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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.

Wed, 03/03/2021 | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Upending complex crystal formation

A team that includes MSE researchers discovered a new route to forming complex crystals.

Wed, 02/24/2021 | Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Krishnan publishes in Physical Review Letters

Kannan M. Krishnan published his paper "Configurable Artificial Spin Ice with Site-Specific Local Magnetic Fields" in Physical Review Letters.

Tue, 02/16/2021 | Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials seeks submissions for special issue on Prof. Krishnan's work

The Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials has announced a Special Issue Festschrift for Professor Kannan Krishnan entitled “Mesoscopic magnetic materials and their application in information technology & biomedicine.”

Thu, 01/21/2021 | Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Roumeli and Zhang win UW’s Royal Research Award

Assistant professor Eleftheria Roumeli and research assistant professor Shuai Zhang have been awarded UW’s Royal Research Award (RRF). 

Tue, 01/12/2021 | Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Sean Krewson joins the MSE team as lab tech

MSE welcomes Sean Krewson to the department. As lab technician, Sean manages the MSE machine shop and composite lab.

Tue, 11/24/2020 | UW News

MSE faculty among most cited researchers

The annual Highly Cited Researchers 2020 list from Clarivate includes several MSE faculty: Guozhong Cao, Alex K. Y. Jen, Jun Liu, Yang-Kook Sun, and Xiaodong Xu.

Wed, 11/18/2020 | JCDREAM

Faculty win JCDREAM Seed Grants

MSE's Luscombe and Roumeli have been awarded 2020 JCDREAM Seed Grants for projects covering earth-abundant materials science.

Thu, 11/05/2020 | Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Making a Protein “Multitool” for Assembly

Research by Shuai Zhang demonstrates that changing the environment of proteins directs their assembly into different types of larger structures.

Mon, 11/02/2020 | UW News

Break it up: Polymer derived from material in shrimp’s shells could deliver anti-cancer drugs to tumor sites

A research team led by MSE's Miqin Zhang has created a nanoparticle-based drug delivery system that can ferry a potent anti-cancer drug through the bloodstream safely.

Mon, 10/26/2020

Zhang recognized in NNCI image contest

MSE research assistant professor Shuai Zhang was recognized for his submission to the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) Image Contest 2020. 

Tue, 10/13/2020 | UW News

All together now: Experiments with twisted 2D materials catch electrons behaving collectively

In a paper published in Nature Physics, MSE researchers report that carefully constructed stacks of graphene can exhibit highly correlated electron properties. 

Thu, 10/08/2020 | Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Xiaodong Xu honored

Xiaodong Xu has won two prestigious honors from the American Physical Society and the Optical Society.

Fri, 09/04/2020 | Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Luscombe named interim MSE chair

Professor Christine Luscombe has been named interim chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Department. 

Tue, 08/25/2020 | Clean Energy Institute

Designing cutting-edge materials from home

MSE's Ting Cao brings computational science to the virtual classroom during COVID-19.