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

Bent Graphene

Graphene: The more you bend it, the softer it gets

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 11:41  

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.

Jessica Krogstad

Jessica Krogstad wins TMS Early Career Faculty Fellow Award

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 15:47  

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

Yingjie Zhang Awarded ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Grant

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 10:58  

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." 

Qian Chen and graduate students

Crystallization clarified, researchers report

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 15:42  

By Lois Yoksoulian, News Bureau

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.

Photo by Fred Zwicky

Nicola Perry

Nicola Perry receives J. Bruce Wagner, Jr. Award from the Electrochemical Society

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 12:04  

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."

Tenure and tenure track positions open

2 open-rank faculty positions available

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 11:02  

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.

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.