DMR Summer 2018 Newsletter (feat. Professor Kristin Persson)

Advanced spectroscopy opens up many pathways to study the local electronic environment of materials, probing the electronic structure directly, the atomic environments and the bonding; all of which are key to the development of next-generation simulations for materials discovery. Despite this importance, the collation of spectroscopic data, both experimental and theoretical is still lacking. Kristin […]

Eugene Haller, leading expert in semiconductor materials, dies at 75

Eugene Haller

 Eugene E. Haller, UC Berkeley professor emeritus in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and founder of the Electronic Materials Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), died on Friday, June 22. He was 75. Haller, who held the Liao-Cho Innovation Chair at UC Berkeley, was a highly regarded leader in the field […]

Future Tech Highlighted During Public Works Week

Dr. Matthew Sherburne of the Materials Science Engineering Department, Program Director for the Singapore-Berkeley Research Initiative for Sustainable Energy (SinBeRISE) hosts members of the Public Works at the Sembawang Naval Installation to the research center at Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE).  More information here.

eCO2EP Project Leaders Publish a Perspective on the Electrochemical Synthesis of Bulk Intermediates from Carbon Dioxide

In the 18th of May issue of Science, the Professors Joel Ager (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California Berkeley) and Alexei Lapkin (Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge) outlined their perspective on the prospects of using excess renewable grid electricity to convert carbon dioxide […]

New technology could wean the battery world off cobalt

Lithium batteries use more than 50 percent of all cobalt produced globally. This is because lithium ions are stored in cathodes which are layered structures. Cobalt is crucial to maintaining this layered structure.  Now, a research team led by scientists at UC Berkeley, including MSE’s Gerbrand Ceder, has opened the door to using other metals for lithium-based […]

Record-breaking Energy Conversion of Waste Heat

A team of students lead by Prof. Lane Martin in Materials Science and Engineering and Prof. Chris Dames in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley have made an important demonstration of novel waste heat to electrical energy conversion based on a process called pyroelectric energy conversion. Nearly 70 percent of the energy produced in the United […]

Valleytronics Discovery Could Extend Limits of Moore’s Law

Transistors are widely used in electronic applications, acting like switches with on/off states that are controlled by electric currents. As there is an ever-increasing need to pack more transistors into a unit volume, commonly known as the Moore’s Law, there have been concerns over the approaching of the physical size limit of transistors. Many advancements […]

7th annual MEng Capstone Showcase May 2 and May 4th at Shires Hall

Showcase to focus on innovating for social impact Each Spring, hundreds of attendees convene in Berkeley, California for two days of innovating for social impact. With 13 tracks and 100 Capstone teams, see where the future of engineering is headed by uncovering the projects created in collaboration between UC Berkeley faculty, industry partners, and Master of […]

Berkeley MSE Graduate Ranking Moves up to #3 in 2018 USN&WR Rankings:

The 2018 US News and World Reports graduate rankings have been released and UC Berkeley’s Materials Engineering program has moved up a slot to number 3 in the nationally.  The complete rankings and links to more details can be found here.

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