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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: Dr. Robert J. Musur

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 14:15  

Robert Musur, PhD ’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.

David Cahill

David Cahill appointed Associate in the Center for Advanced Study

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 12:00  

The Center for Advanced Study (CAS) is charged with promoting the highest levels of scholarship and discourse at the University of Illinois. The Center also serves as the primary formal venue on our campus for various types of scholarly interaction and creative activity across academic disciplines. It sponsors workshops and seminars, supports new scholarship, and brings to campus more than thirty distinguished scholars, writers, and artists each academic year, in collaboration with other units of the University.

Axel Hoffmann

Dr. Axel Hoffmann will join the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and the Materials Research Laboratory as a Distinguished Faculty Hire

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 16:15  

Dr. Hoffmann received his Ph.D. in 1999 and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Los Alamos National Laboratory before joining Argonne National Laboratory as a staff scientist in 2001. His research accomplishments encompass a variety of magnetism-related subjects, including magnetic heterostructures, spin transport and magnetization dynamics in novel  geometries, and biomedical applications of magnetism. Dr. Hoffmann is a pioneering investigator of spin Hall effects, which have given rise to an important new field of materials physics, now known as spin-orbitronics.

A new way to think about the movement of atoms in a material

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 13:15  

University of Illinois materials scientist, Dallas Trinkle, has developed a comparative framework for evaluating models of diffusion, creating opportunities for the development of new or combined models. The paper, “Variation Principle for Mass Transport,” is published in Physical Review Letters, and has been highlighted by the American Physical Society.

Pinshane Huang named Highly Cited Researcher

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 13:15  

Assistant Professor Pinshane Huang has been named to the 2018 list of Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics.

MatSE alumna, Arielle Gross, named in Forbes 30 under 30 for marketing and advertising in 2019

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 09:30  

Arielle Gross leads strategy, business, communication, and management initiatives for Facebook's Global Business Marketing and Creative Shop organizations. She founded the Cannected events series, helped launch Facebook's #MoreLikeMe initiative in partnership with HP Inc. and serves as the Facebook representative for the UN Women Global Innovation Coalition for Change. She founded the Arielle Gross Engineering Visionary Scholarship Fund at the University of Illinois.

Waltraud Kriven named Willett Professor

Sat, 11/03/2018 - 13:00  

This recognition is targeted for faculty members who are excelling in their contributions to the University of Illinois, in addition to excellence in research, teaching, and professional service. On a broader scale, the Willett Research Initiatives in Engineering funds professorships, undergraduate and graduate student research, and related research activity. It honors the memory of Donald Biggar Willett (1897-1981) who attended the University of Illinois from 1916-1921. 

Discovering how individual atoms contribute to the melting of membranes

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 13:30  

Written by Allie Arp

Photo by Arlie Yruma


The project, titled “Local Atomic-level Thermodynamic Probe for Nanoscience of 2D Membranes: Synthesis, NMR and Nanocalorimetry Study,” is built upon previous research Allen and group have conducted, with a twist.  This twist is the inclusion of the nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) technique into the calorimetry study of small material.

Renske van der Veen awarded a 2018 Packard Fellowship

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 12:30  

Prof. Renske van der Veen is the recipient of a Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering for 2018.

Yingjie Zhang

Self-assembled superlattices for flexible and wearable electronics

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 15:45  

Diagram of the device structure used to test deformed graphene electrical behavior, scanning electron microscope image of the device structure, and conductance plot.The self-organization of molecular, nano, and larger building blocks into complex structures is a process that widely occurs in nature.

New BioMaker Lab at MRL First of its Kind in Biofabrication Research and Innovation

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 11:00  

Enabled by a generous gift from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, the BioMaker Lab at the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Lab (MRL) will be the first state-of-the-art interdisciplinary biofabrication hub in the world.

MatSE Professor Nicola Perry Receives Department of Energy Early Career Research Award

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 13:30  

Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) Professor Nicola Perry has received a Department of Energy (DOE) Early Career Research Program grant for her proposal “Chemo-Mechanically Driven In Situ Hierarchical Structure Formation in Mixed Conductors.” 

MSE 441 Students Attend Steel Mill Field Trip

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:15  

In the spring 2018 semester, Professor Robert Maass took his MSE 441 (Metals Processing) students to steel plant ArcelorMittal in Riverdale, Illinois, so students could see how steel is processed in industry.  

Professor Jessica Krogstad

MatSE Professor Jessica Krogstad Awarded RAEng Distinguished Visiting Fellowship

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:15  

MatSE Professor Jessica Krogstad will travel to the UK to visit the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials (BP-ICAM) and other major institutions as part of her Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) Distinguished Visiting Fellowship award. 

MatSE Professor Qian Chen Receives DURIP Award

MatSE Professor Qian Chen Receives DURIP Award

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 14:15  

Materials Science and Engineering Professor Qian Chen has recently received a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP) Award. This highly competitive award augments research capabilities at universities conducting cutting-edge research of interest to the Department of Defense, through the procurement of state-of-the-art equipment. 

Qian Chen has received the DURIP award for a Nanoscopic Imaging and Analysis Platform. 

 Racheff-Intel Award Given to Four MatSE Students

Racheff-Intel Award Given to Four MatSE Students

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 14:00  

In memory of Ivan Racheff, a distinguished alumnus of the University of Illinois, the Racheff-Intel award was given out to four MatSE students today for excellent graduate research in any sub-field. 

Racheff-Intel Awards were given to: 
Ankita Bhutani
Yu-Tsun Shao
Hyejin Jang
Jungwoo Shin

The award consists of a plaque and up to $1,000 financial support to attend a conference at which the student will present the relevant research. Congratulations to our amazing students!