Professors Ramesh, Martin and Colleagues identify novel “polar vortices”

As winter sets in across the country, scientists in MSE at Berkeley have proved that even sunny California can experience a polar vortex now and then. In this case, however, those polar vortices are only a few nanometers wide and could represent a hot new direction in materials science. In a recent report in the […]

Density Functional Theory: The State of the Art

Professor Persson’s group recently published a paper detailing case studies in which density functional theory (DFT) has led to a paradigm change in computational materials science, whereby theorists are not only able to help explain and interpret the properties of materials but also have an active role in predicting completely new materials with specific properties […]

Professor Alivisatos Appointed Vice Chancellor for Research

Professor Paul Alivisatos will assume the position of Vice Chancellor for Research (VCR) at UC Berkeley on March 1.  This appointment follows Professor Alivisatos’ service for seven years as the Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  In his role as VCR he will oversee the campus research portfolio, which generates approximately $700 million in grants […]

Professor Alivisatos wins National Medal of Science

On December 22, 2015 the White House announced that Paul Alivisatos was awarded the National Medal of Science.  Professor Alivisatos is the Samsung Distinguished Chair in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering, Director of the Kavli Energy NanoSciences Institute, and Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  The award recognizes […]

Professors Evans and Wright Receive Award from BASF for Printed Batteries

MSE Emeritus Professor Jim Evans, and ME Professor and Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute (BECI) Director Paul Wright, have received a 100,000 Euro award from BASF for their work on a novel printable rechargeable zinc battery.  The award was granted through an open innovation contest on energy storage.  More information about the award can be […]

Professor Xu Develops Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery

Professor Xu’s group has developed a new family of nanoparticles that have been shown to be successful in carrying therapeutics across the brain/blood barrier.  These new nanocarriers, which are formed from the self-assembly of amphiphilic peptides and polymer, have been shown to hold promise for the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme, a virtually inoperable cancer of […]

Professor Healy’s Research Featured

Professor Healy’s research, involving the the development of templates for growing beating cardiac tissue from stem cells, is featured in this months edition of Berkeley Engineering.  The work has led to the development of systems that can serve as a model for early heart development, and a drug screening tool.  More information about the research […]

Professor Ceder in the Economist

Professor Ceder is quoted in an article entitled “New Materials for Manufacturing” in the December Technology Quarterly section of the Economist.  The article discusses how materials science is “rapidly transforming the way that everything from cars to lightbulbs is made” and the Materials Project effort of Professors Ceder and Persson is featured prominently.  The full […]

Professor Gronsky Named Amongst Top 10 University Professors

Professor Ron Gronsky was named in the top-ten of the 2014-15 list of Highest Rated University Professors based on student feedback on the “Rate My Professors” website.  This award adds to other recognitions received by Professor Gronsky for his teaching, including his naming as one of the nation’s top undergraduate professors in the Princeton Review’s […]