Professor Gronsky Named Amongst Top 10 University Professors

Professor Ron Gronsky was named in the top-ten of the 2014-15 list of Highest Rated University Professors based on student feedback on the “Rate My Professors” website.  This award adds to other recognitions received by Professor Gronsky for his teaching, including his naming as one of the nation’s top undergraduate professors in the Princeton Review’s […]

Big Thanks for Supporting MSE

A Big Thanks for all of you who supported MSE during the Nov. 19 Big Give campaign.  With your generous support we raised over $12,000 for MSE.  We greatly appreciate all of your support.  The funds will support directly our academic programs and will benefit our students for years to come.  Go Bears!

Professor Yao Awarded NSF CAREER Grant

Professor Yao has been awarded an NSF CAREER grant for work his proposal “Electric Field Localization and Enhancement at Optical Frequencies Enabled by Material’s Dissipation.”  The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) program is a National Science Foundation (NSF) wide program that supports outstanding junior faculty “who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent […]

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 […]