Professor Ceder Honored by TMS and the Royal Flemish Academy

Professor Gerbrand Ceder was recently elected as a foreign member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts.  In addition, he has also been named the 2016 Recipient of the Morris Cohen Award from The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS).  The Morris Cohen Award recognizes “an individual who has made […]

Professor Wu Discovers New Thermal Properties of Black Phosphorous

Professors Junqiao Wu, along with MSE postdoc Sangwook Lee and student Joonki Suh, and LBNL postdoc Fan Yang, have discovered that the thermal conductivity in the zigzag direction in black phosphorous is two times higher than along its armchair direction at temperatures higher than 100 Kelvin. Black phosphorous has opposite anisotropy in thermal and electrical […]

Professor Birgeneau Receives the Darius and Sarah Anderson Distinguished Service Award

Robert Birgeneau, the Arnold and Barbara Silverman Distinguished Professor of Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, and Public Policy, and Chancellor Emeritus, was awarded the 2015 Darius and Sarah Anderson Distinguished Service Award from Berkeley’s Institute for Governmental Studies.  The award recognizes “a distinguished person who has contributed to advancing the spirit of good government and […]

Professor Persson Publishes New Database of Piezoelectric Properties

Professors Kristin Persson and Mark Asta, along with MSE students Maarten de Jong and Henry Geerlings, and LBNL postdoc Wei Chen, have published the largest database of single-crystal piezoelectric constant tensors currently available.  The data set, published in the Nature Publishing Group journal Scientific Data, is anticipated to find use in the design of new […]

Professor Peidong Yang wins MacArthur Fellow “Genius” Award

The John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation has named Professor Peidong Yang, the S.K. and Angela Chan Distinguished Professor of Energy, as a 2015 recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Fellows award.  This recognition, commonly referred to as the MacArthur “genius” award, provides generous fellowships to “talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication […]

Professor Phil Messersmith Appointed Member of the NADCRC

Professor Phil Messersmith has been appointed as a member of the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council( NADCRC), the advisory council of the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research(NIDCR) of the National Institute of Health (NIH). The NADCRC has the responsibility in advising, consulting with and making recommendations to the Secretary, Department of Health […]

MSE Alumn, Matthew Scullin, in the News for His Startup Company focused on Converting Waste Heat into Electricity

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Everyday, there are countless amounts of heat that are wasted; the heat from the tailpipes in our cars, power plant chimneys, and the list goes on. Matthew Scullin founded Alphabet Energy in 2009 in order to find ways to make use of that wasted heat. Scullin’s company uses thermoelectrics, via what they call PowerBlocks, in […]

Professor Digby Macdonald Awarded 2015 Ad Augusta Award

The Auckland Grammar School Old Boys Association (OBA) and the School recognizes Professor Digby Macdonald as the recipient of the 2015 Ad Agusta Award for his outstjanding contribution to Academia. The ‘Ad Augusta’ Awards replace what was previously the ‘Old Boy of the Year’ award, which have been running for around 35 years. The awards are for Old Boys to recognize […]

Professor Andrew Minor Appointed Facility Director of National Center for Electron Microscopy

Professor Andrew Minor has been appointed the position of Facility Director of the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  Professor Minor is  a leading researcher in the nanoscale mechanical behavior of materials. He pioneered an analytical and imaging approach–combining nanoindentation-based in situ testing with TEM– a technique now used by […]

Ruijuan Xu Selected as Lam Research Fellow

Ruijuan Xu has been selected as a Lam Research Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Lam Research Corporation is a leading supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the global semiconductor industry. Lam Research develops innovative solutions that help customers build smaller, faster, more powerful, and more power-efficient electronic devices—the kind that are driving […]