Wu Group Study Shows Defects Can “Hulk- Up” Materials

(From left) Joonki Suh, Wladek Walukiewicz and Junqiao Wu (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt)

As the exposure to gamma radiation transformed scientist Bruce Banner into the Hulk, exposure to alpha-particle radiation, has shown to “Hulk-Up” certain thermoelectric materials, transforming them into more powerful versions of themselves. When properly managed, a damaged thermoelectric material’s performance can be enhanced by a factor up to ten. The ability of thermoelectric materials to […]

Ritchie and Colleagues Publish Paper on Why Skin is Resistant to Tearing

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A group of researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), including MSE’s Professor Robert Ritchie, and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), conducted a study showing why skin is remarkably resistant to tearing. Using the X-ray beans at LBNL’s Advanced Light Source (ALS), the group was able to identify four specific mechanisms in […]

Accelerating Materials Discovery With World’s Largest Database of Elastic Properties

Materials Sciences team of Wei Chen, Maarten de Jong, and Mark Asta - world's largest set of elastic tensor data.

A team of Berkeley Lab scientists, including MSE department’s Chair Mark Asta and Ph.D. candidate Maarten de Jong, have published the world’s largest database of the complete elastic properties of inorganic compounds. The data set is expected to be beneficial to materials scientists working on developing new materials where mechanical properties are important(i.e. stiff materials […]

Professor Yao receives Hellman Fellowship

Assistant Professor Jie Yao was named a recipient of a Hellman Fellowship from the the UC Berkeley campus for 2015-16.  This award was created at Berkeley in 1995 by a generous gift from the late F. Warren Hellman.  The fellowship was established to support assistant professors who have shown evidence of their promise for great […]

In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Victor F. Zackay

Professor Victor Zackay passed away on March 14, 2015, at the age of 94. Professor Zackay joined our department in 1962, and in his career he supervised over 100 graduate students.  He was an Associate Dean in the College of Engineering, and Associate Director for Research at LBNL.  He received a number of awards for […]

UC Berkeley Student Wins Best Poster Award at MRS

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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

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  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

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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

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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 […]