UC Berkeley Student Wins Best Poster Award at MRS


Members of the Martin Group celebrate the best poster award, from left to right Josh Agar (Ph.D candidate, Shishir Pandya (Ph.D. candidate and award winner), Anoop Damodaran (Postdoctoral researcher), and Eric Breckenfeld (Ph.D. from Martin Group in May 2014) Graduate student Shishir Pandya (adviser Lane Martin) was recognized with a Best Poster Award at the […]

Professor Minor awarded MSA Burton Medal

Professor Andy Minor has been named the 2015 recipient of the Burton Medal from the Microscopy Society of America (MSA).  The award has been given since 1975 to recognize a scientist under the age of 40 who has made distinguished contributions to the field of microscopy and microanalysis.  Andy will receive the award at the […]

Wu Group Discovers New 2D Semiconductor


  Nano-beam electron diffraction pattern of rhenium disulfide with a zoom-in insert image reveals a quasi-hexagonal reflection pattern. Prof. Junqiao Wu’s group has discovered a new two-dimensional (2D) semiconductor, Rhenium disulfide (ReS2). Unlike molybdenum disulfide and other well studied dichalcogenides, ReS2 behaves electronically as if it were a 2D monolayer even as a 3D bulk […]

MSE Faculty Unravel the Mechanism of Oxygen Embrittlement of Titanium


In the February 6 issue of the journal Science, a team of researchers led by Professor Minor and Professor Chrzan report new insights into the mechanism by which titanium is strengthened and embrittled by oxygen.  The work, which combined high-end electron microscopy characterization with first-principles theoretical calculations, establishes the key role of the interactions between […]

Professor Martin and Colleagues Take Big Step Towards Making Graphene Electronics


In a recent report in the journal Nature Communications, a Berkeley MSE team led by Professor Lane Martin, together with colleagues form the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, have found a way to control the movement and placement of electrons in graphene, and to do so in a way that can […]

Professor Doyle appointed Dean of the Graduate Division

Professor Fiona Doyle, Donald H. McLaughlin Professor of Mineral Engineering, has accepted appointment to the position of the Dean of the Graduate Division, effective January 1, 2015.  This appointment continues an outstanding record of service in leadership capacities in our Department, the College of Engineering and the Berkeley Campus. Professor Doyle’s record has included service […]

Professor Martin and Colleagues “Speed-up” Ferroelectric Switching


 In a recent report in the journal Nature Materials, a Berkeley MSE team including graduate student Ruijuan Xu, postdoctoral researcher Anoop Damodaran, and Professor Lane Martin, together with colleagues form the University of Pennsylvania, have reported on a new type of switching in ferroelectrics. The findings are particularly interesting for two reasons. First, by controlling the […]

Salmeron Named Recipient of 2015 APS Davisson-Germer Prize

Professor Miquel Salmeron was named a co-recipient of the 2015 Davis-Germer Prize Davisson-Germer Prize in Surface or Atomic Physics.  Professor Salmeron is being honored “For the development of instrumentation for atmospheric pressure photoelectron spectroscopy and STM at high pressures and temperatures, and for his elegant studies of hydrogen dissociation and reactivity and the wetting of […]

Ramesh Appointed Associate Lab Director for Energy Technologies

Professor Ramesh, Purnendu Chatterjee Endowed Chair in Energy Technologies and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Physics at UC Berkeley, will be returning from his leave as the Deputy Director for Science and Technology at Oak Ridge to accept the position of Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Technologies at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. […]

Professor Xu Recognized for Research on Quickly Self-Assembling Thin Films

Professor Xu recently reported in Nature Communications a new technique for the accelerated generation of nanoparticle assemblies.  The technique enables self assembly processes that normally require hours to order up, to be formed in just one minute.  The achievement opens up exciting possibilities or nanomanufacturing and for development of metamaterials for applications spanning solar energy […]