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2007

  • December

    Highlighted Articles

    • Schauer Receives Green Building Alliance Grant

      December 14 2007

      Dr. Caroline Schauer, MSE Assistant Professor (Co-PI) is the recipient of a Green Building Alliance Product Innovation Grant in the amount of $20,000 entitled “Low-Energy Luminous Surfaces: Residential Lighting Using Ceelite LEC Technology.”  PI on the grant is Dr. Eugenia Victoria Ellis, Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture & Interior Design and additional Co-PI is Dr. Jin Wen, Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering.  The grant was awarded in December 2007.

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    • Siddhartha Pathak Receives Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research

      December 13 2007

      Ph.D. student Siddhartha Pathak (advisor: Surya Kalidindi) is the recipient of a Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research in the amount of $1000.  These grants are highly competitive and only approximately 20% of applicants receive funding.  This is the second time Siddhartha has received a Sigma Xi grant.

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    • Marko Knezevic Receives Nicolitch Scholarship from Studenica Foundation

      December 04 2007

      Ph.D. candidate Marko Knezevic (advisor: Surya Kalidindi) has received the $5,000 Dragomir Nicolitch Charitable Trust Scholarship from the Studenica Foundation to support him in the 2007-2008 academic year.

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    • Siddhartha Pathak's Image Wins Second Prize in MRS "Science as Art" Competition

      December 03 2007

      Ph.D. student Siddhartha Pathak's (advisors:  Surya Kalidindi and Haviva Goldman) image entitled "Growth Steps on La0.8Ca0.2CoO3," has won second prize in the "Science as Art" competition at the 2007 MRS Fall Meeting.  One of an initial 50 finalists, Pathak's image was chosen from among 200 to compete at the annual meeting in Boston, MA for multiple first prizes of $500 and second prizes of $300 each.

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  • November

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  • October

    Highlighted Articles

    • Siddhartha Pathak Receives Travel Subsidy for MRS Meeting

      October 23 2007

      Ph.D. student Siddhartha Pathak (advisors: Surya Kalidindi and Haviva Goldman) is the recipient of a Drexel University Office of Graduate Studies travel subsidy to attend the Materials Research Society (MRS) Meeting in Boston, MA November 26-30, 2007.  The travel subsidy will cover $310 of his expenses.

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    • Jessica Schiffman Selected as 2007 MatPAC Graduate Student Award Winner

      October 22 2007

      Ph.D. student Jessica Schiffman (advisor: Caroline Schauer) is one of four Pennsylvania graduate students chosen as a 2007 MatPAC Graduate Student Award Winner.

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    • Schauer Receives Synergy Grant

      October 10 2007

      Professor Caroline Schauer has been co-awarded a Synergy Grant from the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design.

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    • 2007-2008 Koerner and Hill Awardees Announced

      October 09 2007

      Ph.D. students Joseph Capobianco (advisor: Wei-Heng Shih) and Naomi Hampson (advisor: Surya Kalidindi) are joint MSE recipients of this year's Koerner Family Fellowship.   Each student will receive $10,500 to go towards stipend.  Fellowship recipients must be Ph.D. candidates and are selected for their particular interest in pursuing a career in academia.

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    • SEM Image Selected as Finalist in Princeton 2006 Art of Science Competition

      October 06 2007

      An SEM image of a drosophila egg taken by Ph.D. alumna María Pía Rossi (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) for Gogotsi's group's Princeton collaborators and colored by Gogotsi's daughter Natalie Gogotsi, has been selected as a finalist in the "2006 Art of Science" competition at Princeton University.

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    • Gogotsi Receives Grant from Ben Franklin Technology Partners

      October 02 2007

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, has been awarded $50,000 from Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeast PA to study the Covalent Incorporation of Functionalized Nanodiamond into the Polymeric Structure of Epoxy Systems.  The period of this award is nine months from October 2007 to June 2008.

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    • Philadelphia Spine Research Symposium to Explore Spine Pain and Spine Behavior

      October 01 2007

      Leading Philadelphia spine researchers will gather at Drexel University’s Bossone Research Enterprise Center at 32nd and Market Streets on Tuesday, October 9, 2007 at 9:00 AM for a symposium aimed at the treatment of spine pain and the understanding of spine behavior.  Organized by the Philadelphia Spine Research Society, founded in 2005 by Dr. Michele Marcolongo of Drexel University’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the symposium will bring together spine researchers from university, clinical, and corporate backgrounds to focus on the current research interests surrounding spine mechanics, biology, and pain relief.  To register for the symposium, please visit /spine/

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  • September

    Highlighted Articles

    • Siddhartha Pathak Receives ASBMR Young Investigator Travel Grant

      September 30 2007

      Ph.D. student Siddhartha Pathak (advisors: Surya Kalidindi and Haviva Goldman) is the recipient of the 2007 ASBMR Annual Meeting Young Investigator Travel Grant for attending the 29th American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Annual Meeting held in Honolulu, Hawaii from September 16-19, 2007.

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    • MSE Honors Faculty, Staff, and Students at Welcome Back Party

      September 28 2007

      The Department of Materials Science and Engineering paid tribute to its faculty, staff, and students at a Welcome Back Reception to bring in the 2007-2008 academic year on Friday, September 28th in the Bossone Atrium.

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    • Ph.D. Student and Advisor Receive Grant

      September 25 2007

      A proposal written by Jennifer S. Atchison, Ph.D. student in Materials Science & Engineering and her advisor, Dr. Jonathan E. Spanier, Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering (PI) entitled "Deep-depleted CCD detector for use in Raman and single-molecule spectroscopies" was selected for funding from DARPA and NSF via the Photonics Technology Access Program (PTAP).  PTAP provides pre-commercial state-of-the-art photonic devices to universities for teaching and research, and this award will provide $51,000 in state-of-the-art instrumentation in support of DoD, NSF and other projects.

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    • Spanier and Colleagues Receive Major Research Instrumentation Grant from NSF

      September 25 2007

      Dr. Jonathan E. Spanier, Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering (PI) received a $498,073 award from the NSF Division of Materials Research under the Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) program entitled "MRI: Acquisition of Systems for the Integration of Raman Scattering, Luminescence and Scanning Electron Microscopies."  Drs. Caroline L. Schauer (MSE),  Yury Gogotsi (MSE), Zhorro Nikolov (CoE), and Elisabeth S. Papazoglou (BIOMED) are Co-PIs on this award.  The award will support the acquisition of a metrology and nano-fabrication system that will integrate scanning electron imaging and focused-ion beam processing with local optical excitation, emission, and scattering spectroscopies within a single experimental platform.

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    • MSE Faculty/Students Win American Ceramic Society Roland B. Snow Award

      September 24 2007

      Faculty and students from Drexel's MSE have won the American Ceramic Society's 2007 Roland B. Snow Award, marking the third time.

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    • MSE Receives Three NSF IREE Supplements

      September 24 2007

      Drs. Surya Kalidindi, Department Head and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, David Fullwood (Research Assistant Professor, MSE), and Raj Mishra of General Motors Research and Development Center have received an International Research and Education in Engineering (IREE) supplement on the NSF-GOALI award titled “Process Design Solutions for Textured Polycrystalline Cubic and Hexagonal Metals: Inverse Solution Methodologies and Experimental Validation.” The award supplement totals $26,300 and will allow three-month visits to the GM R&D facility in Bangalore, India, for two of the domestic graduate students working on this project, and two short one-week visits for the PI to set up the collaboration.

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    • Zhorro Nikolov Publishes Paper in Journal of Colloid and Interface Science

      September 13 2007

      Dr. Zhorro Nikolov, Director of the Materials Characterization Facility and Research Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and colleagues recently published the article "Water Structure and its Influence on the Flotation of Carbonate and Bicarbonate Salts” in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, vol. 314, (2007) pp. 545-551.

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    • MSE Mentioned in ASM International Local Chapter Newsletter

      September 13 2007

      For the third consecutive summer, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering was host to the ASM Materials Camp, a weeklong academic camp for high school juniors and seniors that features highly interactive, lab-based activity tailored to individual student interest. MSE’s involvement in this activity was featured in the September issue of the ASM International Philadelphia Liberty Bell Chapter Newsletter.

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    • Dr. Richard Knight Profiled in AMP Magazine

      September 04 2007

      Dr. Richard Knight, Auxiliary Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was profiled in the August 2007 (Volume 165, No. 8) issue of Advanced Materials & Processes (AMP) magazine. As the former President of the ASM Thermal Spray Society (TSS) from 2004-2006, Dr. Knight has been very active member of TSS since the founding of the organization in 1993. Currently, in his role as a past president, he leads the selection process for new committee members.

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    • Philadelphia Business Journal Features Gogotsi and Colleagues’ Keck Grant

      September 04 2007

      The Philadelphia Business Journal published an article in its August 24-30 edition about Drexel's $1,000,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation for the project titled "Keck Institute of Attofluidic Nanotube-Based Probes."

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    • Shahram Amini receives “Chair Travel Award"

      September 01 2007

      Shahram Amini, Ph.D. student of MSE, was awarded $500 “Chair Travel Award” to attend Gordon Research Conference in August 2007 in New Hampshire. This award was also complimented with another $250 travel grant from Office of Graduate Studies at Drexel.

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  • August

    Highlighted Articles

    • Beth Talbott’s Wild Ride: Drexel MSE Alum Shares her Unique Path from MSE Degree to Motorcycles

      August 31 2007

      Sometimes a person’s connection with materials science and engineering isn’t a straight line. In the case of alumna Beth Talbott (MSE ’07), materials science has made its way back into her life in a roundabout way. She has gone from learning about materials in the classroom to materials as they relate to motorcycles at the motorcycle resort she and her husband own and operate.

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    • Dream and Sensors Come to a Close

      August 31 2007

      The final weeks of the ten-week long National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) programs DREAM, Sensors, and Engineering Cities drew to a close with several exciting events including the Poster Contest and the Farewell BBQ. The culminating event of the three programs was the poster contest held Friday, August 17, in the lobby of the Bossone Research Enterprise Center. About 12 graduate students from departments across the College of Engineering served as judges for the 34 posters presented in the contest.

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    • Two MSE Students Receive Travel Awards to NATAS

      August 31 2007

      Mike Birnkrant and Matt Hood (advisor: Christopher Li) each recently received a $500 travel award to attend the North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS) annual conference.

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    • Dr. Ulrike Wegst Joins MSE

      August 28 2007

      The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Ulrike Wegst to the department of Materials Science and Engineering. Dr. Wegst will join the department as the Anne Stevens Assistant Professor in September 2007.

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    • Dr. Roger Doherty Receives 2008 ASM Sauveur Award

      August 28 2007

      Dr. Roger Doherty, A.W. Grosvenor Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of the ASM International 2008 Albert Sauveur Achievement Award. Established in 1934, the award recognizes pioneering materials science and engineering achievements that have stimulated organized work along similar lines to such an extent that a marked basic advance has been made in the knowledge of materials science and engineering.

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    • Michel Barsoum and Peter Finkel Receive $300K ARO Award

      August 28 2007

      Drs. Michel Barsoum (Distinguished Professor of MSE; PI), and Peter Finkel (Director of the Microfabrication Facility; DNI), have received a grant from the Army Research Office(ARO) entitled, “Kinking Nonlinear Elastic Solids for Load Bearing, Damping & Strain Sensing Applications.”  The budget for this three-year grant is $300K.

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    • Dr. Yury Gogotsi Receives $3M NSF-IGERT Grant

      August 24 2007

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) has received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation titled "IGERT Fellowships in Nanoscale Science and Engineering: The Two-University/One Campus Approach."  Drs. Jonathan Spanier (MSE) and Mun Young Choi (MEM) are co-PIs on this project, along with Dawn Bonnell and Alan T. Johnson from the University of Pennsylvania.  Holly Burnside, Program Coordinator for the Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, manages the IGERT program and was instrumental in putting this proposal together.

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    • MSE Student Featured on NBC10.com

      August 23 2007

      Doug Markgraf, an undergraduate student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been featured in a story on NBC10.com.

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    • Dee Breger to Appear in History Channel Documentary

      August 23 2007

      For more than seven years, Dee Breger, Director of Microscopy and Research Professor in the College of Engineering at Drexel University, has been working on a project to uncover previously unknown meteorite impacts. Recently, her work has been captured in The History Channel documentary "Comet Catastrophe" which will air on Tuesday, September 4th at 10:00 p.m. EST. The film will be the season premier of the History Channel's "MegaDisasters" series.

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    • Dr. Yury Gogotsi Receives Grant from BFTP

      August 22 2007

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), recently received a grant from the NanoTechnology Institute/ Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP) titled, “Nanoscale Cellular Probes.” The goal of this project is to develop nanotube-based cellular probes, in collaboration with scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University, and to test their biological sensing capability.  The budget for this one-year project is $135,000.

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    • Dr. Yury Gogotsi and Colleagues Receive $1 Million W.M. Keck Foundation Grant

      August 21 2007

      Drs. Yury Gogotsi (MSE), Gary Friedman (ECE), Bradley Layton (MEM), Jane Clifford (College of Medicine), and Elisabeth Papazoglou (School of Biomedical Engineering) have received a $1,000,000 grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation for the project titled “Keck Institute of Attofluidic Nanotube-Based Probes”. A major institutional effort led by President Papadakis and the Office of Institutional Advancement helped to add Drexel University to the prestigious list of Keck Foundation grantees.

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    • Dr. Yury Gogotsi Receives ONR/NAVSEA Grant

      August 21 2007

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute and and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, recently received an award from the Office of Naval Research/NAVSEA for his project entitled, “Filling Carbon Nanotubes with Metal Nanoparticles.”  In this program, methods for filling carbon nanotubes will be developed with a variety of metal nanoparticles with the size ranging from 2 to 30 nm. This work will be performed in collaboration with the Indian Head Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center.  The budget for this one-year project is $100,000.

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    • Dr. Michele Marcolongo Chosen for Biomedical Journal Editorial Board

      August 15 2007

      Dr. Michele Marcolongo, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Associate Vice Provost for Research, has been invited to serve on the editorial board for the Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Part A.

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    • Dr. Yury Gogotsi Receives Renewal for RET-Nano

      August 13 2007

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute (DNI) and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, has received a renewal for his National Science Foundation Research Experience for Teachers grant in Nanotechnology (RET-Nano).

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    • All in the Family: Materials Science and Engineering is Family Business for this Drexel Alum

      August 08 2007

      Some people discover their love for materials science and engineering late in life. Others find their calling very early on. Just ask Thomas Henriksen, an MSE alumnus (B.S. 2005) and president and CEO of Ceramco, Inc. located in New Hampshire.

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    • Surya Kalidindi Receives NSF Grant

      August 08 2007

      Dr. Surya Kalidindi, Department Head and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant titled “AHSS: Development of novel finite element simulation tools that implement crystal plasticity constitutive theories using an efficient spectral framework.” MSE Research Assistant Professor Dr. David Fullwood will be the Co-PI on the grant which totals $430,000 over a four year period.

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    • Yury Gogotsi Featured on NanoScienceWorks.org

      August 07 2007

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi and the work of his Nano Materials Research Group were featured on the homepage of NanoScienceWorks.org, and will appear in the August issue of the NanoScienceWorks newsletter. The main focus of the article on Gogotsi and his research team are the real-world applications of nanotechnology, specifically, the versatile applications of carbon.

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    • MSE Hosts Hands-On Experience for Philadelphia Youths

      August 01 2007

      The Department of Materials Science and Engineering welcomed about 100 young students from the Exodus to Excellence Summer Program to learn about materials on Friday, July 27.

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  • July

    Highlighted Articles

    • MSE Alum Elizabeth Hoffman Becomes ASM Emerging Professionals Member

      July 25 2007

      MSE alumna Elizabeth Hoffman (B.S. 2002; Ph.D. 2006) has recently been accepted as a member of the ASM International 2007-2008 Class of Emerging Professionals. ASM International and the Emerging Professionals Program work together to design activities for the program that involve members who are transitioning from student to professional membership, exhibit an interest in the Society, and have a strong desire to continue to grow professionally.

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    • Dr. Roger Doherty Publishes Paper Remembering Early Materials Scientists

      July 24 2007

      Dr. Roger Doherty, A.W. Grosvenor Professor in Materials Science and Engineering, has published a paper in Science that recalls the work of Robert W. Cahn and David Turnbull, two metallurgists who transformed the field of metallurgy into the materials science that we know today. In the paper, published in the July 6, 2007 issue of Science, Doherty paints a portrait of the two men, whose varied backgrounds ultimately came together to help create what is today's modern materials science.

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    • Dr. Yury Gogotsi Receives DOE Grant to Research Carbide Derived Carbons

      July 24 2007

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of a $360,000 award from the Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences for the project titled, "Silicon Carbide Derived Carbons: Experiments and Modeling." Dr. Gogotsi will act as PI on the three-year project, which becomes active on September 1, 2007. The project is a joint effort between Dr. Gogotsi and Dr. Miklos Kertesz, professor in the Chemistry Department of Georgetown University. Dr. Gogotsi's research team will conduct the synthesis of various carbon nanostructures using silicon carbide as a precursor while Dr. Kertesz' Georgetown team will develop models of the carbon structures and their growth.

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    • Dr. David Fullwood Accepts Position at BYU

      July 19 2007

      Dr. David Fullwood, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has accepted a position as tenure track Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Dr. Fullwood will join the small materials science and engineering group that is part of BYU’s mechanical engineering department, beginning on August 15, 2007.

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    • Dr. Christopher Li Receives AFRL Grant

      July 18 2007

      Dr. Christopher Li, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), handled by AT&T Government Solution, titled “Custom Synthesis of Periodically-Masked Carbon Nanotubes.” Dr. Li will serve as PI on the project and will be assisted by his graduate student Bing Li. The project will explore using periodically-masked carbon nanotubes for functional nanocomposites. This kind of research creates stronger, lighter and “smarter” composites that are needed for developing advanced air vehicles and space structures. The award is effective September 1, 2007 and expires March 1, 2008.

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    • Dr. Surya Kalidindi, Dr Haviva Goldman and Siddhartha Pathak Approved for CINT User Project

      July 17 2007

      A user proposal titled "Mechanics and Materials Approach to Quantitative Assessment of Bone Quality" submitted jointly by Dr. Kalidindi, Dr. Goldman and Ph.D. student Mr. Pathak to the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies (CINT) has been accepted as a CINT user project. The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies is a Department of Energy, Basic Energy Sciences (DOE/BES) Nanoscale Science Research Center (NSRC) jointly operated by Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories. Through its core facility in Albuquerque with gateways to both Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories, CINT provides open access to tools and expertise needed to explore the continuum from scientific discovery to the integration of nanostructures into the micro- and macro world.

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    • MSE Alumna Anne L. Stevens Donates $1 Million to CoE

      July 17 2007

      MSE alumna Anne L. Stevens ('80), President and CEO of Carpenter Technology, Reading, Pa., has donated $1 million to Drexel University's College of Engineering for a professorship and four scholarships.

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    • Dr. Christopher Li Receives $240K NSF Grant

      July 17 2007

      Dr. Christopher Li, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, is the recipient of a $240,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled “Control Nanoparticle Patterning via Asymmetric Functionalization.” This project aims to achieve directed assembly of metal/semiconductor nanoparticles using soft materials. This research could help realize some of the fascinating applications of nanoparticles, such as single electron devices and multifunctional artificial molecules. The award is effective August 1, 2007 and expires July 31, 2010.

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    • Dr. Michel Barsoum's Pyramid Research Featured on NSF Home Page

      July 16 2007

      Dr. Michel Barsoum, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, was featured in an article on the National Science Foundation (NSF) home page on July 13, 2007 for his findings that the Great Pyramids of Giza are partially constructed of limestone-based concrete. The story, written by Dorilona Rose, Operations Manager, and Sheila Berninger, Program Coordinator, about Dr. Barsoum’s research was also featured on LiveScience.com on May 18, 2007.

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    • Drs. Wan and Wei Shih's Paper Downloaded 250 Times

      July 16 2007

      A paper published in Nanotechnology by Drs. Wan and Wei Shih, and graduate student Hui Li, has been downloaded 250 times, according to Nina Couzin, Publisher, Nanotechnology.

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    • Yury Gogotsi and Colleagues' Nanodiamond Research Makes Front Page of Philadelphia Business Journal

      July 03 2007

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, director of A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, was featured on the front page of the June 29 to July 5, 2007, weekly edition of the Philadelphia Business Journal for his collaboration with NanoBlox Inc. Dr. Gogotsi's research team, led by Dr. Vadym Mochalin, developed a technology that enables nanodiamonds to be used for the various applications envisioned by NanoBlox.

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  • June

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    • Dr. Michel Barsoum Receives NSF SGER Grant

      June 21 2007

      Dr. Michel Barsoum, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering has recently received the National Science Foundation Small Grant for Exploratory Research (SGER) award for his two-year project titled, “SGER: Incipient Kink Bands, Damping, Micro- and Macroyielding in Hexagonal Metals.”  Dr. Barsoum will act as PI for the project, which has a budget of $141,081.

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    • Dr. Michele Marcolongo Selected For NAE Frontiers of Engineering Program

      June 20 2007

      Dr. Michele Marcolongo, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), has been chosen as one of 83 engineers from academia, industry, and government, to participate in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 13th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium. Dr. Marcolongo was hand picked out of more than 200 engineers who applied for the program.

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    • Drs. Wan and Wei Shih and Graduate Students Publish Two Papers

      June 20 2007

      Dr. Wan Shih, associate professor in Biomed, Dr. Wei-Heng Shih, professor in MSE, and MSE graduate student Hui Li co-authored and published, "Non-Heavy Metal ZnS Quantum dots with Bright Blue Photoluminescence by a One-Step Aqueous Synthesis" in the April 2007 edition of Nanotechnology18, 205604 (2007)

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    • Chris Hovanec Receives Outstanding Young Scientist Award

      June 18 2007

      MSE graduate student Chris Hovanec (advisors: Surya Kalidindi and Roger Doherty) received the Outstanding Young Scientist Award at the recently held 3rd International Conference on Recrystallization and Grain Growth. Hovanec traveled to Jeju Island, Korea, to give an invited presentation titled “Role of Low Angle Grain Boundaries in the Onset of Abnormal Grain Coarsening” at the conference held June 10-15, 2007.

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    • MSE Receives NSF GOALI Grant

      June 18 2007

      Drs. Surya Kalidindi (PI, MSE), David Fullwood (Co-PI, MSE), and Raj Mishra of General Motors Research and Development Center (GM), have received a National Science Foundation: Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI) award for their project entitled, "GOALI: Process Design Solutions for Textured Polycrystalline Cubic and Hexagonal Metals: Inverse Solution Methodologies and Experimental Validation."

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    • Drexel’s MSE Mentioned in Small Times, Micro and Nanotech Magazine

      June 18 2007

      The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University was listed in an article in the May/June 2007 edition of Small Times magazine for being ranked among the top 10 doctoral programs in MSE nationwide. Small Times conducted a university survey questioning institutions about funding, facilities, research, and micro- and nano-specific courses and degree programs, according to the article. The information found was used to compile a list of top institutions involved in micro- and nanotechnology.

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    • Two MSE Students Receive University Awards

      June 15 2007

      MSE Ph.D. student Maria Pia Rossi (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) has received the "doctoral student in the Mathematical Sciences and Engineering deemed to have the most promise in enhancing Drexel's reputation in the future" Award. The award will be given by Dr. Stephen Director, Provost, at the Hooding Ceremony for doctoral students on Friday, June 15, 2007 at 4:30 pm in the Behrakis Grand Hall. President Constantine Papadakis will also recognize Rossi at Commencement on Saturday, June 16, 2007.

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    • MSE Professor Receives First Ever University Research/Scholarship Award

      June 07 2007

      Dr. Michel Barsoum, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, has received the inaugural Drexel University Research/Scholarship Award for the discovery of kinking nonlinear elastic deformation of solids, a fully reversible deformation mode which is observed in a wide range of materials, including geological and ceramic materials, graphite and hexagonal metals. He was recognized for this accomplishment at a formal dinner held on May 30th, 2007, in Behrakis Grand Hall.

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    • MSE Receives Second GAANN Award

      June 06 2007

      Drs. Antonios Zavaliangos (PI), Associate Department Head and Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE), Surya Kalidindi (Co-PI), Department Head and Professor of MSE, and David Fullwood, Research Professor of MSE, are the recipients of a $511,524 Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) award from the Department of Education. The three-year grant, titled "Computational Materials Science and Engineering GAANN," goes into effect August 15, 2007.

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    • MSE Well-Represented at Senior Design Competition

      June 06 2007

      MSE undergraduate student Cristin Yavorsky (advisor: Christopher Li) represented the department as a finalist in the College of Engineering Senior Design Competition.

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    • MSE Students and Faculty Receive ASM Honors and Scholarships

      June 04 2007

      The ASM Liberty Bell Chapter has awarded two scholarships to MSE students and two honors to an MSE student and faculty member. The winners are as follows:

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  • May

    Highlighted Articles

    • Knezevic and Pathak Chosen as Finalists for 2007 Business Plan Competition

      May 30 2007

      The Microstructure Sensitive Design of Materials team composed of MSE graduate students Marko Knezevic and Siddhartha Pathak, along with Wan-ting Hu and Jane Zhen Cai of the LeBow College of Business, has been announced as one of six finalists in Phase II of the 2007 Business Plan Competition sponsored by the Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology. Their team has received $1,000 and will be given the opportunity to present their business plans to a panel of judges at the Entrepreneur Conference on June 7, 2007, where additional prizes will be awarded.

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    • Four MSE Students Take Awards At Drexel’s Graduate Student Day

      May 22 2007

      Michael Birnkrant (advisor: Christopher Li), Brendan Donohue (advisor: Surya Kalidindi), Aaron Sakulich (advisor: Michel Barsoum) and Jessica Schiffman (advisor: Caroline Schauer) all took home awards at this year's Graduate Student Day held on May 17, 2007, in the Mitchell Auditorium of the Bossone Research Enterprise Center. All award winners were featured in the May 11 issue of the Triangle.

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    • Sheila Berninger and Dorilona Rose Publish Article About Dr. Michel Barsoum's Pyramid Research

      May 22 2007

      Sheila Berninger, materials program coordinator, and Dorilona Rose, operations manager, both in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, co-wrote a story about Dr. Michel Barsoum, distinguished professor of materials engineering, published in LiveScience.com on May 18, 2007. The story, which focuses on Dr. Barsoum's findings that the Great Pyramids of Giza are partially constructed of limestone-based concrete, was syndicated on News.Softpedia.com and Yahoo.com.

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    • MSE Alums Come Together For a Fond Farewell to Dr. Frank Ko

      May 22 2007

      More than 70 Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) faculty, staff, students, and alumni gathered on May 4 at the University Club in MacAlister Hall to celebrate the retirement of Dr. Frank Ko as part of Drexel University’s Alumni Weekend.

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    • Alex Moseson Receives Three Awards

      May 21 2007

      B.S./M.S. student Alex Moseson (advisor: Michel Barsoum) has received the Outstanding Cooperative Education Student Award and the Outstanding Senior Award.

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    • Dr. Michele Marcolongo Partners With Dr. Wei Sun (MEM) For Bio-Deposition Research

      May 21 2007

      Drs. Wei Sun, Associate Professor, MEM (PI), Ken Barbee, Professor, Biomed (Co-PI) and Michele Marcolongo, Associate Professor, MSE (Co-PI) were recently awarded funding from the National Science Foundation for their project entitled, “Study Bio-Deposition Induced Effect on Living Cells.”

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    • Five MSE Students Awarded Provost Fellowships

      May 10 2007

      Valerie Binetti, Amanda Levinson, Li-Ke Shu, and Shraddha Vachhani-all students who will join the Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) department in the fall-have been awarded the Drexel University Provost Fellowship. Alex Moseson (advisor: Michel Barsoum), a B.S./M.S. student in MSE, has also received the fellowship. Alex will be pursuing his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics (MEM) at Drexel, but will continue to be advised by Dr. Barsoum, Distinguished Professor in the Materials department.

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    • MSE Alumnus Accepts Position With ASEE

      May 08 2007

      MSE Alumnus Dr. Thomas Juliano (2005, advisor: Yury Gogotsi) has recently accepted the position of Academic Programs Manager with the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Juliano will officially start the position at ASEE’s headquarters in Washington D.C. in late May.

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    • Gleb Yushin Accepts Position At Georgia Tech

      May 07 2007

      Dr. Gleb Yushin, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will be joining the School of Materials Science and Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in July 2007. Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering ranks fourth in the U.S. News and World report, following MIT, Stanford and UC Berkeley.

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  • April

    Highlighted Articles

    • DNI And Nanoblox Featured In Ben Franklin Technology Partners Keynotes

      April 26 2007

      The Drexel Nanotechnology Institute's (DNI) collaboration with Philadelphia-based Nanoblox, Inc., was featured in the April 2007 edition of KEYnotes, the newsletter of the Ben Franklin Technology Partners (BFTP). According to the BFTP Web site, the organization works to diversify and strengthen Pennsylvania's economy by focusing on entrepreneurial development and technological innovation.

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    • MSE Students Take Top Awards at ASM Poster Contest

      April 26 2007

      The ASM International Philadelphia Liberty Bell Chapter held its 6th annual C.F. Burns Memorial Poster Contest for graduate students on April 19, 2007. The contest was sponsored by Solar Atmospheres, Inc. Three MSE students took home the top prizes. The winners are as follows:

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    • Vondran Wins Undergraduate Award At Drexel Research Day

      April 26 2007

      B.S./M.S. student Jennifer Vondran (advisor: Caroline Schauer) was the recipient of an Undergraduate Award for her poster that was displayed at the 2007 Drexel Research, Innovation, Scholarship and Creativity Day. The ninth annual Research Day took place at the John A. Daskalakis Athletic Center from 11 a.m. to 3. p.m. on April 17, 2007. Vondran's poster, titled "Mechanical Property Optimization of Electrospun Chitosan-PEO Nanofibers," won in the category of Biological and Biomedical Research. Please click here to read Vondran's abstract and to view a list of other winners.

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    • Gogotsi’s Work On Nanotube-Tipped Pipettes Continues To Receive Press

      April 24 2007

      Research on nanotube-tipped pipettes conducted by Dr. Yury Gogotsi and colleagues continues to be publicized internationally. A story about their research on the assembly of nanotubes into nanotube-tipped cellular probes was published on March 16, 2007, on Nanowerk.com. United Press International also published a story about the research on April 9, 2007. The United Press story has been syndicated on IMediNews.ge, Playfuls.com, EarthTimes.org, MonstersAndCritics.com, ScienceDaily.com, PostChronicle.com, RedOrbit.com, Moldova.org, NewKerala.com and PoliticalGateway.com.

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    • Alex Moseson Receives Arthur E. Focke LeaderShape Award

      April 03 2007

      B.S./M.S. student Alex Moseson (advisor: Michel Barsoum) has received the ASM International Arthur E. Focke LeaderShape Award.

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    • Breger's Work Reviewed In Time Out Chicago

      April 03 2007

      A Chicago exhibition by Dee Breger, Director of Microscopy in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was reviewed in the online edition of the weekly publication Time Out Chicago on March 22.

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  • March

    Highlighted Articles

    • Michael Sexton Receives Axel Madsen Award

      March 29 2007

      Michael Sexton (advisor: Antonios Zavaliangos), materials science and engineering B.S./M.S. student, received the $1,200 Axel Madsen Award from the Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology to travel to the 2007 International Conference on Powder Metallurgy and Particulate Materials to be held in Denver, May 13-16, 2007.

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    • MSE Alumnus Ranjan Dash Receives $1,000 Carbon Award

      March 28 2007

      MSE alumnus Ranjan Dash (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) was the recipient of this year's $1,000 Elsevier (Carbon) prize from Carbon, the international journal sponsored by the American Carbon Society and published by Elsevier, for his research on Nanoporous Carbons Derived from Binary Carbides and their Optimization for Hydrogen Storage. The Carbon prize is given to recent Ph.D. graduates.

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    • Gogotsi and Colleagues' Work Featured on Nanowerk.com

      March 21 2007

      Two papers published in Nanotechnology and Applied Physics Letters by Dr. Yury Gogotsi, director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute and professor of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and colleagues, were featured in a Nanowerk.com story posted on March 16, 2007.

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    • Dejan Stojakovic Receives Scholarship from Studenica Foundation

      March 20 2007

      Dejan Stojakovic (advisors: Surya Kalidindi and Roger Doherty), materials science and engineering doctoral student, has received the $3,000 Dragomir Nicolitch Charitable Trust Scholarship from the Studenica Foundation to support him in the 2006-2007 academic year. This is the second consecutive year in which Dejan has received this prestigious award.

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    • Aaron Sakulich Receives Fulbright Scholarship

      March 20 2007

      MSE Ph.D. student Aaron Sakulich (advisor: Dr. Michel Barsoum) has been selected as a Fulbright student grantee to Morocco. Aaron is the first Drexel MSE student to receive a J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship while enrolled as a student in the department.

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    • Li Receives PERKIN ELMER - ICTAC Young Scientist Award

      March 13 2007

      Congratulations to Dr. Christopher Li, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and recipient of the PERKIN ELMER - ICTAC Young Scientist Award presented by the Council of the International Confederation for Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry. The award is given once every four years to the "best young scientist in the field of thermal analysis and calorimetry." The award will be presented at the 13th ICTAC meeting in Cagliari-Chia, Laguna, Italy in September 2004.

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    • New NSF Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Awarded in Nanotechnology

      March 12 2007

      A proposal submitted to NSF by Professors Yury Gogotsi (PI, MSE), Mun Choi (MEM), Gary Friedman (ECE), Alan MacDiarmid (UPenn) and Dawn Bonnell (UPenn) has been selected for award. The title of the proposal is "Research Experiences for Teachers in Nanotechnology." This 3 year project has a budget of $450K. This is the 2nd RET Site Project for Drexel University.  Katrin Cowan, Nanotechnology Program Coordinator in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Joanne Ferroni, Development and Outreach Coordinator in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics are to be commended for their extraordinary effort in putting the proposal together.

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    • David Steinmetz Receives Scholarship For Youth Exchange Program

      March 08 2007

      Materials Science and Engineering BS/MS student David Steinmetz (advisor: Surya Kalidindi) has received a scholarship to participate in The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX).

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    • MSE Well Represented at Honors Day Ceremony

      March 07 2007

      Once again this year as part of Drexel’s Engineers Week, Honors Day offered the opportunity to celebrate excellence among faculty, staff, and students. A large number of students from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering were recognized at the ceremony held on February 21, 2007, in the Main Auditorium of the Main Building.

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    • Chmiola's Science Paper Ranked in Top 100 Nanomedicine Publications

      March 07 2007

      Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. student John Chmiola’s (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) paper, “Anomalous increase in carbon capacitance at pore sizes less than 1 nanometer,” (J. Chmiola, G. Yushin, Y. Gogotsi, C. Portet, P. Simon, P.L. Taberna) Science 313 (5794): 1760-1763 Sept. 22, 2006) has been ranked #17 in the Top 100 Nanomedicine Publications, according to the Ion Channel Media Group.

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    • MSE Students Knezevic and Pathak Win Contest

      March 05 2007

      MSE graduate students Marko Knezevic and Siddhartha Pathak, along with Wan-ting Hu and Jane Zhen Cai of the LeBow College of Business, have won the 2007 Business Plan Competition sponsored by the Laurence A. Baiada Center for Entrepreneurship in Technology.  They will receive a cash prize of $500.

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  • February

    Highlighted Articles

    • MSE Has "Egg-cellent" Turnout at Egg Drop Competition

      February 28 2007

      Drexel University’s College of Engineering kicked off National Engineers Week on Monday, February 19, 2007 with the 13th Annual Egg Drop Competition held in the Great Court of Drexel’s Main Building.

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    • MSE Welcomes New Faculty Member

      February 22 2007

      The Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University is pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Mitra L. Taheri as the Hoeganeas Assistant Professor of Metallurgy in the 2008 academic year.

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    • Oren Leaffer Receives Rafiki Award

      February 22 2007

      MSE Ph.D. student Oren Leaffer has been nominated for the Drexel University Rafiki Award.  Rafiki, which means "friend", is an award given out during Black History Month each year.

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    • DREAM Receives Funding for Three More Years

      February 19 2007

      The Department of Materials Science and Engineering is proud to announce that three-year-old Drexel Research Experience in Advanced Materials (DREAM) has been renewed for an additional three years.

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    • Zhorro Nikolov to Present Paper

      February 16 2007

      Dr. Zhorro Nikolov, Director of the Drexel Materials Characterization Facility, has been invited to present his paper titled, “Analysis of Interfacial Water Structure close to Mixed Langmuir Monolayers by Sum-Frequency Spectroscopy,” (Z.S. Nikolov, D.W. Britt, and J.D. Miller) at the 2007 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show to be held on May 20 through 24 in Santa Clara, CA. Dr. Nikolov’s talk will take place at 5:20 p.m. on Monday, May 21, as part of the Nanoscale Characterization, Spectroscopy and Electrical: Electronics and Bonding, segment of the conference.

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    • Barsoum's Pyramid Research Continues to be Syndicated

      February 14 2007

      Dr. Michel Barsoum, Distinguished Professor of Materials Engineering, and the results of his recent study were featured in the February 2007 issue of Materials Performance.

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    • Vondran Receives Student Paper Award

      February 14 2007

      B.S./M.S. student Jennifer Vondran of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering has received a student paper award from the Delaware Valley Engineers Week Council for her paper titled, “Immobilization of Francisella tularensis in Contaminated Water Supplies:  Biomicrobial Affinity Sensor for Bioterrorism Agent Detection.”

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    • Materials Alumnus Nominated for Grammy Award

      February 13 2007

      Drexel alumnus and music producer Howard Benson, '80, materials engineering, was a nominee for a Grammy Award in the "Producer of the Year, non-classical" category.

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    • Breger's Research on Holocene Oceanic Impacts Leads to History Channel Documentary

      February 12 2007

      Dee Breger, director of microscopy, was recently quoted in the lead story in the Science section of The New York Times for her involvement with the Holocene Impact Working Group.

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    • Dee Breger's Work to Appear in Upcoming Exhibitions

      February 12 2007

      Dee Breger, Director of Microscopy, was quoted in the Woman News pages of the Chicago Tribune on November 1, 2006 regarding her “micrographic art” that will be on display in March at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

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    • Gogotsi Appointed Co-Editor of Carbon

      February 12 2007

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, has been appointed as Co-Editor of Carbon, an international journal sponsored by the American Carbon Society and published by Elsevier.

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    • MSE Receives Three CoE Awards

      February 12 2007

      MSE faculty and staff will be honored with three College of Engineering awards at this year’s Annual Engineer of the Year Banquet to be held at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Philadelphia on February 23rd.

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    • Dr. Michel Barsoum's Pyramid Research Continues to Receive Press

      February 05 2007

      A summary of Dr. Michel Barsoum’s paper entitled, “Microstructural Evidence of Reconstituted Limestone Blocks in the Great Pyramids of Egypt,” (M. W. Barsoum, A. Ganguly, G. Hug), is set to be published in the March issue of Natural History Magazine.

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    • Drs. Yury Gogotsi and Gleb Yushin Receive Award from Global Protection, LLC

      February 05 2007

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, and Dr. Gleb Yushin, Research Assistant Professor, have been awarded funding from Global Protection, LLC to study applications of nanoparticles and nanofibers in masks and filters for improved antimicrobial efficiency and filtration capability. Dr. Gogotsi will act as the PI for the project and Dr. Yushin is the Co-PI.  The first year of funding is in the amount of $104,610 for the period December 2006 to December 2007.

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    • Dr. Yury Gogotsi Invited to Join Editorial Board of Ceramics International

      February 05 2007

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, has been invited to serve on the International Editorial Board of Ceramics International. Ceramics International ranks among the leading journals in the field of ceramics science and publishes works primarily focused on the fundamental aspects of ceramic science and their application to the development of improved ceramic materials.

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    • MSE Makes Front Page News In Drexel's Triangle

      February 05 2007

      The Chronicle of Higher Education announced on January 12, 2007 that Drexel University’s doctoral program in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is rated among the top ten MSE programs nationwide, according to the 2005 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, a research initiative partly funded by The State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook and produced by Academic Analytics.This news was featured on the front page of the January 26, 2007 issue of the Drexel University student newspaper, The Triangle.

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    • Dr. Cristelle Portet Receives French DGA Prize

      February 02 2007

      Dr. Cristelle Portet, postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was presented with the prestigious Delegation Generale pour l'Armement (French Army, DGA) Prize from the French Minister of Research and the French Minister of Defense at a ceremony held in Paris in January. Each year, the DGA awards up to 300 research grants to support Ph.D. candidates (similar to National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships in the U.S.). One recipient out of the 300 is selected by the Ministry of Science for the DGA Prize, which honors the researcher whose study has shown the best outcome over a three year period.

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    • John Chmiola Receives NSF Travel Fellowship

      February 02 2007

      Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. student John Chmiola (advisor: Yury Gogotsi) has been selected to receive a travel fellowship, funded by the National Science Foundation, to attend the European Ceramic Society Meeting in Berlin, Germany from June 17-21, 2007.

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  • January

    Highlighted Articles

    • Dr. Yury Gogotsi Quoted in Philadelphia Inquirer

      January 24 2007

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, was quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer on November 23, 2006. The article, entitled, “Fuel Speed Ahead: Giving Hydrogen Power a Boost,” explains a government plan to research whether hydrogen can be used as fuel.

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    • Dr. Yury Gogotsi and Dr. Vadym Mochalin Quoted on PhysOrg.com

      January 24 2007

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, was quoted in an article published on PhysOrg.com for his research with colleagues from NanoBlox Inc.

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    • Drs. Yury Gogotsi and Gleb Yushin Presented with Nano 50™ Awards

      January 24 2007

      Dr. Yury Gogotsi, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute, and Dr. Gleb Yushin, Research Assistant Professor, were each presented with a Nano 50™ Award from NASA Tech Briefs at the 2006 National Nano Engineering Conference (NNEC) held on November 9 and 10 in Boston.

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    • Dr. Zhorro Nikolov, et al., Publishes Two Articles

      January 22 2007

      Dr. Zhorro Nikolov, Director of the Materials Characterization Facility and Research Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and colleagues recently published two articles.

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    • Kishore Tenneti Receives Crystallography Award

      January 22 2007

      Kishore Tenneti (advisor: Christopher Li), a Materials Science and Engineering graduate student, has received the 2007 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 for his work in the area of X-ray crystallography.

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    • Drexel Professor to Speak on Solving the Mystery of the Great Pyramids of Egypt

      January 22 2007

      Dr. Michel Barsoum, Distinguished Professor of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will give a lecture entitled “The Mystery of the Great Pyramids of Egypt: A Partial Solution” on Friday, February 23 at 12:30 pm in the Bossone Auditorium of the Bossone Research Enterprise Center at Drexel University, on Market Street between 31st and 32nd Streets.

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    • Dr. Christopher Li Receives Outstanding Overseas Young Scientist Award

      January 22 2007

      Dr. Christopher Li, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, has received the Outstanding Overseas Young Scientist Award from the National Science Foundation of China. The purpose of the award is to foster international collaboration between China and the rest of the world.

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    • Drexel’s Materials Science and Engineering Listed Among Top Ten MSE Programs Nationwide

      January 17 2007

      The Chronicle of Higher Education has announced that Drexel University's doctoral program in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) is rated among the top ten MSE programs nationwide, according to the 2006 Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index, a research initiative partly funded by The State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook and produced by Academic Analytics.

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