3rd Ranked Undergraduate Materials Science Program U.S News & World Reports


Wed, 09/11/2019 - 09:53  

MatSE's undergraduate program ranking has increased from 5th in 2019 to 3rd in 2020. See the full list of U.S. News and World Report rankings here.

Waltraud Kriven

Kriven paper honored with Key Scientific Article, Advances in Engineering

Fri, 09/06/2019 - 09:11  

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.

Pinshane Huang receives Presidential Early Career Award

Wed, 07/03/2019 - 13:55  

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."

Read the White House's press release here.

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.  The process for building polypeptides is difficult, however. Researchers report that they have developed a faster, easier and cheaper method for making new polypeptides than was previously available. The new approach uses a streamlined process that purifies the amino acid precursors an

Researchers develop fast, efficient way to build amino acid chains

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 13:30  

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.

SEM image of ruptured microcapsules containing a healing agent.

Materials Today Lab Profile: Nancy Sottos

Thu, 06/06/2019 - 13:00  

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.

2019 Student Awardees

2019 Undergraduate Student Awards

Tue, 04/30/2019 - 11:30  

Congratulations Undergraduate Awardees!

2019 Alfred W. Allen Awardees


A. I. Andrews Scholar

Xuyang Tang

Clifford M. Andrews Scholars

Qiuhui Cai

Kevin Lee

Samuel Li

Professor James Economy

Professor James Economy and family establish named Professorship

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 15:30  

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.

MatSE Students Win National Awards

MatSE Students Honored with National Awards

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 13:30  

Congratulations to all the students who have received national-level awards!

Three students, Erick Ivan Hernandez Alvarez, Kathleen Oolman, and Grace Lu, and have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

Dallas Trinkle, 2019 Brimacombe Medalist

Dallas Trinkle receives 2019 Brimacombe Medal from TMS

Tue, 04/23/2019 - 16:15  

The Brimacombe Medal recognizes mid-career individuals with sustained excellence and achievement in business, technology, education, public policy, or science related to materials science and engineering and with a record of continuing service to the profession.

Trinkle was chosen for his significant contributions to the prediction of alloying efforts on diffusion, solid solution strengthening and softening, and for exemplary service to TMS.

Materials science and engineering professor Qian Chen, center, and graduate students Binbin Luo, left, and Ahyoung Kim find inspiration in biology to help investigate how order emerges from self-assembling building blocks of varying size and shape.  Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

Multistep self-assembly opens door to new reconfigurable materials

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 10:15  


Self-assembling synthetic materials come together when tiny, uniform building blocks interact and form a structure. However, nature lets materials like proteins of varying size and shape assemble, allowing for complex architectures that can handle multiple tasks.

Jessica Krogstad

Jessica Krogstad receives the Robert L. Coble Award for Young Scholars from the American Ceramics Society.

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:00  

The award recognizes an outstanding scientist who is conducting research in academia, industry, or at a government-funded laboratory. It honors the late Professor Robert L. Coble, whose lifelong mission was to enhance the achievement and advancement of young ceramic scientists.

Dr. Robert Maass

Robert Maass awarded the Masing Memorial Medal from the German Materials Society (DGM)

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 13:30  

Since 1957, the Masing Memorial Medal has recognized the best contribution in materials science of a young scientist and member of the society. This year, Robert Maass’ recent work in the area of strain-localization and discrete plasticity in metals was honored. The award is named after Georg Masing, the first chair of the Institute of Metals Physics (now Institute of Materials Physics) at the University of Goettingen and honorary chair of the DGM.

Pinshane Huang

Pinshane Huang awarded NSF Career Award

Thu, 03/14/2019 - 11:15  

Pinshane Huang, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has been granted an National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award

NSF CAREER grants are given to young faculty who demonstrate great potential early in their careers. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research.

2018 Distinguished Merit Awardee: Dr. Kenneth W. Hang

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 14:15  

Kenneth Hang, B.S. ’66; Ph.D. ’70: The satisfaction of success through collaboration

by Ananya Sen

2018 Loyalty Award: Robert J. Musur

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 14:15  

Robert Musur, BS ’74: Hard work is a reward in itself

by Ananya Sen

Degrees in Metallurgical Engineering, Business Administration, and Law are seldom earned by the same person. However, Robert Musur earned all three over the course of 11 years. His unusual career path has ranged from being an employee at a steel mill to working for KPMG. His career achievements have earned him the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UIUC. 

Nancy Sottos

Nancy Sottos selected for Swanlund endowed chair

Sat, 02/09/2019 - 14:45  

Sottos is the Donald B. Willet Professor of Engineering in the department of materials science and engineering and leads the Autonomous Materials Systems group in the Beckman Institute. The Swanlund chair is the highest endowed title bestowed upon faculty at the University.

Her research interests include polymers and composites capable of self-healing and regeneration, mechanochemically active polymers, tailored interfaces and novel materials for more reliable energy storage. She is a Fellow of the Society of Engineering Science and the Society for Experimental Mechanics.