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Islands without structure inside metal alloys could lead to tougher materials for transportation, energy and defense
January 29, 2021
Islands without structure inside metal alloys could lead to tougher materials for transportation, energy and defense

An international team of researchers produced islands of amorphous, non-crystalline material inside a class of new metal alloys known as high-entropy alloys. This discovery opens the door to applications in everything from landing gears, to pipelines, to automobiles. The new materials could make these lighter, safer, and more energy efficient.   Full Story


New Method Makes Better Predictions of Material Properties Using Low Quality Data
January 14, 2021
New Method Makes Better Predictions of Material Properties Using Low Quality Data

By combining large amounts of low-fidelity data with smaller quantities of high-fidelity data, nanoengineers at UC San Diego have developed a machine learning method to more accurately predict the properties of new materials including, for the first time, disordered materials. Full Story


Remembering UC San Diego engineering professor Siavouche Nemat-Nasser
January 13, 2021
Remembering UC San Diego engineering professor Siavouche Nemat-Nasser

University of California San Diego engineering professor emeritus Siavouche "Sia" Nemat-Nasser passed away on January 4, 2021 due to complications of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). He was 84 years old. Professor Nemat-Nasser was a Distinguished Professor of Mechanics and Materials in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. He officially retired from UC San Diego in 2019 but remained active as a researcher through his Center of Excellence for Advanced Materials (CEAM). Full Story


Ocean acidification is transforming California mussel shells
January 11, 2021
Ocean acidification is transforming California mussel shells

Comparing new data with samples collected in the 1950s, UC San Diego researchers found that ocean acidification is transforming the composition of California mussel shells from mostly the mineral aragonite to the mineral calcite. Full Story


Electric fields remove nanoparticles from blood with ease
November 23, 2015
Electric fields remove nanoparticles from blood with ease

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego developed a new technology that uses an oscillating electric field to easily and quickly isolate drug-delivery nanoparticles from blood. The technology could serve as a general tool to separate and recover nanoparticles from other complex fluids for medical, environmental, and industrial applications.  Full Story