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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.

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.

Paul Braun and David Cahill

Professors Braun and Cahill receive DURIP awards

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 13:05  

Paul Braun, Director of MRL and Racheff Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and David Cahill, Willet Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, have received Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) awards. 

Nicola Perry

Assistant Professor Nicola Perry receives NSF CAREER Award

Wed, 01/29/2020 - 18:29  

The NSF’s Early Career Development Program’s CAREER Awards are prestigious, competitive awards given to young faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholar through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research. The program will provide five years of support for the award. 

The project funded by the award is entitled "Dynamic point defect architectonics – uncovering crystal chemical design rules for tailored chemical expansion."

Paul Braun

Researchers gain control over internal structure of self-assembled composite materials

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 08:46  

Composites made from self-assembling inorganic materials are valued for their unique strength and thermal, optical and magnetic properties. However, because self-assembly can be difficult to control, the structures formed can be highly disordered, leading to defects during large-scale production. Researchers at the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan have developed a templating technique that instills greater order and gives rise to new 3D structures in a special class of materials, called eutectics, to form new, high-performance materials.

Nancy Sottos, Head of MatSE

Nancy Sottos begins tenure as Head of MatSE

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 10:06  

Nancy Sottos, Professor and Swanlund Chair, began serving as the permanent Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering on January 1, 2020.

Brian Jing and Chris Evans

New polymer material may help batteries become self-healing, recyclable

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 13:15  

Lithium-ion batteries are notorious for developing internal electrical shorts that can ignite a battery’s liquid electrolytes, leading to explosions and fires. Engineers at the University of Illinois have developed a solid polymer-based electrolyte that can self-heal after damage – and the material can also be recycled without the use of harsh chemicals or high temperatures.

The new study, which could help manufacturers produce recyclable, self-healing commercial batteries, is published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.

Siddharth Krishnan

Siddharth Krishnan named Forbes 30 Under 30

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 11:32  

Siddharth Krishnan graduated with his PhD from MatSE in 2019. He is currently a postdoctoral research at MIT.

Krishnan's work is aimed at developing wearable sensors and implantable devices for drug delivery. One innovation he's been a part of is integrating nanofilms of high-quality electronic materials into soft, stretchable sheets of rubber creating skin-like sensors that can detect a variety of health indicators after being applied to the skin like a temporary tattoo.

Study: Stress changes the normal aging process of metallic glass

Thu, 12/19/2019 - 17:20  

Researchers in the Department of Materials Science at Illinois have found that by applying stress to metallic glasses, it is possible to disrupt the normal aging process of these alloys. The findings, published in Nature Communications, may contribute to an understanding of how to extend the life of this material.

David Cahill named 2019 AAAS Fellow

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 10:52  

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.

Axel Hoffmann

Axel Hoffmann named Highly Cited Researcher

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 10:26  

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.

2019 Distinguished Merit Awardee: Zhiyong Ma

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 09:23  

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. 

Young Alumni Award 2019

Mon, 11/18/2019 - 08:59  

Dr. Hunter McDaniel

BS-EE and Physics UCSB, 2006
PhD-MatSE, 2011

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