A new, shape-shifting display can sense and respond to human touch. (Credit: Brian Johnson)

3D display could soon bring touch to the digital world

July 31, 2023

Imagine an iPad that’s more than just an iPad—with a surface that can morph and deform, allowing you to draw 3D designs, create haiku that jump out from the screen and even hold your partner’s hand from an ocean away. That’s the vision of a team of engineers from CU...

Wil Srubar

Wil Srubar named as nominee for 2023 Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award

July 25, 2023

Associate Professor Wil Srubar has been nominated for the 2023 Pritzker Environmental Genius Award for his research re-imagining sustainable building materials. Srubar is part of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering and the Material Science and Engineering Program at CU Boulder. His lab conducts major research into biomimetic...

Karan Dikshit

CU Boulder adhesive research could boost medicine, electronics, and the environment

July 11, 2023

Karan Dikshit (PhDMatSci’22) is the first author on a paper in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces around new adhesive materials that not only allow for easy sticking and unsticking but could eventually contribute to sustainability efforts around the globe. Dikshit studied polymer chemistry and mechanics with Assistant Professor Carson Bruns...

Participants in the 2022 Materials Science and Engineering REU program.

National Science Foundation REU grant will support summer undergraduate research into materials science and engineering

July 7, 2023

Undergraduate students interested in materials research will get a boost at the University of Colorado Boulder next summer thanks to a new Research Experience for Undergraduates grant from the National Science Foundation. The Materials Science and Engineering Program is receiving a three year award from NSF to support a...

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Celebrate the 2023 MSE Graduation - May 12

May 2, 2023

Congratulations to our 2023 graduating class! Join us to celebrate the accomplishments of 14 graduating master's and PhD students from the Materials Science & Engineering program during our official graduation ceremony: Materials Science & Engineering Graduation Ceremony Friday, May 12 5 p.m. Sustainability, Energy and Environment Community Building - C120...

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Material science program launches undergraduate minor

April 27, 2023

Explore all the details of the undergraduate minor The Materials Science and Engineering Program at the University of Colorado Boulder is announcing an undergraduate minor for students interested in the materials science field. Material scientists and engineers investigate how materials perform and how to design new materials that advance technology...

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TEAMUP Consortium funded to develop more stable and affordable tandem solar cells

April 20, 2023

New consortium aims to accelerate the introduction of the next generation of solar panels The TEAMUP consortium, that brings together researchers from Academic, Industrial and Federal Laboratories, seeks to identify and solve the factors that cause advanced perovskite materials to be unstable, paving the way for the integration into existing...

An "artificial muscle" made, in part, from material designed for biodegradable grocery bags.

Grad student helps design ‘artificial muscles’ you can toss in the compost bin

April 20, 2023

Say “hello” to the robots of the future: They’re soft and flexible enough to bounce off walls or squeeze into tight spaces. And when you’re done with them, you can toss these machines into a compost bin to decompose. That’s the vision of a team of engineers, including CU Boulder...

Research Associate and first author Nicholas Weadock working in the lab.

New materials research at CU Boulder will help develop high-efficiency solar cells

April 19, 2023

Researchers in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Materials Science and Engineering Program have published new findings in Joule that could lead to the development of better hybrid lead halide perovskites – a class of materials proposed for use as low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells. We asked first...

Adam Holewinski

Adam Holewinski receives Fulbright to synthesize renewable fuels and chemicals

April 11, 2023

Adam Holewinski , an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering , has been awarded a prestigious fellowship to research efficient ways to produce sustainable chemical products and fuels using electricity from renewable sources like solar and wind. Beginning in late August, Holewinski will spend five months as a 2023...