Hand in Hand: Using the handedness of X-rays to probe the handedness of electronic vortices

Chirality – or handedness – is an intriguing symmetry property in nature and it simply means that a chiral system is non-superposable on its mirror image. An example of a chiral system we all know are our hands: When the thumbs point in the same direction, the palms are opposite. Your hands are mirror images, […]

Professors Asta and Chrzan in New Leadership Roles

Professor Asta ended his term as Department Chair of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) on January 1, and has assumed the role of Materials Sciences Division Director at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Professor Asta’s leadership has been invaluable to MSE, and MSE thanks him for his service.  Though Prof. Asta will be missed as […]

A New Metacanvas for Metamaterials

Unlike natural materials where the properties are defined by their chemical composition, metamaterials are a class of artificial materials where the functionalities and properties are achieved by designing the materials’ microstructures. Typically these metamaterials are made with photolithography of structures composed of both dielectrics and metals. Once made, these meta-structures cannot be altered; if a […]

Gareth Thomas Award Symposium, November 17th, 2017

You are cordially invited to attend a special symposium in honor of this year’s Gareth Thomas Award for graduate student excellence. The symposium will take place on Friday, November 17th from 12:30pm to 5:30pm in the Heyns Room at the Men’s Faculty Club on campus. There will be talks given by distinguished alumni and collaborators of Prof. Thomas, as well as […]

Assistant Professor Position- Department of Materials Science and Engineering- College of Engineering

The Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of California at Berkeley is conducting a search in the broad area of Materials Science and Engineering at the level of Assistant Professor. The candidate must demonstrate a commitment to contributing to the Berkeley commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education. A description of the […]

Berkeley MSE Moves up in USNWR Global Rankings

The Berkeley MSE Department has moved up one spot the number 5 in the recently released US News and World Report Global Rankings.  The rankings are based on academic research performance, including bibilometric measures such as publications, citations and reputation.  The complete list of rankings in Materials Science can be found here.

In Memoriam: Professor Robert “Pete” Bragg

Robert Henry “Pete” Bragg, Jr., a professor emeritus in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering in College of Engineering at UC Berkeley, passed away on October 3, 2017, at the age of 98.  Professor Bragg came to UC Berkeley in June of 1969, after graduating with a PhD in Physics from the Illinois Institute […]

Berkeley MSE Undergraduate Ranking Moves up to #2 in 2018 USN&WR Rankings

The 2018 US News and World Reports undergraduate rankings have been released and UC Berkeley’s Materials Engineering program has moved up a slot to number 2 in the nationally.  The complete rankings and links to more details can be found here.

Berkeley MSE Moves Up to 2 in the Shanghai Global Rankings

The recently released 2017 rankings from the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects list Berkeley MSE as number 2 worldwide in the field of Materials Science and Engineering.  The rankings are conducted under the Academic Ranking of World Universities.  The full ranking for MSE can be found here.

Exotic Phase Competition in Ferroic Materials

A team of students and postdocs lead by Prof. Lane Martin and Prof. R. Ramesh in Materials Science and Engineering and in collaboration with researchers from Pennsylvania State University, Argonne National Laboratory, the National Center for Electron Microscopy and the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the University of Colorado, Boulder, the Universidad […]