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  • Oct 23
    2017
    Monday, October 9, 2017 High-strength alloys have been critical in the development of aircraft wings and fuselages, and other high-performance applications in demanding environments where margins for error are extremely small. Many alloys could also be useful in additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, which, at the highest level, makes it possible to fabricate... read more »
  • Oct 9
    2017
    In September, 26 students from top science and engineering programs joined the Materials Department. Six students were awarded the prestigious NSF Graduate Student Fellowship, including one who was also awarded the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship.The Department is eager to see the scientific accomplishments of these new students over the... read more »
  • Sep 26
    2017
    UCSB engineering professor Shuji Nakamura receives prestigious recognition from the Institution of Engineering and Technology Shuji Nakamura, a UC Santa Barbara professor of materials — and a Nobel laureate — has been awarded the 2017 Mountbatten Medal by the Great Britain-based Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), one of the world’s largest engineering... read more »
  • Sep 20
    2017
    The UCSB Materials Department welcomes Assistant Professor Raphaële Clément, to the Inorganic Materials area of research. The overall goal of Prof. Clément’s research is to elucidate the relationship between the structure and (photo)electrochemical properties of inorganic materials used in solar cells and rechargeable batteries, a key step towards designing new clean... read more »
  • Sep 18
    2017
    For many PhD students, working as a teaching assistant (TA) is not so much a calling as something that comes with the territory — essentially a requirement that allows them to earn some money while developing new skills. But for Levi Miller (MEd 2017, MS 2014), teaching turned out to be the passion that led him off the PhD track and into the high school classroom. Now... read more »
  • Aug 2
    2017
    The UCSB Materials Department welcomed Assistant Professor John Harter on July 1 to the Inorganic Materials area of research. Prof. Harter’s research interests are broadly focused on “quantum materials,” such as unconventional superconductors and strongly-correlated electron systems, where the consequences of quantum mechanics manifest in new and interesting ways. His... read more »
  • Jun 30
    2017
    The Materials Department at UCSB would like to congratulate our 2016-2017 Ph.D. graduates and welcome them into the Materials Alumni family. Twenty-four students had their degrees conferred in Fall 2016-Summer 2017. Take a look and see where a few of our graduates have headed as they embark on their careers.    Daniel Becerra, Ph.D. '16,... read more »
  • Jun 29
    2017
    This article first appeared on June 27, 2017, on the UCSB College of Engineering webpage.  In the great 21st-century energy debate, there is one incontrovertible truth: creating and using energy are inefficient processes. In fact, more than half of all energy generated — whether by fossil fuels or alternative sources — is lost to the environment, primarily as... read more »
  • Jun 27
    2017
    This article first appeared on June 22, 2017, on the UCSB College of Engineering webpage.  Materials scientists around the world are working to develop “superconductors,” materials that can conduct electricity with zero resistance when cooled to a critical point known as the “transition temperature.” At that point, electrons flow across the material with 100-... read more »
  • May 3
    2017
    The UCSB Materials Department congratulates four Ph.D. graduate students for recently being named 2017 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellows.  Rhys Kennard, Brandon Leu, Sean Murray, and Claire Weaver are first years in the Materials Ph.D. program.  Upon receiving the NDSEG Fellowship, Claire  Weaver said, "I am so proud of the UCSB Materials... read more »
  • May 3
    2017
    From the article, "An Illuminating Honor" in The UCSB Current, written by Sonia Fernandez: From UC Santa Barbara engineering professor Larry Coldren has received the 2017 Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award from the Optical Society (OSA) in recognition of his “major contributions to photonic integrated circuits.” The award is presented annually to an individual who has made... read more »
  • Apr 21
    2017
    While Materials graduate students patiently waited in the shade on Friday, April 21, Materials professors eagerly scooped ice cream for them in honor of the Department’s 2017 Graduate Student Appreciation Ice Cream Social.  Along with Materials Department Chair Prof. Tresa Pollock and veteran scoopers Profs. Dan Gianola, Frank Zok, and Chris Van de Walle, Prof. Kunal... read more »
  • Apr 21
    2017
    The Materials Department is pleased to announce a new professorship, the Mehrabian Endowed Chair in Materials.  Professor Carlos G. Levi will be the inaugural recipient of this Endowed Chair. Professor Levi is a dedicated educator and world-renowned researcher in the area of inorganic materials for thermo-structural applications, with emphasis on high temperature... read more »
  • Apr 7
    2017
    The Materials Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Ram Seshadri as the inaugural recipient of the Fred and Linda R. Wudl Chair in Materials Science. Professor Seshadri joined the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2002, where he currently holds appointments of Professor of Materials and and Professor of Chemistry and... read more »
  • Apr 4
    2017
    UCSB Materials professor Craig Hawker will receive the 2017 Charles G. Overberger International Prize for Excellence in Polymer Research from the American Chemical Society. This is a biennial award that recognizes and encourages accomplishments of unusual merit in the field of basic or applied polymer science.  The award, presented biennially, can be given to a scientist... read more »
  • Apr 4
    2017
    UCSB Materials professor Tresa Pollock was recently named a 2017 Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellow. As a Fellow, she will receive a research grant of $3 million over five years to conduct revolutionary research on structural materials.  From the U.S. Department of Defense:  The Department of Defense (DoD) named 13 distinguished university faculty scientists and... read more »
  • 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 "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 »