Rice’s Lane Martin elected as Materials Research Society fellow

Researcher recognized for ‘seminal contributions’ to the field


Rice University’s Lane Martin was elected a fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS) “for seminal contributions to the science of ferroelectric and multiferroic thin film materials.”

Lane Martin
Lane Martin is Rice University’s Welch Professor, a professor of materials science and nanoengineering and director of the Rice Advanced Materials Institute.
(Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)

“I am honored to be recognized as MRS Fellow, and I hope that in this capacity I can serve as a touch-point for Rice and the global materials research community,” said Martin, the Robert A. Welch Professor of materials science and nanoengineering, chemistry and physics and astronomy and director of the Rice Advanced Materials Institute (RAMI). “My aim is both to underscore the great work being done at Rice to advance the field and to ensure our continued and proactive engagement with this dynamic, interdisciplinary community. Innovation in materials is critical to unlocking new technologies that will play an essential role in solving some of the most pressing issues of our time. Rice is making strong investments in growing our efforts in advanced materials research, such as the creation of RAMI, which will reinforce and amplify our role as a leading site of innovation for the field.”

Martin obtained his doctorate in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2008, and was a postdoctoral fellow in the quantum materials program of the materials sciences division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he continues to serve as a faculty senior scientist. Martin held faculty positions at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Cal-Berkeley and joined Rice in 2023. His research is focused on advancing the synthesis, characterization and utilization of emergent functional properties of complex oxides. Martin has authored over 275 papers and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the President of the United States of America, a 2012 National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the Army Research Office Young Investigator Program Award. In addition to fellowship in MRS, he was elected as a Fellow of the American Ceramics Society and the American Physical Society.

MRS is a leading interdisciplinary advanced materials professional society that “promotes communication for the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research and technology to improve the quality of life.” Founded in 1973, the society includes about 12,000 members from over 90 countries. Fellows are recognized for “sustained and distinguished” contributions to advanced materials research who can serve as thought-leaders to help guide and promote the development of the field. Each year, fewer than 0.2% of MRS members are elected as fellows.