’s official newsletter, the

BUL t ETIY, has been published which contains the complete

remarks of the Plenary and Von Hippcl speakers. as well as

exhaustive reports on the technical symposia. Members

have already received their personal copy. A complimentary

copy for non-members may be obtained from the Society’s

International Headquarters.

MHS ,QEWS is a publication of the Materials Research Society, the international professional organization of materials scientisls, engineers. technicians, and other materials professionals. The MRS holds two principal meetings annually. one in the spring on the West Coast and the Annual Meeting in November in Boston. It also sponsors other meetings in the U.S. and abroad, awards the fc>remost prize in materials science -the Arthur Von Hippel Award -publishes a PROCEEDINGS series of technical papers and a newsletter, the BI~LI.EII.Y. and oglers man-v other services to its members.

For information about the Materials Research Society and its meetings, contact the Societ}, at its International Headquarters..

J.B. Ballance. Executive Director

Materials Research Society

9800 McKnight Road, Suite 327

Pittsburgh, PA 15237

(4 12) 367-3003


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The Materials Research Society’s first of a planned annual series of Spring Meetings is being held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Feb. 27-29. The Society is extremely pleased

to report that, through the efforts of Program Chairmen Gordon Pike of Sandia National Labs, Ross Lemons of Los

Alamos National Lab, and Noble Johnson of Xerox’s Palo Alto, Calif., Research Center, a large number of materials

scientists based in Western North America, Latin America,

and the Far East have a supplement to the Society’s November Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts, for

topical symposia of particular interest at government,

industry and university labs in those areas.

The Chairmen report that preregistrations indicate total enrollment at the meeting will be about 300. An unknown

number of scientists will register at the meeting itself.

Therefore, total enrollment could easily surpass the number that had been expected to attend the four topical symposia.

The Meeting is held at the Albuquerque Marriott Hotel. “The great interest expressed in this meeting has

demonstrated the MRS was correct to establish the Spring Meetings,” the Chairmen report. With more than 1,600 scientists and engineers attending the most recent Annual

Meeting in Boston, that conference had grown unwieldy, it

was felt. In some instances limitations of space had made it

impossible to offer all of the symposia that might have been

organized. Also, “The MRS can better serve research topics where

the predominant interest is at western universities and

industries” through the West Coast meeting, the Chairmen state. “For topics of widest interest, the Spring Meeting will provide the option of site alternation with Boston and

symposia repeat time of 18 months.” Four symposia are offered at Albuquerque.

Symposium A is “Materials for Display and Printing Technologies,” chaired by Derek B. Dove of International Business Machines Corp.% Yorktown Heights, New York,

Research Center, and Cecil E. Land of Sandia National Laboratories.

Symposium B is “Better Ceramics Through Chemistry.”

The Chairmen are C. Jeff Brinker of Sandia National Labs, David E. Clark of the University of Florida, Gainesville. and D.R. Ulrich of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Symposium C is “Optical and Magnetic Data Storage

Materials,” chaired by Geoffrey Bate of Verbatim Corp.,

Martin A. Bosch of Bell Laboratories, and Nobutake

lmamura of KDD R&D Laboratories. Symposium D. “Comparison of Thin Film Transistor and

SOI Technologies,” is chaired by Hon Wai Lam of Texas Instruments and Malcomb J. Thompson of Xerox Corp.‘s

Palo Alto Research Center. Two of the symposia, B and D. intend to publish

proceedings in book form as part of the Materials Research Society PROCEEDINGS series.

The Program Chairmen have long been active in MRS conferences. Gordon Pike has been especially busy, having

served as Co-Chairman of the 1983 Annual Meeting in Boston. Ross Lemons, the inventor of the scanning acoustic microscope, has long been active in MRS symposia on such

topics as ferroelectric-ferroelastic devices, magnetostatic

wave propagation, thin film silicon crystallization, and

electrically amplified optical recording. Noble Johnson was

a Co-Chairman of the symposium on energy beam-solid

interactions and transient thermal processing at the 1983

MRS Annual Meeting.

West-coast MRS meetings will be held annually in the

spring, next year in San Francisco. “Together with the expansion of the Annual Meeting in Boston,” notes MRS

President C.W. “Woody” White of Oak Ridge National

Lab, “the Spring Meetings greatly enhance the technical

conferences the Society provides to the materials science

community. They reinforce our premier position as rhe

professional organization for materials scientists and



The Materials Research Society is proud to convene its first annual West Coast Meeting ‘in 1984, in Albuquerque,

N.M. This conference adds an entirely new dimension to

the activities of the Materials Research Society. In the past, the Society has sponsored a yearly meeting in Boston in November of each year. In a few short years that meeting has become the premier conference in the world for materials professionals. The increased participation by individuals in the Materials Research Society and the

demand among its members for more topical symposia in key areas of materials science made it necessary for the Society to establish a second yearly meeting. The meeting in Albuquerque is the first of these. Although this meeting will be smaller in terms of attendance and the number of


topical symposia offered, we expect the West Coast meeting to grow rapidly and, in a few years, to be comparable in size

with the Boston meeting. Plans for a second West Coast meeting. to be held in San Francisco in 1985, are already well under way.

The Materials Research Society is the foremost technical society in the world for those professionals concerned with the forefront areas of materials science. The MRS symposia are interdisciplinary and they span a range from basic

research to applications. The goal for each symposium is to insure that all possible physical, chemical, and engineering insights are considered for the topic being examined. The Society has earned a reputation as the sponsor of the most vital information-sharing events within the materials

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community. You can be assured that the same standards of

technical program selection that have earned us our reputation will be applied to program selection for the West Coast meetings.

Organizing a meeting of the size of the Albuquerque Meeting requires enormous efforts on the part of dedicated individuals. The Meeting Chairpersons for this

meeting-Gordon Pike, Sandia National Labs, Noble

Johnson. Xerox, and Ross Lemons, Los Alamos National Lab-have done a superb job in selecting the technical


The second spring conference of the Materials Research

Society is planned for April 15-18, 1985, at the Golden

Gateway Holiday Inn in San Francisco. It will offer significantly more symposia than the Albuquerque meeting.

A benetit of MRS membership is the opportunity to intluence decisions about symposia selection, as well as to

participate in the organization of this and other technical conferences of broad interest to materials professionals.

Three outstanding scientists are serving as Chairpersons of

the San Francisco meeting: Susan M. Kelso received her Ph.D. in physics from the

University of California at Berkeley in 1979. After pursu-

ing post-doctoral research at Bell Laboratories, she joined

the staff of the Xerox Research Center in Palo Alto, Calif.,

in 198 I. Her principal research interests have centered on

the study of semiconducting materials using optical ellip- sometry, synchrotron radiation, and reflectance and lumines-

cence spectroscopies. Besides the MRS. she is a member of

APS and AAPT, the Association of Women in Science, Sigma Xi, and Phi Beta Kappa.

A. Wayne Johnson is head of a laser and atomics physics

program. They had far less time to accomplish this task

than is customary for planning the Boston meeting. Chairmen of the individual symposia are to be commended as well for the jobs they did in organizing the technical symposia. The MRS also owes a debt of gratitude to Rod

Quinn and his colleagues at Sandia and in the Albuquerque

area for providing the local arrangements for the conference.

C.W. “Woody” White President

group at Sandia National Laboratories. His principal

research interests include chemical kinetics, laser spectros- copy, laser research, surface physics and chemistry, and

laser-controlled chemical processing on surfaces. He is a member of the American Physical Society and of Sigma Xi.

In 1983 he was co-chairman of the MRS symposium on laser-controlled chemical processing of surfaces.

K.S. Sree-Harsha is Chairman of the Department of Materials Engineering at San Jose State University. His

principal interests include thin film metallization, phase

transformation, and magnetic materials. He has organized

numerous special courses and symposia in the Bay Area in

the field of electronic materials. He received his Ph.D. in metallurgy from Penn State University in 1964 and since

then has performed research at several university and indus-

trial laboratories. MRS members automatically receive complete informa-

tion about all technical conferences, including the San Fran-

cisco meeting. Call or write the Society for information about membership.


The Materials Research Society will hold a three-day offsetting a greater part of their cost. equipment exhibit as part of this year’s Annual Meeting, to The exhibit will be organized and run for the Society by be held in Boston, Mass., Nov. 26-30. This is the first time the Advertising Division of the American Institute of such an exhibit has been included as an integral part of the Physics. The Division has more than 20 years of experience Society’s Annual Meeting, but the activity is expected to running such exhibits for AIP member societies such as the become a permanent fixture at future Society conferences. American Vacuum Society and the American Physical

The exhibit is intended to serve several purposes: enhance Society. the quality of the meeting and provide greater opportunities To date, more than SO companies have indicated strong for information exchange; provide participants with the interest in participating. The names of those firms which at opportunity to see the latest equipment available for use in press time expected to participate in the show appear in an their field of research; increase the exposure of the Materials ad appearing in the current number of the MRS BULLETIN,

Research Society and its activities to equipment the official newsletter of the Materials Research Society. A manufacturers; and provide an additional source of revenue complimentary copy of the BULLETIN is available from the to help the Society upgrade the quality of its offerings while Society’s International Headquarters.


The Materials Research Society will for the first time co- Modification of Materials” conferences, to be held this year sponsor one in the series of international “Ion Beam on the campus of Cornell University, Ithaca. NY, July l6-


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19. The MRS is hoping to forge continuing links to this

sequence of materials conferences and is particularly pleased to begin with a conference guided by an international committee and chaired by Prof. J.W. Mayer, one of its own

distinguished Von Hippel Award winners. The 1984 conference is one in a series that began in 1970

at Thousand Oaks, when “Ion Implantation in Semiconductors” was a new field. In 1978 in Budapest the

conference organizers recognized the broadening scope of ion

beam-solid interest and originated the title “Ion Beam

Modification of Materials,” which subsequent semi-annual

meetings at Albany and Grenoble have also borne. The MRS is pleased to establish a co-sponsor relationship with

these conferences since this field of research has already

been recognized as important to the MRS. Several past MRS annual meetings have had symposia on closely related themes. The most recent was the one held this November in

Boston, the symposium “Ion Implantation and Ion Beam Processing of Materials,” which was organized by G.K. Hubler, C.R. Clayton, O.W. Holland, and C.W. White.

The Cornell conference will have a four-day format. The

scope and organization are indicated below.

The emphasis of the conference is on ion-induced changes

in composition, structure, and defects and the associated

changes in mechanical, electrical, optical, or chemical properties of metals, semiconductors, ceramics. and organic material. The conference is organized in the following sessions:

Metals I and 2 (S. Myers and P. Peercy)

Semiconductors 1 and 2 (B.R. Appleton, D.E. Davies, and J. Donnelly)

Sputtering Phenomena (H.H. Andersen) Ion Mixing (S.S. Lau and M.A. Nicolet)

Polymers, Ceramics, And Other Insulators (W.L. Brown and J.A. Davies)

Ion Assisted Etching (J. Coburn) Fine Line Structures (I. Adesida)

Invited and contributed papers will be presented in oral sessions, with the majority of contributed papers presented in poster sessions.

For more information contact: Susan B. Hurwitz.

Conference Secretary, IBMM ‘84, Bard Hall, Cornell

University, Ithaca, NY 14853, (607) 256-5190.


The Third International Symposium on the Physical

Metallurgy of Cast Iron will be held in Stockholm August 29-3 I, with the support of the Materials Research Society

and the Swedish Board for Technical Development. The aim of the conference is to elucidate various aspects

of the physical metallurgy of cast iron, notably: The mechanism of solidification and transformations in

the solid state;

1974. The volume of research in the intervening years made

another conference desirable, and Sweden’s Royal Institute

of Technology agreed to host the meeting, under the spon- sorship of the MRS and Sweden’s Technical Development


The influence of alloy composition and cooling conditions

on microstructure, defect formation, and properties, and

Simulation methods for predicting structure and proper-

ties, based upon computer analysis of cooling conditions and

transformation behavior.

Abstracts should be submitted to the conference secre-

tariat by April I. Notification of acceptance will be made by June I. The number of papers is limited to 50. Proceed-

ings will be published by Elsevier Science Publishing Com- pany as a volume in the MRS PROCEEDINGS series.

The second international conference was held in Geneva in

For information make inquiries to: Symposium on Cast

Iron, SCI 3, Materials Research Center, Royal Institute of

Technology, S-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden. Telephone 46-

87877553. Telex 10389 KTHBS.


For the First time, a comprehensive calendar of profes-

sional conferences, meetings, and symposia of interest to materials scientists and engineers has been prepared.

Perhaps you already knew about the Optical Society of America’s Spring Conference, or the Spring ‘84 Topical

Meeting on the Science of Polishing, or the Third Interna- tional Conference on III-V Semi-Insulating Materials, or the Symposium on Reliability in Ceramic Production and Utili- zation. But perhaps you have missed the Third Interna-

tional Conference on Solid Films and Surfaces, or the North Staffordshire meeting on Kinetics and Mass Transport of Silicate and Oxide Systems, or the Seventh International Conference on Textures of Materials, or the Conference on

Advances in Materials Technology for the Process Indus- tries.

There is only one place notices of all of these meetings, and scores of others of interest to the materials community,


appear-the BULLETIN of the Materials Research Society. Each bi-monthly issue contains a continuously updated

calendar of every significant meeting to be held in the com- ing I2 months.

You can consult the MRS BULLETIN in your technical

library, if it subscribes. Or you can receive your personal

copy every other month as a benefit of MRS membership. As a reader of Materials Letters (most of whose Editors

are active MRS members), you will benefit from member- ship in the Materials Research Society. Its technical meet-

ings are topical and interdisciplinary. Its PROCEEDINGS are definitive. Its range of member services is unequaled.

Call or write for a complimentary copy of the most recent number of the BULLETIN. Our International Headquarters

can also supply complete information about MRS member- ship.