Qian Chen MURI Grant

Chen lab receives MURI grant as part of study to create new topological mechanical metamaterials

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 15:10  

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.

Stand against racism

Join the Anti-Racism Webinars

Tue, 06/16/2020 - 13:41  

Please join the upcoming Grainger College of Engineering Anti-racism Webinars 

From Dean Rashid Bashir:

As the college’s Anti-Racism Task Force continues to develop actions that will improve our policies, practices, and culture, I want to again encourage you individually to educate yourself on ways that you can support our faculty, staff, and students of color. Take dedicated time to learn more, reflect, and address the issues that you see day to day. 

Robert Averback

Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert S. Averback Receives 2020 Robert Cahn Award

Mon, 06/15/2020 - 21:19  

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.

Microcapsule image

Developing better fabrication techniques for pH-responsive microcapsules

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 15:07  

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

Graduate student Saran Pidaparthy receives Science Graduate Student Research Award from the DOE

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 12:05  

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. 

Hua Wang

MatSE welcomes new assistant professor, Dr. Hua Wang

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 14:20  

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.

Congratulations Graduates

Congratulations to our 2020 Graduates!

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 20:42  

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Chris Evans

Chris Evans receives 3M award for non-tenured faculty

Tue, 04/14/2020 - 13:20  

Professor Evans's award supports this proposal: The elastic modulus and viscosity of a polymer are two of the most important properties for many applications. They are critical to understanding time dependent behavior, and determine the performance of pressure sensitive adhesives, coatings, and damping materials. Conventionally, we have lumped polymers into two categories based on their behavior. Thermoplastics, things like airplane windows or bottles, will show a decrease in both modulus and viscosity when heated.

Waltraud Kriven

Professor Kriven invited to EU Academy of Sciences

Tue, 04/14/2020 - 12:21  

Professor Waltraud Kriven has been invited to join the EU Academy of Sciences. The EU Academy of Sciences is an international scientific organization, and it is composed of the world’s leading scientists, scholars and business people, aiming to promote excellence in science and technology. Among the most prestigious in Europe, there are many members in several countries all over the world, including Nobel Prize and Outstanding Scientists winners. 

Cecilia Leal's team

New study shows how oxygen transfer is altered in diseased lung tissue

Fri, 04/10/2020 - 12:35  


A multidisciplinary team of researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has developed tiny sensors that measure oxygen transport in bovine lung tissue. The study – which establishes a new framework for observing the elusive connection between lung membranes, oxygen flow and related disease – is published in the journal Nature Communications.

Laura Nagel

Outstanding Advisors: Daniel Shoemaker and Laura Nagel

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 21:06  

Congratulations to Professor Daniel Shoemaker and Chief Advisor Laura Nagel for being chosen as recipients of the Engineering Council Outstanding Advisor Award. Thanks to the nomination from their students, the Engineering Council’s Advisors List Selection Committee has chosen Shoemaker and Nagel as one of the top 10% of engineering advisors.

Qian Chen

Qian Chen receives Dean's Award for Excellence in Research

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 20:50  

Professor Qian Chen is one of the recipients of the 2020 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research. Congratulations on this accomplishment! 

"I am very happy to receive this award which is only possible with the efforts of all my students and postdocs, as well as the great interactions and support I've had from the department. My group will continue pushing the boundaries of nanoscopic imaging for soft materials, expanding further into separation and energy storage materials and living systems,” said Chen.

David Cahill Tau Beta Pi Drucker Eminent Faculty Award

David Cahill receives Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 14:02  

Willet Professor of Engineering and MatSE Prof. David Cahill was recently selected to receive the Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Eminent Faculty Award. Cahill was selected for this award by the President of Tau Beta Pi and the Executive Associate Dean for the College of Engineering. The Tau Beta Pi Daniel C. Drucker Award was established in 1985, andrecognizes faculty for their dedication to academic excellence and exemplary contributions to the understanding of their field.

Kaustubh Panse

Graduate student Kaustubh Panse receives TechnipFMC Fellowship

Sun, 03/29/2020 - 09:25  

Congratulations to PhD student Kaustubh Panse of Zhang’s Group for receiving the 2020-2021 TechnipFMC Fellowship. 

“Kaustubh was the first PhD student joining my recently established lab. He has done an incredible job building up the lab and achieving many fantastic results. This award recognizes Kaustubh’s hard work and scientific leadership,” said Zhang.

Shen Dillon

Breaking the temperature barrier in small-scale materials testing

Tue, 02/25/2020 - 11:22  

Researchers have demonstrated a new method for testing microscopic aeronautical materials at ultra-high temperatures. By combining electron microscopy and laser heating, scientists can evaluate these materials much more quickly and inexpensively than with traditional testing.

Ashish Kulkarni

Graduate student Ashish Kulkarni selected for Ross J. Martin Award

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 10:17  

Mr. Kulkarni, who is part of Paul Braun’s group, was selected in a college-wide competition for outstanding research achievement by a graduate student.

“Ashish has been an incredible asset to my group, and this award is wonderful recognition of his intellectual leadership and hard work as a PhD student,” said Braun.

Professor Dallas Trinkle

Dallas Trinkle and Harrison Kim (ISE) receive awards through DOE effort to strengthen US manufacturing competitiveness

Mon, 02/17/2020 - 17:24  

Professors Dallas Trinkle and Harrison Kim (ISE) have received U.S. Department of Energy awards as part of a multi-million-dollar project led by the University of Florida. 

“The over-arching DOE project is aimed at designing processing routes for metal alloys that use magnetic fields to reduce the energy necessary and costs in making structure alloys (specifically, steels). The impact of this would be reduction in energy needed to make widely used structural materials,” Trinkle said. 

Nancy Sottos

Nancy Sottos elected to National Academy of Engineering

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 15:15  

Nancy Sottos, an engineering professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering. She is one of 87 new members and 18 international members announced by the Academy on Feb. 6.

Jim Zuo

Professor Jian-Min Zuo receives Intel's 2019 Outstanding Research Award

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 13:13  

Congratulations to Professor Zuo, who has been selected as one of Intel’s 2019 Outstanding Research Award winners for his collaborative research on “Enhanced Strain and Structural Analysis based on TEM” with Intel.