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2003

  • December

    Highlighted Articles

    • Gogotsi’s Graphite Cones Selected as Cover for Next 15 Issues of Carbon Journal

      December 31 2003

      A picture of naturally occurring graphite cones related to a paper authored by Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor of materials science and engineering, J.A. Jaszczak, G.W. Robinson and S. Dimovski, and published in Carbon (vol. 41, pp. 2085-2092, 2003) was selected by the editors to appear on the journal’s cover. The picture will appear on the cover of the next fifteen issues of the journal, which is published by Elsevier. Carbon is one of the leading journals in the field of Materials Science and Engineering.

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  • November

    Highlighted Articles

    • Gogotsi Receives $120,000 ATOFINA Grant

      November 14 2003

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi received a one year $120,000 grant from Atofina for his work on the development of new carbide derived carbon materials.  Atofina, which is based in France, is the fourth largest chemical corporation in the world.  This grant brings with it international recognition of the high quality engineering research that is being performed at Drexel.

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    • Jing Zhang Receives Travel Bursary to Attend 2004 Student Conference at UBC

      November 12 2003

      Congratulations to Jing Zhang, who received a travel bursary to attend the 2004 Student Conference on Materials Science at the University of British Columbia January 29-30th, 2004.

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    • Dr. Yury Gogotsi Featured in November’s Nature

      November 10 2003

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor of materials science and engineering and associate dean for special projects, is featured in the November 2003 issue of Nature magazine. Entitled “Small World, Big Hopes,” the article details opportunities in the cutting-edge field of nanotechnology.

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  • October

    Highlighted Articles

    • Li, et al. to appear in Advanced Materials

      October 29 2003

      “Sub-micron Scroll/Tubular Lamellar Crystals of Nylon 6,6,” a recent manuscript authored by Wenwen Cai; Christopher Y. Li, assistant professor in Drexel's Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Ph.D. student Lingyu Li; Bernard Lotz; Mimi Keating; and David Marks, has been accepted for publication in Advanced Materials.

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    • Materials Ph.D. Students Win Awards at Society of Engineering Science Technical Meeting

      October 28 2003

      Steven Galen and Gwénaëlle Proust, Ph.D. students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, received 2nd and 3rd prize, respectively, in the student paper competition at the 40th Annual Technical Meeting of the Society of Engineering Science, Inc. The society's meeting took place October 12-15, 2003 at the University of Michigan. Galen and Proust were among fifteen students competing for awards in the paper competition, which was sponsored by the U.S. Office of Naval Research.

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    • Dimovski Receives Travel Grant to Attend NATO Workshop and Conference

      October 27 2003

      Svetlana Dimovski, Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, received a $600 travel grant to attend the NATO Carbon Advanced Research Workshop and Conference, held at Argonne National Laboratory from October 19 to October 24, 2003. She presented a paper entitled, "Low Temperature Synthesis of Graphite from Iron Carbide."  Congratulations to Svetlana and to her advisor, Yury Gogotsi!

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    • Gogotsi in Chicago Sun-Times about R&D 100 Award

      October 24 2003

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor of materials science and engineering, was cited in an article published in the October 22, 2003 edition of the Chicago Sun-Times as one of R & D Magazine's top 100 innovators of the year.

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    • David Steinmetz Receives Independence Chapter of the Association of Old Crows Scholarship

      October 20 2003

      Congratulations to David Steinmetz, B.S./M.S. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, who is a recipient of an Independence Chapter of the Association of Old Crows Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in an engineering discipline, mathematics, or science and must be selected by the University. Basis for the award is scholastic ability, character and dependability.

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    • Gogotsi and Domnich, Editors of New Book

      October 17 2003

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor of materials science and engineering and Dr. Slava Domnich, research assistant professor of materials science and engineering are the co-editors of a new book, High Pressure Surface Science and Engineering, published by the Institute of Physics Publishing, Bristol/Philadelphia in October 2003.

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    • Nevin Naguib Recipient of AVS Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Travel Grant

      October 16 2003

      Congratulations to Nevin Naguib, Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, who is the recipient of an American Vacuum Society (AVS) Dorothy M. and Earl S. Hoffman Travel Grant.  The grant provided $300 to attend the AVS 50th International Symposium held in Baltimore, MD, November 2 - 7, 2003.

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    • Kalidindi and Doherty Awarded Funding from AFOSR

      October 15 2003

      The proposal to AFOSR (Air Force Office of Scientific Research) titled, “Microstructure Evolution and Mechanical Properties of Severely Plastically Deformed (SPD) Aluminum Alloys” submitted by Dr. Surya Kalidindi (PI, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering) and Dr. Roger Doherty (co-PI, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering), has been selected for funding. The total funding for this project will be $330K for a three year period.  With this grant, Dr. Kalidindi will have active grants from all three "principal" DoD agencies and NSF.

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    • Dan Solari Receives The Clayton Family/Ametek Scholarship

      October 14 2003

      Dan Solari, a B.S./M.S. student working with Dr. Antonios Zavaliangos, was nominated for and received The Clayton Family/Ametek Scholarship for Studies in Powder Metallurgy from the Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology of MPIF.  This is a monetary award of $4,000.

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    • Zavaliangos Receives Real Nice Award

      October 10 2003

      Dr. Antonios Zavaliangos presented a paper in the 28th Biennial IBA Conference in Santa Fe in September, 2003, entitled "Multiparticle Simulation of Powder Compaction with Finite Element Discretization at the Particle Level." The paper received the Neal Rice Award as the best paper of the 28th IBA Conference.

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    • Drexel Nanotechnology Institute Featured in American Ceramic Society Bulletin

      October 09 2003

      An article about the Drexel Nanotechnology Institute written by Katrin Cowan, Nanotechnology Program Coordinator, appeared in the October issue of the American Ceramic Society Bulletin. The article primarily covers the DNI's activities in materials/ceramics area. Work of several faculty and students from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering is described in the article.

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    • NSF-IGERT Featured in Nature

      October 08 2003

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, materials Ph.D. student Nevin Naguib, and post-doctoral student Gleb Yushin are featured in the October 2, 2003 issue of Nature in an article about the National Science Foundation's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) program.

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    • Kalidindi, Bhattacharya, Doherty in Proceedings: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences

      October 07 2003

      A paper titled, "Detailed Analyses of Grain-Scale Plastic Deformation in Columnar Polycrystalline Aluminum Using Orientation Image Mapping and Crystal Plasticity Models" authored by Kalidindi, Bhattacharya, and Doherty has just been accepted for publication in Proceedings: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, published by the Royal Society of London.  The following is a quote from their webpage: "The reputation of the journal, as well as that of the Royal Society, rests on its ability to call upon the services of its Fellowship, 69 of whom are currently Nobel Laureates. Fellows of the Royal Society thus constitute the most distinguished members of the scientific community and by drawing upon them, as well as other eminent scientists, in the rigorous peer-review of research papers only those of the highest quality are accepted."

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    • Jonathan Thomas Selected as 2003-2004 Koerner Family Fellow

      October 06 2003

      Jonathan Thomas, Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been chosen as a Koerner Famly Fellow for the academic year 2003-2004. The fellowships, which total between $75,000 and $100,000 a year, specify that award recipients must be studying toward a Ph.D. with a high likelihood of seeking an academic career upon graduation.

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    • Gwénaëlle Proust Selected as 2003-2004 Hill Fellow

      October 03 2003

      Gwénaëlle Proust, Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering working with Professor Surya Kalidindi, has been selected as a Hill Fellow for 2003-2004.  Established in 1991, the George Hill, Jr. Endowed Fellowship is awarded to qualified candidates Ph.D. candidates in the College Of Engineering. Recipients shall have demonstrated excellence in their undergraduate and graduate careers and the potential to achieve academic excellence at the Ph.D. level. It is also hoped that recipients will continue on to a career in academia.

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    • Hoeganaes Corporation Establishes $250,000 Endowed Professorship for Powder Metallurgy in Materials Science and Engineering

      October 02 2003

      The Hoeganaes Corporation, a leading producer of ferrous metal powders serving the global powder metallurgy marketplace, has established an endowment of $250,000 for an Endowed Professorship for Powder Metallurgy  in Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. This is the first endowment Hoeganaes has ever provided to an engineering school.

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    • Li and Palmese Awarded 2003 Mettler Toledo Thermal Analysis Educational Grant

      October 01 2003

      Professors Christopher Li (Materials Science & Engineering) and Giuseppe Palmese (Chemical Engineering) have been awarded the 2003 Mettler Toledo Thermal Analysis Educational Grant. The award includes a set of Mettler Toledo thermal analysis equipment with a total value of $125,000. Please note that under this program only one award is made every year.

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  • September

    Highlighted Articles

    • Hoa Lam Receives 2003 Ford Travel Grant from American Chemical Society

      September 02 2003

      Materials Science & Engineering PhD student Hoa Lam, is a recipient of the 2003 Ford Travel Grant offered by the Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) Division of the American Chemical Society.  The Ford Travel Grant is generously sponsored by a grant from the Ford Motor Company and provides $500 to support the travel of graduate student women to attend and present their research at the ACS Meeting.  This year's meeting will take place in New York, Sept. 7-12, 2003.

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  • August

    Highlighted Articles

    • ATOFINA Chemicals Fellowship for Department

      August 23 2003

      Due largely to efforts by Professor Yury Gogotsi, ATOFINA has now set up a new ATOFINA Chemicals Fellowship in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. The Fellowship award is $20K/year and the first award will start in September 2003. It is anticipated that the award will continue for a minimum of 5 years for a total commitment of $100K. Other ATOFINA Chemicals Fellowships for the school year 2003-4 are being given out at Berkeley, Princeton, Minnesota, MIT, and Penn. The Fellowship is restricted to US citizens. Also, ATOFINA is in the process of establishing a research collaboration relationship with Professor Gogotsi which will include a 3-month summer internship for a Ph.D. student associated with the topic of mutual interest. It is also anticipated that internship will also continue into future years. Special thanks goes to Lydia Kokolskyj from Institutional Advancement for her contribution to this effort.

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    • Drexel MRS Student Chapter Approved

      August 06 2003

      The Drexel MRS (Materials Research Society) Student Chapter has been approved. Six other universities applied simultaneously, but Drexel's chapter was the only one approved.  Special recognition goes to Nevin Naguib for coordinating the effort.

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  • July

    Highlighted Articles

    • Domnich Internationally Recognized

      July 12 2003

      An invitation to join an International Advisory Committee of a major conference on High Pressure Semiconductor Physics (the last one was organized in the UK) is a great recognition for a young scientist who got his PhD just a year ago. This shows that Slava Domnich, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, is already an internationally recognized scientist in the area of High Pressure Science. He will also gave an invited lecture on "High Pressure Surface Science" for a workshop at the University of North Carolina this August.

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    • Zavaliangos Receives 3-year $217,610 Grant

      July 11 2003

      Professor Antonios Zavaliangos of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering has been awarded a 3-year grant from the Army Research Office/Army Research Laboratory in the amount of $217,610. The research project is titled "Electric-Current Aided Sintering of Advanced Materials for Military Applications".

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    • Funding Received from DARPA for a Hexcel-Drexel Program

      July 02 2003

      DARPA has approved funding for a Hexcel-Drexel seedling program on "Carbon Nanotube Reinforced Carbon Fiber".  The Drexel share of the funding for this six month program is  $111,700 to be performed by a team led by Prof. Frank Ko (PI), Department of Materials Science and Engineering with Prof. Yury Gogotsi, and Prof. Baki Farouk. The team also includes Professors Palmese, Li and Yang (Physics).  Hexcel is a major US manufacturer of carbon fibers and honeycomb structures. With NAVAIR as a monitoring and research partner, the objective of this seedling program is to establish the basis for a major DARPA effort in the following years for a comprehensive program to develop the scientific and technological basis for the manufacturing of the next generation of super carbon fibers.

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  • June

    Highlighted Articles

    • Ko, Gogotsi, Li, et al. in Advanced Materials

      June 26 2003

      Professors Frank Ko, Yury Gogotsi, and Christopher Li and their students Ashraf Ali and Nevin Naguib, and Post-Doc Haihui Ye and their collaborators recently published their paper, "Electrospinning of Continuous Carbon Nanotube-Filled Nanofiber Yarns" in the journal Advanced Materials. This paper also received unsolicited coverage in the August 1 issue of Science magazine as the Editor's Choice in the Highlights of the Recent Literature section.

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    • Emily Ho Receives Award from American Academy of Implant Dentistry

      June 12 2003

      Emily Ho, Ph.D. student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering received an award from the American Academy of Implant Dentistry Research Foundation for her grant entitled, "Nanoindentation analysis of the effect of coupling agent on a bioactive composite for mandibular reconstruction." This award supports Emily's work for the summer and travel to the AAID annual meeting in November 2004.

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    • Jing Zhang and Zavaliangos receive Poster of Merit Award

      June 09 2003

      Congratulations to graduate student Jing Zhang and Professor Antonios Zavaliangos for receiving the Poster of Merit Award for their poster, "Thermoelectric Phenomena in Field Activation Sintering" at PM2TEC2003, the 2003 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials, June 8-12, 2003, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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    • Lawley recipient of 2004 Eisenman Award

      June 06 2003

      Professor Alan Lawley has been selected as the recipient of the 2004 Eisenman Award from the Philadelphia Chapter of ASM International. As a recipient, Alan will be presenting a lecture at the Eisenman Award Night meeting of the chapter, which will be held in March or April 2004.

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    • Janah Sorenson and Steven Szewczyk receive Outstanding Senior Awards

      June 04 2003

      Janah Sorenson and Steven Szewczyk received Outstanding Senior Awards from the Alumni Association.  The award, presented on Sunday May 4th during Blue and Gold Days, is given to seniors based on school and community involvement, as well as grades.  The two seniors were nominated by their senior design advisors, Dr. Michel Barsoum and Dr. Wei-Heng Shih.

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  • May

    Highlighted Articles

    • Domnich receives Roland B. Snow Award

      May 30 2003

      Slava Domnich, Research Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, received the Roland B. Snow Award from Professor Robert Cook, Chair of the Basic Science Division of the American Ceramic Society, for his work on "Structural Instability of Boron Carbide Under Contact Loading" (Authors: V. Domnich, E. Hackett, Y. Gogotsi) at the Annual American Ceramic Society meeting in Nashville, TN, May 29, 2003.  This award is presented for the best ceramographic work and consists of a monetary award and a Steuben glass artifact.

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    • Jing Zhang receives TA Excellence Award

      May 27 2003

      Jing Zhang, graduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been chosen to receive the TA Excellence Award for his work last fall in advisor Antonios Zavaliangos's classes MATE 460 and MATE 580, Engineering Computation Lab.

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    • Barsoum Awarded $1.1M Grant

      May 26 2003

      "MAX-Based High Temperature Foil Bearings". Michel Barsoum serves as the PI on this joint Drexel-Honeywell project where Honeywell is a subcontractor. This award will allow Dr. Barsoum to further transition some of the pioneering research in the MAX phases into commercial/defense applications as he has done in the past through a licensing agreement between Drexel University and Kanthal, Inc. (Sweden).

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    • Knight Elected 2003 Fellow of ASM International

      May 23 2003

      Dr. Richard Knight has been elected a 2003 Fellow of ASM International. He is now the second ASM International Fellow for the department, Dr. Alan Lawley having been elected in 1977.

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    • Barsoum and Kalidindi Awarded 3 Year $450K Grant

      May 21 2003

      Professors Michel Barsoum and Surya Kalidindi of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering have been awarded a three year grant for $450K by the Army Research Office. The title of their proposal is "Comprehensive Study of Incipient and Regular Kink Band Formation in Natural Nanolaminates." This is the second federal grant for Barsoum and the third one for Kalidindi in 2003.

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    • Schauer to join Department September 2003

      May 19 2003

      Dr. Caroline Schauer will be joining the Materials Science & Engineering faculty officially on September 1, 2003.  Dr. Schauer received her PhD from SUNY at Stony Brook in Chemistry in 1997 and has been working as an NRC Research Associate in the Center for Bio/Molecular Science and Engineering at the Naval Research Laboratory since 2001.

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    • Dr. William Frazier, alumnus and VAB member, elected to be ASM International Trustee

      May 18 2003

      Dr. William E. Frazier, Materials alumnus and a member of the department's Visiting Advisory Board, has been elected to be a Trustee of ASM International for the period 2003-2006.  Dr. Frazier is the Branch Head of the Metals, Ceramics, & NDE division of the Naval Air Systems Command.

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    • Jason Lyons and Pia Rossi win Best Student Poster Award in Annual Bridge Building Contest

      May 16 2003

      Jason Lyons and Pia Rossi were at the helm of the Best Student Poster Award (sponsored by Boeing) in the Annual Bridge Building Contest at the SAMPE (Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering) 2003 meeting from May 12-15, 2003 in Long Beach, CA. The project was accomplished under the leadership of Jason Lyons and Pia Rossi with Professors Frank Ko, Surya Kalidindi, and Richard Knight serving as advisors. Other student participants included Hoa Lam, Jing Zhang, Joshua Houskamp, Brenton Woods, and Jamie Ostroha.  The bridge building team received a $200 cash award and a certificate.

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    • Nevin Naguib and Emily Ho win Second Prize in Business Plan Competition

      May 15 2003

      Congratulations to graduate students Emily Ho and Nevin Naguib, who won second prize in the 2003 Business Plan Competition, sponsored by the Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology and the LeBow College of Business, for their full business plan entitled, HY-NANO, presented at the 2003 Entrepreneurship Conference, May 14, 2003. The prize is in the amount of $10,000.   This was Phase III of the competition, having been finalists in the first two phases.

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    • Doherty and Kalidindi receive New NSF Grant

      May 13 2003

      Roger Doherty and Surya Kalidindi have just been formally informed by NSF that their proposal titled, "Inter-American Materials Collaboration: Investigation of Grain Scale Deformation and Recrystallization in Columnar Grained Electrical Steels with a <100> Fiber Texture" has been approved for funding at $349,000 for 36 months. This award will be supported by the Metals Program in the Division of Materials Research, the Americas Program in the Office of International Science and Engineering, and the Office of Multidisciplinary Activities in the Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

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    • Knight, et al. receive Certificate of Merit Award

      May 08 2003

      The International Thermal Spray Conference Committee awarded a Certificate of Merit Award to Dr. Richard Knight for his paper titled, "Microstructure and Properties of Thermally Sprayed Functionally Graded Coatings for Polymeric Substrates," co-authored with PhD student Milan Ivosevic, Dr. Surya Kalidindi, Dr. Giuseppe Palmese, and Dr. James Sutterwhich.  The paper was given at the 2003 International Thermal Spray Conference in Orlando, Florida.  The award was persented at the ITSC 2003 Banquet on Wednesday night, May 7, 2003.

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    • John Chmiola and Mark Fiorentino awarded ASM International Scholarships

      May 05 2003

      The ASM International Liberty Bell Chapter scholarship committee has selected two of our undergraduates as recipients of two of this year's scholarships.  Mark Fiorentino has been awarded the A.W. (Doc) Grosvenor Scholarship and John Chmiola has been awarded the Joseph J. Weisser Memorial Scholarship, both for the amount of $1500

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    • Abhijeet Joshi Society for Biomaterials Award Winner

      May 05 2003

      Abhijeet Joshi, PhD candidate in Drexel University's Department of Materials Science and Engineering was awarded the Society for Biomaterials, Orthopaedic Special Interest Group Award for Graduate Studies at the meeting in Reno, NV, April 30th-May 3, 2003.  His work entitled, "The effect of a hydrogel nucleus replacement on the compressive stiffness of the lumbar functional spinal unit," was co-authored with M. Marcolongo, E. Vresilovic, A. Lowman, and A. Karduna.

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    • Hoa Lam receives Honorable Mention for Society for Biomaterials Award

      May 02 2003

      Hoa Lam, graduate student in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering received Honorable Mention for the Student Travel and Professional Development Award for the 2003 Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting. For her Honorable Mention, she received a complimentary registration to the Pathways to Successful Careers Workshop, held on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 at the annual meeting in Reno, NV.

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    • Jonathan Thomas recipient of 2003 Whitaker Travel and Professional Development Awards from the Society for Biomaterials

      May 02 2003

      Graduate student Jonathan Thomas was chosen as one of the recipients of the 2003 Whitaker Travel and Professional Development Awards from the Society for Biomaterials.  He received $500 and a complimentary registration to the Pathways to Successful Careers Workshop, held on Wednesday, April 30, 2003 in Reno, Nevada.

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    • Lawley Honored at Retirement Dinner

      May 02 2003

      Blue & Gold Days brought many alums back to Drexel to reminisce, but it was Materials Professor Alan Lawley’s retirement dinner that had not only alums, but also professors emeriti, people from industry, and other prominent members of the materials science and engineering world flocking to campus to bid the Grosvenor Professor of Metallurgy farewell.  Seventeen members of Lawley’s immediate family were on-hand to hear the many kind words that were said about the professor’s 36 years of academic service and accomplishment at Drexel.  His eldest granddaughter also contributed her own words of congratulation and admiration for her grandfather, stating her desire to follow in his footsteps.

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  • April

    Highlighted Articles

    • Gogotsi Co-Editor on New Book

      April 29 2003

      The proceedings of a NATO Advanced Research Workshop that Dr. Yury Gogotsi organized in Kiev, Ukraine in August 2002 have been published by Kluwer publishing house in an edited book: Y.G. Gogotsi, I.V. Uvarova (Editors), "Nanostructured Materials and Coatings for Biomedical and Sensor Applications" (Kluwer, Dordrecht, NL, 2003).

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    • Research Day 2003

      April 25 2003

      Department Scores High in Research Achievement

      The Department of Materials Science and Engineering had wonderful representation among this year's Research Day Award Winners.  This year's Research Day was held on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2003.  Following is a list of winners and Honorable Mentions:

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    • Milan Ivosevic's Poster racks up awards at ITSC-2003

      April 19 2003

      In addition to receiving one of eight "Certificate of Merit" awards, given by the ITSC-2003 (International Thermal Spray Conference) "Best Paper Awards Committee", Milan Ivosevic's poster for the paper, "Microstructure and Properties of Thermally Sprayed Functionally Graded Coatings for Polymeric Substrates," by R. Knight, M. Ivosevic, S. R. Kalidindi, G. R.  Palmese [ChemE] and J. K. Sutter [Nasa-Glenn Research Center], also received one of two ITSC-2003 "Best Poster" awards following judging during the Conference. Both awards were presented during the ITSC-2003 Awards Banquet.

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    • Jing Zhang presented with Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology/Axel Madsen Award

      April 19 2003

      Jing Zhang, PhD student working with Professor Antonios Zavaliangos, was selected as one of the four Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology/Axel Madsen Awards being given out this year. The award amount is $1200 and as part of the award, he will be attending the PM2TEC2003 conference in Las Vegas in June of this year, and will prepare a detailed report of the conference that will be published in the International Journal of Powder Metallurgy.

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    • 3 Graduate Students receive Fellowships to attend PACRIM Meeting in Nagoya, Japan

      April 19 2003

      Nevin Naguib, Elizabeth Hoffman, and Tom Juliano have been selected to receive Fellowships to attend the 5th PACRIM Meeting in Nagoya, Japan, September 29-October 2, 2003.  Each will receive up to $1,800 to cover all travel expenses to the meeting.  The fellowship was received through the American Ceramics Society and is funded by NSF.

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    • Materials Science and Engineering Awards 2003 Outstanding Faculty and Alumna

      April 14 2003

      Anne Stevens ’80 Materials 2003 Outstanding Alumna of the Year

      Stevens addresses Society of Women Engineers while on campus to receive award

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    • Department Wins Top 3 Slots in ASM International Poster Contest

      April 11 2003

      At the ASM International dinner and poster contest on Thursday, April 10th, Drexel's Department of Materials Science and Engineering had a very good showing. 19 Materials graduate students submitted a total of 20 posters for the contest. Of those 20 posters, 3 took the top slots. Saif El Din Khalil won 1st place ($500) for his poster entitled, Development of Smart Textiles with Embedded Fiber Optic Chemical Sensors. There was a tie for 2nd place ($250 each) between Hoa Lam for her poster on the Development of Gradient Design Composite Armor and Tom Juliano for his poster entitled, Boron Carbide for Armor Applications: Indentation, Raman, and TEM Studies.

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    • Kalidindi Awarded Five Year $461K Grant with BYU

      April 08 2003

      Professor Surya Kalidindi of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering has been notified by DARPA that he is being awarded a five year grant for $461K. This is the Drexel component of a larger grant with Brigham Young University as PI. The focus of Surya's study is "Modeling Microstructure Evolution in Friction Stir Welding".

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    • Nevin Naguib and Emily Ho Finalists in Business Concept Competition

      April 06 2003

      Nevin Naguib and Emily Ho are one of 5 finalists in the Business Concept Competition sponsored by the Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology.  Their concept paper was entitled HY-NANO and for being chosen as finalists in Phase I of the competition, they have been invited to attend the Entrepreneur Conference scheduled for May 14, 2003, where they will be recognized with a $250 team award.  Emily and Nevin are now putting together a full blown business plan for Phase II of the competition.

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    • Elizabeth Hoffman receives Honorable Mention for Graduate Research Fellowship

      April 03 2003

      Elizabeth Hoffman, PhD student in the department, received Honorable Mention for a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF.)  With advisor Dr. Michel Barsoum, Hoffman is conducting her Ph.D. research in the area of ceramics, with the goal of replacing materials currently used in fuel cells with max phases.

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  • March

    Highlighted Articles

    • Li receives $400,000 5-year CAREER Award

      March 27 2003

      Dr. Christopher Li, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was awarded a competitive NSF CAREER grant for his proposal, "Complex hierarchical self-assembly templated by block copolymers: phase structures, nano fabrication and nano-electrooptic properties."  Total funding for Li’s five-year award is $400,000.  Li joined Drexel’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering a year ago after receiving his Ph.D. in polymer science from the University of Akron.

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    • Alumnus and VAB Member Kumar Elected 2003 Fellow of ASM International

      March 19 2003

      Professor Sharvan Kumar of Brown University, and alumnus and member of the Visiting Advisory Board of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering, has been elected a 2003 Fellow of ASM International.

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    • Gogotsi invited to be on International Editorial Board for new Ceramics Journal

      March 19 2003

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi has been invited to be one of eight members of the international editorial board of a new journal titled Engineered Ceramics, to be launched by the American Ceramic Society in January 2004. The journal will be published 4 times/year and will deal with the development and commercialization of ceramic products. In addition, Dr. Gogotsi will edit the special issue of this journal dedicated to Nanotechnology, scheduled for publication in April 2004.

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    • Department well represented at COE Honors Day Ceremony

      March 15 2003

      At the February 19th College of Engineering Honors Day Ceremony, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering was well represented by both faculty and students alike.  In faculty awards, Dr. Michel Barsoum was awarded a Research Accomplishment Achievement Award for his work on MAX phases.  His findings have been published in over 70 refereed publications, including Science, Nature, and American Scientist.  Dr. Michele Marcolongo was honored with a Teaching Accomplishment Achievement Award for her important contributions to the areas of curriculum development, course design, TDEC teaching, student supervising, and mentoring.  Professor Alan Lawley, the Grosvenor Professor of Metallurgy was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to Drexel and the department since his arrival in September 1966.  In student awards, Ethan D. Hackett was awarded the prestigious Class of 1907 Medal.

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    • NUE proposal approved for NSF funding

      March 13 2003

      An NUE (Nanotechnology Undergraduate Education) proposal entitled,  "NUE: The Drexel Nano Engineering Track" was recently approved by NSF for funding.  The project, which names Professor Christopher Li as PI, Surya Kalidindi, Antonios Zavaliangos, Karl W. Sohlberg (Chemistry), and N. John DiNardo (Physics) as co-PIs, and Yury Gogotsi as senior investigator is for $99,998 and for one year.  This project aims to strengthen Drexel's nanoengineering undergraduate education and focuses on the early part of the education (from freshman to pre-junior years).

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    • Barsoum's Research featured in Technology Research News

      March 12 2003

      In their February 26/March 5, 2003 issue, Technology Research News is featuring an article focusing on the work of Professor Michel Barsoum.  More information can be found at: Technology Research News.

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    • Spanier to join department

      March 08 2003

      Dr. Jonathan Spanier will be joining the Materials Science & Engineering faculty officially on September 1, 2003.  Dr. Spanier received a Ph.D. from Columbia University in Applied Physics in 2001 and has been working as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology at Harvard University since 2001.

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    • Gogotsi interviewed by local news about space shuttle disaster

      March 04 2003

      Yury Gogotsi was interviewed on Saturday, February 1 on ABC's local affiliate and WB17 about the space shuttle disaster.  He spoke about the problems that could have occured due to the loosening or breaking off of some of the ceramic tiles that are used on the shuttle for thermal protection and to promote its aerodynamic shape.  Dr. Gogotsi suggested that if some of the tiles were to have come loose or broken off, this could have posed problems upon the space shuttle's reentry into the earth's atmosphere pertaining to overexposure to heat as well as instability in its flight pattern.  Dr. Gogotsi also appeared on the ABC show Sunday Life on February 2nd with congressman Curt Weldon and Derrick H. Pitts, chief astronomer and planetarium program director from the Franklin Institute.

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    • Barsoum, et al. in Nature Materials

      March 03 2003

      The work of Professor Barsoum and his research group was accepted for publication in Nature Materials. It appeared in the February 2003 issue of the journal. The paper is titled "Dislocation-Based Fully Reversible Compression of Ti3SiC2 to 1 GPa" and is authored by M. W. Barsoum, T. Zhen, S. R. Kalidindi, M. Radovic, and A. Murugaiah. T. Zhen and A. Murugaiah are graduate students working with Professors Barsoum and Surya Kalidindi on an ARO funded project, and M. Radovic is an ex-PhD student who worked with them earlier.  This article has attracted substantial attention from press. There are already two articles in the popular press - one in the Financial Times of London, and another in the Dallas Morning News.

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    • Gogotsi chosen as Director of Drexel Nanotechnology Institute

      March 01 2003

      Yury Gogotsi, Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Associate Dean of the College of Engineering has been chosen to be the Director of the newly formed class A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute (DNI.) The DNI is being established as a University research to conduct and coordinate education and basic and applied research in the field of nanotechnology and nanostructured materials.

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  • February

    Highlighted Articles

    • Powder Metallurgy article published about Drexel University

      February 27 2003

      An article on Drexel University and its involvement in Powder Metallurgy (P/M) appeared in the January/February 2003 issue of The International Journal of Powder Metallurgy. The article talks about the early years of P/M at Drexel and specifically the importance of Professor Alan Lawley as a leader in P/M research. Professor Lawley is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal.

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    • Gogotsi listed as co-inventor on Japanese patent

      February 19 2003

      Professor Yury Gogotsi is a co-inventor on a Japanese patent on "Graphite Polycrystalline Body and Isolation Method for the Same and Application for the Same," filed by Toyo Tanso Co. on April 13, 2001 and published last month in Japanese Kokai Patent Publication No. 2002-308612.

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    • Kalidindi receives REU supplement from NSF

      February 12 2003

      Dr. Surya Kalidindi received an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) supplement from NSF in the amount of $10K to support his grant, Role of Deformation Twinning in Strain Hardening & Texture Evolution in Titanium. The two undergraduate students performing research on this grant are Melanie Patel and John Shust.

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    • Orlovskaya awarded NSF-DMR Grant

      February 08 2003

      Nina Orlovskaya, Research Assistant Professor of Materials Engineering was awarded a grant by NSF-DMR for her project titled, "Ferroelasticity and Hysteresis in Mixed Conducting Perovskites". This award is for a total of $480K and is for a 3-year period. Nina serves as the PI for this project, and Nigel D. Browning (UIC) serves as a co-PI.

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    • Li receives 3M Young Faculty Award

      February 04 2003

      Professor Christopher Li is a recipient of the 3M Young Faculty Award. This award provides about $15K/year for three years to help Professor Li establish a strong academic career in the Materials Science & Engineering department.

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    • Gogotsi receives Atofina grant

      February 02 2003

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi received a one year $120,000 grant from Atofina for his work on the development of new carbide derived carbon materials.  Atofina, which is based in France, is the fourth largest chemical corporation in the world.  This grant brings with it international recognition of the high quality engineering research that is being performed at Drexel.

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    • A. J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute featured in Philadelphia Business Journal

      February 01 2003

      The A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute was featured in an article in the Philadelphia Business Journal in January 2003, along with the A.J. Drexel Institute for Basic and Applied Protein Science.  Professor Yury Gogotsi of Drexel's Department of Materials Engineering is director of the Nanotechnology Institute.  The article also mentions the IGERT program, the NSF grant which was given jointly to Drexel and U. Penn to promote education in nanoscale science and engineering.  The grant will fund 14 PhD students who are US citizens, 7 from Drexel and 7 from Penn.  This unique program makes the students eligible to take classes at both universities.

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  • January

    Highlighted Articles

    • Ivosevic awarded the Dragomir Nicolitch Charitable Trust Scholarship

      January 26 2003

      Milan Ivosevic, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering working with Drs. Surya Kalidindi (materials), Richard Knight (materials) and Guiseppe Palmese (chemical), has been awarded the Studenica Foundation's prestigious Dragomir Nicolitch Charitable Trust Scholarship. The Dragomir Nicolitch Trust was established to provide scholarships for students from states that made up the former Yugoslav nation pursuing graduate studies in the U.S.  In addition to having exemplary grades, recipients of such scholarships shall have shown leadership potential at their respective undergraduate institution and a desire and ability to lead a life that will involve public service and leadership. The $9,000 award is given in the two categories of social-related sciences and physical and engineering sciences.

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    • Beth Carroll receives Fellowship from the American Ceramics Society

      January 17 2003

      Beth Carroll, a BS/MS student working with Professor Yury Gogotsi, received a $2000 Fellowship from the American Ceramic Society to attend the 8th European Ceramic Society Conference in Istanbul (June 29-July 3, 2003). The Fellowship is supported by AFOSR.

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    • Domnich promoted to Research Assistant Professor

      January 05 2003

      Vladislav (Slava) Domnich has been promoted to Research Assistant Professor, effective January 1, 2003.  Slava will supervise Raman spectroscopy, Infrared Spectroscopy and Nanoindentation facilities, as well as lead research efforts of Yury Gogotsi's group in the area of High Pressure Surface Science. Domnich's research will focus on phase transformations in materials under contact load and on developing/improving nanoscale characterization techniques such as near-field Raman spectroscopy. He will also assist Dr. Gogotsi with managing his Nanomaterials Group.

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