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2015-2016 Annual Report



Faculty & Staff

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Gogotsi Elected to MRS Board of Directors

Yury Gogotsi

Distinguished University and Trustee Chair Professor and Director of the Drexel Nanomaterials Institute Yury Gogotsi has been elected to the Materials Research Society Board of Directors.

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Taheri Selected as 2016 Provost Fellow

Mitra Taher

Hoeganaes Associate Professor Mitra Taheri has been selected to be a 2016 Provost Fellow.

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Celebrating Barsoum's 30 Years (and Counting) in Drexel Materials

Babak Anasori and Michel Barsoum

Drexel Materials celebrates 30 years (and counting) of Distinguished Professor Michel Barsoum's impact on the department.

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Excellence in Scholarship: 2016 Graduation

Celebrating Commencement 2016

Drexel Materials Seniors 2016

Drexel Materials salutes the Class of 2016 at several send-off events.

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Graduate College Honors Exceptional PhD Students with Prestigious Awards


Five PhD students in Drexel Materials have been recognized for outstanding accomplishments in their graduate work with prestigious awards from Drexel University’s Graduate College.

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Alumni Impact

PhD Alumna Kelsey Hatzell Appointed Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University

Kelsey Hatzell

Alumna Kelsey Hatzell will be joining Vanderbilt in January 2017 with dual appointments as assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering and Chemical Engineering Departments.

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PhD Alumnus Sid Pathak Appointed Assistant Professor at UNR

Siddhartha Pathak

Drexel Materials PhD alumnus Siddhartha Pathak, PhD '09, has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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Drexel Materials Alumni Named Drexel Magazine’s “Forty Under Forty” for 2016

Davide Mattie and Michael Naguib

Drexel Materials PhD alumni Dr. Davide Mattia and Dr. Michael Naguib have been selected as two of Drexel University Magazine’s 2016 “Forty Under Forty.”

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Dr. Babak Anasori Receives MRS Postdoctoral Award

Babak Anasori

Postdoctoral researcher and alumnus Babak Anasori (PhD 2014, advisor: Michel Barsoum) has received an MRS Postdoctoral Award “for innovative research on 2D materials, creative and artistic ways of presenting science, dedication to and love of teaching, and student mentoring.”

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Drexel Materials Honored at 2016 Alumni Association Awards

2016 Alumni Association Awards

George Vander Voort (BS '67) and PhD student Katie Jo Sunday were recognized for their exceptional achievements with this year’s Drexel University Alumni Association Awards.

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Materials in Action

Drexel Establishes Co-op Research Center With Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

KAIST Co-op Center

Drexel University has established a co-op research center with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Drexel Materials Professor Yury Gogotsi will serve as a co-director from Drexel.

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Using Ultrafast Electron Diffraction to Solve Energy’s Greatest Challenges: The Research of Professor Maher Harb

Ultrafast Electron Diffraction System

Assistant Professor Maher Harb and his Ultrafast Structural Dynamics Group are addressing the challenges of energy research by developing methods for imaging atomic motions on timescales that are fundamental to condensed matter physics and materials science.

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A Conversation with the Director of Drexel University’s Core Facilities

X-ray photoelectron spectroscope

A conversation with Professor Jonathan Spanier, Director of Drexel's Core Facilities, about their recent renovation and plans for the future.

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Awards & Achievements


Drexel's Role in Electrical Energy Storage Advances Receives International Recognition


Distinguished University and Trustee Chair Professor Yury Gogotsi, along with his colleague, Professor in Materials Science at Paul Sabatier University Patrice Simon, has been awarded the RUSNANO Prize 2015.

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Gogotsi Elected Royal Society of Chemistry Fellow

Royal Society of Chemistry

Yury Gogotsi, Distinguished University and Trustee Chair Professor, has been admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), a professional society based in the United Kingdom with over 50,000 members worldwide.

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Materials Faculty and Alumni Honored at MS&T 2015

Marcolongo Alpha Sigma Mu Fellow

Drexel Materials faculty and alumni received awards and honors at the MS&T 2015 Conference held October 4-8 in Columbus, OH.

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Tucker Selected for 2016 TMS Young Leaders Professional Development Award

G Tucker

Assistant Professor Garritt Tucker is a recipient of the 2016 TMS MPMS Young Leaders Professional Development Award of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society Materials Processing & Manufacturing Division.

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Gogotsi Receives 2016 Nano Energy Award

Gogotsi Nano Energy award

Drexel Materials Distinguished University and Trustee Chair Professor Yury Gogotsi is the recipient of the 2016 Nano Energy Award.

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Drexel Materials Faculty Receive University Outstanding Scholarly Achievement Awards

Yury Gogotsi and Chris Li

Gogotsi and Li have been honored by the University for their outstanding scholarly achievements.

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Schauer Receives Fellowships Office 2016 Faculty Mentor Award

Caroline Schauer

Associate Professor Caroline Schauer is the recipient of the Drexel Fellowships Office 2016 Faculty Mentor Award. This award recognizes the efforts and critical role of faculty members who consistently go the extra mile to cultivate, prepare, and guide students in their applications to nationally-competitive fellowships.

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Drexel Materials Students Awarded NSF Graduate Research and DoD NDSEG Fellowships

Sarah Gleeson and Jessica Weaver

Drexel Materials PhD students Sarah Gleeson and Jessica Weaver have been awarded prestigious 2016 national graduate fellowships.

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Carli Moorehead Receives Goldwater Scholarship

Carli Moorehead

BS/MS student Carli Moorehead has been awarded a 2016 Barry Goldwater Scholarship. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program seeks to provide “a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields.”

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Alexander McBride Awarded 2016 Udall Scholarship

Alexander McBride

BS student Alexander McBride has been awarded a 2016 Udall Undergraduate Scholarship.

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PhD Candidate Amanda Huon Receives SCGSR Fellowship

Amanda Huon

PhD candidate Amanda Huon (advisor: Dr. Steve May) has received a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Fellowship award to be conducted at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) over nine months beginning July 2016.

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PhD Student Henrietta Tsosie Selected for AISES Lighting the Pathway to Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM

Etta Tsosie

PhD student Henrietta (Etta) Tsosie has been selected to participate in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Lighting the Pathway to Faculty Careers for Natives in STEM program. 

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PhD Student Ariana Levitt Named 2016 Coulter Fellow

Ariana Levitt

PhD student Ariana Levitt has been named a Coulter Fellow for 2016.

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Major Research Initiatives

Li and Marcolongo Receive Funding from NSF for Bone Mimicry Study

Li and Marcolongo

Professors Christopher Li and Michele Marcolongo have received a three-year NSF grant totaling $449,999 for their project entitled "Biomimetic Mineralization by Combining Block Copolymer Self-Assembly and One Dimensional Crystal Nucleation."

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Recipe for 'atomic sandwiches' expands possibilities for energy storing materials

SEM image Mo2TiC2

Team MXene has discovered that, by “sandwiching” one or two atomic layers of one transition metal between monoatomic layers of another metal with carbon atoms holding them together, there are more than 20 possible new 2D materials capable of revolutionizing the way we create materials today. 

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Zavaliangos Receives Department of Education GAANN Grant

Antonio Zavaliangos

Professor Antonios Zavaliangos has received a three-year Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) grant.

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A Molecular Light Switch?...Just Add Water

ultraviolet light

A team of researchers, led by Drexel Materials Professor Jonathan Spanier, recently published its discovery that it is possible to control UV light production via a chemical reaction that functions like flipping a light switch.

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The Future of Medicine Could Be Found In This Tiny Crystal Ball

cross section of crystalsome

Professor Christopher Li has discovered a method for growing crystals in a sphere shape, a development that could be used as a platform for drug delivery.

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MXene Research Selected as ACS Nano Editors’ Choice

ACS Nano Oct 2015 Cover

Drexel Materials research on a new 2-D material that has the potential to transform energy storage has been getting significant attention in the research community.

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Gogotsi and Colleagues Reveal Carbon Films Can Give Microchips Energy Storage Capability

silicon wafer

Researchers from Gogotsi’s Nanomaterials Group and Paul Sabatier University in France have reported a method for embedding a supercapacitor energy storage device in the silicon wafer of a microchip.

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Drexel Materials Scientists Roll Out New Method for Making the Invisible Brushes that Repel Dirt

polymer nanobrush

Polymer nanobrushes are made of microscopic filaments that prevent smudges on everyday objects like eyeglasses. They are usually created one bristle at a time, but the Soft Materials Lab has a better way.

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Dressed to Kill: Tailoring a Suit For Tumor-Penetrating Cancer Meds

enhanced tumor penetration

In research recently published in the journal Nano Letters, Drexel Materials assistant professor Hao Cheng, PhD reports that the way to get cancer medicines past the tumor’s front door has everything to do with how the tiny particle is suited up for the journey.

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Pomerantseva Receives NSF Grant to Study Proposed Lithium-ion Alternatives

Katerina Pomerants

Professor Ekaterina Pomerantseva has been awarded a three-year $360,000 National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research grant through the Solid State and Materials Chemistry program for her project "Advanced Electrochemistry of Na-ion Battery Cathodes Through Chemically Controlled Materials Synthesis."

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Adding Some Salt to the Recipe For Energy Storage Materials


A team of researchers, including Dr. Yury Gogotsi from Drexel Materials, recently discovered a way to improve energy storage materials and make the resulting materials bigger and better at soaking up energy.  The secret?  Just add salt.

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Making Some of The World’s Most Durable Materials Corrosion-Resistant


Researchers from Drexel University, Linkoping University in Sweden and Imperial College London have produced an aluminum-layered boride whose unique behavior at high temperatures makes it highly oxidation resistant.

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New Drexel Materials Research Institute Among First Recipients of DARE Initiative Funding

BRAVE mini graphic

A research institute to be led by Materials Department Head and Professor Michele Marcolongo titled Biologically-Inspired and Resource-Conserving Advanced Materials (BRAVE) is one of the first recipients of funding through the new initiative Drexel Areas of Research Excellence (DARE).

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Pomerantseva Receives Additional NSF Support for Proposed Lithium-Ion Alternatives

Single nanowire

Assistant Professor Ekaterina Pomerantseva has received a three-year $224,772 NSF grant award through the Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems for her project “High-performance nanowire cathodes with stabilized microporous tunnels for Na-ion batteries.”

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Special Highlights

Under Construction: New Drexel Materials Undergraduate Lab Space to Enhance Research and Learning


Drexel Materials undergraduates will soon have a dedicated laboratory space to conduct research for upper level undergraduate laboratory courses and senior design.

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DEMOnstrating Materials Science and Engineering to the Masses

DEMO at Philly Materials Day

Drexel Materials' outreach program, D.E.M.O., gives undergraduate and graduate students the chance to share their materials knowledge with the general public and generate excitement about materials science and engineering among K-12 students.

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A Materials Approach to a Civil Problem

Concrete Canoe Team Rowing

Drexel Materials BS Senior Colleen Hyde reflects on her involvement with concrete canoe.

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