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Headshots for MSE professors Matt Yankowitz, Xiaodong Xu, Di Xiao and Ting Cao on a white background.

Thu, 01/25/2024 | UW Clean Energy Institute

CEI announces Collaborative Seed Grants

MSE researchers hope to develop ultra-efficient energy production and storage with advancements in quantum computing.

Assistant Professor Aniruddh Vashisth stands in a lab environment next to two machines used for automated welding.

Wed, 01/24/2024 | UW Mechanical Engineering

Advancing clean manufacturing research

MSE's Eleftheria Roumeli and Jun Liu are part of an interdisciplinary team looking to manufacture improved materials for electric vehicle batteries.

Jun Liu

Tue, 12/12/2023

Jun Liu elected to NAI Fellow

This honor recognizes researchers who translate academic research into commercial technologies that benefit society.

UW researcher in the field completing a glacial survey

Fri, 12/08/2023 | UW Population Health

Eleftheria Roumeli awarded pilot grant for climate change project

Roumeli and Tomás Méndez Echenagucia, assistant professor of architecture, will investigate the development of modular blocks made of sustainable biomaterials that can be used for sound insulation.

View of campus in the fall

Mon, 12/04/2023 | UW News

Four MSE faculty included on Highly Cited Researchers 2023 list

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

Kannan Krishnan

Fri, 12/01/2023

Kannan Krishnan honored with TMS educator award

The Julia & Johannes Weertman Educator Award recognizes Krishnan's outstanding contributions to education in materials engineering.

Ocean wave

Mon, 11/06/2023 | UW College of Engineering

Addressing the climate crisis

Learn how the UW Engineering community is taking action through research, teaching and collaboration.

A female professor stands at a piece of equipment, demonstrating how to use it to a group of about a dozen students.

Wed, 11/01/2023

Batteries and baklava

Two MSE students furthered their understanding of nanoindentation during a summer program in Greece.

An illustration of the stem cell seeding and proliferation process within a chitosan scaffold.

Thu, 09/21/2023

A game-changer for stem cell development

A material found in the outer skeletons of shellfish may be the key to increasing the supply of clinical-grade stem cells used in regenerative medicine.

Photo of two people seated next to each other. The one on the right, an intern, is wearing lab safety gear and holding an object. The one on the left, a mentor, in regular work attire, is pointing at the object.

Fri, 09/08/2023 | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Eastern WA National Lab Interns Contribute to Energy, Security, Scientific Discovery

MSE senior Andrew Tong spent his summer interning at PNNL, designing and testing a device that helps determine how well different metals retain their strength after being embedded with hydrogen.

Anthony Gironda standing in front of a piece of equipment during a tour of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Wed, 08/30/2023

Gironda awarded renewable energy scholarship

He was recognized by the Renewable Energy Scholarship Foundation for his work investigating materials for nuclear waste disposal.

MSE professor Xiaodong Xu superimposed over a blurry blackboard with chalk diagrams and equations

Thu, 07/20/2023 | Department of Energy's Office of Science

Xiaodong Xu: Then and Now / 2012 Early Career Award Winner

In this feature from the DOE Office of Science, Xu reflects on his 2012 Early Career Award to investigate emerging quantum materials and how it propelled him to the groundbreaking research he's working on today.

A digital illustration of a sheet of graphene stacked onto bulk graphite at a small twist angle. The graphene sheet's “exotic” properties present at the graphene-graphite interface are bleeding down into the graphite itself.

Wed, 07/19/2023 | UW News

Researchers put a new twist on graphite

A team led by MSE's Matthew Yankowitz reports that it is possible to imbue graphite — the bulk, 3D material found in No. 2 pencils — with physical properties similar to graphite’s 2D counterpart, graphene.

A diagram illustrating how a peptide, derived from the protein used to develop teeth, covers sensitive tissue with new mineral microlayers.

Tue, 07/11/2023 | UW News

UW-developed dental lozenge could provide permanent treatment for tooth sensitivity

A special peptide rebuilds a tooth's worn down enamel, and can be integrated into nearly any type of oral health product.

MSE doctoral student Mallory Parker holds up a sample of a new material: a bioplastic cube made from spirulina

Mon, 07/10/2023 | UW News

New biodegradable plastics are compostable in your backyard

A team of researchers led by Eleftheria Roumeli has developed new bioplastics that degrade on the same timescale as a banana peel in a backyard compost bin.

The UW FNL team's rocket launches into an overcast Wisconsin sky

Thu, 07/06/2023

First Nations students rocket to success

An interdisciplinary team of UW students launched rockets and connected with their Indigenous roots at the First Nations Launch competition.

An artistic depiction showing electron fractionalization — in which strongly interacting charges can “fractionalize” into three parts — in the fractional quantum anomalous Hall phase.

Tue, 06/27/2023 | UW News

Researchers make a quantum computing leap with a magnetic twist

A team led by MSE professsor Xiaodong Xu has announced a significant advancement in developing fault-tolerant qubits for quantum computing.

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.