November 2015 | UW MSE

Pauzauskie Team Refrigerates Liquids with a Laser for the First Time
MSE Prof. Peter Pauzauskie and his team are the first to solve a decades-old puzzle — figuring out how to make a laser refrigerate water and other liquids under real-world conditions.

September 2015 | UW MSE

Kannan Krishnan Named to Washington State Academy of Science
MSE Prof, Kannan M. Krishnan was inducted into the Washington State Academy of Science on September 17, 2015.

August 2015 | UW MSE

James De Yoreo Published in Science Magazine
MSE Affiliate Professor James De Yoreo of PNNL has an article published in the July 31, 2015 issue of Science: "Crystallization by particle attachment in synthetic, biogenic, and geologic environments."

August 2015 | UW MSE

MSE Student Junwei Li awarded the HHMI Fellowship
Junwei Li, MSE Ph.D. student, has been awarded an International Student Research Fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The fellowship was established in 2011 to support international students during their third to fifth years of graduate school in the United States. This year awards went to 45 students in 18 countires.

May 2015 | UW MSE

Environmental Innovation Challenge Project in Media
Caitlin Cramer, MSE graduate student, was spotlighted on KOMO-TV’s EcoConsumer program recently as a member of a 4-student team working on a project in the student Environmental Innovation Challenge sponsored by the Clean Energy Initiative at UW

April 2015 | UW MSE

William Hwang Receives the Dean's Medal
MSE senior William Hwang has been chosen to receive the 2015 Dean's Medal, the highest honor the College of Engineering bestows to its undergraduate students.The award will be presented at the College of Engineering Awards event on May 28, 2015.

March 2015 | UW MSE

Xiaodong Xu Nanolaser Article in Nature Journal
Prof. Xiaodong Xu is part of an international team working on monolayer semiconductor nanocavity lasers with ultralow thresholds. Their article has been published in the March issue of Nature Journal. Follow this link to the UW Today story.

January 2015 | UW MSE

Alumnus Alan Miller Receives 2015 COE Diamond Award
Alan G. Miller (77' MSE Ph.D.), retired from Boeing after a 34-year career, has been selected to receive the 2015 College of Engineering Diamond Award for Distinguished Achievement in Industry.


December 2014 | UW MSE

MSE Students Launch Crowdfunding Campaign
MSE PhD student Pegah Hassanzadeh and Xiaolin Zhang, and senior Rachel Rosenzweig, members of Prof. Marco Rolandi's group, have launched a crowdfunding campaign for affordable chitin-based water purification:

December 2014 | UW MSE

Pauzauskie Invited to German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium
Prof. Peter Pauzauskie has been invited by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) to attend the 2015 German-American Frontiers of Engineering Symposium in Potsdam. The symposium is sponsored by NAE and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

November 2014 | UW MSE

Marco Rolandi Cited in Article on Microneedle Patches
Prof. Marco Rolandi was quoted in a Yahoo News article titled "Microneedle patches could make a flu shot as simple as a Band-Aid ."

November 2014 | UW MSE

MSE Applied Master’s Alumni Found Uphill Designs
Dan Sedlacek and Mounica Sonikar, recent MSE Applied Master’s Program graduates, have founded Uphill Designs where they manufacture sustainable, natural and ultra-light trekking poles made from bamboo and cork. They are now on Kickstarter in an effort to gain supporters for their vision.

October 2014 | UW MSE

Ashley Tracey Wins 2014 CAMX Poster Session
MSE PhD Candidate Ashley Tracey took 1st place in the CAMX Poster Session, October 2014, with a project poster titled "Reverse the Curse of the Nylon Peel Ply?."

October 2014 | UW MSE

Printable Tandem Solar Cells: The Next Revolution in Solar Energy
Solar Cell research of Profs. Alex Jen (MSE) and Hugh Hillhouse (ChemE), funded in part by the UW Clean Energy Institute, has led to a $1.5 million grant from the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. Follow the link to full story on the Clean Energy Institute website.

October 2014 | UW MSE

Kannan Krishnan Named TMS Distinguished Scientist/Engineer
Prof. Kannan Krishnan is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Scientist/Engineer Award from The Metals, Minerals and Materials Society (TMS).

September 2014 | UW MSE

James De Yoreo Published in Science Magazine
MSE Affiliate Professor James De Yoreo, of Pacific Northwest National Labs, has just published a paper in Science magazine titled "In situ TEM imaging of CaCO3 nucleation reveals coexistence of direct and indirect pathways".

September 2014 | UW MSE

Jason Ross Crowd-funding Project for
Jason Ross, an MSE graduate student in Prof. Xiaodong Xu's research group, has recently launched a crowd-funding project for His project is "The Future of Displays and Solar Cells: 10,000 times thinner than a human hair." To find out more about the project go to Jason's Page.

July 2014 | UW MSE

Cao, Jen and Zhang Named Highly Cited Researchers
Profs. Guozhong Cao, Alex Jen and Miqin Zhang have been selected by Thomson Reuters as some of the most cited researchers in the world in Materials Science.

June 2014 | UW MSE

Christine Luscombe Interviewed by MRS
Prof. Christine Luscombe was interviewed on video by the Materials Research Society for the June 2014 (vol 14, iss 11) issue of their Materials 360 newsletter. See the YouTube video link.

May 2014 | UW MSE

Luscombe & Okamoto Published by SYNFACTS
Prof. Christine Luscombe and postdoc Ken Okamoto have been published in SYNFACTS issue 05/2014; "Simple Procedure for Mono- and Bis-End Functionalization of Regioregular Poly(3-hexylthiophene)s Using Chalcogens."

April 2014 | UW MSE

Krishnan Start-up Company, LodeSpin Labs, Highlighted
Lode-Spin Labs, founded by Prof. Kannan Krishnan and his (former) graduate students Matt Ferguson and Amit Khandhar, is featured in "Innovation & Impact: Academic & Industry Collaboration in Washington State's Life Sciences Research Enterprise", (pg. 24).

April 2014 | UW MSE

Xiaodong Xu Wins APS and Cottrell Awards
Xiaodong Xu is the recipient of the APS Young Scientist Prize in Physics of Semiconductors and the RCSA Cottrell Scholar Award.

April 2014 | UW MSE

Rolandi Group: Mechanical Properties of Self-assembled Chitin Nanofiber Networks
Rolandi's group paper "Mechanical properties of self-assembled chitin nanofiber networks" is featured on the inside front cover of the Emerging Investigators Issue in the Journal of Materials Chemistry B.

March 2014 | UW MSE

Scientists Build Thinnest LEDs

Prof. Xiaodong Xu and grad student Jason Ross have built the thinnest-known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics. With other university, federal, international researchers, they have co-authored, a paper about this technology that appeared online March 9 in Nature Nanotechnology. Click Here for the full UW News article.


December 2013 | UW MSE

Dwayne Arola Joins MSE
Dwayne Arola has joined MSE as Associate Professor following our Structural Materials Faculty Search.

December 2013 | UW MSE

Gov. Jay Inslee Visits Clean Energy Institute - KIRO-TV Video

Washington Governor Jay Inslee was on hand at the Dec. 12th launch of the state-funded Clean Energy Institute at UW.

December 2013 | UW MSE

New Clean Energy Institute will focus on solar, battery technologies

MSE is involved with the new UW Clean Energy Institute to develop efficient, cost-effective solar power and better energy storage systems. The new institute officially launched on Dec. 12, 2013. MSE professors Alex Jen, Christine Luscombe and Jihui Yang are actively involved in this interdiscplinary research effort.

October 2013 | UW MSE

Luscombe Group: Work on π-Conjugated molecules gets Cover of Macromolecules

Prof. Christine Luscombe and her group have made the cover of Macromolecules, Oct. 23, 2013. Their paper concerns the development of greener and more efficient ways to make organic semiconducting molecules which are important for developing sustainable ways to make materials.

September 2013 | UW MSE

Rolandi Group: Chitin Nanofiber Micropatterned Flexible Substrates for Tissue Engineering

Prof. Marco Rolandi and his group,  in collaboration with Ali Khademhosseini (Harvard), have provided the cover article for the Sept. 14, 2013 issue of Journal of Materials Chemistry B. Click here for J. of Mtls Chem B link.


August 2013 | UW MSE

Rolandi Group: A Biomimetic Composite from Solution Self-Assembly of Chitin Nanofibers in a Silk Fibroin Matrix
The latest research  by Prof. Marco Rolandi and his group in collaboration with Fiorenzo Omenetto at Tufts is featured on the cover (back) of Advanced Materials Aug 27th issue.


August 2013 | UW MSE

Microneedle patch could replace Needle for TB Tests (link to UW News & Information article)
A team led by Marco Rolandi has created a patch with tiny, biodegradable needles that can penetrate the skin and precisely deliver a tuberculosis test.
Also see KOMO-TV News link.


August 2013 | UW MSE

The Role of Spin in the Kinetic Control of Recombination in Organic Photovoltaics (click for PDF article)

Researchers in Jen group publish in Nature on their work in organic photovoltaics. Click here for the Nature link.


August 2013 | UW MSE

Regulating electron ‘spin’ may be key to making organic solar cells competitive

Researchers in Ginger (Chemistry) and Jen (Materials Science & Engineering) groups have discovered a synthetic, high-performance polymer that behaves differently from other tested materials and could make inexpensive, highly efficient organic solar panels a reality.


June 2013 | UW MSE

Alum Megan Brewster Named MRS/TMS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow
Megan Brewster (BS MSE 2006) selected as a MRS/TMS Congressional Fellow for 2013-14.


May 2013 | UW MSE

Christine Luscombe Named J. Mater. Chem. Asociate Editor

Prof. Christine Luscombe has been named an Associate Editor for the Journal of Materials Chemistry starting June 1st, 2013.


April 2013 | UW MSE

Natalie Larson Wins Dean's Medal

Senior Natalie Larson won the 2013 Dean's Medal.


April 2013 | UW MSE

ITN Energy Systems and Thin Film Technology

ITN Energy Systems, founded by MSE alum Mohan Misra (MS 1970, MetE), is the subject of a Denver Post article on thin film technology.



December 2012 | UW MSE

Yang and Jen Partcipate in Materials Genome Initiative

Profs. Jihui Yang and Alex Jen are participating in Materials Genome Initiative via NSF grant and partnership with General Motors.


November 2012 | UW MSE

Kannan Krishnan  Named 2013 IEEE Fellow

Prof. Kannan Krishnan has been named a 2013 fellow of IEEE for contributions to nano-magnetic technology in medicine.


November 2012 | UW MSE

Jihui Yang Elected Fellow of APS

Prof. Jihui Yang has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society for pioneering studies of the design, synthesis, and characterization of novel thermoelectric materials, and for leadership in their use in devices and systems for waste heat recovery applications.


October 2012 | UW MSE

The Rise of Molecular Engineering and Science

UWTV has produced a documentary video on the new Molecular Engineering & Science building which is dedicated to this emerging field of research. It will bring together people across campus — world class talent in energy delivery and medicine – to address some of today’s biggest challenges.


September 2012 | UW MSE

Raj Bordia Receives ACerS Outstanding Educator Award

Raj Bordia has been named 2012 Ceramic Educational Council: Outstanding Educator Award by the American Ceramic Society. The purpose of the award is to recognize truly outstanding work and creativity in teaching, in directing student research, or in the general educational process (lectures, publications, etc.) of ceramic educators. Prof. Bordia's nomination and supporting letters were from his current and former students.


September 2012 | UW MSE

Raj Bordia Selected Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics

Raj Bordia, UW professor of materials science and engineering, has been selected as an Academician of the World Academy of Ceramics, Class of 2011. The award was bestowed on Prof. Bordia in June 2012 in Perugia Italy.


August 2012 | UW MSE

Alex Jen Group Paper One of APL's Most Downloaded

A paper by Alex Jen and members of his research group, "Air-Stable Inverted Flexible Polymer Solar Cells Using Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles as an Electron Selective Layer", is one of Applied Physics Letter's most downloaded articles of the past five years.


May 2012 | UW MSE

Candan Tamerler Elected to Turkish Academy of Sciences

Prof. Candan Tamerler has been elected Principal Member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences under the category of Biological-Molecular Engineering.


May 2012 | UW MSE

Guozhong Cao Named UW Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow

Prof. Guozhong Cao has been a 2012 UW Presidential Entrepreneurial Faculty Fellow by UW President Michael Young.


May 2012 | UW MSE

Xiaodong Xu Wins DOE Early Career Award

Xiaodong Xu, assistant professor in MSE and Physics, has won a 5-year, $750,000 U.S. Department of Energy Early Career Award.


April 2012 | UW MSE

Brian Flinn Featured in Titanic Documentary

Brian Flinn contributed expertise to test the failed-rivet theory of Titanic sinking.


April 2012 | UW MSE

Marco Rolandi nominated one of top 12 Italian Innovators under 35

Marco Rolandi has been nominated as one of the top 12 Italian Innovators under 35 (TR35-GI) by the Technology Review Italia.


March 2012 | UW MSE

Christine Luscombe Named Sigma-Aldrich Lecturer
Christine Luscombe has been selected as a Sigma-Aldrich Lecturer at the June 2012 44th International Symposium on Macromolecules, IUPAC World Polymer Congress, at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.


February 2012 | UW MSE

Marco Rolandi - Design Eye for the Science Guy

Marco Rolandi has collaborated with the School of Art on the new Design Help Desk to provide design assistance in the presentation of scientific data. Click here for the full UW News article.


February 2012 | UW MSE

Alex Jen Elected a MRS Fellow

On February 6, it was announced that Prof. Alex Jen has been elected a 2012 Fellow of the Materials Research Society (MRS).

January 2012 | UW MSE

Solar Energy Grant for Christine Luscombe

Christine Luscombe, in collaboration with two other UW professors, has received a 3-year grant from Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA) in the field of solar energy conversion to fund a project to supercharge solar panel technology.

January 2012 | UW MSE

Peter Pauzauskie Wins AFSOR Young Investigator Award

Assistant Professor Peter Pauzauskie has won an 3-year, $360,000 Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFSOR) to support his research into Laser Refrigeration of Optically-Insulated Cryophotonic Nanocrystals.


January 2012 | UW MSE

Xiaodong Xu Wins NSF Career Award

Xiaodong Xu, assistant professor in MSE and Physics, has won a 5-year, $700,000 NSF Career Award from the National Science Foundation to support his research into the quantum electronic and optoelectronic phenomena of graphene.


January 2012 | UW MSE

Marco Rolandi Wins NSF Career Award

Marco Rolandi (link:, UW assistant professor of materials science and engineering, won a five-year, $550,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support his research on bioprotonic transistors. Rolandi’s work holds promise for developing biocompatible electronic devices for future medical applications.



December 2011 | UW MSE

Bonnie Dunbar - COE Distinguished Service Award

MSE alumna Dr. Bonnie Dunbar has been selected to receive the 2012 College of Engineering Distinguished Service Award.

December 2011 | UW MSE

Krishnan Received 2012 IEEE Fink Prize

Professor Kannan M. Krishnan receives the 2012 IEEE Donald G. Fink Prize Paper Award for his article “Biomedical Nanomagnetics: A Spin Through Possibilities in Imaging, Diagnostics and Therapy”. See full article for details.

October 2011 | UW MSE

Rolandi’s Research Featured on Cover of Advanced Materials

The latest results from Marco Rolandi’s group on “A Chitin Nanofiber Ink for Airbrushing, Replica Molding, and Microcontact Printing of Self-assembled Macro-, Micro-, and Nanostructures” are featured on the inside front cover Advanced Materials (41/2011). Click here for the full article.


October 2011 | UW MSE

Rolandi: Bridging The Gap Between Human And Machine

The UW Daily reports on the Rolandi Group's use of squid compound to let machines communicate with life. They have discovered a way to use an organic compound extracted from squid in order to create a transistor that may one day be compatible with biological systems, bridging the gap between human and machine.   Follow the link to read the story.

October 2011 | UW MSE

MSE Senior Merten Receives COE  S-STEM Scholarship

MSE senior Elizabeth Merten has been awarded a College of Engineering S-STEM Scholarship for the 2011-12 academic year. This scholarship is offered to a very small number of students who show exceptional promise as future scholars and leaders in engineering disciplines.  The S-STEM Scholar Program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is designed to help support recipients in their academic endeavors by providing financial as well as academic support. 

September 2011 | UW MSE

Rolandi Group: Proton-based Transistors
Marco Rolandi and his group have made a splash in the national media recently for their work with Proton-based Transistors that can communicate directly with living things. Click on the title link to see coverage in New York Time, Nature Communications, IEEE Spectrum and other sources.

September 2011 | UW MSE

Zhang Group: Fighting Cancer with Scorpions
The work of Miqin Zhang's group is mentioned in a Fox News article on the latest research in the fight against cancer. See article here.

September 2011 | UW MSE

Marco Rolandi: Designing Scientific Figures
Marco Rolandi teamed up with UW colleagues from Visual Communication Design and Human-Centered Design & Communication on the paper, “A Brief Guide to Designing Effective Figures for the Scientific Paper”. The paper is highlighted on the American Ceramic Society website, at Materials View, and at Chemical World Blog. Your can also read the Materials View Interview with Marco here.

September 2011 | UW MSE

Xiaodong Xu Wins DARPA Award
Assistant Professor Xiaodong Xu (MSE & Physics) is the recipient of a 2011 DARPA Young Faculty Award for his work in the area of Quantum Science and Technology. Click on link for details.

August 2011 | UW MSE

ASM Materials Education Foundation presents 2011 Scholarships

The ASM Foundation has announced scholarship awards to two MSE department seniors for the 2011-12 academic year. Alex Henson will receive receive the William Park Woodside Founder’s Scholarship.  This award provides one year of full tuition, up to $10,000. Chase Ruebel will receive a William & Mary Dyrkacz Scholarship of $6,000. Click on link for details.

July 2011 | UW MSE

Alex Jen Elected to Washington State Academy of Sciences

On July 25, 2011, the Washington State Academy of Sciences (WSAS) announced the election of 24 new members, including Alex Jen, in recognition of their distinguished and continuing scientific achievements.   The new members will be inducted into the WSAS at the 4th annual meeting to be held at the Museum of Flight in Seattle on September 22nd.  Those elected today bring the total number of active members to 154.  The Washington State Academy of Sciences was established by the Washington State Legislature to provides expert scientific and engineering analysis to inform public policy-making, and works to increase the role and visibility of science in the State of Washington.

July 2011 | UW MSE

Alex Jen Elected Fellow of ACS

On July 8th, it was announced that Prof. Alex Jen has been elected a 2011 Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS). The Fellows program recognizes members of ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to Science, the Profession, and the Society. The 2011 Fellows will be honored at a special ceremony during the ACS National Meeting in Denver on Monday, August 29, 2011.

June 2011 | UW MSE

High Ranking for UW Materials Research

According to Thomson Reuters Global Research Report: Materials Science & Technology, published in June 2011, UW's materials research in the past 10 years has received an extremely high rating.  It has been ranked #17 in the world (#5 in the U.S.) in total citations.  It has also been ranked #1 in the world in total impact of citations, which means our published papers are very high quality and have received the most citations per paper. Click here for full story.

June 2011 | UW MSE

Materials Scientist John W. Cahn to Receive 27th Annual Kyoto Prize

On June 24th, it was announced that Dr. John Cahn, Emeritus Senior Fellow at NIST and UW Affiliate Professor (MSE and Physics), will receive the $625,000 Kyoto prize for Lifetime Achievement in “Advanced Technology” on November 10, 2011, in Kyoto, Japan. Click on above link for full story.

June 2011 | UW MSE

Yadong Yin Named #2 Top Materials Scientist

MSE alum Yadong Yin (PhD MSE 2002) was named #2 Top Materials Scientist For 2000-10 by Thomson Reuters based on citation impact scores.

May 2011 | UW MSE

MSE Team Wins UW-Business Plan Award

MSE graduate students Matt Ferguson and Amit Khandhar, along their team members Shivang Dave (Bioengineering ) and Garrett Leischner (MBA), have received the $5,000 Fenwick & West Finalist Prize in the 2011 UW-Business Plan Competition.

May 2011 | UW MSE

Polymer Solar Cells Go Into Space

The polymer solar cells developed in the MSE department have taken a leap into space.  As part of the Materials International Space Station Experiments (MISSE) experimental package carried out in collaboration with Boeing, the polymer solar cells developed in Prof. Alex Jen’s research lab are being deployed to the International Space Station (ISS) via the Space Shuttle Endeavor’s STS-134 launch mission on May 16, 2011.

April 2011 | UW MSE

Krishnan Group Highlighted on IOP Medical Physics Website

The Kannan Krishnan Research Group research, specifically that of graduate students Matt Ferguson and Amit Khandhar, involves the emerging technique of Magnetic Particle Imaging that could potentially compete with MPRI and PET. Their presentation at the recent SPIE Medical Imaging conference in Florida, has been highlighted in the IOP Medical Physics Web Site in a Talking Point Article.

March 2011 | UW MSE

UWTV - UW360: Advancements in Solar Energy

The March 2011 edition of UW360 includes a story on solar energy research being conducted by Alex Jen of MSE and David Ginger of EE. This link goes to the video on YouTube.

March 2011 | UW MSE

Jen Named Editor, IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics

Alex Jen has been named and editor of the IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics.  He will be responsible for manuscripts in the Organic /Hybrid Photovoltaic Cells area including polymer, hybrid and dye sensitized solar cells, new device concepts including quantum dots, carbon nanotubes, and graphene composites, tandem cells, modeling, synthesis and evaluation of new materials; high performance contacts; lifetime degradation and mechanisms.

February 2011 | UW MSE

Luscombe's Dimmable Windows Research

Prof. Christine Luscombe's collaborative work on dimmable windows with solar panels has been highlighted by UW Today. Click here for full article.


December 2010 | UW MSE

Stoebe to Receive COE Diamond Award

Prof. Emeritus Thomas G. Stoebe has been selected to receive the 2011 Distinguished Service Award from the College of Engineering.

Click here for full article.

November 2010 | UW MSE

Rolandi’s Research Featured on the Cover of Advanced Materials

The latest results from Marco Rolandi’s group and co-workers on “Scanning-probe direct-write of germanium nanostructures” are featured on the cover Advanced Materials (41/2010). Click here for the full article.

November 2010 | UW MSE

Kannan Krishnan

Prof. Krishnan has been been elected to a 3-year term on the Administrative Committee of the IEEE Magnetics Society starting January 2011. The 'AdCom' is responsible for the operations of the Society. It shall provide administrative support for those who directly manage Society activities. It charges the officers and committee Chairs with their specific responsibilities and authority where not specifically covered by the Bylaws or the Constitution and ensures that Society activities are conducted in a manner that advances the professional interests of the membership and the IEEE in general.

September 2010 | UW MSE

Four New Faculty Members Join MSE

The MSE Faculty has experienced unprecented growth this fall as four new faculty members join our Department. The new professors are Assistant Professor Peter Pauzauskie, Assistant Professor Xiaodong Xu, Research Assistant Professor Qifeng Zhang, and Research Professor Candan Tamerler. Click here for more info

September 27, 2010

NRC Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs
9-27-10 | Dean Matt O'Donnell and Chair Alex Jen voice concerns about accuracy of data used in National Research Council Assessment of Research Doctorate Programs.


August 2010 | UW MSE

Miqin Zhang in the Media This Month August 2010 | ScienceDaily | Deathstalker Scorpion Venon Could Improve Gene Therapy for Brain Cancer
More coverage of Prof. Zhang's work with scorpion venon and brain cancer.

August 2010 | ACS News Service| Deathstalker Scorpion Venon Could Improve Gene Therapy for Brain Cancer
Prof. Zhang and her colleagues discuss a new approach to gene therapy for brain cancer.

August 2010 | FoxNews | Killer Animals, Life-Saving Cures: Why Venom is Good for You
Prof. Zhang explains how scorpion venom can be useful in treating brain cancer.

June 2010 | UW MSE

Tom Stoebe Selected for ASM Award

Prof. Emeritus Thomas G. Stoebe has been selected to receive the ASM Albert Easton White Distinguished Teacher Award in 2012. The citation reads: “Prof. Thomas Gaines Stoebe is recognized as an inspirational and enthusiastic leader who has demonstrated significant accomplishments in the teaching and research of materials science and engineering.” 

June 2010 | UW MSE

Christine Luscombe Named COE Faculty Innovator

Prof. Christine Luscombe was the recipient of the College of Engineering's Faculty Innovator: Junior Award, presented at the June 2010 Community of Innovators Award ceremony.

June 2010 | UW MSE

Mehmet Sarikaya in the Media This Month

June 2010 | New York Times | Team's Work Uses a Virus to Convert Methane to Ethylene. Prof. Sarikaya is quoted in a NYT article regarding an engineered virus that may help produce ethylene more efficiently

May 2010 | UW MSE

James Williams Receives Diamond Award

MSE alum Prof. James Williams (BS MetE 62, MS MetE 64, PhD MetE 68) ) is the recipient of the College of Engineering's 2010 Diamond Award for Distinguished Achievement in Academia presented May 7th at the Diamonds Award Banquet.

March 2010 | UW MSE

Marco Rolandi Receives 3M Grant

Prof. Marco Rolandi has been awarded a 3M Nontenured Faculty Grant to pursue research in spatially controlled synthesis of graphene nanoribbons for flexible electronics..  This award is administered by 3M’s Research and Development in partnership with their Corporate Giving Program and recognizes outstanding new faculty for the quality and pertinence of research. It is intended to encourage recipients to remain in academia, teach, conduct research and develop an awareness of science in an industrial setting. Prof. Rolandi joined the Materials Science & Engineering Department in autumn 2008 as a tenure-track assistant professor.

February 2010 | UW MSE

Christine Luscombe Wins Sloan Fellowship

Prof. Christine Luscombe is among 118 recipients of Sloan Research Fellowships for 2010. The award is made by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, which "seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise." They are awarded in recognition of fellows' distinguished performance and the potential to make substantial contributions to their field.

January 2010 | UW MSE

Kannan Krishnan Join AEEE Magnetic Letters Board

Kannan Krishnan has accepted an invitation to join the editorial board of AEEE Magnetic Letters. Launched in January 2010, IEEE Magnetics Letters is a rapid-publication, primarily electronic, peer-reviewed journal dedicated exclusively to magnetics articles of substantial current interest.


Kannan Krishnan, Fulbright Roster of Specialists

Kannan Krishnan has been selected by the Fulbright Specialist Program to serve as a candidate on the Fulbright Specialist Roster in the fields of Education and Materials Science. His first assignment is in Egypt . . .

January 2010 | UW MSE

Mehmet Sarikaya, GEMSEC Research

The research of Professor Mehmet Sarikaya and his colleagues has been featured in recent media outlets. Sarikaya and his colleagues are creating a new field at the confluence of materials science, computation and biology (MORE)


November 2009 | UW MSE

Kannan Krishnan, Elected APS Fellow

At its November 2009 meeting, the Council of the American Physical Society elected Prof. Kannan M. Krishnan to Fellowship in the American Physical Society in recognition of his original and creative work in magnetism and electron microscopy elucidating growth mechanisms and the role of microstructure in determining fundamental properties of thin films, nanoscale structures and devices.


June 2009 | UW MSE

Mehmet Sarikaya ACS Nano Interview

Sarikaya was interviewed, along with Zhenan Bao of Stanford University, on Molecular Recognition for ACS-Nano journal.  Listen to audio file "Episode 23: ACS Nano June 2009"at

May 2009 | UW MSE

MSE plans to upgrade undergraduate learning labs

The department plans to raise $200,000 in private giving to upgrade the 20-year-old undergraduate learning labs. If the campaign is successful, these funds would be matched with $50,000 from the UW’s College of Engineering.

April 2009 | UW News

Stinging cancer with nanoscience

By combining nanoparticles with a scorpion venom compound already being investigated for treating brain cancer, UW researchers led by Miqin Zhang found they could cut the spread of cancerous cells by 98 percent, compared to 45 percent for the scorpion venom alone.

February 2009 | Xconomy

Jen poised to launch Soluxra thin-film solar cell company

Alex Jen and colleagues plan to launch Soluxra in the summer. The company will specialize in thin-film polymer solar cells. The semi-transparent plastic films, which Jen said can be printed in a similar process to newspaper printing, are highly adaptable.


December 2008 | KUOW

Sarikaya discusses biomimetics with KUOW

Mehmet Sarikaya, UW professor of materials science and engineering, discussed biomimetics on Dec. 17 with KUOW's Steve Scher and author Janine Benyus on the "Weekday" program on KUOW 94.9 FM radio.

December 2008 | UW MSE

Student's eye on bringing clean energy to developing world

Tricia Bull, fellow MSE doctoral student Brad Macleod and eight students from other U.S. universities visited Kanpur, India in December 2008 to study organic optoelectronics such as OPVs in an intensive two-week program called the International Winter School for Graduate Students (iWSG).

December 2008 | UW MSE

Christine Luscombe teaches write stuff

Christine Luscombe is using part of the $495,000 CAREER Award she received from the National Science Foundation in early 2008 to develop a writing program for seniors in her “Introduction to Polymer Science and Engineering” class.

November 2008 | UW MSE

MSE teams with Intel on organic photovoltaics

Intel Research Seattle and three MSE professors are collaborating on a project to improve the efficiency and stability of organic photovoltaics, a promising technology that may one day help meet the world’s growing demand for energy.

November 2008 | UW MSE

Jen named Fellow of ACS PMSE Division

Alex Jen, MSE chair, has been named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society’s Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division. Fellows of PMSE are selected based on their significant contributions to the science and engineering of polymeric materials.

October 2008 | UW MSE

Brush receives NSF grant to research metallic foams

Lucien Brush is a principal investigator on a collaborative research project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to understand and predict the behavior of metallic foams. The project is titled “Dynamics and Stability of Metallic Foams: Network Modeling.”

October 2008 | UW MSE

Bordia elected to ACerS Board of Directors

Raj Bordia has been elected to the American Ceramic Society's (ACerS) Board of Directors. Bordia began his two-year term in October 2008. "I am honored to be selected to this important position by my peers," Bordia said.

October 2008 | UW MSE

Krishnan named Magnetics Society Distinguished Lecturer

Kannan M. Krishnan has been named the Distinguished Lecturer for 2009 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Magnetics Society. Lecturers are selected for their outstanding achievements in magnetics research and excellent communication skills.

August 2008 | UW MSE

MSE welcomes Marco Rolandi

Marco Rolandi joined the faculty in August 2008 as an assistant professor, bringing the department his finely-tuned curiosity in nanoscale phenomena. Rolandi comes to UW from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow since 2005.

May 2008 | MRS Bulletin

Sarikaya co-edits MRS Bulletin on molecular biomimetics

Mehmet Sarikaya and Candan Tamerler, chair of the Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics at Istanbul Technical University (ITU), co-edited the May 2008 issue of the Material Research Society’s MRS Bulletin. The topic of the special issue is molecular biomimetics.

April 2008 | UW MSE

NIMS opens Overseas Operation Office at the UW

Japan’s National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS) opened an Overseas Operation Office in April 2008 in the UW Roosevelt Commons Building, establishing UW as an international crossroads for materials research and development.

April 2008 | UW MSE

UW receives $900,000 Solar America Initiative grant

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plans to invest $900,000 in solar energy research at the UW as part of the Solar America Initiative (SAI), which aims to make solar energy cost-competitive with conventional sources of electricity by 2015. “We plan to use interfacial engineering to improve the efficiency of polymer-based photovoltaic devices,” said Alex Jen, MSE chair.

April 2008 | UW MSE

Krishnan receives Rockefeller Foundation residency

Kannan M. Krishnan has been named the recipient of a prestigious Rockefeller Foundation Scholarly Residency at the Bellagio Center in Lake Como, Italy. Krishnan’s one-month residency will begin on Monday, Sept. 22, 2008. The Rockefeller Foundation chooses scholars who have demonstrated a history of significant achievement in their respective fields. More...

April 2008 | UW MSE

Bordia receives Humboldt Research Award

Raj Bordia, UW professor of materials science and engineering, has been awarded a Humboldt Research Award for senior scientists by Germany’s Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The international honor, one of the most prestigious given by Germany, recognizes Bordia’s career accomplishments in materials science and engineering.

April 2008 | UW MSE

Luscombe wins DARPA Young Faculty Award

Christine Luscombe won a Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to support her research on organic photovoltaic devices. Luscombe, one of 39 researchers nationwide to win a Young Faculty Award in 2008, will receive $150,000 to support her research group.

April 2008 | UW News

Popcorn-ball design doubles solar cell efficiency

A new approach is able to create a dramatic improvement in cheap solar cells now being developed in laboratories. By using a popcorn-ball design -- tiny kernels clumped into much larger porous spheres -- UW researchers led by Guozhong Cao are able to manipulate light and more than double the efficiency of converting solar energy to electricity.

February 2008 | UW MSE

Micron invests additional $775,000 in materials research lab

Micron invested an additional $775,000 in the Micron Laboratory for Combinatorial Materials Exploration at UW in February. The funds will help the lab pursue its goal to test new combinations of materials for use in smaller and smaller microchips.

January 2008 | UW MSE

Luscombe wins $495,000 CAREER Award from NSF

Christine Luscombe, UW assistant professor of materials science and engineering, won a five-year, $495,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support her research on organic polymers. Luscombe’s work holds promise for improving electronic displays, solar cells and more.

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