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 […]

Professor Kevin Healy and Colleagues Create Model of Early Human Heart Development from Stem Cells

Professor Kevin Healy, along with other Berkeley researchers and scientists at the Gladstone Institutes, developed a template for growing beating cardiac tissue from stem cells, creating a system that could serve as a model for early heart development and as a drug-screening tool to make pregnancies safer. Their research findings were published in Nature Communications. Read the full […]

Gerbrand Ceder and Kristin Persson join MSE Faculty

Professor Gerbrand Ceder joins the faculty of Berkeley MSE as a Professor on July 1, 2015. He received an engineering degree from the University of Leuven, Belgium, and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991. Professor Ceder’s research interests lie in the computationally driven design of novel materials for […]

Professor Martin wins 2015 American Association for Crystal Growth Young Author Award

Professor Martin has received the 2015 American Associate for Crystal Growth Young Author Award which is presented to persons under 35 years of age who have shown outstanding achievement in the field of crystal growth and epitaxy, primarily through published papers. Professor Martin was selected for this award based on his “outstanding accomplishments in the […]

Professor Phillip Messersmith Co-Authors Paper on Drug-Induced Tissue Regeneration

Professor Phillip Messersmith has co-authored groundbreaking research showing that a primitive form of tissue regeneration can be harnessed to achieve spontaneous tissue regeneration in adult mice, without the need for stem cells. The study findings were reported in Science Translational Medicine. Full story on Main Line Health Newsroom site here

Professor Digby Macdonald Awarded 2015 Olin Palladium Award of the Electrochemical Society

Digby Macdonald has been awarded the 2015 Olin Palladium Award of the Electrochemical Society. The award was established in 1950 and is awarded once every two years to honor “distinguished contributions of the field of electrochemical or corrosion science.”

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 […]