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OPINION LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

April 2012 Volume 37 Number 4 ISSN: 0883-7694 CODEN: MRSBEA

CONTENTS
TRANSPORTATION

LANDSCAPE
303 Introduction
Materials for sustainable development
Martin L. Green, Laura Espinal, Enrico Traversa,
and Eric J. Amis

310 Meet Our Authors


318 Materials Opportunities
Materials science and engineerings
pivotal role in sustainable development
for the 21st century
Diran Apelian

365 Automobiles
Materials challenges and opportunities for
enhancing the sustainability of automobiles
Gregory A. Keoleian and John L. Sullivan

374 Composites
Do fiber-reinforced polymer composites
provide environmentally benign alternatives?
A life-cycle-assessment-based study
Joost R. Duflou, Yelin Deng, Karel Van Acker,
and Wim Dewulf

383 Aviation
Materials for sustainable turbine engine
development

MANUFACTURING

Doug Konitzer, Steve Duclos, and Todd Rockstroh

325 M
 aterials Supply Chain
Will metal scarcity impede routine
industrial use?

INFRASTRUCTURE

T.E. Graedel and Lorenz Erdmann

333 Recycling
To recycle, or not to recycle, that is the
question: Insights from life-cycle analysis
Linda Gaines

339 Recycling
Opportunities and limits of recycling:
A dynamic-model-based analysis
Markus Reuter and Antoinette van Schaik

348 M
 etrology & Standards
Measurements, standards, and data in support
of the sustainable use of materials
Dianne L. Poster, Michael J. Fasolka,
Richard R. Cavanagh, and Ellyn S. Beary

356 H
 uman Health Concerns
Human health and ecotoxicological
considerations in materials selection
for sustainable product development
Oladele A. Ogunseitan and Julie M. Schoenung

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389 C
 onstruction Materials
Sustainable development and physical
infrastructure materials
Robert Heard, Chris Hendrickson,
and Francis C. McMichael

395 C
 onstruction Materials
Set in stone? A perspective on the concrete
sustainability challenge
Krystyn Van Vliet, Roland Pellenq, Markus J. Buehler,
Jeffrey C. Grossman, Hamlin Jennings,
Franz-Josef Ulm, and Sidney Yip

ON THE COVER
Materials for sustainable development.
This issue of MRS Bulletin discusses
the critical role that materials science
plays in sustainable development. The
cover depicts an artists rendition of
how a focused sustainable future can be
achieved through the lens of materials
research, as symbolized by the threefold
intertwined ring of society, economy, and
environment. See the expanded theme
topic that begins on p. 303.

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ENERGY & WATER


405 C
 ritical Elements
Energy-critical elements
for sustainable development
Alan J. Hurd, Ronald L. Kelley, Roderick G. Eggert,
and Min-Ha Lee

412 M
 aterials & Energy
Energy limitations on materials availability
Igor Lubomirsky and David Cahen

417 N
 uclear Fission
Is nuclear fission a sustainable source
of energy?
Matthias Englert, Lindsay Krall, and Rodney C. Ewing

425 P
 hotovoltaics
Sustainability metrics for extending thin-film
photovoltaics to terawatt levels
Vasilis Fthenakis

ADVERTISERS IN THIS ISSUE

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Aldrich Materials Science..................................... 302


American Elements.......................Outside back cover
Annual Reviews..................................................... 332
Bruker.................................................................... 301
Bruker Nano Surfaces Division............................. 404
GlobalFoundries.................................................... 403
Goodfellow Corporation........................................ 373
High Voltage Engineering...............Inside front cover
Hysitron, Inc. ....................................................... 388
International Centre.............................................. 448

for Diffraction Data (ICDD)
J.A. Woollam Company, Inc. ................................ 364
Janis Research Company, Inc. ............................. 387
JEOL USA, Inc. ......................................................317
Kurt J. Lesker Company........................................ 324
Lake Shore Cryotronics, Inc. ............................... 363
MMR Technologies, Inc. ...................................... 331
National Electrostatics Corp. ............................... 355
Park Systems, Inc. ............................................... 297
Wiley .....................................................................411

431 C
 arbon Mitigation
Materials challenges in carbonmitigation technologies
Laura Espinal and Bryan D. Morreale

439 W
 ater
The energywater nexus: Water use trends
in sustainable energy and opportunities
for materials research and development
Anthony Y. Ku and Andrew P. Shapiro

TEACHING SUSTAINABILITY
449 E ducation
Teaching sustainable development in
materials science and engineering
R. LeSar, K.C. Chen, and D. Apelian

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