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  • Jul 18
    2019
    2018 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 »
  • Nov 30
    2018
    NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rabobank, a leading global food and agribusiness bank, today announced the recipients of its annual Rabobank Leadership awards, which recognize trailblazing companies across food and agriculture in North America that have demonstrated remarkable strides across innovation, sustainability and market leadership. Over 300 companies were nominated... read more »
  • Nov 30
    2018
    Milo Sensors Milestone   Call it an idea whose time has come: Milo Sensors, a tech startup founded by a group of recent UC Santa Barbara alumni, has evolved from a student-driven, smart business proposal into a burgeoning leader in the next wave of wearable technology. The brainchild of of enterprising science and engineering students, the startup has now taken First... read more »
  • Nov 29
    2018
    Tuesday, November 27, 2018 Four professors in UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering are among the most influential scientists in the world, according to the 2018 Highly Cited Researchers List released by Clarivate Analytics. The list includes 6,000 scientists whose research ranked among the top one percent in terms of references and citations in journals from... read more »
  • Nov 27
    2018
    Professor Ram Seshadri joins the ranks as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 2018. “For distinguished contributions to the domain of structure-property relations in crystalline inorganic materials, particularly associated with developing predictive understanding of polar, magnetic and luminescent materials.” Election as an AAAS... read more »
  • Nov 21
    2018
    Professor Chris Bates has received a National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for his research on polymers.  The NSF CAREER award is the NSF’s most prestigious award for junior faculty who are effectively integrating research and education.  Prof. Bates' research involves the synthesis and characterization of block copolymers that self... read more »
  • Nov 9
    2018
    Guillermo Bazan, professor of chemistry and biochemistry and of materials, is featured in the journal Advanced Materials 2018 Hall of Fame, a series of articles that takes a snapshot of the leading research and best insights materials science has to offer while acting as a touchstone for future materials researchers. Bazan, whose research group focuses on the “... read more »
  • Oct 25
    2018
    UCSB Materials will welcome Assistant Professor Angela Pitenis on November 1, 2018. Prof. Pitenis’ research begins at the intersection of materials science, physics, chemistry, and biology, and aims to understand interfacial phenomena and energy-dissipation at the interfaces of soft materials. Her research will focus on friction, adhesion, wear, and deformation of complex... read more »
  • Aug 23
    2018
    The 21st century presents the world with multiple sustainability challenges, especially on the energy front. Energy demand is growing rapidly, but fossil-fuel combustion drives climate change, creating a need to transform how we generate, supply, transmit, store, and use energy. Water is generally required to produce energy, and purifying water requires energy, increasing... read more »
  • Jul 16
    2018
    Materials Ph.D. Student Andrew Polonsky was recognized as one of three outstanding student lecturers at the 4th International Congress on 3D Materials Science.  This symposium was held in Helsingor, Denmark from June 10 - 13, 2018.  Andrew’s talk was entitled “Processing-Microstructure Relationships in Isolated Melt Pools of Electron Beam Melted Inconel 718”. Polonsky is... read more »
  • Jul 3
    2018
    The Carnegie Corporation names Professor Shuji Nakamura one of 38 ‘Great Immigrants’. Of all the Nobel Prize winners in the United States, roughly a third are  — or have been — immigrants. At UC Santa Barbara, four of the campus’s six Nobel laureates are foreign born. Among them is UCSB professor Shuji Nakamura of Japan, who won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics for... read more »