Annual Report 2016-17

Annual Report 2016-17

Facts at a Glance
Fast Facts

Message from the Department Head
Michele Marcolongo

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Faculty & Staff

Gogotsi Receives $2.2M Endowed Professorship
Gogotsi receiving Charles T. and Ruth M. Bach Professorship

Yury Gogotsi, PhD was installed as the inaugural Charles T. and Ruth M. Bach Professor. The professorship was established with a permanent endowment of $2.2 million that will be used to fund Gogotsi’s research initiatives.
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Schauer and Taheri Selected 2017-18 ELATE Fellows
Caroline Schauer and Mitra Taheri

Associate Professors Caroline Schauer and Mitra Taheri have been selected to take part in the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering (ELATE) leadership development program.
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Excellence in Scholarship: 2017 Graduation

Celebrating Materials Commencement 2017
2017 graduating undergraduate students

The department bid farewell to its graduating students at our annual commencement dinner. Faculty, staff, and students receiving departmental awards were also honored.
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Graduate Student Day Award Recipients
Katie Van Aken and Evelyn Ren

Graduating PhD students Katie Van Aken and Chang (Evelyn) Ren are recipients of college-level graduate student excellence awards.
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Alumni Impact

BS Alumna Prineha Narang Appointed Assistant Professor at Harvard University
Prineha Narang

Alumna Prineha Narang (BS ‘11) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Computational Materials Science at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University.
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Alumnus Davide Mattia Promoted to Full Professor, Associate Dean
Davide Mattia

Alumnus Davide Mattia (PhD 2008) has been promoted to Full Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath, UK.
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PhD Alumnus Michael Naguib Appointed Assistant Professor at Tulane University
Michael Naguib

Alumnus Michael Naguib (PhD 2014) will be joining Tulane University in January 2018 as assistant professor in the department of Physics and Engineering Physics.
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Drexel Materials Alumna Nina Lane Receives Emerging Leader Award
Nina Lane

The Drexel Alumni Association Young Alumni Emerging Leader Award is presented to an individual who is making an impact within his or her community or in his or her profession since graduation.
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Drexel Materials Young Alumni Recognized for Achievements

Three Drexel Materials PhD graduates and one former post-doctoral researcher have recently received acknowledgement of their accomplishments in the field.
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Materials in Action

Drexel Materials Researchers Building Connections in Korea
Drexel nanomaterials researchers in a South Korean lab.

A group of students and post-doctoral researchers spent the summer in South Korea as the first cohort to participate in a collaboration between Drexel University, the National Nanofabrication Center (NNFC) and the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).
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The Skinny on the World’s Thinnest Materials
2D Materials Graphic

Interest in two-dimensional (2D) materials for energy technology, with the potential to positively impact efficiency and environmental sustainability, is rapidly growing. Drexel University and, in particular, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, is a hub for research into possible advances in 2D materials for energy.
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Drexel Materials Expands Research Facilities
Jessica Weaver in the lab

Drexel Materials has undergone research facilities expansion this academic year, especially in the areas of energy and polymers.
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Faculty Awards & Achievements

Barsoum Elected to Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences
Dr. Michel Barsoum being greeted by His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Duke of Värmland

At its November 17th meeting, the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences elected Drexel Materials Distinguished Professor Michel Barsoum as a Foreign Member.
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Spanier Elected Fellow of the American Physical Society
Jonathon Spanier

Professor Jon Spanier has been elected Fellow of the American Physical Society.
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Pomerantseva Receives IAAM 2016 Energy Technologies Award
Pomerantseva Energy Technologies Award

Assistant Professor Ekaterina Pomerantseva is the recipient of the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) Energy Technologies Award (ETA), presented for notable and outstanding research in the field of smart energy technologies.
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Gogotsi Named 2016 Highly Cited Researcher
Yury Gogotsi

Distinguished University and Trustee Chair Professor Yury Gogotsi has been selected as a 2016 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics.
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Barsoum Selected for Nanosciences Foundation Chair of Excellence
Michel Barsoum

Distinguished Professor Michel Barsoum has been selected for a Chair of Excellence in Grenoble, France by the Nanosciences Foundation.
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Li Receives Distinguished Alumni Award from University of Akron
Li receiving alumni award

Christopher Li received the Distinguished Alumni Award at the College’s Polymer Appreciation Day, a one day symposium celebrating the outstanding achievements of the college’s alumni and students.
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May Receives 2017 Provost Award for Outstanding Scholarly Productivity
May with his Provost Award for Outstanding Scholarly Productivity

Associate Professor Steven May is a recipient of the Provost Award for Outstanding Scholarly Productivity, Early Career, which recognizes up faculty members who have demonstrated unusual excellence in their scholarly field and who are considered emerging leaders in these fields.
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Materials Faculty Receive Inaugural Research Awards
Christopher Li, Andrew Magenau, and Steven May

Three Drexel Materials faculty members are recipients of the Office of Research's inaugural Scholarly Materials and Equipment Research Award which provide faculty the opportunity to apply for funds for the acquisition and/or development of equipment, software, systems, or library collections.
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Gogotsi receives IUPAC Distinguished Award in Novel Materials and their Synthesis
Gogosti receiving the NMS award

Gogotsi received the award "For outstanding contributions to the field of carbide derived carbons, carbon onions and nanodiamonds for capacitive energy storage and biomedical applications.”
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Student Awards & Achievements

Drexel Materials Students Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
Ariana Levitt and Carli Moorehead

PhD student Ariana Levitt and BS/MS student Carli Moorehead (BS Biomedical Engineering, MS Drexel Materials) are two of four current Drexel University students selected as 2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows.
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BSMS Student Receives Fulbright Student Award
Carli Moorehead

BS/MS student Carli Moorehead (BS Biomedical Engineering, MS Drexel Materials) has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant from the U.S. Department of State.
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Undergraduate Students Selected 2016-17 Aspire Scholars
Riki McDaniel and Marina D'Souza

Drexel Materials sophomores Riki McDaniel and Marina D’Souza have been selected to be Pennoni Honors College 2016-17 Aspire Scholars. The Aspire Scholars program is designed to provide promising, curious, and motivated Drexel undergraduates an opportunity to further develop and clarify their goals, within a small community of peers and faculty mentors.

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Materials Students on Winning 2017 Freshman Design Team
Materials students on winning freshman design team

At the annual Celebration of Engineering Design Day, a freshman design team comprised of three materials majors: Mark Petrovic, Kirsten Snodgrass, and Anna Desch, along with Jean-Luc Cassagnol and Mika Away, won Best of Freshman Design for their poster.
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Major Research Initiatives

MXene Electrodes Push Charging Rate Limits in Energy Storage
MXene Electrode

Can you imagine fully charging your cell phone in just a few seconds? Drexel Materials researchers can, and they took a big step toward making it a reality with their recent work unveiling a new MXene based battery electrode design in the journal Nature Energy.
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Drexel Materials Researchers Find New Layered Solids Defect

New findings from Drexel Materials researchers suggest that, when compressed, layered materials will form a series of internal buckles, or ripples, as they deform, vastly expanding our understanding of how layered materials succumb to stresses and strains.
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Lighting the Path to Efficient Solar Energy
light in ferroelectric insulator

Recent work from the Mesoscale Materials Laboratory shows how light can transform a ferroelectric insulator into a high-mobility electronic conductor, remarkably, at room temperature.
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Researchers Around the World Are Delving Into Drexel’s 2D MXene

It’s been just over five years since Drexel Materials researchers reported on MXene, a new 2D material now the focus of research at dozens of institutions from countries spanning every continent but Antarctica. A feature story on the cover of Nature Reviews Materials suggests even more should take up the pursuit.
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Cheng Receives NIH Grant to Develop Biomaterials for Inducing Immune Tolerance
Hao Cheng

Assistant Professor Hao Cheng has been awarded an R21 grant by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health to study injectable biomaterial scaffolds for inducing antigen-specific tolerance to treat autoimmune disorders.
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Zavaliangos' Work Featured in JPharmSci's  "Most Original and Most Significant Findings"
Antonio Zavaliangos

Research by A. W. Grosvenor Professor Antonios Zavaliangos has been selected to be featured in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences virtual issue “Most Original and Most Significant Scientific Findings.”
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Containing Our "Electromagnetic Pollution"
MXene film

MXene, a nanomaterial discovered by Drexel Materials scientists, could be the key to shielding electronic devices from electromagnetic interference, like a television buzzing when a cell phone is near. 
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Making a Solar Energy Conversion Breakthrough With Help From a Ferroelectrics Pioneer
bulk photovoltaic effect

Designers of solar cells may soon be setting their sights higher, as a discovery by a team of researchers, which includes Drexel Materials Professor Jonathan Spanier, has revealed a class of materials that could be better at converting sunlight into energy than those currently being used in solar arrays.
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Li Receives NSF Grant for Crystal Structure Research for Potential Drug Delivery Applications
cross section of crystalsome

Professor Christopher Li is the principal investigator on a new National Science Foundation grant, “Confined and Directed Polymer Crystallization at Curved Liquid/Liquid Interface.” Li's recent findings on crystallization were reported in Nature Communications last year.
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Laying the Groundwork for Longer Battery Life
Nature Energy Perspective Figure

Professors Ekaterina Pomerantseva and Gogotsi posit that next-generation batteries created by combining different two-dimensional (2D) materials in heterostructured electrodes can greatly improve battery life and charge storage capabilities.
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Fixing the Future of Batteries, Right Now
Conceptual presentation of development of fully integrated rechargeable hybrid battery-supercapacitor (supercapbattery) electrical energy storage devices

In a recent edition of Nature Communications, Drexel Materials researchers offer a unified route for bringing our energy storage and distribution capabilities level with our energy production and consumption.
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Special Highlights

Remembering Dee Breger
Dee Breger

Drexel Materials remembers former Director of Microscopy Dee Breger.
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