U-Michigan part of $120M DoE battery research hub
A dozen University of Michigan researchers will play an integral role in a national multimillion-dollar collaborative effort to develop breakthrough batteries for longer-range electric vehicles and a power grid that can store electricity generated from solar and wind energy.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced today...
Kim group develops practical way to predict and modulate conjugated polymer's energy levels
Efficient plastic solar cells could make solar energy cost-effective, but their development has been hindered by the near-impossibility of predicting how much of the sun’s energy a polymer can turn into electricity. Now, Michigan engineers have found a shortcut.
Alan Taub Joins UM MSE as Professor
The MSE department welcomes Alan Taub, who has joined the faculty as Professor of Materials Science and Engineering.
Taub will pursue research in advanced materials and processing and lead an initiative to establish a new center within the U-M College of Engineering. The center...
John Allison Leads DoE Software Innovation Center
It takes between 10 and 20 years to develop a new material — an advanced metal alloy, for example, that can be used in lighter cars, trucks and airplanes. That's too long, says John Allison, professor of materials science and engineering.
Tuteja Group develops smart filter that strains oil out of water
A smart filter with a shape-shifting surface can separate oil and water using gravity alone, an advancement that could be useful in cleaning up environmental oil spills, among other applications, say its University of Michigan developers.
The system could provide a more efficient way...
Rachel Goldman named Fellow of the AVS
Rachel Goldman has been named a Fellow of AVS. Fellowship recognizes AVS members who have made sustained and outstanding scientific and technical contributions in areas of interest to AVS. Professor Goldman's citation reads:
For contributions to the fundamental understanding of strain relaxation,...
Green Group develops new smart fluid
Liquids that thicken dramatically when you zap them with electricity are used today as shock absorbers in car brakes and clutches, among other applications. University of Michigan researchers have developed an innovative new "smart fluid" that is cheaper and easier to make than current versions.
Nerve gas litmus test could sense airborne chemical weapons
Nerve gases are colorless, odorless, tasteless and deadly. While today's soldiers carry masks and other protective gear, they don't have reliable ways of knowing when they need them in time. That could change, thanks to a new litmus-like paper sensor made at the University of Michigan.
Rick Laine named ACS Division of Polymer Chemistry Fellow
Rick Laine has been named a Fellow of The American Chemical Society Division of Polymer Chemistry for 2012. Selection from among the eligible nominees is based on demonstrated achievements in and contributions to polymer science and the profession. POLY Fellows have both achievements in and contributions to both science and to...
Researchers watch a next-gen memory bit switch in real time
For the first time, engineering researchers have been able to watch in real time the nanoscale process of a ferroelectric memory bit switching between the 0 and 1 states.
Ferroelectric materials have the potential to replace current memory designs, offering greater storage capacity than magnetic hard drives and faster write...
Xiaoqing Pan named ACerS Fellow
Xiaoqing Pan has been named a Fellow of The American Ceramic Society (ACerS) for 2011.
Elevation to "Fellow" is a peer recognition—each nomination is signed by at least seven ACerS members, and the new class is selected by the Society’s Panel of Fellows. Fellows are selected for their outstanding contributions...
Materials Research Society Names Peter F. Green as Inaugural Editor-in-Chief of MRS Communications
The Materials Research Society (MRS) has named Peter F. Green as editor-in-chief of its newest publication, MRS Communications.
Green is the Vincent T. and Gloria M. Gorguze Professor of Engineering and Chair of the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Michigan. He is also the
Manos Kioupakis Joins UM MSE as Assistant Professor
The MSE department welcomes Manos Kioupakis, who has joined the faculty as an assistant professor.
Kioupakis uses parallel first-principles computational methods and high-performance computing to study the structural, electronic and optical properties of materials at the atomic scale.
With a bachelor's degree in physics from the University...
Pierre Ferdinand Poudeu Joins UM MSE as Assistant Professor
Pierre Ferdinand Poudeu joined the Department as an assistant professor.
Poudeu studied chemistry at the University of Yaounde-I in Cameroon and earned his doctoral degree in inorganic solid-state chemistry from the Dresden University of Technology in Germany in 2004. He held postdoctoral research positions at Michigan State University and Northwestern...
Sharon Glotzer named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Professor Sharon Glotzer is one of two UM faculty members named to the 2011 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a prestigious society that recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in scholarly and professional fields.
She is among 212 new fellows and 16 foreign honorary members,...