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  • Mar 17
    2020
    Administrative Staff will begin working remotely effective 3/17/2020. It is anticipated that this will last for at least a few weeks. During this time please follow the guidance below: 1.   Getting Help: Please route your requests to the staff as normal, but to ensure that all requests are addressed please cc Dawn (dcholden@ucsb.edu) and/... read more »
  • Mar 6
    2020
    Nicole Michelfelder-Schauser, a graduate student in the Segalman and Seshadri groups, has received the 2020 Frank J. Padden Jr. Award. The Frank J. Padden, Jr. Award recognizes a graduate student for "Excellence in Polymer Physics Research". This is the highest honor bestowed by the Division of Polymer Physics of the American Physical Society. Nicole was selected for her... read more »
  • Mar 5
    2020
    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. Nicole Michelfelder-Schauser and Andrew Rowberg are among 660 young scientists from 100 countries selected to participate in the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. This year’s meeting is dedicated to... read more »
  • Jan 22
    2020
    For “pioneering discoveries, synthesis and commercial development of Gallium nitride LEDs and their use in sustainable solid-state light sources, which are reducing global greenhouse gas emissions while also reducing costs to those adopting this technology,” Nakamura has been selected to receive the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) 2020 Award for the Industrial... read more »
  • Jan 10
    2020
    Dr. Xie Zhang, a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Van de Walle group, has been selected to receive the 2019 Early Career Award in High Performance Scientific Computing from the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). The award recognizes early-career scientists who make high-impact and innovative contributions to science. Xie Zhang has produced... read more »
  • Jan 1
    2020
    UCSB Materials Department Professor Emeritus and Research Professor of the Materials Research Laboratory Tony Cheetham has been conferred as a Knights Bachelor of the Great Britain. The honor of knighthood of the United Kingdom comes from the days of medieval chivalry and is conferred by accolade from the sovereign. The honor of knighthood is given for a pre-eminent... read more »
  • Dec 16
    2019
    Professor Shuji Nakamura has been selected to receive the 2019 Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy. The biennial award, bestowed by the University of Louisville (UofL), is meant to to “acknowledge, publicize and disseminate outstanding ideas and achievements in research related to the sciences, engineering, technology and commercialization of renewable energy.” “It... read more »
  • Dec 9
    2019
       Materials made from nanoscale particles, which are less than 1 percent of the width of a human hair, create exciting opportunities to design new functional materials having unique responses to external stimuli, such as light, electrical and magnetic fields, and mechanical deformation. Embedding such particles in a "matrix" (here referring to a surrounding medium or... read more »
  • Dec 4
    2019
    UCSB Materials Department Professor Michael Chabinyc has been elected as fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Michael is among the 168 prolific academic innovators from around the world to earn fellow status for 2019. The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding... read more »
  • Nov 26
    2019
    Professor Emeritus and Research Professor Bob Odette elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is recognized “For outstanding contributions to understanding and predicting the microstructural evolution and mechanical property changes of structural materials in challenging nuclear, chemical, and thermal environments”. Odette’s interests... read more »
  • Nov 21
    2019
    Seventeen UC Santa Barbara researchers have been named among the most influential scientists in the world, according to the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers released by Clarivative Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters). The annual list recognizes researchers in the sciences and social sciences who produced multiple papers ranking in the top 1% by citations for their field and... read more »
  • Nov 7
    2019
    Jessica A. Krogstad is Assistant Professor of Material Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received her PhD in Materials at UCSB working with Prof. Levi. Her doctoral work dealt with the fundamentals of phase stability in thermal barrier coatings based on yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ). This was considered a well-understood... read more »
  • Nov 7
    2019
    A collaboration between Prof. Omar Saleh and Prof. Phil Pincus reveals that adding salt to water forms a protective jacket of ions around dissolved charged polymers.   Experiments  by Sarah Innes-Gold, a graduate student in Materials, show this jacket controls the shape of the polymer, and computer simulations reveal the spatial distribution of ions around the polymer. ... read more »
  • Sep 30
    2019
    Professor Shuji Nakamura among the newest fellows of U.K.’s Royal Academy of Engineering UC Santa Barbara professor and Nobel Laureate Shuji Nakamura is adding yet another accolade to his long list of honors: election to the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is one of only four International Fellows selected by the United Kingdom’s national academy of engineering for 2019... read more »
  • Sep 28
    2019
  • Sep 24
    2019
    University  of  California,  Santa  Barbara  graduate  student  awarded  Department  of  Energy      fellowship Lauren Smith, a doctoral student in Materials Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been awarded a Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) to support her research... read more »
  • Sep 20
    2019
    Two UCSB Materials Department faculty members have been named Fellows of the American Physical Society (APS) for 2019. Prof. Omar Saleh, Professor of Materials and Biomolecular Science and Engineering was selected by the Division of Biological Physics “for outstanding contributions to single-molecule biophysics, including development of magnetic tweezer instrumentation... read more »
  • Sep 16
    2019
    People tend to only think about energy storage when their laptop or cellphone batteries are running out of juice. However, energy storage is a key concept for utility companies, who are constantly managing the supply and demand of energy on the electrical grid. The more variability that exists in supply and demand, the more difficult it is to stabilize the electrical grid... read more »
  • Sep 16
    2019
    UC Santa Barbara hosts the nation’s first NSF-funded Quantum Foundry, a center for developing materials and devices for quantum information-based technologies. We hear a lot these days about the coming quantum revolution. Efforts to understand, develop, and characterize quantum materials — defined broadly as those displaying characteristics that can be explained only by... read more »
  • Sep 13
    2019
    A bacterial disease, HLB, which is spread by the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) has reduced Florida’s citrus production by 50 percent from 2003-2017, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. HLB has no known cure and pesticides have had only minimal impact on ACP. Recently, the ACP was detected in Southern California, along the ground freight corridors that... read more »
  • Aug 29
    2019
    The future of technology relies, to a great extent, on new materials, but the work of developing those materials begins years before any specific application for them is known. Stephen Wilson, materials professor in the UC Santa Barbara College of Engineering, works in that “long before” realm, seeking to create new materials that exhibit desirable new... read more »
  • Aug 21
    2019
    Prof. Craig Hawker and Prof. Michael Chabinyc have authored commentaries in Nature Reviews Materials on professional development for graduate students.     In “A generosity of spirit”, Prof. Hawker discusses the importance of developing research networks and mentoring in both academic and industrial careers. In “Finding and... read more »
  • Aug 19
    2019
    The Materials Department would like to acknowledge our 2019 Graduate Student Fellowship Awardees     Virginia Collier (NSF and NDSEG) Jacob Ewing (NSF) Steven Gomez (NSF) Eliovardo Gonzalez-Correa (NSF) Nolan Hendricks (SMART) Alexander Lygo (NSF) Caelin Muir (NSTRF) Tyler Pardue (NSF) Elias Sebti (NSF) Lauren Smith (DOE NNSA SSGF) Vincent Wu (NSF) Oey Yuzki (NSF) Julia... read more »
  • Jul 19
    2019
    All matter consists of one or more phases — regions of space with uniform structure and physical properties. Everyone is familiar with the common phases of H2O (solid, liquid, and gas), also known as ice, water, and steam. Similarly, polymeric materials can form a variety of different solid or liquid phases that determine their properties and ultimate utility. This is... read more »
  • Jul 18
    2019