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The twisted nanostructures are fracturing under the weight of a small load.

Mon, 05/22/2023 | UW Mechanical Engineering

A tiny break into toughness

Researchers turn to nature to investigate how nanomaterials and nanostructure makes materials more resistant to breaking.

digital illustration of yellow dots and lines that form what looks like a sun

Mon, 05/15/2023 | UW College of Engineering

Why quantum matters

UW Engineering leaders share their thoughts on the potential of quantum research and why it’s important now

Gillian Pereira

Mon, 04/24/2023 | UW Husky 100

Gillian Pereira named to Husky 100

Congratulations to MSE master's student Gillian Pereira for making the Husky 100, which recognizes 100 students making the most of their time at the UW.

UW MSE alumnus Alain Adjorlolo

Wed, 04/19/2023

Adjorlolo named 2023 Diamond Award Honoree

The MSE alumnus will receive the award in the Translating Innovation into Impact category for his contributions to environmental sustainability in commercial aviation.

Juan Carlos Idrobo

Fri, 03/24/2023

Juan Carlos Idrobo elevated to MSA Fellow

The honor recognizes his significant contributions to the advancement of the field of microscopy and microanalysis.

Students from the UW College of Mines take a break to have their photo taken during a 1911 field trip.

Thu, 03/23/2023 | UW Magazine

Dig deeper and you’ll find Materials Science department’s mining history

The College of Mines, established in the late 1800s, was the forerunner of what turned into UW Materials Science & Engineering.

Di Xiao

Mon, 03/13/2023

Di Xiao named chair of Materials Science & Engineering

The professor — who holds joint positions in materials science and engineering, physics and at PNNL — will begin his appointment on March 16.

Professor Charles Marcus makes adjustments on equipment in his lab at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Wed, 03/01/2023

Asking quantum questions

Charles Marcus, renowned researcher in the field of quantum computing, to join UW MSE.

MSE master's students Kunthea Deng and Renjie Song show Gov. Jay Inslee and his wife, Trudi, how samples of zeolite concrete fractured in compression tests.

Tue, 02/21/2023

Governor Inslee visits UW Materials Science & Engineering

Gov. Jay Inslee visited UW MSE on Feb. 20 to hear about our work on green alternatives to concrete.

CSSAS logo

Tue, 01/10/2023 | UW Chemical Engineering

Introducing CSSAS 2.0

Center focused on bio-inspired materials synthesis enters new phase of research.

MSE Ph.D. student Caleb Schoenholz presenting his paper at the SAMPE URS 2022 competition

Wed, 12/21/2022

Schoenholz takes third at SAMPE URS

The Ph.D. student's prizewinning paper described a new tool to improve efficiency in aerospace manufacturing.

Three people in a lab looking at a computer

Mon, 12/12/2022 | UW College of Engineering

Preparing tomorrow’s clean energy leaders

A multi-disciplinary course is training students across the scales of clean energy — from materials and devices to storage and power grid integration.

The Drumheller fountain lit up purple at night

Thu, 11/17/2022 | UW News

Three MSE faculty included on Highly Cited Researchers 2022 list

Guozhong Cao, Di Xiao and Xiaodong Xu were named on Clarivate’s annual list of Highly Cited Researchers.

Alan Ricardo Medina

Tue, 11/08/2022

Students share their first-generation college journeys

In honor of National First-Generation College Celebration Day, we asked a couple of MSE's current first-gen students about their experiences.

Students discuss research during the poster session of the 2022 Research & Industry Showcase

Thu, 10/27/2022

Students present findings at Research & Industry Showcase

Twenty-two students representing 16 different research groups presented projects spanning everything from magnets and batteries to portable dialysis devices at the sixth annual MSE Research & Industry Showcase on October 17.

UW researchers and composites industry representatives at the Center for Data-driven High-rate Composites Manufacturing planning meeting.

Thu, 09/22/2022 | UW Mechanical Engineering

Planning for the next generation of composites

A meeting for the planned Center for Data-driven High-rate Composites Manufacturing brought together UW researchers, including MSE's Navid Zobeiry, and industry representatives to discuss the future of composites manufacturing.

Richard Lee

Fri, 08/12/2022

Richard Lee receives WRF Postdoctoral Fellowship

Postdoctoral fellow and recent Ph.D. grad Richard Lee has been awarded a Washington Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue his research on biosensors and bioelectric technologies.

Jihui Yang and Xiaosong Li

Fri, 07/15/2022

Two MSE faculty elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

Jihui Yang and Xiaosong Li have been recognized for their outstanding record of scientific and technical achievement.

Computer-generated model of the ribbon-shaped proteins that act as scaffolds and template the formation of the hard minerals found in tooth enamel.

Thu, 07/14/2022 | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

How proteins form tooth enamel

Researchers at UW MSE and PNNL investigate how ribbon-shaped amelogenin proteins play a critical role in building tooth enamel at the molecular level, a process that is crucial for engineering bone and teeth.

Close-up image of a hand checking activity statistics on a smart watch

Wed, 07/06/2022 | UW Population Health

Miqin Zhang receives pilot grant for diabetes research

MSE professor Miqin Zhang, along with ME faculty Mohammad Malakooti, will use the funding to develop a battery-free, wearable sweat sensor, integrated with a smartphone, that can continuously monitor pH and glucose levels and thus enable self-health monitoring for diabetic patients.

Ten members of the UW SAMPE team holding their winning bridge contest entries at the 2022 competition

Thu, 06/23/2022

Building literal bridges: How the UW SAMPE team survived a pandemic and persevered

The pandemic nearly forced the student chapter of SAMPE at UW to disband. Team leadership share their story of perseverance, resourcefulness and ultimately, success.

MSE senior Taylor Juenke

Fri, 05/27/2022 | UW College of Engineering

Dean's Medal for Academic Excellence

MSE senior Taylor Juenke has been recognized by the UW Engineering dean for her academic achievements.

Prof. Di Xiao

Mon, 05/16/2022

Di Xiao receives FACET award

MSE professor Di Xiao received a FACET award recognizing his positive influence on students’ academic and professional development.

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. This research was highlighted in the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science's CommUnique newsletter.

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.