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  • 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 »
  • Jun 6
    2016
    The UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association announced the election of five new members to its leadership, which includes Materials Department alumnus, James Rogers, Ph.D. 2012. James and the other newly elected Board members will each serve a three-year term, beginning July 1, 2016.  The UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association promotes and cultivates alumni connections to create... read more »
  • May 27
    2016
    Bob is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Milo Sensors, Inc., a startup whose first product is a wearable, non-invasive alcohol sensor.  In January 2015, Bob met Evan Strenk, another UCSB alumnus (B.S. in Film Studies, 2014), and they became teammates in the 2015 New Venture Competition for UCSB’s Technology Management Program. After winning the New Venture... read more »
  • May 25
    2016
    Tom Nizolek, a Materials Ph.D. student, was awarded the Agnew National Security Fellowship and will be be joining the Materials in Dynamic and Radiation Extremes Group (MST-8) at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL). The Agnew fellowship sponsors a postdoctoral researcher pursuing "cutting-edge experimental, theoretical, computational science, and engineering research aligned... read more »
  • May 19
    2016
    President Obama awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to UC Santa Barbara research professor Arthur Gossard in a special ceremony at the White House on Thursday, May 19.  Prof. Gossard is a professor emeritus of Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering and he is among eight recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation and nine... read more »
  • May 16
    2016
    On Friday, May 13, the Materials Department showed its appreciation for the hard work, dedication, and endless hours the graduate students give during the year by holding the annual Ice Cream Social.  Materials Department Chair Prof. Tresa Pollock, along with Prof. Dan Gianola and Prof. Galen Stucky scooped ice cream for over an hour to the ravenous students who happily... read more »
  • May 11
    2016
    John is an Associate Professor and Vargo Teaching Chair in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry.  John’s primary research goal in structural materials is to improve the performance of materials as they relate to other fields. As a result,... read more »
  • May 6
    2016
    A day of celebration to honor the 80th birthday of UCSB Prof. Fyl Pincus was held on Thursday, May 5. Prof. Pincus's birthday celebration consisted of technical presentations from colleagues who hail from near and far. Following the presentations, Prof. Pincus was honored at an afternoon reception.  Prof. Pincus arrived at UCSB in July of 1985. He holds appointments in... read more »
  • May 5
    2016
    Congratulations to Materials staff Tawny Hernandez, the Department's Financial Analyst, and Yukina Warner, Corporate Programs Manager for SSLEC, on receiving 2016 Citation of Excellence Awards. The Award acknowledges and celebrates outstanding achievements and meritorious service of career staff. Each year, only ten awards are give.  Tawny received the 2016 Citation of... read more »
  • May 2
    2016
    The Materials Department at UCSB would like to congratulate our Winter 2016 Ph.D. graduates and welcome them into the Materials Alumni family. We caught up with each of these graduates to learn about the exciting steps they will be taking as they embark on their careers.  Lars BjaalieUnderstanding and Engineering Two-Dimensional Electron Gases in... read more »
  • Apr 20
    2016
    Professor Shuji Nakamura traveled to London, England on April 14th to receive The Asian Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science & Technology.  The Asian Awards were born out of a simple vision - to create an event which would honour only the very highest levels of achievement from within the worldwide Asian community and to create one of the most important events... read more »
  • Apr 18
    2016
    Eric is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at the Colorado School of Mines and has a co-appointment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Through his research, Eric seeks to design new materials for energy conservation through a mixture of solid-state chemistry and material physics.  The nexus of heat, light, and electricity offers both challenging... read more »