Annual Report

Annual Report 2017-18

Fast Facts
Fast Facts

Note from the Department Head
Michele Marcolongo

Michele Marcolongo, PhD, PE, AIMBE
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Highlights

Drexel Materials Faculty and Staff

Department Mourns Passing of Beloved Emeritus Professor
Alan Lawley

Drexel's Department of Materials Science and Engineering regrets to report the passing of Professor Emeritus Alan Lawley.
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Schauer Appointed to New Position and Promoted
Caroline Schauer

Dr. Caroline Schauer has been appointed to the newly created position of Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and promoted to Full Professor.
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Excellence in Scholarship: 2018 Graduates

Drexel Materials Celebrates Commencement
students at commencement

The department bid farewell to graduating students at our annual commencement dinner. Faculty, staff, and students receiving departmental awards were also honored.
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Faculty, Students and Staff Receive College Awards
Award recipients

Five Materials faculty, students and staff members received College of Engineering awards for their consistently high performance or outstanding service to the College.
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AlumnImpact

Alumna Named One of Forbes 30 Under 30
Alumna Prineha Narang

Alumna Prineha Narang (BS ’11) was named, at the age of 28, to the 2018 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the category of Science for her work on atom-by-atom quantum engineering.
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Alumnae Named Drexel Magazine's 40 Under 40

Alumnae Dr. Nina Crum and Dr. Kristy Jost have been named to the 2018 Drexel Magazine 40 Under 40.
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Alumni Awarded Tenure and Promotion

Drexel Materials alumni Dr. Jessica Schiffman and Dr. Aaron Sakulich have been granted tenure and promoted to associate professor at their respective universities.
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Alumna Named to MIT 35 Innovators Under 35
Alumna Prineha Narang

Alumna Prineha Narang (BS, ’11) has been named as an MIT Technology Review 2018 35 Innovator Under 35.
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Dr. Diran Apelian Elected Fellow of NAI
Dr. Diran Apelian

Alumnus Dr. Diran Apelian (BS ’68) has been elected a 2017 Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.
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Frederick Schmidt, Jr. Wins Service to Profession Award
Fred Schmidt

Frederick Schmidt Jr., BS Metallurgical Engineering ’68, MS Materials Engineering ’70, PhD ’95, is the recipient of Drexel University's 2018 Service to the Profession Alumni Award.
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Materials in Action

New Microscope Technology Gives Researchers Detailed Look at Materials
direct detection microscopy

Researchers from the Dynamic Characterization Group, led by Mitra Taheri, recently published their findings from a side-by-side test of a newly developed direct detection camera and a conventional indirect detection camera, both developed by Gatan. Their piece is in the journal Nature Scientific Reports.
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Faculty Awards and Achievements

Marcolongo Elected National Academy of Inventors Fellow
Michele Marcolongo

Department Head and Professor Michele Marcolongo has been elected as a 2017 National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Fellow.
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Gogotsi Receives Honorary Doctorate
Gogosti receiving IPMS NAS honorary doctorate

On a recent visit to Ukraine, Distinguished Trustee and Charles T. and Ruth M. Bach Professor Yury Gogotsi was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Frantsevich Institute For Problems Of Materials Science of the National Academy of Sciences (IPMS NAS).
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Pomerantseva Receives NSF-CAREER Award

Anne Stevens Assistant Professor Ekaterina Pomerantseva received a five-year National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development grant for her research.
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Gogotsi Named Highly Cited Researcher
Yury Gogotsi

Professor Yury Gogotsi was named a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher in the categories of both Chemistry and Materials Science.
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Dr. Schauer Receives Distinguished Service Award
Caroline Schauer and Provost Brian Blake

Caroline Schauer, PhD, associate professor, has received the Harold M. Myers Award for Distinguished Service.
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Gogotsi Receives Energy Storage Materials Award
Gogosti receiving award

Professor Yury Gogotsi is the 2017 recipient of the Energy Storage Materials Award given by the journal Energy Storage Materials.
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Cheng Receives Young Innovators Award
Hao Cheng

Assistant Professor Hao Cheng is the recipient of an inaugural 2018 Nano Research Young Innovators Award.
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Gogotsi Receives Highest H-Index Value in College
Yury Gogotsi

Professor Yury Gogotsi has received an h-index value of 100 from Google Scholar and other citation databases, the highest ever received by a professor within the College of Engineering.
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Gogotsi Appointed ISE Fellow
Yury Gogotsi

Professor Yury Gogotsi has been appointed Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry.
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Gogotsi Receives Honorary Doctorate
Professor Yury Gogotsi giving speech at Kyiv Polytechnic Institute

Professor Yury Gogotsi has received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.
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Student Awards and Achievements

PhD Student Awarded Research Internship
Ariana Levitt

PhD student Ariana Levitt has been selected to participate in the 2018 Australia-Americas PhD Research Internship Program of the Australian Academy of Science.
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Mallory Clites Receives Research Award
Mallory Clites

PhD candidate Mallory Clites has received a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) award to conduct research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
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Senior Design Team Places Second
A Senior Design Team standing next to their poster

The Senior Design team from Drexel Materials placed second at the 2018 College of Engineering Celebration of Engineering Design Senior Design competition.
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David Freiberg Receives 2018 Teaching Assistant Excellence Award
David Freiberg

Materials PhD student David Freiberg received the Drexel University Teaching Assistant Excellence Award.
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Major Research Initiatives and Activities

Marcolongo's Book Offers Roadmap to Entrepreneurship
Academic Entrepreneurship cover

Professor and Department Head Michele Marcolongo has published a new book, Academic Entrepreneurship: How to Bring Your Scientific Discovery to a Successful Commercial Product.
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Recipe for Safer Batteries — Just Add Diamonds
Dendrites

Professor Yury Gogotsi and his research team published their work—entitled “Nanodiamonds Suppress Growth of Lithium Dendrites” —in the journal Nature Communications. They describe a process by which nanodiamonds curtail hazardous short-circuiting of lithium ion batteries.
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Staying Dry on a Rainy Day
Chris Li

Professor Christopher Li receives a collaborative NSF grant to develop a method for altering materials’ surface properties through the use of polymers to improve new materials development.
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Compress it, Watch it Expand
MXenes

Michel Barsoum’s discovery of a new behavior exhibited by MXenes was published in the journal Science Advances.
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Breast Cancer Detector Wins Social Innovation Award
iBreastExam device

A breast cancer screening device developed by professor Wei-Heng Shih and associate professor Wan Shih (Biomedical Engineering) won the Bayer Aspirin Social Innovation Award.
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Precise Assembly Required
gold nanoparticle frame image

Christopher Li's Soft Materials Group has demonstrated a directed assembly method to precisely assemble gold nanoparticles.
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When Spaces Are Tight, Nature Loosens Its Laws
Coulombic ordering of ionic liquid

A discovery by an international team of researchers, including Yury Gogotsi, could lead to safer energy storage devices and better water filtration membranes.
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Researchers Deliver Made To Order Polymers
Parent polymer transformed into sibling polymer

Researchers from Assistant Professor Andrew Magenau’s Macromolecular Materials Group have developed an efficient chemical reaction by which one polymer substrate, can become any one of several different thousand potential materials.
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A High(er)-Definition Nose
smoke detector

Sensors have improved so much that they can even detect diseases on a person’s breath. Drexel researchers and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have made a discovery that could make our best “chemical noses” even more sensitive.
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Desalination with Environmentally Friendly Materials
Schematic of desalination using manganese oxides

Researchers in Ekaterina Pomerantseva's Materials Electrochemistry Group have shown that inexpensive manganese oxides are effective at removing salts from solution.
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"Chemical Net" Could Be Key To Capturing Hydrogen
MXene gas separation

An international team of researchers, led by Drexel Materials, has uncovered exceptionally efficient gas separation properties in MXene that could be incorporated into the membranes used to purify hydrogen.
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A Soft Solution to the Hard Problem of Energy Storage
Materials

Research from Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania shows a new technique for manipulating two-dimensional materials that allows them to be shaped into films of a practically usable thickness.
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A Strength Supplement for Aerospace Materials
Rocket heat shield

A new method discovered by researchers from Drexel and Penn State University has enabled the introduction of MXene to bolster the strength of ceramics used in airplanes and rockets.
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MXene's Tour de Force
MXenes

Since the discovery of MXenes by Drexel Materials researchers in 2011, continued exploration has revealed their exceptional capabilities in a variety of applications.
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Special Highlights

Drexel’s Outstanding Promise Alumni: Where Are They Now?

Seven Materials alumni recipients of the Outstanding Promise Award share how they are enhancing Drexel’s reputation in the real world.
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