Wu Group Study Shows Defects Can “Hulk- Up” Materials

(From left) Joonki Suh, Wladek Walukiewicz and Junqiao Wu (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt)

As the exposure to gamma radiation transformed scientist Bruce Banner into the Hulk, exposure to alpha-particle radiation, has shown to “Hulk-Up” certain thermoelectric materials, transforming them into more powerful versions of themselves. When properly managed, a damaged thermoelectric material’s performance can be enhanced by a factor up to ten. The ability of thermoelectric materials to […]

Ritchie and Colleagues Publish Paper on Why Skin is Resistant to Tearing

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A group of researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), including MSE’s Professor Robert Ritchie, and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), conducted a study showing why skin is remarkably resistant to tearing. Using the X-ray beans at LBNL’s Advanced Light Source (ALS), the group was able to identify four specific mechanisms in […]

Accelerating Materials Discovery With World’s Largest Database of Elastic Properties

Materials Sciences team of Wei Chen, Maarten de Jong, and Mark Asta - world's largest set of elastic tensor data.

A team of Berkeley Lab scientists, including MSE department’s Chair Mark Asta and Ph.D. candidate Maarten de Jong, have published the world’s largest database of the complete elastic properties of inorganic compounds. The data set is expected to be beneficial to materials scientists working on developing new materials where mechanical properties are important(i.e. stiff materials […]

Professor Yao receives Hellman Fellowship

Assistant Professor Jie Yao was named a recipient of a Hellman Fellowship from the the UC Berkeley campus for 2015-16.  This award was created at Berkeley in 1995 by a generous gift from the late F. Warren Hellman.  The fellowship was established to support assistant professors who have shown evidence of their promise for great […]