The materials research society


  • Prof. Robert P. H. Chang

    1. Northwestern University Department of Materials Science & Engineering Evanston, IL 60208 (USA)
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    • was born in China and spent 10 years in Japan prior to going to the United States. He received his BS from MIT and his Ph.D. from Princeton University. In 1971 he joined the research division of AT & T Bell Laboratories to start research in experimental plasma physics, concentrating on nonlinear plasma wave phenomena. Since 1976, his research interests have been the study of plasma-solid surface interactions and thin films for electronics and integrated optioelectronic devices. He is currently studying the growth of diamond-like films and high-Tc superconducting oxide films. Chang has over 170 publications (including patents) to his credit. In 1986, Chang accepted an appointment as Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University where he is now Director of the Materials Research Center. He was the President of the MRS for 1989.


In its seventeen years of existence the Materials Research Society (MRS) has witnessed tremendous advances in the research and development of, for example, ceramics, semiconductors and biomaterials. The basis and development of the Society as well as the newly founded International Materials Research Committee are described, and the MRS's interdisciplinary activities are presented.