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  • Oct 23
    2021
                                                                    
  • Oct 19
    2021
    UCSB Graduate Students earn DOE awards to conduct their research at national labs Two UC Santa Barbara graduate students in the College of Engineering have received opportunities to conduct research at prestigious national laboratories operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Eli Zoghlin and Kamyar Parto are among 65 students nationwide selected... read more »
  • Sep 21
    2021
    UC Santa Barbara Chancellor Henry T. Yang announced the appointment of Materials Professor Tresa Pollock as the interim Dean of the College of Engineering. Her appointment, which follows the retirement of Dr. Rod Alferness, which will become effective today, September 21, after ten years of extraordinary service and leadership. The appointment of Dr. Pollock, ALCOA... read more »
  • Sep 7
    2021
    Juan Chamorro, a postdoctoral researcher in UC Santa Barbara’s Materials Department, has received a Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (MPS-Ascend) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The prestigious fellowship amounts to $100,000 per year for up to three years. The program supports outstanding future scientists who will... read more »
  • Sep 1
    2021
    Mikayla Barry, a graduate student in Prof. Rachel Segalman's group, recently presented her work at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Advanced Light Source (LBNL ALS) to US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.   Mikayla is researching the properties of advanced membranes for water purification using the ALS Ambient Pressure X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer to... read more »
  • Aug 20
    2021
    The Department is happy to announce the first recipients of the Bright Horizon Global Foundation Materials Department Service Awards. These annual awards recognize students and post-doctoral researchers within the Materials Department for contributions that help to improve our sense of community and to assist in the educational mission beyond expectations. We are... read more »
  • Aug 4
    2021
    Researchers around the world are buzzing about a candidate superconductor created at UCSB’s NSF Quantum Foundry. Since receiving a $25 million grant in 2019 to become the first National Science Foundation (NSF) Quantum Foundry, UC Santa Barbara researchers affiliated with the foundry have been working to develop materials that can enable quantum information–based... read more »
  • Jun 29
    2021
    Professor Steven DenBaars of Materials and of Electrical and Computer Engineering, has been chosen by the American Association for Advances in Functional Materials (AAFM) as one of two recipients of its 2021 AAFM-Nakamura Award. Named for Nobel Prize winner Shuji Nakamura, also a UCSB professor, the award recognizes “an outstanding scientist in the field of functional... read more »
  • Jun 11
    2021
    Professor John Harter receives a 2021-2022 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. John’s proposal is titled “... read more »
  • May 24
    2021
    Materials graduate student Caroline Reilly has been selected as a 2021 recipient of the University Award of Distinction, given to students who have contributed greatly to the quality of life by giving unselfish service to others within a particular area. She will receive the honor at the Virtual University Awards Ceremony on June 6th at 3:00PM. Congratulations Caroline!
  • May 11
    2021
    A CATALYST OF CHANGE Materials PhD student Julia Zuo receives Dixon-Levy Service Award from UCSB’s Graduate Student Association for her efforts to improve graduate student life Read More MEETING OF THE MINDS George Degen and Samuel Teicher are among thirty young scientists from the University of California invited to an annual meeting with dozens of Nobel Laureates... read more »
  • May 11
    2021
    Prof. Steve DenBaars received the 2021 Quantum Devices Award of the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors.  He was cited "For the development and commercialization of non-polar and semi-polar quantum well laser diodes in laser lighting, automotive and general illumination”   The Quantum Devices Award was established in 2000 by Fujitsu Quantum Devices, Ltd  ... read more »
  • May 11
    2021
    Prof. John Bowers received the 2021 International Conference on Indium Phosphide and Related Materials (IPRM) Award. He was cited "For contribution to the development of III-V/Si photonics and heterogeneous integration techniques with the pioneering demonstration of hybrid indium phosphide/Si laser."   The IPRM Award recognizes individuals who have made "outstanding... read more »
  • Apr 30
    2021
    Prof. Chris Bates has been selected to recieve The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars Award for 2021. The reward is awarded to faculty within the first five years of their academic careers, and have each created an outstanding independent body of scholarship, and are deeply committed to education. Each Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar receives an unrestricted research grant... read more »
  • Apr 30
    2021
       Researchers in the materials department in UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering have uncovered a major cause of limitations to efficiency in a new generation of solar cells.    Various possible defects in the lattice of what are known as hybrid perovskites had previously been considered as the potential cause of such limitations, but it was assumed that the... read more »
  • Apr 26
    2021
    Professor Angela Pitenis has received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award.  The NSF CAREER award is the NSF’s most prestigious award for junior faculty who are effectively integrating research and education. Her project is titled “Dynamics of Fragile Interfaces” and it will support her efforts on understanding lubricity in... read more »
  • Apr 7
    2021
    We are delighted to announce that Professor Frank Zok has received the UCSB Faculty Senate Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award for 2020-21. This award recognizes sustained and exemplary contributions in mentoring graduate students, both during their time at UCSB as well as in their subsequent careers. Prof. Zok has been at UCSB for 31 years acting as principal advisor to 30... read more »
  • Mar 23
    2021
    Professor Irene Beyerlein of the Materials Department and the Mechanical Engineering Department 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.” Congratulations Irene... read more »
  • Mar 23
    2021
    Mitchell Bordelon in the Wilson group was honored with the Outstanding Dissertation in Magnetism Award from GMAG today. GMAG is the topical group focused on magnetism in the American Physical Society, and they recognize one to two students per year with this award. Mitchell's dissertation work titled "Magnetic Frustration and Quantum Disorder in Jeff=1/2 Lanthanide-based... read more »
  • Feb 26
    2021
    Steven DenBaars and Shuji Nakamura, UC Santa Barbara professors of materials and of electrical and computer engineering, have been selected as this year’s recipients of the Spirit of Innovation award, a business community celebration of local inventors, their accomplishments and entrepreneurship. “It really is an honor to recognize Shuji Nakamura and Steve DenBaars,” said... read more »
  • Feb 9
    2021
    Two UC Santa Barbara engineers are among the 129 new members worldwide elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) for 2021. Materials and chemistry professor Craig Hawker and Rachel Segalman, chair of the Chemical Engineering Department, join the 106 American and 23 foreign engineers honored this year. Election to the NAE is... read more »
  • Feb 1
    2021
    A Richness of Consequences It’s the late 1980s and Shuji Nakamura(link is external) is on to something. Working in a corporate lab, the Japanese engineer is convinced that if the conditions were just right in his metal organic chemical vapor deposition machine, he might be able to grow the high-quality gallium nitride (GaN) crystals that could make possible the highly... read more »
  • Jan 29
    2021
    The UCSB Materials Department welcomes Professor Xi Dai, to the Department. Prof. Dai is a leading expert in the theory of quantum materials. Prof. Dai's many seminal contributions to the field of topological materials are based on his taking abstract theoretical concepts about topological matter and mapping them onto real world materials. Specifically, he has predicted... read more »
  • Jan 19
    2021
    Researchers in the labs of UC Santa Barbara materials assistant professor Chris Bates and professor and department chair, Michael Chabinyc, have teamed up to develop the first 3D-printable “bottlebrush” elastomer. The new material results in printed objects that have unusual softness and elasticity — mechanical properties that closely... read more »
  • Jan 11
    2021
    Professor Anton Van der Ven has been selected as the 2022 recipient of the TMS William Hume-Rothery Award. The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS) presents the award to one person per year to honor exceptional contributions to the science of alloys.  It is considered a pinnacle award of TMS.   Professor Van der Ven was cited for "distinguished contributions to... read more »