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Eric Hahn - Winner of the Gareth Thomas Materials Excellence Award, Oct. 28, 2016

Gareth Thomas Materials Excellence Award

October 28th, 2016

Eric Hahn was the awardee of the 2016 Gareth Thomas Materials Excellence Award. The award gives recognition to outstanding graduate students within the Materials Science program at UCSD.

Siebel Scholar 2017

September 13th, 2016

Jerry Jung was nominated as a 2017 Siebel Scholar. The Siebel Scholars program recognizes exceptional students at the world’s leading graduate schools of business, computer science, bioengineering, and energy science.

1st Place in Annual Interfaces Research Symposium

August 22nd, 2016

Jerry Jung, Materials Science and Engineering PhD student, won first place at the Annual Interfaces Research Symposium: Interdisciplinary Research in Multi-Scale Biology. This annual event offers graduate students the unique challenge to present their work to faculty and fellow students from across the biological, medical, physical, and engineering disciplines of science.

Library Research Prize at the JSOE Research Expo

April 14th, 2016

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.

MRS Arthur Nowick Graduate Student Award

March 30th, 2016

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.

MRS Graduate Student Silver Award

March 30th, 2016

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.

Best Poster Award Winner

March 30th, 2016

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.

Gareth Thomas Materials Excellence Award

February 1, 2016

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).

Bioprinting a 3D Liver-Like Device to Detoxify the Blood

May 09, 2014

Nanoengineers at the UC San Diego have developed a 3D-printed device inspired by the liver to remove dangerous toxins from the blood.

Almutairi Lab Publishes on Breakthrough Polymeric Material for Drug Delivery

October 04, 2011

Dr. Adah Almutairi's group recently created a polymer that can break down into small molecules in response to low power near infrared light.

Widely Used Iron Nanoparticles Exhibit Toxic Effects on Cells

May 28, 2007

Researchers at UC San Diego have discovered that iron-containing nanoparticles being tested in the treatment of several human diseases can be toxic.