• Simpson Receives $1.5m to Develop Process for Recycling Spent Nuclear Fuel

    Simpson Receives $1.5m to Develop Process for Recycling Spent Nuclear Fuel

    University of Utah materials science and engineering professor Michael Simpson has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to develop a method of recycling spent fuel from existing commercial nuclear power plants using molten salt. The U is one of only 12 recipients from the DOE’s ARPA-E CURIE program aimed…
  • Three Students from Simpson Research Group Win Competitive DOE Scholarships

    Three Students from Simpson Research Group Win Competitive DOE Scholarships

    Earlier this month, Allison Harward, Junior in Chemical Engineering (CE), Claire Decker, Junior in Materials Science & Engineering (MSE), and Collin Anderson, a Ph.D. candidate in Materials Science & Engineering, from Professor Michael Simpson’s Research Group were notified that they had been selected for funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s University Nuclear Leadership Program…
  • Liu To Be Named Distinguished Professor

    Liu To Be Named Distinguished Professor

    Congratulations to Feng Liu, Ivan B. Cutler Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, who will be named a Distinguished Professor effective July 1. He will be recognized during the university’s commencement next month. The title of Distinguished Professor is a rare and prestigious honor granted by the University of Utah to faculty who meet the…
  • A Terrible Thing to Waste

    A Terrible Thing to Waste

    A major environmental concern about the use of nuclear reactors is what’s left behind — the nuclear waste from spent fuel rods. Where to dispose of this waste has been the source of much controversy. But instead of just burying the spent fuel rods, what if you could somehow recycle them to be used again?…
  • Dr. Zang Named AAAS Fellow

    Dr. Zang Named AAAS Fellow

    University of Utah materials science and engineering professor Ling Zang was elected to the rank of Fellow to the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for his “distinguished contributions to the research of molecular self-assembly and nanostructures, and development of optical and electrical chemical sensors for applications in public safety,…
  • Dr. Stringfellow Named NAI Fellow

    Dr. Stringfellow Named NAI Fellow

    Materials science and engineering and electrical and computer engineering Distinguished Professor Gerald Stringfellow, a former dean of the U’s College of Engineering and a pioneer in LED technology, has been elected as the latest new fellow of the National Academy of Inventors from the University of Utah’s College of Engineering. Stringfellow is one of two…
  • Dr. Miller named TMS Fellow

    Dr. Miller named TMS Fellow

    Congratulations to metallurgical engineering Distinguished Professor Jan D. Miller, who was chosen to receive The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) Fellow Award for the Class of 2022 for “outstanding contributions to the practice of metallurgy, materials science, and technology.” The award includes a lifetime membership to the society and is its top honor. According…
  • Remembering Raj Rajamani

    Remembering Raj Rajamani

    Remembering Raj Rajamani  It is with deep sadness we share with you the news of the sudden passing away of our beloved and distinguished colleague and friend, Professor Raj K. Rajamani on the late evening of Thursday, Aug 12. Raj, as he is affectionately called, was an outstanding intellectual mind. He was a highly skilled…
  • Virkar Named Distinguished ACS Lifetime Member

    Virkar Named Distinguished ACS Lifetime Member

    University of Utah materials science and engineering Distinguished Professor, Anil Virkar, who is also the H. Kent Bowen Endowed Chair of Materials Science and Engineering, was elected to the grade of Distinguished Lifetime Member of The American Ceramic Society. The Distinguished Life Member grade is the Society’s most prestigious level of membership and awarded in…
  • Dr. Sparks’ Research Group works to better illuminate road lines

    Dr. Sparks’ Research Group works to better illuminate road lines

    Increasing the visibility of roadway markings is an important task for engineers. The most popular approach for making roadway striping more visible has been to add glass beads to the surface of the roadway paint in order to cause some of the light from headlights to retro-reflect back to the car. However, when paint with…
  • Dr. Xiaojuan Ni, Recent MSE Ph.D. Graduate, Wins Outstanding Dissertation Award

    Dr. Xiaojuan Ni, Recent MSE Ph.D. Graduate, Wins Outstanding Dissertation Award

    Recent Materials Science & Engineering (MSE) Ph.D. graduate, Dr. Xiaojuan Ni, received the 2020 Outstanding Dissertation Award for The University of Utah’s College of Engineering for her dissertation titled “Growth, Electronic and Transport Properties of Two-Dimensional Materials Beyond Graphene.” Dr. Ni’s dissertation focuses on theoretical and computational studies of novel 2D quantum materials for potential…
  • Prof. Chandran Led Team Receives ARPA-E Ultimate Grant Award

    Prof. Chandran Led Team Receives ARPA-E Ultimate Grant Award

    A University of Utah team lead by Dr. Ravi Chandran, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, which includes Dr. Taylor Sparks, Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, and Dr. Wenda Tan, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering has been awarded $800,000 as the Phase-I finding form ARPA-E Ultimate program and involves the development of next generation…
  • Metallurgical Engineering Senior, Jerry Howard, offered NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

    Metallurgical Engineering Senior, Jerry Howard, offered NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

    Congratulations to metallurgical engineering senior, Jerry Howard (MET-E, ’21), who was recently offered a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to support his planned doctoral studies at the University of Nevada at Reno. If accepted, the award will support Jerry’s stipend and tuition for three years. The total value of these awards is about $138,000.…
  • Dr. Liu named a 2021 Outstanding Referee by Physical Review

    Dr. Liu named a 2021 Outstanding Referee by Physical Review

    SALT LAKE CITY — Materials Science & Engineering Professor, Dr. Feng Liu, was named an Outstanding Referee for 2021 by the Physical Review journals. Dr. Liu is one of only 151 faculty members worldwide to be bestowed with this honor this year. This Outstanding Referee honor is a lifetime award and recognition. Instituted in 2008,…
  • Tiwari Named NAI Senior Member

    Tiwari Named NAI Senior Member

    Congratulations to University of Utah materials science and engineering professor Ashutosh Tiwari, who was elected a National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Senior Member for 2021. He is one of 63 luminaries from 36 institutions named to this year’s class and the only one from Utah. “It is a great honor to be elected to the…
  • Engineering Entrepreneurship Certificate Grads – College of Engineering

    Engineering Entrepreneurship Certificate Grads – College of Engineering

    In 2017, leaders at the University of Utah College of Engineering and the David Eccles School of Business recognized a vital intersection between engineering and entrepreneurship – which launched the Engineering Entrepreneurship Certificate (EEC). The unique hybrid of business, entrepreneurship, innovation and law courses has proven to be in-demand across both undergraduate and graduate engineering students.…
  • Professor Emeritus Donald J. Lyman Passes

    Professor Emeritus Donald J. Lyman Passes

    Donald J. Lyman, professor emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering and Bioengineering at the University of Utah, passed away last month at the age of 94. Dr. Lyman was well-known for innovative biomedical polymer science and analytical characterization, blood-contacting materials, and protein interfacial science. He began and was director of Utah’s Biomedical Engineering Center for…
  • Dr. Huiwen Ji joins the MSE Faculty in January 2021

    Dr. Huiwen Ji joins the MSE Faculty in January 2021

    The Materials Science & Engineering Department at the University of Utah is pleased to announce that Dr. Huiwen Ji will join the department as an assistant professor. She is a materials chemist working on establishing structure-property links in solid-state functional materials with an unconventional perspective. Though crystalline matters are often characterized by periodic order, of…
  • Mental Health Counseling for Students – The College of Engineering

    Mental Health Counseling for Students – The College of Engineering

    The threat of a deadly virus, virtual classes, isolation. In these trying times, it’s especially difficult to be a college student. Which is why the University of Utah College of Engineering has employed an in-house mental health counselor to help you navigate through what is sure to be a challenging school year. Jiabao Gao, LMHC,…
  • U Engineering to Work with Versatile Test Reactor

    U Engineering to Work with Versatile Test Reactor

    Engineers from the University of Utah’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering are working with a large team of researchers to prepare experiments for the U.S. Department of Energy’s upcoming Versatile Test Reactor to test various molten salt reactor technologies. These experiments are part of just one research project that will take advantage of the…
  • MET-E Alum, Dr. Kumar, joins Univ. of New Mexico staff

    MET-E Alum, Dr. Kumar, joins Univ. of New Mexico staff

    Dr. Pankaj Kumar, 2016 PhD from metallurgical engineering, has joined the Mechanical Engineering Department, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in July 2020. Pankaj obtained his MS in Materials Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. With a dream to make a career into academia, he moved to…
  • Dr. Bedrov and SMRC discover new liquid phase

    Dr. Bedrov and SMRC discover new liquid phase

    Research activities in the MRSEC Soft Materials Research Center (SMRC) that includes molecular simulation group of Prof. Bedrov have discovered an elusive phase of matter, first proposed more than 100 years ago and sought after ever since. The “ferroelectric nematic” phase of liquid crystal has been described in recent study published in the Proceedings of…
  • GERALD STRINGFELLOW’S BRIGHT IDEA

    GERALD STRINGFELLOW’S BRIGHT IDEA

    The National Academy of Inventors has released a new video about the legacy of Gerald Stringfellow, University of Utah Distinguished Professor of both electrical and computer engineering and materials science and engineering. The new video, “From Campus to Commerce,” profiles Stringfellow’s contributions to the development of light-emitting diodes, a technology that would benefit everything that…
  • Two MSE Students Receive Prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowships

    Two MSE Students Receive Prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowships

    The Department of Materials Science & Engineering is proud to announce that MSE graduates Danielle Beatty (MSE, B.S./M.S., ’20) and Ashlea Patterson (MSE, B.S., ’19) both received fellowships from the National Science Fund’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) to assist their continuance of graduate study and research in the field of materials science. With…
  • Two MSE Students Receive Prestigious DOE Graduate Fellowships

    Two MSE Students Receive Prestigious DOE Graduate Fellowships

    The Department of Materials Science & Engineering is proud to announce that two of its graduate students, Jarom Chamberlain and Matt Newton, have been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to receive prestigious three year Nuclear Energy University Program (NEUP) fellowships in the amount of $161,000 each. Both students are in Prof. Michael…
  • COVID-19, MSE and U …

    COVID-19, MSE and U …

    FOLLOW COVID-19 CENTRAL @THEU For updated information about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affected The University of Utah it is highly recommended to check the University’s daily blog about the situation. Updates include community health updates, closures, recommendations and more. Please visit the blog at dps.utah.edu/coronavirus. Materials Science & Engineering Offices are CLOSED, staff working…
  • Undergraduate Tristan Lundgren presents at SME Conference

    Undergraduate Tristan Lundgren presents at SME Conference

    As an undergraduate researcher, my focus has been on identifying efficiency issues related to a critical step of the gold mining processes. The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration hosts an annual conference with an undergraduate research poster competition for entries related to mineral processing. With the generous assistance of the Crus Scholar program, I…
  • University Travel Cancellation Form

    University Travel Cancellation Form

    This form is explicitly for the cancellation of ALL University travel outside of the state of Utah between March 10-April 30, 2020 as directed by President Ruth Watkins. Any third-party reimbursements given to travelers for cancelled trips that have been reimbursed by the University must be paid back by the traveler. This is why we…
  • Discover the materials of the future … in 30 seconds or less

    Discover the materials of the future … in 30 seconds or less

    Since the dawn of history, the materials available to man have defined the very substance of society. The Stone Age gave way to the Bronze Age and eventually to the Iron and Steel Ages. We now enter the Information Age where technologists must balance a dynamic harmony between traditional approaches and transformational new tools. In…
  • Ebrahiminia awarded second place at the Lithium Ion Batteries Symposium

    Ebrahiminia awarded second place at the Lithium Ion Batteries Symposium

    The 236th Electrochemical Society meeting was held in Atlanta during the week of October 13-17, 2019. Mahsa Ebrahiminia, an MSE Ph.D. student from Dr. Dmitry Bedrov group, presented her latest work on transport and mechanical properties of model solid electrolyte interphases (SEI) that she studied using atomistic molecular dynamics simulations and was awarded the second…