Meet the winners of the 2019 MSE awards. The MSE annual awards recognize academic achievement, service, and mentorship/teaching.
MSE professor Peter Pauzauskie and a team of researchers have published a paper in Science Advances on nanodiamonds. Their research indicates the potential for advances in medical research, computation and beyond.
Faculty from the materials-intensive departments at the College of Engineering — Materials Science, Mechanical, and Chemical — have partnered on a project to attract and retain more students underrepresented in engineering.
Professor Emeritus Alex Jen has been elected Fellow of European Academy of Sciences.
Congrats to AMP student Varun Kao, who won the "Most Enthusiastic Entrepreneur" prize at the 2019 Buerk Center of Entrepreneurship and Foster School of Business' Science & Technology Showcase.
Xiaodong Xu, Boeing Distinguished Professor of MSE and physics, leads a team of researchers who have developed a new system to trap individual excitons. Excitons are promising candidates for developing new quantum technologies that could revolutionize the computation and communications fields.
MSE associate professor J. Devin MacKenzie has received an award from the US Energy Department to advance research and development in photovoltaic materials.
Peter Pauzauskie, associate professor of materials science and engineering, joined the Institute for Nano-Engineered Systems (NanoES) in spring 2018. His research group synthesizes atomically-precise nanoscale materials to understand and harness their optical and electronic properties for potential applications in next-generation quantum sensors, advanced biomedical devices, and solid-state laser refrigeration.
Sean Ghods was awarded the Graduate School's 2018 Distinguished Thesis Award in Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Engineering. Ghods argues the characteristics of fish scales can be emulated to improve the quality of engineered protective materials.
Led by grad student Jiajun Chen, a new collaborative study could provide engineers new design rules for creating microelectronics, membranes and tissues, and open up better production methods for new materials.
MSE senior Anton Resing has been awarded a Washington Research Foundation Fellowship. Under the guidance of Professor Christine Luscombe, Resing will investigate semiconducting polymers as a solution for expanding solar technology.
MSE associate professor J. Devin MacKenzie has been awarded a grant for a revolutionary printer.
For the new Nanoengineering & Sciences Building, Dennis Edmondson, ’80, ’13, designed a stud that combined the thermal features of wood with the strength of steel.
Dennis Edmondson earned a master's degree in MSE and a dual PhD in MSE & Nanotechnology.
Researchers at the University of Washington have designed a convenient and natural product that uses proteins to rebuild tooth enamel and treat dental cavities. The method takes inspiration from the body’s own natural tooth-forming proteins and is detailed in a new paper by lead author Mehmet Sarikaya (MSE, ChemE).
GEMSEC researchers, in collaboration with colleagues at Tokyo Institute of Technology, in Japan, examined the self-organization behavior of the genetically engineered docdecapeptides on graphene surface using electrical bias. Supported by NSF's Materials Genome Initiative (MGI), research out of GEMSEC Labs aims for practical implementations in biosensing, bioelectronics and biophotonics applications and next generation biology-guided, solid state devices in future technology and medicine.
Authors are Takakazu Seki, Christopher R. So,* Tamon R. Page*, David Starkebaum,* Yuhei Hayamizu, and Mehmet Sarikaya*. (*GEMSEC members).
Research into renewable energy has taken an exciting new direction in recent years with new lost-cost high-efficiency solar cells made from perovskites. Methylammonium lead perovskite solar cell research heads a list of the most prominent scientific topics on SciVal from 2014-2017, and UW MSE Professor Emeritus Alex Jen is listed as one of the top ten most productive researchers in the field worldwide. The University of Washington is the number four global institution publishing the most highly cited perovskite solar cell research.
Materials Science & Engineering graduate student Robert Masse is passionate about renewable energy technology and its potential contribution to addressing climate change. His business, Astrolabe Analytics (formerly Cloud Instruments), focuses on improving battery analytics to assist the quest for better batteries. Masse recently won the Global Student Entrepreneur Award and is featured in GeekWire as a "Geek of the Week."
The outsized impact of materials science on today’s world has prompted UW and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to create the Northwest Institute for Materials Physics, Chemistry and Technology — or NW IMPACT. The new joint research endeavor will power discoveries and advancements in materials that transform energy, telecommunications, medicine, information technology and other fields.
For the last decade, Aaron Feaver has used his entrepreneurial drive to pioneer the development of new low-carbon dioxide energy sources. His commitment to developing solutions in clean energy has solidified Washington state as a leader in the movement to reduce carbon dioxide in the environment, a driver of climate change. In 2003, Aaron left a career at Boeing to build a company in the field of renewable energy. He chose to pursue a degree in materials science and engineering to develop the technology. As a Ph.D. student, he researched low-cost carbon materials for hydrogen storage, laying the foundation for the energy start-up EnerG2. More about Aaron Feaver »
The 2018 Diamond Awards will be held on Thursday, May 10, 6–9 p.m.