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Congratulations to MSE Alum: Dr. Christina Drake on the Forbes List

Researcher Drake founded Kismet Technologies in 2019 with a mission of reducing pathogen spread via her patent-pending nanoRAD technology spray disinfectant, which she claims is non-toxic. The company claims its products safely kill viruses and bacteria on surfaces for a week or longer without reapplication as opposed to other disinfectants that only primarily work until… ...
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Solar Energy Innovators Program is now accepting applications!!

The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy  (EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office sponsors the Solar Energy Innovators Program (SEI) to enable selected applicants to conduct practical research on innovative solutions to the challenges faced by public utility commissions, utilities, and grid operators as the levels of solar energy, as well as other distributed energy resources (DERs),… ...
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Long-lasting Disinfectant Promises To Help Fight Pandemics

An alum and several researchers at UCF have used nanotechnology to develop the cleaning agent, which protects against seven viruses for up to seven days.       Researchers Drs. Christina Drake, Griff Parks, and Sudipta Seal worked to develop the technology that can continuously disinfect surfaces for up to seven days. UCF researchers have… ...
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Dr. Neelkanth G. Dhere in Memoriam

With great sadness, I am sharing the news of Dr. Neelkanth G. Dhere, who recently died of COVID while in India. I came to know this news from Dr. Davis. Dr. Dhere was with the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) at UCF and contributed to our MSE program since we started in 2000. He hired… ...
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UCF Awarded $800,000 Grant to Establish Center on Materials Research and Education

Materials research is of national interest because it promises to address many challenges from quantum communications to energy generation. The grant is expected to accelerate research and will also establish an exchange program that will benefit four UCF doctoral students and 10-12 undergraduates. The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Central Florida… ...
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MSE Senior Natalie Crutchfield receives 2021 George A. Roberts Scholarship from ASM

MSE starting-senior Ms. Natalie Crutchfield is one of the recipients of the 2021 George A. Roberts Scholarship award from ASM Material Education Foundation. The award carries a certificate of recognition and $6,000 cash award towards education expenses for one academic year. Natalie was nominated by Dr. Mukhopadhyay from the MSE dept. for the scholarship award.… ...
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Dr. Yang’s recently published paper has been cited by DOE, BES

Department Of Energy’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States. Producing hydrogen from seawater could create a sustainable fuel. But it's been hard for scientists to do in an effective way. Researchers @UCF used @EMSLscience to develop a stable, long-lasting nanoscale material that… ...
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Jung Group’s Paper Featured on the Front Cover of Advanced Electronic Materials

Quote from the journal: In article 2100395, Yeonwoong Jung and coworkers report the deterministic van der Waals assembly of wafer-scale 2D and 3D free-standing membranes by exploring their capillary force-driven spontaneous delamination inside water. The assembled near atom thickness 2D/3D hetero-membranes exhibit an excellent combination of large mechanical flexibility and high photoresponsiveness at a wide range… ...
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Mini-Symposium on Bioelectronics

Dr. Rajaraman is co-hosting (along with Prof. Jack Judy of UF) an online mini-symposium on bioelectronics for pain and addiction research. The symposium features talks from leading experts in this field including Prof. Hickman from UCF/Hesperos. Please Register More Information ...
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Congratulations to our Alumni, Dr. Elizabeth Barrios on the Space Award!!

SGAC announces the winners of the Space Generation Leadership Award (SGLA) 2021 One of the main missions of SGAC is to facilitate access to the world’s major space conferences for young professionals and students. The Space Generation Leadership Award enables five outstanding SGAC members to attend the 19th Space Generation Congress and the 72nd International Astronautical Congress in Dubai, United… ...
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MSE professor Kaitlyn Crawford receives UCF-imec Seed Funding to Investigate Nano and Digital Technologies. Congrats!

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… ...
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UCF Researchers Develop New Nanomaterial to Derive Clean Fuel from the Sea

The material offers the high performance and stability needed for industrial-scale electrolysis, which could produce a clean energy fuel from seawater.   Researchers at the University of Central Florida have designed for the first time a nanoscale material that can efficiently split seawater into oxygen and a clean energy fuel — hydrogen. Photo credit: Adobe… ...
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Congratulations, 2021 SURF and OUR Student Research Award Recipients!

Ms. Rhondra Giscombe Mr. Earnest Swan MSE Junior Ms. Rhondra Giscombe received the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence Fellowship (SURF) in the amount of $1500 to develop and investigate “Solids and Liquid Repellency in Omniphobic  Coatings” with Dr. Mukhopadhyay. SURF Fellows participate in independent research and creative projects in collaboration with UCF Faculty during the… ...
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Congratulations to MSE UG student Steven Meikle: 3rd place finalist in Siemens Energy 1st Annual Clean Energy Competition

Steven Meikle participated in the Siemens Energy 1st Annual Clean Energy Competition and was selected as a finalist, received a $1,000 research grant to start prototyping biohybrid dye-sensitized solar cells. He became 3rd or top 1.1% applicant status worldwide. Finalists are listed here: Siemens Energy 1st Annual Competition Information Link  ...
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CECS-COM collaborations and recent pilot funding

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

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… ...
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Undergraduate Scholarships available to MSE

Since 1953, the ASM Materials Education Foundation has awarded scholarships totaling over $1.3 million. Currently, they award up to 20 scholarships annually. Most awards include a certificate of recognition and stipend to attend our annual awards ceremony. The application deadline is June 30th. 16 scholarships are available 2 awards up to $10,000 5 awards of… ...
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Congratulations to MSE graduates: Spring 21

PhD Craig Neal – (Advisor: Seal) MS Thesis Sofia Nucci – (Advisor: Sohn ) MS Kayla Chew Matthew Neason Ross Osborne – (Advisor: Gaume) MS – Online Karena Edun Katelyn Sowards ...
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Congratulations, 2021 SURF Award Recipients!

Two undergraduate students in Dr. Crawford’s lab, Meryl Wiratmo, and Brandon Ortiz received UCF SURF awards for Summer 2021 to conduct research on nonlinear optic polymers.   Meryl Wiratmo Brandon Ortiz ...
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Jung group’s collaborative research led to publications in Advanced Materials and ACS Nano

Jung group’s collaborative research with scientists at University of Texas – Austin led to publications in top materials science journals, Advanced Materials and ACS Nano. The Advanced Materials paper titled “A Library of Atomically Thin 2D Materials Featuring the Conductive‐Point Resistive Switching Phenomenon” reports on memory switching effects in  the near-atom thickness 2D materials developed… ...
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Army lab and Prof. Yongho Sohn, lead researcher at the University of Central Florida, optimize 3D printing process

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. – Army researchers collaborated with academic partners from the University of Central Florida to improve additive manufacturing. This partnership may help deliver extreme lightweight components to future Soldiers. By optimizing the printing process for the additive manufacturing of a high-strength magnesium alloy and fabricating 24 micro-lattice structures, researchers characterized the compressive… ...
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2 UCF Professors Inducted into Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine of Florida

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… ...
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Congratulations to Ashley Santana, an undergraduate researcher that worked in Crawford Lab for receiving an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and full tuition scholarship to NYU’s Biotechnology MS Program for fall 2021

Ashley Santana Majors: Biotechnology and biomedical sciences Ashley is one of 16 undergraduates at UCF to receive the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship in 2021. Webpage: https://www.ucf.edu/news/16-knights-earn-nsf-graduate-research-fellowships-most-in-ucf-history/ University Involvement: McNair Scholar, member of the Student Undergraduate Research Council, transfer student peer mentor for the Office of Undergraduate Research, former vice president for the Eureka Research Society, and a… ...
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Prof. Crawford gave an invited talk at the Spring 2021 Virtual MRS Conference

Prof. Crawford was invited by the Bioelectronics – Fundamentals and Applications organizers to give a talk at the Spring 2021 Virtual MRS Conference on April 21st. Her talk highlighted recent discoveries made by the Crawford Lab on nonlinear optic polymers. ...
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Prof. Jung delivered an invited speech at ACS meeting

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… ...
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Congratulations to MSE Graduate student Kausik Sambath and team of researchers for best poster in TMS 2021

The work “Probing Structural Changes of 2D Supercapacitor Electrode by Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy” presented by Kausik Sambath in “Advanced Materials for Energy Conversion and Storage VII poster session” is selected as the best poster at the TMS 2021 conference. TMS2021 Poster Certificate First Place – Energy Conversion and Storage VII ...
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Congratulations to Nidhi (Mahajan) Bhardawaj MS (2005) (Advisor Dr. J Fang) for the 2021 CECS Distinguished Alumni award

Nidhi (Mahajan) Bhardwaj ’05 M.S., MSE Nidhi (Mahajan) Bhardwaj is a senior project manager in the Portfolio Strategy and Integration Department of Bristol Myer Squibb in the New York City metropolitan area. After earning her master’s degree in Material Science and Engineering at UCF, she started her career at the biotechnology industry giant Amgen in… ...
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Congratulations to MSE PhD student Lin Hu for Outstanding Dissertation Award

Dr. Lin Hu, 2021 Founders’ Day Honoree Dr. Lin Hu received the Outstanding Dissertation Award and was recognized as one of the 2021 Founders’ Day Honorees (https://www.ucf.edu/news/2021-founders-day-honorees/). He completed his doctoral research with Prof. Xiaofeng Feng, with a focus on catalytic materials for electrochemical energy conversion. He revealed structure-activity relationships of metal catalysts for the… ...
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Congratulations to Linan, Raj, Yongho and Kirk for their 20 year dedicated service to UCF

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

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… ...
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MSE Alum lands investment on nanotechnology research

Orlando, Fla. (March 1, 2021) – While many small businesses struggle to find funding, sometimes it just comes in the most peculiar ways. Just ask Christina Drake, owner and founder of Kismet Technologies, which is developing a next-generation residual surface disinfectant spray using nanotechnology. The company recently received a $250,000 investment from North Carolina businessman and pastor… ...
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MSE among the 30 UCF Graduate Programs Rank Among the Best in the Nation

U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Graduate Schools rankings once again reflect UCF’s excellence in emergency and crisis management, engineering, public administration, and other disciplines. Thirty UCF graduate programs and areas have been recognized among the nation’s best, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Graduate Schools Rankings. UCF’s Master of Emergency and Crisis… ...
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Congratulations to Jodi Elder: CECS Fall 2020 Employee of the Fall Semester.

Jodi Elder has been working in the MSE department for 7 ½ years. She is the MSE Human Resources Liaison and the Budget/Financial Accounts Administrator. She consistently strives to be responsive to faculty, staff, and students in addressing their needs related to human resources, financials, and many other departmental activities on time.   ...
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Congratulations! Dr. Rajaraman’s paper made the Highlights of 2020

Dr. Rajaraman’s paper, an invited review on 2D and 3D Microelectrode Arrays was chosen by the editors of the Institute of Physics Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering as one of the highlights of 2020. These articles provide an example of the high quality, innovative and interesting work that was published in the journal last year.… ...
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Congratulations Ashley Santana, an undergraduate researcher, for receiving the 2020 Barry Goldwater Scholarship

Ashley Santana, an undergraduate researcher from the Crawford lab receives a highly competitive 2020 Goldwater Scholarship. The awards go to juniors or sophomores who show promise in becoming research leaders in fields such as science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. https://www.ucf.edu/news/2-students-receive-goldwater-scholarships/   Ashley Santana, biomedical sciences and biotechnology major, have received the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater Scholarship,… ...
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Congratulations Dr. Crawford for being recognized as a 2021 Faculty Excellence Women’s History Month Honoree

 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. https://provost.ucf.edu/news/faculty/2021-womens-history-month-honorees/ Kaitlyn Crawford has contributed to at least 17 peer-reviewed research articles and has received… ...
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Congratulations to MSE PhD student for winning UCF Scholarships.

Ph.D. student Udit Kumar from Seal Nanotechnology lab won UCF Scholarships ...
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Congratulations to MSE student team (Runner up) at UCF Technology Ventures Symposium

The UCF Technology Ventures Symposium is designed to connect innovative UCF student startups, faculty researchers, established entrepreneurs, venture investors, and anyone else who dreams of being part of “the next big thing” in Orlando. The one-day virtual conference uncovers little-known, big-potential technology startups created by UCF students, faculty, and alumni for potential investment. The symposium’s… ...
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Congratulations MSE faculty: Drs. Thomas, Leon, Davis for their research from Solar, Silk to sensing

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,… ...
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UCF Alumni on A mission to Create 300 Female Community Health Ambassadors in India (while providing livelihoods to female artisans)

One of the biggest challenges posed by the Pandemic to mankind is the loss of livelihoods, further widening of the gender inequalities, and major reliance on government networks for health-related awareness. Parisodhana Technologies, a company incorporated in India by two University of Central Florida Alumni, Dr. Satyanarayana VN T Kuchibhatla and Dr. Ajay Karakoti, responded… ...
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Congratulations to Prof. Sohn

Prof. Yongho Sohn received the 2020 Engineer of the Year Award from the Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA), presented by the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies (KOFST). His contributions to the development of metallic alloys for 3D printing and low-enriched metallic nuclear fuels were cited for the award. He now joins a… ...
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Congratulations to Dr. Hyer for his next career in Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Dr. Holden Hyer, who has completed his Ph.D. in December 2020 under supervision from Dr. Yongho Sohn has started an exciting professional career at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) as an R&D Staff, starting February 2021. Holden leads the first successful effort in the United States to produce fully dense WE43 Magnesium alloy with laser… ...
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UCF-Developed Seawater Battery is Safer for People and Environment

Current lithium-ion batteries contain solvents that are flammable and toxic. BY ROBERT WELLS | FEBRUARY 4, 2021 One application of seawater batteries could be to power undersea vehicles. Photo credit: Adobe Stock University of Central Florida researchers have helped develop a new, seawater-based battery that’s safer for humans and the environment than the fire-prone lithium-ion batteries that… ...
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Congratulations MSE PhD student (Advisor: Prof. Feng) for winning the CECS graduate excellence award

Lin Hu was working on electrocatalytic materials for renewable energy conversion during his graduate research with Dr. Xiaofeng Feng. His research focused on understanding the structure-activity relationships and underlying mechanisms for electrochemical ammonia synthesis and carbon dioxide recycling using renewable electricity. ...
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MSE alumni from Prof. Jung’s group accept faculty position at prestigious university in Korea

Dr. Jung Han Kim, a former post-doc in Prof. Yeonwoong (Eric) Jung’s group, will join the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at Dong-A University in South Korea as a tenure-track faculty.  Dong-A University is a highly prestigious research-oriented private university in Busan,  the second-largest city in South Korea. Dr. Kim worked in Prof. Jung’s lab… ...
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Congratulations to MSE Graduate Student S. Shah (Advisor: Dr. Lorraine Leon): Dean’s Dissertation Fellowship Award

Mr. Sachit Shah is working on nanoscale polyelectrolyte complex micelles for their potential application as carriers of nucleic acids and proteins for targeted drug delivery. He is also investigating the effects of added temperature-responsive functionality as a controlled-release trigger and the molecular dynamics of the carriers and their cargo. ...
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Congratulations to MSE Prof Eric Jung’s graduate student Emmanue Okogbue

Emmanuel Okogbue got selected as a finalist for the Lemelson-MIT competition.   This’s an extremely competitive & prestigious platform, only selecting a very small number of top grad students nation-wide. If the process is the same as in previous years, there are about 3 finalists in each category out of > 100 applicants. A small number… ...
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Dr. Hickman’s Lab on a Chip research highlighted in News Media

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.… ...
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Congratulations to Prof. J. Hickman (NSTC, Chemistry and MSE)

Prof. J. Hickman (NSTC, Chemistry, and MSE) is Elected as a Fellow, National Academy of Inventors (NAI) https://academyofinventors.org/fellows/   ...
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Jannatul Ferdous Mousumi received an award at the MRS Fall 2020 Meeting

Mrs. Mousumi is awarded as one of the best 5 speakers in the silicon for photovoltaics symposium at the MRS Fall 2020 Meeting. She is a graduate student working in Dr. Kristopher Davis’s research group. This year she has been awarded as one of the best five presenters in the silicon for photovoltaics symposium at… ...
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Dr. Rajaraman’s paper made the cover page of Biosensors

Dr. Rajaraman’s paper C. Hart, C. Didier, F. Sommerhage and S. Rajaraman*, “Biocompatibility of Blank, Post-Processed and Coated 3D Printed Resin Structures with Electrogenic Cells”, Biosensors, 10, 152, 2020. {COVER ISSUE}  : https://www.mdpi.com/2079-6374/10/11/152 made the cover page of Biosensors: https://www.mdpi.com/2079-6374/10/11   ...
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Graduate Student Corbin G. Feit, from Banerjee Group, received the SVC Foundation scholarship

Mr. Corbin Feit received the SVC Foundation scholarship from the Society of Vacuum Coaters in the amount of $2,500 for Spring 2021. The SVC Foundation has recognized Corbin as an enterprising student who has an interest in furthering his education in the field of vacuum coating technology. Corbin is a Ph.D. candidate in Material Sciences… ...
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MSE research is highlighted in UCF’s 10 ten research stories

  Stories about Arecibo, COVID-19, using judo to help children with autism succeed, the importance of workplace gratitude, a rotating detonation rocket propulsion system, and detecting cancer were among the most read UCF research stories of 2020. The world was dealt some major blows in 2020, and this was reflected in what made the list… ...
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Scientist using nanoparticles to create long-lasting disinfectant spray

ORLANDO, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – When was the last time you read the label on a commercial cleaning product or let a surface you wiped down dry completely? To be 99.9% effective, these products must be used correctly and frequently. But what if there was a better way? COVID-19 has made us all painfully aware of… ...
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Congratulations to MSE Faculty Kris Davis and his team!

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,… ...
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Congratulations to MSE Faculty!

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 ...
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Dr. Seal Research on the Cover of the Biomaterials Science

Silk fibroin nanofibrous mats for visible sensing of oxidative stress in cutaneous wounds Abstract Wound healing is of major clinical concern and is constantly being explored for early restoration and enhanced recovery. While the etiology of the wound healing is multifactorial, high inflammation and increased oxidative stress which results in chronic inflammation, endothelial dysfunction and… ...
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2020 Health Innovators

South Florida Business Journal is recognizing our team (Christina Drake, Sudipta Seal, and Dr. Griffith Parks) as 2020 health innovators! read more ...
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Ms. Kasey Rigby won the CECS HUT scholarship award

Ms. Kasey Rigby received the Burnett Honors College HUT scholarship in the amount of $1,000 for Fall 2020. Kasey is a junior majoring in Biomedical Sciences and has been working with Dr. Kausik Mukhopadhyay for her Honors undergraduate thesis through research in the MSE department. Based on Kasey’s excellent work in the Honors Undergraduate Thesis (HUT) program,… ...
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Two MSE students received two prestigious awards

Elizabeth Barrio (a NASA Research Fellow) just received the Luigi G. Napolitano Award.  “The Luigi G. Napolitano Award is presented annually by the Space Education and Outreach Committee (SEOC) of the International Astronautical Federation to a young scientist, below 30 years of age, who has contributed significantly to the advancement of the aerospace science and… ...
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UCF MSE Alum Dr. A. Kumar receives “Emerging Leaders” award

During the IMAPS2020 event held last week, Dr. Kumar was chosen for the prestigious “Emerging Leaders” award this year by the IMAPS society. IMAPS is the leading international microelectronics and electronic packaging society representing more than 3,000 members around the world in the US, European, and Asian chapters. The Emerging Leaders Award recognizes significant contributions… ...
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The American Ceramic Society 2020 Virtual Awards Celebration

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 ...
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Florida Association for Nanotechnology

Our students are Honorably Mentioned the UCF student winner/category. Materials, Devices, and Enabling Technologies Awards Honorable Mention  Udit Kumar (Graduate student) University of Central Florida Postdoc Awards Honorable Mention Aadithya Jeyaranjan University of Central Florida Undergraduate Awards Runner Up Michael Hnatiuk University of Central Florida ...
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Making materials science work for all

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… ...
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UCF Researchers are Helping Develop Rapid, Longer Lasting COVID Disinfectant

The disinfectant spray will use UCF-developed cerium oxide nanoparticles that have been shown to have a wide range of therapeutic properties. Current disinfectant products for killing viruses like coronavirus take minutes to fully sanitize surfaces, which isn’t practical on high-contact areas such as door handles, elevators and bannisters. That’s why the University of Central Florida… ...
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SEMINAR SERIES: NAMCS Seminars Start this week

The MSE department is participating in the North American Materials Colloquium Series. For more information on NAMCS seminars please visit namcs.org.  The NAMCS seminars begin this week.  UCF MSE department is encouraging attendance on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11 at 4 pm.  Friday’s seminar is titled “Imagining of Chemical Short-range Order and Its Impact on Deformation in… ...
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MSE Graduate Orientation Day: 4th Sep 2020

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MSE Alumni and Post-Doc Accepts Faculty Position

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… ...
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MSE researcher wins UCF AI/ML grant for COVID 19 Research

The Office of Research, College of Engineering and Computer Science, College of Sciences, and College of Business invest in research projects through the new UCF Initiative. Five research teams using Artificial Intelligence and Big Data have been awarded a total of $185,000 to conduct COVID-19-related research. Establishing the awards was the first act of UCF’s new… ...
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MSE research on solar energy technologies featured on the cover of physica status solidi (a)

Research from the MSE and Chemistry departments at UCF has been featured on the cover of physica status solidi (a). This work was carried out by Geoffrey Gregory (Graduate Student, MSE), Corbin Feit (Graduate Student, MSE), Zhengning Gao (Postdoctoral Researcher, MSE), Prof. Parag Banerjee (Associate Professor, MSE and REACT Cluster), Prof. Titel Jurca (Assistant Professor, Chemistry… ...
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Three MSE program faculty receives NSF CAREER award

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… ...
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Congratulations to Pamela Ross – Employee of the Semester

Dr. Seal: “Pamela is an integral part of the MSE education program forward in the 21st century”   ...
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On Campus: Summer 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.”   ...
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Graduate Programs in Material Science and Engineering

Materials science and engineering centralize multiple disciplines: materials science, metallurgy, physics, biology, chemistry, nuclear engineering, and mechanical engineering. UCF researchers in the field have contributed to scientific advances as diverse as medicine and space exploration. UCF’s MSE graduates are sought-after by industry. Many become entrepreneurs by securing patents and starting promising companies. THE UCF DIFFERENCE… ...
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Engineer Named National Fellow for Work in Materials Science

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… ...
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How to reopen research labs – Follow guidelines

Overview COVID-19 has impacted all of us in some way. The disruptions shut down most of our research operations in March, and I know you have been eagerly awaiting word on when you can get back. I appreciate your patience. Since April I have been working with a dedicated team of faculty researchers, administrators and… ...
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NSF highlights COVID 19 research

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… ...
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Dr. Fang’s research featured on the cover of the Journal of Physical Chemistry and Journal of Materials Chemistry

Dr. Fang’s research on the design and synthesis of stimuli-responsive supramolecular assemblies for biosensing and drug delivery is recently featured on the cover of the Journal of Physical Chemistry and Journal of Materials Chemistry. ...
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Zoom CECS seminar series

Our two faculty were the speakers in our Zoom CECS seminar series ...
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MSE faculty as essential person during COVID 19

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… ...
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MSE Faculty Delivers Remote Lab Instruction using Innovative and Resourceful Approach

Featured in UCF News: https://tinyurl.com/yb5ohw7t UCF Faculty, Students Get Creative to Finish Unprecedented Semester As the spring semester nears its end, here’s a look at some of the resourceful ways students and faculty have adapted to online learning. Dissecting honeybees via Zoom, using a glass shower door as a whiteboard and creating a virtual art… ...
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UCF Launches Searchable Database for COVID-19-Related Research Opportunities

The Office of Research has launched a searchable database for UCF faculty and scientists. Agencies have put out calls for proposals, but with hundreds of agencies and multiple opportunities with their own specific requirements, it can be daunting to find a good match. The database offers UCF faculty and scientists a quick way to search using… ...
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“Dynamic 3D Microelectrodes” just got published in the Nature Microsystems and Nanoengineering

Wearables: Stretchable microstructures for microelectrode sensors A unique method to make wearable electronics using flexible microstructures have been explored and characterized by researchers in the United States. Wearable devices such as sensors or power generators require stable, stretchable electronics, otherwise, their electrical performance will degrade when they are deformed. Prof. Swaminathan Rajaraman (Assistant Professor, MSE)… ...
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New Bachelor’s Degree in Materials Science and Engineering to Begin in Fall

Graduates of the new degree are sought by employers in a wide variety of high-tech industries such as space, defense, electronics, energy and medicine. BY KIMBERLY J. LEWIS | APRIL 8, 2020   Undergraduate engineering students have a new degree option at the University of Central Florida with the addition of a bachelor’s degree program in materials science… ...
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UCF Scientists Seek Novel Material to Kill COVID-19

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. BY WENDY SARUBBI & ZENAIDA KOTALA | APRIL 8, 2020 Scientists from two disciplines join forces to help healthcare providers protect themselves from COVID-19. Masks that protect doctors and nurses from COVID-19… ...
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Congratulations to Medical Student: David Gittes

UCF Student Wins National Public Health Award The U.S. Department of Human and Health Services recognized second-year medical student David Gittess (FIRE student from UCF COM, working with Dr. Seal) for his work with clinics that serve Apopka farmworkers and downtown Orlando’s homeless population. BY CHRISTIN SENIOR | APRIL 1, 2020 Before arriving at UCF in 2018,… ...
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Congratulations to Dr. Kramer – Member of the MSE Industrial Advisory Board

Announcing the 2020 Class of Inventors! For the full biographies of 2020 Inductees, please visit the Florida Inventors website. ...
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MSE ranks in 50s – 2021 US News Ranking

UCF’s online programs are ranked, as some of the top in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings are based on the publication’s 2020 Best Online Programs rankings, which assess schools based on student engagement, online learning technologies and support, faculty credentials and training, and the program’s reputation among other universities.No. 12 in Best… ...
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Undergraduate Researchers awarded OUR Student Research Group Grant

A team of undergraduate researchers mentored by Dr. Kausik Mukhopadhyay was awarded the OUR Student Research Group Grant in the amount of $1500 for their project, “Electrochemical studies of Hybrid Membranes with Antimicrobial Efficacy”. The grant was funded the UCF’s Office of Undergraduate Research to Dr. Mukhopadhyay through the MSE department. The all-undergraduate team comprised… ...
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Congratulations Sharon Park ’19, Materials Science and Engineering (College of Engineering and Computer Science) for Order of Pegasus Award

UCF’s most prestigious student award is based on academic achievement, university involvement, leadership and community service. BY GENE KRUCKEMYER ’73 | FEBRUARY 19, 2020   Twenty-four students —– ranging in disciplines from engineering to biology to education and more —– have been named as 2020 recipients of the Order of Pegasus, UCF’s most prestigious student… ...
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UCF Chapter of AVS visits ANCORP

On Jan 21, 2020, members of the UCF chapter of AVS, composed of students from MSE, Chemisty, and Physics, attended a high vacuum demonstration and tour at ANCORP in nearby Williston, FL. The tour answered key questions such as, What is High Vacuum? Why do we want to create a vacuum? How is it used? How is… ...
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Dr. Sinnott seminar

“Classical Atomic-scale Methods in Material Design and Discovery” was the title of Dr. Sinnott seminar on February 21, 2020   ...
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Congratulations to Dr. Akihiro Kushima for receiving the NSF CAREER award

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… ...
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New hydrogel bandages with sustained drug release show promise in diabetic wound care

“Current products on the market for diabetic foot ulcers are not meeting the clinical need,” Chemical & Biological Engineering Associate Professor Melissa Krebs said. Postdoctoral researcher Matthew Osmond works with the hydrogel bandage material in the lab as Chemical & Biological Engineering Associate Professor Melissa Krebs observes. Hydrogel bandages designed to slowly release medication that reduces… ...
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Deepak Pandey, Ph.D. Scholar, Received “Young Researcher Award” at ICNAN’2019

At 2nd International Conference on Nanoscience and Nanotechnology-2019 (ICNAN ’19), VIT Vellore, India, the attendees came from 25+ Countries and participated with more than 1000 student applicants and 400+ presenters. More than 525 research papers were submitted, and over 60 globally renowned speakers gave their talk. Out of 1000 student applicants and more than 400… ...
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Artificial Intelligence May Help Scientists Make Spray-on Solar Cells

UCF researchers have developed an AI system that can identify formulas for creating liquid solar cells, which potentially could allow them to be painted on bridges, houses, and skyscrapers. BY ZENAIDA GONZALEZ KOTALA | DECEMBER 16, 2019 Thomas joined UCF in 2011. His previous work resulted in a variety of innovations, including material that could help keep… ...
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MSE Student received the UCF Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship

MSE Ph.D. student Aadithya Jeyaranjan has been awarded the UCF Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship. This fellowship provides a stipend of $10,000, tuition support, and health insurance for Spring 2020. This award is college nominated and is intended for students in their final semester of graduate education who have a realistic expectation of degree completion… ...
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Happy Holidays from UCF-MSE

On behalf of Dr. Sudipta Seal and the entire Materials Science and Engineering Department: ...
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Dr. Seal receives the Albert Sauveur Achievement award from American Society of Materials (ASM Intl)

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… ...
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UCF Researchers Work to Design Zero-Emission Fuel Sources

Metal-air batteries are longer lasting than the often-used lithium-ion batteries found in electric cars. BY ROBERT WELLS | DECEMBER 9, 2019 Yang Yang, an assistant professor at UCF’s NanoScience Technology Center, is researching environmentally friendly fuel sources. University of Central Florida researchers are working to improve energy sources for zero-emission, electric vehicles that are an… ...
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UCF FSEC’s Fenton on the news Experts: Solar energy offering cheaper, cleaner energy alternative for Floridians

Watch at Welsh2-TV Solar panels could save you hundreds of dollars a month, but is the initial investment worth the cost in the long run? In the past few years, Florida’s solar industry has started to take off. “We’re building almost a nuclear power plant worth of solar every year in the state of Florida,”… ...
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UCF, imec Developing Sensor to Detect Fires Remotely

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… ...
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Omar Ahmed won the award at the UCF 3MT PhD research competition

The second 3MT Winner is By: Carreen Krapf on November 15, 2019 01:00 pm Frogs on fire, copper versus silicon, motivating volunteer combat fighters and lithium car batteries were just a few of the topics at the Second UCF Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition in the Live Oak Room. An event co-sponsored by the College… ...
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UCF at Nano Florida conference

In the last week’s Nano Florida conference, UCF student Emmanuel Okogbue received the 1st prize for his presentation in the Nanomaterials & devices session.  He was also selected to be the sole 1st prize winner with the highest score (i.e., 100) across entire sessions – out of a total of 133 contestants. His advisor is… ...
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MSE Student, Faculty, Staff get together

Student designed the T-Shirts, and we had many activities at Lake Claire ...
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Florida Hall of Fame Exhibit at USF

– Dr. Seal an inductee of the Hall of Fame, research showcase at the exhibit. ...
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Congratulations!! To Dr Catherine Kammerer

Distinguished Alumna Catherine Kammerer, Ph.D. ’13 M.S., MSE; ’15 Ph.D., MSE (Advisor: Prof. Sohn) Catherine “Cathy” Kammerer, Ph.D., is a Senior Engineering Manager at Aerojet Rocketdyne, West Palm Beach, Florida. She provides materials characterization, process development, manufacturing, and other design support functions of rocket engines by developing innovative materials and process solutions to meet the… ...
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Distinguished Seminar Series

Prof Donald Morelli Michigan State University delivering MSE Dist. Speaker Lecture. Seminar flyer ...
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MSE Halloween Exhibit

Congratulations to MSE Staff. ...
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Congratulations Prof. Fang

9 Luminary Award Recipients Honored for Making an Impact on the World The third annual awards recognize researchers for being academic leaders making an impact on the world through their studies and scholarship.By Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala | October 24, 2019 The University of Central Florida honored nine outstanding faculty members Wednesday during the third annual… ...
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UCF Researchers Make Super Stretchable E-Material Using Kirigami, Nanotechnology

By combining the ancient Japanese art of paper cutting with science, this new material could have applications ranging from smart jackets to solar cells. BY ROBERT WELLS | OCTOBER 14, 2019   Yeonwoong Jung, an assistant professor in UCF’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering conceived of the new technique that’s combining art and engineering. He works… ...
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Dr. Yongho Sohn inducted into the UCF Scroll & Quill Society

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… ...
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MSE Distinguished Seminar

Prof C Koch, NAE, NSCU – speaking at the CECS Distinguished Seminar speaker series/MSE Distinguished Seminar – to a packed CECS/MSE audience. ...
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MS&T 2019 meeting

UCF students Sharron and Tin, at MS&T 2019 meeting, Largest Materials Science Eng meeting with Dept Chair. The Materials Science & Technology (MS&T) technical meeting and exhibition is the long-standing, recognized forum for fostering technical innovation at the intersection of materials science, engineering, and application. Each year, MS&T brings together scientists, engineers, students, suppliers, and… ...
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Congratulations to Kari, Jodi, Sandy and Angie

  UCF Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering (@UCFMSE) tweeted at 5:01 PM on Wed, Sep 25, 2019:Congratulations to Kari, Jodi, Sandy, Angie for their 30, 5, 5, 20 yrs great service, and their contribution to AMPAC and MSE department. https://t.co/KJGT5I5TIG(https://twitter.com/UCFMSE/status/1176964995176747009?s=09) ...
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UCF Researcher Works to Make Safer Electric Vehicles

The key to the safer fuel cells is the use of platinum; however, the high cost of the precious metal has kept the technology too expensive. This is a problem Yang has worked to overcome. BY ROBERT WELLS | SEPTEMBER 25, 2019 Dr. Yang Yang is working to create fuel cells that could lead to safer electric… ...
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MSE Meet and Greet

MSE Meet and Greet: Excellent interaction between MSE faculty, staff, graduates and new undergraduates, researchers. A glimpse of the day.   ...
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Lorraine Leon, Ph.D. has been selected as a 2019 Emerging Investigator by the Journal of Materials Chemistry B. 

Lorraine Leon, Ph.D. has been selected as a 2019 Emerging Investigator by the Journal of Materials Chemistry B. She and her student, Sachit Shah, published a paper for this special issue: https://pubs.rsc.org/en/journals/articlecollectionlanding?sercode=tb&themeid=880888f9-e71f-4dcc-bfdb-ff54cf2776ff The actual article landing page is here: https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2019/tb/c9tb01194c#!divAbstract Other publications this year include: https://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/24/5/868   Structural transitions and encapsulation selectivity of thermoresponsive polyelectrolyte… ...
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NSF Program Manager speaking at UCF

“Guidance to Achieving Success with Proposals: A Program Director’s View” Shubhra Gangopadhyay, Ph.D. C.W. LaPierre Endowed Chair, University of Missouri College of Engineering Aug. 19  | Research I, Room 101 | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. View the flier.  ...
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UCF Engineering Chair Named Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry

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… ...
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Florczyk Lab Publishes Research in Biomaterials

Researchers from the Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering and Cancer Research Lab, led by Dr. Steve Florczyk, published an article “3D porous chitosan-alginate scaffold stiffness promotes differential responses in prostate cancer cell lines” in Biomaterials, the top biomaterials journal with a 2018 impact factor of 10.273. The article demonstrated that prostate cancer cell lines responded differently… ...
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MSE Minor Student Wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Minh-Chau Le, a senior Mechanical Engineering and MSE minor student, won an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Ms. Le conducted her undergraduate research on breast cancer culture in biomaterial scaffolds in the Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering and Cancer Research Lab, led by Dr. Steve Florczyk. The fellowship provides three years of tuition and stipend to support… ...
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Seal Visits Institute of Metal Research

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… ...
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Graduate Student Takes First Place at Statewide Competition

Successful UCF graduate students from this year’s Graduate Research Forum and 3-Minute Thesis Competitions presented their research and competed for top honors in the state this week at the Statewide Graduate Student Research Symposium. The symposium, hosted by the Florida International University on behalf of the Florida Council of Graduate Deans, aims to promote the… ...
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Le Receives Honorable Mention for Goldwater Scholarship

Minh-Chau N. Le, a mechanical engineering major and materials science and engineering minor, was named an honorable mention for the Goldwater Scholarship. The Goldwater Scholarship is a prestigious scholarship that seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming the United States’ next generation of research leaders in the… ...
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Seal to Receive Two International Awards

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… ...
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Graduate Students Win at Research Forum

Two of Assistant Professor Elizabeth Brisbois’ graduate students won awards for their posters at the Graduate Research Forum: Manjyot Kaur Chug — “Integration of Antifouling and Nitric Oxide Releasing-Polymer for Enhanced Biocompatibility of Insulin Cannula.” Manjyot has been selected to represent UCF at the statewide Graduate  Research Forum next week. Corbin Feit — “Development of… ...
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Yang Featured in WFTV Channel 9 Consumer Report

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… ...
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UCF Researchers Developing Sensor to Detect Brain Disorders in Seconds

Using nanotechnology, UCF researchers have developed the first rapid detector for dopamine, a chemical that is believed to play a role in various diseases such as Parkinson’s, depression and some cancers. Studies show too much dopamine could be associated with some cancers, while low dopamine could be associated with Parkinson’s disease and depression.  The new… ...
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Tetard Receives NSF CAREER Award

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. ...
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Alumnus Wins NSF CAREER Award

Materials science and engineering alumnus Stephen Nonnenmann has been awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his work in the area of defect chemistry. Nonnenmann works as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Massachussetts-Amherst, and is now seeking exceptional, highly-motivated undergraduate or master’s-level students who are interested in working on… ...
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Materials Science and Engineering Ranked Among Top 100 in Nation

UCF’s graduate nursing programs saw the biggest improvements in the rankings this year, moving up more than 25 points from last year. Twenty-seven UCF programs were nationally ranked today in the top 100 of their fields by U.S. News & World Report, and 35 graduate programs total were included in the publication’s 2020 Best Graduate Schools edition. This… ...
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Feng Named UCF’s First Sloan Research Fellow

Xiaofeng Feng has been named a Sloan Research Fellow, the first for the University of Central Florida. The award recognizes early career scientists that demonstrate high promise. Past Sloan Research Fellows have gone on to do big things. Collectively they have received 47 Nobel Prizes, 17 Fields Medals in mathematics, 69 National Medals of Science… ...
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Assistant Professor Wins NSF CAREER Award

Assistant Professor Tania Roy has been named a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s CAREER Award. The award will fund Roy’s research on artificial neurons and synapses. She and her research team are developing them using two-dimensional graphene heterostructures for neuromorphic computing. This means that, in the future, researchers will be able to create systems… ...
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Fetal Healing and Its Implications for Diabetic Wounds

Totally sheltered, totally dependent, fetuses inhabit an environment entirely apart from that of any other stage of life. They have, as a result, unique properties. One fetal surgeon and his research team are applying those properties to diabetic wounds — but the implications of their work go far deeper than skin. It’s a fact known… ...
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Rossmann Named One of AIAA’s 20 Twenties for 2019

Aviation Week Network, in collaboration with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, has announced that materials science and engineering student Linda Rossmann has been named one of the 20 Twenties to watch in 2019. Rossmann and 19 other students in the nation were identified as the top aerospace-bound students from an international field of… ...
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Doctoral Candidate Receives Dissertation Fellowship

Doctoral candidate Abhishek Mehta is awarded the dean’s dissertation completion fellowship, which is worth $10,000 plus the cost of tuition. Mehta is a research assistant in Professor Yongho Sohn’s Laboratory of Advanced Materials and Additive Manufacturing. His dissertation work focuses on exploring the fundamental core effects in novel metallic alloys named high entropy alloys. Has… ...
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North Carolina State Professor Speaks at Seminar

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering welcomes Professor Jagdish Narayan of North Carolina State University as part of the MSE Seminar Series. His presentation was titled “Discoveries of Q-carbon and Q-BN and Direct Conversion of Carbon into Diamond and h-BN into c-BN.” Below is the abstract: Throughout human history, materials have played a critical… ...
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Antioxidant Protects Tissues, DNA from Radiation, New UCF Research Finds

New research shows that a powerful antioxidant may be just as useful one-day protecting beachgoers and cancer patients from radioactive rays as it could astronauts. In a recent study published in the journal Nanoscale and identified as a top article, the University of Central Florida researchers found that tissues and DNA from mice treated with an antioxidant,… ...
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Seal and Thomas Win UCF Luminary Awards

Families, friends and colleagues celebrated 11 University of Central Florida faculty members Wednesday during the second annual Luminary Awards Night. The event, cosponsored by the Office of Research and Faculty Excellence, recognizes faculty members across all disciplines for being academic leaders in their field and conducting work that has a significant impact on the world.… ...
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Reid Receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Alumnus David Reid is the latest recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award. Reid is the president and CEO of Helicon Chemical Company. He founded the company during his last year of graduate studies at UCF to pursue his passion for technology commercialization. This year, Helicon Chemical was awarded its 10th government contract for advanced materials… ...
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UCF Materials Science Researchers Working to Reduce Infections in Diabetes-Treatment Device

Controlling diabetes is often a daily chore for patients with the disease, but researchers at the University of Central Florida are working to make one type of treatment more manageable. They recently received a nearly $400,000 grant from JDRF, formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, to create a cannula with a coating that resists infection… ...
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UCF Alumni Developing Self-Heating Blankets to Save Babies

Two UCF alumni are in the process of developing a self-heating blanket that will protect infants from hypothermia in low- and middle-income regions, increasing their chances of survival. Ajay Karakoti ’10 Ph.D., and Satyanarayana Kuchibhatla ’08 Ph.D., received a grant of more than $75,000 to continue their development of a non-electric blanket, which is made entirely of ecofriendly… ...
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Doctoral Student Selected for International Board of Trustees

Doctoral student Aadithya Jeyaranjan was selected to sit on the prestigious ASM International Board of Trustees as a student member. The selection was based on his excellent credentials, leadership experience, knowledge of the field and society. This unique opportunity will enable him to speak on behalf of students and gain first-hand experience with the issues and… ...
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Student Wins Travel Grant to Present at Meeting

Materials science and engineering student Nileshi Saraf received a travel grant to present at the Americas International Meeting on Electrochemistry and Solid State Science. The meeting is a joint international meeting of the Electrochemical Society, to be held in Cancun, Mexico. Saraf won a grant worth $500 to present her work on organic electrochemical transistor… ...
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Jung Featured on Cover of Research Journal

Yeonwoong Jung’s recent manuscript on corrugated two-dimensional materials was published in Applied Materials and Interfaces, and was featured on the cover of the research journal. View the journal cover here. ...
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Seal Inducted Into Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

Sudipta Seal, chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. He holds 48 patents and his technologies are license to multiple companies. View the video below to learn more about Seal. ...
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Students Win Poster Competition

Materials science and engineering students took home first and second place awards at the smart sensors workshop organized by the Florida chapter of the International Microelectrics Assembly and Packaging Society. Nileshi Saraf and Craig Neal, both of whom are advised by Professor Sudipta Seal, won the student poster competition this past August. ...
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Six Faculty Members Join the NanoScience Technology Center

Six new faculty members have joined the NanoScience Technology Center, housed within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Those faculty members are: Jayan Thomas Eric Jung Yang Yang Swami Rajaraman Tania Roy Yajie Dong They bring with them diverse backgrounds in materials engineering, chemistry, electrical engineering, and significant expertise in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The… ...
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UCF Engineer to be Honored by World Academy of Ceramics

UCF engineering professor Sudipta Seal is one of only four Americans and 20 scientists worldwide named to the World Academy of Ceramics for 2018. The academy will honor the scientists June 4 at its 14th annual meeting in Perugia, Italy, for their “renowned contributions to the advancement of this field.” Seal has certainly delivered throughout his remarkable… ...
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A Green Approach to Making Ammonia Could Help Feed the World

A UCF research team with collaborators at Virginia Tech have developed a new “green” approach to making ammonia that may help make feeding the rising world population more sustainable. “This new approach can facilitate ammonia production using renewable energy, such as electricity generated from solar or wind,” said physics Assistant Professor Xiaofeng Feng. “Basically, this… ...
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Graduate Student Receives Young Investigator Award

Materials science and engineering graduate student Craig Neal received the Young Investigator Award from the International Workshop on Radiation Damage to DNA. Craig was asked to deliver an oral presentation of his work at the 15th IWRDD conference in Aussois, France in the French Alps.   ...
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Seminar: Diffraction Analysis of Nanocrystalline Powder Samples

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering welcomed I. Cevdet Noyan from Columbia University as part of the MSE Seminar Series. Noyan presented a seminar titled “Diffraction Analysis of Nanocrystalline Powder Samples.” Below is the abstract: Most formalisms utilized for diffraction analysis of the structure of nanocrystalline powder samples are based on basic concepts developed… ...
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Florczyk Lab Members Win Awards at Biomaterials Meeting

Several members of the Florczyk Lab attended the Society for Biomaterials’ 2018 annual meeting in Atlanta. The lab members presented five oral presentations or posters during the meeting. Florczyk moderated the Proteins and Cells at Interfaces Special Interest Group Session. Several lab members also received awards at the meeting, including: Isabel Arias — STAR Award… ...
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Florczyk Named Undergraduate Mentor of the Year

Assistant Professor Stephen J. Florczyk was named the 2017-2018 Mentor of the Year by the UCF Office of Undergraduate Research. He was nominated by his undergraduate research assistants for the award, which recognizes outstanding mentoring and support of undergraduate research. Florczyk received his award following the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence, where three of his… ...
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Undergraduate Receives Order of Pegasus

Mechanical engineering student Minh-Chau Le was selected to the UCF Order of Pegasus Class of 2018. Order of Pegasus is UCF’s highest student honor. Le, who minors in materials science and engineering, has maintained a 4.0 GPA, and has received several awards and honors recognizing her academic and research accomplishments. Le is an undergraduate research… ...
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Seal to be Inducted into Florida Inventors Hall of Fame

UCF scientist Sudipta Seal, whose research has led to groundbreaking therapeutic applications in regenerative nanomedicine, has been chosen as a 2018 inductee into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame. Seal, who is a UCF Trustee Chair, Pegasus and University Distinguished Professor, is one of seven inventors who will be inducted in September at an annual ceremony… ...
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Gaume Promoted to Associate Professor

Romain Gaume has been promoted to the rank of associate professor with tenure. Eighty-five UCF faculty were promoted this week, including 36 who received tenure, contingent upon approval from the Board of Trustees May 2. Among the promotions were another 24 who were named full professors. “The promotion and tenure process is vital for the success… ...
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Jung’s Research Featured on WFTV

Yeonwoong “Eric” Jung’s lab was visited by WFTV to showcase the oil-absorbing sponges  developed in his research group. Watch the segment below. http://mse.ucf.edu/files/videos/WFTV_News.mp4 ...
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Students win at Graduate Research Forum

Three materials science and engineering students won first and second place at the 2018 Graduate Research Forum: Aadithya Jeyaranjan, mentored by Professor Sudipta Seal, won first place in the Engineering, Computer Science, Simulation, Modeling, Optics, Math and Physical Sciences category. Nileshi Saraf, also mentored by Seal, won second place in the Physical Sciences and Health… ...
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Research Article Selected as Top 100 Scientific Reports Chemistry Paper

A research article written by Yeonwoong “Eric” Jung and his research team has been selected as one of the top 100 most-read chemistry papers for Scientific Reports in 2017. The article titled  “Noble metal-coated MoS2 nanofilms with vertically-aligned 2D layers for visible light-driven photocatalytic degradation of emerging water contaminants” reports the efficient removal of harmful water… ...
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Tirrell Presents at Seminar Series

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering welcomed Matthew Tirrell from the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory to the MSE Seminar Series. Tirrell presented a seminar titled “Polyelectrolytes in Multi-valent Ionic Media: New Physics and New Materials.” Below is the abstract: Multi-valent interactions in systems of polyelectrolytes can exhibit dramatic, non-monotonic effects, for… ...
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Materials Science and Engineering Jumps 21 Points in New National Rankings

University of Central Florida’s Materials Science and Engineering graduate program, which advanced 21 points to rank No. 50 in the nation, is among 25 UCF programs ranked in the top 100 of their fields by the recently released U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools of 2019. UCF’s biggest point-gain improvement in the rankings was… ...
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25 UCF Programs on List of Top 100 Graduate Schools

Twenty-five UCF programs were ranked in the top 100 of their fields by the recently released U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools of 2019, a total gain of three programs from last year. UCF has experienced an upward trend in the number of programs on the top 100 list. There were 18 programs ranked in 2017, followed… ...
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MSE Student Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

Materials science and engineering student Linda Rossmann has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct research in Germany. The award comes after a semester abroad conducting exceptional research under her advisor, aerospace engineering Associate Professor Seetha Raghavan’s current NSF IRES project. Rossmann earned her bachelor’s degree from the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. ...
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Doctoral Graduate Wins Distinguished Alumna Award

As manager of Siemens GT Risk Management Organization, Petya Georgieva Fernlund, ’06, leads a global team responsible for ensuring the quality of the gas turbine engineering products. In her position, she oversees strategy and the portfolio; coordinates on root cause analysis and quality issues resolution; works on risk analysis and management; and supports the professional… ...
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Jung Published in Nano Letters

Two-dimensional semiconductors with near atom thickness present an unusual combination of extremely high mechanical bendability and superior electrical and optical properties, rendering unprecedented opportunities for flexible electronics and optoelectronics. More interestingly, heterogeneously integrating one 2-D semiconductor on top of the other achieving vertical stacks of 2-D “hetero” structures is envisioned to project even more exciting… ...
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Sohn and Coffey Receive $700,000 Grant

Professor Yongho Sohn and Professor Kevin R. Coffey received a $700,000, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for a research project titled “Mechanisms of Retention and Transport of Fission Products in Virgin and Irradiated Nuclear Graphite.” Through this project, Sohn and Coffey will examine how the fission products are retained and transported through… ...
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Dong Wins Best Paper Award

Professor Yajie Dong received the IDW ’17 Best Paper Award at the 24th International Display Workshops in Sendai, Japan. He was invited to present his paper, “Luminescent Perovskite-Polymer Composite Films for Display.” The IDW is known for encouraging aggressive research and development of display technologies throughout the world and especially in the Asian region. IDW… ...
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Kristopher Davis Named to Committee Service

Kristopher Davis, an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, now serves on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer’s Photovoltaic Devices Committee. In this capacity, Davis will help shape the IEEE’s future direction in the field of photovoltaics, a large and rapidly growing source of energy across the world. ...
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Alumnus Recognized by Thermal Spray Society

Materials science and engineering alumnus Ankur Gupta, ’17,  has been recognized for his services as a student board member of the Thermal Spray Society, a division of the American Society for Metauls International. He learned the basics and gained hands-on experience in thermal spraying the plasma nano-manufacturing laboratory at UCF. He was nominated for the… ...
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Solar Energy Fellow Visits AMPAC from India

Kallol Mohanta, a faculty member from the PSG College of Technology in Coimbatore, India, visited the Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center as a Bhaskara Advanced Solar Energy Fellow of the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum. Mohanta is an expert on thin film solar cell and organic electronics. He obtained his Ph.D. from Jadavpur University… ...
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Seminar Features Professor from Taiwan

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering welcomed Masahiro Yoshimura of the Promotion Center for Global Materials Research and National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan for the MSE Seminar Series. Yoshumura presented a seminar titled “Formation of Un-Common Valences and Defects in Perovskite Lattice via Revisiting Madelung Energy and Site Potential.” Below is the abstract:… ...
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Speaker Series Continues With Talk on Photovoltaic Property Mapping

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering welcomed Bryan Huey from the University of Connecticut for a seminar titled “Nanoscale 2- Dimensional and Tomographic Photovoltaic Property Mapping.” Below is the absract: The local materials properties for many classes of solar cells are often limiters for ultimate performance and reliability. Using Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) with… ...
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MIT Professor Participates in Seminar Series

The Department of Materials Science and Engineering was pleased to host Christopher Schuh from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as part of the MSE Distinguished Seminar Series. He presented “How Grain Boundary Segregation Enables 3-D Printing of Bulk Nanostructured Metals.” Below is the abstract: When the grain size of metal is refined to a scale… ...
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Armed Services Turn to UCF for Help with New Technology

The U.S. Army and the U.S. Office of Naval Research have turned to the University of Central Florida to help push the limits of additive manufacturing, commonly known as 3-D printing with metallic alloys. Additive manufacturing looks to use different metallic alloys to print a variety of finished components used in everything from children’s toys… ...
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