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  • 4th Annual ChemE and MSE Research Symposium
    The 4th Annual ChemE and MSE Research Symposium at UC Davis was held in Kemper Hall on Friday, Nov. 4th, 2016. The event featured nine oral presentations in the morning, and a poster session in the afternoon. All participants commented on the quality of the research being presented, as well as the enthusiastic attendance from ...
  • Prof. Castro and Team’s Work Selected for Featured Article and Cover Image in April’s Journal of the American Ceramic Society
    Prof. Castro and his team have focused for years on a thermodynamic description of two problems traditionally considered more fundamentally kinetically controlled: nanostability and sintering. Their paper on the subject, “Nanostability and Sintering: The Thermodynamic Perspective,” presents a review on the energetic effect of dopants on the stability of nanoparticles and on densification process of ceramics. ...
  • Article from Prof. Castro’s Group Highlighted as Cover of April Issue of Journal of the American Ceramic Society
    Predicting the stable phase in a nanoscaled oxides is not an easy task since the surface energies can influence the stability trend observed in bulk-phase diagrams. Prof. Ricardo Castro and his team have created a new concept of phase diagram by using calorimetric data to directly measure surface energies of yttria-zirconia nanoparticles (one of the most ...
  • Art from Navrotsky’s Group Featured in Angewandte Chemie International Edition as Inside Cover Art
    “Energetic Insights into the Formation of Solids from Aluminum Polyoxocations,” a paper by Dana Reusser, William H. Casey and Alexandra Navrotsky, was highlighted in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. Original artwork from the paper was used for the inside cover of volume 54, issue 32 of the journal. The paper can be found on pages 9253-9256 ...
  • Prof. Navrotsky’s Review Article Highlighted on Cover of Journal of the American Ceramic Society
    Prof. Alexandra Navrotsky is a leading expert in calorimetric techniques for studying the thermodynamics of materials. Her review article, “Progress and New Directions in Calorimetry: A 2014 Perspective” by Alexandra Navrotsky, vol. 97, pgs. 3349-3359, Journal of the American Ceramic Society (2014), reflects on the current trends in calorimetric studies and technology. It is also highlighted ...
  • Navrotsky Group’s Paper Featured as Inside Cover of ChemPhysChem
    The Peter A. Rock Thermochemistry Lab (headed by Prof. Alexandra Navrotsky) had their recent paper featured as inside cover art for the journal ChemPhysChem. The featured article is “Thermodynamic Stability of Transition Metal LiMn2-xMxO4 (M = Cr, Fe, Co and Ni) Spinels” by Chenying Lai, Jiewei Chen, James C. Knight, Arumugam Manthiram and Alexandra Navrotsky, ...
  • Roopali Kukreja joins the Materials Science & Engineering Dept. as Assistant Professor
    Please join the MSE Department in welcoming Roopali Kukreja, who joins us as an Assistant Professor in Summer 2016.  She received her B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in 2008 and then her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University in 2011 ...
  • Science as Art Competition Winners Announced
    The UC Davis student chapter of the Materials Research Society (MRS) hosted their own Science as Art competition in Spring 2016. The contest was intended to celebrate informative visualizations of data that are also aesthetically appealing.  Pictured here are the UC Davis contest winners, “Defect Etching in Gallium Nitride” by Steven Zhang, “Cobalt Nanowires” by Daniel ...
  • UC Davis Professor Meets Pope
    UC Davis Professor James Shackelford, his wife Penelope, and his colleague Dr. Mario Malinconico had the opportunity on April 9 to present some mementos of their work to Pope Francis.  All three attended the International Conference on Solid Urban Waste Management in Rome, which was organized through the International Union of Physical and Applied Chemistry ...
  • Congratulations to Prof. Shackelford!
    Please join the CHMS Department in congratulating Prof. James Shackelford!  Prof. Shackelford will be receiving the North American Materials Education Symposia’s inaugural award for outstanding contributions to Materials Education on Thursday, March 17.  He will also be speaking at the Symposium, where materials scientists discuss ideas, tools, and best practices for teaching materials across engineering, design, and science.
  • CHMS Department Reconstitution Announcement
    On February 29, 2016 the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science was reconstituted into two new departments: the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Currently we are in a transition period which we expect to last for the rest of this academic year (2015-16) .  The departments will ...
  • New Article from Prof. Mahajan in MRS Bulletin
    Prof. Mahajan has published an article entitled “The role of materials science in the evolution of microelectronics” in the latest MRS Bulletin.  He writes on how materials science solved the critical challenges that allow us to use silicon as we do today and helped bring us into the Silicon Age (a riff off the ‘Bronze ...
  • CHMS Alumna Miaofang Chi Named ORNL Scientist of the Year
    Please join the CHMS Department in congratulating one of our graduate alumni, Miaofang Chi.  Chi does pioneering research in analytical electron microscopy at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where she recently won three awards at the annual awards banquet.  She received the Director’s Award for Outstanding Individual Accomplishment in ...
  • Congratulations to Award Winners at CHMS Research Symposium
    On Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, the CHMS Department hosted the 3rd Annual CHMS Research Symposium. The Symposium highlights the exciting research being carried out by our graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.  Activities included a poster session in Kemper lobby from 11:30 to 1:30pm and an oral session in Kemper 1065 from 2:30 to 5:00pm. Congratulations to the award winners: Best ...
  • Congratulations to Prof. Shackelford!
    Please join the MSE Department in congratulating Prof. James Shackelford!  Prof. Shackelford will be receiving the North American Materials Education Symposia’s inaugural award for outstanding contributions to Materials Education on Thursday, March 17.  He will also be speaking at the Symposium, where materials scientists discuss ideas, tools, and best practices for teaching materials across engineering, design, and science.
  • CHMS AIChE Chem-E-Car Team
    May 5, 2015 UC Davis’ Chem-E-Car team has proved victorious in the in the Western Regional Meeting, which automatically qualifies the team for November’s National AIChE Meeting. Congratulations to the team! The UC Davis Chem-E-Car team is sponsored by the student chapter of AIChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers). In the Chem-E-Car Competition, student teams compete to ...
  • Check Out the Latest CHMS Alumni Gazette!
    The Summer 2015 issue of the Alumni Gazette is available!  Click here to check it out.
  • Prof. Sen Speaks at ACERS GOMD-DGG Joint Annual Meeting
    May 17, 2015 Prof. Sabyasachi Sen was invited to speak at the American Ceramic Society’s Glass & Optical Materials Division and Deutsche Glastechnische Gesellschaft Joint Annual Meeting.  He gave the Varshneya Frontiers of Glass Science Lecture; his talk was entitled “Structural aspects of relaxational dynamics in glasses and supercooled liquids.”  Click here to find summaries of the other speakers’ ...
  • MSE Ph.D. Student Receives NSF Fellowship
    April 3, 2015   Please join the MSE department in congratulating Lauren Hughes! Lauren Hughes, a Ph.D. student in Materials Science and Engineering, has received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship.  The fellowship provides three years of research funding in addition to professional development opportunities. Lauren Hughes has published two journal articles, and is currently involved ...
  • Congratulations to the COE Commencement Speaker!
    June 2, 2015 Congratulations to CHMS senior and soon graduate Christy Turcios, selected as the student Commencement Speaker for the College of Engineering! Christy was also the featured undergraduate student in our most recent CHMS Newsletter.
  • Biochemical Engineering Senior Design Students Win Engineering Design Showcase
    Congratulations to Biochemical Engineering Senior Design students George Correa, Kaylee Thatcher, Asun Oka, and Richard Huber on winning the College wide Engineering Design Showcase held on June 5, 2014. The four students will receive the Sandia Design Plaque and a cash award.
  • Congratulations to Kelly Guan, a CHMS graduate student researcher, who was recently selected by the Department of Energy to receive a three-year, $155,000 fellowship.
    Congratulations to Kelly Guan, a CHMS graduate student researcher, who was recently selected by the Department of Energy to receive a three-year, $155,000 fellowship. Each year, the Department of Energy awards $5 million for undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships to students in a nuclear energy-related engineering program. The graduate fellowship also includes $5,000 towards a ...
  • Taylor Woehl Receives 2014 Munir Award
    The UC Davis College of Engineering Awards Committee has presented the 2013 Zuhair A. Munir Best Dissertation Award to Taylor Woehl, who obtained his doctorate in chemical engineering in September 2013. Woehl’s dissertation is titled Direct Observations of Colloidal and Nanoparticle Behavior in the Presence of External Fields. The committee also selected Anjul Patney, who obtained his ...
  • Trina Napasindayao and Derrick Kaseman named recipients of the Chair’s Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowships
    The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science is pleased to announce that the 2013-2014 Chair’s Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowships were awarded to Derrick Kasemen and Trina Napasindayao. These awards are in recognition of their academic and scientific accomplishments during their graduate student careers at UC Davis. The Graduate Affairs Committee cited Mr. Kaseman’s contributions ...
  • Professor Ricardo Castro has been honored as 2013-2014 Chancellor’s Fellow
    Professor Ricardo Castro has been honored as 2013-2014 Chancellor’s Fellow. As part of this highly selective and prestigious honor he will receive a one-time award of $25,000 to support his research, service, and teaching activities. He will also have the honor of using the title, “Chancellor’s Fellow”, until July, 2018. CHMS has now had two Chancellor’s ...
  • CHMS Professor Ricardo Castro has developed an innovative new series of outreach and teaching materials on materials science
    CHMS Professor Ricardo Castro has developed aninnovative new series of outreach and teaching materials on materials science & engineering designed for use in K-12 schools. Through Professor Castro’s efforts a new generation of students will seek careers in materials science!
  • New publication in ground-breaking work in latest issue of Physic Review Letters by CHMS Professor and collaborators
    CHMS Professor Yayoi Takamura and collaborators havepublished ground-breaking work in a recent issue of Physics Review Letters that investigates exchange interactions in complex oxide micromagnets using x-ray photoemission electron microscopy. Exchange interactions occur at the interfaces between ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic materials. The structural and magnetic properties of the antiferromagnetic layer dictates the nature of the exchange interactions, which can be ...
  • Highest national recognition for five CHMS faculty
    CHMS is the proud home department of FIVE faculty National Academy of Engineering or Science members, the highest of any department on the Davis campus. Shown here are Academy members (from left) Enrique Lavernia, Diran Apelian, Alex Navrotsky, Bruce Gates, and Subhash Mahajan. Our Academy members represent the outstanding quality of research, scholarship, and teaching housed in the Department.