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A series of three golden tubes representing proteins rotating on hexagonal representations of a mineral surface

Tue, 04/26/2022 | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Finding additional ways that proteins rotate

Materials scientists, including Research Assistant Professor Shuai Zhang, are taking inspiration from biological materials like bones, teeth and seashells to create a new generation of advanced materials made from proteins and minerals. 

Aniruddh Vashisth, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering (left); Eleftheria Roumeli, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering (center); and Vikram Iyer, an assistant professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering (right)

Thu, 04/21/2022 | UW News

Q&A: Making Earth-friendly electronics

In honor of Earth Day, UW News conducted a Q&A with three University of Washington faculty members, including MSE's Eleftheria Roumeli, who are researching innovative methods to design and manufacture sustainable electronics.

A cartoon depiction of the light-induced ferromagnetism that the researchers observed in ultrathin sheets of tungsten diselenide and tungsten disulfide.

Wed, 04/20/2022 | UW News

Lasers trigger magnetism in atomically thin quantum materials

MSE professor Xiaodong Xu and a team of researchers have discovered that light — in the form of a laser — can trigger a form of magnetism in a normally nonmagnetic material. 


Mon, 03/21/2022 | Molecular Engineering & Sciences Institute

Novel nanoparticle shows promise for treating breast cancer

MSE Professor Miqin Zhang and her lab team in NanoES have developed a targeted nanoparticle that kills cancer cells by simultaneously delivering chemotherapeutic drugs and activating the immune system

Dr. Matthew Yankowitz

Wed, 03/09/2022 | C5: News

Matthew Yankowitz receives the 2022 IUPAP Young Scientist Prize

Matthew Yankowitz, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, is awarded the IUPAP Young Scientist Prize for his transformative contributions to the field of moiré quantum materials.

UW Library

Wed, 11/24/2021 | UW News

Seven MSE-affiliated experts included on Highly Cited Researchers 2021 list

Guozhong Cao, Alex K.Y. Jen, Jun Liu, Yang-Kook Sun, Di Xiao, Jie Xiao and Xiaodong Xu were named on Clarivate’s annual list of Highly Cited Researchers.

Robert Masse headshot

Thu, 11/04/2021 | UW Clean Energy Institute

Elevating battery standards for the skies

Robert Masse, co-founder and CEO of Astrolabe Analytics and Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science & Engineering and UW Clean Energy Institute Graduate Fellow, wins U.S. Air Force SBIR grant to accelerate battery innovation for electric aviation. 

Kannan M. Krishnan headshot

Tue, 10/19/2021 | Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials

Journal honors Prof. Krishnan's contributions to magnetic materials

The Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials recognizes Prof. Krishnan’s contributions in microstructure, nanoscience, and applications in information technologies & biomedicine.

Immunostained neuron stem cells

Mon, 10/11/2021 | College of Engineering

Tiny structures, big impact

Miqin Zhang is working to improve cancer treatment with nanoparticles made from the same material found in crustacean shells.

UW in the evening light

Tue, 10/05/2021

Engineering excellence for the public good

The College of Engineering's strategic plan focuses on four key areas: creating a healthier and more just world through our work; embracing the power of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI); translating innovation into impact; and investing strategically in our future. 

Headshot of Shawn Swanson

Thu, 09/30/2021 | UW News

Spotlight: Shawn Swanson pursues medical innovations through social entrepreneurship

Shawn Swanson - MSE alum, Engineering Innovation in Health all star, MedsForAll founder and Population Health Social Entrepreneurship Fellow - is profiled by the UW Population Health Initiative.

picture of woman sitting on sofa with AKTIV prototype artificial kidney

Fri, 09/10/2021 | UW Medicine

MSE innovation at the core of award-winning artificial kidney prototype

Professor Bruce Hinds' lab developed the photoelectrochemical system that is integral to the new technology.

Bronze W

Tue, 09/07/2021

Expanding STEM pathways via materials research

The Molecular Engineering Materials Center is part of a three-year, NSF-funded partnership to build STEM career pathways for underserved Hispanic, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students.

Matthew Yankowitz

Wed, 08/04/2021

Matthew Yankowitz wins NSF CAREER Award

Matthew Yankowitz, an assistant professor in the departments of Physics and MSE, has been honored with a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

POSS-peptoid molecules self-assemble into rhomboid-shaped nanocrystals.  (Illustration by Stephanie King | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

Wed, 06/30/2021 | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Harvesting light like nature does

Affiliate professor James De Yoreo and Research assistant Professor Shuai Zhang are part of a research team who are creating a novel material capable of capturing light energy.

Prof. Di Xiao

Tue, 06/29/2021

Professor Di Xiao joins MSE faculty

Professor Di Xiao, a renowned theorist in the field of quantum materials, will be joining our faculty in September 2021.

Christine Luscombe Headshot

Wed, 06/16/2021

Celebrating ADVANCE and engineering equity

Christine Luscombe, associate professor of MSE, speaks on the importance of programming that promotes the advancement of women faculty.

Wed, 06/16/2021 | College of Engineering

Boeing-Roundhill Professor Lilo Pozzo named interim chair of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering

"Lilo’s dedication to leadership and service, as well as her collaborations with MSE faculty to accelerate the pace of materials discovery, make her uniquely qualified for this role."

Fri, 06/11/2021

Barnard awarded Royalty Research Fund

Arthur Barnard, joint professor of MSE and physics, is researching a 2-axis shear cell for probing emergent states in quantum materials.

Wed, 06/09/2021 | College of Engineering

Guozhong Cao honored with faculty award

The College of Engineering Awards recognized Cao's research contributions to the field of inorganic nanomaterials.

Thu, 04/29/2021 | Department of Mechanical Engineering

How Washington became a global epicenter for advanced carbon fiber

Assistant professor Navid Zobeiry discusses advances in carbon fiber materials, one of the key enabling technologies of the 21st century.

Wed, 04/07/2021 | Department of Materials Science and Engineering

MSE student-led project wins in the 2021 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge

Nascent Diagnostics, led by UW materials science and engineering students competed in the 2021 Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge and won the $10,000 Herbert B. Jones Foundation Second Place Prize.

Wed, 03/31/2021 | College of Engineering

Unlocking data for engineers

Professor Jihui Yang discusses the industry demand for data-smart engineers.


Sun, 03/21/2021 | Materials Research Society

Ph.D. student Guomin Zhu wins MRS Graduate Student Gold Award

MSE Ph.D. student Guomin Zhu wins Materials Research Society Graduate Student Gold Award.

Thu, 03/11/2021 | Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Yankowitz wins LOR Science Prize

Matthew Yankowitz, assistant professor of MSE and physics, has been selected as the winner of the 2021 Lee Osheroff Richardson (LOR) Science Prize.