News

  • May 25
    2016
    Tom Nizolek, a Materials Ph.D. student, was awarded the Agnew National Security Fellowship and will be be joining the Materials in Dynamic and Radiation Extremes Group (MST-8) at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL). The Agnew fellowship sponsors a postdoctoral researcher pursuing "cutting-edge experimental, theoretical, computational science, and engineering research aligned... read more »
  • May 19
    2016
    President Obama awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to UC Santa Barbara research professor Arthur Gossard in a special ceremony at the White House on Thursday, May 19.  Prof. Gossard is a professor emeritus of Materials and Electrical and Computer Engineering and he is among eight recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation and nine... read more »
  • May 16
    2016
    On Friday, May 13, the Materials Department showed its appreciation for the hard work, dedication, and endless hours the graduate students give during the year by holding the annual Ice Cream Social.  Materials Department Chair Prof. Tresa Pollock, along with Prof. Dan Gianola and Prof. Galen Stucky scooped ice cream for over an hour to the ravenous students who happily... read more »
  • May 11
    2016
    John is an Associate Professor and Vargo Teaching Chair in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Dentistry.  John’s primary research goal in structural materials is to improve the performance of materials as they relate to other fields. As a result,... read more »
  • May 10
    2016
    Materials Department graduate students Wennie Wang, Natalie Larson, and David Hwang organized a day-long symposium, “Transforming the Diversity Landscape,” at the TMS 2016 Annual Meeting and Exhibition held in February in Nashville, TN. They were inspired by their experiences as members of Graduate Students for Diversity in Science at UCSB and attendance at the Diversity... read more »
  • May 6
    2016
    A day of celebration to honor the 80th birthday of UCSB Prof. Fyl Pincus was held on Thursday, May 5. Prof. Pincus's birthday celebration consisted of technical presentations from colleagues who hail from near and far. Following the presentations, Prof. Pincus was honored at an afternoon reception.  Prof. Pincus arrived at UCSB in July of 1985. He holds appointments in... read more »
  • 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
    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 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 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
     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 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 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 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 »