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Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is concerned with the creation of materials with novel properties and their use in a variety of fields ranging from ultra-fast computer chips and high-efficiency solar cells to high-powered jets, and even beauty products. Today, engineering innovations are increasingly dependent on breakthroughs in materials at the micro- and nanometer scale. Students in MSE acquire a solid background in the basic sciences and in the engineering of materials, with hands-on laboratory experience in nano-scale materials characterization and processing. This program prepares graduates for a variety of careers in fields such as nanotechnology, electronics, computing, the biomedical, automotive and aerospace industries, as well as government agencies and research laboratories.

Multiple fellowships are available for new MSE graduate student applicants!

Student Spotlight

MSE Graduate Student, Nicholas Yaraghi, wins big at the Battle of the Labs by Battery Powered

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Battery Powered, is a philanthropic group/giving program and subset of The Battery, a social club based in San Francisco. Battery Powered holds quarterly themes, which focus on local and global issues for members to learn about and eventually fund. The theme for Spring 2016 was "Resource Revolution," focusing on the question "What will it take to accelerate a resource revolution in California's food, water, and energy systems?" 

Dr. David Kisailus was invited to participate in the "Battle of the Labs" along with six other top university laboratories in California to present their research related to this theme. Nicholas Yaraghi gave a talk on behalf of Dr. Kisailus titled "From Nature to Engineering, and Back!" discussing lightweight bio-inspired composite materials for fuel-efficient vehicles. After a final vote at the end of the night  Nicholas Yaraghi's presentation was the chosen finalist  the theme. The UC Riverside Biomimetics and Nanostructured Materials Lab has now been invited to join the Resource Revolution finalist organizations, each of which is eligible for Battery Powered funding of up to $300,000.

For full details you can read the full story here: https://www.thebatterysf.com/article/battle-of-the-labs-resource-revolution

More information on the organization and theme can be found here:

https://www.thebatterysf.com/batterypowered/faq

https://www.thebatterysf.com/batterypowered/givingtheme/resource-revolution

 

Materials Science & Engineering undergraduate student, William Coley, wins Starnet Fellowship from the Semiconductor Research Corporation (SRC) for his work in Dr. Ludwig Bartels' lab.

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Seven  undergraduate students have received Starnet fellowships from the Semiconductor Research Corporation for work in Dr. Ludwig Bartels' lab during the remainder of the academic year and summer 2016. Commitments totaling  >$30K across all students were made to (from left) Sahar Naghibi Alviallar (Chemistry),  Dominic Martinez-Ta (Physics), Michelle Wurch (Bioeng.), Adam Berges (Chemistry), Aimee Martinez (Chem. Eng.), Marisol Herrera-Ruiz (Chemistry), and William Coley (Mat. Sci. & Eng.).

 MSE NEWS

Materials Science & Engineering Professor, Dr. Bryan Wong, Awarded Energy Early Career Grant 

Dr. Bryan Wong's prestigious award will support research on understanding the atomic and electronic properties of materials used in solar cells, batteries and consumer electronics.

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See the full story here: https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/37967 

 

UC Riverside to Hold Carbon Slam Organized by Dr. Mihri Ozkan

Mihri Ozkan, a professor of electrical engineering in UCR’s Bourns College of Engineering is organizing the event after being selected as UCR’s first Faculty Climate Action Champion. The honor is part of the University of California’s system-wide Carbon Neutrality Initiative, launched by President Janet Napolitano in November 2014 committing UC to emit net zero greenhouse gases from its buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025.

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See the full story here: https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/36819  

 

MSE Professors, Dr. Phillip Christopher and Dr. Suveen Mathaudhu Awarded Funding from NSF CAREER Program

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Phillip ChristopherDavid JassbySuveen Mathaudhu, and Qi Zhu were among 160 early career engineering faculty who were recently awarded funding from NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program. Begun in 1995, the CAREER program provides promising junior faculty the opportunity to pursue outstanding research, excellence in teaching, and the integration of education and research. Each CAREER award provides a minimum of $500,000 over five years.

See the full story here: https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/36409 

 

 National Science Foundation Selects Professor to Inspire Next Generation of Scientists and Engineers

Suveen Mathaudhu has Captain America’s shield and he’s not afraid to use it—to help get kids excited about science and engineering.

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Full story: https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/36237

 

Professor Suveen Mathaudhu on the “Star Wars” Universe 

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Are light sabers possible? What's up with that exhaust port? Get these answers and more on the science of Star Wars from BuzzFeed featuring our very own resident materials science expert on all things movies - Dr. Suveen Mathaudhu. Please clink the following link for the full article: http://www.buzzfeed.com/alexkasprak/we-asked-real-scientists-to-explain-the-star-wars-universe 

  

Professor Cengiz S. Ozkan organized the GRAPHENE TURKEY 2015 conference in Istanbul, Turkey, October 15-16 

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The conference highlighted recent progress and challenges in graphene for energy, electronics and composite applications, and brought together distinguished scientists and engineers from the academia and industry worldwide, to provide a platform of discussions with international experts in related areas and build synergies for various graphene related technologies and applications. Invited Speakers included Rodney Ruoff (Director of the Center for Multidimensional Carbon Materials, and Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea), Barbaros Ozyilmaz (National University of Singapore), Vincenzo Palermo (1 Billion Euro Graphene Flagship Project - Europe and the National Research Council of Italy), Jong-Hyun Ahn (Yonsei University, South Korea), Jiaxing Huang (Northwestern University, USA), and a number of other distinguished invited speakers. Photo above is taken with distinguished guests at the conference including Prof. Cengiz S. Ozkan (conference president) next to Prof. Rodney Ruoff (on right). Theme areas in the conference included 2D/3D graphene materials (synthesis, properties and applications), electronic applications (transparent and flexible electrodes, and sensors), energy applications (supercapacitors, Li-ion batteries, and photovoltaics), and other 2D materials. Invited and contributed presentations were followed by panel discussions to foster collaborations between academia and industry in a number of emerging areas.

Fall 2015 New Graduate Student Cohort

MSE Welcomes 18 New Graduate Students!

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News Highlights 

US & New World Report ranks UCR's MSE Program in Top 50 Best Materials Engineering Graduate Programs!

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Every year, US News & World Report publishes its annual ranking of the best graduate schools and programs.  For the materials engineering programs, what are the changes between the 2016 and 2017 rankings? MSE Supplies (www.msesupplies.com) has compiled the ranking data and found some interesting movement of ranking spots of some schools.  

Ozkans’ Two Papers Are in The TOP 100!

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Nature-Scientific Reports published almost 11,000 papers in 2015,

and two of Ozkans’ published papers are positioned in the top 100

most highly read articles. Nature-Scientific Reports executive director,

Suzanne Farley, and editorial manager, Richard White called Ozkans’

papers as “extraordinary achievements – your science is a credit to you,

 and of real value to the research community.”

The titles of their two articles are: “Towards Scalable Binderless Electrodes:

Carbon Coated Silicon Nanofiber Paper via Mg Reduction of Electrospun SiO2”,

and “Bio-Derived, Binderless, Hierarchically Porous Carbon Anodes for Li-ion Batteries”.

Congratulations to all authors:  Brennan Campbell, Zachary Favors, Robert Ionescu,

Hamed Bay, Zafer Mutlu, Kazi Ahmed, Rachel Ye, Cengiz S. Ozkan and Mihri Ozkan.

Authors received the official top 100 badge for each article from the publisher.

 

Prof. Mihri Ozkan:Faculty Action Climate Champion 2015-2016

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Prof. Mihri Ozkan is recognized for her outstanding educational research in the field of sustainability. 

 

Pressure Cooking to Improve Electric Car Batteries

By creating nanoparticles with controlled shape, engineers believe smaller, more powerful and energy efficient batteries can be built.  

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have redesigned the component materials of the battery in an environmentally friendly way to solve some of these problems. By creating nanoparticles with a controlled shape, they believe smaller, more powerful and energy efficient batteries can be built. By modifying the size and shape of battery components, they aim to reduce charge times as well.

“This is a critical, fundamental step in improving the efficiency of these batteries,” said David Kisailus, an associate professor of Materials Science and Engineering and lead researcher on the project.  Link to UCR News

 

The annual rankings by Leiden University in the Netherlands ranked UC Riverside's programs in engineering and natural sciences 10th in the world, ahead of institutions such as Princeton, Yale, and Caltech. The Leiden rankings objectively measure scientific impact based on research citations and collaboration worldwide.Link to UCR News

 

Professor Co-edits Book on Graphene

Alexander Balandin co-edits and co-authors a chapter in the book about the novel synthetic material

A University of California, Riverside professor of Materials Science and Engineering has co-edited a book about innovative technologies using graphene.

Alexander A. Balandin, who is also the founding chair of the materials science and engineering program at UC Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering, co-edited the book “Innovative Graphene Technologies: Evaluation and Applications, Volume 2,” with Atul Tiwari, a research faculty member at the University of Hawaii. It was published bySmithers Rapra Publishing.

Balandin has also contributed a chapter on thermal properties and applications of graphene, which was co-authored with Denis Nika, an associate professor and chair of the physics department in Moldova State University. The unique heat conduction properties of graphene were discovered at UCR. This year, professor Balandin will receive the MRS Medal for his experimental and theoretical work on thermal properties of graphene. Link to UCR News Release

 

Dean Reza Abbaschian Honored at Materials Science and Technology Conference
Link to UCR News Release

Five UC Riverside researchers are part of $40 million project to develop materials and structures to enable more energy efficient computers and cell phones

 

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