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New UCF-developed Battery Could Prevent Post-hurricane Electric Vehicle Fires

January 10, 2023
A University of Central Florida researcher has developed technology that could prevent electric vehicle fires, like those caused by saltwater flooding from Hurricane Ian. The technology, an aqueous battery, replaces the volatile and highly flammable organic solvents found in electric vehicle lithium-ion batteries with saltwater to create a battery that is safer, faster charging, just…

Leon Receives 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award

August 9, 2022
Assistant Professor Lorraine Leon has been named a recipient of the 2022 3M Non-Tenured Faculty Award. This honor is given to early career faculty in recognition for their outstanding research, experience and leadership in STEM. All recipients are nominated by 3M researchers and receive a discretionary award of $15,000 per year, for up to three…

Richardson Named Frontiers of Glass Lecturer

July 5, 2022
Kathleen Richardson, a Pegasus Professor of optics and photonics and joint professor of materials science and engineering, has been named a Darshana and Arun Varshneya Frontiers of Glass Lecturer. This honor is awarded by the American Ceramics Society to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of glass science and technology. Individuals must…

Another Record Year for UCF — 8 NSF CAREER Award Winners

June 13, 2022
The U.S. National Science Foundation has named eight UCF professors 2022 NSF CAREER award recipients. All of the recipients are engineers by training who are working on interdisciplinary projects that aim to improve health or to develop new technology that promises to improve our lives. The awardees represent the most promising junior researchers in the…

Four MSE Faculty Members Receive Promotion and Tenure

June 3, 2022
Eighty-nine UCF faculty received promotions and another 48 earned tenure for the 2021-22 cycle following a rigorous evaluation process. Four of these faculty are from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Consideration for promotion and tenure takes nearly an entire academic year as faculty are evaluated on three main areas: research, teaching and service. UCF’s…

MSE Professor Elected Third Vice President of The Electrochemical Society

May 11, 2022
Jim Fenton, the director of the Florida Solar Energy Center and a professor of materials science and engineering, has been elected the third vice president of The Electrochemical Society. Fenton has been a member of the industry organization for 40 years and previously held the title of ECS Secretary. In his candidacy statement, he said…

UCF Reach for the Stars 2022 Honoree Is Pioneer in His Field of Study

April 6, 2022
This year’s five Reach for the Stars honorees have two common traits – outside-the-box thinking and a relentless passion to make the world a better place. From creating resilient communities that can withstand natural disasters to educating the public through fiction that explains real science, this year’s honorees are using research to help create a…

MSE Professor’s Student Awarded 2022 Order of Pegasus

March 25, 2022
Twenty-six students — including one affiliated with the Department of Materials Science and Engineering — have been named as 2021-22 recipients of the Order of Pegasus, UCF’s most prestigious student award for those who display incredible academic achievement, university involvement, leadership and community service. Chuck Didier, a biomedical science student who studies under Professor Swaminathan…

Congratulations!! Dr. Yang: CECS Researcher at the Associate Level

February 1, 2022
Dr. Yang received CECS Researcher of the year at the Associate Level award. The University Research Council and the Office of the Vice President for Research are proud to offer the Excellence in Research Awards. Each college may select one research award recipient. One Excellence in Research award is available to the combined research faculty…

Swami Named Co-Director of National Science Foundation Site

January 26, 2022
Professor Swaminathan Rajaraman will join the leadership team of the Multifunctional Integrated System Technology (MIST) Center as a deputy director of the UCF site. The MIST Center was established in 2014 and is a research consortium housed under the Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers program, which is led by the National Science Foundation. MIST is a…

Congratulation to Prof. Jiyu Fang: Fellow of International Association of Advanced Materials

January 25, 2022
The International Association of Advanced Materials has named Professor Jiyu Fang a Fellow of the organization in recognition for his outstanding contributions to the area of biological and biocompatible materials. This distinction is one of the highest honors for scientists, engineers, and researchers in the advanced materials community. To select new Fellows, IAAM uses scientific…

Graduate Studies profile MSE Faculty

October 7, 2021
 Yeongwoong Jung Assistant Professor College of Engineering and Computer Science Materials Science and Engineering PhD Research Focus: Emerging nanoscale materials While working in nanoscience, Assistant Professor Yeongwoong Jung has made strides on a large scale. In the last five years, he’s spent at UCF, his lab has investigated everything from electronic “tattoos” that monitor a person’s…

MSE professor Kaitlyn Crawford receives UCF-imec Seed Funding to Investigate Nano and Digital Technologies. Congrats!

August 9, 2021
Five UCF researchers have been awarded more than $450,000 in SEED funding thanks to a new collaboration between the UCF Office of Research and the international nano and digital technology research and development company imec. Researchers from the College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Optics and Photonics, College of Sciences, and College of Medicine are expected to commence…

MSE professor Lorraine Leon wins NSF CAREER award for promising young researchers: Congratulations!

May 21, 2021
Assistant Professor Lorraine Leon has been named a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award. The award will fund Leon’s research that develops biomaterials-based reactors that could make industrial products such as fuels, pharmaceuticals, and fine chemicals in more efficient, selective, and ecofriendly ways. The biomimetic design is based on liquid droplets that form…

2 UCF Professors Inducted into Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida

April 26, 2021
The academy, which selected UCF Pegasus Professors Deborah Beidel and Sudipta Seal among this year’s inductees, is a group that brings together the nation’s most distinguished scholars who live and work in Florida. BY KIMBERLY J. LEWIS | APRIL 23, 2021 UCF Pegasus Professors Sudipta Seal and Deborah Beidel will be honored at an induction ceremony in…

Prof. Jung delivered an invited speech at ACS meeting

April 14, 2021
Prof. Jung delivered an invited speech at the recent American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting, virtually held on Apr 12. He received the invitation from the PHY division/session of 2-D Materials for Energy, Sensing and Quantum Information Science Synthesis and Light Harvesting. His invited talk was entitled “Wafer-scale integration of 2D TMD heterostructures of controlled layer orientation…

Congratulations to Linan, Raj, Yongho and Kirk for their 20 year dedicated service to UCF

April 9, 2021
2021 Founders’ Day Honorees The annual recognition celebrates the outstanding academic achievements of our faculty members and students. The Founders’ Day Awards celebrate the outstanding academic achievements of our faculty members and students. As we recognize these achievements, we remember the efforts of those women and men who made this university a reality, and we…

Congratulations to Prof. Kathleen Richardson for UCF Award: Research in Excellence

April 9, 2021
2021 Founders’ Day Honorees The annual recognition celebrates the outstanding academic achievements of our faculty members and students. The Founders’ Day Awards celebrate the outstanding academic achievements of our faculty members and students. As we recognize these achievements, we remember the efforts of those women and men who made this university a reality, and we…

Congratulations Dr. Crawford for being recognized as a 2021 Faculty Excellence Women’s History Month Honoree

March 5, 2021
 Every March, Faculty Excellence honors 31 women for their impact on students and UCF’s campus community. Honoree bios will be updated daily on the Provost’s website each day during the month of March to feature each woman and her accomplishments. Kaitlyn Crawford has contributed to at least 17 peer-reviewed research articles and has received…

Congratulations MSE faculty: Drs. Thomas, Leon, Davis for their research from Solar, Silk to sensing

February 11, 2021
UCF Funds Second Round of $1 million SEED Initiative to Support Faculty Research Thirty-seven teams are awarded grants to investigate a variety of research including the use of artificial intelligence to improve battery performance and gaming to develop leadership skills. Thirty-seven teams will be conducting research in a variety of areas including nanotechnology, energy, space,…

Dr. Hickman’s Lab on a Chip research highlighted in News Media

December 15, 2020
BIOFLORIDA: July 28 Hesperos demonstrates an innovative Human-on-a-Chip® approach to modeling the innate immune system response following tissue damage and acute inflammation. Read More…   BusinessWire: August 11 UCF Researchers Utilize Human-on-a-Chip® Approach to Model ALS Pathology. Read More…   Dr. Hickman’s group research highlighted in APL Bioengineering C. Oleaga, G. Jalilvand, G. Legters, C.…

Congratulations to MSE Faculty Kris Davis and his team!

November 24, 2020
UCF Researchers Selected for 4 Solar Awards from U.S. Department of Energy — Most of Any University Issued by the Solar Energy Technologies Office, the awards total $9.64 million and will be used on projects ranging from securing our nation’s power grids to optimizing solar energy. BY LAURA J. COLE | NOVEMBER 23, 2020 ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 20,…

Congratulations to MSE Faculty!

November 24, 2020
Top 2% of World Scientists Ranked by Stanford University. Yongho Sohn Linan An Sudipta Seal Link for the excel file This is the paper where they described the process

The American Ceramic Society 2020 Virtual Awards Celebration

October 7, 2020
Dr. Seal recognized as the 2020 American Ceramic Society Fellow at The American Ceramic Society 2020 Virtual Awards Celebration Dr. Kathleen Richardson received Greaves-Walker Lifetime Service Award at The American Ceramic Society 2020 Virtual Awards Celebration We congratulate all of the 2020 ACerS awardees and hope you enjoy watching the celebration! Link for the video

Making materials science work for all

October 1, 2020
Kathleen Richardson, Pegasus Professor at the University of Central Florida, discusses her career developing next-gen materials and her mentorship roles within this What is your favorite aspect of working with optical materials? It’s a ‘chemistry thing’ blended with a ‘people thing.’  What makes optical materials science so exciting is that the needs of any new…

MSE Alumni and Post-Doc Accepts Faculty Position

September 1, 2020
Dr. Le Zhou, who has been a familiar face around UCF MSE, will be leaving UCF to embark on the next career challenge, namely a tenure-track assistant professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Dr. Le Zhou earned his B.S. degree in materials science and engineering from Beihang University in 2010 and came to UCF…

Three MSE program faculty receives NSF CAREER award

August 7, 2020
Ellen Hyeran Kang, Xiaofeng Feng, Akihiro Kushima – Congratulations!!   UCF leads the state and ranks sixth in the nation for the number of National Science Foundation CAREER Award recipients in 2019. As of July 22, UCF confirmed 12 awards. In Florida, a total of 41 awards have been given so far, including seven to…

On Campus: Summer 2020

June 25, 2020
Here are a few of the people at UCF who are holding everything together — even during a pandemic. Sudipta Seal Professor and Chair for the Department of Materials Science and Engineering “We’re working to research if a nanoparticle coating can be applied to protective equipment to safely reuse supplies.”  

Engineer Named National Fellow for Work in Materials Science

June 12, 2020
Sudipta Seal is one of 23 fellows recognized for his contributions which have impacted the area of space, medicine and the environment. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | JUNE 11, 2020 Sudipta Seal is a Pegasus Professor, trustee chair and is affiliated with UCF’s Advanced Materials Processing Analysis Center and Nanoscience Technology Center, in addition to his role…

NSF highlights COVID 19 research

May 20, 2020
Backed by the National Science Foundation, researchers are working on developing a nanoparticle film that would “catch” and kill viruses to better protect healthcare providers. Protecting against COVID 19 As the pandemic rages on, it’s the first responders on the frontlines that are most at risk. A team of engineers at the University of Central…

MSE faculty as essential person during COVID 19

April 30, 2020
What it’s Like Being Essential Personnel at UCF During COVID-19 Meet some of the people at UCF who hold everything together — even in the worst of times. Sudipta Seal Chair and Professor of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering Chair for the NanoScience Technology Center and Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center We’ve seen a shortage of…

Congratulations to Dr. Akihiro Kushima for receiving the NSF CAREER award

February 12, 2020
His program will focus on understanding the fundamental reaction mechanisms in all-solid-state batteries to identify the root causes of the failures at the electrochemical interfaces. He will develop a novel in-situ transmission electron microscopy technique that enables precise evaluation of the interplay between the strain/stress evolutions and the changes in the microstructure/chemistry at the interface…

Dr. Seal receives the Albert Sauveur Achievement award from American Society of Materials (ASM Intl)

December 11, 2019
After a busy award-winning year, Dr. Sudipta Seal closed out 2019 with two more achievements for his distinguished work in his field: the Albert Sauveur Achievement Award from ASM International and Fellow Member honors from the Indian Institute of Metals. Dr. Seal is a Pegasus Professor, trustee chair and is affiliated with UCF’s Advanced Materials Processing Analysis Center and Nanoscience…

UCF, imec Developing Sensor to Detect Fires Remotely

December 5, 2019
The sensor will use terahertz waves to detect fire and chemicals whose unique molecular signatures can be determined based on how the waves interact with them. BY ROBERT WELLS | DECEMBER 3, 2019 Video: Homeland Security, FEMA partner with UCF to help improve firefighter safety Kausik Mukhopadhyay, a senior lecturer and researcher at UCF’s Department of Materials…

Dr. Yongho Sohn inducted into the UCF Scroll & Quill Society

October 9, 2019
Congratulations Dr. Yongho Sohn! The Scroll & Quill Induction Ceremony  will be on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 During Spring 2016, Faculty Excellence relaunched a streamlined and contemporary UCF Scroll & Quill Society. This society is based on two prestigious faculty clubs established in the 1980s to honor faculty members who brought recognition to the university…

UCF Engineering Chair Named Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry

July 17, 2019
Sudipta Seal, an engineering professor and chair of UCF’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been named a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, one of the oldest chemical societies in the world. “Getting recognized by the Royal Society of Chemistry is not only a humbling experience but will also create a lot…

Seal Visits Institute of Metal Research

June 13, 2019
Professor Sudipta Seal visited the Institute of Metal Research at the Chinese Academy of Sciences this past week. During the visit, Seal delivered a lecture titled “Nanoceria with engineered defects: Antioxidative Mimetic Enzymes.” In his lecture, he discussed the role of CNP to accelerate the wound healing process through reducing the oxidative/nitrosative damage and inducing a…

Seal to Receive Two International Awards

April 15, 2019
Sudipta Seal, an engineering professor and chair of UCF’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will receive two international awards in the coming months for his contributions to materials science research. He will receive the prestigious Materials Research Society Fellow award at the end of April during the society’s spring meeting. Seal will be the first…

Yang Featured in WFTV Channel 9 Consumer Report

April 10, 2019
A local mom wants answers after her son’s laptop started sparking and smoking just a year after buying it. She claims its lithium battery could have started a dangerous fire. Action 9’s Todd Ulrich found laptop fires are rare, but there have been many recalls and you could reduce the risk. Nicole Jordan kept the…

Tetard Receives NSF CAREER Award

March 15, 2019
Laurene Tetard, who is jointly appointed in the physics and materials science and engineering departments, has received an NSF CAREER Award. The award is worth $404,000, to be spread out over five years. The goal is to help the chemistry division develop an instrument for plasmonic-assisted nanomechanical detection for polarized spectroscopy and imaging.