Materials Science and Engineering PhD student Jerry Jung was awarded the Library Research Prize at the Jacobs School of Engineering Research Expo this Spring 2016. He is working on a project to study impact-resistant biological materials found in nature using a woodpecker model to answer an interesting question: How do woodpeckers avoid brain injury? His study is essentially based on various resources including books, scientific articles, and digital resources (raw micro-CT data from digital library) in order to find the relationship between animal behavior and its anatomical adaptation.
Steven Naleway was awarded the prestigious MRS Arthur Nowick graduate student award along with a Silver Graduate Student Award in recognition of his research and mentorship at the MRS 2016 Spring Meeting. The Arthur Nowick award is awarded to one student who shows great promise as a future teacher and mentor. These awards were presented in recognition of Steven’s work into biological materials science and bioinspired design where he has mentored 19 undergraduates over the past three years to study the unusual but effective armor of the boxfish and bioinspired mimetic bone and structural materials created through the freeze casting fabrication technique.
Kasra Sardashti, UCSD PhD student, has received the Materials Research Society Graduate Student Silver Award for his particularly significant and timely research on physical and chemical characterization of interfaces in earth-abundant thin film solar cells, presented at the 2016 MRS Spring Meeting.
Lizzie Caldwell, UCSD PhD student, recently won Best Poster Award at the Materials Research Society Spring Meeting. Here, Lizzie describes her research: For concentrated solar power systems, developing materials with high light absorbance (low reflectance) while maintaining thermal stability (>700 C) is important. In our previous research, a porous Co3O4 layer has shown great promise, but is reflective at 1um. Through engineering a double layered CuFeMnO4 and CuCr2O4 structure, and developing stable and intricate Co3O4 nanoflowers, we were able to show low reflectance throughout the visible and near-IR spectrum with all 3 materials.
With generous donations from his widow, Annelies Thomas, and faculty at UC Berkeley and UC San Diego, the Gareth Thomas Materials Excellence Award was established. It will be given yearly to two top UC San Diego and UC Berkeley Materials graduate students. The 2015 recipients are Steven Naleway (UCSD) and Maarten de Jong (UC Berkeley).
Nanoengineers at the UC San Diego have developed a 3D-printed device inspired by the liver to remove dangerous toxins from the blood.
Dr. Adah Almutairi's group recently created a polymer that can break down into small molecules in response to low power near infrared light.
Researchers at UC San Diego have discovered that iron-containing nanoparticles being tested in the treatment of several human diseases can be toxic.