Annual Report 2014-15

Annual Report 2014-15

Facts at a Glance
Fast Facts

Message from the Department Head
Michele Marcolongo

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Faculty & Staff

Dr. Andrew Magenau to Join Department in Fall 2015
Andrew Magenau

Dr. Magenau’s research group at Drexel University will be focused on developing innovative polymerization platforms that generate functional soft materials addressing needs at the interface of chemistry, biology, and materials science.
Dr. Maher Harb to Join Department in Fall 2015
Maher Harb

Dr. Maher Harb will join the department in September 2015 as Assistant Professor under a joint appointment to the Drexel Physics and Materials departments.
May Promoted to Associate Professor
Steven May

Dr. Steven May has received tenure and been promoted to associate professor as of September 1, 2015.
Welcoming Back Danielle Kopicko
Danielle Kopicko

Drexel Materials welcomes back Danielle T. Kopicko, who rejoined the staff in February 2015 as Associate Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanomaterials Institute.

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Excellence in Scholarship: 2015 Graduation

Drexel Materials Graduates Honored at Commencement Events
2015 Commencement

The department bid farewell to its graduating students at a reception for PhD graduates and at our annual commencement dinner. Faculty, staff, and students receiving 2014-2015 departmental awards were also honored.
Materials Students Receive Multiple Commencement Awards
Kristy Jost

Six Drexel Materials students have been recognized with end of year honors from the Office of Graduate Studies.

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Alumni Impact

Arts and Technology at the Crossroads: Materials Alumni Pursue their Passions
Benson, Vakharia, and Jost

Materials alumni find a variety of ways to fuse the arts and technology to suit their own career paths.
Alumnus and Students Receive Alumni Association Awards
Alumni Association Award winners

Dr. Ronald (Ron) W. Smith, PhD Materials ’85, PhD student Katie Van Aken, and BS/MS student Ziyin Huang were all honored by the Drexel University Alumni Association for their achievements and service.
Alumnus Dr. William E. Frazier Appointed VP of ASM International Board
Dr. William E. Frazier

Alumnus Dr. William E. Frazier has been elected Vice President of the Board of Trustees of ASM International.
Alumnus Howard Benson ’80 Receives Honorary Degree
Howard Benson

Alumnus Howard Benson, BS ’80, is the recipient of a Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Drexel’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design.

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Materials in Action

Hi-Res Cancer Surgery: Materials That Make TV Pictures Pop Also Guide Tumor Removal
quantum dots 2

Professors Wei-Heng Shih and Wan Shih are turning fluorescent nanocrystals, called quantum dots, into a dye that binds to cancer cells to improve cancer surgery outcomes.
Drexel Materials Start-ups: Putting Innovation on the Road to the Marketplace
Marcolongo and Shih

Faculty members Michele Marcolongo and Wei-Heng Shih discuss their start-up companies developing innovations in health care.

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Faculty Awards & Achievements

Li Named NATAS Fellow for 2014
Chris Li

Professor Christopher Li has been selected as the North American Thermal Analysis Society (NATAS) Fellow for 2014.
May Receives 2015 Bradley Stoughton Award
Steven May

Assistant Professor Steven May is the recipient of the 2015 ASM International Bradley Stoughton Award for Young Teachers.
Knight Awarded ASM Meritorious Service Award
Richard Knight

Professor Rick Knight has been awarded the 2015 Meritorious Service Award from the Liberty Bell Chapter of ASM International.
Gogotsi Receives Doctor Honoris Causa from Université Paul Sabatier
Gogotsi giving Doctor Honoris Causa Speech

Distinguished University and Trustee Chair Professor Yury Gogotsi received a Doctor Honoris Causa from Université Paul Sabatier.

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Student Awards & Achievements

Kelsey Hatzell and Maria Lukatskaya Awarded Prestigious Post-Doc Fellowships
Kelsey Hatzell

PhD students Kelsey Hatzell and Maria Lukatskaya, both advised by Yury Gogotsi, are each recipients of prestigious post-doctoral fellowships at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory respectively.
Boris Dyatkin Receives NRC Postdoctoral Associateship
Boris Dyatkin

PhD student Boris Dyatkin is the recipient of a National Research Council Research Associateship Program (NRC RAP) post-doctoral fellowship.
Michael Ghidiu Receives NSF Graduate Student Fellowship
Michael Ghidiu

PhD student Michael Ghidiu is a recipient of the 2015 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. PhD students Bryan Byles and Sarah Gleeson have both received Honorable Mention.
BS Students Brittany Gallagher and Ziyin Huang Receive Tau Beta Pi Scholarships
Brittany Gallagher

BS students Brittany Gallagher and Ziyin Huang are recipients of Tau Beta Pi Scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year.
Maria Lukatskaya Receives 2015 MRS Gold Graduate Student Award
Maria Lukatskaya

PhD student Maria Lukatskaya is a recipient of an MRS Gold Graduate Student Award.
Boris Dyatkin Receives Graduate Student Research Award
Boris Dyatkin

PhD candidate Boris Dyatkin has received a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research award for the project, “In situ Neutron Scattering Study of the Impact of Surface Defects on Double Layer Capacitance of Porous Carbon.”
Christopher DelRe Receives Inaugural Harry Rogers Scholarship
Chris DelRe

BS/MS student Christopher DelRe is a recipient of the inaugural Alpha Sigma Mu Harry C. Rogers Scholarship presented by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Alpha Sigma Mu.
Kelsey Hatzell Awarded Two Honors at the MRS 2014 Fall Meeting
Kelsey Hatzell

PhD candidate Kelsey Hatzell received the MRS Graduate Student Silver Award and the the Arthur Nowick Graduate Student Award at the 2014 MRS Fall Meeting in Boston.

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Major Research Initiatives

Taheri Group Takes a Closer Look at Spintronic Data Storage
Interface illustration

A team of researchers, led by Professor Mitra Taheri, has published their latest research on the materials used in spintronic data storage in Nature Communications.
Shaping the Future of Energy Storage With Conductive Clay
MXene clay

A Drexel Materials research group has published their research on “conductive MXene clay” in Nature. The clay can be rolled to any thickness, while retaining its highly conductive properties. This new material could find uses in energy storage devices like batteries and supercapacitors.
Drexel Materials Engineers Improve Strength, Flexibility of Atom-Thick Films

Researchers have chemically engineered a new, electrically conductive nanomaterial that is flexible enough to fold, but strong enough to support many times its own weight.
Holding Energy By The Threads: Drexel Researchers Spin Cotton Into Capacitive Yarn
capacitive yarn for energy storage textiles
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Drexel Materials research on capacitive yarn has been featured on the cover of Advanced Energy Materials.
Research Shows Great Potential For Battery Life-Span Improvement

Professor Yury Gogotsi and his research group and colleagues at Aix-Marseille University have created for the first time a 2D carbon/sulfur, C/S, nanolaminate through selectively extracting titanium (Ti) from Ti2SC MAX phase, one of a family of layered ceramics.
Li Awarded NSF Grant to Study Solid Polymer Electrolytes for Energy Applications
Chris Li

Professor Christopher Li has been awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant for “UNS: Ion transport in semicrystalline solid polymer electrolytes.”
Tucker Receives NSF Grant for Tailoring the Stability and Deformation of Nanocrystalline Alloys
G Tucker

Professor Garritt Tucker has been awarded a National Science Foundation Division of Materials Research grant that will be conducted in collaboration with Professor Jason Trelewicz at Stony Brook University.
Li Receives Funding to Explore Nanoparticle Assembly for Optical and Electronic Applications

Professor Christopher Li has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for his project "Self and Programmable Assembly of Nanoparticles with Multicompartment Polymer Brushes."

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Special Highlights

Flipping Engineering Education on its Head
Professor Christopher Weyant teaching

Professor Christopher Weyant has been transforming engineering education and outreach in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering since he joined the department three years ago.
Philly Materials Day 2015
Philly Materials Day - 2015

On Saturday, February 7, 2015, approximately 1,300 kids and adults came out to experience the field of materials science and engineering first-hand at the fifth annual Philly Materials Science and Engineering Day.
Fashionable Materials
department t-shirt

This year, Drexel Materials students highlighted the witty side of materials with winning t-shirt designs.

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