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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.

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.