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Leveraging industry partnerships to teach remotely

June 03, 2020

The materials science and engineering (MSE) department is leveraging its industry connections and forging new partnerships to give students the best experience while teaching spring 2020 remotely. Professor Klaus van Benthem and Assistant Professor of Teaching Susan Gentry have worked with the software company COMSOL and the manufacturer KLA Corporation to keep students learning in this challenging environment.

Using “fun physics” to advance computing

June 01, 2020

Driven by the thrill of discovery, materials science and engineering professor Yayoi Takamura’s research group explores the “fun physics” of the magnetic and electronic properties of thin films of complex oxide materials to better understand how these materials that can be used in advanced computing.

MASC hosts virtual block party June 4

May 29, 2020

The Materials Advantage Student Chapter (MASC) at UC Davis is hosting a virtual block party on June 4, 2020 from 5:15 – 6 p.m. over Zoom. College of Engineering virtual block parties, named after the video display blocks on Zoom, are events for current students and alumni to build connections, share experiences and give each other hope and encouragement during this difficult time. Register here to attend.

Subhash Risbud receives ACerS W. David Kingery Award

April 27, 2020
Materials science and engineering distinguished professor Subhash Risbud was honored with the American Ceramic Society’s W. David Kingery Award, which recognizes distinguished lifelong achievements with a multidisciplinary, global impact on ceramic technology, science, education and art.

Alexandra Navrotsky named ACerS Distinguished Life Member

April 02, 2020
Materials science and engineering distinguished professor emerita Alexandra Navrotsky is now a Distinguished Life Member of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS). Becoming a Distinguished Life Member is ACerS’ highest honor. Since 1931, the award is presented annually to three members in recognition of their seminal contributions to the ceramics profession.

Sabyasachi Sen wins 2020 Otto Schott Research Award

February 10, 2020

Materials science and engineering (MSE) professor Sabyasachi Sen received the 2020 Otto Schott Research Award, recognizing his research excellence in the fields of glasses and glass ceramics. Sen will be honored at a special a ceremony at the annual American Ceramic Society’s Glass and Optical Materials Division meeting from May 17-21 in New Orleans.

Marina Leite co-authors new paper that standardizes perovskite stability testing

January 24, 2020

Associate professor Marina Leite is a co-author on a new paper in Nature Energy that establishes standards and procedures for testing the stability of perovskite photovoltaic devices. The publication, the result of the 12th International Summit on Organic Photovoltaic Stability (ISOS) in October 2019, was co-written by 60 leading researchers in the field from across the globe who came together to form this consensus.

MSE launches nuclear science training program for UC Davis faculty

January 21, 2020

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is leading a new nuclear science training program for junior faculty members at UC Davis. The Advancing Scientific Careers to Enhance Nuclear Technologies (ASCENT) is a three-year $450,000 program funded by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The goal of this program is to encourage junior faculty in their first four years to expand their research in nuclear science.

UC Davis leads breakthrough in ceramic nanoscience

December 09, 2019

A new paper from professor Ricardo Castro’s group at UC Davis changes the understanding of how nanoscale dimensions affect the hardness of ceramics. The study, led by then Ph.D. student Arseniy Bokov, found that on nanoscale dimensions, ceramic materials give a false impression of softening because of an extensive network of almost invisible nanocracks.