Cahill is a Willett Professor of Engineering and was the department head of materials science and engineering from 2010-18. He is an expert on the concept of minimum thermal conductivity and transient optical measurement techniques. His research program focuses on developing a microscopic understanding of thermal transport at the nanoscale; the discovery of materials with enhanced thermal function; the interactions between phonons, electrons, photons and spin; and advancing fundamental understanding of interfaces between materials and water.
Hoffmann is a Founder Professor in materials science and engineering and a member of the Materials Research Laboratory. His research focuses on topics related to magnetism, such as spin transport, magnetization dynamics and biomedical applications. His work on spin Hall effects has contributed to the development of spintronics, electronic devices that harness electron spin for faster and more efficient computing.
Zhiyong Ma received his PhD from Materials Science and Engineering in 1994, conducting his research as a member of Professor Les Allen’s group. Prior to coming to Illinois, Dr. Ma received his bachelor’s degree from Shanghai University in 1984 and masters in Materials Science and Engineering from Purdue in 1990.
Graduate student Edmund Han, left, professor Elif Ertekin, graduate student Jaehyung Yu, professor Pinshane Y. Huang, front, and professor Arend M. van der Zande have determined how much energy it takes to bend multilayer graphene – a question that has long eluded scientists.
Funded by The Minerals, Metals & Materials (TMS) Foundation, this award recognizes an assistant professor for accomplishments that have advanced the academic institution where employed, and for abilities to broaden the technological profile of TMS.
Krogstad will give a lecture presentation, “Challenging the Paradigm for Materials in Extreme Environments: Embracing Dynamic Material Properties,” at the Young Professional Luncheon/Lecture on Tuesday, February 25.
Yingjie Zhang, assistant professor of Materials Science and Engineering, has been granted a doctoral new investigator award from the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund. The award supports a project titled "In-Situ Imaging and Spectroscopy of Asphaltene Adsorption at Oil-Solid Interfaces."
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Professor Qian Chen, seated, and graduate students Binbin Luo, left, and Zihao Ou collaborated with researchers at Northwestern University to observe and simulate the formation of crystalline materials at a much higher resolution than before.
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Perry was recognized "for developing an improved understanding of the factors impacting chemical expansion in perovskite-structured materials, of widespread technological significance in both batteries and fuel cell materials, and for creative in situ measurements establishing correlations between the defect and band structures of mixed ionic/electronic conducting oxides, and their transport and optical properties and SOFC electrode oxygen exchange kinetics."
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign is seeking to fill multiple tenured or tenure track faculty positions in all ranks. We particularly seek candidates with research interests in two priority areas: (1) biological and biomedical materials and (2) metals, in both cases with an emphasis on experimental research. However, candidates with research interests in other areas of materials science and engineering are also encouraged to apply.
Professor Waltraud Kriven, Willet Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, has been honored by Advances in Engineering with a Key Scientific Article for the paper, "In-situ investigation Hf6Ta2O17 anisotropic thermal expansion and topotactic, peritectic transformation," written with graduate student Scott McCormack.
The highest honor the government can bestow on independent researchers is the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. MatSE is proud to announce that Professor Pinshane Huang was chosen for her "exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology."
JUN 6, 2019 8:30 AM BY ANANYA SEN | NEWS BUREAU SCIENCE WRITER | 217-333-5802
Scientists often build new protein molecules by stringing groups of amino acids together. These amino acid chains, called polypeptides, are the building blocks needed in drug development and the creation of new biomaterials.
Imagine polymer materials that can heal themselves when damaged or change color when under stress. Or polymer gels that can mimic blood clotting to protect and regenerate damaged vascular networks. Nancy Sottos of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign (UIUC) did just that and has devoted her career to the development of materials systems inspired by nature’s ability to design self-healing, self-regenerating, self-reporting, and self-protecting materials.
The James Economy Professorship will support MatSE in the recruitment of established researchers dedicated to the development of new materials for societal purposes. The Professorship was announced at a 90thbirthday celebration held in March 2019 and attended by colleagues of the past and present, former students, and family.