News

  • May 5
    2016
    Congratulations to Materials staff Tawny Hernandez, the Department's Financial Analyst, and Yukina Warner, Corporate Programs Manager for SSLEC, on receiving 2016 Citation of Excellence Awards. The Award acknowledges and celebrates outstanding achievements and meritorious service of career staff. Each year, only ten awards are give.  Tawny received the 2016 Citation of... read more »
  • May 2
    2016
    The Materials Department at UCSB would like to congratulate our Winter 2016 Ph.D. graduates and welcome them into the Materials Alumni family. We caught up with each of these graduates to learn about the exciting steps they will be taking as they embark on their careers.  Lars BjaalieUnderstanding and Engineering Two-Dimensional Electron Gases in... read more »
  • Apr 20
    2016
    Professor Shuji Nakamura traveled to London, England on April 14th to receive The Asian Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science & Technology.  The Asian Awards were born out of a simple vision - to create an event which would honour only the very highest levels of achievement from within the worldwide Asian community and to create one of the most important events... read more »
  • Apr 18
    2016
    Eric is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at the Colorado School of Mines and has a co-appointment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Through his research, Eric seeks to design new materials for energy conservation through a mixture of solid-state chemistry and material physics.  The nexus of heat, light, and electricity offers both challenging... read more »
  • Apr 11
    2016
    From the UCSB Current:  "Using state-of-the-art theoretical methods, UCSB researchers have identified a specific type of defect in the atomic structure of a light-emitting diode (LED) that results in less efficient performance. The characterization of these point defects could result in the fabrication of even more efficient, longer lasting LED lighting. “Techniques are... read more »
  • Apr 11
    2016
    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 »
  • Apr 1
    2016
    We would like to congratulate our Materials Ph.D. students who have been selected as 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Student Fellows:  Joshua Bocarsly, Seshadri Group Douglas Fabini, Seshadri Group Jennifer Selvidge, Bowers Group From the NSF Graduate Student Fellowship Program website:  "The Graduate Research Fellowship Program is a vital part of our... read more »
  • Mar 28
    2016
    Prof. Susanne Stemmer was selected as a 2016 National Security Science and Engineering Fellow (NSSEF). Prof. Stemmer is one of 15 university faculty scientists and engineers chosen for the 2016 class.  According to the U.S. Department of Defense, the NSSEF program awards grants to top-tier researchers from American universities to conduct long-term, unclassified, basic... read more »
  • Mar 28
    2016
    Jaclyn Avallone, a Materials Ph.D. student, received a Gold Certificate in the Young Scientist Competition at the Ultrafine Grained Materials (UFG) IX Symposium at the 2016 TMS Conference.  Jaclyn is one of two Gold Certificate winners for best oral presentation. All of the students and post-docs who participated in the compeition were within three years of receiving... read more »
  • Mar 28
    2016
     Anastasia Patterson received a poster award at the American Physical Society (APS) spring meeting held early in March. Neil Dolinsk also received a poster award at the American Chemical Society (ACS) spring meeting held during the same time.   Anastasia won third place in the 2016 Journal of Polymer Science poster prize, selected from 160 posters in the Division of... read more »
  • Mar 24
    2016
    From the UCSB Current:  Galen Stucky, a professor of materials and of chemistry, made a major advance in medical technology when he developed a kaolin clay-based gauze that can stanch arterial bleeding. The potentially life-saving innovation has become a staple for first responders. For this work, Stucky received the 2008 Advanced Technology Applications for Combat... read more »
  • 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
    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 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 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 »