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  • Sep 30
    2019
    Professor Shuji Nakamura among the newest fellows of U.K.’s Royal Academy of Engineering UC Santa Barbara professor and Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura is adding yet another accolade to his long list of honors: election to the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is one of only four International Fellows selected by the United Kingdom’s national academy of engineering for 2019... read more »
  • Sep 24
    2019
    University  of  California,  Santa  Barbara  graduate  student  awarded  Department  of  Energy      fellowship Lauren Smith, a doctoral candidate in Materials Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been awarded a Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) to support her... read more »
  • Sep 20
    2019
    Two UCSB Materials Department faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS) for 2019. Prof. Omar Saleh, Professor of Materials and Biomolecular Science and Engineering was selected by the Division of Biological Physics “for outstanding contributions to single-molecule biophysics, including development of magnetic tweezer instrumentation... read more »
  • Sep 16
    2019
    People tend to only think about energy storage when their laptop or cellphone batteries are running out of juice. However, energy storage is a key concept for utility companies, who are constantly managing the supply and demand of energy on the electrical grid. The more variability that exists in supply and demand, the more difficult it is to stabilize the electrical grid... read more »
  • Sep 16
    2019
    UC Santa Barbara hosts the nation’s first NSF-funded Quantum Foundry, a center for developing materials and devices for quantum information-based technologies. We hear a lot these days about the coming quantum revolution. Efforts to understand, develop, and characterize quantum materials — defined broadly as those displaying characteristics that can be explained only by... read more »
  • Sep 13
    2019
    A bacterial disease, HLB, which is spread by the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) has reduced Florida’s citrus production by 50 percent from 2003-2017, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. HLB has no known cure and pesticides have had only minimal impact on ACP. Recently, the ACP was detected in Southern California, along the ground freight corridors that... read more »
  • Aug 29
    2019
    The future of technology relies, to a great extent, on new materials, but the work of developing those materials begins years before any specific application for them is known. Stephen Wilson, materials professor in the UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering, works in that “long before” realm, seeking to create new materials that exhibit desirable new... read more »
  • Aug 21
    2019
    Prof. Craig Hawker and Prof. Michael Chabinyc have authored commentaries in Nature Reviews Materials on professional development for graduate students.     In “A generosity of spirit”, Prof. Hawker discusses the importance of developing research networks and mentoring in both academic and industrial careers. In “Finding and... read more »
  • Aug 19
    2019
    The Materials Department would like to acknowledge our 2019 Graduate Student Fellowship Awardees     Virginia Collier (NSF and NDSEG) Jacob Ewing (NSF) Steven Gomez (NSF) Eliovardo Gonzalez-Correa (NSF) Nolan Hendricks (SMART) Alexander Lygo (NSF) Caelin Muir (NSTRF) Tyler Pardue (NSF) Elias Sebti (NSF) Lauren Smith (DOE NNSA SSGF) Vincent Wu (NSF) Oey Yuzki (NSF) Julia... read more »
  • Jul 19
    2019
    All matter consists of one or more phases — regions of space with uniform structure and physical properties. Everyone is familiar with the common phases of H2O (solid, liquid, and gas), also known as ice, water, and steam. Similarly, polymeric materials can form a variety of different solid or liquid phases that determine their properties and ultimate utility. This is... read more »
  • Jul 18
    2019
    2019 Graduate Student Ice Cream Social                       
  • Jul 17
    2019
    Materials scientists from UC Santa Barbara uncover source of degradation in sodium batteries View the complete news release at:https://www.news.ucsb.edu/2019/019555/toward-better-battery (Santa Barbara, Calif.) — Batteries power our lives: we rely on them to keep our cell phones and laptops buzzing and our hybrid and electric cars on the road. But ever-... read more »
  • Jul 17
    2019
    Materials scientists from UC Santa Barbara uncover source of degradation in sodium batteries View the complete news release at:https://www.news.ucsb.edu/2019/019555/toward-better-battery (Santa Barbara, Calif.) — Batteries power our lives: we rely on them to keep our cell phones and laptops buzzing and our hybrid and electric cars on the road. But ever-... read more »
  • Jun 17
    2019
    Professor Chris Bates has received a 2019-2020 Hellman Family Faculty Fellowship. "The purpose of the Hellman Fellows program is to provide substantial support for the research of promising assistant professors who have served at least two years at the assistant professor level, and who show capacity for great distinction in their research." Congratulations Chris!
  • Jun 3
    2019
    The Materials Department at UCSB would like to congratulate our 2017-2018 Ph.D. graduates and welcome them into the Materials Alumni family. Twenty-four students had their degrees conferred in Fall 2017-Summer 2018. Take a look and see where a few of our graduates have headed as they embark on their careers.      Tobias Brown-Heft, Ph.D. '18, ... read more »
  • May 22
    2019
    Virginia Collier has been awarded both the 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, and has accepted the NDSEG fellowship. Her research focuses on the coupling of chemistry and mechanics, using computational techniques to understand the behavior of high-temperature materials in jet engines. As a... read more »
  • Apr 29
    2019
    Professor Susanne Stemmer has received the UCSB Faculty Senate Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award for 2018-2019. This award recognizes her outstanding contributions in training graduate students for careers in research and teaching. During her career at UCSB, she has graduated 16 Ph.D. students and 6 M.S. students along with mentoring of many post-doctoral students. Her... read more »
  • Apr 17
    2019
    Professor Rachel A. Segalman, Edward Noble Kramer Professor and Chemical Engineering Department Chair and Professor, Materials Department at UC Santa Barbara, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Saturday, October 12, 2019. The Induction weekend will begin with an event on... read more »
  • Mar 21
    2019
    Professor Michael Chabinyc, Chair of the Materials Department at the UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering, has been named a Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS), a distinction that “recognizes outstanding contributions to the field, including research, leadership, and service that have advanced the mission of the materials community world-wide.” read more
  • Mar 21
    2019
    Two UC Santa Barbara Materials PhD students will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and learn from more than 40 Nobel Laureates this summer in Germany. Joshua Bocarsly and Elayne Thomas, both fourth-year graduate students, are among 580 young scientists from 88 countries selected to participate in the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting from June 31 to July 5.... read more »
  • Mar 12
    2019
    In its annual ranking of leading graduate and professional programs at American universities, U.S. News & World Report magazine has rated two of UC Santa Barbara’s programs among the top 10 in the nation. In the 2020 U.S. News list of “Best Graduate Schools,” UC Santa Barbara’s materials program is ranked No. 1 among public institutions and No. 3 overall. The spots... read more »
  • Mar 5
    2019
    It will be a feat of engineering and physics at the smallest scales, but it could open the biggest doors — to new science and more advanced technologies. UC Santa Barbara physicists Ania Jayich and David Weld, and materials scientist Kunal Mukherjee, are teaming up to build an atom-defect hybrid quantum system — a sensor technology that would use the power of quantum... read more »
  • Feb 14
    2019
    UCSB Materials and Mechanical Engineering Professor Irene Beyerlein has been honored with two separate awards from The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS).  The Awards will be presented at the Awards Dinner of the 2019 TMS Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX, March 13, 2019. First, Prof. Beyerlein is the recipient of the TMS 2019 Brimacombe Medal.  This mid-... read more »
  • Feb 14
    2019
    The Materials Department is pleased to announce a new professorship, the Mehrabian Interdisciplinary Endowed Chair.  This Chaired Professorship was established by Robert and Victoria Mehrabian, longtime friends and benefactors of the UCSB College of Engineering, to support the scholarly activities of a faculty member jointly appointed between the... read more »
  • Feb 14
    2019
    UCSB engineering Professor John Bowers’ group develops a high-performance quantum dot mode-locked laser on silicon. “The level of data traffic in the world is going up very, very fast,” said Bowers, co-author of a paper on the new technology in the journal Optica. Generally speaking, he explained, the transmission and data capacity of state-of-the-art... read more »