News

  • Feb 8
    2016
    Prof. Chris Van de Walle was elected to the National Academy for Engineering (NAE) for his "contributions to the theory of semiconductor interfaces and its impact on optoelectronic devices." From the NAE website: Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.  Academy membership honors those... read more »
  • Jan 26
    2016
    UCSB Materials alum Michael McGehee is a Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University where he is also the Director of the Center for Advanced Molecular Photovoltaics (CAMP). CAMP was founded to develop longer-lasting solar cells that compete with fossil fuels on cost efficiency. Additionally, Michael is a Senior Fellow of Stanford’s Precourt... read more »
  • Jan 21
    2016
    Professor Tresa Pollock was recently appointed new principal editor of the Metallurgical and Materials Transactions (Met Trans) family of journals. She  will begin her editorship on September 1, 2016, working alongside current principal editor, David Laughlin, through the end of 2016 when he steps down from the position. Prof. Pollock was the 2005 TMS (The... read more »
  • Jan 13
    2016
    Materials Ph.D. students Malinda (Mandi) Buffon and Megan Butala each won a poster award at the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies 2015, held in Honolulu, HI in December. Mandi won an award for her poster on "Nanograined half-Heusler TiNiSn for thermoelectric applications" in the topic area of Materials & Nanoscience and Megan won an award for... read more »
  • Jan 6
    2016
    Written by Materials Ph.D. student, Chelsea Catania. The article orginally appeared in the online magazine "ImpactMania". To read the entire story, please click here.  Unfortunately, it is accepted that the pipeline in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is leaky—a term referring to the unintended loss of trainees from the disciplines;... read more »
  • Jan 4
    2016
    When that middle-of-the-night call finally came, it was Alan Heeger’s wife who answered the phone. She turned to him, he recalled, and no sooner had she sleepily announced, “Someone from Sweden is on the line,” than Heeger himself came awake and shouted, “Don’t hang up!” It had been years since his name was first bandied about as a contender for the Nobel Prize. As he... read more »
  • Dec 24
    2015
    Prof. Chris Palmstrøm received the 2015 Molecular Beam Epitaxy (MBE) Innovator Award at the North American MBE conference held this past October in Mayan Riviera, Mexico. Prof. Palmstrøm was honored “for innovations in MBE growth of dissimilar materials and in-situ interface formation studies.” To be recognized as an MBE Innovator, an individual’s work must have... read more »
  • Dec 23
    2015
    Arthur Gossard, a research professor and professor emeritus of materials and of electrical and computer engineering at UC Santa Barbara, has been named to receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the White House announced today. The National Medal of Science and its companion, the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, represent the nation’s highest... read more »
  • Dec 18
    2015
    Four UC Santa Barbara faculty members, three from the Materials Department, have been elected to the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) for 2015. Recognized for their “highly prolific spirit of invention,” professors John Bowers (Materials), Craig Hawker (Materials), Umesh Mishra and Galen Stucky (Materials) are among the newest fellows elected by the organization. They... read more »
  • Dec 18
    2015
    Alstria office REIT-AG, one of Germany’s largest listed commercial real estate companies, has made a gift to UCSB to support research in organic solar cells.  John van Oost, former Deputy Chairman of Alstria and now Managing Partner and co-founder at Fluxus Ventures, recognized that organic solar cells have potential in the area of building integrated solar and initiated... read more »
  • Nov 23
    2015
    UCSB Materials welcomed new Associate Professor Daniel Gianola on November 1 to the Structural Materials research group. Prof. Gianola’s research interests span from the nanomechanical behavior of ultra-strong materials to the development of tunable energy conversion materials for applications in structural settings, micro- and nanoelectronics, robust thermal management,... read more »
  • Nov 23
    2015
    Craig Hawker, a UC Santa Barbara professor of Materials, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is one of 43 new members elected to the organization’s Chemistry section, and is recognized “for revolutionizing materials research through the development of powerful synthetic methods and strategies for molecularly... read more »
  • Nov 11
    2015
    A new era for advanced materials When UCSB Materials Professors Anton Van der Ven and Tresa Pollock accepted the invitation to the White House for the kickoff of the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) in 2012, it was clear that a new era for Advanced Materials had reached the national agenda. In the intervening years, a broad array of federal and industrial programs aimed... read more »
  • Nov 11
    2015
    Written by Leah Kuritzky, Materials Ph.D. candidate, and Chelsea Catania, Materials Ph.D. candidate The debut event, “Our Material World,” hosted by the UCSB Materials Research Laboratory was held at Santa Barbara’s New Vic Theater on September 10. The event featured four speakers covering topics in materials science... read more »
  • Nov 9
    2015
    Mari Lou Balmer-Millar, recently named a General Manager in Large Power Systems Division at Caterpillar Inc., spent four years as Caterpillar’s Director of Research and Advanced Engineering in the Product Development & Global Technology division. In that role, she was responsible for the execution and governance of Caterpillar’s technology strategy, overseeing... read more »
  • Nov 9
    2015
    Thomas (Tom) Nizolek and Jaclyn (Jackie) Avallone, Ph.D. candidates in Materials have been awarded the 2014 Buehler Technical Paper Merit Award for Excellence and the Jacquet-Lucas International Metallographic Award. The award-winning paper provides an overview of a unique accumulative roll bonding technique used to synthesize bulk nanolaminates of Cu and Nb. The paper... read more »
  • Nov 6
    2015
    Professor Rachel Segalman was recently elected Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS). Prof. Segalman was nominated by the Division of Polymer Physics for “pioneering contributions to the understanding of conjugated, polypeptoid, and ion-containing polymers and co-polymers.” To be elected as a Fellow of APS, a candidate must have exceptional contributions to... read more »
  • Oct 26
    2015
    In 2012, alum James Rogers founded Apeel Sciences, where he now serves as CEO and leads an award-winning team of scientists who aim to help provide new organic technology solutions for sustainable agriculture. At Apeel Sciences, James and his team increase the shelf life of produce without the need for refrigeration using purely organic solutions, drastically reducing... read more »
  • Oct 22
    2015
    Professor Robert (Bob) Odette has been selected as a 2016 Fellow of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS), in recognition of his “sustained contributions to irradiation effects in materials, leading to improved regulatory guidelines for nuclear reactor safety and development of advanced materials for fusion energy”. As a TMS Fellow, Prof. Odette is honored as a... read more »
  • Oct 22
    2015
    On a Saturday morning in early October, the Materials family came together to celebrate the life of Tony Evans in the 4th Annual Tony Evans 5K Memorial Run. Congregating just steps away from the office Tony once occupied, over 100 people prepared to honor his memory and daily practice of running around the lagoon and back through campus. While not everyone present had met... read more »
  • Oct 21
    2015
    UCSB’s College of Engineering and Institute of Energy Efficiency (IEE) hosted a symposium to celebrate the International Year of Light as designated by the United Nations. The event brought the greatest minds in lighting and light-based research together to recognize the substantial technological advancements made in the recent past. Of the various speakers who made... read more »
  • Oct 21
    2015
    In June, Professor Christopher Palmstrøm was chosen as a National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellow (NSSEFF), one of only seven distinguished faculty scientists and engineers, by the Department of Defense (DoD). Significant research support is granted to each fellow and Prof. Palmstrøm will use the grant to study a class of functional materials known as... read more »
  • Oct 19
    2015
    Four faculty from the UCSB Materials Department were named by mass media company Thomson Reuters to its Highly Cited Researchers 2015 list. Professors Alan Heeger, Craig Hawker, Guillermo Bazan, and Arthur C. Gossard are recognized by Reuters for their published work having a major impact on their fields of research. Highly Cited Researchers 2015 recognizes scientists... read more »
  • Oct 16
    2015
    Assistant Professor Stephen Wilson, recently named a 2015-2016 Hellman Fellow, will receive support from the Hellman Fellows Fund for new research addressing the role of electronic correlations in transition metal oxides being explored as battery materials.   Prof. Wilson’s current research focuses on materials with complex electronic structure that have promise for... read more »
  • Oct 13
    2015
    While living and attending graduate school in Santa Barbara, alum Michael Titus took advantage of the opportunities he discovered in a place where, as he says, anything is possible. Scientifically, he found the opportunities to make, model, test, and characterize materials, a grand slam combination that is a hallmark of UCSB. The level of expertise, and mentorship, he... read more »