September 14, 2020.
Materials Science and Engineering at Illinois came in at 2nd place (tied with UC Berkeley) in college rankings for materials programs. Congratulations to all the faculty, staff, and students who make MatSE such a great department! Read more about the US World and News Report rankings.
Braun and Perry awarded NSF Future Manufacturing Research Grant for high energy density Li-ion batteriesMon, 09/14/2020 - 12:17
This National Science Foundation (NSF) grant will support fundamental research to develop transformative manufacturing processes for reliable, energy dense, and easily recyclable next generation Lithium-ion batteries. The Illinois Materials Research Laboratory co-principal investigators Professors Paul Braun, Nenad Milkovic, Nicola Perry, and Pingfeng Wang, with co-principal investigator Prof. Marta Hatzell at Georgia Tech, have been awarded $3.25M over 5 years.
Students taking a (virtual) Introduction to Materials Science got an extra surprise this fall. Professor Pinshane Huang and Teaching Assistant Emiliana Cofell packed and sent boxes of sample materials - experiment kits to be used across the semester.
In the nanoworld, tiny particles such as proteins appear to dance as they transform and assemble to perform various tasks while suspended in a liquid. Recently developed methods have made it possible to watch and record these otherwise-elusive tiny motions, and researchers now take a step forward by developing a machine learning workflow to streamline the process.
Professors David Cahill and Paul Braun have been awarded a Grainger Distinguished Chair in Engineering. This honor is given in recognition of distinguished scholarly achievements and leadership in promoting collaborative research.
“The Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Materials Research Laboratory have benefitted immensely from their research and administrative leadership,” said Department Head Nancy Sottos. “We are incredibly fortunate to have them as colleagues and friends.”
They may be tiny, but leafhoppers have a super power: they secrete a substance that makes their bodies water-repellant and anti-reflective, which may help them blend in with their surroundings and escape surface tension. Symbiotic bacteria living in the leafhoppers appear to assist in producing the substance and its soccer-ball-shaped nanostructures called brochosomes, but the process is something of a mystery.
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering welcomes Charles Schroeder, Ray and Beverly Mentzer ProfessorWed, 08/12/2020 - 10:38
Schroeder has been an affiliate faculty in MatSE since 2016 and will join our department as Professor of Materials Science in the Fall of 2020. He will hold a joint (25%) appointment with Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.
The department is pleased to announce three new promotions for Nathan Gabrielson, André Schleife, and Daniel Shoemaker, pending approval by the Board of Trustees. We recognize the hard work that goes into this achievement and wish to congratulate them on their new status.
Senior Lecturer, Nathan Gabrielson
The Center for Advanced Study has appointed seven new members to its permanent faculty, including Nancy Sottos and Jeffrey S. Moore. CAS professors are selected based on their outstanding scholarship, and the appointments are one of the highest forms of campus recognition at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have improved the technique of frontal polymerization, where a small amount of heat triggers a moving reaction wave that produces a polymeric material. The new method enables a wider range of materials with better control over their thermal and mechanical properties.
The paper, “Rapid Synthesis of Elastomers and Thermosets with Tunable Thermomechanical Properties,” was published in ACS Macro Letters and selected as ACS editors’ choice.
The collaboration was awarded for their proposal “Energy Frontier Research Center for Quantum Sensing and Quantum Materials (QSQM).” The center aims to develop and apply nontrivial quantum sensing methods to measure and unravel mysteries associated with three families of quantum materials. These families are exotic superconductors, topological crystalline insulators, and strange metals. Daniel Shoemaker, professor of materials science and engineering, will lead synthesis efforts to grow high-quality crystals of the three families of materials in the Center.
National Science Foundation (NSF) awards EAGER grant to Antonia Statt, Qian Chen and Paul Braun to study micro- and nanoplastics in the environmentMon, 07/06/2020 - 14:18
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a two-year, $300,000 EAGER grant to professors of materials science and engineering Antonia Statt, Qian Chen, and Paul Braun for their project on mapping the structure–property relationship of micro- and nanoplastics by in-situ nanoscopic imaging and simulation.
The grant, which awarded $1.25M to Chen lab by the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative of the Office of Naval Research, is part of a project to study gaps in efforts to realize topological mechanical metamaterials (TMMs) that can change their properties based on external impacts.
Dr. Robert S. Averback, Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering, has been attributed the Robert Cahn Award 2020 by the Journal of Nuclear Materials and the committee of NuMat 2020, the Nuclear Materials Conference, based on his lifelong contribution to the field of nuclear materials.
This award recognizes a scientist of high academic profile in the field of nuclear materials, who has the ability to communicate science to a broad audience and has demonstrated an interest in breaking down barriers between scientific disciplines.
The Sottos group has developed a new method to create microcapsules, which are tiny droplets surrounded by a solid shell. The technique can be used to make microcapsules that respond to changes in pH, which are useful for applications such as anti-corrosion coatings.
The study, “Fabrication of pH-responsive monodisperse microcapsules using interfacial tension of immiscible phases,” was published in the journal Soft Matter.
Saran Pidaparthy, a MatSE PhD student in Professor Zuo’s lab, is one of 12 students to receive the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program award and will be given the chance to broaden his thesis research on fast charging lithium-ion electrode materials at DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory with Dr. Daniel Abraham.
The Department of Materials Science and Engineering welcomes Hua Wang, a new assistant professor, who will start his position in August, 2020.
Hua Wang joins the department after completing a postdoctoral position with Professor David J. Mooney’s group at Harvard University from 2016 - 2020. He completed a B.S. in Polymer Science and Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China in 2012, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Urbana-Champaign in 2016.