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Cheng Named A 2016 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 03:30  

Jianjun Cheng, the Hans Thurnauer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, was recognized as a 2016 Fellow of the American Associateion for the Advancement of Science “for the discovery, development and clinical translation of nanomedicines and biomaterials, especially for targeted cancer therapies.”

Ferguson Helps Group Reach Machine-Learning Discovery & Design of Membrane-Active Peptides for Biomedicine

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 03:30  

There are approximately 1100 known antimicrobial peptides (AMP) with diverse sequences that can permeate microbial membranes. To help discover the “blueprint” for natural AMP sequences, researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - led by assistant professor of materials science and engineering Andrew Ferguson - and the University of California, Los Angeles, have developed a new machine learning approach to discover and design ⍺-helical membrane active peptides based on their physicochemical properties.

Illinois Team Led By Sottos, White Earns iChemE's Oil & Gas Award

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 03:30  

A collaborative research project led by Nancy Sottos, the Donald B. Willet Professor of Engineering in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Illinois, fought off stiff competition to win the Oil and Gas Award at the IChemE Global Awards 2016.

Ferguson Receives AIChE CoMSEF Young Investigator Award

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 04:30  

Andrew Ferguson, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of the 2016 Young Investigator Award for Modeling and Simulation, from the Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum (CoMSEF) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Illinois group leads hands-on science projects at summer camp at Blackfeet reservation

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 10:00  

CSL Professor Les Allen, his wife Joy, and several graduate students took part in the third annual summer camp at Blackfeet Community College, located on the Blackfeet reservation in Browning, Montana. Allen and his team introduced the group of 30 high school and 30 middle school students to hands-on solar and wind energy projects that students could keep.

MatSE Student Grace Pakeltis Takes Second at TECHCON

Mon, 10/10/2016 - 07:00  

Grace Pakeltis, a senior in materials science and engineering, won second place in the Undergraduate Innovation Presenter category for "Electric Field Controlled Nonvolatile Magnetic Memories" at the Semiconductor Research Corporation's (SRC) 17th annual TECHCON Conference held Sept. 11-13 in Austin, Texas.

Leal Earns NIH New Innovator Award

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 04:00  

Cecilia Leal, an assistant professor in MatSE and the Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, is a recipient of the 2016 National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award. The award recognizes bold ideas from some of the nation’s most promising early-career scientists.

In The Field: MatSE's Mackenzie Kurth Discusses Undergraduate Research

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 04:00  

The "In the Field" series showcases undergraduate research across our campus in the form of 60-second video vignettes. This "In the Field" video spotlights undergraduate research student Mackenzie Kurth. Mackenzie is a recent graduate in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ye Receives Best Paper Award

Tue, 09/27/2016 - 04:00  

Determining the structure of a material is key to manipulating it. If you know the structure of a virus, for example, you can develop drugs to control it. This was the motivation behind recent research by Zichao Ye, a PhD student in materials science and engineering, who won a Best Paper Award at the National Thermal Analysis meeting (ICTAC/NATAS) in Orlando in August 2016.

MatSE Student Pujari Aims to 'Revolutionize the Energy Market'

Fri, 09/23/2016 - 01:00  

At 19 years old, Swarnav Pujari wants to do nothing less than “revolutionize the energy market.” The University of Illinois materials science and engineering student envisions office buildings, convention centers and tourist attractions powered simply by the hundreds of people who walk through them each day.

Qian Chen Named to Science News' SN10: Scientists to Watch

Wed, 09/21/2016 - 06:00  

Qian Chen, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Illinois, was named to the Science News 10: Scientists to Watch for her work in pioneering the design of new biologically inspired materials.

Chen Awarded RAEng's Distinguished Visiting Fellowship

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 03:00   Qian Chen, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at Illinois, has been awarded a Distinguished Visiting Fellowship by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) to conduct research at the BP International Centre for Advanced Materials.

Girls Learn About Materials Science at GLAM G.A.M.E.S. Camp

Tue, 08/09/2016 - 03:00  

At the GLAM (Girls Learning About Materials) G.A.M.E.S. camp in early July, the girls learned about a wide variety of materials, ranging from polymers, to biomaterials, to a material that's a favorite of girls everywhere— chocolate. Even more importantly, the girls were exposed to numerous female role models in materials engineering.

MatSE PhD alumna turns her engineering chops to TV scriptwriting

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 08:45  

<p class="p1"><span class="s1">Beth Keser (PhD 1997, Materials Science and Engineering) is turning her problem-solving skills toward creating a new TV show. Her transition to TV scriptwriting is the subject of a feature article in <em>IEEE Spectrum.</em></span>

Method opens a window on how stress and strain affect battery performance

Fri, 08/05/2016 - 08:45  

Illinois professors <a href="https://matse.illinois.edu/directory/profile/n-sottos" target="_blank">Nancy Sottos</a> and Andrew Gerwith developed a method to comprehensively measure the mechanical stress and strain in lithium-ion batteries. It revealed a point of stress in charging that, if addressed through new methods or materials, could lead to faster-charging batteries.&nbsp;

Precision Oncology: Nanoparticles Target Bone Cancers in Dogs

Tue, 08/02/2016 - 03:00  

The recent story on the on NIH Director&rsquo;s, Dr. Francis Collins, blog features the work of MatSE professor <a href="https://matse.illinois.edu/directory/profile/jianjunc">Jianjun Cheng</a> and veterinary clinical medicine professor Dr. Timothy Fan.

Kriven receives James I. Mueller Award

Mon, 08/01/2016 - 03:00  

Professor Waltraud M. Kriven has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 ECD James I. Mueller Memorial Award. The Mueller award recognizes the enormous contributions of James I. Mueller to the Engineering Ceramics Division and the field of engineering ceramics. It is the intent of this award to recognize the accomplishments of individuals who have made similar contributions. Such contributions include long-term service to Engineering Ceramics and work in ceramics that has made a significant industrial, national, or academic impact.

Braun selected to lead MRL

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 04:45   Paul Braun, Racheff Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, has been appointed the next director of the F. Seitz Materials Research Laboratory.

MatSE graduates recognized at MRS spring meeting

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 05:00   Hanze Ying (Cheng group) and Nuri Oh (Shim group) received MRS Graduate Student Awards at the 2016 MRS Spring Meeting.

MatSE startup wins Cozad competition

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 10:00   Hindered Polyurea Technology was named a Grand Prize winner at the Cozad New Venture Competition.

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