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  • Jul 30
    2020
      RESEARCH RAMP UP: College of Engineering Overview: https://engineering.ucsb.edu/information-research-ramp   Building Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) EII (Engineering II): /sites/default/files/docs/resources-forms/covid_phase_iii_engineering_2_building_access_6-17-20.pdf ESB (Engineering Sciences Building... read more »
  • Jul 29
    2020
    NSF awards UC Santa Barbara, UCLA $23.7 million for collaboration focused on using natural building blocks to make new materials. Synthetic polymers — think plastic and its chemical cousins — are among the foundations of modern life. The ubiquity of such petroleum-based materials has everything to do with their combination of strength, flexibility and chemical inertness,... read more »
  • Jul 28
    2020
    “A watched pot never boils,” as the saying goes, but that was not the case for UC Santa Barbara researchers watching a “pot” of liquids formed from DNA. In fact, the opposite happened. Recent advances in cellular biology have enabled scientists to learn that the molecular components of living cells (such as DNA and proteins) can bind to each other and form liquid droplets... read more »
  • Jun 25
    2020
    Materials scientists work on the semiconductors that could transform how we disinfect surfaces, spaces, personal protective equipment — even the air we breathe The COVID-19 outbreak brought with it an almost immediate and unprecedented national shortage of personal protective gear needed by health-care workers and others seeking to prevent the spread of the virus. N95... read more »
  • Jun 22
    2020
    For UC Santa Barbara materials scientist Omar Saleh and synthetic biologist Enoch Yeung, there is no machine or material more inspiring and innovative than living tissue, no process more fascinating than life. “The most biologically important thing that happens in the cell’s nucleus is that there are genes, the genes get read and turned into proteins and you get all of... read more »
  • Jun 15
    2020
     Mayela Aldaz Cervantes receives the University Award of Distinction this spring. The award recognizes students who have contributed greatly to the quality of life by providing unselfish service to others within a particular area.    Advised by Mehrabian Distinguished Professor of Materials Carlos G. Levi, Aldaz Cervantes is a PhD candidate in the Materials Department.... read more »
  • Jun 9
    2020
    In Solidarity: Black Lives Matter Friday, June 5, 2020 Over the past week, our nation has been convulsed in response to the appalling reality of yet another black individual being killed by a white police officer. The UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering stands with those in our community and around the world who are hurting and frustrated in the wake of... read more »
  • Jun 4
    2020
    Victoria Christensen shares her experiences and suggestions on how to make the most of life under the work-at-home conditions generated by the Covid-19 pandemic in a recent piece written for the Ceramics Bulletin. She addresses not only handling coursework and research for an experimentalist with no access to labs, but also taking advantage of the opportunities to enrich... read more »
  • May 19
    2020
    Professor Frank Zok will receive the 2020 Nadai Medal of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He was selected for the Medal, “for advancing the understanding of the design and performance of structural materials, including ceramic and metal composites as well as lattice materials, through the development of novel test protocols, theoretical and... read more »
  • May 1
    2020
               The Power of Light  https://www.news.ucsb.edu/2020/019860/power-light    UCSB Researchers Utilize Resources To Help Fight Coronavirus  https://dailynexus.com/2020-04-20/i-think-were-all-trying-to-help-out-as-much-as-we-can-ucsb-researchers-utilize-resources-to-help-fight-coronavirus/    Remote Research Solutions  https://www.news.ucsb.edu/2020/019865/remote-... read more »
  • Apr 17
    2020
    For the past four-plus decades, the vast majority of semiconductors used in LEDs, optical communication, and light detection have been “III-V” materials, so called because they are compounds made by combining elements from groups III and V in the periodic table. Kunal Mukherjee, an assistant professor in the Materials Department in the UC Santa Barbara... read more »
  • Apr 2
    2020
    The Materials Department would like to acknowledge our 2020 Graduate Student Fellowship Awardees The Department congratulates our NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipients and those who received honorable mentions.   Department Chair, Prof. Michael Chabinyc says, “The NSF fellowships recognize the research abilities of our students as well as their plans for educating... read more »
  • Mar 30
    2020
    We are working on publishing information concering the Spring 2020 Class Instruction, please check back as this information will be updated as we receive it. 204: Introduction to Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Instructor: Wilson Format: Live Zoom lectures First class date: 3/30 3:30PM-4:45PM 209C: Transmission Electron Microscopy Instructor: Gianola... read more »
  • Mar 6
    2020
    Nicole Michelfelder-Schauser, a graduate student in the Segalman and Seshadri groups, has received the 2020 Frank J. Padden Jr. Award. The Frank J. Padden, Jr. Award recognizes a graduate student for "Excellence in Polymer Physics Research". This is the highest honor bestowed by the Division of Polymer Physics of the American Physical Society. Nicole was selected for her... read more »
  • Mar 5
    2020
    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. Nicole Michelfelder-Schauser and Andrew Rowberg are among 660 young scientists from 100 countries selected to participate in the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. This year’s meeting is dedicated to... read more »
  • Jan 22
    2020
    For “pioneering discoveries, synthesis and commercial development of Gallium nitride LEDs and their use in sustainable solid-state light sources, which are reducing global greenhouse gas emissions while also reducing costs to those adopting this technology,” Nakamura has been selected to receive the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) 2020 Award for the Industrial... read more »
  • Jan 10
    2020
    Dr. Xie Zhang, a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Van de Walle group, has been selected to receive the 2019 Early Career Award in High Performance Scientific Computing from the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). The award recognizes early-career scientists who make high-impact and innovative contributions to science. Xie Zhang has produced... read more »
  • Jan 1
    2020
    UCSB Materials Department Professor Emeritus and Research Professor of the Materials Research Laboratory Tony Cheetham has been conferred as a Knights Bachelor of the Great Britain. The honor of knighthood of the United Kingdom comes from the days of medieval chivalry and is conferred by accolade from the sovereign. The honor of knighthood is given for a pre-eminent... read more »
  • Dec 16
    2019
    Professor Shuji Nakamura has been selected to receive the 2019 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy. The biennial award, bestowed by the University of Louisville (UofL), is meant to to “acknowledge, publicize and disseminate outstanding ideas and achievements in research related to the sciences, engineering, technology and commercialization of renewable energy.” “It... read more »
  • Dec 9
    2019
       Materials made from nanoscale particles, which are less than 1 percent of the width of a human hair, create exciting opportunities to design new functional materials having unique responses to external stimuli, such as light, electrical and magnetic fields, and mechanical deformation. Embedding such particles in a "matrix" (here referring to a surrounding medium or... read more »
  • Dec 4
    2019
    UCSB Materials Department Professor Michael Chabinyc has been elected as fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Michael is among the 168 prolific academic innovators from around the world to earn fellow status for 2019. The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding... read more »
  • Nov 26
    2019
    Professor Emeritus and Research Professor Bob Odette elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is recognized “For outstanding contributions to understanding and predicting the microstructural evolution and mechanical property changes of structural materials in challenging nuclear, chemical, and thermal environments”. Odette’s interests... read more »
  • Nov 21
    2019
    Seventeen UC Santa Barbara researchers have been named among the most influential scientists in the world, according to the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers released by Clarivative Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters). The annual list recognizes researchers in the sciences and social sciences who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for their field and... read more »
  • Nov 7
    2019
    Jessica A. Krogstad is Assistant Professor of Material Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her PhD in Materials at UCSB working with Prof. Levi. Her doctoral work dealt with the fundamentals of phase stability in thermal barrier coatings based on yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ). This was considered a well-understood... read more »
  • Nov 7
    2019
    A collaboration between Prof. Omar Saleh and Prof. Phil Pincus reveals that adding salt to water forms a protective jacket of ions around dissolved charged polymers.   Experiments  by Sarah Innes-Gold, a graduate student in Materials, show this jacket controls the shape of the polymer, and computer simulations reveal the spatial distribution of ions around the polymer. ... read more »