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John Heron joins UM MSE as Assistant Professor

John Heron joins UM MSE as Assistant Professor

 

John Heron joined the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as an Assistant Professor in Winter 2016.

 

John studied Physics as an undergraduate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His undergraduate research was performed under the mentorship of Professor David Awschalom. He used magnetotransport and magnetometry studies to...

The Kim group finds the roles of molecular motions in room temperature phosphorescence

The Kim group finds the roles of molecular motions in room temperature phosphorescence

 

In a development that could hasten the advent of low-cost, high-efficiency LEDs and solid-state lighting, a group of University of Michigan researchers has developed a new process that can improve the efficiency of the of metal-free organic phosphors that could be the key to phosphorescent LEDs.

 

Today’s LEDs emit...

Peter Green named AAAS Fellow

Peter Green named AAAS Fellow

 

Peter Green, the Vincent T. and Gloria M. Gorguze Professor of Engineering, professor of materials science and engineering, macromolecular science and engineering, and chemical engineering, College of Engineering, is one of six University of Michigan faculty members are among 347 newly elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of...

Laine Spinoff Wins 2015 Governor of Michigan’s Green Chemistry Award

Laine Spinoff Wins 2015 Governor of Michigan’s Green Chemistry Award

 

The Governor of Michigan’s Green Chemistry Award 2015 goes to Professor Rick Laine’s company (Mayaterials) for developing a process to convert agricultural waste (e.g. rice hull ash) into a set of distillable silicon compounds (alkoxysilanes). The process developed avoids using silicon metal to produce these same compounds. Si metal is...

Jay Whitacre receives College of Engineering Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Award

Jay Whitacre receives College of Engineering Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Award

 

Jay Whitacre, Masters (1997) and Ph.D. (1999) in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan, was named the Arbor Networks Ph.D. Research Impact Lecture and Award winner.

 

After graduating, Dr. Whitacre was then a Postdoctoral Scholar at The California Institute of Technology (at JPL) from 1999 to 2000,...

Don Nolan receives 2015 MSE Department Alumni Merit Award

Don Nolan receives 2015 MSE Department Alumni Merit Award

 

Don Nolan joined Kennametal Inc. in November 2014 as President and Chief Executive Officer.

 

At the forefront of advanced materials innovation for more than 75 years, Kennametal Inc. is a global industrial technology leader delivering productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions.  Customers across aerospace earthworks,...

MSE Faculty Part of Senate Effort to Reauthorize America COMPETES Act

MSE Faculty Part of Senate Effort to Reauthorize America COMPETES Act

 

MSE Faculty members Stephen Forrest and Alan Taub participated in a U.S. Senate roundtable discussion Tuesday on reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act.

 

"We were lucky to have two University of Michigan leaders in D.C. yesterday for our final roundtable on shaping national research and development priorities," said Sen. Gary...

John Halloran Elected to World Academy of Ceramics

John Halloran Elected to World Academy of Ceramics

 

John Halloran has been named as part of the World Academy of Ceramics 2015 class of Academians.

 

Individuals who have made an internationally renown significant contribution to the advancement of ceramics culture, science, technology, industry and art are eligible as Academicians. The appointment as Academician is merely honorary and...

MSE Alumnus Jay Whitacre Receives Lemelson-MIT Prize

MSE Alumnus Jay Whitacre Receives Lemelson-MIT Prize

 

University of Michigan Materials Science Engineering alum Jay Whitacre (ME ’97, PhD ’99), has received the 2015 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for his work inventing the Aqueous Hybrid Ion battery, a durable, non-toxic battery often used to store energy electricity solar and wind energy systems.

 

Whitacre founded Aquion Energy in...

Scanning Thermoelectric Microscopy Locates Extra Electrons Outside Quantum Dots

Scanning Thermoelectric Microscopy Locates Extra Electrons Outside Quantum Dots

 

Semiconducting quantum dots (QDs) can be used to enhance the performance of a variety of devices encompassing optoelectronic, thermoelectric, and alternative energy technologies. Often, a small amount of another element must be added to the semiconducting QDs to provide extra electrons and improve conductivity. At the nanoscale, these extra electrons...

Art-inspired solar cells

Art-inspired solar cells

 

Solar cells capture up to 40 percent more energy when they can track the sun across the sky, but conventional, motorized trackers are too heavy and bulky for pitched rooftops and vehicle surfaces. Now, by borrowing from kirigami, the ancient Japanese art of paper cutting, researchers at the University of...

Rick Laine Named American Chemical Society Fellow

Rick Laine Named American Chemical Society Fellow

 

Professor Rick Laine has been named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) as part of the 2015 class.  

The ACS Fellows Program recognize members of ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the Society.


Professor Laine's citation:

 

Contribution to the...

Course asks students to imagine the campus of the future

Course asks students to imagine the campus of the future

 

If you want to transform the campus learning experience to suit the needs of today's students, who better to ask what that should look like than the people who will benefit from the changes?

 

This is the premise behind a course called Campus of the Future, co-taught by Joanna...

Regenerative medicine: Injectable stem cell incubator

Regenerative medicine: Injectable stem cell incubator

 

Some tissue damage is too extensive for the body to heal well, such as a bad slipped disc or the muscle death that follows a heart attack, so researchers are looking for ways to bridge the gaps. The most promising avenue is stem cell therapy, but these cells take their...

Forrest, Glotzer named Distinguished University Professors

Forrest, Glotzer named Distinguished University Professors

 

Stephen Forrest and Sharon Glotzer are among nine faculty members have received one of the University of Michigan's top honors as Distinguished University Professors.

 

The appointments were approved by the Board of Regents on Thursday. They are effective Sept. 1.

 

Recently appointed DUPs are invited to give an inaugural...