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Mas Subramanian stands in a lab holding a structure of YInMn Blue.

Subramanian elected a Fellow of the Neutron Scattering Society of America

By Hannah Ashton

Oregon State University Distinguished Professor and Milton Harris Professor of Materials Science, Mas Subramanian, has been elected a fellow of the Neutron Scattering Society of America for “his insightful application of neutron scattering to provide far-reaching insights into materials chemistry.”

Founded in 1992, the NSSA has more than one thousand members worldwide dedicated to advancing neutron scattering research. Less than one percent of the membership is awarded the recognition of fellow every two years.

Subramanian is an internationally distinguished leader in the development of new functional materials and their commercialization with a significant focus on using neutron scattering in understanding and optimizing their crystal structure-composition-property relationships. These materials have found applications in numerous fields including electronics, solid-state energy conversion and storage, magnetic materials and durable high-performance color pigments.

His achievements include 400 publications and having the highest cited paper ever in the Journal of Solid State Chemistry, along with holding 60 US Patents and receiving the prestigious Perkin Medal from the Society of Dyers and Colorists. He is also an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

In 2009, Subramanian and his then graduate student discovered YInMn Blue, the first bright blue pigment identified in 200 years. This groundbreaking discovery garnered worldwide attention and led to the development of a new Crayola crayon named ‘bluetiful.’

“Dr. Subramanian is an exceptional scientist and we are extremely proud of this recognition,” said Department of Chemistry Head Wei Kong. “Oregon State and the chemistry department are fortunate to have Dr. Subramanian as a member of our community.”

To read the full Fellow announcement click here.