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  • Mar 16
    2017
    From The Pacific Coast Business Times: The Pacific Coast Business Times is pleased to announce this year’s Central Coast Innovation Awards winners. Each honoree is profiled in the B section of the Feb. 24-March 2 issue of the Business Times. Winners will be honored at an awards reception Thursday, March 16 at the Bacara Resort & Spa from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The... read more »
  • Feb 21
    2017
    From the article, "In great shape" in The UCSB Current, written by Sonia Fernandez:  In 2015 UC Santa Barbara mechanical engineer and materials scientist Jonathan Berger developed an idea that could change the way people think about high-performance structural materials. Two years later, his concept is paying research dividends. In a letter published in the... read more »
  • Feb 9
    2017
    From the article, "The little bacterium that could" in The UCSB Current, written by Julie Cohen:  A humble bacterium first isolated in New York’s Lake Oneida almost 30 years ago could change the world. With its innate ability to generate electricity, the little powerhouse might one day pave the way for making wastewater drinkable. The bacterium, Shewanella... read more »
  • Feb 3
    2017
    From the article, "Full(erene) Potential" in The UCSB Current, written by Sonia Fernandez:  In what could be called a classic “Eureka” moment, UC Santa Barbara materials researchers have discovered a simple yet effective method for mastering the electrical properties of polymer semiconductors. The elegant technique allows for the efficient design and manufacture... read more »
  • Feb 2
    2017
    Siddha recently completed his first semester as an Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Lehigh University after spending the past decade at UCSB as a graduate student and postdoctoral researcher. During his time as a graduate student, Siddha built an ammonothermal lab and systems for gallium nitride growth and, as a postdoc, utilized the systems he... read more »
  • Dec 14
    2016
    From the article "Invention Honors" in the UCSB Current, written by Sonia Fernandez: UC Santa Barbara professors James Speck and Larry Coldren are among the newest fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).   Both professors in the UCSB College of Engineering, Speck and Coldren are recognized by NAI for their “highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or... read more »
  • Dec 14
    2016
    From the article "An (Edible) Solution to Extend Produce’s Shelf Life" in The New York Times, written by Stephanie Strom: SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — What if a Florida tomato could be left on the vine long enough to turn red and fully develop its flavor — and still be ripe and juicy when it arrived at a grocery store in New York days later? That is precisely the... read more »
  • Dec 9
    2016
    From the article "Solar Cell Game Changer" in the UCSB Current, written by Julie Cohen: With a new technique for manufacturing single-layer organic polymer solar cells, scientists at UC Santa Barbara and three other universities might very well move organic photovoltaics into a whole new generation of wearable devices and enable small-scale distributed power generation.... read more »
  • Nov 23
    2016
    In September, the greatest minds working in the field of ammonothermal growth of single crystals came together at UCSB for the conclusion of a two-session international workshop.  The first session was held in Germany, at Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nüremburg (FAU), towards the beginning of the summer, and covered fundamentals of crystal growth and in-situ... read more »
  • Nov 16
    2016
    From the UCSB Current article, "Atomic Imperfections":  Using cutting-edge first-principles calculations, UCSB Materials professor Chris Van de Walle and researchers in his lab have demonstrated the mechanism by which transition metal impurities — iron in particular — can act as nonradiative recombination centers in nitride semiconductors. The work highlights that such... read more »
  • Oct 1
    2016
    This year, the Materials Department held the 5th Annual Tony Evans 5K Memorial Run. With over 200 participants, this year’s run was the biggest one yet. As graduate students, faculty, staff, and their families lined up outside of Engineering II, Tony’s impact on the Department was remembered and  his daily runs around the lagoon were honored for the fifth time.  The... read more »
  • Sep 23
    2016
    From the UCSB Current article "Next-Generation Thermoelectrics":  Imagine charging your cellphone anywhere without having to plug in. Or barely breaking a sweat outside in the middle of summer. How about using a high-performance personal computer that cools its own components? These ideas, and many like them, may be the realities of the not-so-distant future, thanks to UC... read more »
  • Sep 14
    2016
    From the article "Efficiency pluse Versatility" in the UCSB Current:  Antimicrobial cutting boards. Flame-retardant carpets. Friction-resistant bearings. Engineered surfaces add value to the things we use, providing extra layers of safety, easing their operation, preserving their quality or adding utility. At UC Santa Barbara, materials researchers are looking to... read more »
  • Aug 24
    2016
    Fromt the UCSB Current article, An Unexpected Finding:  In the pursuit of a new class of photovoltaic materials, researchers at UC Santa Barbara happened upon an entirely different discovery that addresses a centuries-old mystery of chemistry: Why does an iodine solution turn blue-black when starch is added to the mix? The exact structural-chemical mechanism that... read more »
  • Aug 24
    2016
    From the UCSB Current article, A Leader of Light: John Bowers, a professor of electrical and computer engineering and of materials at UC Santa Barbara, has been selected to receive the 2017 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Photonics Award. Bowers is the first faculty member from UCSB to receive the honor, which recognizes his “pioneering... read more »
  • Aug 7
    2016
    Professor Irene J. Beyerlein joined the UCSB Materials faculty as a member of the Structural Materials research group on July 1.  Her primary appointment is in Mechanical Engineering. Prof. Beyerlein’s research focuses on the creation and design of advanced materials with unprecedented structural performance under extremes of strains, stress, and temperature.   The... read more »
  • Jul 29
    2016
    UCSB Materials will welcome Assistant Professor Kunal Mukherjee on November 1 to the Electronic and Photonic Materials research group. Prof. Mukherjee is interested in synthesizing compound semiconductors for improved optoelectronic, imaging, and power generation devices. This involves developing a detailed understanding of thin film growth phenomena in semiconductor... read more »
  • Jul 28
    2016
    From a story in The Independent written by Maddie Lee: Three Central Coast companies are the recipients of the newest series of United States Department of Energy grants awarded to small businesses. Awarded in late June at $1 million each, the grants for SixPoint Materials, Inc., MicroBio Engineering Inc., and Freedom Photonics, LLC encourage further clean energy... read more »
  • Jul 15
    2016
    Craig is the Founder and CEO of DfR Solutions, a company providing software and consulting services to the electronics community. When Craig founded DfR eleven years ago, he noticed there were numerous industry standards in place to ensure quality manufacturing, while there was nothing that helped technology companies guarantee a reliable design.  He decided to change... read more »
  • Jul 15
    2016
    From the UCSB Current:  UC Santa Barbara Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Shuji Nakamura has been elected to Academia Sinica, Taiwan’s preeminent research institution. Nakamura, UCSB's sixth Nobel laureate, is among 22 new scholars and scientists elected to the prestigious academy at its biennial Convocation of Academicians earlier this... read more »
  • Jul 8
    2016
    Update: An article on the student-led diveristy symposium at TMS 2016 is featured in the June issue of Journal of Materials.  This story was originally published on May 10, 2016.  Materials Department graduate students Wennie Wang, Natalie Larson, and David Hwang organized a day-long symposium, “Transforming the Diversity Landscape,” at the TMS 2016... read more »
  • Jul 1
    2016
    John English is an unassuming man who cultivates lifelong relationships. He pretends to be gruff, but he’s actually a pretty nice guy. And he’s always making wisecracks. John is also, of course, extensively technical – he is a co-author on 223 technical publications – and is largely credited with building the Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) Laboratory at UCSB. Two years ago... read more »
  • Jun 14
    2016
    UCSB Materials will welcome Assistant Professor Chris Bates on July 1 to the Macromolecular and Biomolecular Materials research group.  Prof. Bates’s research sits at the intersection of chemistry, materials science, and physics, leveraging a variety of synthetic and physical experimental techniques to design, create, and probe the structure and properties of soft matter... read more »
  • Jun 13
    2016
    Marissa Lafata, a Ph.D. student in Materials at UCSB, recently received the International Symposium on Superalloys Scholarship from TMS.  Funding for the scholarship is provided by the Organizing Committee of the International Symposium on Superalloys. Only two scholarships are awarded each year and they are available to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in... read more »
  • Jun 9
    2016
    From the UCSB Current:  Aiming to develop high-performance materials for use in extreme environments — one of her primary research interests — UC Santa Barbara materials professor Tresa Pollock and her team are collaborating with GE and others to push the effort forward. Their work, supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is the subject of a new video produced... read more »