Fetal Surgery Stands to Advance From New Glues Inspired by Mussels

UC Berkeley engineer Professor Phillip Messersmith is happy to be learning lessons from a lowly mollusk, with the expectation that the knowledge gained will enable him and fellow physicians to prevent deaths among their youngest patients — those who haven’t been born yet. Read full article: http://news.berkeley.edu/2016/06/30/fetal-surgery-stands-to-advance-from-new-glues-inspired-by-mussels/

Materials Project Releases Massive Trove of Battery and Molecule Data

The Materials Project, a Google-like database of material properties aimed at accelerating innovation, has released an enormous trove of data to the public, giving scientists working on fuel cells, photovoltaics, thermoelectrics and a host of other advanced materials a powerful tool to explore new research avenues. Two new sets of data were released last month: […]

Professor Peidong Yang Elected to National Academy of Science

Professor Peidong Yang is one of six UC Berkeley faculty elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) this year.  The NAS is the most prestigious recognition of the contributions of a scientist in the US.  The NAS, along with the National Academies of Engineering and Medicine, provides science, technology, and health policy advice to […]

Novel Charge Storage Mechanism in Lithium-ion Batteries Revealed

Lithium batteries work by shuttling Li+ ions and electrons around between two electrode materials (the anode and cathode). The beauty of a lithium battery is that the flow of Li+ ions and electrons is separated with the Li+ ions moving inside the battery between the two electrodes while the electrons flow through the outside connectors […]

President Obama awards National Medals to Professors Alivisatos and Hu

President Barack Obama honored Paul Alivisatos, director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a professor of chemistry, and Chenming Hu, a professor emeritus of electrical engineering and computer sciences with National Medals of Science and of Technology and Innovation. Read more about the medals and honorees here!

“Springy” Domain Walls featured in Nature Materials

A collaborative effort between MSE at Berkeley, the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory identifies a pathway to produce spring-like response in ferroelectric domain walls. The efforts, led by Joshua Agar and Anoop Damodaran in the group […]

MSE Alumna Nicole Michenfelder-Schauser Wins Hertz Fellowship

MSE Alumna and 2015 recipient of the MSE Department Citation has been named a winner of the prestigious Hertz Foundation Fellowship. A link to the award announcement can be found here.  The Hertz Foundation Fellowship is known as the most competitive PhD fellowship program in science and engineering in the United States. Nicole is one […]

Professor Birgeneau 2016 Recipient of the National Science Board’s Vannevar Bush Award

Bob Birgeneau, Chancellor Emeritus and Arnold and Barbara Silverman Distinguished Chair in the Departments of Physics, Materials Science and Engineering and Public Policy, has been selected the 2016 recipient of the National Science Board’s Vannevar Bush Award.  The award recognizes Professor Birgeneau’s “exceptional public service and scientific leadership – including lifelong, high caliber research committed […]

Mingxi Zheng Wins Second Place in Berkeley’s Grad Slam!

Congratulations to MSE student, Mingxi Zheng for winning second place in the Berkeley’s Grad Slam Championship! On March 28, ten Berkeley semi-finalists competed before a panel of distinguished judges for cash prizes and the honor of representing our campus in the UC-wide Grad Slam competition on April 22, 2016. Read more here!

Professor Yao named Bakar Fellow

Jie Yao has been selected as one of five new Bakar Fellows at UC Berkeley. The Bakar Fellows Program fosters faculty entrepreneurship in the STEM+ fields including Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Architecture. Bakar Fellows receive discretionary research support for a maximum of five years to help translate their ground-breaking discoveries […]